Wahoo! Here I am at the International Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle! I apologize to all of you who are already sick of my constant #IFBC tweets! Don’t worry, it is only two more days 🙂
The keynote speaker today was Dorie Greenspan, the amazing cookbook author, baker and blogger. I know all of the 300+ bloggers in the room would say she was inspirational (and totally adorable). One of my favorite quotes of her talk was “I am fortunate because I’ve always said yes.” Say yes to every opportunity given to you.
Brice has often told me that, especially when I get freaked out that I’m taking on too much. But it is always good to hear it again. Especially from someone who has been so successful due to this life motto – Dorie said she wrote her first cookbook just because someone asked and she said yes. You never know what might come your way if you just say yes to opportunities.
Dorie has truly had quite the following. Back in 2008, a group of Dorie fans decided bake their way through her cookbooks. The group, Tuesdays with Dorie, made two recipes a month as a group then posted their recipe adventures on their blogs.
Totally like the Julie & Julia movie, but with a virtual group baking spin on it. Coincidentally, the last cookbook chosen was Baking with Julia, based on Dorie’s baking experiences with Julia Child herself (plus many other great bakers).
I am totally inspired by this idea. It seems like a fun way to practice, improve and just plan ol’ bake a lot. I have been thinking which baking cookbook will be the lucky winner 🙂
Even though she has 11 extremely impressive cookbooks, won James Beard Awards, and has a large following, Dorie says she still gets nervous writing books or posting blog entries. One of the scariest things about blogging is having it all out there, on the internet for everyone to see for presumably all of time. Especially as I don’t have a background in writing, photography or websites, I definitely have those fears.
In response to that, Dorie encouraged us all to just “think about the work.” Don’t think about the criticism or the response; just focus on why you are doing it and make sure you are happy with it, regardless of other people’s views. She said despite being into new school technology of blogging and social media, she is still old school in that she believes in “hard work and the work.”
Put in the hard work, say yes to opportunities and follow your dreams. Definitely words to live by.
Looking forward to more fun and inspiration over the next two days!