BlogHer Food '13: Behind the Scenes as We Plan for Austin

BlogHer Food '13 is still eight months away, but the BlogHer Events Team is already hard at work, planning for our best BlogHer Food event yet! The newest member of our team, Melinna, and I were on the road last week in Austin, visiting our host hotel, and focusing on preparations for our off-site excursion and closing party.One of the great parts about working in events is the chance to get out of the office. And in the case of BlogHer Food, that means exploring the food culture of Austin....more
@ForkYourselves  @blogher Thank you!  Great advice!  ~~ lorimore

BlogHer Conference Update - - October 12, 2012

Happy weekend, friends! Can you believe it's already another weekend?! Last week we had a grand announcement: the BlogHer Food '13 Call for Ideas has opened and we are happily accepting ideas... but the countdown has started. You only have until October 31 to submit so don't delay. But! We may have even topped that announcement....more

BlogHer Food '13 Blog Badge & Bling

BlogHer Food '13 goes to Austin, Texas this coming June 7-8, 2013! Like always, we have bling for you to put on your blog! And this year, it's pretty delicious to look at! ...more

BlogHer Conference Update - - October 5, 2012

Happy weekend, friends! Last week I said we would have a grand announcement and sure enough, Shannon announced our Call for Ideas for BlogHer Food '13 in Austin. In her post, she explains and introduces you to:...more
@kittyangel79 Remember you can start your own conversation too!more

It's Thursday! Show Us Your Shoes!

The extra-warm October San Francisco Bay area weather is messing with our fall shoe mojo! It’s hard to get excited over boots when there is no real reason not to continue sporting sandals. With that said, I’ve opted to fight the heat and pull my “transitional” shoes out of the closet. Today, I’m turning to an old favorite from circa 2008: a crusty worn pair of camel-colored Mary Janes by Crown Vintage. People, let the record show, Thursday shoes are *not* always new shoes!...more
I love the black and gray patterned pants with the ankle bracelet and black patent sandals! ...more

Announcing the BlogHer Food '13 Call for Ideas!

Update: The BlogHer Food Call for Ideas has closed.  Thank you to all of you who submitted your ideas.**********************************Since last June's Yeehaw Heard 'Round the World -- that BlogHer Food would be coming to Austin, TX in 2013 -- the excitement around the conference, the content, and (of course) the food has been fixin' to blow the lid off Twitter, Facebook, and ye ol' blogs.We're happy to announce that today, you can start channeling that excitement into concrete ideas, because the BlogHer Food '13 Call for Ideas is open, y'all!...more
@lindsaydahl I would assume not, though I haven't been.  If you are looking for that kind of ...more

The BlogHer Events Team Presents... The Weekly Shoe Shot!

Since BlogHer’s very first conference back in 2005, bloggers have been documenting their shoes and sharing them online.   Inspired by the BlogHer community’s love of shoes coupled with our own fashion-conscious staff here at BlogHer HQ, the Events team began a Thursday Shoe meme taking a weekly “cute shoe” shot and posting on Facebook.  Here are some examples from the archive:...more
Here was my blogher12 shoe post...does that qualify? ...more

BlogHer Conference Update - - September 14, 2012

Happy weekend and for our friends celebrating, Happy Rosh Hashanah! It's been a very busy week here for the BlogHer Conferences team and we have lots to share.BlogHer, bloggers and television:...more

BlogHer Conferences Update - - September 7, 2012

Welcome to the weekend! Here, on the conferences side of the world, we are happy to share some exciting news with you. Read on...BlogHer '13We have announced the opening of registration for BlogHer '13 in Chicago!...more

Announcing BlogHer Food '13: June 7-8, 2013 in Austin, TX!

Today we are thrilled to announce the dates and venue for our fifth-annual BlogHer Food Conference:BlogHer Food '13 will take place on June 7th & 8th at the Austin Hilton!...more
I have got to make it there. Im only a couple of hours away. I really need a sponsor.Would like ...more


June 7 - Day 1
Time Event
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am BlogHer Food Welcome with BlogHer Co-Founders
10:00am Kitchen Demo: Knife Skills
Breakout #1
Beyond Twitter and Facebook - Pinterest, Instagram, Google +, Tumblr, and Foodspotting
For Good Measure: Search and Social Tracking and Measurements
Workshop - Making Mobile Photographs That Are Print- and Cover-Worthy (Advanced)
The Business Case for Video
Principles of Storytelling
11:30am Lunch
1:00pm Breakout #2
The Next Level of Twitter and Facebook
Mobile Development for Food Blogs
How to Fake Great Photos (Beginner)
Video Bootcamp #1: Equipment and Gear
Food Stories Through Visuals
2:30pm Afternoon Break, sponsored by BAILEYS Coffee Creamers
3:00pm Breakout #3
Workshop - Write to Be Read
From Food Blogger to Epicurean Writer
Pro Food Photography on the Fly (Intermediate/Advanced)
Video Bootcamp #2: Storyboarding and Content
Telling Community Stories and History Through Food
4:45pm Innovator Interview with David Leite
6:00pm Welcome Reception with our Sponsors
7:30pm Optional Nighttime Excursions
June 8 - Day 2
Time Event
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Food Blogging for the Next Generation - Finding Solutions at the Intersection of Childhood Obesity and Food Insecurity in the USA
10:15am Video Bootcamp #3: Post-Production/Editing
Your Brand + Your Causes
Kitchen Demo: Use It or Lose It! Preservation Workshop
Breakout #1
Workshop - Write a Cookbook Proposal
Workshop - Blog on the Run
Workshop - Salvage That Bad Photo! (All Levels)
12:00pm Lunchtime Excursion, sponsored by The National Pork Board
2:30pm How and Where to Distribute Your Video
Tools of the True Change Agent
Breakout #2
Brand/Blogger Relations
Scale Your Small Business
Ooey, Gooey, Gorgeous and Healthy Food Photography (All Levels)
4:00pm Afternoon Break, sponsored by Dannon
5:00pm ROOTS: Readings from the New BlogHer Food Community Anthology
7:00pm Closing Party with at Stubb's with Live Entertainment, BBQ, and Dancing, sponsored by Bing, Ninja Kitchen, and Udi's Gluten Free


At the crossroads of food & conversation people connect - and this is where Rachelle King, author of Blinded By The Bite! ™ a freelance food writer, is navigating her way through gluten-free lifestyle, with an emphasis on healthy & sustainable eating. Eating locally & sustainably is healthier for you and for our environment.

Rachelle has been a featured food blogger for,, and she has been repeatedly featured by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. Rachelle is a founding member and the current Treasurer for the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance. She also volunteers with AIDS Services Austin March of Dimes, SXSW Eco and the Sustainable Food Center. Rachelle is also one of the founding members the Gluten-Free Pizza Fest, as well as been an instrumental team member of Austin Bakes. As a professional PR/Social Media Consultant, Rachelle’s clients include several Austin companies, including Kohana Coffee, Delysia Chocolates and Edible Austin, as well as Nourished – A Food Blogger Conference.

Rachelle is currently attending The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in conjunction with a certificate degree to be awarded by The State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase College and will graduate in March 2013.

Rachelle also writes for as the Austin Gluten-Free Examiner.

Colette Martin is a cookbook author, food photographer, food allergy advocate and an expert on how to bake allergen-free. She is the author of the highly acclaimed Learning to Bake Allergen-Free: A Crash Course for Busy Parents on Baking without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts and the upcoming Allergy-Free Pantry: Make Your Own Staples, Snacks, and More without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts. When her son was diagnosed with allergies to wheat, milk, eggs, soy and peanuts in 2001, she had to reinvent how her family ate. Having first learned to bake in her grandmother’s kitchen with wheat, butter, milk, and eggs, Colette understands first-hand what it means to transform her kitchen to accommodate multiple food allergies. Colette is a member of the Kids with Food Allergies advisory board.

Jim Lin is a VP, Digital Strategist at Ketchum PR. In addition to relishing the fact that he gets to legitimately hang out on Twitter all day, Jim’s job is to push the boundaries of digital and social media to ensure that his clients break through the chatter to become the conversation, whatever or wherever that may be. Jim’s professional background encompasses over seventeen years of business development, marketing, and public relations experience, where he’s done everything from launching companies like Fiji Water, to helping Los Angeles County track child abuse treatment, to stalking Johnny Cash during a sound check.

On the personal side, Jim is the blogger behind the popular Busy Dad Blog. To the outside world, his blog is a repository of anecdotal parenting adventures with his two kids; to Jim, it is a roadmap that helps him piece together where he's been the past couple days, when he suddenly wakes up drooling and disoriented in his office. As BusyDad, Jim has worked with numerous consumer brands on campaigns as well as ambassadorships, including Huggies, Vicks, and Zatarain’s. He is also is active in conference circles, having served as a speaker/panelist at BlogHer, BlogWorld, Blissdom, Dad 2.0 Summit, Mom 2.0 Summit, Type-A Parent, Bulldog Reporter, and PR Newswire. Of course, he’s most proud of being a two-time BlogHer Voices of the Year honoree.

Having maintained a strict “separation of blog and state” throughout the past seven years, Jim’s position at Ketchum represents a bold new, oftentimes scary world to him. His personal and professional lives have collided head-on to form a single identity that’s the same online and off, office and home.

While this gives him the unique insight to develop campaigns from the perspective of both the marketer as well as the target audience, he can no longer tell his readers he is a ninja operative for the government – and his colleagues know of his undying allegiance to Princess Leia.

A native Bostonian, Jim holds a BA degree from Harvard University, a black belt in Shotokan Karate, a few Muay Thai trophies, and a whole lot of bumps and bruises to show for it… actually, those are from his kids.

Samantha Seeley is a published food and lifestyle photographer, blogger, recipe developer and busy student. While mainly self-taught she is currently taking photography courses at Suny Orange in Middletown, NY. Samantha is also anxiously awaiting acceptance into the Photography program at Suny New Paltz. Her love of food and photography has helped her grow into her camera and has pushed her to pursue photography. While working her day job, blogging and keeping up with homework keeps her busy year round, she has developed a quick photography work flow that has granted her success with her images and has made it possible for her work to be seen in The Daily Gazette, featured on various blog posts and even on the cover of the new culinary memoir: The (Faux) Pastry Chef: How I found my Baking Fix by Mimi Shotland Fix.