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  1. 1/10/2011
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    Thanks for sharing these tips. I am glad you had fun and were able to learn from the best!

  2. 1/10/2011
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    I remember reading the promo for this even and I would really love to have gone! so glad to see you photos and commentary. Nicely done!

  3. Very helpful recap, thank you. I’ve got to work on many, especially #10. Oh, and nothing irks me more than having to read through a paragraph of apologies and excuses before getting to the meat of the post (#6).

  4. 1/10/2011
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    I enjoyed that — it’s always great to hear about the blogging oriented workshops people attend. Helps to live vicariously :) Nice write up!

  5. 1/10/2011
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    Thanks for writing up my notes for me! Loved loved loved spending time with you and getting to know you a little better – your writing is always inspiring. x

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  7. Kate,
    Thanks for the incredible highlights list here. Great stuff for all of us to remember. I enjoyed our brief chat yesterday as well. Glad you got home safely. Thanks for the link!

  8. 1/10/2011
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    Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips. I’m sorry I missed camp. It looks heavenly.

  9. 1/10/2011
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    Thank you for sharing, only inspires us to continue blog, blog ,blogging!

  10. 1/10/2011
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    Hi Brooke! It was great meeting you this week. I wish I could have chatted with everyone more, but the days flew by. I made it back to Vermont and am missing the warm Mexican weather myself. Great post/recap of Food Blog Camp! I’m trying to get better at using less “lazy” words. Must stop saying and writing “yum!”

    • Food Woolf
      1/10/2011
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      Sarah, thanks! It was great meeting you, too! Hope you’re staying warm back home!

  11. Brooke, as always you provide such wonderful insight on events & all of these life changing moments we get to participate in. Amazing post & thanks for keeping such great notes – my wandering mind often gets the better of me :) Loved “Living on a Prayer” with you & look forward to many more fun times together! XO

  12. 1/10/2011
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    Terrific list, Brooke, and well-synthesized. I have great memories of hanging with you last year, and it sounds like this year was at least as much fun, and a terrific learning experience.

    No. 2 and No. 4 might fight each other. I’m always amazed by how many people write whatever they want, because that’s what makes them happy. Doing so is not necessarily a good way to engage people.

    • Food Woolf
      1/10/2011
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      Dianne, thanks for the kind words. You would have loved this trip. We missed seeing you there!
      Hope you are doing well!
      Brooke

  13. 1/10/2011
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    Thanks so much for sharing what you learned…very helpful.

    • Food Woolf
      1/10/2011
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      Sheila, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Hope it helps make blogging better and easier for you!

  14. Thanks for the tips Brooke. Your posts add so much value. I truly appreciate it! xxoo

  15. 1/10/2011
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    Holy cow! This looks amazing! So glad that it was so incredible for you…

  16. Thanks so much for the report from the ‘trenches!” Maybe I’ll make it next year, in the meantime it’s great hearing (and seeing) all about it. Love the tips.

  17. 1/10/2011
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    You really captured the key lessons. Good post. Nice meeting you! Cali reunion soon! :)

  18. I do think this is one of the best pieces of advice about food bloggin I’ve found on the net… straight to the point! And you’re so right…

  19. 1/11/2011
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    Thank you so very much for the pearls of blogging wisdom. You got it all very right and marked important points of interest…. The ‘never apologize’ sentence found me nodding…. I don’t even have a blog (for a lack of time) but have a photo site and I do a lot of apologizing.
    I would have LOVED to hold some of those glasses in my own hand and do some lazying at the beach – great, great stuff!

  20. 1/11/2011
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    Brooke; I came to visit you thanks to the link on David’s blog – he is my food blog God… Now, I’ll walk through yours too! :)

    • Food Woolf
      1/11/2011
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      Kiki, thanks for coming by and reading! Hope you come back soon!

  21. Dianne,

    I respectfully disagree. I write to please myself first because, if I’m not pleased, then how can I guarantee anyone else will be?

    It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it.

  22. 1/11/2011
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    I really like this list, and I think I’ll share it with a few friends and colleagues.

    • Food Woolf
      1/11/2011
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      Justin, thanks for the kind words! I hope your friends find the post helpful!

  23. Brooke, great recap that was clear even to us (jealous) peeps who were not there. Honestly, even your font choice is good (could I be a bigger nerd fan of yours.) Hope to see you more in 2011. Hugs.

  24. 1/11/2011
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    Hey girl! Great seeing you – thanks for the great top 10 lessons! xo jaden

    • Food Woolf
      1/11/2011
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      Thanks Jaden! Great to see you, too! See you at the next big shin dig!
      B

  25. 1/11/2011
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    Hi! I just started my site and loved your comment! Want my site to be a great “go-to” site, but others probably do the recipe thing better. What are examples of bloggers who retain their voice while engaging? thanks!

    • Food Woolf
      1/11/2011
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      KT
      Well, I hope me! I suggest looking at my inspiration page for lots of other great blog suggestions. They are all great at what they do. Thanks for reading.
      B

  26. k.t.
    1/11/2011
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    HI again. Must admit I’m fixated on the heaping bowls of guac.

  27. 1/11/2011
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    thank you so so much for sharing what you learnt I was reading posts from all attendees for this post, appreciate it hope to join you all one of these years

    Rebecca

  28. 1/12/2011
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    Thanks for sharing these tips! I love the one about being prepared for the holidays – usually I post recipes after they happen. Not any more!

  29. 1/12/2011
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    I sooooo wish I could have gone to this. I am so jealous I can’t even read this right now! I’ll come back to it in a few days. But I am thrilled you had a great (and obviously gorgeous) time. GREG

  30. 1/12/2011
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    Thanks for sharing those wonderful tips! I definitely need to keep these in mind with my own little blog.

  31. 1/12/2011
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    This very useful post and all the great links is a small consolation for not having been there in person!
    There’s always next year:)

  32. Thanks for sharing such great tidbits. I’ve read a number of the posts from participants and yours is the one that really passes along some meaty tips. Looked to be loads of fun and a wonderful opportunity with the skilled instructors.

    • Food Woolf
      1/13/2011
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      Thank you so much! I’m glad you were able to get some beneficial tips from my post!

  33. 1/13/2011
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    Brooke, Loved reading your synthesis of camp and meeting you for the first time, too. I truly enjoyed your new year’s resolution post (I’ve honed mine down to one this year!) and look forward to reading your posts all year long.

    • Food Woolf
      1/13/2011
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      Sally, it was great to meet you, too! Thanks for coming by. I look forward to reading you too!

  34. Thanks for being so nice to me even at 5:00am in the Dallas airport. I could tell right away that you are in tune with what’s going on around you. I appreciate that a lot.

    I am excited for what this blog will bring. Let me know if you still want some advice on re-design, mainly because I love looking at design ideas.

    Reading this post made me realize I have to hear things over and over again before it sinks in.

    Lets keep in touch.

  35. 1/13/2011
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    Happy New Year, Brooke! Thank you for sharing your thoughts about camp… wish I was there! The camp was brimming with talent and thanks for wrapping them up in a useful list!

  36. 1/15/2011
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    Thanks u so much for those tips!! it really helps !!

  37. Sasha @ global table
    1/20/2011
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    Great tips. I totally agree about constraints helping creativity. I need boundaries – helps me focus. Wish I could have joined you all.

  38. 1/23/2011
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    The tips are just what I was hoping to get…thanks for the inspiring insight. I will have to start saving money this year to go to next years camp…Gracias Amigo,

  39. 1/25/2011
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    I came here through Gabby’s tweet and Im glad I did. Thank you for coming up with this list. It gave me some motivation and inspiration to better my food blog. I’ve been blogging for more than a year now and I feel like I need to learn more… do you know of any mentors that would help?
    Thanks,
    Malou

    • Food Woolf
      1/26/2011
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      Malou, Glad to hear my list helped. I suggest you attend as many food blogging/writing/photography events as you can. Network. Get out there. You’ll know your mentor when you see them. I think the true sign of a mentor is someone that inspires you and connects with you on some kind of personal level. They see something in you that they see in themselves. A mentorship is a two way street, so you have to be open to, if you pardon the expression, “kissing a lot of toads”. Not everyone will be the right (or most expected) mentor. Hope this helps! Brooke

  40. I have been stalking everyone’s blog who went on this trip and am reading all the posts I can on it..and plan to attend in 2012! I would love to meet you if you’re going back!

    Marla is a great friend, I am going to a photography workshop with Todd & Diane, and I am trying to just soak, soak, soak in everything I can. This post was WONDERFUL! Thank you!

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