As many of you know I spent last weekend at the Big Summer Potluck in Buck’s County, Pa. I had no idea what to expect when I went up to the Bloggers
Conference Retreat, only that it was within driving distance, and was attended by many of the big names in the food blogging community. But this retreat wasn’t just for the upper echelon of our community, it was for everyone. I can’t help but admit I was in awe of many of the bloggers there, and felt a little shy about going up to them to initiate a conversation, but I’ll let you in on a little secret……they’re all just like the rest of us. I am sorry that I didn’t make it around to everyone there, but I thought for my first year at the Big Summer Potluck I did pretty well. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to connect with more of them next year.
I’d like to tell you all about the Big Summer Potluck, but it’s really hard to put into words what transpired over the course of the weekend. There were confessions, tears and laughter. But unless you experienced the event firsthand, it would be difficult for anyone to imagine that so much could have been shared over the course of this weekend.
It was a time for reflection, who were we, why did we begin blogging, and what were our expectations? Those were hard questions, but they really shouldn’t be. And as Brooke from Food Woolf asked those questions, I began to wonder why I had so much trouble answering them.
As Brooke continued her lesson, she spoke of Mindfulness, and how in the early days of her blog, she had lost herself in a whirlwind of social media and self imposed goals. I think we are all too guilty of that, I know I am. Brooke then went on to remind us what was truly important, being present in the moment. I could go on and on about what Brooke shared with us, but she can explain it much better in her post, The Big Summer Potluck – Giving vs Getting. Please take a few minutes to read Brooke’s post, you’ll be happy you did.
I could tell you the entire weekend was filled with Aha moments, but there was so much more. We shared not only our hopes and dreams and our feelings of inadequacy, but our love for food and for blogging. Everywhere you turned the talk was about food, food writing, camera’s and life in general, because to us, its all part of what we do. There were old friends and new friends sharing a common bond and enjoying the hell out of life! We are food bloggers, and I can honestly say I’ve never prouder to be part of this community of wonderful, kind, and amazing people.
Of course it didn’t hurt that the food was phenomenal and that there was more than we could begin to consume! We had a very special group of sponsors, that were committed to what was being done at the Big Summer Potluck, and I was very happy to get speak with many of them. Many thanks to our sponsors, Musselman’s, KitchenAid, Kerrygold, Analon, Tasty Kitchen, Green Mountain Coffee, Driscoll’s Berries, Attune Foods and Bob’s Red Mill for all they did to help make this retreat possible and so successful!
I would especially like to thank our wonderful hosts, who made me feel welcome and at home Pam and Maggie of Three Many Cooks and Erika of Ivory Hut , I look forward to seeing you again (hopefully before BSP4)!
Here are a few more pics from the Big Summer Potluck 2012. Chef Max working on his world famous salmon, Joy the Baker sharing her thoughts with us, and a few of my friends just enjoying the retreat!
Will I go back again next year? You bet I will, and every year that I’m able after that. Thanks for stopping by today, and remember to take some time to breathe, relax and live in the moment!