This time last year myself and Kristin of Edible Ireland/Dinner du Jour were just after launching the Irish Food Bloggers Association. We had spent months planning and designing and coding the website, with the help of Súil Design, and it was ready for its grand unveiling at the Savour Kilkenny Foodcamp.
Having enjoyed putting faces to names at a couple of food events over the summer of 2010, we were looking for an excuse to meet more bloggers, do some more talking about food and, most importantly, do lots of eating! We wanted to set up something that let Irish food bloggers get to know each other and get involved in food events and meet-ups.
But we made one crucial mistake: we hadn’t exactly planned our next step beyond getting the site up and launched.
It doesn’t seem to be too much of a problem, though. Our members have taken the idea of the IFBA and run with it.
It’s been a whole lot of fun. And lots of work.
I think its safe to say that without Kristin the IFBA would be far less vibrant. Twelve months ago I didn’t realise what 2011 had in store for me: so far, it’s involved a cottage renovation, two house moves (one to a house without internet access), starting up a new business, a family bereavement and a small new addition. Kristin has consistently picked up the slack and for that, along with her emails, phone calls and friendship, I have to say a big thank you.
Yesterday we returned to the Kilkenny Foodcamp for what we called The IFBA’s first year: a bloggers’ brainstorming session. It was rather unstructured. Work deadlines and small babies meant that neither Kristin nor myself had the opportunity to work out an all bells and whistles presentation. We wanted to hear what our members – you – had to say. And, despite the Small Girl trying to make sure that everyone heard her instead, we were listening.
Roll on our second birthday!