March 31st, 2011
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Keen-eyed readers may recall a few weeks back when we spent the goodly part of a week eating bananas in the basement of the CNN Grill at the annual SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. Well, we managed to flee the building for a few minutes and bolt across town to take part in a panel at the TECHmunch food blogger conference.

In part one of a series of videos from the conference, moderator Addie Broyles of the Austin-American Statesman, Tampa Tribune food writer and master Top Chef Twitterer Jeff Houck and L.A. Times food editor Rene Lynch and I discuss How to Leverage Traditional Media and get on a Food Editor's Radar - essentially how you can get your fabulous bloggity self on our pages and screens.

You know we dig bloggers, right? We show off the cream of the crop in our ongoing Blogger Spotlight, link to individual posts in the daily Box Lunch roundup, feature iReporters and generally try to keep our eyes peeled for new ways to show off the creativity, passion and talent of the ever-expanding food blogosphere.

So how DO you get on our radar? In addition to the tips we're giving in the video above, it doesn't hurt to:

1. Tweet @eatocracy.
We pay attention. We really do. It's where we get some of our best tips on stories and blogs (much as we'd love to peruse the entire online food world all day, we just don't have the eyeball power) and frankly, how we've come across some of the niftiest people out there. In fact, that's how I met our associate editor Sarah LeTrent, lo these several years ago. It works.

2. Drop a link.
Say howdy and drop your blog link into the comments of one of the Blogger Spotlight posts. We really do try our best to read each and every one of 'em, so play along. We'll love you even more if you stick around and take part in the conversation.

3. Play along.
Whether it's a Vintage Cookbook Challenge, an iReport assignment or a Twitter hashtag like #meatsongs, we truly appreciate the folks who are willing to play along. We're turning the ropes - just jump in when you're ready.

4. Tell your story.
When my colleagues throughout CNN ask me what kind of stories I'm looking for them to pitch, my first question is always, "What is the story only you can tell?" That's what we look for in bloggers, iReporters and Twitterers - show us your world in your way, and we'll help you shine a light on it.

And it never hurts to make us laugh so hard, we spit out our crappy office coffee.

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  1. molly yeh

    ahhhh i am scared and intimidated by alllllll these comments and bloggers, and their knife skills are probably way WAY better than mine. BUT i can fold a dumpling and make smiley face gifs out of it that don't look unlike a second grader's artwork. and i love channeling my jewish and asian heritages into one dish... which i got away with when i lived in brooklyn, but i just moved to a tiny town in north dakota and i am now learning that not everyone in the world dreams of bacon scallion challah or knows how to make hummus so that is a very fun challenge that i'm conquering on my blog!

    oh crap i just saw that this post from 2011. holler, kat?

    molly yeh (pronounced "yay!")

    September 17, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  2. Spicie Foodie

    I love your 'Blogger Spotlight'. I've discovered so many great bloggers because of it. I am also a food blogger and it's great to learn and get to know more about our fellow food bloggers. Thank you for allowing us a place to shamelessly self promote. My blog is Spicie Foodie,

    Nancy aka Spicie Foodie

    July 17, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  3. Admirer

    Check out the spice girl, a recently launched blog written with immense passion.
    Great recipes inspired by her travels and love of food.
    Can not wait for the next update.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Reply
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    One photographer, two lenses, one goal. Photograph thirty kitchens in 30 days here in the UAE. The ultimate goal is to document the normally unseen environment and production on the other side of the "kitchen" door, capture the human element behind the food we are served. Will it work? We will see. Thirty kitchens In 30 Days.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Reply
  5. Karen from Globetrotter Diaries

    Thanks for opening the door like this! I travel virtually by cooking foods from around the world and blog about intersections of food and culture (lover of history here) at I hope you enjoy it!

    May 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  6. Bryon D

    Ok Eatocracy and friends, check out my wife's gluten-free site, She used to be a professional baker but ended up a few years being gluten intolerant, what a nightmare for a baker! Instead of going to no more donuts therapy, she decided to use her skills and develop fabulous recipes for those suffering the same challenge but with the goal to make the gluten free recipes better than the gluten options all with a humorous and light hearted twist! Our local newspaper just did a story on her as well, check that out, there a video on her on the front page at and you'll find their feature on her at Best wishes all!

    May 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  7. Amrita

    Hi! I hope it's not too late to post here (or that you're still checking here)
    Thanks for this opportunity and a great post!

    My blog is
    started mainly because I hated my workplace job so damn much I had to find an outlet. My focus was on food photography but since I couldn't eat out all the time (that gets expensive!) I started to bake at home. Now my focus has shifted to baking and blogging as well!

    I hope you'll check it out.

    May 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  8. Patti Londre

    Oh how I wish I had been there to hear your words, THANKS for the video. I am keeping my eyeballs peeled for you all, working on next year's Camp Blogaway Bootcamp for Food Bloggers.

    April 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  9. laura @ hip pressure cooking

    ha.. ha... if I leave of my website.. how can you visit it!

    In case you are interested:

    The forgetful self-promter,


    April 23, 2011 at 12:55 am | Reply
  10. laura @ hip pressure cooking

    I've been waiting for my Fairy Blog Mother to show up and instantly launch my website into fame... but she must have gotten lost surfing and tweeting her way to Italy!

    Armed with a few extra tools, and tweets from your posted video series, I'm going to dust off my fairy wings, and try to do this on my own!

    Ciao and Thank you!


    April 23, 2011 at 12:54 am | Reply
  11. The Rooter To The Tooter

    The main requisite for writing about cookery and the lifestyle it embodies is a rich appetite. Without that, it's is unfeasible within God's given time, to have enough experience to have anything worth recording.

    My Blog on proper Creole living:

    April 16, 2011 at 10:58 am | Reply
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  13. The Culinerd

    I'm cooking my way through the alphabet – working to find ingredients, dishes, or techniques that I don't know or aren't very familiar with, and taking 2 weekends on every letter to try and increase my cooking/culinary knowledge. Please check me out!

    I would love interaction, tips, ideas – anything other great culinary minds would like to add!!!

    April 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  14. Gaby

    Woot woot! Lots of CA blogs around here! Mine is All about and fabulousness that comes from being a personal chef in Malibu!

    And I'm organizing the National Food Bloggers Bake sale this year!! More info here:

    April 8, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Reply
  15. Julie

    Please visit my blog: Inspired Home Kitchen. Recipes, home cooked meals made with bare hands and real ingredients, opinions of current events dealing with cooking and eating healthy, with a bit of my day to day life from Hailey, Idaho thrown in.

    Thank-you Eatocracy!

    April 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  16. Chelsea @ Sprinkles of Parsley

    Such a helpful post! It's my dream to find a way to take my love and passion for teaching others how easy cooking homemade recipes can be to the next level. Thanks for the tips and being so supportive to the blogging community!

    Please check out my blog Sprinkles of Parsley for my full-proof homemade recipes made with fresh ingredients and step-by-step pictures and tutorials.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:29 am | Reply
  17. Daniel "BBQ Snob" Vaughn

    It takes a lot of practice and cholesterol medication to become such a snob on smoked meat. I'm finally hitting my stride after 400 or so reviews of BBQ joints from Central Texas to the Panhandle, and even a couple in the Memphis Airport. If you need some tips on where to stop on your next trip to the Lone Star State, check out

    April 6, 2011 at 12:18 am | Reply
  18. Jim Quinn

    I check out eatocracy a couple times a week.

    check out my food blog @:

    My cooking, and eating out from Chicago to NOLA. Thanks for taking a look

    April 5, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  19. Jen

    I love this Eatocracry, good site.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:29 am | Reply
  20. VirgoBlue

    Love this open letter to food bloggers!

    You can check out my personal food blog at I could easily spill the 5 best destinations and unconventional food joints every food lover should visit in the San Francisco Bay Area (that aren't on every food critic's Top 100 List!).

    I also write for @bayareabites and do chef interviews, restaurant profiles and the occasional food truck review :).

    April 5, 2011 at 1:25 am | Reply
  21. Clay

    I really enjoy Eatocracy... you did an extra good job on the New Orleans week!

    I do mostly food related posts, but occasionally slip in music or news topics.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:08 am | Reply
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      I had Jambalaya for dinner Saturday, Sunday, and for lunch today: leftover Jambalaya!

      April 4, 2011 at 11:17 am | Reply
  22. Jesse

    Food writing can at times read like instructions for operating a flow cytometer. The allusions and references to arcane subjects and people seem to require a formal degree in food history and agrinomics. The Idiot Saveur is NOT the place to get that education.

    April 3, 2011 at 11:32 am | Reply
  23. Jen

    Thanks for the article...and the invite to participate. Food bloggers are great at connecting with each other- traditional media is a challenge. Great to know you're listening.

    April 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  24. Toby Bloomberg - @atsGf

    Very kind and generous of you. Here's my story ..

    On Valentine's Day (ironically) I launched, All The Single Girlfriends, the 1st social content destination for single women 40+ There are 20+ women sharing "girlfriend-to-girlfriend talk" about anything women would dish w/ their Gfs. It's personal .. no paid journalists.

    As you can imagine Food plays a huge part of our conversations. So much so that we're dedicating Fridays to everything and any thing food. Our stories range from recipes to wine to reviews and memories like mine of a singing soup bowl ;-)

    Would love y'all to drop by and would love your feedback.

    Twitter: @atsgf
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    April 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  25. Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers

    Thanks so much for this article and your genuine interest in food blogs and our crazy little world! I started a healthy living blog that follows my life as I try to eat healthy, workout and maintain balance while working full-time and navigating life as a newlywed. My blog is called Peanut Butter Fingers (because I eat an inordinate amount of peanut butter out of the jar with my finger) and I may be found at

    April 1, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  26. Launie@Teeny Tiny Kitchen

    We have a lot of fun with our blog. Our kitchen is so small that I've actually had to open the refrigerator door to have enough room to get photos in focus.
    Even in a small space we like to take on challenges and have a sense of humor about it. We recently made ricotta from scratch and then bread with the whey, made homemade bagels (not yet posted), stuffed a pork loin, dried some hot peppers, etc. We experiment with classic recipes from around the world and make up our own vegetarian and meat dishes. In the summer we go a little crazy with local ingredients from our C.S.A. basket.
    Team Shameless Self Promotion.

    April 1, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  27. Jenny @ Nourished Kitchen

    I do Nourished Kitchen – a site devoted to traditional foods: grass-fed meats, pasture-raised eggs, raw milk, heirloom vegetables, naturally fermented foods. We interweave our lives as farmers market managers, community gardeners and food activists into the recipes, posts and food philosophy of the site.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:24 am | Reply
  28. Christi @ Love From The Oven

    Joining in on the shameless self promotion...
    Love From The Oven:
    Baking up sweets and treats to give and eat. Keeping it simple, sweet & fun.

    April 1, 2011 at 10:05 am | Reply
  29. PBLover

    While I am not a food blogger myself, I recently discovered this food blog that in my opinion is just perfect:

    I really like the way this blog is set up. Each mouthwatering recipe has a beautiful picture and a printable format, and all of them are interesting as well as easy to follow. A bonus is the weekly Sunday dinner menu with recipes - I wish I could be invited over to the Galley Gourmet's house some Sunday for dinner! I truly do not know this person nor am I affiliated with her in any way, but you really need to check out her blog!

    April 1, 2011 at 9:38 am | Reply
  30. Jexsy Armstrong

    Thanks for this great opportunity!

    I am currently a Field Editor for Taste of Home magazine and here are my links;

    About Me: Full time Accountant with a big passion for cooking! Mom to a beautiful 8 year old princess: She is my partner in the kitchen! I also have a husband who loves my cooking very much.  My father was an excellent Dominican cook. I owe to him all the beautiful food memories.

    Cooking Triumph: Being able to perfect my traditional Mofongo recipe (a combination of mashed plantains and garlic and other delicious flavors) it is a hit at all family gatherings

    My Food For Thought: Cooking is all about the memories!

    My Other Interests: Music, Music, Music! my husband plays the piano and has a studio right next to my kitchen, so it is fun all day!
    food music=perfect combination!

    April 1, 2011 at 1:05 am | Reply
  31. Naa

    Thank you for allowing us a place to shamelessly promote ourselves. I feel like Donald Trump plugging myself so hard but I figure if a man with hair like a chia pet has such a healthy ego, I should embrace a little bit of his irrational self-esteem and plug my food blog again.

    March 31, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Reply
  32. Alejandra (@frijolita)

    I'm so glad you posted this! I was at SXSW for work and play – but didn't make it to TechMunch for MORE play!

    I blog in DC at One Bite At A Time ( – current/this year's obsession: learn how to butcher. So far getting more weird looks than helpful information!

    I also obsessively watch the DC restaurant scene for!

    March 31, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Reply
  33. H. Tim Smith

    Thank you CNN for helping the blogosphere! I'm a NKOTB but I'm passionate about what I do...there's nothing more motivating than writing for readers and reading what readers wrote about my writing really...

    March 31, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  34. BellyDance

    +1 for NoShmeat. Original and funny, and actually some NEW stuff, not just regurgitation. PLus They COINED A WORD (or rather, jacked it) it's in that first shmeat sandwich article there.

    March 31, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  35. James76er

    Honestly, the best site to show up recently is It's been mentioned here a few times, but eatocracy never picked up. Ima write them a comment to tweet it to @eatocracy next, see if that does nethin.

    March 31, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Reply
    • BellyDance


      March 31, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  36. actorsdiet

    awesome! i was at SXSW this year but had to miss out on techmunch. :(

    March 31, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  37. Donna

    OOohhh shameless self promotion! I'm all over that. My blog is Cookistry, but there's an awful lot of baking as well:

    March 31, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  38. Marcy

    I've been writing a cooking blog for a few years now. I started it for 2 reasons: first I was in a cooking rut and writing about it helped me get out of my rut AND I was tired of giving out the same recipes over and over again to my family members. If they want a recipe, they go look on the blog.

    Now that I'm getting a masters degree in nutrition and sustainable food systems, the blog's focus has changed slightly. I still post recipes and techniques but will cover sustainability and eco-friendly subjects, too.

    Cooking Rut -

    Thanks for the chance to be heard...

    March 31, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Reply
  39. The Runaway Spoon

    Thanks for offering the chance for all of us to be heard! These round-ups are also a great way for readers to find new blogs to read. I'll be scrolling through these comments for new discoveries. It's all about word of mouth!

    Oh yeah, and feel free to check me out at

    March 31, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  40. Melba/ Out A Thyme

    We are newbies to the blogging world, but already have had some exciting stuff go on.
    Take a look!

    March 31, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  41. BethB

    Nice folks featured here. Would love if you stopped by my kitchen for a view. It started out as a place to share the adventures of a former shark wrangler, traveler and avid cook. Then, along came motherhood, work on Eat Local Challenge ... and a so-far well-reviewed book, The Cleaner Plate Club. Humor and recipes are on the menu with a side of food politics and issues we all need to know about.

    March 31, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  42. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking

    Hi Eatocracy! I write Willow Bird Baking, a blog that seeks to inspire home cooks to build their kitchen confidence by tackling challenging, fun new recipes. I also teach a high school cooking course and happen to live in Charlotte, NC, where foodies are quite proud to claim Sarah LeTrent as a native :) Come see Willow Bird at

    March 31, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  43. katie o.

    Good to know our little blogs will get some lovin'.

    I write a blog called:
    It's nothing more than the musings of a wannabe foodie.

    March 31, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  44. Karen

    Instead of comments, this section should be called "Shameless Self-Promotions" for this article.
    And here's mine:

    Thanks for the insight.

    March 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  45. Laura @ A Little Zaftig

    Thanks for the insight!

    I write a blog from the Midwest featuring simple and approachable recipes, plus local gems and heritage foods.

    March 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  46. The Manly Housewife

    OK that twitter post work you got my attention. Now I have you bookmarked for future reference.

    March 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Reply
    • Kat Kinsman

      And that name got my attention! Can't wait to peruse.

      March 31, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  47. johnandelana

    I've been wondering how to throw my hat in the ring.

    Here is our link:

    My brother John and I write an Italian food focused blog with reviews (including our popular Bathroom of the Month award for restaurants), recipes – both popular family recipes, ones we make up, and ones we find lying around in the streets, and life stories.

    John often waxes poetic about 80's movies (relating them to food), and I explode my kitchen every 3 days in an effort to create something fantastic that is also edible.

    Oh yeah, and I make fun of John's prized possession – his hair.

    March 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  48. Bobbi

    Nice to see you had Rene on the panel. We met on Twitter (where else?) and I've enjoyed our conversations.

    Bobbi from
    (Woo! Gratuitous Self-Promotion!)

    March 31, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  49. Kelsey

    Sending love from a newbie on the food blogging scene. This is such a great panel, glad I found it on twitter. I'm so surprised that ya'll only have 5 staffers! I've noticed that the San Diego food blogging arena hasn't really been tapped into, it may be an area of SoCal to investigate!

    March 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Reply
    • Kathy

      San Diego food bloggers are in the house! :-) I've got, all about sandwiches and other recipes for the panini grill. When I'm not making sandwiches, is where I try out the recipes that are printed on food packaging labels. Lots of hidden gems there!

      March 31, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  50. Stacy @ Every Little Thing

    Great post! Here's my comment with my blog link haha. I write sort of a Beginner's Guide to all natural living.

    Seriously though, love Eatocracy and read it daily.

    P.S. Happy Opening Day from a St. Louis Cardinal!

    March 31, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Reply
    • Kat Kinsman

      Aaaaaand that's how it's done. On the radar, Ms. Stacy. Gonna go peek now.

      March 31, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Reply

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