Project Food Blog: Challenge #1: Ready, Set, Blog!

As your typical first child and over-achiever, I’m always up for a challenge! When Foodbuzz reached out to their Featured Publishers with a 12-week competition in order to find the “Next Food Blog Star”, they definitely had my attention! I immediately signed up for Project Food Blog.

(picture c/o Project Food Blog’s Facebook page)

From their website: Project Food Blog is the first-ever interactive competition where thousands of Foodbuzz Featured Publishers are competing in a series of culinary blogging challenges.

Over the next twelve weeks, competitors will brace challenges such as:

  • tackling a classic dish from another culture
  • developing a luxurious dinner party menu
  • creating a video post for their readers to enjoy
  • taking a recipe and put their own spin on it

Those are my kind of challenges! So let’s get food bloggin’!

For Challenge #1, the folks at Foodbuzz asked, “what defines you as a food blogger and why should you be the next food blog star?”

I recently described Poise in Parma as a healthy living blog where you would find my ramblings on my search for balance in life, job, blog and dog.  It’s interesting how food plays a in each of those areas of my life.

LIFE: I focus on finding balance in life where I get to enjoy all of the things that I love. Through this blog, I’ve discovered that one of my passions is cooking for loved ones. I’ve shown you how to make some great recipes, including some secret family recipes and new healthified dishes:

JOB: My hometown has developed the status of a culinary hot spot in America in the past few years. I’m one of Cleveland’s biggest fans and I have a job where I am honed into our thriving restaurant scene. Since the creation of this blog, I’ve taken you to some great foodie events in my hometown:


…as well as dined at some pretty amazing CLE restaurants and shared my experiences with you:

BLOG: When I started Poise in Parma, I was looking for an outlet for my writing outside my professional duties. Being a writer/blogger seems like it would be a lonely existence. I have found quite the contrary to be true. I’ve met amazing writers and women in this wonderful blogging community. We happen to get together for food related functions the majority of the time:


DOG: Grady is a pretty good sous-chef. He always ends up in the kitchen ready to help – or at least ready to eat!

How can you say no that face?! What I should be asking you is how can you say no to THIS face:

That’s what I thought!

At the very least, I encourage to you head over to Foodbuzz and check out my contest profile. There I explain:

  • why I look up to Michael Ruhlman as a food blogger
  • why making my mom’s chicken paprikash for the first time was my most memorable foodie moment
  • what I find most rewarding about food blogging

No matter how far I make it in Project Food Blog, I’m proud to take part in this first challenge with my fellow Foodbuzz Featured Publishers – all 1,845 of them!

What’s your favorite food blog? Other than this one, OF COURSE!

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  1. Elina (Healthy and Sane) says:

    Hehe. I think you’d make a great food blog star. I just wrote my post last night. It’s such a great first challenge because it really reminds us all of why we blog and what we should focus on! Have a great weekend! 😀

  2. sippitysup says:

    Another overachieving first child. My kind of woman! We have a lot in common. Except that woman thing! Seriously I came to check out the competition and love what I see. Good Luck. GREG

  3. AthleteComesBack says:

    This is awesome, best of luck to you. I look forward to following your blog as a local person. It looks like I will find some great places to dine healthy at. Also, find some of the delicious recipes you share.

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