Friday, January 02, 2015

Happy New Year & Thanks!

The beginning of a new year triggers introspection. It is very easy to get swept away by all the end-of-year madness, so it is important to pause and reflect on the good and bad aspects of the previous year to learn and grow from our mistakes and accomplishments, as we resolve to make 2015 an even better year by working together to promote Atlanta as the gateway to the Southern food experience.

The year of 2014 was a good one for the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society. We more than tripled our membership, participated in 23 members-only dining experiences, and received exclusive media passes to five premiere Atlanta food events. Our Twitter feed was named "Best Atlanta Food Tweeter" by Creative Loafing, and we were instrumental in bringing the nationally-renowned “TECHmunch” Food Blogger Conference to Atlanta, as well as well as the worldwide phenomenon, “Diner En Blanc.” Our members won a variety of awards for writing, cooking and recipe development. We had members featured in Best Self Atlanta and Jezebel magazines, interviewed on NPR, and highlighted on websites and television including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Fox5 News, Thrillist, Eater Atlanta, Atlanta Eats and Huffington Post.

I'm incredibly grateful that we continue to thrive, despite the ever-changing and aggressive industry we represent. We initiated some powerful changes within the last year in an effort to enhance the visibility and credibility of our members, and to strengthen our core membership. To my immense relief and gratitude, those changes have resulted in a Society that is even more electric and resilient than ever before. We are now 42 members strong with an incredibly diverse readership and content scope.

Now, let’s be honest. We could not have achieved these pinnacles without your support and readership. We write our posts with you all in mind. We chronicle our experiences and opinions and share our recipes and stories in the hope that it will spark a chord with you; our audience. We thank each one of you for taking the time to read our member blogs, and we welcome your comments, questions, and feedback.

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