SEO, brand identity, social media best practices. These are not typical topics a dietitian learns about. However, these are topics that will be covered during my next professional development course, Blog Brûlée.
I have been a registered dietitian for 15 years and have learned that the sky is the limit – you can make your own path.
Over these 15 years I’ve had jobs in many different areas of this profession.
My career started with helping the elderly in a nursing home. I went on to educate patients on renal disease in a dialysis center. I taught diabetes education classes. I counseled clients online. I stayed home to raise my babies. I created fun and nutritious menus for elementary school kids and managed kitchen staff.
None of the above compares to the fun I have writing, creating, and educating through the platform of blogging.
While this is a dream job for me, it has not been all easy. I have never worked more endless (and thankless) hours or dedicated myself to a job like I have over the past 12 months.
By working for myself, I have been able to focus on things that truly inspire me.
Following my interests led me to develop a fun and educational product for kid’s lunch boxes. Lunch Bites™ lunch box note cards are launching soon – so stay tuned and enjoy a sneak preview of the work in progress:
Over the course of the year I have learned how to create a functioning website (usually), take better photos (sometimes), figure out social media (sort of), and share great recipes (hopefully).
The path I followed didn’t provide me with a background in website development, marketing knowledge, social media know how (it was nonexistent in my college days) or other skills I now need and have been trying to learn.
I was in search of something that could help me learn as much as I could in a professional way. Enter Blog Brûlée.
Blog Brûlée was founded by 4 dietitians with some really interesting backgrounds. I highly recommend you check out Regan Jones, RD, Gretchen Brown, RD, Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD, and Robin Plotkin, RD here. They have developed some amazing healthy eating websites that you must check out.
So what is Blog Brûlée?
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Blog Brûlée is an invitation-only, exciting, experiential weekend shared among a small, intimate number of healthy food bloggers and Registered Dietitian bloggers. The event is designed to provide education and professional development opportunities, as well as a forum for discussion and relationship building surrounding topics such as blogging and social media best practices, fundamentals of food photography, communication and marketing strategies, community niche development, brand identity and monetization.
When I saw this opportunity I was so excited – I applied right away. Then the wait was on to find out if I was one of the 20 dietitians chosen for a coveted spot in this weekend conference held in Vermont. In February I found out I made the cut!
Learning all I can on this trip is what I need, but truth be told, the part I am really looking forward to is connecting with other dietitians who are traveling the same road as I am.
These women are the up and coming food and nutrition bloggers to watch for. I highly recommend you check out their blogs and get to know them. I can’t wait to do so in person in just a couple of weeks!
Ginger Hultin, MS RDN CSO ··· Champagne Nutrition
Brittany Poulson, MDA, RDN, CD, CDE ··· Your Choice Nutrition
Tawnie Kroll, RDN ··· Krolls Korner
Christy Brissette, MS, RD ··· 80 Twenty Nutrition – Healthy Eating Made Simple
Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD ··· Nutrition A La Natalie.com
Elizabeth (Liz) Shaw, MS, RDN, CLT ··· Shaw Simple Swaps
Stephanie McKercher, MS, RDN ··· Grateful Grazer
Annemarie Rossi ··· Real Food Real Deals
Kristy Hegner, MPH, RD ··· Chocolate Slopes
Lauren Sharifi, RD LDN ···
Jessica DeGore RD LDN ··· Dietitian Jess
Bailey Sissom ··· Simply Sissom
Rebecca Clyde RD, CD ··· Nourish Nutrition Co.
Kelli Shallal MPH, RD, CPT ··· Hungry Hobby
Amber Ketchum, MDS, RD ···
Dianna Sinni, RDN, LD ··· Chard In Charge
Emily Cope-Kyle, MS, RDN ··· Emily Kyle Nutrition
Thank you to all of my readers who have read and shared my work over the past year. With my focus shifting to work on other projects and staying home with my children this summer, my posts have slowed down. I plan to pick back up and share some go to recipes your family is sure to love.
My attendance at the Blog Brûlée is/was partially funded by Sponsors of the Blog Brûlée , and I received a discounted registration to the event in exchange for writing this post. Opinions expressed are my own. I was not compensated for my time.”