Dorie Greenspan, keynote speaker at this year’s International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC) and author of 10 cookbooks, encouraged an audience of more than 300 bloggers to always say yes to opportunities and follow their dreams.
“I think I’ve been fortunate because I’ve always said yes,” she told an adoring audience.
Dorie, humble and self-deprecating, made for an inspirational start to IFBC. She shared with the audience how she started out in food writing with no formal culinary or writing background. She admitted that her mother didn’t even cook or bake! Dorie said “yes” to the opportunities that came her way because she figured they would be fun and interesting, and that she’d learn something. She also “wanted to stop being nervous” and gain skills and confidence.
Her other bit of wisdom: “Concentrate on the work.”
By this she means write for yourself, not others. Do the work that makes you happy. When Dorie started out, she didn’t have the instant gratification of blog comments or social media. But after publishing Baking: From My Home to Yours in 2006 and starting a food blog, she discovered a huge community interacting with her work. It made her realize that writers today have more power than ever before to encourage people to do what makes them happy.
Dorie, thank you for an inspirational keynote!
Photo of Dorie Greenspan by Robyn Lee.