Food Blogger Camp: Final Video, thoughts & sad farewell

by White on Rice Couple on January 19, 2010

Food bloggers are a force to be reckoned with in more ways than we could have ever imagined. In just two years of writing, photographing and sharing our lives with all of you from around the world, the impact of all your friendship, support and community has been one of the things we hold closest to our hearts.

For many of us, the driving force behind our stamina and enthusiasm for blogging comes from the powerful community we are a part of.  The topic of community seemed to be one of the strongest themes that we discussed during this amazing week at Club Med’s Food Blogger Camp in Ixtapa, Mexico. The importance of building community, and supporting one another to be come better writers, photographers and bloggers was what made this Food Blogger vacation week  so inspiring.

Informative workshops led byJaden and David, Elise, Dianne, Matt, Michael and Donna, Adam, and us (Todd & Diane) all had the same underlying focus: to help one another become better at what we do. And to have fun doing it.

Without this phenomenal food blogging community that we all participate in, cyberspace would be a much lonelier place. Every week, food bloggers gather somewhere in the world to eat, share, laugh and encourage one another. We’re always reading or hearing about blogging communities coming together to eat, learn and disucuss all and any topics related to bettering out blogs. Anytime food bloggers come together to support one another, we’re further building the integrity and strength of  this community that we value so much.

The friendships that we’ve gained over these two amazing years is the true treasure of food blogging. We owe it all to this invaluable community of food lovers, all of you, that energize us and rally us to keep blogging with integrity, spirit and conviction. Thank you to everyone who attended Food Blogger Camp 2010 and we hope that the rest of you will be able to join us at this amazing event again next year at Club Med ! Start saving your pennies, NOW!

A special thank you to Jaden, Kate and everyone at Club Med for brining us together and providing such an amazing forum for the workshops!

See you next year!,

Diane and Todd

Video : During the first part of the week, we captured footage to create a final video to present at our Multimedia Workshop at Food Blogger Camp. (for those with slow internet connection, the first viewing might be choppy. Let the video load all the way first, then you can watch through it’s entirety ,without disruption)

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1 DianasaurDishes January 19, 2010 at 1:14 pm

One of the greatest highlights for me was meeting the two of you! Thanks for your hands on photography help Dianne, and thank you both for all your pointers on multimedia, but most of all for your friendship. Can’t wait to see you again.

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2 Jaden January 19, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Dear Auntie Diane and Uncle Todd,

I love all the pictures! Thank you and I love you so much! But Mommy didn’t let me bring the big rock home. Do you still have your tattoos?

Nathan and Andrew

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3 White on Rice Couple January 19, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Dear Nathan and Andrew,
Your mom is so un-cool. What a dud she is for not letting you take Willie the rock home.
Come live with us, we have two dogs and a garden full of Willies . ;)
love you both much,
auntie D and uncle T
p.s. Tattoos are still there. You sure they were temporary?

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4 Maria January 19, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Glad you had such a nice time. The photos are wonderful!

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5 Lori @ RecipeGirl January 19, 2010 at 1:25 pm

omg, this video made me both laugh & cry. I miss it all!! Thanks a whole bunch for taking the time to put these wonderful memories together in a video. You captured all that it was- paradise & friendship!

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6 barbara January 19, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Great job on the video Todd and Diane. You really captured ‘friendship’ My son no longer works at Club Med and I’m loving having him home. If I show him this he’ll probably want to go back. He recently became engaged to a former Club Med colleague, so we have much to be thankful to Club Med for. I miss our trips to Club Med now he isn’t there.

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7 Lars Kiilerich January 19, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I soooo want to go next year.. im green with envy..

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8 Lucy Lean January 19, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Looks like a lot of fun – count me in for next year – by then I may even have my OWN blog up and running?!!! The pics look so beautiful – I’m tempted to take the family in Feb – any tips before I book?
Lucy xxx

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9 Brooke @ Food Woolf January 19, 2010 at 1:57 pm

OMG, Diane & Todd, you two are just incredible. Your friendship quotes truly express how I feel about this trip, blogging, and you both. I feel so lucky to have such incredible and generous friends. Your eyes, your hearts, and your minds are a treasure.

I am blown away by you. Your talents are boundless.

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10 Dawn (KitchenTravels) January 19, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Nice job on the vid! And your photos are always great. Maybe next year I’ll join you all.

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11 Lauren January 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Wow, stunning photos and video. Thanks so much for sharing. I wanna go next year!

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12 Steve-Anna January 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm

OMG, Diane & Todd! Just finished watching the video, and I can’t wipe the smile off my face. You perfectly captured the essence of our time together – the warmth of it all, both inside and out. The soundtrack brings it all to life.

Thank you so much for being you!!
xoooxox, Steve-Anna

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13 Richard Stevens January 19, 2010 at 3:22 pm

D & T- WOW!! Amazing! Thank you for that!!!

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14 kathryn v January 19, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Beeaauutiful! I wish I can join all you guys… but then I might be really blog-starstruck (*.*)
Thank you for inspiring me and coaxing out my creative (and hungry!) side with all of your lovely photos and delicious recipes. If only I had better writing skills…I’d start my own blog, too.
With much love & respect, Kat

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15 Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary January 19, 2010 at 3:48 pm

What a beautiful video!! Loved it! Was almost in tears at the end. Can’t tell you how I much I would have loved to have been there. I would kill to take a class with Matt & Adam (thanks for the parchment rippin’ tip!). Everyone looked like they were having so much fun, especially Jaden shakin’ her booty! Thanks for sharing that D&T.

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16 DEBRA S January 19, 2010 at 4:26 pm

just found you guys a couple months back and i so appreciate your site as well as your spirits! i’m a brand new blogger and would really like to take advantage of these camps/conferences – can you tell me what is planned and where for 2010? thanks again for the absolutely terrific work!

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17 White on Rice Couple January 19, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Debra- We’re not sure where the organizers have planned for 2011 Club Med food blogger camp. Keep checking back!

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18 Deanna B January 19, 2010 at 5:09 pm

What an incredible experience. If only they offered scholarships. I don’t think I will ever be able to go on a student’s budget. Someday though. In the mean time I will just have to learn as much as I can from amazingly generous bloggers like you both.

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19 White on Rice Couple January 19, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Deanna B- don’t give up, you never know what can happen between now and next years event! Hope to see you there. In the meantime, we’ll try to share as much of our experience to you as we can.

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20 Jane Ridolfi January 19, 2010 at 7:17 pm

diane and todd……awesome……I don’t even remember seeing you two taking these videos and pictures! So fabulous………thanks so much for sharing and for doing such an incredible job……….Best, Jane

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21 Sarah Olson January 19, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Great video Todd and Dianne! You have a knack for story telling with video. Thanks for all the time you put into making this, I’ll be sharing it with my family and friends–and watching it fondly as the rain comes down.

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22 Kelsey/TheNaptimeChef January 19, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I am so bummed I missed it. Next year I hope!

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23 Lisa/AuthenticSuburbanGourmet January 19, 2010 at 7:53 pm

GREAT photographs! Really fun to follow your adventures there and to see what a wonderful time everyone had and the knowledge they learned. Thank you for sharing!

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24 Jaden January 19, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Lucy- you’re family will love Ixtapa! They’ve got a full kids program.

We’ll post details about next FB Camp sooooooon….

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25 Dianne Jacob January 19, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Thanks Diane and Todd for capturing the week in words and so many moving images, not to mention a terrific video. I enjoyed meeting you both and was impressed by your work ethic during the week. Thanks for sharing so much of yourselves and your work with us.

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26 Fran January 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Diane and Todd, thank you so much for all your hard work putting this together. I will watch this video over and over during the course of the year while I wait for 2011′s FB Camp.

Just like the others who gave so much of their time preparing for and delivering presentations, you gave us more than just words. We will all take away lessons … information … that we could never have gotten had we not had the opportunity to spend a week together.

I’m looking forward to the future!

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27 amy January 19, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

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28 justcooknyc January 20, 2010 at 10:30 am

sounds like it was awesome

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29 Karen@Mignardise January 20, 2010 at 11:32 am

Loved your video and photos! They’ve inspired me to start saving so I can attend next year. Don’t think I’d want to miss out on the fun one more year!

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30 Margot January 20, 2010 at 1:49 pm

It looks like all of you had a great time! :) I’m sooo jealous, Mexico is one of my favourite places in the World, after Dominica of course…

Last weekend I went with Michelle of Greedygourmet to China Town here in London… we got soaked in cold rain… but we had fun too ;)

Have a great evening!

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31 my spatula January 20, 2010 at 2:26 pm

love seeing so much JOY through the faces of the local and bloggers alike.

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32 Divina January 21, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Great photos. That was a lot of fun. I hope to meet other food bloggers one day and that include both of you.

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33 matt January 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm

WOW, what a fantastic looking trip, with a wonderful group of amazing cooks and bloggers. Love the video, the photos, everything! great work guys.

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34 Kate/Kajal January 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm

What beautiful pictures ! You guys really did have a blast. Nice to see what blogging has brought together. Thanks so much for sharing, made me feel like I was almost there :)

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35 mvmaithai January 23, 2010 at 4:41 am

Found you from Jaden’s blog. I love everything about your blog, from your writing to your videos. You guys are so talented! BTW, what software do you use for editing the videos?
Thanks for all the tips.

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36 White on Rice Couple January 23, 2010 at 8:28 am

Mvmaithai- We use Final Cut Pro for Mac’s. It’s more difficult to use, but if you’re on Mac, iMovie works beautifully and much more simple.

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37 Fran December 30, 2010 at 7:58 pm

The two of you continue to be among my biggest sources of inspiration; your writing, photography, videos, but mostly your kind gestures and help and your positive and warm, welcoming acceptance of everyone and response to every question. See you soon on the beaches of Mexico! :)

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