Club Med’s food blogger camp is in full swing with dynamic and highly informative workshops in an amazing tropical setting. A group of food bloggers from all around the world gathered in daily workshops super-charged with information rich content to better our blogs by some of the communities leading bloggers.
Michael and Donna Ruhlman from Ruhlman.com
Sunday’s workshop with Michael and Donna Ruhlman included an intimate and engaging discussion for aspiring writers and photographers. Michael has written a series of highly successful food related books and Donna has been a photojournalist since 1982. Some valuable tips that this dynamic husband and wife team shared with the group were:
- To better your writing skills, you need to practice, practice and practice. Commit yourself to set aside writing time, a little bit every day.
- Start small and give yourself short writing project. For example, set aside 2 hours a day and work on a 350 word piece. Train your brain to write a little bit every night. Make it a daily routine.
- Time management is of the utmost importance. Turn off the email and remove yourself from other distractions like Facebook and Twitter so that you can purely focus on your writing.
- It’s important to not just write about yourself, but to reach out to other people. Write about the people around you and become part of a community. Giving more of yourself to helping others is the greatest reward and that’s in return will pay back in many ways.
- Michael was extremely encouraging about the future of writing and the continued possibilities in making money in writing.
- Photograph every day and focus on simple, single subjects. Then graduate to photographing multiple elements in a photo. Sometimes less is more.
- Make time to understand lighting and again, start simple with one light source, then gravitate to adding more light sources when you need it. For example, Donna loves the simple set up of back lighting and then adding a bounce in front of your subject if needed.