Making Friends Online: Blogs Worth Checking Out
By JAYME McKILLOP
I hope some of you have had the chance to check out Rancho’s new blog RanchoVignola.com/blog
, which was added to our website last year. As Rancho’s official blogger, this has been an exciting and challenging endeavour for me.
Fortunately, I have discovered other writers along the way who have been truly helpful in showing me the power of the blog. Having an online forum to share pertinent information at any time was a bit overwhelming for me at first. Thankfully, my fellow bloggers have helped to educate and inspire me to share great information about whole food that is simple and nourishing.
Here are a few favourites who have become special online friends of Rancho:
Meghan Telpner. My first never-miss-a-post blogging love affair started with Ontario’s Meghan Telpner. Her blog is bright and colourful, and I love the cute, spunky commentary that she injects into every post. Meghan calls herself a “nutritionista” and is truly passionate about what she does. A detection of Crohn’s disease early on in her advertising career forced Meghan to take a look at her diet and figure out how she could overcome this supposedly incurable disease. Ten years later, not only is Meghan disease-free, she is also a blogging superstar who now inspires others to begin their own health revolution.
Our personal connection with Meghan began when we offered a giveaway to her readers, and Rancho Vignola has now sponsored two of Meghan’s blog posts with prizes! Check them out by searching “Rancho Vignola” at her blog: MeghanTelpner.com
I then discovered Vancouver’s Sondi Bruner, one of Meghan’s interns who started her own blog. Sondi’s writing style is clean and straightforward, with interesting and challenging recipes to try. She has dealt extensively with her own personal food aversions and has no lack of passion to try new things. Being a certified holistic nutritionist and freelance writer has given Sondi a rich and unique approach to blogging. She educates people about allergy-friendly diets and how to balance health and safety in the kitchen with flavour and mystique: SondiBruner.com
Chef Heidi Fink.
Another exciting connection I made last year was with the acclaimed Chef Heidi Fink of Victoria. I knew of Heidi when I worked at the Rebar Restaurant in beautiful downtown Victoria.
Chef Heidi Fink.
Heidi was the executive chef there for some years and had a reputation for producing spectacular dishes! Upon discovering she was a Rancho customer and an avid blogger, I contacted her last year for a meeting. We hit it off right away and decided to do a promotional giveaway at her blog site, which was met with great success!
Heidi has such a flair for flavour and every recipe on her blog is rustic and almost romantic in the way she accentuates the ingredients.
Her recipes all have purpose, and you know she is a dedicated lover of her community and the unique food culture of Vancouver Island. Check out Heidi’s blog and be inspired!: ChefHeidiFink.com
Make sure you keep checking the Rancho blog for interesting info, recipes, video announcements and more. See you in the blogosphere!