Thursday, January 7, 2010
You Meet the Nicest People on the Internet
Contrary to what your mother always told you, it's possible to meet the nicest people on the internet. Thanks to Twitter, I've met several professional chefs, a few budding entrepreneurs, some restaurant owners, and a whole bunch of nice people who like to cook and eat. The weird thing is I've never really MET any of these people--we are only acquainted online. Yet, we share recipes, shopping tips, cooking tips, personal observations, and a lot of clever comments every day.
Last Monday, I had a particularly amazing experience. I participated in Foodies' Night In as sponsored by the team at www.cookingwithcaitlin.com. From 4:00-6:00 pm, Daisy Mae's Market was one of the hosts for an online chat focused on recipes and how social media is used to share cooking ideas. All kinds of people chimed in with thoughts and comments--some from as far away as Italy, but many were also Cincinnati locals that I had previously crossed paths with on Twitter. From this 2-hour exchange, my network of contacts grew, I acquired several tempting recipes, and I learned one or two new cooking techniques. Now THAT'S what I call "Social Media."I'd like to thank the Cooking with Caitlin team for including me in this online exchange. You can be sure that I'll be checking in every Monday for Foodies' Night In. To join in, use the hashtag #fni and follow me @daisymaesmarket.