Contest update: our biggest contest ever will be announced tomorrow – we had originally planned for today but timing (that will be more obvious tomorrow) has been adjusted slightly.
The world is getting smaller by the minute. Our involvement in Social media (through this site as well as through our work) has really shown how connected we’re all becoming and how easy it is to become connected with those from every far away.
Over the last little while I’ve been really enjoying a couple of ways to connect with people through Well Preserved and I thought I’d share them – perhaps you want to play along!
- Friday afternoon recipe ideas. Over the winter I’ve had a lot of fun occasionally asking Twitter for fantastic weekend meal ideas. I ask around lunch time, log off and continue with my day. I log back on to Twitter at the end of the day and review any suggestions. It’s been awesome to see a list of recipes from around the world and try different things that I never would have tried otherwise (the highlight was Butternut Squash and Hazelnut Lasagna from SKlose).
- It’s been a lot of fun to ask the Facebook group what everyone’s cooking. We’ve had a tonne of different answers that have inspired our kitchen and It’s been neat to hear what’s going on in everyone’s kitchen and it’s a constant reminder that I have to learn so much more about cooking than I am actually comfortable admitting to myself.
- Search Engine Terms used to find us. This one is hidden behind the scenes but it’s a great deal of fun seeing what people search to arrive at WellPreserved (we don’t know who typed what, simply see the terms that are used when people search us out). It’s been very interesting to see the changing of the seasons through search terms – as Strawberries have hit the Southern US and Asparagus are creeping northward (they’re available in the lower half of the US right now), searches for those recipes increase. Just as seeing the first leaves will be a sure sign of spring, these terms are a steady reminder of the connections we all share to so many far away places.
The real joy of the global community came from an innocent question on the Facebook group this weekend. We asked “What’s cooking in your kitchen?”. The answers included:
- Cleaning out my freezer for this years fruits…
- Just picked up flat of fresh picked strawberries…
- We are in Autumn and the cold rain has finally come….
How cool is that? The posts (in order) show Spring, Summer and Fall – all on the same day!
We’re all in very different ‘local’ zones though we share a common bond of harvest, food, sharing and preparing it. It’s such a reminder of how close – yet how far we all are.
If you’re looking to get more involved in meeting and sharing ideas of local food globally, here’s a few places to start:
- We wrote an article on why and how to use Twitter exclusively for pursuing food interests. It needs an update (it’s almost 2 years old) but it’s a good start.
- There’s lots of great FaceBook Groups around food (ours is here). Check out some of our friends:
- If you have a food blog that you love or want to plug your own – share it in the comments below or add it to the threads on our Facebook group. When plugging be sure to provide a short description of what people can expect to find there.
I love all of the organic sharing that’s happening in so many digital spaces ‘out’ here!
Happy Monday all!