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Submitted by on February 11, 2010 – 11:01 am4 Comments

Each night when I sit down at my computer, the house quiet, the day of laundry, children, school, meals, errands, dishes and so on behind me, I find myself too tired to do those things which I have put off all day until I had the house to myself again. At the top of that list is writing this (or any other) post. So much has been going on in the land of the T-Stop, and I can’t wait to share it with you. But there are also two feet of fresh snow outside my garage door right now. This after I spent the better part of my day shoveling what I could from the driveway to “keep ahead of the snow.” I stopped shoveling when I realized that there was just no keeping ahead. On the bright side, I have the beginnings of a lovely ice rink in my driveway, if I could just find the garden hose. On the down side: my area of the country is no longer under a Severe Winter Storm Warning, we are now under a Blizzard Warning. Oh Boise.

Moving on.

There are just a few juicy tidbits that I can no longer keep to myself. The first tidbit, I must admit, ranks pretty high up on my awesome meter. TasteStopping has found a sponsor for Camp Blogaway!  And it’s not any old run of the mill sponsor, either. Who is it, you ask? The great people at RegionalBest.com.  Go ahead, click on that link. I can wait. But once you do, I bet it’s going to take you a mighty long time to get back to reading the rest of this post. Why? In a word: chocolate, lobster, honey, tamales, whoopie pies, filet mignon… The list is seemingly endless and oh-so delicious.

I’ll devote a separate post to the edible wonders at RegionalBest.com shortly. For now, though, let me express my barely-contained excitement at the thought of the TasteStopping S’more Sessions at Camp Blogaway. Imagine fresh Vanilla Marshmallows toasted over the fire, then sandwiched between artisanal milk chocolate and a delicate cracker made with pure Vermont maple syrup.  I’m getting a little teary thinking about it. And the beauty of it is that RegionalBest.com is providing all the fixin’s. Marshmallows from kitchen witch, chocolate from Grocer’s Daughter and crackers from Castleton Crackers. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Because the clock is a-tickin’ and I have other things to say, I will promise more details of the fun to come at Camp Blogaway with RegionalBest.com. For now, though, I want to let you know of another exciting venture that I am seriously pondering here at TasteStopping. Recently I ran across a great article on the blog Better with Butter, which gave five excellent tips on how to drive more traffic to your food blog. Several of the steps are things that pertain to those of you who create fresh, original content for your blogs on a regular basis. For that reason alone, I recommend reading the article. However, those tips also don’t really apply to TasteStopping, or so I thought.

Until something interesting happened.

Kelly at Evil Shenanigans sent out a tweet that she was interested in “guest blogging” for another site, should any parties happen to be interested in having her. It’s not unheard of and actually coincides with Tip #3 in the aforementioned article. Placing your original content on other sites will inevitably drive traffic back to your site and expose your work to a whole new audience. While I retweeted Kelly’s offer and thought about how to help her, it dawned on me. I should/need to/want to/will open up TasteStopping to the occasional guest appearance. Why not? The visual work of food bloggers who are mostly NOT me fuels the heart of this site; why not add some of their spirit as well, if it’s an opportunity that benefits all people involved.

Which is my quiet way of saying, “Pssst. Pssst! Yeah, you. Over there in the white rain slicker and go-go boots. You wanna write an article for (looks around cautiously) the T-Stop?” Send me your ideas, or just a note saying you’re interested, and I’m sure we can work something out. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think it would be fun. Hopefully you think so, too.

But Kelly has first dibs.

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