Meet Addie Broyles, a force to be reckoned with in the world of Austin Gastronomy and a member of our all-star lineup of panelists at this year’s BATX:
Addie Broyles is a writer, photographer, blogger and quilter based in Austin, Texas.
As a food writer for the Austin American-Statesman, she covers everything from cookbooks and food trends to farmers markets, food entrepreneurs and culinary culture in the Wednesday food section, where she has a weekly column called Relish Austin.
At home, when she’s not chasing after her two young sons, the Ozarks native and University of Missouri graduate writes about women and food at TheFeministKitchen.com and is the special projects chair of theAustin Food Blogger Alliance.
In April 2013, the History Press published “The Austin Food Blogger Alliance Cookbook,” a community cookbook that Broyles spearheaded and whose production she oversaw.
In 2011, Addie was named by Tribeza magazine as one of the top 10 Austinites to watch, and for four years in a row, readers of the Austin Chronicle have voted her the top food writer in the city. CNN’s Eatocracy bloghas a food crush on her, and she has been a judge for the Statesman Social Media Awards since 2009.
Her freelance work has appeared in Dwell, The Guardian, Metropolis, Bust and Food Network Magazine. For recent clips, go to the “work” tab at the top of the page.
Support the Austin Food Blogger’s Alliance by buying a copy of their cookbook!
What do you value most about your online community?
How supportive everyone is, regardless of what “role” they play in the online community. From hardcore bloggers to fervent Instagrammers and active Yelpers, there’s plenty of space for everyone, and we all celebrate one another’s successes, both small and large, personal and professional.
What are some of your favorite blogs to read on a regular basis?
To be honest, I’ve fallen out of the habit of reading blogs on a regular basis. It’s been on a slow decline since Google Reader shut down, but now, I prefer to get blog posts in my inbox, but many of my favorite bloggers seem to have moved their commentary away from the traditional blogging platform to social media. I’m hoping that Blogathon will help rekindle this flame for me as a blog reader and writer!
What is one piece of advice you’d give someone starting their first blog?
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and be vulnerable. Readers are looking for a personal connection, not some sterile writing that could have come from a robot.
How would you like to see online community evolve or change for the better?
Be more mindful about the community as a living entity that can so easily get worked up over something that doesn’t matter. I see up whip ourselves into a frenzy over perceived slights or outrageous behavior or a misunderstanding or someone’s misdeeds. If we were all breathing and focusing on quieting our offline minds a little more, our online presence would benefit.
What is one blog post you’ve written that you are particularly proud of?
This one was one of my first on the Feminist Kitchen.