So remember when I ooohed and aaaahed about Eat Local Eat Natural? And when I went to that township zoning board meeting to say “Hey, this business is awesome; you should let them build their distribution center”?

Well…they want to hire me to write for them! I will essentially be blogging for them. I’ll write stories about their farmers, featured chefs, and aspects of the business (like the delivery truck they’re currently converting to run on veggie oil/biodeisel).

On September 13th, I’ll be attending the Homegrown Festival in Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown and blogging from the scene. I know several of you are heavily involved in this festival…will I see you there? Any thoughts on aspects to cover, or niches that aren’t already being filled? Or should I just show up early to set up tables?

And everybody…what are your thoughts on personal vs. professional blogging? I don’t want to turn my blog into an advertisement, and I don’t want to abandon Eat Close to Home. I’m hoping to keep talking about my personal efforts to eat more sustainably, garden, cook at home, etc. on this blog. But where’s the line when it comes to talking about local food sources? Do you consider it a problem if I mention the same producers here and at the ELEN blog? Or does that sound too much like “a word from our sponsors”?



  1. farm mom said,

    August 15, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Very cool! Congrats Emily!

  2. TeacherPatti said,

    August 15, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Congrats, girl!

    And please come to the Harvest Hootenanny afterwards…it’ll be at the Z’s Roadhouse, benefiting Project Grow. I am on the committee for this event, so I’ll be pimping it soon….

  3. dakota said,

    August 15, 2008 at 4:38 pm


    Personally, I think it’d be sad to no longer read the adventures you blog about here, and while local readers might read both blogs, it is unlikely that I would (I’m in Montana) although I’m never going to say never. But I find your food adventures, ramblings and spreadsheets helpful. 🙂 I certainly wouldn’t mind reading about your thoughts on your local farmers/suppliers in addition to what you already post.

  4. August 15, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    I think you should still blog – your write wonderfully. I look forward to more!

  5. Gina said,

    August 15, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Agree, don’t give up this blog. I live to far south to be part of your local scene, but still love to hear about your latest finds and adventures in eating local (and I do get up to MI once or twice a year, so I would still love to hear about the local places). Congrats!!

  6. cleanerplateclub said,

    August 15, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    What a score! That’s a great job, so congratulations. I say combine them – they hired you because of what you’ve showed here, they must want more of the same. If you start to feel a conflict, you’ll know it and then can rethink it then. But in the meantime, congratulations. That’s a fantastic gig!

  7. August 15, 2008 at 8:48 pm


  8. Emily said,

    August 16, 2008 at 7:25 am

    Thanks, everybody! It really makes me feel good to hear all your support and encouragement. I will definitely keep blogging here – I just don’t want y’all to think I’ve sold out to The Man, even if it’s a local, natural Man. 🙂

  9. Daisy said,

    August 16, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Do what’s fun and what allows you to live the way you want to live. Don’t fret about the perception that you’ve sold out to The Man – we’ve all got to make a living somehow. I think your opportunities sound incredibly positive! (If you believe in “The Man” and “The Man’s” cause, I think he ceases to be “The Man.”)

  10. August 16, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Way to go, Emily! You’ll have to find your own balance between the two writing gigs (over, and over again, I’ve found) but it sounds like it will be very worth it. If you don’t feel comfortable with the “and now a word from your sponsors” routine, you can at least just add little notes about when you’ve added something at the other site when you blog here, just to remind us to check both. 🙂

    (And I’ll be sure to give a heads’-up to a couple of my Ann Arbor friends to go and check it out on the 13th!)

  11. Emily said,

    August 16, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Daisy- That’s a really good point; if this is really an extension of what I believe in, it’s all good, right? 🙂 And it’s only part-time, but it’s going to be really fun, I think.

    Jennifer – I’ll wear a purple hat or something so your friends can find me. 🙂

  12. Jen in MI said,

    August 16, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Congrats! And I’d echo others – do what you wish – fulfill your obligations, but do your own blogging, too, if you have the energy/inclination!

  13. Shana said,

    August 18, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Ditto all the congratulations. It sounds like a great fit for you!

  14. Murph said,

    August 18, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    It’s fine to write about the same things for pay and personally – as long as your employer is fine with it. (Many employers aren’t okay with blogging your job, whether your job involves writing or not.)

    It’s best, though, to maintain a distinction between your work writing and your personal blogging. Personal audiences want to hear you, and not have to wonder whether you’re saying something because you’re being paid to.

    I’d say it’s probably fine to have the same foods/farms discussed both places, but from different angles – don’t copy articles across. (The exception would be if what they’re paying for is essentially syndication – they just want to reproduce what you’re already writing.)

  15. Jenna said,

    August 20, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Congrats on the very cool job. I look forward to reading both sides of the coin.

    As to conflicts of interest in pro/private blogs? I think that as long as you’re upfront with the fact they pay you, there is no real conflict. The only problem comes if someone doesn’t know you’re working with them. You’ve said it, thus no problems.

    Congradulations again.

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