As I type this, I am sitting at about 980 Twitter followers, which surprises me to no end. For those who have stumbled on this post and do not use Twitter, from what I can tell reaching 1,000 followers seems to be a big hallmark in Twitterdom with a number of Tweeps (Twitter slang for other Twitter users) talking about what they going to do to celebrate their 1,000th follower. (For more on Twitter and food blogging, check out Why Food Bloggers and Foodies Should Enter Into the Twitter World.)
Initially, I had the idea that for my 1,000th follower, I would offer them their own cookbook. Find out their favorite ingredient or favorite type of cuisine and put together 10-15 different recipes, get it printed up and offer it to them as a gift for following.
However, not to take anything away from that 1,000th follower, but what has made being on Twitter such an enriching experience personally and professionally is the relationships I formed with all of my followers, not just the yet to be determined 1,000. While I sincerely hope that I form a deep relationship with whoever 1,000 is, for the time being I want to celebrate the people Iâ€™ve already met and joked with and DMed with and gotten into Twitter wars and pun contests with.
Why I Called You Here
So hereâ€™s my deal. First and foremost, I am a food writer. It was what I love to think about and write about and share about. So, for anyone who calls me a Twitter friend or who maybe I have touched in some way via Twitter, I humly beseech you to do me a favor.
Send me a recipe and a little story about Twitter. The recipe can be anything you want. It can reflect you or your blog or it can be something you like to eat. (Pictures would be nice, too.) Then send me a little reflection (maybe one paragraph) about Twitter or about something dumb I said or about how social media brings us all together.
If I get enough recipes (say maybe 50), Iâ€™ll edit them and combine them all into a book, add in my happy reflections of the Tweets weâ€™ve shared, add whatever contact information you would like, and Iâ€™ll pay to have them published. Then anyone who wants can sell them. My goal is to sell enough that we can take the profits from the printing and make two donations in all our names: one to Share Our Strength and other to a technology charity (thoughts?) so that we can help others experience the joys of food and social media, too.
A couple other thoughts.
First, if you donâ€™t have a recipe, but want to contribute, thatâ€™s fine. Send me your story and I will select a recipe that makes me think of you. I want this to be about fellowship, not cooking skills.
Secondly, if you are wondering if you are a person who has made a difference in my Twitter experience or in my life, you probably are. Submit something. If you donâ€™t, Iâ€™ll probably DM you at some point and ask anyway.
Third, I hate to do this, but I feel like I must. Only submit recipes for which you legally own or have permission to share or else I have to turn them away.
If you are in, DM me or leave a comment here. Iâ€™ll make a follow up announcement when we reach a critical mass.
Thanks! I hope you all participate.
PS Whoever you are Mr. or Mrs. 1,000. I will pay for a copy of the book for you for free. I did not want you to feel too left out. 🙂