VeganMoFo 2014: RoundUp #1!

Happy very first day of VeganMoFo 2014!

Personally, I’m currently representing the contingent of enthusiastic MoFoers who are scrambling and sorting through their photo archives to not only get some sort of welcome post up on their lapsed blog, but rethinking their theme and getting a wee bit overwhelmed wandering through the greatness that is RandoMoFo.com. However, I urge anyone else in this camp to take a take breath with me, plan something delicious from an underused cookbook for dinner, and most importantly, remember that vegan blogging and everything else that the Vegan Month Food stands for is supposed to be FUN!

And to everyone out there with an amazing theme and shiny merch ready (half-joking here) to go, keep it up! Seriously, I’m already in awe, browsing the blogs today. BUT, enough about me, let’s all get inspired from a tour of some highlights of Day #1 so far:

First up, here’s a striking guide to homemade Vegan Kimchi over on Veganlina

Next up, we have Vegan Rissoles, veganized Welsh croquettes from Rosie’s Vegan Kitchen aka Vegan-in-Wales, who’s spending the month doing just that: revamping Welsch classics with a vegan touch.

Because there’s always time for salad, here’s Danielle Joe’s Arugula-Pear Salad with Chocolate Vinegarette...how lovely!

For something heartier, I’m pretty stoked about this Vegan Burgers & Books theme in store from MucVeg.com:

With that, I cheer you this Vegan Alcoholic Girl Scout Cookie Milkshake(!!!) reblogged onto the Fuck Yeah Vegan Ice Cream! tumblr, and remind you (and me!) to split your time between writing your own fab posts and visiting others’, because that’s the magic of VeganMoFo.

 Enjoy!!

P.S. And remember, you can join in on Instagram and Twitter simply be adding the #VeganMoFo and #VeganMoFo2014 hashtags for folks to explore!

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The blogroll file is here!

Our expert OPML file creator worked as fast as possible to get this to you, so, click here to get the file that you put into Feedly or your other RSS reader:

VeganMoFo 2014 Blogroll

Please keep in mind that part of the success of getting all of the blogs correctly added to the file is that we get the correct RSS feed – some people put answers like ‘doesn’t work’ or that they don’t know their RSS url, those obviously we can spot and correct, but with 400 blogs we have to take your word that the link you gave us is correct. So if you signed up and you do not see your blog when you download the file, comment on this post with your blog name and we will compile a corrections post of the feeds that were missed, so people can add you to their feed reader themselves. You don’t have to re-give us all of the information you filled out on the form, just give us your blog address and we will look it up and fill it in ourselves. We know it sucks to see your blog missing, we will get your blog out to the community as quickly as possible, promise!

The lists that arrange the blogs by country/theme/etc. will be coming shortly, when they’re ready we’ll make another post and update the links to the right.

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Happy MoFoing, everyone!

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Looking Back at 2013 VeganMoFo Faves

Hi everyone! With the start of the annual Vegan Month of Food aka VeganMoFo  just over a mere week away, I wanted to take this time to reflect on some of our own favorites from 2013.

via Teeny Tiny Tantrums on Etsy (We heart Kelly! You can buy this!)

via Teeny Tiny Tantrums on Etsy (We heart Kelly! You can probably buy this!)

Reading other vegan blogs and being struck by other people’s designs, creations, skills, writing and most importantly, being awed by their vegan culinary endeavors and purchases (all the UK vegan cheese never fails to get to my heart), is such a swell way to draw inspiration for your own projects and bloggin’ shenanigans. It’s an ever-growing, ever-impressive community that’s constantly changing and doing more and more (again, especially with vegan cheese, hello Miyoko-effect <3!).

 

Let’s dig right in…

Franzbroetchen, Seitan is My Motor

One of the most mentioned by my organizer colleagues was the month of jaw-dropping classic German desserts by Mihl at Seitan is my Motor. There were so many bakery-case starring pastries and detailed recipes that you should have a go at!

Here’s a couple more to pique your fancy, trust me:

Slice of Apfelkuchen, Seitan is my Motor

Poppies!

Try out some Tschechischer, Seitan is My Motor

Now, if you’ve been paying attention to the vegan internets this past year, it should come as no surprise that the newsworthy, tortilla-stockpiling TACO CLEANSE out of Austin, TX not only tops my own list of memories from 2013, but everyone else’s at VeganMoFo-land.

Tacos, people. Tacos. Sandwiches are so dumb (IMO, at the moment).

Maria’s Tacos on Taco Cleanse Day 27, Lazy Smurf

The Lazy Smurf breaks down the Hows and Whys on her blog here.

via Lazy Smurf

Now, I’m not really one for leisurely math, but TACO CLEANSE + all their new vegan food carts (including taco carts, of course) + Capital City + Sweet Ritual pretty much cemented Austin’s status as THE VEGAN CITY TO VISIT IN THE USA…AND BEYOND. What other vegan city in the USA is this exciting right now?!

Vegan diners & bloggers from all across Austin (and again, beyond, in honor of this delicious cultural phenomenon) took part in the TACO CLEANSE, which naturally thought to include dessert:

Chocolate Taco special at Sweet Ritual, via Rabbit Food Grocery

As someone who’s liked Austin’s vegan taco scene so much they’ve pushed to help move a certain Vida Vegan Con there for 2015, wanting the TACO CLEANSE to return is an understatement. It’s a way of life, right?

Speaking of Mexican goodness, Cadry of Cadry’s Kitchen took us “Back in Thyme” all month long for an always-creative look back at cooking in her own life, often giving a revamped take on some of her all-time favorite food memories and dishes, including these Puffy Nachos:

Puffy Nachos & Spicy Black Beans, Cadry’s Kitchen

Family-style Taco Joe’s!

Jeremy’s Taco Joe’s, via Vegan Eats & Treats

I can’t quite let tacos go yet…

Another wonderful VeganMoFo spirit comes our friend and fellow organizer Amey. Last year, she took a Noshtalgiac look on her blog, Vegan Eats & Treats!, with drawings, heartfelt stories and just as many appetizing creations. The two featured here come from the tale of family-style Taco Joe’s:

via Vegan Eats & Treats

Okay, another one of my favorite personalities in the vegan community lately is Randi of Laughfrodisiac. She had the charm and zest to do a whole month of Veganizing Friends recipes, I kid you not. One of the most memorable of the month, for both Randi and her readers, was Rachel’s monstrous English Trifle:

Rachel’s English Trifle, via Laughfrodisiac

From the blog: “My main theme for VeganMoFo 2013 is to veganize some of the dishes featured on one of my all-time favorite TV shows, “Friends”. As those of you not living under rocks should know, Monica was a professional chef, so we have some interesting & fancy dishes coming up in the next few weeks. However, I had to start  not with one of Monica’s amazing creations, but with perhaps the most famous dish of the ten years of the series’ run…and perhaps the most famous TV dish of all time (yes I went there): Rachel’s English Trifle, or the Thanksgiving Cockup“.

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The thing is, I was just talking about Friends, of all thingswith another vegan pal last night, who I really need to point that way.  Read all about it and get the recipe here!

Moving on, because I’m currently inside a chilled coffee shop, regretting my choice of iced coffee and wishing I had a mug of coffee and these to dip in from Veg-Am:

Apple Butter-Filled Donut Holes, via Veg-Am

All right, I’ve got to bring it back to Mihl for one dessert!

Nougatringe, via Seitan is my Motor

So, keep in mind: If you’re looking for inspiration & great reads, just spend some time checking out the ‘VeganMoFo’ tags on any of these blogs!

And hey, you’ve got three little days left to officially sign up and participate in whatever form you like. See ya there!

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A MoFo Preview in Themes…

Our inbox has been flooded with your sign ups and everyone here at MoFo HQ has loved seeing your ideas, plans and themes roll in as the month’s gone on. You only have five days left to sign up so if you’re still debating over whether to throw yourself into MoFo now’s the time to throw caution to the wind and jump right in. To make it super easy for you here’s the link to the sign up sheet again!

It was getting impossible to narrow down my favourite themes for this post, I’m excited about everything! Here they all are, come back to the site on September 1st to see who’s doing what.

  • A – Z Ingredients
  • Adventures in Vegan Eating
  • Around the World in 20 Recipes
  • Baby Bump Cravings
  • Bella Vegan Italia
  • Bento Boxes
  • Burgers
  • Canning & Preserving
  • Carbs & Rec – Veganizing Pawnee One Plate at a Time
  • Celebrating Summer!
  • Community
  • Cookbook Challenge
  • Cookies
  • Cooking For One
  • Cooking With Isa
  • CSA & Farmer’s Market Finds
  • Daily Eats
  • Desserts
  • Dining in NYC
  • Dining with Disney Movies
  • Dinner and a Movie
  • Eat to Live
  • Eating Vegan on a Budget
  • Fermentation
  • Finnish Coffee Table
  • Food from Buffy / Angel
  • Fork Food Shaming
  • French Food
  • Gravy
  • Halloween
  • Harry Potter
  • Healthy & Delicious
  • How This Kid Gets Protein
  • Fighting Inflamation
  • Ice Cream
  • International Cheese & Chocolate Month
  • International House of Pancakes Turned Muffins
  • Intervention of a Food Hoarder
  • Japanese Inspired
  • Jewish and Middle Eastern Recipes Veganized
  • Legumes
  • Louisiana Locavore – Eating Locally for 30 Days in Northwest Louisiana
  • Lunchboxes
  • Mister Rogers Neighbourhood & Childhood Nostalgia
  • Music For Your Mouth
  • New Foods
  • Oktoberfest
  • Packed Lunch
  • Pizza
  • Return of the Mac
  • Roadtrip Across America
  • Salads
  • Sci-fi, Fantasy and Curry
  • Smoothies
  • Southwestern Cuisine
  • Tea
  • Thai Food & Travel
  • The End of the World
  • The Food of Wales
  • The Letter S
  • The World in My Kitchen
  • Travel
  • Urban City Vegan Eats
  • Vegan Challenge
  • Vegan Cheese
  • Vegan Crafting
  • Vegan Eats For Fuelling Your Body
  • Veganising Not-So-Vegan Cookbooks
  • Vegan Faux Show
  • Vegan Food Diary
  • Vegan Wedding
  • Will My Kids Eat It?
  • 10 For 30: A Month of Top 10 Lists

 

 

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It’s Time to Share Your Own #VeganMoFo2014 Press Release!

If you’re reading this, I bet you’re gearing up for VeganMoFo 2014! It makes sense. Since we’re here, you’re over there, and I’m right inside this here blog with a fuzzy marketing comm. degree to dust off, I’d like to help ya spread the word about our big month ahead!

Because seriously, outreach is KEY and we all know it can be quite a productive month, you & your piece of the internet deserve a little time in the spotlight!

First, let’s share some of my recent eats from Beyond Sushi, because you’ve got some legit reading ahead.

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Mighty Mushroom & Sweet Tree, Beyond Sushi. Some damn magnificent power food.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Think & go Google search: What are the local media avenues in my community (state, country, district, town, county, area, favorite blogs, online news sources, etc.)? Is there an alt weekly? Is there a monthly, city-wide cultural magazine and/or website? Where do you see local food & dining news? For example, in Portland, OR, I’d send this to Eater PDX (and there are a ton of Eater sites out there!), Willamette Week, Portland Mercury, Oregonian FoodDay, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland Monthly Magazine and a bunch of my favorite culinary-focused blogs. Plus, the huge local vegetarian outreach group, Northwest Veg, other vegan-friendly events that have caught my eye, and maybe, The Kitchn, Serious Eats, and so on. If you’ve been involved with media outlets/events, who are your contacts? Do you have friends that work in PR? Are they relevant and could they help get the word out? Do they like vegan cookies?  Is there a VegFest? Basically, find out their contact email/fax (right?! You can totally send faxes for free online these days in case you actually want to do that). Take note that there is typically a contact specifically *for* press releases and calendar info with the bigger outlets. Go cover your ground and spread the word!
  2. Download a personalized or general copy of the official VeganMoFo press release (I’ll get to this below!), generously assembled by VeganMoFo’s own Amey of Vegan Eats & Treats (Thanks again, Amey!!).
  3. Save the (ideally revised) press release as a PDF with a clearly marked file name, for example “Media Alert: VeganMo, The Vegan Month of Food Writing Returns September 2014
  4. Next, copy/paste the press release content into the actual email message from title down. I like to do this, it doubles your chances of being read. At the top, if I know who it’s going to well, I’ll often include a little note in a different font and color and sign it, like “Hey Jojo, I’d love for you to take a look at this news! I’ve got a whole month of xxx in store and daily updates! Let me know if you would like more information or photos for a story” (or something a little less lame then that, but I hope you get the point). 
  5. Make sure you’ve attached a copy of the press release PDF (or Word Doc or whatever you prefer, but this is getting crazy talk) to the email itself.
  6. Press send and let that baby fly, preferably one at a time, but one big blind BCC can do in a pinch (but don’t tell my Writing for Marketing teacher at Emerson that I actually said that).

And here’s how to do it! There are two versions of our shiny, official press release all ready to go below:

OPTION 1) We’ve got the official press release ready to be personalized linked right here and copied below. It is super important to make sure you personalize all the red bits! If not, you look like a noob, and no writer potentially ready to put your name in lights and spread the word about veganism is gonna let that fly.

OPTION 2) Okay, if you don’t want to personalize it and are just thinking this is far too annoying to open and add some text to (I feel ya), but you’ve got some contacts and simply want to help,  please know that A) We still heart you! and B) Go for it and pass the info from this link right here along, using the instructions above.

Thank you!!!!

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Now, let’s get back to pondering thematics and/or bloggy and social media whims, as you please.

P.S. And tell my teacher I didn’t go on hiatus to NYC and posted this 30 days ago, sheesh.

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The Return of the MoFies!

Our official VeganMoFo awards ceremony, The MoFies, is coming back this year and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before. Why I hear you ask? Well, this year the MoFies have a sponsor! Can I get a fork yeah?!

RCC logo vector-hiresThe Raw Chocolate Co have come on board to offer every MoFie winner a bar of their award winning raw chocolate and a bag of their raw chocolate covered berries, how exciting (and delicious!) does that sound?

44g-02-pitch-award-2014-08_WEBThe_Raw_Chocolate_Co-ChocolateMulberries-WEBYou get to blog your hearts out just like usual and you might even win a prize. Categories will include Best Theme, Most Adorable Companion Animal, Most Epic Post, Putting Your City on the Vegan Map and many more so get ready.

Sign ups close in just under a week on Wednesday 27th August and if you haven’t joined us yet what are you waiting for? The sign up sheet’s right here!

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Community Building During Vegan MoFo

Greetings friends! We get a lot of questions leading up to and during MoFo and thought we’d answer some in short blog posts for your edification.

Today Panda is here to address some related questions we hear a lot. How will people find my blog? No one is commenting on my blog. Why isn’t anyone reading it?

We have hundreds of bloggers signing up for Vegan MoFo every year, so it can be hard to be found and be noticed. There are some simple tricks to help get your blog into the flow of the Vegan MoFo community.

First up, make sure you are reading and commenting on other MoFo blogs. This is huge! Mollyjade on the PPK had a challenge one year to comment on x number of new-to-you blogs per day for MoFo. It’s a great way to see who else is out there in blogland and to start building connections. The more you get to know people, the more fun it is to follow along.

Second, make sure you keep on blogging! If you just put up one post and then don’t post again because you aren’t getting comments, you still won’t get comments. Communities are built over time and it can take a while for your blog name to get out there.

And last, write posts that are of interest to you. Find your own voice. If you’re writing content that is interesting to you and engaging to others, the readers will come. Not everyone is going to read your blog, but there will be some out there who will like your voice and style and will be clicking refresh waiting for your next post.

We’ve got 2 weeks to go! Happy MoFo!

 

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2014 Vegan MoFo Graphics Are Here!

Yay! You have two weeks to sign up and in two and a half the blogging begins! Get your logos here, we have different themes as well as banner sized and sidebar sized graphics so hopefully everyone can find room for one somewhere.

Thanks as always go to Amanda Chronister for making these for us, if you’re looking to support a vegan doing the freelance illustration and design thing please check out her work.

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Why Take Part in VeganMoFo?

Hey there! Jojo here, I’m franticly working on my mofo theme, attempting to trace / draw/ collage myself a logo with minimal artistic skills and getting ready to eat everything in sight come September. What are you doing? Are you working hard on your theme? Are you planning to wing it? Are you still undecided about hopping aboard the MoFo train? Let us know in the comments but, if it’s the latter, I’m here to give you 5 good reasons why you should join in.

  1. It’s super fun! I’ve seriously loved every moment of taking part in VeganMoFo since I first joined in back in 2010. Even on days when I’ve felt a little burnt out I’ve been inspired to continue by everyone else’s amazing posts.
  2. During MoFo you’re not just one person out there in the blogosphere cooking, photographing, eating and typing your little heart out, you’re part of a community. And an awesome community at that. We’ve had over 100 sign ups so far and the only thing missing is you!
  3. Year on year I gain new followers and make new blogging buddies. Whether you’ve been blogging for years or are just starting out this is a great way to get involved in the online vegan community.
  4. Discovering new blogs is great. If, like me, you enjoy starting your day gazing at other people’s gorgeous foodie creations whilst you nom on your own breakfast then MoFo is the place for you. We’ll be organising the participating blogs by country and category so you can browse that way. The site randomofo (link coming soon) is aother fun option for browsing through the feed. I also like to add the blogs I’m enjoying to a folder in Bloglovin’ so that I don’t miss anything during or after MoFo.
  5. Challenging yourself is fun. Whilst we ask that you blog 20 times during the month (and a lot of us shoot for the full 30) we won’t be putting you on our shitlist if you miss a day! Just hop back on the hobbyhorse the next day and keep on blogging.

Are you convinved yet? We sure hope so! If not we’ll be back next week with a post on Community Building!

We’ve got 3 weeks to go! Happy MoFo!

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Newsflash! VeganMoFo Returns September 2014.

That’s right! VeganMoFo is coming atcha’ this September. That means you have seven whole weeks to think on your themes, stock your pantry with every flour in existence, and prepare to take part in the worldwide blogging extravaganza that is Vegan Month of Food.

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Whether you’re thinking of  focussing on Farmer’s Market finds, writing an A – Z of Italian food, eating pasta every day for a month, trying a 30 day raw challenge or just winging it we’d love to have you on board. It’s going to be a month long vegan party which will even include the much anticipated return of our online award ceremony, the MoFies!!

The sign up sheet is RIGHT HERE (all caps for excited shouting!)  so just have a read of the instructions on the oficial form and jump right in. You can sign up anytime between now and August 27th but no later so don’t delay. (Submissions have closed fro 2014)

Everyone is welcome to join in with VeganMoFo but all content must be 100% vegan, which means no meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy or honey on your blog for the month of September.

Not 100% sure yet? Check out the FAQ’s or drop us an e-mail!

For more ideas, inspiration and information keep an eye on this blog and our social media. we have Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as a dedicated room on the PPK message boards. Categorised blogger lists and feeds, shiny new 2014 logos and banners for your blogs, our 2013 favourites post and more will be coming your way soon so stay tuned.

Happy Blogging!

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