March 31st, 2011
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Keen-eyed readers may recall a few weeks back when we spent the goodly part of a week eating bananas in the basement of the CNN Grill at the annual SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. Well, we managed to flee the building for a few minutes and bolt across town to take part in a panel at the TECHmunch food blogger conference.

In part one of a series of videos from the conference, moderator Addie Broyles of the Austin-American Statesman, Tampa Tribune food writer and master Top Chef Twitterer Jeff Houck and L.A. Times food editor Rene Lynch and I discuss How to Leverage Traditional Media and get on a Food Editor's Radar - essentially how you can get your fabulous bloggity self on our pages and screens.

You know we dig bloggers, right? We show off the cream of the crop in our ongoing Blogger Spotlight, link to individual posts in the daily Box Lunch roundup, feature iReporters and generally try to keep our eyes peeled for new ways to show off the creativity, passion and talent of the ever-expanding food blogosphere.

So how DO you get on our radar? In addition to the tips we're giving in the video above, it doesn't hurt to:

1. Tweet @eatocracy.
We pay attention. We really do. It's where we get some of our best tips on stories and blogs (much as we'd love to peruse the entire online food world all day, we just don't have the eyeball power) and frankly, how we've come across some of the niftiest people out there. In fact, that's how I met our associate editor Sarah LeTrent, lo these several years ago. It works.

2. Drop a link.
Say howdy and drop your blog link into the comments of one of the Blogger Spotlight posts. We really do try our best to read each and every one of 'em, so play along. We'll love you even more if you stick around and take part in the conversation.

3. Play along.
Whether it's a Vintage Cookbook Challenge, an iReport assignment or a Twitter hashtag like #meatsongs, we truly appreciate the folks who are willing to play along. We're turning the ropes - just jump in when you're ready.

4. Tell your story.
When my colleagues throughout CNN ask me what kind of stories I'm looking for them to pitch, my first question is always, "What is the story only you can tell?" That's what we look for in bloggers, iReporters and Twitterers - show us your world in your way, and we'll help you shine a light on it.

And it never hurts to make us laugh so hard, we spit out our crappy office coffee.

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