Showing posts with label blog. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blog. Show all posts

Monday, August 10, 2015

Neighborhood Tees

We are loving these new neighborhood tees designed and sold by the Orlando blog You can purchase them in their brand new online shop. They include tees promoting Mills50, The Milk District, Ivanhoe Village and College Park.

Friday, May 13, 2011

2nd Annual National Food Blogger Bake Sale in Orlando!

Gabby Dalkin, a food blogger from California, has organized the 2nd Annual National Food Blogger Bake Sale to benefit Share Our Strength. Orlando's effort is being organized by Aggie from Aggie’s Kitchen and Julie Deily from The Little Kitchen. It will take place Saturday, May 14, 2011, 11am - 2pm at Cork & Olive (4247 W. Lake Mary Blvd, Lake Mary, FL). What's for sale? Everything from cakes to brownies, cake pops to cookies and more. Raffle prizes, too.

Participating Food Bloggers:

Julie from The Little Kitchen (@TheLittleKitchn)
Aggie from Aggie’s Kitchen (@aggieskitchen)
Jaclyn from food + words (@foodpluswords)
Monica from Sweetbitesblog (@sweetbitesblog)
Jim @jimtruePearleen from MegaYummo! (@MegaYummo)
Dawn from Wicked Good Dinner (@dawnviola)
Katie from Katie’s Cucina (@katiescucina)
Suzanne from My Adventures in Food (@kokocooks)
Robin W.
Natasha from Thats So Yummy (@thatssoyummy)
Wanda from My Sweet Zepol (@mysweetzepol)

The second annual National Food Bloggers Bake Sale, will be held on May 14th 2011. Organized by Gaby Dalkin of What’s Gaby Cooking, food bloggers from across the country will unite to end childhood hunger by holding bake sales in their states. Readers will have the opportunity to taste the baked goods from their favorite food blogs at each state’s bake sale location.

Funds raised through the Food Blogger Bake Sale support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in America. Nearly one in four—children in America face hunger, that’s more than 17 million kids!! Despite the good efforts of governments, private-sector institutions and everyday Americans, millions of our children still don’t have daily access to the nutritious meals they need to live active, healthy lives. More information on Share Our Strength. Last year we raised over $16,000 and this year we are shooting to raise even more.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

#CFLblogcon Central Florida Blogger Conference

By Mark Baratelli

The Orlando-based blog Central Florida Top 5 is producing the inaugural Central Florida Blogger Conference July 16, 2011 at Park Maitland School (1450 N. Orlando Ave., Maitland, FL 32751). I am personally thrilled this is happening. The teensy Orlando blogging community needs to GROW in my opinion, and its events like this that help do just that. I think there are far more voices out there that need to be heard, and I hope they all attend this event for inspiration to get out there and get online. Kudos to Bess and her husband for getting this off the ground from scratch.

Several local marketers and bloggers will be speaking on all sorts of blog-centeric topics, both beginner and advanced in nature.

The event's producer, Bess Auer, asked us to come up with subject to speak about at this conference. I wanted to do a talk about scooping the traditional media (which I love to do) but that subject is already being talked about by another presenter. So, I am doing a brief talk about the pros, cons and whats involved in taking your blog offline at live events. I'll share case studies from The Daily City's brief history (2007-present) on our attempts at live events including the Orlando Indie Media MeetUp, Orlando Food Truck BazaarOrlando Improv FestivalMobile Art ShowAudience Choice AwardsTaco Truck Taste TestMeeting of the Orlando Minds and Panel Series to name, well, all of them. Below is more about the conference and less about us and all the free time we have:

About: Make plans now to attend the Central Florida Blogger Conference. It is perfect for beginning bloggers and seasoned pros. Whether you blog as a hobby, for your business or as a public relations professional, you’ll be sure to learn new strategies to build your brand, influence in your community, and make new friends. And bring your computer along, as wi-fi is available campus-wide!

In the Morning: Learn specific steps to build a better blog, regardless if you are an old pro or just starting out. Listen to bloggers who have “been there, done that” and have discovered the best practices for blogging in a variety of fields: fitbloggers, fashion bloggers, foodies, travel bloggers, etc. Generate more page views, bring down your bounce rate, raise your Google page rank, and become an influencer in social media. If all that sounds too technical, we have a sessions for beginner bloggers that will translate it all for you too!

In the Afternoon: Discover tips to publicize your blog. Learn how to navigate the world of Twitter and Facebook and make them work for you. Gain more readers and name recognition through “check ins” and maybe even go viral on Youtube. Learn how to monetize your blog through banner ads, affiliate networks, partnerships with local businesses, selling products/services and more.

In the Evening: Meet and greet, mix and mingle at the Social Mixer at Enzian Bar. Here’s your chance to not only network with fellow bloggers (maybe find a mentor?) but to also connect with the PR and Marketing professionals who will be there mingling. They are there to meet YOU and learn how to get their clients on to your blog!

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Friday, April 01, 2011

@OrlandoSentinel Best Bets: Best Local Blogger is @AnalogArtist

Congratulations to fellow local blogger Thomas Thorspecken for winning Best Local Blogger in the Orlando Sentinel "Best Bests" 2011. He is most deserving as his blog features stunning original artwork and well-written event summaries. Congratulations! Also congratulations to food blogger TastyChomps for being named in the top three. His blog is also very good and comprehensive, covering everything food in Orlando. We also can't help but love the minor typo seen above.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Orlando Homeless Helped by Art Exurb of 407 Blog's Local Music Compilation

The local Orlando blog Art Exurb of 407 put together Harmonies for the Homeless, a music compilation featuring 15 local bands, the proceeds of which go to the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. The album is two bucks, but you can pay more if you like. Buy it!

On March 19, 2011, the blog is putting on a live music show to benefit the same org at Stardust Video & Coffee at 9:30pm featuring the bands Howling Owls, Bob on Blonde, Alias Punch, and Maximino. Fifty hard copies of the digital download will be available for purchase at the show.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Blog Watch: Art Droolius

Droolius is a food blog with stunning photography. It shares food photos from where the blogger eats, taking you along with him on his culinary journeys, in hopes you'll trek out there on your own at some point.  Currently based in Orlando, FL the bloggers travel locally and nationally to eat great food and take awesome photos during the process.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Blog Watch: The Best Part

Local Orlando artist/designer/blogger Jason Dean has a great art + design blog called The Best Part he's been running for a few years now. He currently focuses on national topics, but will soon turn to local Orlando arts and culture coverage. He recently quit his day job to pursue the blog and his online print shop full-time. Follow The Best Part on Twitter and Facebook.

Blog Watch: Art Exurb of 407

The Jernigan Post tipped us off about a new Orlando blog: Art Exurb of 407. It's mission is "to inform the people of the 407, tourists, and others about our city with our own bias and slant towards our friends" and look, they already have their first blog-fight! Follow them on twitter and Facebook. We hope they consider joining us and a few other local unpaid media makers at our Orlando Indie Media Meetup.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Central Florida Indie Media Meetup Feb 22 at Credo Coffeehouse

By Mark Baratelli
Staff Page

Orlando Indie Media Meetup is having a spur-of-the-moment meetup Tuesday February 22, 2011, 6:30pm at Downtown Credo Coffeehouse (706 W. Smith Street in College Park). Free to attend. Sorry for the late notice. It was just decided yesterday on twitter. If you want to attend, just show up!

What is it? Orlando Indie Media Meetup is a tiny gathering of five or so (depending on the month) local people who have blogs, twitter accounts, web shows, print magzines and paper zines specifically talking about the city of Orlando. The meetup is a casual hour of chit chat about what we're working on, recent and upcoming events and ways we can work together to support each other's efforts. There are no name tags, no dues, nor is it an attempt to become anything big or take the place of current local webby/geeky events. Its just a time to be in one room with as many of the individuals not getting paid to make media about Orlando.

Attendees (typically) include:
Mark from The Daily City
Bess from Central Florida Top Five
Peter from Orlando Live
Ashley and Kim from Pulse of Central Florida
Thomas (Thor) from Analog Artist Digital World
Cole from Uncover the Color
It started late Summer 2010 when I tweeted the idea publicly of a meetup group and tagged a few people I knew might be interested. They all said yes (to my relief) and since then we've met at Enzian twice and Crave once.

Below is a list of several local bloggers:

Food Blogs
Tasty Chomps
Watch Me Eat
Scott Joseph Orlando
Eating Orlando
Exploration Orlando
Orlando Food Blog
Salivation Army
Where the Locals Eat

Fashion Blogs
Work Your Closet
J's Everyday Fashion
Fashion The Like
Machine Wash Warm
Couture Trash
Furor Status
Who Designed It
Fashion Favor
Amy Fashion Blog 52

Art Exurb of 407

Music/Arts Blogs
Orlando Music News
Elizabeth Maupin- theatre reviewer
The Best Part- Graphic Design

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Central Florida Top 5 Hosting Tweetup

The Orlando blog Central Florida Top 5 is hosting a "Central Florida Tweet-Up" Thursday, July 22, 2010 7-9pm at Enzian Theater (1300 South Orlando Avenue Maitland, FL 32751) in their outside bar. "Special raffle prizes, great networking, good food and drink! All are invited!" We'll be there. Follow on Twitter.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Food Blog Your Meat Tooth Gives Our Taco Truck Taste Test a Shout Out

Thank you to the meat-centric blog Your Meet Tooth for giving us a big ol' shout out for our (soon to return) Taco Truck Taste Test. They wrote a post about a mobile food vendor efforts in California, Atlanta and (because of us, we're guessing?) Orlando. Much thanks to Your Meat Tooth. We hope to see you at a future Taco Truck Taste Test. Meat will definitely be on the menu for you guys.

"...street food is something we just can’t seem to get enough of. Just ask the folks at The Daily City, who spent a year taste testing Orlando’s taco trucks."

About Your Meat Tooth: "We are not chefs, or food critics, or experts of any kind. Just two regular people who really love meat and want to talk to and hear from others just like us."

About Taco Truck Taste Test: TTTT was created to bring awareness of mobile food vending to Orlando through a basic food meetup scenario: sampling new dishes in a pre-planned group setting. On the day of a Taco Truck Taste Test, we meet at the designated taco truck, read a translated menu (provided by, try the food and drink together and experience not only the new food but the location, neighborhood and local culture we may have never notices speeding by in our cars before. MORE INFO

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The blog looks like a newspaper

The blog that looks like a (one page) newspaper! Wanna see it? Copies available at Mark Baratelli Tries Two Hard (Aug 26), Third Thursday (Aug 20) and Dirty South Bike BBQ (Aug 23).
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Monday, June 22, 2009

Idea Time!

Visit Orlando (a web-friendly name for the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau) is giving a lucky couple $25,000 to cover living expenses back home and 67 days of stay in a furnished 2-bedroom downtown Orlando condo in exchange for the couple blogging/tweeting/facebooking their experience of doing all 100 attractions Orlando, Florida Olando, Florida has to offer.
"Using cell phones, a digital video camera and still camera supplied to you, share your 67 Days of Smiles with the world through social media tools like blogs, Twitter and Facebook."
What if The Daily City could secure funding to do a pro-local version of this idea?
1. If you are a business or org, would you donate to the grant pot, knowing it goes to basically build a gigantic ad for locally-owned business?

2. If you were a local, would you want to participate?

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Blogging Fringe hearts The Daily City

Ryan Price and Mark Baratelli.JPG
Blog on Blog lovin wrote a favorable review of our Fringe coverage plans. Here's a snippet:
"Mark Baratelli’s incredible arts and culture blog is going after Fringe in a big way.... Find helpful links, ALL the reviews, festival info, shows, and awards, ALL ON ONE PAGE. That’s mobile-phone friendly, and you can’t beat that. Mark is a genius, and he’s proved it once again."
Thank you!
2009 Orlando Fringe: Our Guide | Write reviews | Read reviews | Patron Choice Awards

Thursday, January 01, 2009

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Top 3 Blogs (Orlando Sentinel)

Best Blog (Orlando Weekly)
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Sponsored Post: (See an example) One blog post featuring content provided by the advertiser. Story or contest. Contest runs for 7 days maximum. $200.

Video Post: (See examples) Our Editor, a professional actor and comedy improv performer, visits your business and causes mayhem (ie: a fun, viral video folks will want to watch). Professionally filmed and edited by an outside company. $1,000

Site Takeover:Your brand or product overtakes The Daily City. Branding on Header, background, ad in sidebar. 400/week. No minimum.

Clickable Ad on Every New Post: For one week, your coupon appears on every post put out that week. $500/week. No minimum.

Twitter and Facebook Support: Our 2,700 Twitter followers and 1,700 Facebook fans will be notified two times per week of your sponsored post or video post listed above. Or if you want us to let them know about another link, we can do that, too. $100/week

Live Event Sponsorship
Orlando Food Truck Bazaar
The 2,500-person crowd at the first one and the bigger crowd at the second one would have loved to seen your products + flyers, sat in your car or test-driven your scooter. Don't miss sponsoring the next one. The audience demo is 50% 21-34 years old, 25% 35-44 years old, 51% female and 85% had some college. This event happens occasionally and admission is free. Contact for prices

Orlando Improv Festival
Hundreds of comedy lovers attended the September 2010 festival. Be the official airline, hotel or rental car of the festival. Splash your logo on all promo material. Have a table at the festival handing out samples and coupons. Get creative and pitch us ideas. This event happens once a year. Tickets and All Access Passes vary in price. Contact for prices

Audience Choice Awards
30,000 theatre lovers attend the Orlando Fringe Festival each year. We don't produce that! We produce the awards these theatre lovers vote on throughout the festival which are handed out in front of a live audience the last night of the festival. Sponsor an award. (There are 30!) Get your logo on the voting ballet page, our signage at the festival and the awards ceremony. Contact for prices

Mobile Art Show
An off-the-grid downtown art show inside a UHaul as part of a monthly gallery walk put on by the Downtown Arts District. Put your logos on our posters, printed material, the side of the UHaul. Pitch us ideas! Contact for prices

Live Appearances
Editor Mark Baratelli wants to attend your event. Better yet, he wants to host it, take pictures of it and blog about it. Can he come? Contact him for prices and learn about what he's all about.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Cafe 118 has raw food, whatever that means

Art involving fast food, Affordable Art Fair, New York City
This is not an example of Raw Food.

Bookmark this new (to me) Orlando food blog: Julie's Raw ambition, all about raw food eating. (Source: Pulse of Central Orlando) I guess that means no deep fat fryer or coffee maker-warmed oatmeal.

Whatever, the post I want you to see has a brief interview with New York City-based raw food chef, author, traveler, and entreprenuer, Matthew Kenney, who just opened Café 118, in beautiful rich-white-people land, Winter Park. WARNING: Turn your speakers off before you visit the restaurant's website. Someone didn't take Web Design 101: the site has auto-playing music.

Anyways here is the interview:

JK: I understand Café 118 is a franchise concept. How do you find and train the proprietors and their staff to serve the delicious raw dishes that you’ve designed? Or should I ask, how do they find you?

MK: The franchise aspect of the concept will follow the launch and refinement of the concept, menu and operational processes. Beginning a franchise is almost like building a second business, as it requires a great deal of standardization, far more than what might be necessary for a single unit. I’m sure that it will be a challenge, but ultimately, we plan to develop operating methods that will be possible for others to assume, after a thorough training period.

JK: Orlando is a city known for its chain and corporate restaurant dominance, and Orlandoans tend to be a pretty conservative, fickle bunch when it comes to dining out. What made you choose this “meat and potatoes” town to make a raw food mark?

MK: Despite the “meat and potatoes” stigma, there is an enormous (and growing) vegetarian community in Central Florida, as well as a large population of people who are devoted to health and fitness. Café 118 is designed as a concept that, although adhering to a vegan set of guidelines, still serves food that is decedant and full-flavored. Also, while there are far more omnivores here than vegetarians, there are also many steak and mainstream restaurants. We hope that fulfilling a niche in this market will prove to be a good choice.

JK: How would you like get the raw food word out in Central FL, and particularly, that Cafe 118 is not just a bunch of lettuce or smoothies branded as “health food”?

MK: The best way for someone to hear about us would be to learn that we serve great food - not just because we are vegan or raw, but simply because of its freshness and vibrancy. Many people have tried raw ice cream and liked it more than traditional ice cream. The goal is to achieve that with all of our dishes. The powerful flavor of raw food is what converted me from being a traditional chef, perhaps it will have a similar effect on others!

Café 118 is located at 153 East Morse Blvd. in Winter Park, FL (view map).

Friday, October 17, 2008

Curbed hates Florida's creepy billboard people, too

On Thursday October 16,, the "most-trafficked neighborhood and real-estate weblog on the web," linked to our post about Kai McBride's midtown Manhattan art installation showing off "Florida's creepy billboard people", giving us a big shot of New Yorker traffic and giving Orlando some out-of-city exposure.

About Curbed: "Since its launch in May 2004, Curbed has established itself as the center of the virtual conversation about real estate in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond. Sales and rental prices, celebrity deals, new developments, amusing broker stories, hot restaurants, and the latest neighborhood gossip—it's all on Curbed. Updated a dozen or more times throughout the day, and liberally spiced with reporting and dish from readers, Curbed has become a daily fix for tens of thousands of NYC residents—and the most-trafficked neighborhood and real-estate weblog on the web."

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Jason Wetzel: Drowsy Chaperone Blog

Jason Wetzel

Local pianist/musical director/reason Cabaret Party DIED, Jason Wetzel, is going on the national tour of the musical The Drowsy Chaperone as it's Musical Director in January. He kept a blog last year while on tour with The Producers, detailing his exploits and he's doing it again for Drowsey. Subscribe!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Greg Rollett: social marketing for musicans

Wanzie and Baratelli and Maupin: Pointless, Orlando Fringe Festival 2008
Michael Wanzie, me and the "Pointless" poster
2008 Orlando Fringe Festival

Great post by another local blogger, Greg Rollett, about how unsigned bands can get some attention. I love what he says, and I'd say those in any industry can take his advice and apply it to their situation. I, for one, thought of Orlando Fringe when I read this particular paragraph. Replace "band" with "show". Or, here, I'll do it for you:
"Flyers, posters and emailing your same group of people is not an answer, that is routine. No one gives a shit about routine. Be strange. Be outgoing. Be something that every other (show) is not. Anyone can (do a show) now, and a lot of people (do good shows). What you do to get people to care is what is going to make the difference..."
Go read the whole article now while I re-think my entire Orlando Fringe show marketing strategy. (Yes, I might be coming back AGAIN to do my little solo improv show. I know, I know.. "Move on, Mark." I will. One of these days.)