Real Food Media, Expo West & the No GMO Challenge

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I just wanted to write a quick post to let you know why I have been a little sporadic about posting. And why I haven't been as good about responding to emails and comments (just in case you've commented or emailed and have been wondering why you haven't heard from me).

As I told a friend recently, I've been busier than a one-legged man in an a** kicking contest. Turns out launching a blog network takes some time and effort. My weekdays normally run 16-18 hours, working at the computer and on the phone non-stop. Weekends I only log about 6-8 hours at the computer, but then the rest of the time is spent with a toddler — who is in many ways, more exhausting (but more fun).

This Thursday I'm headed down to Anaheim to cover the Natural Products Expo West — the world's largest natural and organic products trade show. I'm going as press, camera and notebook in tow. So I'll have lots to share with you when I return. Not only will I be reviewing lots of organic and natural foods and products, but everyone in the Real Food Media Blog Network is going to be doing a lot more contests and giveaways. We're all very excited!

In addition to that, I'm in the process of setting up ads on our Real Food Media blog network. What this means is you are going to start seeing ads from our sponsors instead of Google ads. You'll still see some Google ads, but you'll also see a lot of neat new ads from companies we recommend and endorse. So please, when you see the non-Google ads start popping up, do take the time to go visit our sponsors. These are all companies we believe in and support wholeheartedly.

If that's not enough, we're also getting ready to kick off the No GMO Blog Challenge. More to come in the next few days and weeks…

Don't forget, Kelly the Kitchen Kop is hosting Real Food Wednesday tomorrow. This week's theme is “Your Best Time-Saving Kitchen or Nutrition Tips”. Visit tomorrow to share ideas, and to read posts from others. (PS: Kelly normally posts before midnight EST tonight — so if you want to get a jump on it, get your post ready to go and head over to her site tonight!)

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Ann Marie Michaels

I have 25 years of experience in digital and online media & marketing. I started my career in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, working at some of the world’s top ad agencies. In 2007, after my first child was born, I started this little food blog which I grew to over 250K monthly unique website visitors and over 350K social media followers. For nearly 15 years, I've helped my audience of mostly moms and women 25-65 cook for their families and live a healthier lifestyle.

 The year after I started the blog, I founded a blog network in the health & wellness space called Village Green Network. I started the company on my coffee table and bootstrapped the business to over $1.3 million in annual revenue within 5 years. During that time, I helped a number of our bloggers become six figure earners. After being censored on almost every social media platform for telling the After being censored on almost every social media platform from Facebook and Instagram to Pinterest and Twitter, and being deplatformed on Google, I am now deployed as a digital soldier, writing almost exclusively about politics on my blog Because who can think about food when we are fighting the second revolutionary war and third world war? Don't worry, there will be more recipes one day. After the war is over.

11 thoughts on “Real Food Media, Expo West & the No GMO Challenge

  1. I like how you say “only 6-8 hours” What you do is appreciated by many today and I am sure in the future

  2. we love what you’re doing and i love the real food network, it’s nice to find people with common ground and yet can teach me so much. Let us know how we can help you, I understand those hours, I’ve been working on getting a produce buying club going, my blog, 4 kids, and life, so I hear you! And your hard work is appreciated.

    looking forward to the nonGMO challenge – my very first blog post was about GMO since I feel so strongly about it. Thanks

    Annie – Hip Organic Mama’s last blog post..Life Lessons from a 3 year old

  3. You are doing so much great work AM. Just don’t wear yourself and your adrenals down. Take your time, it will all get done eventually. Thanks for all you do!

    Hugs all the way form Ontario…and have fun at the EXPO!

  4. Breathe. We appreciate your work! Breathe again. Look, isn’t that an amazing sunset? Breathe some more. Work is good. Barry Goldwater once said, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. … Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” My Daddy used to misquote him all the time saying, “Extremism in the pursuit of anything is no virtue.” So, take a bubble bath, then back to work!

    Local Nourishment’s last blog post..I “Can” ‘t Bear It!

  5. I wanted to go–got an email from Stott Pilates that they were gonna be there………but it’s probably too much walking for me, I’m on modified bedrest these days for the baby………..

  6. Hi Ann-Marie~
    I love your blog! Thanks so much for the time you invest in this. I am fairly new to the NT way of life but am so thankful I have stumbled up it. I belong to a local Yahoo group and they have been sending out info about Monsanto and GMO’s etc. I am sending a link that I thought was very interesting if you would like to post is somewhere.
    Thanks again for all of your hard work!

    https://salsa. t/1128/campaign. jsp?campaign_ KEY=26714

  7. What happened to Real Food Media? Been missing it. Understand there are some FDA concerns? I’m wanting to start a Food Has Power network and am following your progress.

    Pat Robinson

  8. Hi, Pat,

    We have been having a lot of problems with our host. We got hacked back in April which was part of the problem, but I have other problems with the host. So we’re moving — hopefully it will be back up again soon.

  9. you are an amazing and inspiring woman. I don’t know how you do all this and still find time to cook amazing food!

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