Sean Neild captures FBC's Melissa and her sushi rice bowl lunch from one of Vancouver's Guu locations.

Happy New Year everyone! We're happy to have you all along for the ride as we head into 2014 - we've got lots of exciting things coming your way this year, including FBC2014.  We promise there will be more announcement regarding the conference coming this month!

In the meantime, there will be lots of other fun things to take part in so be sure to follow along

31 Day Blog Challenge

If you haven't been following along with our 31 Day Blog Challenge you still have lots of time to catch up.  We're only on Day 6 today.  The idea is to follow our simple, daily steps and tips to help you clean up your blog, grow you audience and improve your networking.  So far, we've had great feedback from everyone following along.  Take a few minutes to check it out and give your blog a once over to start 2014.

And be sure to stop by on Wednesday when we'll have a more in depth piece on starting of your blogging year from Clockwork Lemon's Stephanie Eddy - all about goal setting!

Winners

We have our last winners from 2013 to announce.

First up we have free product vouchers from our 2013 Weekly News Sponsor,  Janes Family Foods, for one randomly drawn member.  Random.org brought up member 611 which is.. Much Ado About Cheese! Congrats Ian.  Melissa will be in touch for your mailing details.

Next up we have $25 in gift certificates from our 2013 Featured Member Blog sponsor, Arla foods.  This goes out to one of December’s Featured Member Blogs and we had three Featured blogs last month. Random.org chose…#2 - Kelly Neil.Congrats Kelly – Melissa will be in touch shortly for your mailing info!

January Instagram Challenge

It's not too late to join in our January #FBCPhotoADay Challenge on Instagram.  The details are all right here.

RELATED:  Blog Challenge Day 15: Look At Your Blog For the First Time

Speaking of Instagram, we found a great IGer who is also a professional photographer: @annettabosakova.  You can check out here blog where she posts Instagram Mondays - great tips on how to manage your instagram feed and draw new followers.  She's got over 18,000 of them so we think she might know a thing or two!

Who are some of your favourite Instagrammers to follow?  Share with us in the comments!

And for those of you who use flickr, come join our FBC Food photography group.  It could mean your photo is featured at the top of the weekly news one week!

Sneak Peek

Here's what's coming this week:

  • Monday: Day 6 in the 31 Day Blog Challenge
  • Tuesday: Day 7 in the 31 Day Blog Challenge
  • Wednesday: Setting Goals for Your Blog - Stephanie Eddy of Clockwork Lemon
  • Wednesday: Day 8 in the 31 Day Blog Challenge
  • Thursday: Pin It Thursday - Breakfast Fuel
  • Thursday: Day 0 in the 31 Day Blog Challenge
  • Friday: Day 10 in the 31 Day Blog Challenge
  • Friday: Featured Member Blog
  • Friday: Surprise Cookbook Giveaway
  • Saturday: Day 11 in the 31 Day Blog Challenge
  • Sunday: Day 12 in the 31 Day Blog Challenge

It was a quiet week this week so we'll be announcing new members in next week's news.

In the meantime, have a great week everyone!

And remember, if you have anything you’d like to share with your fellow members in the news, please let us know about it.  To have your submission appear in a Monday news post, the deadline is Friday at 5pm Pacific time.  You can send your 3-4 sentence submissions directly to Melissa and include any relevant links.

As always,

Melissa and Ethan

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