The return of Eat to the Beat on the heels of my 5-year blogging anniversary!

September 28, 2011 · 29 comments

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A couple months from now, this little ol’ blog will be celebrating its fifth birthday. It’s kind of crazy to think that I managed to make it 5 years when I started out with two readers (myself included), horrible pictures, and some sub-par writing, too. But I did, and it’s thanks to all of you! I’ve had a really awesome time keeping this blog, and I’ve met so many great people through it, too. Here’s hoping for another 5 years.

I thought for a while about what I wanted to do for my blog’s birthday (which falls on November 30). Make the first dish I ever blogged about and repost it (with a picture that I don’t remove due to it looking like garbage on a plate)? Do a giveaway? A post highlighting some of my favorites over the last 5 years? In the end, I decided to do a few of these things (so stay tuned) but also—if you couldn’t tell from the picture above—bring back Eat to the Beat.

Eat the Beat is an event I created back in 2008, when blogging events were all the rage (and before I transferred all my posts over to a new domain). I was really nervous about it, and worried only a few people would participate, and I’d look like a loser. It turns out that the participation was so amazing that I actually made EttB a quarterly event for that next year.

I did a (very scientific) poll and it seemed like some people were interested in me bringing it back again. And what better time than to celebrate 5 years of blogging, with many of the people who have kept me blogging so long? The deadline for the event is Sunday, November 27th–you can post your entry any time before then. I will post the roundup on my blog’s birthday, November 30.

Looking forward to seeing everyone’s creations!

Eat to the Beat Rules

1. Make and blog* about a food or drink that somehow relates to a song, an album, a band, etc. 

Maybe you’ll create a dish based on a song’s literal lyrics about food. Perhaps you’ll allude to a band’s name in your creation (Smashing Pumpkin bread, anyone?). Maybe your favorite band is from Poland or your favorite song is about Chicago, and you want to blog about popular cuisine in those locations. Were you listening to a particular song as you were cooking or eating a specific dish? As long as you explain why the food/drink you have chosen to make reminds you of something musical, it works for this event. From “On Top of Spaghetti” to “The Spaghetti Incident;” from Pearl[‘s] Jam to “She Don’t Use Jelly,” the possibilities are endless.

2. In your entry, please mention this event and also include a link back to this URL.

3. Email me at ellysaysopa [at] gmail [dot] com, and include your:

-first name
-blog name and URL*
-permanent link to your entry for this event
-picture of your food or drink (preferably as a URL, Flickr link, etc. but I will take attachments)
-brief description of the music connection 

4. The deadline is Sunday, November 27th. You can post your entry any time between now and then (the sooner the better, actually, to get the word out!), but just make sure to send me the email by the 27th.

I will send you a response email within 3 days of your submission. If you don’t get it, that means I didn’t get your submission. Send me another email or comment on this post so we can figure it out. 


*If you don’t have a blog, no worries! Just send me an email with a picture of your food/drink and the story behind why you chose to make it.

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

bellini September 28, 2011 at 9:25 am

Congratulations on 5 years Elly. Sheesh we have been blogging for a while . Welcome back Eat to the Beat!!!I will put my thinking cap on.


Kelsey September 28, 2011 at 10:52 am

YYEEEESSSSS!!!! I’m SO in. I love this event and am so happy you’ve decided to bring it back. What a fun way to celebrate your 5th year as a food blogger. Congratulations, Elly! I can’t wait to see the roundup!


Jessica September 28, 2011 at 11:33 am

Very excited about this!!!!


Jey September 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Sounds like fun! I’m already brainstorming ideas.

Congrats on 5 years of blogging!


Norma September 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I was just introduced to your blog and I just love this idea of yours. My mind is going a mile a minute.


Joanne September 29, 2011 at 6:00 am

happy five years love! I’ve been reading for…probably not that long but yours was for sure one of the first blogs I read. I’m so excited you’re bringing ETTB back! I loved it!


Erin September 29, 2011 at 8:31 am

Five years is awesome! My one year is coming up November 11th. I hadn’t thought of doing anything special for the day other than mentioning it with an extra good dessert that day. I will have to think up something. In the mean time I love this idea of eat to the beat, I am going to try and participate!


Ivy September 30, 2011 at 12:39 am

Congratulations on this milestone. That is quite an accomplishment and you are truly inspiring. Good luck with the ETTB. Unforunately I am still on diet and don’t think I can get creative at this stage but I will try and think of something.


Kerstin October 2, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Oh fun, I’ll have to do some brainstorming! Although, I think I have to go with Cake, Batter, and Bowl? lol


Doux Project October 6, 2011 at 7:32 am

Hi Elly,

I love the idea! I can’t believe I haven’t seen it before! Anyhow, I’d love to participate. Just to be clear – I should send you an email first regarding my participation or would you like one around Nov 27th which includes the dish etc? Let me know!


elly October 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

You can post the dish any time between now and Nov 27, and just send me an email any time after you’ve posted it. I’ll reword this in my post so it’s a little clearer. Thanks. :)


Doux Project October 7, 2011 at 5:25 am

Noted. Thanks Elly! Can’t wait.


Nikki October 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I can’t believe it’s been 5 years!! SO awesome! I plan to participate, but the next few weeks are so crazy busy that I hope I don’t forget! :) Otherwise, I’m totally in to celebrate such a great milestone!


Ben October 18, 2011 at 7:48 am

This was one of my favorite events back then when we were children (in blogging, that is) Hehe. I’ll do my best to participate. Thanks for resurrecting this event, Elly!


Emily November 10, 2011 at 11:24 am

I love this idea! I’ve started brainstorming already. Congrats on five years!


The Doux Project November 26, 2011 at 1:14 am

Hey Elly,

I hope you got my email!


Ammie November 26, 2011 at 9:12 am

Hi Elly,
Just confirming you received my email.


elly November 27, 2011 at 9:04 am

Yep, I got it. Thanks.


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