This morning I came across a very interesting post by This is Rock Salt‘s blog about Foodie Penpals. It’s an exciting concept. Basically, the idea originated with theleangreenbean.com in the US and Canada. Lindsay at theeanbeangreen.com thought up the concept as a way to connect bloggers with fellow bloggers and readers! The concept but has recently spread to the UK & Europe, with This is Rock Salt co-ordinating UK & European pairings.
I’m actually quite excited about this already and am thinking about fun and quirky items to include in my foodie package. I’m thinking if the person I’m matched with is overseas, I’ll include some typically Irish food produce….if they’re within Ireland, maybe some local delicacies or organic artisan foods. Hmm…this is exciting! I already can’t wait to get to my local artisan store to pick up some goodies! This is going to be a fantastic way to meet fellow bloggers and hopefully get lots of inspiration for future recipes.
I’ve received a confirmation email back from Carol at This is Rock Salt pretty speedily and will hear who I’m paired with on Friday. I’l keep you updated! 🙂
Basically an explanation of the progam below:
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
***If you’re in the US or Canada, contact Lindsay at theleangreenbean.com
***If you’re in the UK or Ireland, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!
Obviously there are a couple terms and conditions to the program, which are detailed below:
“By signing up to participate in Foodie Penpals, you are hereby agreeing to the following terms and conditions:
–Condition 1: You will contact the person you are matched with withing 72 hours of receiving your match to discuss dietary needs, allergies and food preferences.
–Condition 2: You will make an effort to meet the dietary needs of your penpal- ie not sending animal products to vegans, dairy products if your match tries to avoid dairy or junk food if they ask for healthy snacks.
–Condition 3: You will mail your box by the 15th of the month. It is HIGHLY recommended that you purchase delivery confirmation/get a tracking number for your package. It is very inexpensive and can be used to prove that you sent your package in the event that it gets lost.
If your match does not receive a package for the month, you will receive a warning. If it happens two months in a row, you will no longer be able to participate in the program
–Condition 4: In the event that you do not receive a package, Lindsay and The Lean Green Bean blog cannot be held accountable. By agreeing to participate in FPP, we cannot 100% guarantee that you will receive a package. The mail gets lost occasionally and your partner may fail to deliver.
-Condition 5: Using the foodie penpals email list to send out personal or spam emails promoting your blog, giveaways, etc is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Doing so is grounds for immediate dismissal from the program as it is a violation of the other participants’ privacy.
Failure to comply with these terms and conditions is grounds fordismissal from the Foodie Penpals Program.”