What is the Austin Food Blogger Alliance?
The Austin Food Blogger Alliance (AFBA) is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization founded in 2011, based in Austin, Texas. We seek to support a local membership of food bloggers and the community through educational initiatives, social events, philanthropic endeavors, and by upholding a commonly shared code of ethics. Check out our About Page for more information.
Why should I join the AFBA?
Membership in AFBA is the best way to connect with other food bloggers in Central Texas. AFBA supports its members by providing a space for networking and internal discussion; offering a variety of educational, social, and philanthropic programming; and by promoting members’ work to the community at large. AFBA hosts many events each year, and our members are frequently granted discounted admission to national blogging and technology events such as SXSW Interactive and BlogHer Food. Our Membership Page has more details about member benefits, along with application information.
Why is the AFBA a non-profit organization?
As a non-profit, AFBA can help its members join together to make a positive impact in our community and learn from each other. A 501(c)7 non-profit structure allows us to collect dues and work with sponsors in a way that supports our mission.
How do I qualify for membership in the AFBA?
Potential members must live in Central Texas (Travis county and those counties directly adjacent), and have created at least two pieces of original content about a food-related topic on the same, dedicated domain for four consecutive months. To retain membership in the organization members must create an average of two pieces of original content monthly on an ongoing basis. Micro blogging on sites such as Twitter or participation in review sites such as Yelp or Foodspotting will not be considered qualifying content.
Is there a deadline to apply for membership to the AFBA?
Potential members may apply for membership at any time by submitting an application and paying their dues. Prospective member blogs are evaluated every two weeks (often sooner.) Once your application is approved, you will receive an official welcome email from the AFBA Membership Chair, along with a membership badge for your blog.
How much are yearly dues?
Membership fees are $25. The full dues will be assessed regardless of when you apply for membership. Dues support the costs associated with hosting the group’s web site, planning and holding events, and other administrative costs.
I’m not a food blogger. How can I participate?
The AFBA regularly seeks the support of the community for help with education, events, and guidance via our Advisory Council. If you are interested in working with the AFBA, please use the “Partners” form on our Contact Page to send a message to our Board of Directors. We love hearing from local businesses, Central Texas nonprofits, and others who want to work with us!
If you would prefer to approach our bloggers directly, please feel free to visit our complete list of members and explore their blogs for their contact information. The Austin Food Blogger Alliance does not release member contact information to third parties.