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The Internet has revolutionized the way information is exchanged. Part of that change has involved the unique ability for anyone and everyone to have a presence and opinion on the web. Along with Social Media, Blogging has become an exceptional tool for individuals to express opinions and views on all topics.

While the majority of bloggers write with journalistic integrity, some, on the other hand, use their blogs to wield power over businesses. The end result is less credibility in general for all bloggers.

The Association of Food Bloggers was started in an effort to clearly define what a reputable Food Blogger should be. There has been much confusion as to what standards there are for Food Bloggers, if any. The goal of the AoFB is to qualify reputable Food Bloggers and serve as a community where those involved in the Food Industry can gather and exchange valuable information.

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The Association of Food Bloggers was founded in 2009 by Malika Bowling. Malika is a Published Author, Writer and Marketing consultant from Atlanta, GA. After blogging for nearly a year, Malika saw an onslaught of blogs into the blogosphere, many with little credibility and ethical standards.
Public Relations companies and Restaurant owners are frazzled as to which bloggers are reliable, honest and have the readership to impact results. Frustrated with the lack of ethics apparent in much of the blogosphere, the Association of Food Bloggers was born. Members are vetted to meet and uphold a strict criteria and code of ethics. Malika remains the Managing Editor.

Malika wanted to create a site that not only serves as a directory of ethical and reputable food bloggers, but is a resource for those bloggers. The Association of Food Bloggers contains industry information as well as tips and resources for becoming a better writer and leveraging the power of Social Media.

Malika also helps restaurants and PR companies with Blogger Outreach and Strategies. She has worked for Best Buy and Macy’s Culinary Council on many Blogger Outreach campaigns. Contact her with inquiries here . Want to be a contributing writer to the Association of Food Bloggers? Contact Malika here  .

Grant Goggans, New Member Ambassador

Based in Atlanta, Grant Goggans co-writes, edits, and takes terrible photographs for Marie, Let’s Eat!, a food and travel blog that celebrates the best in southeastern eating. He has lived in Georgia all his life, and visits one of our neighboring states as often as the budget allows. Grant loves regional specialties, old businesses, vintage signs, secret recipes, failed fast food chains, roadside architecture, independent bookstores, and his wife’s cooking. When he is not eating barbecue, he is eating something else.

Board Members:

Glen Bowling, Vice President

Glen is an IT Project Manager and has worked for Accenture as a Management Consultant as well as various pharmaceutical companies. He is an avid photographer, enjoying outdoor photography and taking candid shots of individuals. View his work on his site, 8xGlen.com. He also enjoys baking bread. His specialty is his olive loaf

Keren Brown, Secretary

Mom of 3 (including twins), Keren is the founder of Foodportunity.com and the author of Food Lovers’ Guide to Seattle. Keren is quite gregarious and loves connecting people. She also loves to travel and is quite a cook. Keren also speaks three languages.

Amy Wallas Fox, Treasurer

Based in Charlotte, NC, Amy writes the blog Amy on Food. By day, Amy works as an adoption and surrogacy attorney. Amy loves cooking especially sweet treats. Amy shares many of her recipes on her blog. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Calvin and son, Asher.

Some of the celebrity chefs Malika Bowling has met over the years: