Oatmeal Enthusiast Series

What is it?

The Oatmeal Enthusiast is a reader of the blog chosen by me. The selected reader is featured on the first Monday of every month. Each Enthusiast provides a brief backstory of their oatmeal obsession, and then details a week’s worth of oatmeal.

How is the Oatmeal Enthusiast selected?

Most Oatmeal Enthusiasts are picked up from various social platforms, such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Most commonly, the Enthusiast is discovered by posting creative and/or high-quality oatmeal pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #oatmealartist. Some Enthusiasts have reached out to me directly by commenting on the site, emailing me, or messaging me on Facebook.

How can you increase your chances of being selected?

  • Use the #oatmealartist hashtag (Instagram and Twitter).
  • Be patient. I often choose people whom I have seen posting frequently (the “regulars,” if you will). There are many people sharing their pictures or requesting to be featured, and I give preference to those who have been consistent.
  • Take great shots. If you’re posting on Instagram, be sure to post high-quality pictures. You don’t need a professional camera, but you should keep the following tips in mind: 1) Don’t zoom in too much! Extreme close-ups are not always appealing. 2) Avoid excessive filters. Food does not look appealing when filtered. 3) Use natural lighting whenever possible.
  • Preference is given to nutrition-minded and plant-based readers, but it’s not a requirement.

Oatmeal Enthusiast Alumni:

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July 2013: Brittany
August 2013: Sophie
September 2013: Dewi
November 2013: Stephanie
January 2014: Claudia
February 2014: Maria
March 2014: Laura
April 2014: Lyndsey
May 2014: Charlotte N.
June 2014: Taylor
July 2014: Isaiah
August 2014: Marina
September 2014: Yasmin
October 2014: Kira
November 2014: Katya
December 2014: Kia
January 2015: Abby
February 2015: Queena
March 2015: Rochelle
April 2015: Erica
May 2015: Christina
June 2015: Cathy
July 2015: Taigen
August 2015: Cassie
September 2015: Wendy
October 2015: Victoria
November 2015: Charlotte A.
December 2015: Christina (again!)
January 2016: Elnè and Claudine
February 2016: Kelsey
March 2016: Emily
April 2016: Sandra
May 2016: Whitney
June 2016: TBA
July 2016: TBA
August 2016: TBA
September 2016: TBA
October 2016: TBA
November 2016: TBA
December 2016: TBA

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.


2 Responses to Oatmeal Enthusiast Series

  1. Elle says:

    So exited about this feature I’vej ust obsessively gone through my instagram hashtagging old porridge posts. Porridge (oatmeal) is life.

  2. *Ellie says:

    Also so excited that I spelled my own name wrong and made a typo.

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