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How To Get Paid To Blog And Eat Free for a Year

written by John Chow on April 24, 2012

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…Okay, you can’t, but my friend Ed Lau can. He’s one of twelve finalists in Tourism Richmond’s search for a new food blogger. Regular readers of John Chow dot Com will know Ed Lau. He’s the guy who always shows up last at Dot Com Pho. Like me, Ed loves to eat and he has a blog that reviews all the restaurants he eats at.

Ed lives in the city of Richmond, and their tourism department is looking for a food blogger to blog about all the great restaurants the city have to offer. They’re holding a competition to find the best person for the job. The winner will get:

  • Eat at a new Richmond restaurant everyday for 365 days and blog about it
  • $50,000 salary
  • Money for the eating out
  • Housing allowance
  • A gym membership

Tourism Richmond received over 1,500 applications and has narrowed it down to the final twelve and Ed is one of them. Now Ed needs your help to get to the final three. I need you to head over to Tourism Richmond’s Facebook page and vote for Ed. The candidate who receives the most votes will automatically earn a free pass to the fianl three.

Tourism Richmond will select the other two finalists and ultimately select the successful candidate. I think Ed will be the perfect person for this job. Go read Ed Eats and you’ll see how detailed his reviews and food photos are.

In the end, it will be up Ed to land this job, but he can’t do that if he can’t get into the final three, so let’s get him there! Please head over to Tourism Richmond’s Facebook page and vote for Ed! You can vote once every 24 hours so please keep vote everyday and tells your friends to vote as well. Thanks for the help!

You know? It’s a good thing they included a gym membership!

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jeffreyskang April 25, 2012 at 12:10 am

how do you feel about an almond butter, honey, bacon and apple sandwich? and Ed, watch out for those ghost chili meals.

Ed Lau April 25, 2012 at 8:10 am

It has bacon in it. Bacon makes everything better.

I’ll try anything at least once. Not to be a Man vs Food daredevil but because you don’t know if you like it or not til you try something. Some of my favorite foods are things that most people wouldn’t think of eating just from appearance (cow tongue, sea urchin, for example) but they’re delicious!

Gerry April 25, 2012 at 12:36 am

I’ve voted! What a great competition, I’m hoping a similar competition will come up in my Niche, maybe one day!

fas April 25, 2012 at 4:25 am

Ed looks the most hungry of the candidates and thus deserves to win ;p

Affiliate Manager April 25, 2012 at 4:46 am

Ed has my vote!

Dan "Making Money Online" Ang April 25, 2012 at 5:11 am

Voted! Good luck Ed! :)

How to make money online April 25, 2012 at 7:09 am


Ok then Good luck !! :)

Thank you,

Ed Lau April 25, 2012 at 8:11 am

Thanks for the votes, folks! Obviously since there’s no way to track who voted, I can’t hold a contest or anything but you can rest assured I will if I get the post.

Sam April 25, 2012 at 10:28 am

FYI, voters, you can vote once every 24 hours. So get ‘er done.

Fergal, Business Advice Forum April 25, 2012 at 11:58 am

Voted, good luck Ed. It’s an inspiring read.

Michael Kwan April 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Go Team Ed!

Michael Kwan April 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Anyone else notice that Ed is the only ethnic Chinese left? And there are 3 guys, but 9 ladies left? Just an observation. ;)

Louise@ Los Angeles Criminal Attorney April 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I will help Ed to the best of my ability.

Michelle Gilstrap April 25, 2012 at 7:26 pm

voted for Ed from a mission Oscar just ran, so I just learned about it, but love this story. So will try to vote each day.

Marbella apartments April 25, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Voted, – Ed, eat well and think about us how voted on you.