I’ve been anxiously awaiting the day when I could write this post.
March is the longest month. I think that part of it has to do with the fact that it starts out in wintery purgatory and ends up with green grass and birds chirping away in full on spring. Anyhoo we’re finally here, AHB is 4 weeks old, and I’ve been
pretending to be doing the blogger thing for about a month now. My brain is about to explode!
- First and foremost, the number one thing I learned this month was that I am a tool. I mean that in a good way. I’m learning to go with my gut instincts and BE MYSELF (even if myself is a dork.) There are millions of blogs. I don’t know how many recipe blogs, but yeah, uh a ton. However, there is only one me, and that’s the only tool that I have to make mine different.
- The second thing I’ve learned this month is bloggy karma and this is something I am learning by example. I don’t know where I first heard the term, but there is such a thing as bloggy karma. As a newbie, I definitely want good bloggy karma. How does one get good bloggy karma? By being a nice person. It’s that simple. If someone does something nice for you tell them thank you. If you think that you have screwed up and inadvertently broken blogger code, apologize. The internet is a place where it is easy to lose your integrity, but it’s just as easy to keep it. Thank you to those bloggers who have taken time and gone out of their way to lead me by their examples!
- Third, I’ve learned that it is vital for me to find and interact with like minded people. I have been fortunate enough to find a great support group online. I’m sure they get tired of me constantly asking questions, but they have been a fantastic source of useful information, support, and encouragement. They definitely fall into the category of leading by example.
- I’ve learned that what I define as success can’t necessarily by measured by numbers. I’ve had a few days with higher number (for me) pageviews. They are nice and sure, they make me feel like I’ve done something right, but you know what feels even better? Having a thoughtful comment from a reader who I can tell has really read my post and actually gets me. Feeling like I’ve reached someone in a way beyond the food…FEELS LIKE SUCCESS!
- One thing that I didn’t really connect before I started blogging, is that in this genre, my readers are literally invested in my blog. What I mean by this is when a reader likes my recipe enough to go to the store and buy the ingredients, they are spending their hard earned money in the hope and faith that my recipe is fantastic. I can’t let them down. I’ve learned that my standards have to be sky high and to do my best to never disappoint or put out anything that I think is less than stellar. It is better to miss a post than put out something subpar.
- Good photography is so important. It doesn’t matter how good a recipe is if the photo of the food is bad. There are so many blogs with stunning photography that make good blog photos seem effortless and natural, like it’s something easy to pick up. Well, it hasn’t been easy for me, it’s been a struggle, but I’d say that I’ve definitely seen some improvement in my photography and I hope that you have too.
- I’ve learned that food blogging means 50 times more dirty dishes than normal. Because maybe this dish will photograph well on this plate. Wait, no. I was wrong. Let me try this plate. Okay, may be if I add a little bowl full of this ingredient off to the side? And on and on it goes.
- And also, a food blogger doesn’t cook when they want to. You know, at a normal time when most people cook. They cook when they know the light will be good. Because you must photograph in natural light. See #6.
- I”ve learned that it is impossible for me to work on my blog when my kids are watching netflix. Because netflix hogs all the internet signal and then I just sit there feeling frustrated seeing a load screen for 5 minutes straight. Which probably isn’t a bad thing, because then I put up the laptop and go sit on the couch with them to watch some Dr. Who.
- And the last one, which really spans numbers 1 through 10, I’ve learned just how little I know…about a lot! I thought I knew how Pinterest worked. Wrong. Twitter? Oh my gosh, I am a total twitwit. It’s a good thing right now that I only have a few followers because it’s embarrassing how little I know about how to use it. I’m learning that being a blogger means that I have committed myself to working on learning new skills every single day. I have a running, “learn it list,” that is about a mile long. But I’ve also learned that
I love it!♥
And that makes it all worth it.