It has been some time since my last post...December 2015! I began my food blogging experiment in November 2014. I thought it would be an easy hobby that would be fun and bring in some extra cash. I also thought it would help answer the eternal question at our house, "What are we going to eat today?"
What I actually experienced was much different from my expectations...
I was obviously delusional when I started blogging. It is not easy! I thought that within a year I would have a tremendous following and would be rolling in the dough. That clearly didn't happen. I have just checked my earnings and haven't hit the $5 mark. And that is not a monthly total. It is the total from November 2014 until now. How embarrassing!
The question about what are we going to eat today continued and was compounded by, "What am I going to blog about this week?" Taking good pictures has proven difficult for me. Coming up with original content on a regular basis also proved to be challenging.
Why did I stop blogging? A variety of reasons. My dad passed away. A couple months later a kid rear-ended me when I was stopped at a red light in my new little car that hadn't yet had an oil change and tried to pin fault on me. And then a couple of months later, my washing machine flooded and damaged flooring that was only 6 months old in three different rooms. Dealing with all those issues at (relatively) the same time made keeping up a food blog seem like something insignificant that was easy to give up.
I have been toying with the idea of getting back into my hobby blogging over the past couple months and have finally committed myself to give it a go again.
I need to find my blogger identity (i.e. What am I going to be when I grow up?) I have tried the 'party' platform where several bloggers work around a common theme and then link to each other's post. Party blogging is fun, but I'm not sure that it is within my comfort zone. I have thought about going through my grandmother and great-grandmother's recipes, but I'm not sure others would find it interesting. I have thought about cooking whatever is on the cover of various magazines and grading them.
I was looking for some online motivation and by coincidence found the International Food Blogger's Conference will be in Sacramento, CA September 29 - October 1. The deadline for registering is June 30, which gives me only a couple of days to get it together!
What are my next steps? I need to get three posts published by June 30 so I can register as an 'active citizen blogger' for the International Food Blogger's conference. Then I will do my best to commit to one post per week. I also need to improve my photography skills and look into a better 'look' for my website. So many things to do!
I would appreciate words of wisdom from anyone who is currently blogging or has blogged and dropped it. Let's see what happens with my renewed energy for food blogging!