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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Blogging Break Over!

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!


Scott M. said...

Great to see you blogging again!

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