I cannot believe it has been six months since I posted my first food blog! Time has gone by so quickly. It has been an unbelievable experience! Thank you to my followers and readers for your encouragement, support and kind words. If wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be blogging, but just writing to myself. Also, I want to apologize to those who took the time to write comments and didn’t get a response back. It was either due to WordPress thinking your comment was “Spam” or I accidentally deleted it, because I didn’t know what I was doing in the beginning or I just made a stupid mistake! My sincere apologies again!
Before, I posted my first blog, I did some research, but I soon found out it wasn’t nearly enough. I was a novice in every aspect of food blogging and had to teach myself on everything! It seemed like everyday I was learning something new about website design, writing good content, SEO (search engine optimization), photography, lighting, food styling or ways to get more traffic to one’s blog. To be quite honest, there is still so much for me to learn. I just need more time in the day!
Here is another admission, I didn’t really know the blogging world; it is a culture onto itself! I am amazed and in awe of the many talented bloggers out there, the photographers and writers! I know that I will never be as good as some of them, the professionals for sure, but I am really okay with that. The reason why is six months ago, all I knew about photography was using a “point and shoot” camera and my iPhone 5. Now, I am learning how to use a beginner’s DSLR camera and the art of food styling. Six months ago, all the writing I did was in the form of thank you notes. I never did much writing, not even in college! Now, I am becoming better in expressing myself in the written form. So I really am okay at not being the best, as long as I continue to improve myself! I know I must sound a bit hokey, but it’s the truth.
I have found my niche! It literally is “simple and healthy foods.” Except, for a few blog posts, I think most of my dishes are pretty simple and many can be made using what you already have in the pantry and refrigerator. Even my photographs are minimal! I am a minimalist at heart, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love and appreciate photographs and recipes that more complicated than mine! I just want to cook foods that are simple and healthy. That doesn’t mean I always want to eat that way all the time either! As for food photography, I just want to be very good at taking simple photos and will continue to work towards that goal!
My biggest surprise about blogging is that you become a member of a community. You develop ties with other bloggers or followers through “Comments.” My husband and nineteen-year-old daughter both follow other blogs, but I don’t think they have ever personally communicated with a blogger through a “Comment.” I believe it’s those “Comments” that give us the “human connection” to otherwise, impersonal media. So in the beginning I didn’t really get it, when veteran bloggers encouraged new bloggers to post comments on other blogs. Now, I understand how important it is to communicate and share with other bloggers, but finding the time has been a problem for me. I will try to do better in the future. Also, I don’t want to forget about the “Likes.” I know for myself, I appreciate getting them and use them when I don’t have enough time to make a comment! The “human connection” is so important in blogging!
In the first part of “My First Six Months of Blogging” I have given you my perspective of the blogging experience. In the second part, I want to offer some helpful tips for new bloggers, things I wished I knew in the beginning or things I would have done differently. I would greatly appreciate any constructive comments!