Monday was my first Blogiversary. I made these over the top Fudgy Brownie Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting to celebrate. I had wanted to make a list of things I have learned and document my journey, but decided to wait until later in the week.
I have learned so much over the last year of blogging. When I started I knew nothing! I had seen a few food blogs, but really under 5 of them. I knew a few friends who had personal blogs, but that was the extent of my knowledge. We had a really nice camera my husband had just bought for our trip to New Zealand, so I was set for taking pictures. Never mind that I didn’t know how to use it
I started very naive, but I was excited and ready. I remember the first few days, and people were actually reading my recipes. I had like 50 views, and thought that was amazing. Really, it was. There are billions of people out there, and for 50 people to stumble across my first couple posts was a miracle. I did my research, looked at the buttons on peoples blogs, and started joining networking sites. I first joined Foodbuzz, and counted down the days until I could apply to be a Featured Publisher. They accepted me, and I was off and running. I have “met” some amazing people since I started this journey. I know I would not be here without their guidance, support, and friendship.
So what have I learned……
1. To ask for help. I am not good with this in real life. I like to think that I am independent, and can take care of things myself. But sometimes you just have to reach out and ask fellow bloggers for help. Everyone I have talked to is so gracious and willing to help. Whether it be a tech problem (thanks again Kita), photo advice, or even guest posting because you are busy, bloggers always seem to be there to help.
2. To be yourself. You can not fake who you are. I have learned this very much recently. In real life, I am shy. This may sound strange to the people who know me, but if you think back to when we first met, I was shy. Until I get to know someone I am quiet and reserved. This can be taken in a bad way sometimes (read the “B” word). So when it comes to social media (twitter and facebook), I seem to be quiet and reserved as well. I see conversations on twitter, but I am too shy to butt in
3. It is ok to change. In November, when I was 7 months old, I changed to by own domain. It was a lot of work, but it is so nice to have my own site. Also, just recently you may have noticed I am no longer with Foodbuzz. I have changed my ad company to BlogHer. I am excited to see how this change will play out.
4. How to use my camera. I have gotten a lot better with my pictures over the last year. I have been using the full manual mode with my camera with great success recently. I still can not get pictures on Tastespotting. They claim my composition is bad in almost every shot. But I can get quite a few accepted to Foodgawker and Tasteologie, so I am going to call it a success.
5. There is so much I don’t know. I am constantly learning and trying to grow. My pictures for one, still have a long way to improve. I am constantly amazed at some of the photography I see out there. Daily I am trying to improve my writing, networking, cooking, baking, and so much more. Maybe in another 10 years, I will know it all
No recipe today. I will be back tomorrow with a great lunch or dinner idea that involves some of my favorite things – chicken, avocado, and corn tortillas. Any guesses?