Okay, so I don't really consider myself a food blogger. I feel like I'm more of a writer who also enjoys baking and taking photos. But that's basically what a food blogger is so never mind.
When I started this blog 6 months ago, I wanted it to be a place where I could share personal essays, recipes and projects I'm working on. And I love it. I love it a lot. And people actually read it. Quite a few of you, actually.
Sometimes it feels like a second job. A second job that doesn't pay anything. Yet. But I care about managing it, and producing content for it. I get a chance to be creative and touch other people with my work so it's worth it. I imagine it's similar to raising a kid. But also I have no idea what it's like to raise a child so please disregard.
Have you considered starting a food blog, or any other blog for that matter? Here's some stuff you should know.
1. Everything you Make is the Best Thing Ever
You heard me. You know those chocolate chip cookies you made? No you don't. Because you made "Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Salt Salt". And you better write about those cookies like they are God's gift to this green earth. You have to praise those cookies. Nobody is going to make your recipe if you don't talk it up like it's about about go on a first date with that cute guy it met at the grocery store. Also, if you don't think it's a wonderful recipe, why would you even take so many photos of it and then spam Instagram with them?
2. Embrace Social Media
Speaking of spamming Instagram. Remember when you thought posting once a week was too much? LOLOLOLOL you need to remain active on social media to build your brand. You're never getting off the internet again. This is your home now. But also you can stop anytime you want so don't complain about it like you didn't willingly get yourself into this.
3. SO MUCH TIME
Remember that one time I spent 5 straight hours making Candy Cane Macarons? No you don't. Because I actually spent 5 hours making Candy Cane Macarons that didn't turn out. I still haven't perfected that recipe, so I can't even share it with you. When you're putting your name on something, you better make sure it's something you're proud of. You wouldn't believe how many recipes I've come up with that I haven't been able to post because they were just awful. I can't even imagine what more established bloggers have to deal with.
4. People Tell you Stuff
Sometimes you write a post that strikes a nerve with people and impacts them in a way you didn't know was possible. I've written a few deeply personal essays, and after reading them a lot of people have opened up to me. It's flattering that people want to share with you, and it's also a huge responsibility. Sometimes I get scared that I'm not responding in the best way possible, that I'm not properly equipped to handle all this information from complete strangers. But it's something I'm learning to deal with, and I am so grateful that I have so many devoted readers. I feel like I have a whole group of internet friends I never had before I started this blog. That's pretty wonderful and something I'm very proud of.
5. Everything You've Ever Made Has Been Made Before
You're not the first person to come up with pumpkin spice flavored scones, but that's okay. Just make stuff you like and it doesn't really matter. They're also probably not the best pumpkin spice scones ever made, but dammit you better refer to #1 and act like they are. There are no more original thoughts or ideas about anything, but you're still allowed to be proud of what you come up with.
6. You're Going to Gain Weight
Those chewy chocolate chunk cookies aren't going to taste test themselves. Also maybe you're just gaining weight because you haven't been to the gym in a year. Eat some spinach tonight to make up for it. Don't sauté the spinach in bacon fat this time. Stop talking to yourself.
7. People Will Always Want More
It's overwhelming. You'll be encouraged to branch out and work on other projects related to your blog. I get a lot of requests to make a YouTube channel, but that's honestly not something I have the equipment for or the time to dedicate to make videos properly. You'll start getting suggestions from readers, and sometimes it will feel overwhelming. Sometimes it's a struggle just getting 3 posts up a week while working a full time job. Basically managing a blog is like constantly disappointing your parents, will anything I ever do be good enough for you?!?!
8. Making Messes
I hope you enjoy doing dishes, because you're going to do that a lot more now. Or cleaning up in general. 90% of the time my table is covered in glitter. You tell yourself you're going to clean up as you go, but then you start learning how to make candy and suddenly you've spent the last two hours stirring some boiling hot corn syrup and you can't leave it for a minute.
10. Oh Yeah
You're also going to find yourself doing a lot of weird things. Like standing on your dining room table to get the perfect picture. Or setting up a tripod to take a photo of you standing on your dining room table to take a photo. Your life is cool.
But seriously, I love writing this blog so much. I finally have a reason to sit down and write, and I'm learning so much about myself. I'm thankful to every single one of you who stops by my little corner of the internet and reads what I have to say. Thank you thank you thank you.