What It Takes to Be a Food Blogger

What It Takes to Be a Food Blogger

27842_1438619843711_1179466828_31316318_1922066_n

And I remember it like yesterday because it’s all right here in front of me.  I have every holiday.

IMG_0034

I have every adorable moment.

207399_1960876179793_1179466828_32379769_5727652_n

No scrapbooking required (sorry craft bloggers I just suck at crafts, I mean no offense). That has been a major bonus that I didn’t plan on developing. It just happened.

101_1742Someday I will be posting daily, I’m sure. But, that hasn’t happened yet. I am entirely too busy. I squeak by for now.  And until then I try to make each post stretch by picking up odd jobs on social media platforms. Yes, occasionally I get paid to tweet. Weird, right? Yeah, that’s a real thing.  Also, I do some graphic design work on the side and syndication of posts helps (a lot!) financially as well.

Getting paid for work I already did for free? Um, yes please! We’d like to take a vacation again in the next 30 years.

101_1740 (2) (538x640)

101_1740 (2)I also get about a thousand emails a day from people (companies, authors, networks, marketers, etc.) that are looking to get a message out to the public. They want me to try their product (free samples!) and get a message out to you, my readers, telling them my experience with said product.  I only answer the ones that really interest me, honestly. At first I tried to answer everyone and everything and it was too much.  Now I answer readers almost exclusively.

So, overall I work about 20 hours a week, not including “mom work,” and I do it always in the morning.  I’m a morning person. Afternoons and evening are for the family. I plan around the weather and take a lot of photos of everything around me just in case something amazing happens, like this shot of Max collecting leaves on an autumn day.

IMG_0372

In a world of digital photography, there’s no reason not to take photos of everything. I make money, yes, but I’m hardly rolling in it. Maybe someday. I started out with a point and shoot camera and a baby on my hip because I wanted something spicy to eat. It has grown organically from there. Most of the photos I do take don’t pass the blog test, but over time, I’m learning and growing and trying new things.  It seems to be working.

It’s not easy,  and it takes a lot of planning and creativity, but it beats arguing with strangers on the Internet.

At least, for me.

Trending Now

Comments

In order to comment on BlogHer.com, you'll need to be logged in. You'll be given the option to log in or create an account when you publish your comment. If you do not log in or create an account, your comment will not be displayed.