Happy B&B Blogiversary!
Wow. Can you believe we’ve been into this a year already? I mean… holy cannoli!
I couldn’t decide what I wanted this post to be about and it’s been sitting in my “drafts” for months and months now. I had this huge elaborate plan to make this a lengthy, lengthy post, outlining all the highs and lows and in-betweens from this past year, and write and write and write ’till I exhausted my little fingers and your tired eyes. BUT, then I decided that I would do a much shorter version of that :). My first year was a fun, wild ride, and while I’m itching to write 20 paragraphs about how to start a food blog, I’ll save that for another time and just tell you about the more emotional side of things for a first year blogger. There are highs, there are lows. There are good days of lighting, and there are bad. Days when your so tech savvy, you’re feeling bold enough to move to silicon valley and start a start-up, and days when you “unplug” from the internet and life because sometimes it’s just too much. Let me help So, for anyone who just click “post” for the first time, for anyone who is celebrating their first year as well, and for anyone who is looking for some encouraging words… read on!
What to expect your first year:
First and foremost… the undeniable, unwavering support from fellow food bloggers astonishes me. Every time. Coming from a competitive sports background, I was used to going into any setting with a competitive mindset, thinking that I would have to be “on guard” and ready to compete – but oh no, no. The only thing I’ve ever received is the most heart-warming, outpour of positive support for my posts. Even when my pictures are laughable, or my writing is hilariously embarrassing, or I completely botch writing my recipe the proper way; I still see, “great job!”, “way to go!”, “love this recipe” or “amazing photos!!” (<- this one makes me laugh because, to me, my photos aren’t that great at ALL, but this brings me to my next point).
So, why are other food bloggers so supportive?
Essentially, we’re one big blogging family, in this online, creative struggle together. It’s hard putting yourself out there, putting your recipes and pictures and words out there for possible scrutiny and judgement. So having each other to lean on, to tell you “hey, your photos look GREAT” when you know you in your heart of hearts that picture belongs on the Pinterest “Fail” photos page – that’s some food bloggin’ community love right there. And let me tell you, you need that support. So thank you to the many many food bloggers who have maybe laughed a little on their side of the screen, but were so encouraging and supportive for my work. Honestly, I wouldn’t have made it this far without you!
What else can you expect?
Hah, this list goes on and on and on, and I promised you that I wouldn’t make this a long post, so I’ll make a separate series of posts to outline the expectations and steps I’ve taken this first year, how to start your blog, and other fun tidbits that I’ve learned crawling through the digital trenches my first year. Now, just to warn you… it may help, or it may not help, but I’ve only gotten this far learning from my fellow bloggers, so hopefully you’ll at least learn one thing that’s new and helpful :).
Two more pieces of advice
Take time to learn:
I can sum up how to approach your first year in one word.. patience. Rome was not built in a day, and when your staring at your screen kicking yourself because your blog doesn’t look like this, or your photos don’t look like this, or you wish you were this amazing and successful – remember, it’s only year one. BELIEVE ME, having patience is hard. I mean, a year? Like, that’s a LOT of time! Why am I not published yet? Or have my own cooking show on the Food Network? Or making in rain with all my dolla dolla bills, y’all?? Everyday, still, after a year, there are so many things I want to do and edit and rearrange about my blog, but I just try to have patience and chip away at it as best as I can. No matter where you’re at in your blogging process, take a deep breath, find your inner zen, and have patience. And when you’re feeling down and having “one of those days”, just remember, your FB community is always here to support you… and bake you a cake :).
“Just keep swimming”:
Last but not least, don’t give up just yet. I’m here to tell you – it’s ok to have struggles with your blog. It’s ok to have bad photography days. It’s ok to miss a post deadline (or two, or three). Your blog is your blog, no one else’s, and it can be whatever you want it to be. I found that it’s hard to know what you want your blog to be, what your vision is, or what really entices you about the food blogging aspect of it all when you’re in the beginning stages of your blog. You need to get into the nitty gritty of it to figure out where you fit in. Some of the best advice I read when I was on the fence about starting my blog was as simple as a Nike campaign: Just do it. Kick yourself off the diving board and jump into the food blogging pool! You’ll never truly know what it’s like until you do it. And for those tough, frustrating days… “just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”
Ok, I’m off my soap box now :). Thank you everyone who’s been a part of B&B this past year! It’s only been one year of food blogging for B&B, but it’s been a fun one for sure! I really appreciate all the support!
Now, off to celebrate like I did my first birthday – face planting into my cake.
Original image found here (source)