It goes without saying Sydney is my heart and soul. I remember when she was born, the nurse took her off my stomach (just to clean her). It was in that moment I had an epiphany ..that this tiny little newborn owned my heart. DF was just starting his career, while we were paying off his student loans; I didn’t want to leave Sydney with a sitter or day care, I decided to start a catering business out of our house. It seemed the perfect answer I could work with Sydney by my side. I wouldn’t say it was easy; it was challenging and fulfilling. This was prior to blogging, and about 3 years before the birth of google, my business was by word of mouth.
Sydney and I dived into the blogging world around February of 2010; I had no idea what a good blog was from a so/so blog was. Sydney and I wanted the blog to be about more than our recipes, each recipe we have created had history to it. The base to our friendship happened through 19 years of learning the culinary arts. (You are never done learning). It was paramount we were able to express baking was a catalyst for our family unity. With only that arsenal in our corner we were set forth to begin blogging.
We quickly learned photography would be a necessary tool and the ability to write well. In order to captivate the audience we needed to honestly share the good, the bad, and most impotently to remember to have fun.
Blogging can be an all consuming job if you allow it to run your life, that is probably the hardest lesson (at least for us) to learn. I still have to remind myself this is another journey in Sydney ‘s and my life. I am asked constantly if there is a guide or magic tool to become noticed. The answer, I’m afraid is no. If you google “successful blogging” a plethora of information will appear; though the information is good it is what works for some bloggers. Luck plays it’s own role in the blogging community too, which sadly no one can control. Now that I have painted a frightening picture let me add in aides that will help, but are not written in stone:
- Be honest with your audience, (this is written in stone)
- Blog often, with impelling information
- a twitter account helps, tweet about not only yourself, but other blogs or information that you feel is relevant.
- Learn about twitter
- A Facebook page helps
- know your camera, point and shoot is great, but if your camera has functions, learn everything you can about the camera’s ability
- The photo food galleries help bringing attention to your blog, but they can’t make or break you
- Compliment other blogs and bloggers you find interesting
- Blogging takes time
- Join groups in your blogging genre
- Be familiar with your blogging host (i.e wordpress, blogger, etc)
- Ask seasoned bloggers questions, generally they are open and friendly
- HAVE FUN!
Sydney’s Amaretto Apple Pie Drink:
1 ounce calvados
½ -ounces Vanilla vodka
163 grams/ 2/3-cup apple cider
or Bobbie’s way:
1-ounce vanilla vodka
Cinnamon for garnish
Prepare your mise en place. You’ll need a shot glass and Irish coffee mugs ( I found some reasonably priced at Crate and Barrel.)
Heat the apple cider and pour into an Irish coffee mug.
add vanilla vodka,
and add the calvados.
Stir with a swizzle stick and cinnamon stick for garish.
Excellent tips Bobbie, many thanks to you and Sydney for sharing.