Welcome to my first week of my real life food blogging.
There is no content, there is no traffic and there is absolutely no income. Unfortunately with blogging you can’t just shake a wand and expect everything to be perfect because it is just not like that.
Blogging is as hard as any offline business and it requires hard work and dedication.
This is not my only blog either so I have to think about committing time to the blogs that do make me money right now.
I am sure you’re sick of the lectures and want to know what I have been up to this week……
I have written my first 16 recipe posts
Some will tell you that you shouldn’t start a blog on more than 2 recipes a week as it will be simply too hard for you to maintain. Well I have been working in blogging for years and know what I can manage and what I can’t manage. With this in mind I am starting the blog on four recipe posts a week and other content that will take it up to about nine posts a week.
This is because I want the traffic and then the monetising to get going really fast and by adding lots of quality content, this becomes the best way to achieve it.
So this week I dedicated a week to creating my first months worth of recipe posts. I like the idea of this, because out of all the posts the ones that take the most effort are the recipe ones.
I also followed the golden rule and that is that the first posts are ones you cook all the time or those that are family recipes. I have a recipe book with hand written recipes from family members (as well as some of my own) and I typed up 16 of them.
I have written a few other posts
I have also written a few other posts (such as what you’re reading now) a couple of the pages and really getting into writing them.
I enjoy writing and I have spent a fair amount of time planning my blogging calendar for the next few months. I want to be able to offer variety with a range of posts on different things. I am also looking at a podcasting plan of action for when I start a podcast in a few weeks time.
I have sketched out my blog design
Because I write and market things, this means that Dominic’s role is the technical side of things. He puts the designs up, he opens social media accounts, he loads up images, he makes sure the site is running fast and of course he is in charge of checking our daily statistics.
So I craft out a design on a piece of paper of where I want the different widgets to be and then he puts my plan into action. I have now given him my design and he’ll be working on it for us next week.
If you look now you can see that it is like a blank canvas and crying out for graphics and content:
But I clearly have the important things in place because I have social icons already!!!!