BIG day today – Happy 1st Blog-iversary to LSOTT!!
It’s crazy what blogging for one year has done for me. I’m excited to dish the reasons behind my beloved creation.
Especially the poor friends on Facebook who get updates and could care less about food. Sorry, but not sorry.
Lets take a step back and go to the beginning of my blog, shall we…
My first post was written October 15, 2013 and it was about Apples. Pretty fitting because it’s probably one of my all time favorite things to eat – which if you follow along you’ll know everything is my favorite thing to eat, hehe. 😉
I actually created 3 posts before I shared LSOTT with anyone. I had read that somewhere online when searching “tips for starting a blog.”
Blogging puts you in such a vulnerable position. You’re totally exposed to being judged and critiqued by the world….or just a few people who read your blog. Lets be real, unfortuntaley the entire world does not read my blog.
I’ve already shared with you why and how I came up with my blog name in the “About” section.
It’s funny because looking back, I did not have a clue what I was getting myself into. Blogging is a whole little universe in and of itself.
My goal when I started my blog, was to create an outlet to let my food obsessed creative juices flow. I wanted to be consistent with posts, create a following and begin to make some sort of money. I’m SUPER happy to say that I stuck with my goal.
I spent the first year figuring out how food blogging works. I spent many hours cooking and taking pictures, writing on posts and lots of late nights. I’ve made blogger friends, improved my food photography, and developed a writing style.
1. For my career – In Fall 2013 I was uncertain which direction I wanted my career to take, I felt lost. I had completed my B.B.A but wanted to incorporate food somehow into my career path. Having a food blog would showcase my passion for food. It is one thing to run around saying food is your passion, and another to actually prove it is. Prior to my blog, I didn’t have anything concrete to show an employer. Having a food blog shows employers, and everyone else my love for food.
2. Credibility – Similar to the first reason, gaining credibility in the culinary world is huge. I want people to think “hey, this girl knows her stuff.” SO many people love food, right? I have to give people a reason to trust what I have to say about food. Granted a blog doesn’t instantly give me that, it is one of many pieces to a puzzle of credentials.
3. Express my passion – Literally all my life food was always on my mind. I knew that not everyone thought about it as much as me, or the same as me. I wanted to constantly be around it. Having a food blog is a way for me to release my passion. Cooking wasn’t enough. I don’t just like to eat, I have a strong interest in food issues and current topics. The love goes deep. Anyone who has a passion for something I encourage to find a way to release it whether it be in a blog or not.
4. Explore my creativity – I don’t consider myself an artist by any means, and I surprisingly used to hate to write. But here we are, and I LOVE writing for my blog. Granted, the writing is much different than a research paper in college. LSOTT has aloud me to realize my creative potential with food and as an entrepreneur. I think people can be bashful about being creative. I know I certainly felt that way. I love creating things. After all, the definition of creativity is creating something that previously did not exist. We are all creative in our own way. Every post, some recipes, are 100% organic material that I came up with. I have complete control of what happens on LSOTT, the posts, the brand, the image…all of it!
5. Share recipes with people – I’ve always been one to cook and bring things to parties or gatherings. Not to tut my own horn, but people would ask for the recipe….quite often. On my blog, people have access to recipes that I post. It’s so wonderful to share recipes with people. Some people don’t like to give away recipes, and I find that rather strange. I want to help people find the most delicious recipes by sharing my favorites.
NOTHING beats when someone comments and says that they have made one of my recipes and loved it. All of the hard work melts away, and it makes me want to continue offering recipes to them!
I have stayed fully motivated to continue my blogging adventures now that i’m a culinary arts student in New York City.
I have only had 2 days of class, but can already feel my cooking will most certainly change….only in the best of ways of course 😉