I’m the author/creator behind Foody Schmoody … I’m JUST Cooking. I am former medical management professional, turned stay at home mother of 3. I’ve turned to blogging as a creative outlet and a way to share my recipes with the world and also my close family and friends. Since I began blogging I have been published in Taste of Home magazine and I have also won a blue ribbon from Just A Pinch Recipe Club.
Please tell us something about yourself. Is food blogging your profession or just a hobby?
A bit of both. I started this blog as an outlet. The change from a full time professional to stay at home mother was a big transition and I felt I needed something for me. This blog started as a hobby, for some “me time”. However, it is slowly turning into a profession.
When did you get an idea to launch your own blog and how important is it for you be online?
I actually hadn’t planned on publishing the blog. I had read somewhere that blogging platforms had great ways to organize recipes. I originally started plugging in my recipes as a way to organize them and find them quickly. Only after a few months did I think “what the heck, why not hit publish”.
Did you have someone help you make the website or did you do it by yourself?
My original website was one that was premade and not very customizable. When I realized that I wanted to put forth more effort and make something of blogging, I was lucky enough to have a new site designed by my brother, who just happens to be a website designer.
The right domain name is important. How long did it take you to come up with the domain name for your blog?
I already had a blog going for a while without my own domain. So when I switched over and graduated to a better blogging platform I was able to find a domain easily that matched the title of my blog.
What kind of Theme do you use on your blog and what are the “must have” plugins for a blog?
I am running the Magnificent theme. This is not a typical food blogger theme. I wanted something different than all the other sites I see. My most used plugin, by far, is Jetpack. Another plugin that I use very often, since I started using affiliate links and sponsored links is Ultimate No Follow. It’s very important to have your links marked “no follow” when getting paid.
What CMS (Content Management System) do you use on your blog? How hard is it to navigate within your CMS (making a new post, inserting images, moderating comments, etc.)?
I am using self hosted WordPress. I was scared to make the change because it was so different than the easy Blogger platform I was originally using. I find it very easy to navigate and I was able to figure it all out on my own.
How much time do you spend blogging?
I think the longest part of preparing a blog post is the photography. It takes me about 2 hours total probably to photograph a dish and edit it properly. After that, I say about an hour more for the actual post. The part that takes up a lot of time is promoting your post once it’s complete.
How do you promote your blog? Do you use social media channels to attract more visitors to your blog?
Social Media is king with blogging. You must promote through all social media channels possible if you want your blog seen.
Is there a way to monetize (make money) through a blog?
Yes. The easiest way is through ads and affiliate links. Once you’re comfortable with blogging you can move on to sponsored posts and content.
Would you encourage other people to make their own blogs?
Yes and No. It’s more work that I planned on but I do get a great sense of accomplishment when post does well. You just have to have some tough skin to see what some people will say on social media; it’s not always kind. But when it’s good, it’s good.
Please give us some advice for new bloggers and for people who are still not sure should they make a blog of their own?
Just dive right in. It doesn’t matter if your photos aren’t great or if you don’t have terrific grammar skills. I look back at my first posts and I cringe at the sight, but some of those originals, are still my most popular, in terms of pageviews. Just be willing to put yourself into your blog.
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