Late blogger! Like...late bloomer. Get it?!
Eh, I thought it was clever. It's staying. This is happening.
When I revived this blog last year (more on that in a sec), I did it for no other reason than I knew it would make me happy. And at that time I needed something to make me happy. I needed to feel in control of my happiness.
And I continue to blog now for the same reason (even though I'm in a much better place life-wise. Whew.). It’s essentially my version of self-care.
If you know me in real life, you know that I actually started OGOK back in 2012 (gasp!) when I was working at my first “grown-up” job. My brother had gotten me a camera for Christmas and within a few weeks I had cookies on the internet. I loved it immediately. I was completely comfortable spending my weekend cooking and writing. If I had time, I used to go home during lunch and take photos (natural light. so important.) for the blog. I was that into it.
But then that first year I embarked on another adventure when I moved from Texas to California. A few years after that it was California to New York. And then all of a sudden I was in Seattle! Along the way, I put the blog on pause. Partly because it's hard to take over a tiny kitchen the way a food blogger does when you have roommates, but also because I was so focused on my work, figuring out what I was good at, making new friends (v hard as an adult) and basically figuring out how to adult.
Surprisingly, I don't regret this blogging break. At that time of my life, I think trying to maintain a blog would have added to my anxiety so I do believe I made the right decision. However, that's not to say I didn't think about it often. I always knew I would get back into blogging - it was a matter of when, not if with this one.
Welp. Turns out blogging today is very different than 2012. Shocking, I know. I am definitely having fun, and this little internet space makes me so happy. But at the same time, it feels like the world suddenly filled with food bloggers and it can be hard to stand out.
Or figure out if I even want to stand out?!
I think my main struggle comes from wanting to continue this blog because it brings me a lot of joy, but also (uh, finally) having a full-time job that I love. I want to give 100% to both, without completely driving myself insane. If I’m being honest, I sometimes feel like blogging as a hobby isn’t a thing anymore. Like, once we realized money could be made suddenly anyone with a blog was trying to be an influencer. But even a year+ in I feel like I'm still figuring out what I want this space to be.
That's what this post - and eventual series - is about. I feel like I spend all this time reading articles about how to be a successful blogger written by (amazing!) people who have been doing this since 2005. But what about now? I'm kind of a later bloomer in this blogging world (late blogger! it makes sense!) so I thought it would be good to document my learnings as I go along - partly for me, but also because maybe it will help someone else! Even just one person.
Okay, me. It'll probably just help me.
So here are a few things I’ll be talking about:
- Content planning
- Recipe development
- Learning food photography
- Social media (so many feelings!)
- Finding a niche/brand
- Time management / how I work
And more! I'd love to hear what you're interested in as well.
The highs. The lows. You're going to get it all. As you can tell, these will be kind of messy, from the heart type posts. I'll probably complain a lot (seriously guys, why is Pinterest so hard for me??), but I'm declaring this a judgement free zone.
I think this will be fun! If you have any questions/comments/concerns (??) feel free to comment below, email or hit me up on Instagram.
Thank you for being here! I really do appreciate you.
Oh! One last thing. I want to be really transparent here + document any growth, so I'm going to share my page view and IG numbers on these posts (with the hope that they will grow each time). Eeeek!
As of September 18, 2018:
Monthly page views: ~460
Instagram followers: 284