This month marks 8 (!!!!) years that I’ve been blogging.
Back then, I was a fairly early adopter to the world of food blogging and didn’t really know anyone with a blog. These days the internet is so saturated with bloggers and ideas that it’s hard to imagine, but 8 years ago, the food blogging world was a comparatively quieter place.
I started the blog not as a job, but as a genuine hobby. I loved cooking, and sharing bits and bites from our life with family members and friends. I actually intended very much to keep it that way–a lovely, small hobby that I really enjoyed.
Longtime readers know that it’s only been in the last three years that I’ve monetized my blog. It was a really difficult decision for me, not because I didn’t fancy the idea of earning money doing something I loved, but because I feared that turning my favorite outlet into my work would somehow diminish the joy I got from writing, photographing, and cooking. But, three years ago, it was pretty obvious we wouldn’t be able to move forward with everything we had on the horizon if I didn’t bring in something.
We’d just had Milo, and Michael was just a few months away from starting full-time graduate school when Sophie was diagnosed with autism and her developmental pediatrician told us to change our diet. We’d saved for years and lived in apartments saving every penny we could to earn money for graduate school and a house, but as soon as Sophie was diagnosed, we saw that carefully saved money and knew it would be going to therapy for Sophie, our new diet, and helping us survive through graduate school. So, I signed up with an ad network, and decided to move forward.
In the years since, I’ve tried to keep this space as authentic as possible. I’m very particular about what sponsored work I accept. I have opportunities to do all kinds of posts, but I try very hard to only do what feels like a natural fit for companies and products I love and appreciate. And, thankfully, I still really *really* enjoy blogging. It’s been an anchor for me in three solid years of real struggle as we got through graduate school and the busiest season of therapy for Sophie.
Moving forward into my ninth (!!!) year of blogging, I’d love to do something that connects me more to YOU, the readers and supporters who make this blog, and the income that’s been so vital to our family, possible. I can only do that as I stay relevant. So, my question for you is this:
What problem can I solve for you?
What challenges are you facing?
What would you like to see more of?
Maybe that’s meal plans, maybe that’s more video or a newsletter, or tutorials, or an eBook, or a printable. What can I help you with? Would you like to see real samples of what we eat in a day (or week)? Would you like healthy snack ideas? 30-minute meals? What about lifestyle posts? More book posts (for kids or adults)? More favorite product posts? Decorating and home posts as I approach my new house?
I’m all ears.
I also wanted to thank you–really thank you–for the very real, direct way that you keep this such a happy corner of the internet. I LOVE this blog, and I’m more grateful than I can say for how many difficult times it’s gotten me through.