Year One: How I Did It
Sally’s Baking Addiction turns one in only a few short weeks. I can’t believe it! It’s practically surreal as I look back over the past year and see how my blog has grown, how my photography has improved, and how my readership grows each month.
SBA hopped onto Facebook only 6 short months ago – gaining over 6,000 fans in the interim. Over 11,000 Pinerest followers in 10 months and countless emails a day. I’ve worked with companies including Silpat, Chobani, Hershey’s, Peanut Butter & Company, and Nestle.
This is not meant to brag; I merely want to show you that it IS possible.
How did I did I grow my blog so quickly?
What started as a small little hobby has grown into a second full time job. With a full time job during the day, I spend over 30 hours at night and on the weekends on SBA. Call me crazy, but I truly live and breathe it. I’m a
work blogaholic. 🙂
It’s tough to juggle both jobs, but I would not trade it for the world.
Prior to December 2011, I was merely a food blog lurker. I followed food blogs each day, hoping to one day start my own. It seemed scary and risky. What if no one reads my blog besides my mom? How on earth do I use a fancy camera? What is “self-hosting” ??!?!
I receive countless emails, comments, messages, and tweets on the subject. How did I do it? How did I start SBA? How do I have time to blog full time and work full time? How did I improve my photography so much? How did I gain readership?
I am no expert, but there are a few key things I’ve learned along the way. SBA is a work in production, but I want to share some helpful strategies that I’ve used.
To celebrate SBA’s first birthday, I will be posting a Food Blogging Series over the next few weeks. The series of 4 posts will include the tactics I have used to expand and market SBA:
- How to Start a Food Blog -> how to get the technical stuff DONE.
- Being Present & Personable on Your Blog-> being genuine goes a long way.
- Quality Content -> what to write and how to write it.
- Photography -> #1 way to grow – people eat with their eyes.
Whether you are a new, aspiring, or a veteran food blogger, I hope you can find something useful in the series.
Q: Is there anything in particular you’d like me to touch on as I prepare the series?