SBA turns one in only a few short weeks!
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 by thousands each month.
SBA hopped onto Facebook only 6 short months ago - gaining over 6,000 fans in the interim. (thank you facebook fans, you mean the world to me. )
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. Visit my press page for all of my features.
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 an easy way to share cookie recipes with my friends 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
It’s tough to juggle both jobs, but I would not trade it for the world.
Prior to December 2011, I was merely a 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 posing a “Bites for Growing Your Blog” series over the next few weeks. The series of 5 posts will include the tactics I have used to expand and market SBA:
- Getting Started & Site Design -> how to get the technical stuff DONE.
- Being Present & Personable on Your Blog-> being genuine goes a long way.
- Blog Content & Strategies -> what to write and how to write it.
- Photography -> #1 way to grow - people eat with their eyes.
- Social Media & Marketing -> smart ways to market your blog.
Whether you are a new, aspiring, or a veteran food blogger, I hope you can find something useful in the series.
**Is there anything in particular you’d like me to touch on as I prepare the series?