A couple weeks ago I celebrated my 6 month blogiversary! On November 29, 2013 I published my first post: Quick Amish Cinnamon Bread. If you check out that post, you will see how far I’ve come since then!
I started A Savory Feast for a number of reasons. The main reason is that I love cooking and knew I would really enjoy coming up with creative recipes and sharing them on my blog. I also was trying to figure out “what I want to do with my life.” I knew I would be graduating from college soon and wanted to find something I really enjoyed. Even if this blog never turned into a career, I knew I would learn a lot about starting and running a website, marketing, and networking through my blog.
In celebration of my 6 months of blogging, here are my 6 Favorite Things About Blogging:
#1 My top favorite thing about blogging is the community! I never knew how connected everyone in the blogging world is and how essential that is to be successful. I have a number of bloggers that I would consider my friend. I go to their blogs at least once a day, share their posts with my followers, and collaborate with them to help each other grow.
#2 I have discovered that I am really passionate about blogging and its something that I really enjoy. It never feels like work to me. I hope to be able to turn it into a career, but even if I don’t, I really enjoy it as a hobby.
#3 I get so excited when I hear that people actually try my recipes! Recently, a friend of mine told me he made my Buffalo Chicken Dip when he had some friends over. Sometimes people I don’t even know leave a comment on my blog telling me they successfully tried a recipe.
#4 I love being creative and coming up with new recipes! It’s really fun for me to find inspiration on Pinterest, give it my own twist and see how it turns out. I’m always surprised that I haven’t run out of ideas yet. There’s always something new to try!
#5 Since I started blogging, I have been cooking and baking for my friends and family way more. I love making food for people and seeing their reactions to it. My boyfriend, Andrew, is my number one taste tester and he always gets really excited about what I make. He also collaborates on recipes and ideas for my blog.
#6 I love the marketing side of blogging. I am a business major and always wanted to go into marketing. I market my blog on social media, in link parties and on other websites. I enjoy learning more about it and how to use it more effectively.
By now I’m sure you’re wondering what The Great Computer Catastrophe was! Let me tell you, it was not the way I wanted to celebrate my 6 month blogiversary!
As some of you may know, I am finishing up my last semester with University of Florida’s Online Business Program. The other night I had spent the entire evening studying for my first round of exams. I was watching one of my lectures on my laptop when I bumped my desk…
My glass of water tipped over and spilled into my keyboard. The screen flickered and went black. My little brother, Jason, is my go-to computer and phone expert, so I called him right away. He told me to tip it over and let it dry out.
We let it dry out for 3 days. I honestly was pretty sure it would start up once it dried out. But when I tried to turn it on, nothing happened. I took it to the good people of Geek Squad and they confirmed what I suspected: my loyal Macbook was a goner.
The timing of this incident was the worst! I am taking 3 classes online and trying to blog, too. Fortunately, my other brother, Jon, isn’t taking any classes this summer so I am able to borrow his computer until I get a new one.
Because of this unfortunate event, I had to cut way back on my blogging for a week. I’m excited to get back to it and carry on the momentum I gained in my first six months. This is going to be an exciting month here at A Savory Feast! Stay tuned for some big things…
What are some blogging milestones you have reached? Have you ever had any computer catastrophes like this?