Wow, the past 5 weeks have FLOWN by! I honestly didn’t think that this little series would come to mean so much to so many of you, but I am blessed beyond belief to know that it has touched many of you guys. What would you think about a little ebook on all of this? Please let me know – I only ever want to write something that would help and encourage others! In case you missed the first four parts of the “This IS My Real Job” series, here they are:
The Road to Blogging for a Living
A Day in the Life
Successfully Working with Bloggers (and not selling yourself short if you are a blogger)
A QUICK RECAP
When I first started writing this series I had no idea where I wanted to take it. It almost became more of a way for me to really fill in the gaps of what all this job entails. Like I said in the first post, I wanted it to be part explanation and part proclamation about what being a professional blogger entails, and I believe that I’ve done more than what I originally set out to do! And through all of your emails and comments and messages I’ve been able to understand more about my chosen profession as well – so THANK YOU ALL for that!
Basically what I’ve seen is that over time I’ve morphed into a better person because of blogging. I’ve forced myself to work harder than I thought I could or would, I’ve worried and fretted, I’ve made mistakes, I’ve been successful, I’ve lost really huge contracts with companies based on my beliefs, I’ve come away with even better options for me and my family. I’ve been more creative than I ever thought possible, and have been forced to become much more business-minded than I originally thought I ever wanted to be. And all along the way, all the times I’ve beat myself up over stuff or was jealous of what other bloggers had, the Lord has provided everything and then some. He’s provided the email from someone thanking me for a post when I thought I would quit the next day. He’s provided the financial opportunities when I really didn’t know how I could make it work. He’s given me an incredible group of people who so graciously read my posts and try my recipes and who have become true friends.
So this whole blogging gig? I think I’ll keep doing it as long as the Lord lets me!
When I worked for Starbucks something they always said was that we should always be able to deal with ambiguity. Work through the uncertainty to find a resolution on the other side. I always find that the future is so ambiguous, isn’t it? Even if you know exactly what you want to do, there’s always going to be a hitch in there somewhere. That’s just life, and it’s our job to navigate through it all. When I reflect on blogging so far I can see how so many times I thought I was just SURELY going to do one thing, and sure enough I end up going the other direction.
Originally I thought this was going to be all about restaurant reviews in the Denver/Boulder area. Turns out that’s a pricy endeavor. I thought I was going to be a healthy living blogger forever. Then I got tired of posting my random meals and workouts and feeling like I needed to do it multiple times a day. I thought I was only going to post recipes with humor and a side of sass. Alas that wasn’t me either. And while I love exactly where I am now – a mix of all sorts of random things – I now know better than to commit to being one type of blogger forever. I do know this, though: I still love blogging. I still love sharing food and life with you guys. I adore the ways the Lord is using me and using others in my life to impact the world through this little corner of the internet.
So the future? All I know is that, while the ambiguity scares me a bit at times, I’m OK with going wherever this blog takes me. I hope that it takes me in directions that are encouraging and life-giving to others, where relationships are formed and nurtured and long-lasting. I hope to travel more, to create better content, to improve my photography and to work on my writing. I also am hoping to do more videos for you guys now that my hubby is in the biz, although I hope you don’t mind all the ukulele music. Because that’s not going to stop 😉 That’s the great thing about blogging for me: I can be happy with how things have gone, but there’s always room for improvement. There’s always a new way to create and grow.
The list of things I’ve wanted to be in my life is fairly extensive:
- Olympic gymnast (yeah, I’m 5’10” – no future there)
- Editor-in-Chief of any number of magazines
- Physical therapist
- Sales manager for international hotels
- Head chef
- Book editor
But now that I’ve hit almost 30 years on this planet I can’t imagine anything else I’d rather do for a career than exactly what I’m doing right now. It’s ambiguous. It’s a little weird, and a lot of times people don’t get it. The money isn’t always pouring in, but this career has been one of the biggest blessings. So thank you all for being part of it with me!
Here’s where I admit something: when it comes to answering questions about site design and how to do all of the highly technical stuff behind blogging, I’m pretty much zero help. There are also so many more perspectives out there than just mine, and my story is certainly NOT the end-all be-all of blogging. I know how to use my camera and can understand all of the technical terms, but when it comes to really explaining them I’m not the best person to ask. I’m more the tell-it-like-it-is type when it comes to blogging and the relational aspect of it all! In that light, below are some of my favorite resources for most things blogging-related, and I hope that you take the time to check them out!
Tasty Food Photography
Food Photography Tutorials
BLOGGING – HOW TO START, MONETIZE, OR GET SUPPORT IN BLOGGING
Food Blogger Pro
How to Start a Blog
ProBlogger (need I say more?)
The Influence Network
How to Start a Blog: A Beginner’s Guide to Successful Blogging
DIY BLOG DESIGN
If you guys have questions about anything else blogging-related please do not ever hesitate to ask! I can’t promise I’ll actually know the answer, but I promise to work with you to try and figure it out. This community is big enough for everyone, so if you want to be part of it I just can’t encourage you enough!
Y’all are incredible. Amazing. Stupendous. And you make what I do for a living worth it 🙂
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