Our new blog, all about the Business of blogging: Living the Blog – is now live!
I’d love to say we’re popping champagne corks and toasting the start of a new chapter of our blogging adventure….
But in actual fact we’re drinking LARGE cups of coffee, and trying to keep our eyes open, whilst mumbling slightly incoherent sentences to each other across the desk. SO TIRED!
Before I get into the details about Living the Blog, I just wanted to say sorry that we’ve been quiet on the recipe front this last week! The new set-up took up a lot of time, and now instead of filling your inbox with tasty recipes, I’m talking blog. I’ll be back into the recipe routine on Wednesday with a new recipe for a gorgeous creamy chicken and mushroom casserole. Perfect for these drizzly days!
Here’s a quick pic of what to expect:
Starting a new blog, with a whole new design and populating it with a decent chunk of content took a lot more work than I thought it would. We finally flicked the go-live switch at about 9:30pm last night (before suddenly remembering a few things we needed to update and fixing them like maniacs – as if anyone was actually on the site at that point anyway!!).
So why did we create Living the Blog?
I’ve been thinking about creating a ‘how to blog’ website for over a year now. I purchased the domain name and set up the social media accounts ages ago, but just didn’t get the time to get it off the ground.
Although there are quite a few blog training websites in the US, there seems to be a distinct lack of them here in the UK. I’ve come across some very ‘business-y’ ones, but very few that cover the business and technical side as well as the creative, personal and ‘how to’ side of blogging. Living the Blog aims to be just that.
We’ll be talking about our experiences with the technical side of things – including the whys, hows and the impact of things we’ve done. Posts we’ve written include:
For the creative/personal side, we have posts on:
- How to get freelance recipe work
- My weekly blogging timetable
- An inside peek into my blog and social statistics from my first year of blogging (I intend to do further posts for years 2 and 3).
We also have all of the Kitchen Sanctuary income reports – and going forward, that’s where all of the Kitchen Sanctuary income reports will be published (so please sign up to the Living the Blog mailing list if you want to be notified whenever a new one is published).
The July report is out now:
Some future posts we’re planning include:
- Equipment we use
- Setting up a photography scene
- How to easily make GIFs in Photoshop
- Video editing – quick-start
If you’re a blogger or if you’re thinking of starting a blog, I really hope you’ll take a look. If you have any comments/feedback or requests for post subjects please let me know (either in the comments here or over on Living the Blog).
Recipe creation, eating everything in sight and photographing tasty recipes for you guys is still my number one passion, and I’m overwhelmed that you, my lovely readers, come back to check out my recipes.
Rest assured, I will continue to spend the bulk of my time on Kitchen Sanctuary.
Being able to make a living out of doing what we love is something Chris and I are very thankful for, and it allows us to spend as much time as possible creating recipes and food videos.
Hopefully Living the Blog will be another fun creative outlet, that might help you to do the same. If it’s not for you, then no worries. I’ll keep making those comforting dinners and naughty puds 😀