Prior to officially launching my blog, I spent a good month or so on brainstorming ideas and preparing on getting started. I Googled all the valuable information I can find, focusing on Food Blogging. “Food blogging,” “how to start a food blog,” were the keywords I had typed in for the Google search. Search engine results listed top food blogging sites, leading me to the posts of well-respected food bloggers on how to start a food blog. I immediately became familiarized with top food bloggers such as White on RiceCouple, I am Baker, Eat the Love, and Pinch of Yum. They were the first names I learned as I started my journey into the food blogosphere, thanks to those informative posts on getting started.
Behgopa (hungry) is a word that best describes me. I am always hungry. Whether it is getting the late night munchies at 2a.m., being starved after a long night of executing dinner service (and not eating all night), unable to decide what to eat for lunch, I am hungry all the time! Food is always on my mind. I wanted to share my experience with cooking up new recipes, dining experiences, discuss (culinary) books I am reading, and share stories about life in the professional kitchen.
I attended a blogging seminar in hopes of getting a clue about what I have gotten myself into. I found the session to be helpful, as it answered a lot of questions, provided valuable insight, and encouraged me to get started. Their best advice for getting started was the famous Nike slogan, to “just do it.” And so, I just did it.
I applied for Google Adsense only to get rejected. I received an automated email of rejection. They did not state the reason(s), but apparently, my blog did not meet their criteria. I was under the impression that any blogger can use Adsense even if not every one can monetize. I guess I was wrong. I later learned that it isn’t recommended to be applying after just starting.
I slowly started to see more traffic than the first week. traffic. The average number of page views was 20-30 a day. Most of my traffic was coming from backlinks from comments I posted on other blogs.
500+ page views and still not a single comment for any of my posts. I was beginning to think that people just landed on my blog by accident, found it blah, then immediately exited (that’s what happens to me more often than not). Or perhaps my content is not intriguing enough to be commenting on. I started becoming a bit discouraged. But I kept telling myself that growing as a blogger takes time, and stayed positive.
I was noticing that I get the most traffic during the weekend (especially Sundays). I thought I would be getting more traffic during weekdays (daytime) from people bored at work or stuck at home with the kids, looking for a source of amusement.
I am also trying to learn about RSS. I don’t even know what that is or what to do with it. Please HELP!