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If you’ve been wondering about what to get for that special blogger in your life, I have curated this post to share with you guys some gift ideas that any blogger would appreciate. And if you’re a fellow blogger, I suggest you send the link to this post to your loved ones that are wondering what to get you, gifts that embrace your inner blogging goddessness (fact: most of my blogging pals and readers are female).
But first, coffee! Blogging and coffee just go together. Coffee fuels creativity. The Ninja Coffee Bar is a personal gem of mine that I love and use six days out of the week. I allow myself one coffee shop run a week. Prior to investing in the Ninja, I don’t even want to tell you how much $$ I shelled out on my coffee expenses. Well, okay. I am not proud, but my coffee addiction was costing me an average of $100 a month. Addiction can be a dangerous thing that can make people go broke. Coffee is my weakness. I’ve used coffee machines at home in the past, but I was never satisfied with the taste I got and I think I just gave up on trying. But after discovering the Ninja (along with experimenting with different coffee beans), I can honestly say that I am satisfied and saving money. My almost daily go-to drink with the Ninja is iced coffee.
If I hadn’t purchased the Ninja, this would have been my other choice. It was a tie, either getting the Ninja or the Nespresso. I can’t exactly say that I remember what was the determining factor for the final choice. Maybe I flipped a coin or something? Lol j/k. I know that my blogging bud, Sandra of Sandra’s Easy Cooking, has been using the Nespresso for years and loves it. This picture of hers here makes me swoon. If my Ninja ever breaks down, I am getting a Nespresso.
These T-shirts made my day. Story of our lives, right? Comfy tees to sleep in, work out in, or just be lazy in. Wearing them out in public is sure to get attention, especially if (for restaurant bloggers) you wear them out to restaurants lol. Funny story…I was out at a birthday dinner with some coworkers. One of the staff noticed me being all into taking photos of all the dishes. A coworker pointed out that I was a food blogger. And the guy humorously responded with, “Oh…is there anything else I can get you? Some more bread? A foot massage? Are you going to give us a good review?” It was kind of funny and he said such things almost in a jocular tone. I am far from being the reach of influential caliber. But the word “blogger” seems to often drum of curiosity no matter where you are at in the blogging spectrum. And yes, people better be careful lol.
Okay, I love Whole Foods and can live there. Unfortunately, the nearest Whole Foods around me is not so near. I don’t get to go as often as I’d like, but when I do, I have a field day, browsing and exploring through food finds. My last visit to Whole Foods was a couple of weeks ago. Catboy was detoxing. I thought about where we could go for dinner one night. I had a random craving for dolma that night. “Let’s go eat at Whole Foods!” I suggested. That way, he could fill up on his green crap while I take on the salad and hot food section while getting my dolma fix. It was the perfect solution and a nice change from usual date nights.
Gifts to help up our blogging game
This is the first book that I started with. I bought this book in 2013 and still use it as a reference guide today. In this book, Kelly Senyei walks you through pretty much everything, starting with how to set up a blog. I started a food blog (or in my case, *culinary* blog..lol) because I love food and writing. Everything else about blogging daunts and frustrates me. But in this book, it feels like Kelly is right there with you, holding your hand and breaking things down for you. #love
Because pictures are everything… I’ve accepted the fact that photography ain’t my forte and never will be. But I realize that stunning, mouthwatering pics are everything. It’s something I’ll need to eventually figure out and get better at one of these days. Plate to Pixel is full of gorgeous food photos that’ll help you up your game. I love this book. And I know it to be in the collection of many fellow food bloggers. It needs to be a part of every food blogger’s collection!
Most of us bloggers are big dreamers. We start a blog, often with a big vision that we hope and work hard for to achieve. The ultimate goal of many bloggers is to one day for their blog to be established enough to quit their day jobs to be able to pursue their passion for blogging. Problogger is #blogginggoals . Their site has been my go-to source since I began blogging, back in 2013. Everything you have wanted to know about blogging, you will most likely find on their site. The Problogger team has curated this “blogging bible” to help you through in obtaining blogging success, especially for those that are interested in monetizing their blogs.
These next three books are on my wishlist. And you should probably add them to yours too. #mustread
A post scheduler is like a godsent necessity for bloggers. Who really has the time to be sitting around pinning and sharing all day long? You got a billion other things to do! Such tedious tasks just get in the way of all the other things you could be doing. That is why having a scheduler (like Tailwind) can take a load off your unending list of things to do as a blogger. It’s like having your own virtual assistant to do all the grunt work for you while you take care of the more important things. Just schedule your posts ahead of time with Tailwind and watch it work its magic in growing your traffic.
Okay, I’ve been following the Pinch of Yum team since I started blogging. And they are #foodblogginggoals . I used to read their monthly income reports in awe. They work super hard and know wtf they’re doing. I will miss their monthly reports, which they explained in a previous post their reasons for discontinuing, understandably.
Their teachings are focused towards recipe bloggers, which I am obviously not. But following their step by step tutorials on growing a blog and monetizing are essentials that bloggers of any niche can learn from. It is sure to up your game exponentially. I have learned and continue to learn so much from Bjork and Lindsay, food blogging dream team. By joining Food Blogger Pro, you are not only accessing tutorials but the getting the opportunity to be part of a community. Members are encouraged to ask questions, support and learn from each other. I think that is the best part. Honestly, I am not the type to ask much questions or seek others for help with anything. I’m like a dude that way. BUT…..throughout this blogging journey, I actually found myself asking more questions than I ever did in my life with anything. It pushed me to do something out of my character. And the blogging community through the years has been incredibly helpful. Bloggers understand bloggers and the struggles of blogging.
On a personal level, my biggest, biggest mother effing struggle is with all the technical mumbo-jumbo of blogging. I am no techie and never will be or want to be. I wish I could afford a geek to handle the technical BS of my blog. I swear, it is the technical crap of blogging that has me in tears and hating life. That is why I am so appreciative that Food Blogger Pro breaks down the technical headaches into human language. *exhales*
I seriously think that this would be at the top of my gift idea list, whether you are looking for gifts for a blogger or to give to yourself, as a blogger.