Today I’m sharing my 4 aspirations for the new season, Fall 2015, inspired by the International Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle.
Hey there friends! Well……. the new season is here. Fall 2015! WOOT! I recently attended the IFBC here in Seattle, and am sharing some of my blogging/life aspirations for the next 3 months inspired by things that I learned from the conference.
This was my first food blogging conference guys! The conference was held in Seattle, so it was a big fatty duh that I should to attend. Although I only attended one day, it was a day packed full of matching faces to names, inspiring speakers, foodie celebrities, really good food from local vendors, way too much alcohol (woops), a twinge of social anxiety, but above all, some serious camaraderie.
What a whirlwind you guys. What a friggin whirlwind. It all happened so quickly.
The basic takeaway I experienced from the conference is this:
Pretty simple right? Well, it’s not as easy as it sounds when typing out blog posts. In a room full of people from the blogging community, however, it was so easy to naturally just…. well….. be myself. We are all in the same boat, and being genuine and speaking in your own voice was a common theme in several of the speeches.
My 4 aspirations this season are inspired by things I took away from the speakers at the IFBC.
Really hone in on my niche and point of view: This one may seem obvious, but it’s one that I struggled with until recently. I am really trying to focus my attention on local, seasonal, organic foods. Although I don’t push the organic subject a lot in this space, it is a big part of my life, and something that I feel very passionately about. I’d like Rhubarbarians to be more obviously focused on seasonal Pacific Northwest farmer’s market produce.
Get on a consistent posting schedule: Soooooooooo, you may have noticed that I didn’t post for over a week. Ouch. I am finding it so difficult to consistently post great content on the same day each week. Between recipe fails, traveling, and contributing to other sites, I am seriously failing at keeping up my 3x per week goal on this space. I had 2 recipe fails a few weeks ago! Those were SUPPOSED to be my recipes for last week! When one gets behind, how do you get ahead again? I need to make this a priority. I feel a weekend cooking binge coming on!
Clock out for the night: As Rhubarbarians grows, so does my already long work day. I feel like every month, I am tacking on another 10 minutes or so to my work day! I need to start shutting down my computer at night, and just being OK with “clocking out.” Food blogging is taking over my life!
Which brings us to:
Realize that I CAN’T do it all: Currently, I am a one woman team. I am running Rhubarbarians, contributing to a few other sites, AND working as a VA on the side. Fellow food bloggers, you know how crazy this sounds. I am finding myself working through weekends, and still just can’t seem to get everything done. Don’t get me wrong, I am loving this life of making my passion a career, but I need to start prioritizing what will really work out well for Rhubarbarians in the long run.
You guys, I met some amazing people at the IFBC. I can remember so many faces, and barely any names, but I’ve got a million business cards to sort through and really feel lucky to be a part of this amazing blogging community. The conference had it’s high and low points for me, but the absolute highest is feeling like I am not alone in this crazy idea of making a living through food blogging. It gets lonely throughout the day working from home, and meeting other people that I have so much in common with really boosted my blogging spirits, which had been pretty down just a few days before.
To everyone I met at the conference, THANK YOU! You really made a newbie blogger like myself feel welcome.
OK guys. What are you aspirations for Fall? I’d love to hear them!
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