1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging?
My name is Lindsay and I run Pinch of Yum, which was totally by accident! One day I jokingly suggested that I should start a blog as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Even though I was joking, my husband Bjork took me seriously, and a few days later Pinch of Yum was alive and kickin.
2.) What is the focus of your blog and why did you choose that niche?
The focus is realistic, practical, mostly healthy and really delicious food. The secondary focus sort of became the Philippines because Bjork and I moved there to live and work last year. Even though I didn’t choose a specific niche within food, I’ve started to post more healthy recipes because I find that my readers really respond well to that.
3.) How are you currently monetizing your blog traffic?
We monetize mainly in four ways:
- product sales
- affiliate marketing
- sponsored content
4.) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started blogging?
I wish I would have taken myself more seriously and realized that this could really be “a thing” someday. But then again, I had a great time back in the early days when I was just doing it for fun, so I’m not really sure I would trade that in. 🙂 In general, I’d tell myself to start things sooner. Start advertising sooner. Release a book sooner. Get on WordPress sooner.
5.) What are three blogs that you visit almost daily?
I love How Sweet Eats, Stone Soup, and Sprouted Kitchen.
6.) Can you give us three recommended tools/services that you use with your blogging?
- VaultPress for peace of mind
- Photoshop for photo editing
- Lynda.com for learning new programs
7.) What advice would you have for someone who is just starting with their first blog?
Do it because you love it, and plan to do it for free. At least for a while. I always feel bad when I see people wanting so badly to monetize their blogs or get thousands of followers within the first few months. That’s REALLY hard to do. Choose something you enjoy blogging about and then blog like crazy for free simply because you love it. Educate yourself, make intentional decisions, enlist the help of others. The rest will follow naturally.
8.) What’s the best advice or tip you’ve discovered about blogging since getting started?
Build a team. You can’t do it all yourself! We’ve recently started outsourcing some of the admin work to people who do a great job with the day-to-day stuff, like social media and behind the scenes site maintenance. This frees up more for us to be creating, which means more content, which is a good thing. 🙂
9.) If you only had $100 to start a new blog, how would you use it?
If I had nothing else? I’d buy a domain name, hosting for a self-hosted WordPress site, and a cheap camera.
10.) How can readers of the blog get in touch with you?
Thanks again Lindsay for taking the time to share your advice and story with the Blogging Tips community. If you would like to learn about other bloggers and how they are finding success online, be sure to read through our blogger interview series.