What have your learned since starting your blog?
I’ve learned to not be too hard on myself. I want to make the blog brilliant and post more often than I do, but in my life right now, I just can’t. I think you have to find a balance and right now, mine is quality (hopefully) over quantity.
How utterly friendly and lovely other food bloggers are. I’ve met lots of people now in real life and everyone has been so welcoming, friendly and helpful. It feels ace to be part of this community.
What do you particularly love about writing Taming Twins?
The best thing is doing something creative, just for the fun of it. It spurs me on to try new things, think of ideas and improve. The worst is the fact that I now eat more cake than ever before! Oh hang on, maybe that’s not a bad thing. Okay… Mainly just trying to balance life with blogging. A recipe post, including testing, writing, photographing and editing can take me six or seven hours. It’s frustrating when there are not enough hours in the day for me to do all that, be a mum and spend 15 or 16 hours that I want to on Pinterest…
And which are your personal favourites?
This cake, because, well, what’s not to like? Chocolate, snickers, caramel, peanut butter? That’s the stuff dreams (and future diets) are made of. And this post is not a foodie one, but a heartfelt letter to myself struck a chord with lots of people earlier this year (and I still need to re-read it sometimes now…)
Natural light, natural light, natural light. Your writing and your recipes need to be something special, but spending a bit of time learning to improve your photographs (like using natural light..) makes a huge difference to the overall look of your blog. With sites like Food Gawker and Pinterest, people will often see your photos before they even consider reading the recipe, they need to be enough to draw people in to want to share what you have to say.
I spent the night with Tom Aikens recently (not like THAT sadly) at a Pinterest UK event. I also went to a food blog conference a few weeks ago. It was amazing and I was lucky enough to hear the amazing Marte Marie Forsberg speak – she was totally inspiring.
What has been your most popular post?