Congratulations to Hannah from Domestic Gothess who has been chosen to be November’s Blog of the Month. Hannah makes beautiful recipes and takes gorgeous photos of everything she makes.
Over to Domestic Gothess…
What inspired you to start your blog?
It was my fiance’s idea, I have always loved food and baking and did so much of it that he said I should take my passion further, either by starting a food blog or applying for the Great British Bake Off.. I hate being on camera so food blog it was!
Has your content changed much since you started? If so, how?
Yes! The quality of the content has improved vastly, my early photos were truly terrible and I have worked hard to improve my food photography skills; I still feel like I’ve got a long way to go and a lot to learn but they are so so much better than they were in the beginning.
What have your learned since starting your blog?
So many things! There is so much more that goes into the creation and running of a blog than I ever imagined. I have learnt how to use WordPress, write basic code, take decent photos, manage social media, I have improved my writing skills, become more confident at promoting myself and I am always striving to improve my baking and cooking and learn new skills and techniques.
What has surprised you about blogging?
How much of a community it is; I always thought of blogging as a very solitary pastime but I have made several good friends through it and have been surprised by just how helpful, supportive and encouraging all my fellow bloggers are.
How do you balance blogging and real life?
Well, I’m not working on anything else at the moment which leaves me with plenty of time to focus on the blog, but I still struggle to fit it all in! I honestly have no idea how those bloggers who also have a full time job and children manage, they are superheroes!
What’s the best thing about writing your blog? And the worst?
It encourages me to constantly learn and improve; one of the reasons I started blogging was to give me a reason to try new recipes and techniques and to challenge myself and it has definitely accomplished that. Also the opportunity to earn a bit of money from doing something that I truly enjoy is fantastic; which also leads me onto the worst thing, there are a lot of people out there who take advantage of bloggers, expecting them to do a lot of work for little or no reward and I have had to learn to know my worth and when to say no.
What advice would you give someone starting a foodie blog now?
Just go for it, don’t worry about being perfect at first, you learn as you go along. Focus on trying to improve your photography, good food photos really help! Speak to other bloggers and try and form friendships, link parties are a great way to get some views when you are starting out and are also a good way to get to know people.
Has blogging brought you any amazing opportunities or experiences?
I’ve only been blogging for just over a year so there haven’t been that many opportunities yet but getting to visit River Cottage with Foodies100 was a highlight. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with a few great brands, getting an email from someone who wants to work with me is always a thrill.
Which have been your most popular posts?
My salted caramel chocolate fudge cake went viral, it’s everywhere! And it is still my most viewed post every day; my salted caramel ice cream is the second most viewed post so I think it’s safe to say there is something of a trend…
And which are your personal favourites?
That’s a really tough choice! I’ve made a lot of things that I am really proud of but if I had to narrow it down I would say my mini chocolate, nutella ganache and hazelnut praline cake is my favourite, it tastes amazing, looks good and is just the right size for two people. Also my Hokkaido milk bread is some of the best bread I have ever eaten.
How does it feel to be chosen as Foodies100 blog of the month?
I am very honoured! It is always nice to know that the work you are doing is being recognised and I love being part of such a great foodie community.