It’s a brand shiny new year so we have a fabulous new Blog of the Month to introduce… Patisserie Makes Perfect is written by Angela a self taught cook who likes challenging herself. Every week Angela attempts a recipe from the world of patisserie and viennoiserie and produces the most stunning desserts.
Over to Angela…
What inspired you to start your blog?
I wanted to attend an evening course in patisserie and confectionery, I signed up for the course, but it didn’t go ahead because they didn’t get enough attendees. I then received the same patisserie book from two different people for Christmas and I took this as a sign and decided to start my own blog where I tackled a recipe a week and shared my experiences. I thought this would make sure I posted weekly, just like the course.
Has your content changed much since you started?
My content is very niche, however it has changed a lot since I first started. Initially I didn’t provide recipes and the posts were much more structured, with a detailed history behind the recipe made, and a rather boring account of my results. I have since begun to develop my own recipes or variations on existing recipes and I hope my content is a bit more interesting. I have also worked to improve my photography, which hasn’t come naturally to me, but it’s something I’m enjoying more and more.
What have your learned since starting your blog?
I have learnt so much about photography and image processing. My baking has improved massively and my understanding of patisserie and some of the cheats and tips they use I have been able to share with my readers.
What has surprised you about blogging?
That brands are interested in my work and that individuals are trying my recipes, learning from my experiences and getting in touch with questions they have about patisserie.
How do you balance blogging and real life?
It’s really tough, I have a full-time job and a dog to look after as well, I try to bake one or two nights a week and then photograph the recipes in my lunch break at this time of year. I have more daylight in the summer, so the photography is easier. I then use the rest of the week to write up my blog posts.
What’s the best thing about writing your blog? And the worst?
I love putting my posts out there for everyone to read and connecting with other bloggers and my readers is really rewarding. The worst thing about blogging is the pressure, I feel like I’m only as good as my last post and sometimes I’ve made things and photographed them, but I haven’t been happy with the result so I haven’t posted them.
What advice would you give someone starting a food blog now?
Find your niche or USP and use it to your advantage, make sure you invest time in your SEO or else your posts will be invisible and don’t be afraid to take inspiration from what others are doing and contact other bloggers as they are generally incredibly supportive.
Has blogging brought you any amazing opportunities or experiences?
Blogging has provided me with some amazing opportunities, I was given an AEG Steambake oven to review and I was lucky enough to attend a cookery course with a Michelin starred chef at Le Cordon Bleu London.
How does it feel to be chosen as Foodies100 blog of the month?
It feels lovely to be recognised, I have generally floated around the mid to top 100 for a while now and there is some great company in the list to be amongst.
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