For this month’s Blog of the Month we are heading over to meet Michelle. Michelle writes the wonderful The Last Food Blog. So over to you Michelle…
What inspired you to start your blog?
I had just completed my Diploma to become a Diet, Health & Wellness Coach and we decided to move from Ireland to the UK. I wasn’t working and had a lot of free time on my hands, I had also fallen in love with cooking healthy family friendly food from doing my course and case studies, so I was cooking a lot! I thought creating a blog would be a great way to share my recipes with friends and family.
I really struggled to come up with a name for it though and realised that there where a gazillion food blogs out there so I thought I may just be the last food blog, and there you have it, The Last Food Blog was born!
Has your content changed much since you started?
Yes! I had started my blog with the intention of sharing healthy recipes and that included meat and fish, but since then we have switched to a vegetarian diet as a family. Creating family-friendly veggie recipes has now become my passion, so my blog is now a vegetarian blog.
What have you learned since starting your blog?
I feel like I’ve learned so much since I started! I could barely take a photograph when I started so I have learnt a lot about photography and I’m still learning it! I’ve learned so much about social media too, and SEO! It’s an ever changing environment, so I’m always learning!
What has surprised you about blogging?
I think I’ve been very lucky, almost everyone I have come in contact with through food blogging has been lovely. I was really surprised by how many people I’ve met through blogging too! I didn’t know anyone where we lived so it was such a great way to meet like-minded people.
How do you balance blogging and real life?
I try and switch my phone off and close my laptop most evenings around 6 o’clock. If I can, I keep them off on a Sunday too, I have an almost teenage daughter and a crazy 1 and a half year old cocker spaniel, so I have no choice but to switch from blog mode to real life!
What’s the best thing about writing your blog? And the worst?
The absolute best thing about writing my blog is when I hear from people who have made my recipes. I have had some really lovely feedback from readers who have made my recipes for special occasions for their families and loved ones. When they take the time to write to me and tell me how much they loved the food, I really love that more than anything.
The worst thing about writing a blog is sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all!
What advice would you give someone starting a foodie blog now?
Take your time, food blogging is a slow burner for most of us. Learn how to use a camera manually, you don’t need to rush out and buy all the gear, use what you have. Learn about SEO and talk to other bloggers, join some blogging communities online, you’ll learn a lot there.
Has blogging brought you any amazing opportunities or experiences?
Yes, I’ve had my recipes published in local and national press which is amazing! It’s always lovely to see your recipes in print! I’ve also been invited to some lovely foodie events locally and in London.
Which have been your most popular posts?
Vegetarian curries are very popular on my blog, even before we switched to a vegetarian blog they have been the most read recipes for some time now. My Mushroom Curry and Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry are the most popular recipes in the blog.
And which are your personal favourites?
I love cosy bowl food, so my Vegetarian Chilli is on repeat in my house, I make it at least a couple of times every month! I also love mushrooms and have to stop myself from adding them to everything! My Mushroom Sandwiches are one of my favourite things to have for lunch, I could eat these very day!
How does it feel to be chosen as Foodies100 blog of the month?
I’m so thrilled! I’ve followed Foodies 100 and the Top 100 Blogs Chart since I started blogging so it’s a huge honour to be featured, thank you!