This past Sunday I was invited to sit on a panel with food writers, bloggers and photographers at the West Windsor Community Farmers Market in New Jersey!
To sum up the panel in a few bullets:
- STARTING A BLOG: Blog about something you’re passionate about, not what you think you should write about. You’ll create a following when you specialize in a certain field whether its food, cars, fashion, basically whatever floats your boat.
- MONETIZING: I was surprised and relieved to hear the entire panel say that they do not monetize their blogs; instead it leads us to bigger and better opportunities (ex: jobs, books, events, etc.) than making a few cents from google ads #realtalk
- SOCIAL MEDIA: Vital! Facebook is great for posts, Twitter is awesome for conversations, Instagram is visual interaction; as far as hashtags for instagram, we prefer to use #hashtags on the second line, and some of us use unique hashtags to categorize content for specific requestions (ex: #LMLfavs on Instagram categories all of my favorite food around the world; #LMLinLA features what I like in Los Angeles)
- MUST-HAVE TIP FROM ME: If you’re just starting out- create a great name, buy the domain and claim your name on all appropriate social media apps!!!
I had so much fun chatting with everyone and loved meeting the crowd- you guys were amazing! Can’t wait to judge the apple pie contest at West Windsor this fall!