Facebook reminded me a few days ago (I seriously love those “1 year ago today” flashbacks!) that it has been over a year now since I quit my job and went full time doing this crazy online food thing. Half of my family still doesn’t understand exactly what it is that I’m doing and I too often get the question “wait, so people pay you for that!?”.
If you don’t know my background, I worked in state politics before this year. I had wanted to work in politics since I was about 12 and went to college in Washington, DC to get myself on the right track. I loved the excitement of working (interning) in the US Capitol, but at the end of the day, I hated it all. That’s all I’m really going to say about it. I hated it and wanted out. But working in politics was all I had ever done.
Out of boredom and desperation, I started this little food blog. I quickly fell in love and knew that I wanted to find a way to make food media my full time gig. It took me a couple years to figure it out. I had originally hoped to grow my blog big enough to become my full time income. While I had no doubt that I could eventually do that, it was taking a bit longer than I originally hoped.
And then I discovered VIDEO. I went to a food conference in Cancun (take me back PLEASE!) where one of the sessions was all about food videos. I was HOOKED and knew instantly that I wanted to get into the video game early. At the time, only a few blogs were really creating recipe videos on a regular basis. It was all new and I wanted IN. But I was also terrified of getting started. I set aside a WHOLE DAY to shoot my first video and I picked a super easy recipe.
As with many things, getting started was the biggest battle for me. And boy am I glad that I got started when I did!
Here’s that first video:
I had no anticipation that I would make a full time job out of creating food recipe videos. It wasn’t really a thing 2 years ago unless you were working in a big studio making food videos for large corporate companies. I was simply hoping that it would jump start my own blogs growth. [Read More…]