While my life looks completely different today than it did back then, one thing has remained the same: my drive and passion for encouraging others to get in the kitchen and cook healthy meals for their friends and family.
That said, if you told me back on June 11th, 2010 where I’d be today, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. But I’m so grateful you didn’t.
Specifically, I’m so glad no one ever told me the following when I first started blogging six years ago:
- It will take you two years to earn your first $100 in ad revenue.
- Your first two clients will be paying you in the form of coupons and product. Those same two clients will soon pay you in cash and will remain clients for three years and counting.
- You will appear live on the TODAY Show to cook in front of millions of viewers.
- In two and a half years you’ll be able to quit your day job and blog full time.
- You’ll find out you’re pregnant with your second child less than 12 hours after quitting your day job.
- In your third year of blogging and first year of blogging full time, you will earn more than you did in your day job. You will continue to double your income year after year.
- Your recipes and food photography will appear in major online and print publications including Food Network, Cooking Channel, Redbook Magazine, Fitness Magazine and more.
- National food brands will pay you to develop recipes and photograph food using products you already know, love and cook with regularly.
- In your fourth year of blogging you’ll hire your first employee: a Social Media Manager.
- You will be invited to travel to Mexico, Bermuda, and almost every where in between.
- In your fifth year of blogging you’ll be able to hire your second employee, a Lifestyle and Food Photographer.
- The first magazine you ever subscribed to, Real Simple, will fly you out to New York City to appear in a national video and print ad campaign. This campaign will be seen by millions.
- Fellow bloggers will become some of your nearest and dearest friends. These friendships will be more valuable than any pay check.
- People around the world including India, Australia, Germany and Syria will regularly cook your recipes and recommend your website to their friends.
When I wrote my first blog post six years ago, I had absolutely no idea any of this would happen. In fact, I didn’t even know it was remotely a possibility. I started my blog for one reason and one reason only: my friends and family wanted to know what I was eating to maintain my 59 pound weight loss for now 9 years and counting.
And you know what? I am so truly grateful I didn’t know any of those incredible milestones were in my future. I can’t imagine starting a blog today surrounded by thousands of successful bloggers on social media traveling the globe, eating countless sponsored meals and making it all look effortless – one Instagram-husband photo at a time.
What you don’t see is the blood, sweat, tears and countless mistakes that it took to get there. You don’t see the recipe fails. You don’t see the late nights. You don’t see countless pitch emails never getting a response. And you certainly don’t see the months and months of working for free that it took to get here.
To all of you, my loyal readers, thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being here day in and day out, week after week, month after month. Without you, I would not be living my dream. Without you, none of my wildest fantasies would have ever come true. I am so truly grateful to be doing what I’m doing and it is all because of (and for) you. Thank you.