Hello everyone! I am really excited to write this post. It’s that time to wind down and reflect on my thoughts and experiences as a Food Blogger. I love to share the things I’ve learned and yet to learn. I must say… it has been a fun-packed journey filled with good food and new friends. I do not see myself stopping any time soon.
This is a follow up to my confession on “Struggles & Goals” that was posted in October 2016. In that post, I shared my hurdles and objectives as a new Food Blogger. At the time, I was over ordering food and since I was over ordering, I was also overeating. Additionally, this over ordering was hurting my wallet as well as my waist line. So in this post, I will share the things that has changed and did not change since.
Fast forward to now, about eight months later, I’m not a newbie anymore. I wouldn’t say I’m well-seasoned either, but definitely more improved with a few tricks up my sleeve. I no longer overspend on food and I can tell you how I made that happen.
I learned that restaurants host events called “Media Days” where they gather a whole bunch of influencers, Instagrammers, and bloggers to eat at their venue. Invitees get to eat for FREE in exchange of exposing their business on social media by posting photos, updates, and etc. Well, I guess it’s not “free” since there is an exchange, but still- it is so worth it. These events helped me build my network and connection with like-minded people- who to this day I still talk to. Most importantly, it saved my wallet! I don’t get invited to these media days very much, but it’s cool to discover this.
Addition to Media Days, I worked up the nerve to directly contact business owners and invite myself over. Most of the time, they are pleasant enough to accept my request. I actually got this advice from a fellow blogger, Rob. He read my blog and was so kind enough to give me his two cents to resolve one of the issues. I was new, so everything was quite foreign to me and I was not well equipped with ideas. I owe a big thank you to Rob!
This is my most favorite and effective strategy as it builds my relationship with business owners. I get to meet with them and learn about their history, inspiration, and aspirations. Listening to their stories is the most inspiring and fulfilling part of my food blogging journey. Meeting them also gives me the opportunity to work on my camera and writing skills, which I get to share with you all.
One thing that has not changed yet… is the WEIGHT GAIN. Networking has brought me to a lot of free food that I do not have the discipline to turn down. So this is an issue that I need to fix eventually. hopefully soon. :-p I do owe it to my health and longevity.
If you are a Food Blogger, please share your experience with me. I would love to hear about it. 🙂
Until next time.