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Just a Byte Podcasts

Posted on 29 April 2014 by Administrator

Just a Byte Podcast

The Just a Byte Podcast features dining trends, social media, interviews and foodie news.

Podcast 16 Things Every Blog Should Have

Podcast 2Interview with Author, World Traveler and Blogger, Beth Robinette

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4 Blogger Lessons from Sochi Olympics

Posted on 13 February 2014 by Administrator

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We’ve all seen the pictures from the Sochi Olympics – unfinished hotels, rooms with toilets installed incorrectly, homeless doggies wandering around and many more abysmal failures. It is a sad reflection on them. But we as bloggers can learn things from their issues.

Plan Accordingly
Had the Sochi people planned correctly, they would have had a timeline in place to get their rooms finished before people got there for the Olympics. Start using an editorial calendar so you don’t forget important holidays. Keep drafts of posts to jot down important ideas that you can come back and flesh out later.

Be Thorough in Your Work
In Sochi, a ton of money was spent to make the hotels beautiful. And they were…from the outside, but they got the smaller details wrong – ie putting toilets seats on wrong. Remember, that while a beautiful website or blog is important, if you have glaring grammatical errors or if you haven’t done your fact checking, people will grow impatient with your blog.

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photo credit: Twitter user Wylsacom

Budget Properly
Sochi spent about $50 billion, yes BILLION, on making their city Olympic ready, but all they will ever be remembered for is the pictures that people shared on social media of horrible hotel rooms and terrorist threats. When it comes to blogging, allocate your money and resources in a way that will benefit you the most, and that usually comes in the form of engaging content. Don’t spend a couple thousand on a fancy camera and be left eating ramen noodles for months with nothing to actually blog about.

Don’t be a Vladimir
While so many hotels remained largely unfinished, they all strangely enough were equipped with pictures of Vladimir Putin. While it is your blog, you can’t make everything about you. It is true, that you need to insert your personality into your blog writing, but don’t make every picture a selfie. People want to hear about your food experiences, so talk about chefs or family recipes and traditions. Sure, it is still about you, but not in a look-at-me-I’m-so-cool kind of way.

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Keep on Keeping On

Posted on 22 November 2010 by Administrator

My, my – this year has just flown by. Thanksgiving is already this week. I don’t know where you are in your blogging career, but no matter, always a good idea to take stock of how far you’ve come and what your goals are. And what better time than Thanksgiving?

I first started food blogging in mid-2008. At that time PR companies were still on the fence about us bloggers. I wrote and wrote and wrote content for my blog – pouring my heart and soul into it – still do. Yet, months and months went by before I got a media invite. When I did, I was overjoyed with excitement! Yes! Finally the affirmation that I’d wanted for so long – the PR companies haven noticed me, and they think my opinion matters.

Things have really changed in the last 1.5 years. I’ve gotten invites to many media events and have met some really great chefs in this time – Alton Brown, Tyler Florence and Marcus Samuelson just to name a few. I feel fortunate, but I can’t help but sometimes feel a bit slighted by this industry too.

I’ve applied to be a host of a foodie tv show, a contributor to local paper and another foodie website and was overlooked by all. And still, even with my site’s page rank and traffic, I still get dissed by PR companies.

But here are a couple things of learned in my blogging career. Take them for what they are worth:

1. Enjoy the freebies and VIP treatment when you get them. I know it’s hard to not be disappointed when you see all the tweets about some hot-to-trot media event that you didn’t get invited to. But try to appreciate the good things rather than dwelling on negatives.

2. Don’t focus on the invites you didn’t get. Hard to do, but try your best not to dwell on the non-invites. There’s nothing you can do and it only makes you feel worse. Sort of a repeat of point #1, but it deserves repeating.

3. Don’t expect your friends to read your blog. Your audience and your friends are two different species. While I have a couple of true friends who read my blog, the others are NOT foodies. So, don’t be surprised when they have no interest reading your blog. It isn’t anything against you, it just isn’t their cup of tea.

4. Write for your audience, not for other bloggers. It can be intimidating when you first begin blogging to tout that restaurant no one’s every heard of. Or, speak for or against a restaurant for which well-respected bloggers feel the opposite. But I encourage you to write what you feel, not what you think others want to hear based on what critics or bloggers have said.

5. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind. It is when I’ve spoken my mind on my blog, I’ve got the most reactions, whether positive or negative. One of the best things to remember when writing is to find your own voice. When you find your own voice, you’ll find an audience. Don’t try to be everything to everybody or you’ll end up being nothing to no one.

Although everyone’s situation is unique and we all have different reasons for blogging, different goals aspirations, keep writing if that’s where your passion lies. Work hard at it, be consistent, stay focused and I promise good things will happen.

Happy Blogging!

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