Don’t quit your day job….

I remember my first Food Blogger Conference ever. It was IFBC. It was in Seattle coming back to Seattle this year!) and I thought what the heck. I went there to meet people and I did. It was the first time I met Alice in person (so lovely) and partners in crime for the weekend: Lori, Amanda, and Cheryl.

I remember we were sitting in I think an SEO talk while Amanda and I were drinking beer we snuck in to make it a little more exciting (it did help). Lori was giggling at us while she looked at her laptop looking for people who had taken her images/and or recipes. She was engaging in social media as well. I remember looking over from my IPA and thinking Dang like she’s a real food blogger….as in she treats it like her job. And because of her drive and talent Lori has a cookbook (The Recipe Girl Cookbook), on TV segments, sold her book on QVC, and works with many brands. I, I was drinking beer. :)

I was recently talking to a very smart business man (and he’s not smart just because he reads my blog) and he was asking me if blogging was what I did for a living? Something a lot of people ask. And I joked to him well I wouldn’t call it a living. And he says is that your career? I ummed, and hummed, and all the other noises you make when you have no idea. I said I guess so. You guess so? Are you making the money you want to make food blogging? I said no. He said then you are not a food blogger. I said yes I am. He said no, you are an amateur food blogger but it sounds to me like you would like to be a professional food blogger. I said what is the difference? He said you need to stop treating it like a hobby and start treating it like it’s your job.

So starting today I am going to my job (I mean apparently I have been interning for about 8 years). With a few of his tips for me. The first one was to get better at self-promoting. Which I really do suck at. He said for me to ask EVERY reader I have (that would be you) to follow me on any and all social media that you do: Twitter, Facebook, Pintererst, Instagram (it’s private but just ask), Google + you name it. So I am asking. You are my greatest resource/asset that I have in the area of getting my blog out more to the world. Share my blog with friends who like to cook/bake or look at photos of cocker spaniels laying down. :)

I also have to have a schedule. Right now I kind of bake when the mood strikes. But now I am going on an actual schedule as if I were going to an outside the house job. One that will even include a “uniform” of sorts…since sweatpants with holes in them apparently doesn’t say this is my job. :P Now I’m not donning a chef coat or anything like that but I am designating a couple of shirts that are now my work shirts…and of course an apron. A cute one like this. And I will get to work.

What does any of this really mean? Good question. I’m hoping this means and even better blog for you the reader. I’m hoping it means let’s be honest more money (I’m not looking to get rich just looking to get by or possibly a tad ahead). It means you might see a few changes (don’t worry most of the blog is still dedicated to what I call the 20% or the food that usually requires a stick of butter). It hopefully means you will see me working with more brands because I really enjoy that. I really liked working with Dole Bananas especially because they gave me the freedom to just create whatever recipe I wanted.

This last one did not get made for the party. We had a cocktail that I didn’t take pictures of because they all went down smoothly. But I will make them again and when I do it will go up on the blog because they were tasty. Since I enjoy making food worse for you than it possibly can be I present to you Banana Fosters Muffin. Yes I’m putting dessert into your breakfast. You literally make banana fosters and use that as the base for the muffin. Yeah, they are yum yum…the bourbon helps too. :P

So enjoy the muffins…I have to go to work now.

*Dole compensated me to have a party but did not for this blog post. I just really like bananas. :)

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  1. I’ve already linked you. And go for it! Who better to promote you than the person that knows you best- you? I wish you continued success and look forward to much more from you, my favorite professional blogger!

  2. That is a nice apron!
    Best wishes.

  3. LOL at “interning for about 8 years.” I’ve never not thought of you as a professional blogger! The only social media I use is facebook, but I will happily start sharing your posts there. Wishing you lots of success!

  4. I totally remember you telling me about that conference. You don’t promote yourself as much as you should – you are humble dear friend.

    I already follow you and repost but will continue to!

  5. Becca from Cookie Jar Treats says:

    I really hope you make more money too. You run an amazing blog and most of the time I come here just to read your words and not the food. And ironically enough, earlier today I finished typing up a post that glorifies your buttermilk cinnamon bread and your wonderful space you have here :) Basically no one reads my blog (I on’t even think my parents do, haha) but it’s still something that may help you along. I think I may convert all the recipes I have on my To Bake List on Word onto pinterest to help out other blogs too.

    Oh and that apron really is adorable! :)

  6. I’ve always thought of you as a professional blogger :). I hope you continue to only grow more! I’ve been stalking (social media style) you for a while now and will continue to share your posts!

  7. Terri A. says:

    I subscribe via RSS. I’ve tried to turn a few hobbies into “professional”, but can’t ever get out of the hobby mindset, so good for you for going for it!

    Is there a reason you have your Instagram private? Just wondering why people do that.

  8. Beth C. says:

    Dear Peabody,

    Just a little advice from a reader: get a “subscribe by email” button STAT if you are serious about expanding your readership. I stumbled on your blog recently (either through another blog, or Pinterest) and spent hours reading and enjoying your posts. I really wanted to subscribe. I was disappointed you don’t offer an email subscription. 99% of the blogs I read have them. If they don’t, I don’t subscribe. I don’t use a reader and don’t want to. So for now I will settle for following you on Pinterest. But get an email subscriber buton. Pretty please!!! With sugar on top. Best, Beth C.

  9. I guess I have been sailing along for 5 years too. I find that 99% of people get into blogging these days hoping to parlay it into a career. I like the 1% who are passionate about what they do whether it be writing, baking, cooking or photography. It still has o be fun:D

  10. I’m sorry but I have to ask…..1 1/2 tsp of baking soda? Soda? That seems like so much….. Are we after a specific more-muffin-like texture? Baking powder would make it more cake-like…..but it would be less sodium if I could swap some out….. Dang, these look tasty! And with the 1 1/2 cup flour measurement, I can convert them to gluten-free in my sleep!!! YEA!!

  11. Peabody says:

    @chris – yes baking soda

  12. Peabody says:

    @Terri- my Instagram is private because I had/have someone who we know in real life who has no life and stalks me on social media and feels the need to comment about and tell us how to live. So when I can filter people out I do.

  13. I always thought you were a pro with all your work with Tablespoon, but I admire that you want to take your blog to the next level! I wish you the best of luck and totally support you! PS- Maybe one day we can meet at a blogging conference!

  14. You got it, just followed you on Twitter.

  15. What an interesting experience. I already follow you on all those things btw, except intagram since I don’t have a smart phone.

  16. It’s so funny that I happened to read your post today when I’m having all the same thoughts about my own blog! Of course, I haven’t been blogging nearly as long as you have (happy 8 year blogiversary!) but I’m also looking to make my blog bigger ‘n better, and maybe start to make a little money to cover all the grocery bills! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. And I love bananas too. These muffins sound delicious, especially since you used the magic ingredient of bourbon.

  17. Sounds like you got some really great advice :)
    I love bananas foster, these look wonderful!

  18. Jessica says:

    Question: can the vanilla bean paste be substituted for something else like extract? I wanted to make these in the morning for my husband’s birthday but I couldn’t find the paste at the grocery store tonight…

  19. Peabody says:

    Yes you can use extract

  20. Peabody,
    Congrats on going professional! You already have so many fans and I think you’ll be a great success.

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