Community: Foodie | Blog: 150,000 Readers | Vice: Bacon

inspiring-blogger-kate-jacksonPlease welcome Kate from FramedCooks to WordPress Barista. We met Kate last year when she needed to transfer her blog from Blogger to WordPress. Not only does Kate manage a full-time career, she’s mother to a teenager, wife to “the Southern Husband”, an amazing photographer and a successful food blogger.

Her advice is going to change how you blog, I promise!

1. What made you decide to switch from Blogger to WordPress and how was that process? Be truthful! 🙂

Blogger provided a great jumping off point for me, but ultimately I wanted to make my site more robust, with different features and more customization, and I wanted to host it myself, and for that I needed to graduate to WordPress. I’m not going to lie, the process was nerve-wracking, because I knew Blogger inside and out, and WordPress was a whole new frontier for me, and I had hundreds of posts that needed to be imported and fitted into the new design, and there were a few bumps along the way as I settled into my new server. But I had great support – technical and emotional! – from my friends as DSWP, who worked on the design until I loved it, kept after the technical things until they were working smoothly, and are still with me making sure everything is working just as it should! I feel like I’ve got a professional and highly functional site now, and my readers have been thrilled.

2. Whats your top tips for those Foodies who want to gain a bigger audience?

Listen, as much as we all think we have the next best recipe for macaroni and cheese, and people of course DO come initially for the recipes, they stay for the personality of your blog. So my best advice is let yourself shine through. Tell great stories, and post great pictures. It’s totally worth the investment to buy and learn to use a DSLR camera, because the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” is so true. And tell the story behind your macaroni and cheese…the reason it’s your family’s favorite and not just the directions. I get a lot of folks telling me they love the recipes on Framed Cooks, but even more who tell me they love my stories and my pictures.

And for new bloggers, post a LOT. Until your readers get attached to you (and they will!), if they came back and see the same thing they saw last time, they’ll move along to one of the other thousands of food blogs out there. At the beginning I was posting 5 times a week (and yes, it was exhausting!!) and once I worked my way up to 1000 page views per day I relaxed to three times a week. And I always post the same days at the same time, so my readers know when they can count on new content from me.

And finally, social media is your friend. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and ESPECIALLY Pinterest – use them!

3. Why on earth, bacon?

I think the answer is why on earth NOT? Salty, chewy, deliciousness that can be tossed into anything from salad to sandwiches to my Southern husband’s favorite grits. I have been known to dip it in chocolate and nibble it with a nice merlot. Long live bacon!

4. What yumminess are you making for dinner so we can steal your idea?

Ha! This week I am making Irish Eggs Benedict (breakfast for dinner, yahoo!), Cauliflower and Blue Cheese Soup, Ricotta and Basil Macaroni and Cheese and Buttermilk Pancakes with Maple Cornmeal Bacon. (You didn’t think I would leave out the bacon, did you??)

Want to see what all the excitement is about? Visit Kate at her home on the web, and I know you’ll fall in love with the whole family like I have.

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