This coming March will mark my fifth year in the blogosphere. It may look like a long time on paper, but for me, it still feels like yesterday that I started blogging.
One of the most frequently asked questions that I received is “what made you start blogging”.
Not a mid-life crisis, I hope. Lol.
What really motivated me to start blogging was when my beloved and I have just moved to Orange, NSW. Back then, I was working from home as an accountant. It was my first working from home experience. At the time, I have not quite mastered the art of working from home effectively. The excitement of not commuting to work and the flexibility of wearing anything I wanted (Pjs all day) wore off after a month and I started to feel isolated and dreary. That’s when my friend who was a tech blogger encouraged me to try blogging.
On picking a topic / topics (why not!)
Try to pick a topic that you can see yourself writing for the next five years or more. If you can’t decide, then make it a lifestyle blog. This will give you the freedom of writing the topics that you’re passionate about at different stages of your life.
My passion for food has been a constant element in my life. Whether it is dining out or home cooking, there’s always a story to tell. It is my comfort zone and blogging about food is simply an extension of what I already loved.
On choosing the name
Pick a name that resonates with you and the topic you have chosen, as well as you can pronounce it properly. Okay the last part is targeted to myself ha! Somehow I couldn’t get the word “fuss” out of my mouth correctly. It was often mistaken as “fast”, sigh! I am working on it though. If you see me at the train/tram station talking to myself, it is very likely that I am practicing how to say my blog name right! *wink*
Jokes aside, I’d recommend that you pick a name that is not too niche to the topic. Take my blog name as an example, by including the word “cooking”, the first impression on my blog is recipe oriented which was what I wanted. However, as time passed, I started iching to blog about something else like DIY, organisational ideas, restaurant features and snippets of my life that are is outside cooking. At the end of the day, don’t let something as simple as a name stop you from blogging what you like. Having said that, it is something I would have tweaked if I could turn back time. (Yes, I am a complicated person ha!)
On registering a domain name for your blog
I’ve registered my domain name with GoDaddy. When I have decided on my blog name, I didn’t want to waste a second to lock it in while taking my time to choose to right hosting company. While registering your domain name (as well as your recurring renewal), make sure you also include private domain registration (or domain privacy service) to protect your information even though it will cost you a little extra. Otherwise your personal contact information will show up when someone looks up your domain on the whois database. Something I hadn’t realised for a year to two until my beloved pointed this out to me. Thankfully, nothing malicious had happened to me.
On selecting a host
….okay it is very alien vs predator of me ha!
I meant a hosting company to setup of my website. I must give credit to my beloved for finding this hosting company. At the time I wanted to go for an affordable as we as established hosting company. The hosting company I ended with is Bluehost and I think some of you may be quite familiar with this company. I have been with this company since the beginning of my blog until now, which says a lot in terms of brand loyalty huh?
On selecting a blogging tool
Once you’ve registered with a hosting company, you will need to install your blogging software, which in my case is WordPress. What I liked about WordPress is it is widely use, simple, intuitive, and basically it is designed for non-computer-savvy people like me who want to be in the digital space. This also brings me to another reason why I went with Bluehost because of its one-click install of WordPress so it is fuss free for a non-technical person like moi.
On “designing” the blog layout
There are many existing free WordPress themes available. But if you relish the joy of “creating” everything and not wanting to incur a high cost of getting someone to do the designing for you, I highly recommend the Headway Drag and Drop WordPress theme. The beauty of this theme is you are free to design your blog visually without needing to learn any coding. As the name says it, you just drag and drop 2 columns or 3 columns blog layout, or resize the dimension of your blog by dragging your mouse! This also explained why I changed my blog layout to so much when I first started blogging because, I can ha!
On my thatched lentils & eggplant pie
I am feeling a little hungry after all this typing! I hope you still have the appetite to go through the recipe. 🙂
This vegetarian friendly pie recipe is to pay homage to one of my earliest recipes featured on this blog. It was called Thatched Lamb and Eggplant Pie and was an adaptation from a vintage Woman’s Day cookbook from a thrift store. I’ve decided to come up with a vegetarian friendly version as well as sneaked in more vegetables to the existing recipe. Basically, I have substituted the mince lamb with lentils. Just because this is a meatless dish, it does not mean it is less hearty. Enjoy!
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