I had every intention of waking up early and taking advantage of the quiet morning hours at Pike Place Market to explore and capture some photos of the market coming to life. After such a late dinner the night before, though, I found myself turning off the alarm on Sunday morning and sleeping in a bit.
Finally around 8 o’clock I emerged from my warm bed, took a quick shower and headed out for my last day in Seattle. I had enough time before the last workshop began at 9:45 to brave the cold, brisk Seattle wind and walk down to Pike Place Market, sip some coffee, nibble on a bagel, and snap a few photos.
And let’s not forget the stop at Cupcake Royale to pick up some cupcakes to take back for my coworkers.
For my last workshop, I attended a talk on Google+ and how to leverage the rel=author and rel=publisher tools to improve my Google search rankings and drive more traffic to my site. It was totally techy and I’m still going through my notes and trying to figure everything out. But what I did realize is that I need get on Google+.
I’ve been avoiding Google+, honestly. I just don’t think it will ever overtake Facebook, and frankly keeping up with Facebook and Twitter is enough work. However, without nerding out on you, let me just say that there are some benefits for bloggers in these tools. So today I set up my Google+ profile and page. Did you notice the new badge on the upper left of the page?
This is the first change of many you’ll see on my blog as a direct result of attending IFBC. I learned so much at this conference, and had so much fun, that I registered for next year’s conference as soon as they announced that it would be in Seattle again. Seriously, I registered from my laptop right there in the conference room at the closing session.
I decided to set 3 goals for myself to achieve before next year’s conference, so these are the major changes you can expect to see this year.
- I will publish a blog post daily. This is a huge move for me, prior to this I’ve been publishing once a week. First, working full time I simply don’t have the time to write a blog post daily. And second, with the focus of my blog posts being original recipes, there’s just no way I can come up with an original recipe every day of the week. However, I think that there are plenty of food, health, nutrition, and fitness things that I could blog about, and I’m also working on bringing in some guest bloggers. This won’t happen overnight, but expect to see a build-up in my post frequency.I’m working on coming up a daily cadence or theme for my posts and here’s what I have so far:
- Sunday Supper (my original recipe for the week)
- Manic Monday (a post focusing on relaxation or stress management techniques)
- Tightwad Tuesdays (how to eat healthy on a budget)
- Winesday (my wine pick of the week and a recipe to pair it with)
- Throwback Thursday (a look back at the recipe I was working on this week 1 and 2 years ago)
- Fit Friday (a nutrition and fitness article)
- Saturday Night Out (a review of a restaurant, generally local but could also be on my travels)
- I will further improve my photography. By the next conference, I will have at least one photograph accepted by Foodgawker.
- I will fully monetize my site. By the next conference, I will have revenue of at least $50 per month from my blog.
So what do you think? What additional content would you like to see on my site?
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