Hi there! Happy half way through August. We are having a big birthday month. Mr. 46 turned 47 last week. My dad had a birthday yesterday and my boy cats, Paco Rabanne and Blue turned two last week. Yes, I know there’s a typo in the image above I’m sharing with you and I’ve tweeted CNBC about it.
I’m sharing a video link with you all that I think you’ll find fascinating whether you have a food blog or not. In fact, you’ll find this more than fascinating. These are shocking food blogging stats. I kid you not.
The upshot? Don’t start a food blog to make money because you’re not going to make any. Unless, that is, you’re in the 1 percent who strike a chord with the masses and end up selling a whole lot of books, tv shows and kitchenware.
Do I sound like a negative Nancy? I’m not really, this is all according to CNBC.
Do you see the fine print there? Only 1 percent of food bloggers make more than $4,000. Aye caramba!
Books probably don’t even help much. I say this because I have a friend who writes novels and she had 7 or 8 published–by the big houses–before she landed on the New York Times best seller list. Only then was she able to negotiate her first five-figure contract. That’s right, I said five-figures–not six. Disturbing, isn’t it? And novels sell better than cookbooks.
Food blog because you love it, because you love food and like to write and shoot photos and videos.
Blog because you love the community. The people are what I’m most grateful for. Of course, it’s easy for me to say that because I’ve yet to earn any more from this site, only expend it 🙁
But I’ve met some really marvelous people in the blogging community that I never would have met otherwise. I communicate through the interwebs with a southern belle/gardener in Atlanta, a fiercely devoted mother, also in Atlanta and a makeup blogger in California, just to name three. I’ve learned a lot from all of them and shared lots of laughs.
The CNBC article is here. I was a teensy bit disappointed in the article. They included four or five food bloggers, including the queen bee, Ree Drummond, but either they pulled quotes from these gals from other sources or just had two minute conversations with them because the story itself is pretty shallow. Of course, I’ve got my newspaper hat on too so perhaps I’m more critical than someone who isn’t in the news business.
What do you think? Do you have a blog? Is it a food blog? Why did you start it?
Have a great weekend everyone.