Update April 2021
I began blogging on WordPress on St George’s Day April 2015 but continued my old blog to try an ensure my followers moved with me.
My main WordPress blog is coming up on its 6th birthday this month and so far has received 8,564,236 hits which equates to 3,024,358 visitors.
This blog currently gets around 2,750 visitors a day (around 6,500 views a day) but believe me it has taken a lot of work (obsession) to get to this point!
Like many of you the pandemic totally changed my life; my focus has shifted from the mix of freelance chef work and writing to okay, what do I do now? I have in the last couple of years been teaching part-time and was enjoying that, but in the midst of a pandemic I couldn’t even do that. So like many others I learnt new skills, which is easier than sitting at home staring at my walls.
So first of all, I learnt how to use Zoom and I guess because I’ve had technology in my life a long time I got good enough with it to go on and teach it. So then I had to figure out how I could use Zoom to give cookery lessons, and after listening to other chefs teachers experiences I decided I would try filming my recipes which I would then use as a teaching aid in my zoom classroom.
Making cooking videos is something I had thought about a lot over the years, but either a busy work as a chef or lack of a camera man had just kept this to a pipe dream. Filming, lighting, sound and editing was a whole new skill set but thankfully I have a wonderful patient wife who was up for the sharing this challenge and I just couldn’t have done it without her.
As some of you know I do now have a YouTube channel with 7 videos on it so far. We have in fact produced about 24 cooking videos but at the moment most of them are being used in my cookery lessons. Creating, practicing and filming is a labour of love and is also time consuming, but I’m still very committed to producing more recipes for my blog.
My next recipe is taking shape and will be published before the end of April but in the meantime I would like to ask any of my readers if you are on social media (facebook, Instagram, twitter, Tumblr, VK or others) to lets support each other. Anyone who follows me I will follow in return and like your posts etc as often as I see them. I have linked my accounts to the buttons below, so if you click each one it will take you there so you can follow. Please let me know you are following me so I can do the same for you.
Your Pandemic stories
I would love to hear your own pandemic challenges or new skillsets you have achieved.
P.S. If you are new to blogging and you are interested in hearing more about my journey to attract readers to my blogs then here is one I wrote earlier – Attracting Viewers To My Blog
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