In this regular feature we invite CCR members to open up about their journey as a content creator; from how it all started, to what sparks their creativity, to what makes them tick… or even ticked off. This is an honest forum with unique insights into the ever evolving world that content creators navigate.
For our very first feature we welcome Rebecca, owner of Glutarama. Her blog shares free-from recipes and deeply personal accounts of raising children with multiple health and dietary requirements. Glutarama provides a wealth of advice and support for parents raising children in similar circumstances. In addition to blogging, Rebecca is the author of “Back to Biscuits“, a gluten-free recipe book of family favourites.
I’ve been blogging since May 2015 when I left my job abruptly. The life-work balance had become one blurry mess and my two children (then 10 and 8) were in desperate need of more of my attention. The blog was in fact, originally, an elaborated version of a journal to help me work my way back to a more positive mental state. I started to write about my daughter’s Type 1 diabetes and her Coeliac disease, then as I got better my love of baking was rekindled and hey-presto, Glutarama was born – ‘Life’s a drama, gluten free doesn’t have to be’.
I still think of myself as a relative newbie to the blogging scene; I missed out on the blogging boom that started around 2010-2012 and thus found getting my feet under that table difficult in an increasingly flooded market. Fortunately, my blog is very niche so I get local followers who come to find free-from recipes but I also cover diabetes, Coeliac disease and autism (which both children have been diagnosed with since Glutarama started).
Personally I’m sad to see the demise of foodie linkies. There have been some amazing linky communities that have slowly dried up. Maybe these were not the traffic builders they once were, maybe Google decided it didn’t like linkies anymore, who cares. I loved them because I got to read other like-minded blogs and have made some life-long friends along the way.
As mentioned above, hands down, no question about it: blogger friends. I have met the most amazing, strong, passionate people who often hide like timid animals behind blogs. These people are my kind of people and I love them all.
Every time a reader sends me a photo of their bakes made using one of my recipes.
Ooh, this is a tough one. My ‘Behind the Scenes’ posts are all about just that: what goes on behind Glutarama’s recipes. I’ve written some rather raw posts about my children’s different needs and how these in turn impact on my mental health. These are not my favourite per se, but the work I’m most proud of because the feedback I get from parents and carers in similar situations is what keeps me going.
“How do you spell Glutarama?” Haha, no really it is. Then, “Do you actually make money doing that?”
You are worth it. Having that mentality from the word go would mean that I may have made some decent money by now!
I’m keen to get my SEO totally in order this year so that my blog can self-fund via adverts – this means new photos, better metadata, Pinterest images, the works! It’s not a job for the faint-hearted.
In fact, going back to the previous question I’d say to myself: sort your SEO out Rebecca!
Going to events, talking to PR’s and putting myself out there. Basically, anything that involves being in the same room as another human being. How do I get over it? Deep breaths, throwing myself into the act and eating that frog.
Increased mutual respect among blogging communities, less bloggers working for freebies and PRs understanding that my children’s school shoes can’t be bought with gluten free bread samples!