Blogging & Utilizing Social Media

The group that was on the trip met with Mat Prince after the Crisis Communication exercise the other day. We talked a little bit about his success in blogging.

He mentioned that he utilized social media as a tool to start off. He didn’t what to name his blog, so he engaged his social media friends to help him out.

For the last few months, I have discovered my love for cooking. I have become a a “foodie” of sorts. I usually just post my pictures on Instagram and many times connect it to Twitter and Facebook. Recently I have had friends interested in my dishes; wanting recipes; wanting comments on my experiences. Then I was struck with the idea to start a blog on it. Each post would include the dish, photos, recipes, ideas, and a summary of my experience. I thought another thing that would be an attention-getter would be the fact that I am vegetarian and I cook a number of dishes to fit my dietary lifestyle but my husband might as well be a carnivore. So, I create dishes that work for us as a couple and I figured that I would also talk about my experiences with that, and maybe I can help others that may be struggling. With all of these ideas, like Matt Prince, I took it Instagram and Facebook.

My first post was on Instagram- no challenge, less engagement, just creating buzz.

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My next post was on Facebook, I engaged and challenged my audience, as well as asking for my friends support.

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I ended up getting over 60 likes on this status reaching my goal, advertising my efforts and gaining support.

I started my blog today, because of the advice I received on this trip I was able to be strategic and gain a supportive audience.

Now for my next step in utilizing social media: what to name my blog?

I will have a link for you soon.

(Check out http://www.allrecipes.com to see some of the recipes I will using for my new blog)

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