Annie Chesson is a food blogger, recipe creator, and photographer at The Garlic Diaries.
Annie Chesson loves one pot meals, photography, healthy food that tastes unhealthy, Sunday mornings, jeans and t-shirts, and her German Shepherd/Lab, Boone. In love with Fall and Christmas she is in constant bliss from mid September to December 26th.
Annie says she could spend all day watching Ree Drummond and The Kitchen rather than doing anything remotely productive. She is (maybe more than) slightly addicted to cooking. Her brain is constantly thinking of new recipes, how to lighten up existing recipes, and images of melty (which apparently isn’t a word, but it should be) cheese and creamy pasta.
You could probably find Annie right now at her home in Manhattan, Kansas hangin’ out with her baby, whipping up something for dinner, or thinking of random recipe ideas and scrawling them into a note on her iPhone before she forgets.
Annie is mom to an adorable baby boy – with a second little guy scheduled to arrive in early December, 2018 – and wife to her all time favorite taste tester.
Annie Chesson Show Notes
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What did you do before you became a food blogger?
Did you do anything after school?
What did you go to school for?
Would you ever go into that or since your blog has taken off, that has gone by the wayside?
Why did you start blogging?
Did you get any push-back from your husband or was he supportive?
When did you start blogging?
How did you pick the name of your blog?
When you first started, how many times a week did you publish a post?
How long do you think it took you to reach the three a week?
When you started your blog, did you start it thinking you would do this as a business?
Once you started, how long did it take you to start making money?
Is that where you mostly make your money or do you do sponsored posts?
How many drafts do you have in place to be published?
How many words would you say is in a post?
Do you have anybody that helps you with your blog?
Are you thinking of hiring somebody?
How many iterations of the website have you had?
From start to finish, how long does it take you to photograph a recipe?
What kind of lighting do you use?
What do you say is the hardest thing about blogging?
What do you love about blogging?
I’m curious if the women who reached out to you were they there because of the food or because of the post that you did?
Did any of them stay on the blog for the food?
What is your favorite social media platform and why?
Is there any advice that someone who knows blogging gave you that you wish you had heeded?
Do you do your own SEO?
Is it the Yoast plugin?
What do you use for backgrounds?
What kind of camera do you have?
What is your favorite lens that you use?
What is your most popular post?
Do you have a favorite marketing tool?
Is there anything that you did that catapulted you to the next level?
Does it make you want to post more of those?
Is there anything that your readers or other bloggers would be surprised to learn about you?
What is your biggest food failure?
What is your favorite cuisine?
What is one thing you can’t live without in your kitchen?
What would be some advice to someone just starting out their food blog?