Joy Shull is the the content creator and recipe developer behind Build Your Bite, a food blog that focuses on vegetarian and vegan recipes.
In 2014, Joy Shull dropped out of college one semester short of a degree to pursue her dream job – food blogging. Looking back today, she does not regret her decision. She has turned her blog from a part time hobby to a business that supports her family.
Joy is very passionate about doing what you love for a living and loves to encourage other entrepreneurs to find a way to make it work.
Joy taught herself to cook at 15, a necessity when living most of the time with a dad and three older brothers. Her dad’s idea of a home cooked meal was a frozen dinner with three rounds of salt and pepper, so she spent many nights learning new recipes to cook for her family.
Joy is married to Robbie and has a two year old son named Crosby, who is her biggest motivator.
Joy Shull Show Notes – Ep 078
Camera and Lens:
What did you do before you became a food blogger?
What were you doing for them? Did you do this online or did you go to their office?
Was it in high school when everyone said that since you were good in math that you should be an accountant?
Why did you start blogging?
How did you pick the name of your blog?
When you first started, how many times did you publish a post?
How many do you publish now?
How do you think that you were able to flick the switch so you would be okay with that?
Are you publishing old content just to keep it fresh?
How many drafts do you have in place to be published right now?
Once you started, how long did it take you to start making money?
What do you think it the best thing you’ve done for your blog?
How did you come up with why you had to work on SEO?
Do you have anybody that helps you with your company?
How many iterations of the website have you had?
From start to finish, how long does it take you to photograph a recipe?
What would be a reason you wouldn’t do process shots?
What is the hardest thing you find about blogging?
What do you love about blogging?
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?
What do you use for backgrounds?
Do you use natural light or artificial?
What kind do you have?
What kind of camera do you have?
What’s your favorite lens?
Where do you photograph your recipes?
Did you have a viral moment?
Do you use a marketing tool?
What is the most surprising thing you’ve discovered since you started blogging?
You say you’re stubborn but what gave you the fortitude to just keep going?
What is your biggest food failure?
What is your favorite cuisine?
What would be your last meal?
What is one thing you can’t live without in your kitchen?
Do you have a favorite cookbook?