Well, I’m SO excited to start the monthly blog updates and income reports series on Sprout Monk!
In this series, I am planning to share some insightful information on how I’m building this food blog from scratch and how you can convert your hobby or passion into a professional business.
Yes, that’s the goal for this series!
I’ll be glad if I can achieve this goal over a period of time.
I know it’s going to be a tough task, but I am determined to do it. And I want all of you to be a part of my journey.
Apart from blog updates, I will also be sharing the income reports of SproutMonk.com.
I know many of you may have this question in mind.
Here’s what I think:
When I say I want to achieve something meaningful with Sprout Monk, I can’t just get away with empty words and promises. I should be accountable to make the necessary efforts and achieve the goal for my blog.
I feel it will also prove to be a driving force for my food blogging journey.
I think these reports will bring transparency to this series.
It will also make things a little more exciting to follow as compared to the standard monthly blog updates.
Many of you may be sitting on the fence and looking to start your own blog soon. Right?
I think these reports will motivate many upcoming bloggers as well as people like me who’ve just started their blogging journeys.
I believe in sharing knowledge, and I guess these blog updates and income reports will do the same in helping us grow together.
On that thought, let’s get started with the first blog update and income report –
Income – $0
The BIG ZERO!
Well, it was the first month of my food blogging journey, and I haven’t started monetizing yet on this blog.
And to be honest, I don’t expect to see big numbers in the first 6-8 months of blogging. It takes a lot of time to build a
However, I’ve figured out a few monetization strategies, and I’m planning to test them out in the coming months.
In this section, I am going to talk about the key steps I’ve taken to improve my blog over the period of last month.
1. Establishing The Blog
As you can see, I dedicated last month to establish the blog and create a routine for different tasks like Writing, Filming, Editing, etc.
In this process, I selected Bluehost.com as my hosting partner for this blog.
Currently, I am using their basic WordPress Hosting plan, and I have to say their services are quite good for self-hosted blogs. If you’re looking for seamless performance, do consider their services for your blog.
2. Blog Design
For the design, I chose Brunch Pro from Genesis. I liked this theme because it’s quite simple and minimal. And more importantly, it makes my food photos look good on all the devices.
3. Food Photography
Talking about photography, I purchased Canon 80D along with a 50 MM F/1.8 STM lens.
If you’re planning to start a food blog, I highly recommend you get a 50 mm lens besides your Camera’s kit lens.
4. Video Creation
I am a complete newbie when it comes to filming and processing the videos.
I didn’t know much about this field before shooting the first recipe video. So, I spent a lot of hours to learn the craft of video shooting and editing.
For the editing process, I selected Final Cut Pro X over Adobe Premiere Pro. I’m a Mac user, so it wasn’t a difficult choice to choose the editing software for my videos.
However, both the software are pretty good in their features and functionalities. You can use either of them as per your system’s configuration.
5. Social Media
Yes, it plays a huge role in driving traffic to your blog.
So, I have set up Sprout Monk’s social media accounts on the following channels.
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sproutmonk/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sproutmonk/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/sproutmonk/
- Pinterest: https://in.pinterest.com/sproutmonk/
I have been sharing regular updates on these channels, so do check them out.
And this is pretty much it for the January 2019 update.
I hope you like this post and the series as well.
Do let me know what you think of it in the comments below.