The Kitchen Thyme Blogger Spotlight Series is a way for you and I to get to know and support the wonderful Food Bloggers who share their delicious recipes at Kitchen Thyme.
Meet Mindee from Mindee's Cooking Obsession!
Check out Mindee's recipes at Kitchen Thyme!
Kitchen Thyme: Hi Mindee! Thank you for being part of our Kitchen Thyme Blogger Spotlight Series! Tell us where you’re from and how you got into blogging?
Mindee: I’ve lived in Northern Utah for almost 20 years, but still say I’m from Idaho. I’ve always really loved cooking and baking. My family members encouraged me to start a blog. After looking into it, I saw that having a food blog would allow me to develop my skills and could become a second income for my family that allowed me to continue to be a stay-at-home mom.
KT: How did you come up with the name of your blog?
Mindee: Honestly I just kind of settled on something that was available and sounded ok to me. I’m not good at coming up with the cute food puns that a lot of other blogs have.
KT: How long have you been blogging?
Mindee: 2 1⁄2 years
KT: Are you a part-time or full-time blogger?
Mindee: Part time working towards full time
KT: How many recipes do you publish each week?
KT: After you publish a recipe on your blog, walk us through the steps you take to get more eyes on that recipe. What sites do you submit your recipe to? Do you use a spreadsheet to keep track of where you share your recipes?
Mindee: I pin my new recipe to my blog Pinterest board and then schedule my pins to go out as advised through the Pinning Perfect course. I share my recipe to my personal Facebook page and then schedule it to go out on my Blog Facebook page. I share on Instagram. Then I submit to Kitchen Thyme, FoodYub, and Fridgg. I keep track of where and when I share recipes using the Pinning Perfect spreadsheet.
KT: What does a typical week look like for you? Do you create recipes and blog posts on certain days of the week?
Mindee: I post recipes and do most of the “computer work” on Tuesdays and Fridays. Wednesday’s are my only totally open day so I try to do my cooking or baking for photos on that day. I experiment with recipes around my kids' schedules on the other days.
KT: Do you have a good blog/life balance? Do you unplug at night or on the weekends?
Mindee: I only work on blogging M-F during school hours.
KT: How much time do you spend on Social Media each day? Do you use any schedulers for Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Do you have a Virtual Assistant to help you?
Mindee: I’m not really on social media a lot. I use Tailwind for Pinterest scheduling and I just upgraded to the smart loop feature to hopefully cut back my time scheduling pins. I use the facebook share feature on tailwind to post to my facebook page. I don’t have a VA but hope to get one in the future to take care of all my social media sharing. Especially for Instagram because I really don’t enjoy Instagram.
KT: What social media networks/websites give you the most traffic to your blog?
Mindee: Pinterest and Google
KT: What AD networks do you have on your blog?
Mindee: Right now I use Google Adsense but am in the final stages of being approved by Mediavine. Yay!!!
KT: What are the main sources of income from your blog? Sponsored Posts? Advertisements? Affiliate Links?
Mindee: I have just recently started making money from my blog through ads. I haven’t been using affiliate links very long and am still figuring those out. Sponsored posts are something I plan to try out very soon.
KT: Do you have a long relationship with any particular Brands?
Mindee: No, not yet 😊
KT: Do you enjoy going to Blogging Conferences? If so, which ones do you recommend for Food Bloggers?
Mindee: I really, really want to be able to go to food blogger conferences, but my current situation doesn’t allow for that. When my kids are a bit older, I absolutely plan to go to the Everything Food Conference.
KT: Where do you find inspiration to create new recipes?
Mindee: Everywhere. Sometimes I see a new product at the store that gets me thinking of all sorts of things I could do with it. Sometimes it’s restaurants. We don’t go out to eat very often so it’s fun to recreate our favorite restaurant dishes at home. Food magazines or cookbooks also spark all sorts of new ideas or twists on recipes we already love.
KT: What are your top 3 favorite recipes on your blog?
Mindee: My favorite is my Black Tie Mousse Cake that is a copycat of Olive Garden’s. That is my favorite restaurant! My second favorite recipe is my Raspberry Cheesecake Sweet Rolls because I have a serious sweet roll addiction. Roasted Loaded Potatoes are my third favorite because it is one of the few recipes that ALL my kids will eat.
KT: Do you have great lighting in your house for photos or do you need to use artificial lighting or filters?
Mindee: I get great light through my kitchen window. I don’t use artificial light at all because I am really not good at using it.
KT: What advice would you give to new food bloggers when it comes to taking photos of food?
Mindee: Keep it simple! Don’t overwhelm yourself trying to create a huge extravagant food scene. And practice makes perfect. Taking hideous photos and learning from them is part of the learning process.
KT: Do you have a favorite cookbook?
Mindee: Not really, I love looking through and trying out any cookbook really.
KT: If you could cook with a famous chef or celebrity cook, who would it be and why?
Mindee: I’m a bit out of the loop on famous chef’s or celeb cooks. I don’t watch much TV.
KT: You are constantly working with food. What are a few ingredients you cannot live without?
Mindee: Butter, flour, sugar, eggs, yeast, cheese, chocolate,…. Oh dear, this list could go on forever!!!
KT: Do you have any advice for someone starting a food blog?
Mindee: Overnight success isn’t the norm. You have to be patient and think big picture.
KT: Thank you so much for joining us at Kitchen Thyme, Mindee! Where can our readers find you?