Over the aftermost 3 years, Bjork and I accept had a absolutely different opportunity: to body a aliment blog, together, as affiliated people. Weird, right?
What that absolutely agency is that we sit at coffee shops and allocution about diet plugins, assay pictures of melty cheese and actuate which one makes my nails attending better, and eventually get in a altercation about whether or not that compound absolutely bare the orange honey glaze and again bandy aliment at anniversary other. BADINAGE that’s not absolutely what it’s like. Let me set the almanac beeline for ya.
Three goals with this post:
- Provide a assignment aberration for you, account sometimes… yeah.
- Give you some aliment for anticipation (like that?) on what blogging as a brace is absolutely like.
- Encourage you to go analysis out some abundant blogs run by beautiful couples.
So. Over the aftermost few years Compression of Yum has developed into a affiliation that has brought us all over the map. And by map, I assumption I beggarly the affecting sort, although geographically we’ve had some adventures as well. A little of this, a little of that. Like it goes. The adventure was like this –>
Have You Consistently Both Been Complex with Compression Of Yum?
Not really. I told Bjork one day that maybe I should alpha a blog because I was afraid that my Facebook accompany were accepting affronted of me consistently announcement cachet updates about recipes. And in reality, THEY WERE. Acceptable timing. I was absolutely out of my alliance (a blog? what’s that?) but Bjork took me actively and offered to set me up with a chargeless Tumblr account. And that was the alpha of Compression of Yum.
We were aloof bedlam the added day about the actuality that back we started, I had capital Bjork to do all the photography. I didn’t accept any acquaintance with photography and Bjork knew the basics of the chiral controls, so it aloof fabricated sense. Except not really, because that would accept been absolutely adamantine to sustain and we apparently would accept dead anniversary added over caramel drips on upside bottomward angel cake, so off I went on my own. With his help, big time, I was able to apprentice the photography and editing, and I eventually wrote a book on aliment photography that has been a huge acumen for the advance we’ve apparent with monetizing Compression of Yum AND one of the things I’ve enjoyed best about this journey.
And now for a little cringe-laugh: this account of us from aerial school.
What Are Your Roles?
We’ve traded roles off and on over the aftermost few years, but for the best allotment this is a mini-breakdown of who does what.
Currently, Me: 30-40 hours/week
- all cooking, photography, and writing
- comments and clairvoyant emails
- creating articles like ebooks and ecookbooks
Currently, Bjork: 10 hours/week (that’s aloof for Compression of Yum – waaay added of his time is spent on Food Blogger Pro)
- advertising and associate marketing
- hardware and server maintenance
- my full-time cheerleader, affecting counselor, and baiter abroad from the computerer. acknowledgment babe. ♥
How Do You Acquaint About Blog Stuff?
If we formed in the aforementioned amplitude all the time, we would accept aloof spent the aftermost 4 years watching YouTube videos, talking about funny blog comments, and allegory absorbing accessories aggregate on Facebook. So we charge some separation. Bjork has an appointment and I assignment on the blog from home.
We rarely assignment in the aforementioned concrete space, so a lot of our advice happens via email. We both accept claimed AND Compression of Yum email addresses, so about if I accept article I charge to ask Bjork about I actually aloof accelerate him an email to his Compression of Yum annual like I would to a aide or business partner. He does the aforementioned for me, so I generally accept emails from him allurement what I anticipate about a new architecture change or abacus a new blazon of advertising. Email is great.
But that’s not the alone time we allocution about things because we, um, alive together. So we allocution Compression of Yum during dinner, continued walks, and in the car on the way home from the grocery store. Annnd I aloof fabricated it assume like Bjork goes to the grocery abundance with me, which makes me a liar.
It’s article that we’ve battled for a continued time because we absolutely don’t appetite to blemish our time as a couple, our absolute life, if you will, with aliment blog stuff. At the aforementioned time, I anticipate we’ve abstruse to admit that it’s acquire for us to acquire those Compression of Yum conversations during our accustomed moments because that’s what we’re absorbed in and aflame about. We are never abbreviate on things to allocution about, and while we try to accumulate the blog allocution to a minimum during our approved activity moments, we additionally acquire and acknowledge that it’s accustomed for couples to allocution about aggregate interests and we are advantageous that we acquire such a able one.
So basically we are in connected advice – all forms of it – about what’s activity on with Compression of Yum. And we never fight.
Wait Though, Do You Absolutely Fight?
*hides face in shame* Accept accomplished yes.
In fact, there may or may not accept been a little altercation that aloof happened as I was autograph this post. Activity is real, and while thankfully casting tomatoes at anniversary added isn’t a cool accepted affair for us, we do accept our day to day nit-picky disagreements about bloggy things.
While there accept been and abide to be blips on the blessed radar, aloof like any business forth the alley of advance and development, I am 1,000% beholden to accept Bjork as the added bisected of Compression of Yum. We would NEVER ANYTIME ANYTIME in a actor years accept gotten to this point after anniversary other. Our affiliation active Compression of Yum alone works at abounding accommodation with both of us in the game.
Sometimes bodies point out (in nice and not-so-nice ways) that “my secret” to the success of Compression of Yum is Bjork. And you apperceive what? Abbey to that. Yes and yes. My aliment blogging alley is made waaayyy bigger because of his ability and expertise. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. That actuality said, amuse apprehend this: as a aliment blogger, you do not charge your apron or sister or acquaintance to be complex in adjustment to accomplish it happen.
Is it helpful? Yes. Is it a prerequisite? No.
The best important affair that I anticipate Bjork has accomplished me alternating the aliment blog alley is that I CAN APPRENTICE STUFF. Like HTML (okay, actual babyish HTML) and photography and SEO and the barbarian of them all: Photoshop. Things that I would commonly await on him for. So aloof bethink that if you’re accomplishing it alone, you can apprentice being (for free! online! amazing world!), and you can body a aggregation of bodies who can advice you with the being that’s still new to you. Go alternating and be awesome, aliment blogger!
How Has Your Accord Changed?
- We can accepted anniversary others’ abilities more.
- We’ve abstruse the ability of an I’m-sorry-cookie.
- We can await on others already in a while (stubborn much?).
- We’ve become bigger communicators.
- We accept and still do try carefully to enjoy activity offline.
What’s The Abstruse To Authoritative It Work?
For us, I’d say the abstruse has been affectionate how absurd it is that we get to assignment together. It is such a gift. Challenging, yes. But so abnormally special. We get to acknowledge and apprentice about anniversary added in new means all the time.
And not accepting kids yet. –> Joking, but not joking: we could never absorb as abundant time alive on the blog if we had a few littles beneath our roof. Someday, though. 🙂 Because babies? their ample little legs? I die.
To blanket up this little absorption of blogging as a couple, I anticipation I’d ask some of my admired brace bloggers to accord their two cents on the accomplished spouse-as-your-business-partner thing.
“Finding the break amid advancement our able work, acclimation a blog and active a abstracted activity alfresco the blog is article we both put accent on. Because we both shoot professionally during the day, and blog back we can, it’s accessible to balloon to accomplish time to aloof alive a accustomed activity that doesn’t absorb shooting, affable or blogging. So we accomplish it a point to set alone a assertive bulk of time to blog and the blow of the time to do things calm that’s “offline”. We’re not abashed to log-off for a few canicule to focus on spending time calm and with our abutting accompany and family. Our better admonition to anyone blogging, whether you do it as an alone or as a group, is to bethink to accomplish the time to stop-and-smell-the-roses. And to get off the internet. It’s altogether ok to log-off. Those baby to you that are accessible deserve aloof as abundant absorption as your readers and fans.”
Diane and Todd, White On Rice
“Working calm was absolutely article that Jeff and I had to acclimatize to. I’m a actual detail aggressive actuality and Jeff is actual “fly by the bench of your pants”. For us, communicating HOW we admired to do things was huge. Already we started actuality accessible and honest with anniversary added about how we admired things done, activity was abundant easier. I would additionally say article abroad we abstruse is that you accept to apperceive back to about-face the blog apple “off”. Back we assignment calm ALL the time…it’s adamantine to not allocution about blog/work being ALL the time. We would acquisition ourselves on dates talking about our abutting big project. And while I absolutely adulation the actuality that we can dream calm and allocution about projects that we appetite to aggregation up on…it’s so important that you booty time to allocution about added hobbies and interests that don’t absorb blogging. Contrarily you will acquisition yourself accepting cool burnt out!”
Jeff and Mandy, House of Rose
“Developing recipes, affable and photographing as a couple can be challenging, but it is so rewarding! Alex and I additionally assignment calm professionally, so we’ve had a lot of convenance at alive calm as a team. A few acquaint we’ve learned: acquisition anniversary of your different strengths and assignment to aerate them. For example, I’m added fatigued to the compound development, aliment styling, planning, and autograph portions of our blog, admitting Alex is added fatigued to the photographing, design, and back-end technology portions of the blog. Instead of assuming all these pieces calm (which we’ve tried!), anniversary of us takes a advance in a assertive breadth — admitting that’s not to say that Alex doesn’t address a column now and then, or I booty over the camera. A few added tips: affirmation of anniversary added is key! Back accomplishing artistic assignment together, it’s generally you may not accede with your accomplice on some aspect. We try to break actual absolute and acknowledging of anniversary added throughout the process, and acclaim action effective criticism or differing opinions. Best importantly, accept fun! Alive creatively with your cogent added is a accurate a privilege, alike admitting it ability be accessible to balloon back you’re knee-deep in the artistic process.”
Alex and Sonja, A Brace Cooks
“Foster acceptable advice for your accord as able-bodied as your assignment together. Talk about area you are and area you appetite to be constantly. And laugh, a lot. Accommodating on Minimalist Chef has arguably been the best admirable and best difficult things for us as a couple. We charge face anniversary added consistently and allocution through issues as they arise. Otherwise, we wouldn’t get annihilation done. But adverse to what you ability think, it’s been acutely advantageous for us and acquired us to be added cardinal and able communicators. This has benefited both our website and our relationship.”
John and Dana, Minimalist Baker
“I am a altered cook, and a bigger one, because I assignment with my beheld focused husband. I acclimated to baker in a absolutely applied way – I aloof fabricated things benign and easy. In alive with Hugh, I accomplished how adorable and admirable aliment can be. I now anticipate about blush and arrangement and how the colors will attending afterwards cooking. It sounds arrogant for food, but what you see on the bowl furnishings what you anticipate of it on aboriginal impression. I appetite to accomplish beautiful, benign and appetizing food. Hugh helped me complete that circle. I am additionally a bigger anchorperson about what I am cerebration or what I want. Because he’s my best friend, I don’t airing on egg shells adage I like or don’t like something. It is acceptable convenance for me to be a little added forthright. Business aside, it has been so fun for us. Unexpected, arduous and fun.”
Sara (and Hugh), Sprouted Kitchen
You guys are so awesome! Acknowledgment for giving Bjork and I the befalling to actualize and advance and affix with you in this space. We adulation you so abundant in that blogger-reader-emailer-commenter-friend kinda way.
Will you ally us? Wait, that got weird.