I was completed out of my depth when I decided to start Travelling Table Tales.
I clearly remember sitting down in front of my computer at 9pm one night after a hideous date and typing into Google “how to start a blog”. It had been on my mind for a while, but having had some recent inspiration in the shower about a name and spending week after week alone in an office at work, it was time to bite the bullet.
Whilst I really had no clue about much of the technical side of things, I knew that I wanted the web address to be neat. Something that didn’t have .blogspot or .wordpress on the end of it. I knew that I wanted to have control over how the site was designed. And I knew that I wanted the blog to inspire people through stories of travel, food and life. But apart from that? I knew nothing. Nada. Zilch.
I created a google email account to start with. I figured that that was a good start. I knew how to do that.
My google search ended up coming up with this website from The Blog Builders, which was honestly a lifesaver.
After finding out that the web address was called a domain name, and that you can buy that through specific hosts, I did that too. In retrospect, I think that fact that I actually invested money at the beginning kept me going.
I soon learnt that I could set up my blog using a platform such as WordPress.org. Given its popularity, simplicity and wide range of features and plug ins (which I also had to learn about), I decided to go down this route.
Trust me, it was not easy. I hit roadblocks. I sat up until midnight almost every night for a month trying to get as much content on my blog as possible and to make it look half decent. I researched. I pushed friendships as I made them wait to eat while I photographed their food. I made mistakes. I spent hours working on redesigning something, only to change it all back to exactly how it was. I installed plug ins which glitched and literally shut down my entire site. I embarrassingly self-promoted. And I learned more about myself and what I am capable of than I ever would have imagined.
Karen Lamb said, “A year from now you may wish you had started today”. I could not agree more wholeheartedly. I could not have predicted where I am today 12 months ago. But I am so happy that I started this blog to travel with me through the incredible journey of my life.
I am so grateful to everyone who has supported me through this whole journey. To my family and friends who tolerated my kitchen experiments and photographing their food. To those who have read my blog, recreated my recipes and been inspired.
Chelsea, from the incredible blog iheartbargins.com.au once wrote to me, “Keep going – that’s what sets the successful [blogs] apart from the ordinary ones – you just have to keep going”.
I look forward to continuing to share my delicious tales of travel, food and life with you.