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Have you ever dreamed of transforming a food blog into a career? My latest guest on Chopped Podcast, Kathryne Taylor, had that dream and made it happen. If you’re looking for tips and ideas on how to create a food blog that’s ready for the big-time, follow along as I chat with Kathryne, better known as Kate from Cookie + Kate, as she talks about Becoming a Full-Time Food Blogger.

Chopped Podcast with guest Kathryn Taylor talking about Taking the Leap to Full-time Food Blogger

I’m so pleased to share with you my conversation with Kathryne Taylor of Cookie + Kate. I met Kathryne last year at the Chopped Conference, and was really intrigued when she spoke about taking the leap to full-time food blogger the previous year. Since she just went through this process, I thought she’d be a great person to share tips on making the transition to full-time blogger.

I can only do what I love for a living because people come back to my blog, share my recipe with friends, and tell them about it, I just feel so thankful for them and I want to make my blog as helpful for them as it can be. — Kathryne Taylor of Cookie + Kate

Kathryne talks about how she dedicates her blog to providing great content she knows her readers will love. She also shares her passion for food blogging and some of her favorite tips for productivity, building an engaged community and more.

Featured Content – Taking the Leap to Full-Time Blogger with Kathryne Taylor

Here are some of the highlights of my discussion with Kathryne:

  • How salsa was an impetus for Cookie + Kate. Yes, salsa!
  • How Kathryne’s entrepreneurial mom was an influence on her life
  • Kathryne’s tips for building an engaged community, including her commitment to being responsive to her readers
  • Kathryne’s process for posting recipes
  • Kathryne’s genuine enthusiasm for each recipe
  • Her focus on quality over quantity of posts
  • Kathryne’s Myers-Briggs personality type
  • Blogging is about creating your own metrics for success
  • Kathryne’s tips for using Google Priority Inbox to sort emails
  • Why the perfect waffle is important
  • The importance of removing distractions (aka turn off notifications) for productivity
  • Kathryne’s recent experience to work remotely and increase creativity
  • You should check out Kathryne’s favorite Salted Chipotle Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds in the bulk bins at the Whole Foods in Austin, TX.

Show Notes

This episode includes references to several resources you might find interesting. Here they are:


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