Okay, so the title may be a little misleading, but Caitlynn’s great-grandmother’s tamale recipe on Mouthwatering Monday marked our 50th post since starting Thrifty Below in April! Since this is a pretty big milestone for newbie bloggers like us, we wanted to use our Free For All Friday to talk about some of our most popular posts and what the blogging journey has been like for us so far.
Starting a blog, the first thing I realized was how important photography is. A fabulous post with mediocre pictures won’t get repinned, it won’t be accepted to FoodGawker/CraftGawker or other submission sites, and it won’t get a lot of views on social media. Thankfully Caitlynn and I both had (or inherited) DSLR cameras, but we’ve had to figure out lighting, set styling, photo editing, etc. It’s still a work in progress, but I think our photography has improved greatly, which has been reflected in our page views and acceptance to submission sites.
One of my first posts, a yummy Lemon Sugar Scrub tutorial was a photography nightmare. My goal was to get on CraftGawker, but it took about 10 submissions and 4 reshoots to finally get there. It felt like I had won the lottery when this picture was finally accepted:
Being on CraftGawker was really exciting and it was so cool to see how many people had clicked through to Thrifty Below! We wanted the excitement to continue so we kept working on our photography skills and made sure to stick to our Monday-Wednesday-Friday blog schedule.
Caitlynn’s DIY Rustic Coasters were another big milestone for us. It took a long time and two different photo shoots before our photo was accepted on CraftGawker and LooksiSquare, but it was so worth it! Not only were Caitlynn’s coasters our most pinned post on Pinterest, but they were featured on a DIY Father’s Day Gift Roundup on Curbly!
Life for us is crazy with work and school and blogging, but we love sharing our crafts and recipes on Thrifty Below! The past three months and 50+ posts have been quite an adventure, but I can’t wait to see where the next few months take us as we work on growing our blog following.