Teaching Photography at Blogger Skills Academy

Find Your Future in Blogging – Two Years & a Career in Blogging VI

Gavin Wren Food Blogging, The World of Food

Welcome to the final part of my super special two year anniversary post, the end of the journey! This is all about following your heart and finding the things that matter to you. It’s all in there, you just need to look.
If you haven’t read Part 5 you can catch up with it here.
Give it Away. I’ve always felt an urge to help people. perhaps that’s why I started a blog, because there’s very few reasons to pour so much time and money into creating work for other people when there’s no immediate payoff. I’ve always had a desire to give things away, having often said that I’d love to be rich, just so that I could give money away. And Help Others. It came to me that photography is a big stumbling block for many bloggers. I was involved in photography twenty years ago, I’ve worked in…
Fish eyes

Be Irrational and Give up Control – Two Years & A Career in Blogging V

Gavin Wren Food Blogging, The World of Food

Welcome back to Part 5 of my super special two year anniversary post, the penultimate piece of the puzzle! Being in control and rational about everything gets you nowhere. You need to be irrational and give up control, follow your intuition, then things can really change in life.
If you haven’t read Part 4 you can catch up with it here.
It’s in your heart, if you learn to listen. In the autumn of 2015 I attended a talk at Borough Market about the future of food. The panel were entirely unknown to me, the only association was simply the word ‘food’ in the title of the talk, I went on a whim. One of the speakers was a chap called Professor Tim Lang, a vastly knowledgeable figure in the world of food, who is a very engaging speaker and I feel exudes a sense of despair at the state…
Cannock Chase Sunrise

Find Your True Nature – Two Years & A Career in Blogging IV

Gavin Wren Food Blogging, The World of Food

Welcome back for Part 4 of my super special two year anniversary post! This time I’m discussing how to find your true nature, how to see the things that really matter in life and realise which things don’t. Sometimes it can be hard to see the wood for all the trees, but keep on walking and eventually you’ll get some perspective. The photo above was taken at Cannock Chase Forest during my 600 mile drive to Inverness, where I spent a week touring and camping in the Scottish Highlands, in the winter.
If you haven’t read Part 3 you can catch up with it here.
Fact 7. The most likes I’ve ever had on social media is 8,041 for a photo of a caramelised onion dip I made which Bon Appetit magazine re-Instagrammed. The Pain… Blogging has helped me find my true nature and changed the course of my life.…
it's about me not you a career in blogging

It’s About Me, Not You – Two Years & A Career in Blogging III

Gavin Wren Food Blogging, The World of Food

Welcome back for Part 3 of my super special two year anniversary post! Today I’ll explain why it’s all about me, not you, the reader. You see that image up there, that was my office a few weeks ago, one of the benefits of freelance life, spending the day working in Richmond Park with my little pooch!
If you haven’t read Part 2 you can catch up with it here.
It’s Not About You. In the early days of writing my blog, I read some enormously misguided information. In particular, I read an article about how to create blog posts, which extolled the virtue of writing for the audience. Writing for you, the reader. It was saying how it’s all about the reader and that’s what I needed to focus on. It was a lie. Fact 6. You can never, ever expect to know what someone else is thinking. It’s…
Growing a blog 2 years and a career in blogging

Growing a Blog – Two Years & A Career in Blogging II

Gavin Wren Food Blogging, The World of Food

Welcome back for Part 2 of my super special two year anniversary post! Today is about growing a blog and growing the inner me.
If you haven’t read Part 1 you can catch up with it here.
Psssst, Wanna Hear a Secret? I’m going to talk about growing a blog and how I found my style, but first, can you keep a secret? Do you want to see my traffic for this blog over the last two years? Do you? Well here it is: When I look at that graph, I feel quite proud. If I ever need an example of solid, consistent traffic growth then I’ll refer back to that graph, because it’s constantly creeping up and up and there’s no shame in never having ‘gone viral’. Only very few if us will ever go ‘full viral’, and retaining those viral visitors can be quite tricky, leaving you with…
A Bloggers Desk

Monetise – Two Years & A Career in Blogging I

Gavin Wren Food Blogging, The World of Food

I’m incredibly proud to announce that it’s my blog’s second anniverasry! Woo-hoo! How exciting! Where’s the confetti cannon emoji when you need it! Today I’m going to talk about how to monetise a blog. Or how not to. It’s My Party… To celebrate this truly momentous occasion, I’ve poured my heart into the internet and written a very special, personal, self-indulgent six-part blog post about my experience from that first intrepid post through to my blog’s second Birthday. I’m indulging myself and writing about what’s happened to me in these two years and how I’ve created a completely new career, simply through my blog. Happy Birthday, Dear Oeufs. This blog was two years old on Sunday, meaning those two little eggs at the top of the page have come of age. I started blogging on 31st July 2014 with a very nervous post saying “Errr, hello world?”. It was a…