In this episode we discuss growth with Tanya Harris. She is a mom, wife, former attorney, recipe groupie, photographer, and eater of all the beautiful food she posts to her food blog, My Forking Life.
Tanya Harris is a former attorney who started her food blog, My Forking Life, as a hobby in 2016. Her goal is to provide her readers with quick and easy meals that are full of flavor. She wants everyone, even busy people, to be able to cook more often at home.
Tanya posts a lot of gadget recipes, pressure cooker and air fryer recipes, because these have helped her get dinner on the table quickly. She has increased her blog traffic to over 100,000 page views in just a few months by providing her readers with content they need and enjoy.
After her interview two years ago, she quit her full time job as an attorney in late 2019 and has grown her blog to over a million views per month.
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Could you recap how you are and what your blog name is?
What catapulted you to leave your full time job?
You said you wanted to work more on your blog, but was there any reticence to quit? Was it actually hard to give in your notice?
How did it feel to actually tell people you were going to work full time on a food blog, from lawyering?
What about your co-workers?
Did you actually have a viral moment which elevated the blog or do you think it was a slow and steady thing?
Before you quit, how many recipes were you doing a week?
After you quit, what are you at now with publishing?
Do you have anybody that helps you with the blog?
You said you were doing videos before, how has your videos changed since you stopped working full time?
Do you think it is because of your lawyering?
When you were on the show before, you sent me a photo from snapchat, and now your photo looks so professional, was there a mind shift for that?
What kind of camera did you have before and what did you go to?
Now that you know what you know, if you were to start blogging, what would you do differently?
What has been the best blogging investment you’ve made and what has been a waste of money?
Is it hard because it’s hard to call something out?
Do you want to give a plug to the courses you’ve taken?
Has anything changed in regards to what you use for backgrounds now?
Do you usually do overhead for process shots?
Are you doing your own SEO or is someone doing it for you?
I know you do a lot of air fryer so do you find yourself that you’re in a niche or do you think you do a lot of different things within the blog?
Now that you’ve gone full time as a blogger, what do you love about it?
Is there anything that you dislike about it?
Is there anything you fans or other bloggers would be surprised to hear about you?
What is your biggest food failure? (If it is different from before)
What is your favorite Thai dish or do you get something different each time?
What can’t you live without in your kitchen?
What brand do you have?
What is your most popular post?