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A Day in the Life

Normally, the main subjects of my posts are the recipes.

I’m actually somewhat shy and don’t like a lot of attention on myself.

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But many people have asked what I do as a full-time blogger.

I do not just sit around and eat cookies all day. (Too bad, ‘cause that would be fun.) I work really hard! So today’s post is going to be a little different from the normal recipe posts.

A Day in the Life:

I wake up naturally around 5am, amble downstairs, and start replying to a massive amount of emails, comments, facebook messages, and tweets. If it’s a running day, I’ll eat pre-run snack, then and answer more questions while waiting for the food to digest. [Insert run here: a little over an hour]

Upon returning, I quickly check the computer again, then eat a real breakfast.

chocolate-oatmeal

Yesterday’s breakfast was this: 5-Minute Chocolate Oatmeal.

With breakfast done, I go back over to the computer, this time to ensure the day’s post published as scheduled. I work on writing new posts for about an hour and a half, taking mini breaks to measure dry ingredients, get one or two things started on the stove or oven, and cook something else in the microwave. (I’ve become a master at multitasking.) Then I run upstairs for a quick shower, after which I do maybe 20-30 more minutes of blogwork (writing posts, editing photos, answering questions) whilst also making lunch.

After lunch, I take Henry and Batman for a walk (unless they’re at my parents’ house, in which case I go by myself). I come back and do a photoshoot or two, since it’ll usually be nice and light out by this time. I also do some taste-testing of whatever recipe experiments were cooked that morning. Yesterday, I tested chocolate peanut butter pie and peach cinnamon coffee cake.

About two hours after lunch I’m usually hungry again, so I’ll have a snack. Sometimes the day’s experiments have turned out so well that I’ll just eat them for snack.

day in the life

Yesterday’s snack was one of my favorites: Fudge Brownie Energy Bars.

Yes, more chocolate.

Then it’s back to the kitchen for more recipe experiments (and washing dishes!). I also continue to check the computer intermittently, answering questions and emails. Y’all ask a lot of questions, which I love because it means people are reading and making the recipes. I do try to answer as many as I possibly can!

Some days I run errands, often with a friend (or my roommate, if she’s off from work) to keep me company. And then it’s dinnertime, which is often followed by hanging out with whatever friends (if any) have found their way over. Our house is quickly becoming the “hang out after work” place, and I take advantage of this by giving out samples of the day’s experiments, asking for honest opinions.

pumpkin-brownie

Not all my experiments turn out; it sometimes takes two or three trials before I arrive at a recipe worthy of publishing… or ten in the case of my Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies!

Sometimes we’ll watch tv (Gossip Girl, Friends, whatever sports are on), but I always have a notebook in hand to multitask—brainstorming recipe combinations, writing out new posts, making a to-do list, etc. After people leave (or even sometimes when they’re still over), I’ll schedule the next day’s post, continue to tackle the never-ending inbox, eat a nighttime snack—usually more chocolate!—and finally turn off the computer. I don’t take days off, and even if there’s no post for the day I’m still working on all the other components of the site. When it’s time for bed, I rarely have a problem falling asleep.

I know some people (a lot of people?) think blogging isn’t a “real” job, but truthfully it’s no different from saying my job is: photographer, photo-editor, recipe developer, writer, and often–too often!–web technician. It’s definitely never boring!

What do you do as your job?

Do you enjoy what you do? I love almost every minute of this (except when the site crashes or an experiment fails… those times are no fun), and I really hope to continue running this website for as long as people continue to read.

EDIT: By popular demand:

Part Two: Questions and Answers

 

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Published on April 12, 2012

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  1. Brian says

    This is very impressive. I like that you are taking these recipes and adding a healthy twist to it. I admire the creativity.

  2. carolyn says

    Hey Katie,
    I have just been wondering lately: in a typical day what do you eat? Can you name everything you’ve eaten in the past day???
    My mom and I were just discussing vegetarianism/veganism, so I’m just curious~!
    I appreciate if you take the time to answer this…
    and even if not, I still appreciate your delicious food 🙂

  3. Kat says

    I enjoyed this post as I am focusing on how to become a full-time blogger as well. Otherwise I am stay at home mom with two toddlers and I’m juggling the little time I have for myself with the website I started. But I am determined to make it work.
    “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe
    is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.
    Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just
    gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” S.Jobs

  4. Yael says

    I discovered your blog a couple weeks ago, I LOVE IT and I LOVE YOU! 🙂
    I’m addicted – as my husband says! 🙂
    Keep on the great work..thanks so much!!! all the way from Italy 🙂

  5. Zahra says

    I live in the DFW area and wanted to know if you could suggest some healthy places to eat where I can take my vegan and vegetarian friends and family. Thanks in advance.

  6. sarah says

    Hi Katie,
    I just discovered your site and I’m so excited. You see I discovered that I have celiac about three years ago and since then as you can imagine I’m on a journey to find delicious satisfying foods that don’t make me sick. Well, lucky for me, chocolate is gluten free!!!! and that is what led me to your site. I shared your your chocolate chip cookie recipe (yum! having a slice now with my coffee :)) with two friends of mine that live overseas. One of them is in the midst of writing a recipe book for “healthy eating” and she asked me (since she does not have access to Internet) if I would ask you if it would be okay for her to print this recipe in her book of course she will include the source, where she got it from. I look forward to hearing back from you, and thank you so much for this amazing site. I can’t wait to try your recipes one, by one….

      • sarah says

        Thank you for responding so quickly Katie. Yes, she is planning to distribute the book. I have ask her if she will be selling or just distributing. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear back from her.

      • sarah says

        Hi Katie, I am pasting the e-mail my friend sent me about what she plans on doing with the book she is writing:

        I am putting this cookbook together to sell to under-privileged families, obviously not in flashy expensive format, who have to budget their food and the first thing that goes is the protein which is expensive. Think: chicken meat fish cheeses milk eggs. So this book will be with recipes which when combining legumes and starches make a complete protein.
        I thought it would be nice to include this recipe because it is a very nutritious treat which children of all ages can use sometimes.
        BTW I baked it for the weekend and it got rave reviews here.

  7. Becca says

    I am obsessed with your blog. I’m on summer break after my first year of college and just discovered this blog about 2 weeks ago and have already made upwards of 20 of your recipes. My family (lots of kids, very picky) has loved every single recipe. I don’t tell them about the secret healthy ingredients until after I get their rave reviews, of course. Thank you so much for all of these amazing recipes! Can’t wait to make my way through all of them!!

  8. Hallie says

    Hi Katie,
    I love your blog. So as of 2011 you became a full-time blogger? How long before that had you been blogging? Any advice for ‘fresh’ bloggers looking to make this into a career as well? I feel the learning curve is so steep.

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