I may or may not have a small obsession with food blogs. I love the photos, I love the stories, and I especially love the ones updated multiple times a day. I’m like a reality TV adict, except I’m praying this is slightly more socially acceptable (and perhaps healthier?).
Enter Meghann Anderson. I found her blog, Meals & Miles, through another healthy living blog I read and was immediately hooked. I love her casual style and voice. I’ve had quite the blog crush on her for some time, so when she agreed to divulge all her secrets here, I did a little happy dance.
Read on to find out her trade secrets and how she was able to grow her blog to reach thousands of readers, organize an entire conference and be featured in places like Self, Shape and Glamour magazines…
I started Meals & Miles in September 2008. I discovered healthy living blogs just a few months prior when I was trying to lose the few pounds I gained while working at a desk job. Those blogs had inspired me so much in my own weight loss journey, I wanted to inspire others on theirs.
How did you first start growing the blog?
I lucked out in the beginning. I was good friends with Caitlin from HealthyTippingPoint.com and Jenna from EatLiveRun.com and they were gracious enough to send the first spurts of traffic my way. From there I tried to keep those new readers interested by consistently posting three times a day, asking thought provoking questions, and being as honest and real as possible. This was before connecting blogs with Facebook was big and Twitter was so new, no one was on it. New readers came via Google or by word of mouth.
What was the biggest hurdle when first starting out?
The biggest hurdle was finding the balance of life and blogging. I had committed to three posts a day, seven days a week – that’s a lot of posts! I feared blogging would get in the way of having a social life, but I eventually figured it all out. It helped that I was single and living alone at the time.
Favorite social media network and why?
Twitter. Who needs Google when you’ve got Twitter?!?!
What kinds of people do you tend to talk to online?
Runners, health enthusiasts, crazy people who are just like me.
Too many to count! My first year of blogging I somehow got CCed on an e-mail chain of bloggers that went on to plan the Healthy Living Summit. That e-mail chain changed my life! Those girls became some of my best blog friends and we’re now currently planning our THIRD Healthy Living Summit! I’ve also had the pleasure of having my tweets retweeted by some of my favorite fitness magazines and companies and was able to raise over $4900 for Team in Training relying solely on social media!
Best Twitter tip?
My boyfriend would kill me for saying this, but don’t hold back. Tweet what’s on your mind and over analyze it later. Some of my favorite tweets are said in emotional sweeps.
Best Facebook tip?
Add your Mom as your Facebook friend. It saves daily phone calls. Don’t add your future Mother-in-law. It adds daily phone calls.
Best blogging tip?
Learn WordPress, HTML, and simple coding from the beginning. You will save yourself so much $$ in the long run.
How do you learn about social media/keep up to date?
Easy, it’s my life! 24/7 I’m connected to e-mail/ Facebook/ Twitter/ etc. I even sleep next to my smart phone. If something important happens at 3am – I’ll know about it.
Worst part about blogging?
All the behind the scenes stuff like tweaking format, backing up content, resizing photos, etc.
Favorite part about blogging?
Making new friends. Sharing my experiences with millions of people with the click of a mouse.
I’m sorry, but how much do you love the line about Facebook and adding your mom? So freaking true. Thanks so much Meghann for taking the time to answer my questions and if you guys have any questions, just leave them in the comments below!