WordPress 5.0 Gutenberg Release – What It Means for Bloggers

Hope you’re having a rockin’ Tuesday.

We wanted to send you a quick email because we got some news from WordPress HQ today: WordPress 5.0 (aka. the Gutenberg release) will be live this Thursday, December 6.

Because most of our members are using WordPress and because this is a sizable update, we wanted to send you a couple FAQs and some quick resources that will help you out with this transition:

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A Sweet Pea Chef: A Food Blogger Pro Case Study

We recently received an email from long-time FBP members Dustin and Lacey Baier with a PDF blog post draft that Dustin wanted to share with us. In the email, he said,

"I was starting to write a post for A Sweet Pea Chef that was based off Food Blogger Pro – kind of a success story post. In part, because of the recent success we have seen and, in part, to be a good affiliate piece for Food Blogger Pro. Then I realized that, if I was in your shoes, I might want to use something like this as a case study on Food Blogger Pro or Pinch Of Yum."

Welp, we were definitely interested. We love to think that we help people here at Food Blogger Pro, but there’s nothing like hearing from bloggers who have found success through hard work, determination, and a tiny bit of help from FBP.

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4 Ways Twitter Can Help You Grow Your Blog

We all love social media. We love it! I know there are some of you out there who are saying "Ugh, how can she say that?? I hate social media!" But deep down, under all that prickly disdain, you know that social media is one of the keys to blog success. And isn’t it?

While we all love social media, we all probably have a fondness for one, maybe two, platforms that really pull our heartstrings. For me, it’s Facebook. I can surf Facebook for minutes to hours every single day given half a chance.

But Twitter? Nah. Not me. Twitter was "after my time" – meaning only that Facebook was the thing right after MySpace took a dive, and it stole my heart. Twitter was late to the party, and who wants to truncate all the wonderful, descriptive things that you have to say? Let’s just say Twitter is not my cup of tea, er, coffee.

That is, Twitter was not my cup of coffee until I learned about Twitter. No, it’s not just a way for teenagers to send mass messages about their daily activities. Used properly, Twitter can be a really powerful tool. Let’s explore how some Twitter nuances can really help you grow your blog, all in 140 characters or less.

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Little Things, Big Results

This post is about Little Things.

In staying true to its theme, it’s a little post.

Building a successful blog (or business or non-profit) doesn’t happen by doing Big Things. It happens by doing hundreds of Little Things that lead to Big Results.

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Overcoming the Resistance

I’m convinced that the #1 issue that people face with building a blog (or any creative endeavor, really) is The Resistance.

It’s not a lack of time, it’s not a lack of knowledge, and it’s not a lack of skill.

It’s The Resistance.


Here’s how Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art, describes it:

Resistance comes as a voice in our heads. The voice tells us not to work today and it gives us a reason. Our daughter’s dance recital starts at seven; this headache is killing us; the boss wants us to organize the Penske file.

Sound familiar? I know it does for me. I’m fighting that voice right now.

“You’re in Chicago, Bjork. You can write the post when you get back home…”

“It’s New Year’s Eve…”

“You’re heading out in an hour. It’s not worth it to start now. You’ll have a good chunk of time on the car ride home, you can do it then…”

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5 Places to Find Popular and Trending Recipes

Sometimes inspiration hits. Other times the creative tank is running on E.

Either way the show must go on. A recipe needs to be made and a post needs to be published to your blog.

So where you do go when you’re fresh out of ideas?


Here are five places you can look to find inspiration for popular and trending recipes. Not only will these recipes give you inscription and ideas for creating your own adaptations, but they’ll also give you an idea of recipes that are currently popular or trending.

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Viral Posts and Hit Songs

Blogs are a lot like bands.


A blog takes years to build up followers, a band takes years to build up fans.

A blog needs to continually publish new posts, a band needs to continually record new songs.

A blog has viral posts, a band has hit songs.

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Zen Accounting for Bloggers

There aren’t many things I’d rather be doing than accounting.


Okay, well… actually…

…now that I think of it there are quite a few things I’d rather be doing than accounting.

Things like:

  1. Juggling porcupines
  2. Taste testing cardboard
  3. Listening to Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini on repeat.

Are you with me or are you with me?

Here’s the deal though: if you’re working to build your blog into a business then you need to treat it like one. That means doing a good job with your accounting.

While I don’t like spending time in Excel or QuickBooks, I do like knowing that our books are in order and that we’re keeping track of our income and expenses.

So how do anti-spreadsheet people like Lindsay and I manage to keep our books in order?

We do it by using a system I call Zen Accounting for Bloggers.

It's a simple system that we developed over the past few years. This system allows us to keep really clean books while spending less than 30 minutes a week on taxes/accounting/bookkeeping.

And today I’d like to share that simple system with you.

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Email with Purpose: How your inbox can help you grow your blog

If you don’t get a lot of email right now, you will someday.

That might sound negative, but I'm predicting your future success. 🙂

Here's how it'll work: Your blog will continue to grow, and as your blog continues to grow so will the number of people you impact, and the more people you impact the more people will email you.

It’s a good problem to have, but it’s a problem nonetheless.

But it's possible for emails to be a pleasure, not a pain, and to be helpful, not hurtful. You just need to make sure that you approach email with a purpose, and that purpose should be to help you grow your blog. 


There are two general types of emails:

  1. I want to say hi.
  2. I need some help.

The first type of email gives you a chance to connect with one of your readers. If you can, you should try and respond to these emails. Showing someone you heard what they said (and that you genuinely care) can go a long way.

The second type of email comes from someone that has a problem. The primary goal for this emailer is to solve their problem, not necessarily to connect or say hi.

These emails, the “I need some help emails,” are the type of emails I’d like to talk about in this post.

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5 Things I Learned in my First Month Using YouTube

Confession: I’m a complete rookie when it comes to YouTube.

Our subscriber base just recently climbed out of single digits (40!) and we’ve released a total of 10 videos.

So, naturally, I’m writing a post giving advice on using YouTube. 🙂

I know it seems a wee bit cray-zee but I’m a huge believer in the idea of expert enough. As a matter of fact, I’ll go so far as to say that sometimes not being the ultimate expert can actually make you a better teacher (see the above link for reasons why).

So if this isn’t The Expert’s Guide to YouTube, then what it is? I think a better way to describe this post would be A Look into my Notebook: 5 Things I Learned in my First Month Using YouTube.


Over the last few weeks I’ve piled up an impressive stack of (digital) notes on building a YouTube channel. I’ve tinkered, explored, researched, Googled, YouTubed (ironic, I know), and even Skyped with the channel manager for a top 20 YouTube channel.

After awhile I started to notice some common themes with the advice that people were giving me. That advice, along with some other “ah ha” moments, are included in this list of the five things I learned in my first month using YouTube.

Here they are:

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