Today we welcome Jason Logsdon from Amazing Food Made Easy and Makin’ Bacon. Jason is not only an IFBC Alumni but also a 2018 and 2019 speaker. This news post is a continuation of our previous Alumni Interviews where we give you an insight into fellow attendees and their experience at the IFBC.
Why/How did you start your blog? Tell us about your brand/ mission.
About 12 years ago I received a copy of Thomas Keller’s Under Pressure cookbook and a sous vide temperature controller to plug my crockpot into. After reading through Keller’s book I was still really confused about how to cook using sous vide. I did some research online but I couldn’t find any good sources of information on sous vide. There was some guidance scattered around, but no real authoritative source that was easy to use.
So I decided to become that source.
Can you tell us about Makin’ Bacon?
Lately, I’ve been taking a larger role in helping other food bloggers succeed. I believe the best way to grow your income is by providing massive value to your Fans. On my new site, Makin’ Bacon, I’ve started sharing the techniques I’ve used to become a successful full-time blogger.
Using products and services to directly serve your Fans, instead of just relying on ads and sponsored posts, is an amazing way for bloggers to get the most from their work. It not only quickly grows your income, but it also makes you feel incredible because your Fans respond so positively.
What was your experience like at IFBC?
I had an amazing time at the conference. While the sessions were enjoyable, my favorite part was meeting so many incredible people. From the conference staff to the other speakers and attendees, everyone was friendly and welcoming. I met tons of new people who I still stay in touch with!
What would you like to tell food bloggers who have never attended the IFBC but are considering doing so?
If the speaking lineup looks compelling to you, then just dive in and do it. You’ll learn a lot from the sessions, and the people you will meet will help you become a better blogger, develop more confidence in yourself, and might turn into lifelong friends.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I’ve had the chance to speak to a great number of bloggers, and I often get the impression many of them feel they don’t “belong.” The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to ignore this. You DO belong, and you CAN succeed at blogging.
Whether you are just thinking about getting started, or you’ve been blogging for a while and haven’t reached the success you want yet, you belong. If you work hard, put in the time and energy, you will become successful. Conferences like the IFBC can help jump-start that process, through their programming and the connections you will make with fellow bloggers during these events.
You’re not alone in this, and at the IFBC you’ll be surrounded by other people going on the same journey.
Thank you, Jason!