Behind the Blogger Spotlight: The Gingham Apron
Third in our series of Food Blogger Spotlight is the women behind The Gingham Apron. In the coming months, we will interview bloggers who submit their recipes to YG, asking each one the same eleven questions. We love and appreciate all of the bloggers and companies that share their recipes through YG. We are glad of the opportunity to get to know each of you and share with our readers. Enjoy this post – you are going to love the ladies behind The Gingham Apron.
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Now, let’s get to those eleven questions – Annie (picture below) is the one who answered and I think is the one who submits all the mouthwateringly delicious posts to Yum Goggle!
How long have you been blogging?
We have now been blogging for 1 year! We are celebrating a great first year!
Why do you blog?
A few years ago, the women in my family began writing a cookbook, which we are now completing. Along the way, we decided to start sharing the themes from our cookbook online, and The Gingham Apron was born. We all love cooking and providing for our families. We also love to share our family farm and our faith. Blogging has been a way to share our food, faith, and family farm life with others. Another thing that I love about it is that we are promoting Iowa farm life and it’s industry, which affects so many people.
How did you come up with the name of your blog?
One day, the other four women who blog with me at The Gingham Apron (my mom, my sister, and my two sisters-in-law) came over to my house to choose the name of our blog. At the time, we had a huge blackboard in our basement, mainly that my kids played on. That day we all brain-stormed ideas that would convey our feelings of home and cooking and country and family. The blackboard was completely full of words. We just kept talking and eliminating and talking some more and finally settled on The Gingham Apron. It is now a fun memory. We say, “Do you remember the day you all came over and the kids were playing and we just kept writing ideas on that giant chalkboard?!”
What do you wish that you had done early on with your blog that you didn’t understand until later?
We didn’t have a great understanding of Pinterest in the beginning and didn’t put much time and effort into using it. About six months into blogging, we read a few articles about how to reach new readers with long-pins and group boards, and our traffic has increased a lot after implementing these ideas.
Do you have any advice for new bloggers?
An online resource that has helped us tremendously is Food Blogger Pro. The community there will answer your questions and help you with anything blog-related. There are also hundreds of videos on everything from WordPress set-up, SEO, social media, and lots more.
What is your favorite recipe on your blog and why?
My favorite recipe is Grandma Maxine’s Ginger cookies. Every time I make them, I am flooded with memories of my wonderful grandma. Grandma Maxine was one of the most loving, caring, thoughtful people I’ve ever known. She and her cooking were down-home, comforting, and full of so much love. I love to make them with my kids now and share favorite memories of her.
Name a few of your favorite blogs.
If you were a fruit or vegetable, which would it be and why?
I would be a strawberry, I suppose because some of my favorite desserts are made with strawberries. My mom has made strawberry shortcake for my birthday EVERY year since I was two! It’s the best. And then of course there are strawberry pie, and strawberry pretzel dessert, and strawberry cheesecake… I’ll stop before I’m too hungry to continue typing. :)
Favorite band or singer?
My favorite singer is Sara Groves. She performed at my college when I was a college freshman, and she’s been my absolute favorite ever since. She sings about life and God and family in a very soothing way.
Pride and Prejudice. Please don’t ask my husband how many times I’ve seen it.
Anything else you would like to share about your blog – please feel free to write as much or as little as you want!
The Gingham Apron has been an incredible blessing for our family. It has really drawn us closer this year, and we have learned so much about blogging and about each other. It has also been such a wonderful way to reach out to others. We love our community of readers who comment and try our recipes and encourage us to continue writing about our family, food, farm, and faith.