In 2017 Gluten Free Alchemist was featured in Blogosphere Magazine. Why it mattered…
Gluten Free Alchemist in Blogosphere Magazine
Small gains make a difference. And Gluten Free Alchemist got a feature in Blogosphere Magazine. It was back in 2017 and since then, we’ve also managed a couple of mentions in The Guardian too… First within a post on how to perfect Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies (my own Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe is definitely worth making).
Actually, I ‘ummed’ and ‘aahhed’ over posting about the Blogosphere feature. I am not usually one to put myself ‘out there’ or to ‘blow my own trumpet’, but on balance, I decided I couldn’t let that achievement slip by without some acknowledgement. Thanks Dom over at Belleau Kitchen for the mention.
What is Blogosphere Magazine?
If you have never seen it, Blogosphere Magazine is written by bloggers for bloggers. It brings together the best of the blogging world in a quarterly independent print publication. Indeed, it’s full of features on amazing blogs… From travel, photography, fashion and beauty… to fitness, food, lifestyle and parenting. It’s “an offline guide to the online world” (www.blogosphere.biz).
Launched in 2013 by Alice Audley, the magazine has grown and evolved. It now includes advice columns, listings, articles on social media stars and fascinating interviews with bloggers, who are clearly experts in their field. I feel quite humbled to be in amongst such talented and interesting people.
The Gluten Free Alchemist Feature
The Blogosphere feature for Gluten Free Alchemist included my leftovers Roasted Vegetable Soup, garnished with croutons made with my original gluten free Brown Bread-Maker Loaf and some Crispy-Fried Parsley. It’s always exciting to see one of my recipes either linked or in print.
Gluten Free Alchemist may seem like a tiny tin-pot blog when compared with some of the massive gluten free influencers out there. But I’m proud of what I have achieved and I KNOW that my gluten free recipes are up there with some of the best. Popularity and ability to market yourself to win awards and get books published are no reflection on the quality of recipes. Well… that’s what I try to tell myself anyway.
And to be fair… I know some incredible bloggers who struggle to be heard against others who seem to have ‘made it’ despite lesser talent and baking skill.
But getting recognition still matters… And it remains a great motivator.
Blogosphere and exposure…
In case you’re wondering why it matters… As a blogger, exposure in publications (Blogosphere or anything else) and particularly through other on-line sites and articles makes you more visible to search engines. It also increases your ‘rankings’ with Google… Meaning that more people find your recipes… Which means you can make better money… And (probably) get more work.
My biggest downfall is my lack of ability to market and put myself ‘out there’. I don’t like being photographed (apparently people like to see bloggers as much as food). And I struggle to get ‘noticed’… mainly because I hate being the centre of attention.
So, if anyone ever reads this and has something to offer by way of mentoring and encouragement… Feel free to get in touch.
For now… I’ll just hang onto my copy of Blogosphere and smile that recognition was there.
For Gluten Free Recipes (including any mentioned above) head over to our Gluten Free Recipe Index.