For this week's Mom-preneur, I will be interviewing the incredibly creative and talented Brooke. Brooke is a domestic diva with a super fun blog full of delish recipes!
What is the name of your business?
How did you come up with that name?
When I first started blogging, my site was known as Conversations With A Cupcake, which was a very long name, indeed. Hoping to find a title which represents both the recipe aspect of my website, as well as my (sometimes saucy) ramblings, I thought this funny little play on words was appropriate.
How long have you been doing this?
Since October 2008.
Please explain a little bit about your product/business and how you developed the concept behind it:
What started as a family blog, quickly became a food blog. I love food. It's always been my thing. I tend to post baked good recipes because it's fairly easy to whip up a batch of baked goods in the morning, then photograph them in the shiny light of a new day. Though I make oodles of other food, most of which is wondrously healthy, my blog has gathered a baking crowd, and so I press on.
What makes your product/business so unique?
I don't know that I'm that unique. There are a lot of food bloggers out there. But, I do try fervently to constantly create posts, recipes, and writings that truly entertain my readers and make them feel glad to have stopped by.
Do you have a store-front/ website/ etsy?
I don't have a storefront but have had the honor of working with some of the web's best bloggers through two holiday events. You can find those websites at www.13cookiechristmas.info and www.trickortreatblogparty.info. Also, you can find some of my best blogging secrets at cheekysecrets.blogspot.com
What is the hardest part or have been some of your struggles starting your own business?
The patience it takes, for sure. There are often full weeks when I think, "why am I doing this?" I'm hardly making a dollar and hour, it's taking an awful lot of time, maybe it's not worth it. But, then I get a whimsical idea which begs to be blogged, and before you know it, I'm at it again.
How do you balance your business and your family?
My family always comes first. I try to keep everything simple, and remind myself everyday that emailing and the like can wait, but my children won't. They will grow up around me if I let them, and I'm determined to always be a tremendously active mom, even if that means the blogging has to take a backseat while we do a lemonade stand or bike ride around the neighborhood.
What are some of your short and long term goals with your business?
I suppose I have lots of little goals, but only two really big ones...to keep having all sorts of cheeky fun via my blog, and to one day see it actually making a consistent amount of income. Wish me luck!
Thank you Brooke!