Meet My Adopted Blogger: Carmen Cooks!

Kristen over at Dine and Dish has a busy life. With three adorable kids, a thriving work at home business and a great blog, you’d think she never sleeps. With that in mind, I have no idea how she found the time to spearhead the second Adopt A Blogger event. Experienced bloggers “adopt” new bloggers and offer advice, ideas and assistance to help them navigate the blogosphere.

Well, I’ve adopted a blogger. (Longtime readers may remember that I adopted Rachel from Fairy Cake Heaven last go around.)

This time I am helping out Carmen of Carmen Cooks.

Carmen is a newlywed living in the DC-area who shares her cooking adventures on her blog. She’s already done a lot of good things: creating a personalized banner, taking great photos and using WordPress. Go Carmen! She is also active in the Tuesdays with Dorie circuit.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be following Carmen and posting ideas and suggestions for her on Saturdays to help her grow her site and develop a greater audience. To start her off, I put together a list of three areas that I think Carmen needs to work on.

  1. Consistency – Carmen is pretty consistent about posting about her Tuesdays with Dorie adventures, but she isn’t so consistent about posting on other days and about other topics. She should work on writing at least two non-Dorie posts per week. This way, Carmen’s audience is consistently getting more¬† variety to read and digest.
  2. More than Dorie – No doubt, Dorie Greenspan is a baking genius. But there are plenty of blogging events to join in on, and doing so could allow Carmen to attract more readers, and keep them coming back.
  3. Expand the Audience – Carmen is doing a great job on the writing side of things. It’s the perfect time for her to get out there and market herself to expand her audience. Commenting on other sites is a good start, as is partaking in web events. But getting out there and writing guest posts is another surefire way to draw readers in. With a wealth of group blogs always looking to expand their cache of writers, there is no shortage of opportunities out there.


  1. says

    Thanks, Sarah! You’re right, I am definitely working on posting more consistently. My problem is that I work full-time, meaning by the time I get dinner on the table every night, the natural light is far gone and I can rarely get (good) pictures of what I’ve cooked. I wish I could find a way to blog more about things I’ve cooked during the week, but I’m not at all a good photographer and not good at making the food look good in artificial light. Plus, we don’t have a good camera, which might be the next investment! But I’m going to work on it! Thanks for the suggestions. I’m working on my post about you as well. :)

  2. says

    Thank you, Kristen!!

    Carmen, I’ve been there too. Both in terms of working full-time and wanting to photograph/write at night and having a challenge with the photos. So, I definitely understand.

    It took me a while to learn how to photograph in adverse conditions, but it is possible. Some bloggers use light boxes, which can make it so much easier too. I’ll write about photographing next week, okay? I’ve got some good resources that could help.

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