Get to Know Our Speakers: Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod

Two Peas and Their Pod

Hi, it's Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod. My husband, Josh, and I have been blogging for almost 5 years. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. I have an obsession with cookies-we have almost 200 cookie recipes on our blog. We also have two cookie eBooks-Cookie Cravings and Holiday Cookie Cravings. I always save room for dessert when cookies are involved. We also blog about travel, our little pea, and our daily lives. Come visit us at Two Peas and Their Pod, our kitchen is always open! 

I am super excited for BYOB Conference! I will be speaking on the Food Blogging Panel and on How to Write, Publish, and Market an eBook. 

Our blog started by accident, so I have learned a lot about food blogging. I had no idea I had to create recipes AND be a writer, photographer, food stylist, SEO guru, CEO, etc. Blogging is a lot of work, but it is so rewarding. I quit my "day job" to become a full-time food blogger almost 3 years ago and have loved every second. I love the food blogging community, our readers, and working in my pj's:) 

At the conference, I will talk about finding your niche, making your site user friendly, SEO, food photography and styling, recipe development, working with brands, increasing blog traffic, writing an eBook, etc. Bring your questions, because I am ready to answer them! And if you want to talk about cookies, that is A-OK with me:) 

Can't wait to meet you at BYOB Conference! 

1. Why did you start a blog?

We started our food blog by accident. My husband and I catered our own wedding. After the wedding, our friends and family wanted some of the recipes. My husband had a blog where he posted about snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, etc. so I decided to post the recipes on his blog. Family and friends loved the recipes and asked us to post more, since we did a lot of cooking and baking together. Soon, strangers were visiting the blog, so we decided to make it an "official" food blog. 

2. How long have you been blogging?

4 1/2 years

3. Who is your inspiration?

My dad. He taught me how to bake and cook when I was young and has always been a great role model.

4. Hobbies other than blogging?

I enjoy baking and cooking (obviously), traveling, reading, and exercising. 

5. What is one thing you wish you had know when you started your blog?

I didn't really plan on blogging so everything was new to me. I've learned so much. I wish I would have started on WordPress.

6. Who is your celebrity crush?

Taylor Kitsch, also known as Tim Riggins, from Friday Night Lights. I am obsessed. 

Make sure to register for the
 Build Your Blog Conference
Saturday, February 16, 2013
 Salt Lake City, Utah

Build Your Blog 2013