Julie Daniluk, RHN, is the author of Meals That Heal Inflammation and Slimming Meals That Heal. She has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows including The Dr. Oz Show, and is a resident expert for The Marilyn Denis show (a Canadian television icon!) and Reader’s Digest.
Meals That Heal Inflammation was helpful in my own recovery from many years of digestive difficulties. Since discovering the book I’ve visited Julie’s blog often, and I love watching her on Marilyn Denis!
Julie was one of the five nutrition bloggers I profiled as examples of business blogging done well, and she agreed to answer these follow-up questions about her blogging experience:
Why did you first start blogging, and how has your blogging changed since then?
I started blogging about five years ago. At that point it was very informal. I simply wrote about topics that were of interest to me, without a lot of format.
About one year into blogging I realized that people were looking for substantiated information about food and nutrition, so I started to write my blogs to reflect the content of my book Meals That Heal Inflammation. I also started to write about the frequently asked questions I received via email and social media.
What have been the biggest benefits of continuing to blog so consistently?
People love to see an active and engaging blog. It is a very powerful way to spread the word about health and the role food plays in our lives.
Do you use a set calendar of blogging topics and when you will post?
I follow the general seasonal themes but I like to keep the material spontaneous so it is more universal. I have people from all over the world following my blog so I have learned to speak in more universal terms.
For example, though I live in Canada, not everyone that is reading is experiencing -25 Celsius (-13 Fahrenheit) in February and not everyone is celebrating the standard North American holidays.
Does anyone help you with the blogging process (anything from writing, editing, research, publishing, promotion), and how?
My sister and administrator Lynn takes the raw material I provide and formats/publishes the blogs online. It is quite a labour-intensive process.
Note from Linda: Some would even call it tedious, which is why I put together this SlideShare presentation about the many parts of the blogging process you can outsource to someone else.
What advice do you have for a new nutrition blogger?
Write what you are passionate about and if you are speaking about science, be sure to back up your work with the studies you are citing!
Note from Linda: I love how Julie does this on her blog. In fact, it was one of the five best nutrition blogging practices I highlighted in an earlier post.
If you’d like to start or improve your own nutrition blog, check out the 7-step process I outline here: How to Start a Blog For Your Nutrition Business.