The Simple Advice ‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Has for Bloggers

Before “The Pioneer Woman” star Ree Drummond became known for her Food Network cooking show, she was known for The Pioneer Woman blog. Here’s the simple advice Drummond has for new bloggers.

This is how Ree Drummond deals with internet trolls

Savannah Guthrie and Ree Drummond | Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Savannah Guthrie and Ree Drummond on the Today Show | Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

If you blog regularly, it’s a matter of time before you run into hateful people on the internet. During an interview at the 2013 BlogHer conference, Drummond discussed how she got her start. At one point the host asked Drummond for her advice for bloggers dealing with online trolls. Here’s what the Food Network star said about managing online hate:

Don’t let them zap your creativity, don’t let them take what you have created. Don’t let them fill you with fear… My approach, and I don’t like to give this as advice, but my approach is a little bit based on the prayer of St. Francis, which is make me an instrument of your peace. I don’t want to put it back out there. So, for me, it has always stopped on my doorstep. It would be a disproportionate response considering the good I have experienced and the kindness, for me to turn my eyes to the bad. That’s been my approach so far.

Ree Drummond’s advice to new bloggers

Ree Drummond (L) and Aarti Sequeira particiate in the 'Food Blogging & Beyond' panel at the LA Times Celebration of Food & Wine at Paramount Studio | Charley Gallay/Getty Images for LA Times
Ree Drummond (L) and Aarti Sequeira particiate in the ‘Food Blogging & Beyond’ panel at the LA Times Celebration of Food & Wine at Paramount Studio | Charley Gallay/Getty Images for LA Times

In the winter issue of “The Pioneer Woman” magazine, Drummond answered reader questions. One reader asked Drummond to give advice to new food bloggers. “Do you have any tips for new food bloggers?” she asked. Drummond said her best tip is to blog often and to resist the temptation to be perfect at blogging:

The best tip I have for food blogging, or any blogging, is just to blog. When I first started, I blogged seven days a week. It’s like a muscle; you have to exercise it to keep it strong. (I’ve been so busy the last few years that my blogging muscle has been getting weak, and I’m ready to go back to bootcamp!) Also, don’t strive for perfection. Just be you.

Ree Drummond says this is the secret to her success

The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond at an event for Pioneer Woman magazine | Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman magazine
The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond at an event for Pioneer Woman magazine | Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman magazine

How did The Pioneer Woman build such a successful empire? Drummond told “Forbes” passion is what helped her get where she is today. The joy and passion she feels for her work drives her toward excellence. “I wrote about and cooked things for which I had a great passion,” she told the publication. “When you remain passionate about what you’re doing, it definitely shows in the finished product.” 

Drummond’s passionate approach to work has paid off. The Pioneer Woman was named one of the top 25 blogs in the world by “Time” magazine in 2009. By 2011, the blog had 23.3 million page views per month, reports “Forbes.” Drummond is a good example of the common advice to do what you love.

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