Today we have Neil from the Progressive Family Food blog as our Blogger In The Spotlight. Neil is a dad of two from Hampshire. If your kids have ever told you that they don’t like something they loved two days ago or you are just stuck in a meal time rut and bored of eating the same ‘kid friendly’ meals over and over or, even worse, tired of cooking one meal for the kids and another for the adults then this is the place for you!
Let’s Put Progressive Family Food In The Spotlight
Can you tell our readers about yourself?
My name is Neil Welsh and my blog is Progressive Family Food. I live in sunny Hampshire and work from home which allows me to spend plenty of time with my family. Progressive Family Food. I live in sunny Hampshire and work from home which allows me to spend plenty of time with my family.
We try to live a healthy and active lifestyle and I am obsessed with trying to feed our kids good food… without having a daily battle!
How would you describe your blog?
Progressive family food is a blog designed to give parents strategies, hacks and ideas to allow them to successfully feed their kids great tasting healthy food, argument free! Forget anything that your parents told you (or did to you!) at the dinner table.
Current thinking discourages bribing kids with dessert, making kids finish their food definitely frowns on the “you are not leaving the table until you have eaten your sprouts!” approach.
Whether your kids are “fussy eaters” or just don’t like trying new things (which is all kids!), my blog aims to give simple tactics that are easily applied to get kids to eat food that the whole family can enjoy in a stress-free environment.
What inspired you to start your blog?
I love to cook and working from home allows me to prepare most of the family meals. We try to “eat clean” but some of the meals that we wanted to eat as adults were not really that appealing to the kids.
At meal times I would end up cooking two variations of the same meal, eg if we would have fresh fish I would also cook fish finger but then we would all have the same veg etc. I thought the classic thought….“surely Eskimos (or inuits!) don’t feed their kids fish fingers”!
I did a bit of research into feed kids and it turns out that there are simple strategies and recipes that can be used to feed kids great food without an argument at the dinner table. As a family, we implemented these techniques and it transformed meal times.
Fortunately, our kids have never been hugely fussy eater but we definitely went through negotiations and battles at the dinner table… “just eat half and daddy will be happy!”… the negotiations are a thing of the past and we all now enjoy healthy good food in a stress-free environment (most of the time!).
The changes were simple and the results were bordering on profound. I started my blog to share these ideas and try to make on a little bit of parenting easier for all.
What topics do you cover on your blog?
At the moment most of my blog content is around strategies for stress-free eating. I am in the process of adding more recipes. The aim of the recipes is to produce healthy interesting food that both adults and kids can enjoy.
The recipes are simple, involve common ingredients, are quick to prepare and great to reheat if someone gets stuck in the office! Above all, though, I aim to produce great tasting food, if it does not taste good then you are onto a losing battle.
How do you want to improve yourself and your blog in the next year?
I just want to try to spread the word as much as possible. Changing our approach to meal times has made a big difference to our family. Meal times are stress-free which is amazing.
The strategies are simple and the results are significant. I want that for other families and I want kids to have a positive relationship with food from an early age.
How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?
I am still in the early phases of my blog and I am enjoying it. That helps to motivate me but I also genuinely feel that this can make a positive impact on all families so that keeps me motivated too.
What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?
Just trying to find ways to get my message out. I am always looking for guest blogs that I can write or ways to share strategies and recipes. To be honest it is quiet good fun at the moment but I can see that rejections for guest posts etc could become frustrating over time.
What is the most positive aspect of blogging?
I have had people say that they have used the strategies I talk about and that it has had a positive impact on their lives. Parents have said that battles at the dinner table are almost nonexistent now AND they get to eat great food that the whole family enjoys. That is amazing!
How much time do you spend blogging?
It varies, some weeks I hardly touch it and other weeks I spend too much time on it!
Have you always blogged about the same content that you blog about today?
No, I started a health and fitness blog aimed at fitness for dads with young kids and the challenges that presents. I had quite a heavy food component in that blog so it was quite a simple step over to Progressive Family Food.
Would you encourage other people to make their own blog?
Yes, if you can find something that you are passionate about and that other people may find interesting then go for it!
What is the best advice you could give to someone who is just starting their own blog?
I am just starting out so this is a trick one for me but I would say just take your time and enjoy it.
What type of networking do you think is better to enhance your traffic to the blog and to engage with your readers?
At the moment I use a bit of twitter but I am planning on building an Instagram audience, I think it is a better way to share recipes and cooking ideas which is a big part of what I want to do.
Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?
Just a hobby at the moment but I would love to be able to devote more time to it.
A lot of people think that blogging is an easy way to make money online? Do you agree?
No, at the moment it is definitely a labour of love for me! I am sure that many people do make money out of it but I do not think that it is “easy” money.