Dear friends,

At the start of last month, I candidly wrote about how the pandemic has affected my blog. Since then, other content creators and influencers have opened up about their same struggle. In addition to sponsorship opportunities slowing down or drying up completely, brands have actively pulled advertising on any posts mentioning anything related to the pandemic. That means that content creators actively have to avoid discussing anything related to COVID-19 in order to keep getting paid for their blog content! It’s confusing, especially because our audiences want content that’s more suited for and relevant to our current times. Furthermore, this is an issue that not only affects bloggers and influencers like me, but traditional journalists and freelance writers, too.

So now more than ever, it’s important to find ways to financially support your favorite content creators if you’re in a position to do so. There are lots of free and almost effortless ways you can support my work! I’ve listed them all in this post, but this month, I’d like to highlight the importance of blog comments. If you try one of my recipes and enjoy it, please rate the recipe on my blog and leave a comment. This helps me out immensely by boosting the recipe on Google and enabling more people to find it.

And in case you missed it, I published and updated a TON of recipes in April. Here’s a round-up of everything new:

Below are pictures of the two most popular recipes from the month—flourless chocolate cookies and dalgona coffee—to inspire you:

And if you’re looking for even more inspiration in the kitchen, good news! Four of my talented friends—Amanda, Amy, Erin, and Gaby—recently released brand new cookbooks full of amazing recipes. Please check them out below:

And here are the recipes and food-related resources I’ve saved these last few weeks:

Also, I spent a lot of this month reading articles about our new life under quarantine this month. These were the ones that stuck with me:

Hope you all are staying safe and healthy! Please let me know how you’re doing in the comments below, and feel free to share the articles, memes, movies, songs, and stories that are floating around in your heads, too.