When my channel reached over a million subscribers a few months ago, I received the YouTube Gold Creator Award. That was such an honor, and I want to thank you, my sweet friends, for helping me reach this milestone. You subscribed to my channel and learned how to make recipes in your traditional foods kitchen. I’m so glad we’re on this traditional foods journey together! 😊

I also want to thank Sean Cannell and his Think Media team for their advice on how to structure my content to best serve you. And I’m excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at Sean’s Grow with Video Live conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, from April 24-26, 2024! I’ll be on a panel discussion to share my experience building my YouTube channel and how to help you grow yours.

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Build Your Business and Personal Brand

If you want to build or expand your business and personal brand with video, this conference is for you! They’ll have lots of workshops, Q&A sessions, and breakout rooms for you to learn about the latest strategies to help your growth on YouTube and business in general. You’ll also find speakers you know and love, such as Dave Ramsey and Sean Cannell.

If all this sounds amazing and you’re interested in attending, the conference organizers have graciously provided me with discounts on the conference admission tickets for my sweet friends:

  • General Admission – Use MARY20 for 20% off
  • VIP Admission – Use MARY20 for 20% off
  • Platinum Admission – Use MARY10 for 10% off

If you’re able to attend, I look forward to meeting you there and giving you a big hug!

Free 5-Day YouTube 1K Challenge

Also, if you’re a budding YouTube creator or want to be, take advantage of this free 5-Day YouTube 1K Challenge from March 25-29, 2024, with Sean Cannell and the Think Media Team. If you have a passion and want to share it with others, don’t miss this free week of sessions. (Replays will be available too.)

In addition to Sean Cannell’s courses, be sure to check out the gear and services I use to create YouTube videos.

New Video Thumbnail Design

Sean Cannell and his Think Media team are always encouraging us to review our approach to content to make sure we are serving the needs of our viewers.

As I mentioned in my 2024 channel update, many of my sweet friends have asked me to show more pictures of the foods I’ve been making in my videos. So, instead of waiting until the latter part of the video to show you the finished recipe, I’ve been highlighting pictures of the dish at the beginning of my videos and making it easier to see the recipe results in the video thumbnail.

I split the thumbnails of my older videos between the name of the recipe or video on the left side and a picture of me with the food or activity on the right side. This approach made it easy to spot my thumbnail on YouTube, especially if you’re a regular viewer and are used to seeing my thumbnails in a scrollable list.

Unfortunately, since YouTube can shrink the size of video thumbnails, especially on a mobile phone, the smaller image in my previous thumbnail style may make it difficult to see the food I’ve made. That’s why I moved to the new thumbnail design.

So in the comments below, let me know which video thumbnail style you like best. 😊

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YouTube Videos With Over 1 Million Views

On my YouTube creator’s journey, I have made several videos that have garnered over a million views. Here are a few for you to enjoy.

Download Your Free 36-Page Pantry List

For an extensive list of the traditional foods you can make and purchase to stock your pantry, be sure to download my free 36-page Traditional Foods Pantry List. This comprehensive eBook is full of links to recipe videos, helpful articles, and more!

And if you’re looking for a printed book full of my traditional foods recipes that shows you how to create a traditional foods kitchen, be sure to order your copy of my new bestselling book, The Modern Pioneer Cookbook.

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The Modern Pioneer Cookbook

Seasonal ingredients, traditional techniques, and nourishing recipes. Over 85 traditional, from-scratch recipes! Discover for yourself how you can use simple ingredients and traditional techniques to cook the modern pioneer way.

Join the Traditional Foods Kitchen Academy

Are you looking for more traditional foods videos? If so, I invite you to join the Traditional Foods Kitchen Academy. Members of this optional paid YouTube community get access to exclusive videos and other members-only perks. Plus, your YouTube comments include a special members-only badge.

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Stay in Touch with Mary’s Nest

  1. Subscribe to My YouTube Channel for Traditional Foods Videos (Free) - When you subscribe, be sure to click on the notification bell that will let you know each time I upload a new video.
  2. Subscribe to Mary’s Traditional Foods Newsletter (Free) - Get a free 36-page eBook for signing up: How to Stock Your Essential Traditional Foods Four-Corners Pantry.
  3. Join the Traditional Foods Kitchen Academy (Optional Paid) - For more detailed videos and exclusive members-only perks, join my YouTube membership community.
  4. Order The Modern Pioneer Cookbook (Optional Paid) - Get a printed book of Mary's nourishing recipes from a Traditional Foods Kitchen. This bestselling cookbook is published by Penguin Random House with their DK imprint.

I look forward to having you join me in my Texas Hill Country Kitchen!

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  1. Congratulations on all your achievements, Mary. Well deserved. You produce such informative and thorough content. Blessings, Jenn S.

    1. Hi Jenn,

      Thanks for your kind comments. I’m so happy to share with my sweet friends, and I’m so glad we’re on this traditional foods journey together! 🙂

      Love and God bless,

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