So why should you start a food blog?
Because everyone else has a blog, so you feel you should too?
Because it looks easy? Because you want a creative outlet?
Because you have a passion for something you want to share with the world?
Because you want to learn more about social media/web design/recipes etc?
To help you answer these questions here are my experiences of starting a food blog and the world of blogging in general.
So I don’t personally think the name ‘blog’ does this creative online world any favours, it sounds casual and not overly professional. And yes, like so many creative outlets it can be a hobby – and for many bloggers it is. And the tone of many blogs is causal, they are not meant to be scholarly or tricky to read – but engaging and fun to read. That is the whole point! But casual tone dosen’t always mean ‘easy to write.’
As the world of blogging and its audiences have grown, companies have sat up and taken notice – many even started their own blogs. And, as making an income from your blog has become feasible for some, many hobby bloggers have become part or even (the dream for so many!) full time bloggers.
However, do not be sucked in to the idea that you can bake a few pretty cakes and have a dream life set up that you will photograph, share with your followers
and as a result your Instagram following expands overnight and you will leave your current job…. Stop that trail of thought right there!
Even for bloggers who make this look like what is going on – take a step back and look at each post, each photo and think about how long it might have taken to set up, style, write, post…. Blogging is hard work. Really hard work. Behind every recipe post are countless hours and days of:
- recipe testing
- styling and setting up for photographs
- writing up posts and other content
- editing images for sharing on specific social media
- commenting on other blogs
Plus the running of the website itself, all the background checks, back-ups and dealing with any problems that pop up (chasing people who have copied my work, using my photos as their own…its amazing how many people think this is ok! Err no it is not!)
The list often feels never ending!
However, despite or perhaps because of the hard work involved, starting this blog was one of the best things I ever did. My skillset has expanded hugely as I have grown and developed my blog and I have made some fantastic blogging friends along the way who share my passions and interests.
In with the hard work there really is a great community spirit. It helps you, and it helps everyone else when you support other blogs – it builds the community and helps you all to grow. I have found the majority of bloggers (and not just food bloggers) so supportive – in the blogging world selfish bloggers who tweet and share nothing but links to their own recipes all day long do not get very far!
Get really stuck in and involved with the community. Seek out relevant Facebook groups and Pinterest sharing boards and ask to join.
Get involved, comment on recipes on other blogs (And I don’t mean say ‘Yum. Looks nice.’ Say something meaningful, show you have read their work! They are more likely to respond to your comment and maybe even comment back on your blog). You get chatting with so many people from all different walks of life, of all ages and cooking all different styles of food – it’s great!
Repin recipes. Share recipes. Get involved in twitter chats. It’s called social for a reason!
Ever sit at your office desk day in and day out and day dream about doing something far more creative with your brain? Food blogging for me was such a fantastic outlet for creativity and learning more. I love having somewhere that I can develop and build my own voice in my own little patch of the interweb. I find huge enjoyment in learning new skills and putting the creative part of my brain to good use.
I found food blogging really pushed me into doing new things. I have learnt so much about setting up and running websites, photography, styling, editing, design, social media, recipes….the list is huge and still feel like I have so much to learn! Developing recipes can be a lot of fun, there are disasters (maybe not always funny at the time…I have had more moments covered in icing sugar then I can count….) moments of wahooo and sheer joy as well!! It has been a huge learning curve – and one that is still going!
If you think you are ready for a crazy fun amazing stressful wonderful journey to start, why not check out my ‘Getting your Food Blog Started‘ or Getting Started on Social Media guides?
I wish you all the best in starting your very own food blog, I hope you have as much fun as I do!
PS Recently got started? Let me know – tweet me, and where I can I’ll check out your new blog!