Everyday thousands upon thousands of people turn to the internet for recipes. People are searching for inspiration, recipes, ideas and menu planning. Simply put, we ALL eat. Three meals a day, everyday this is why food blogs have become widely popular. Food bloggers are opening their kitchen to the world, giving us a glimpse into their daily meals while sharing pictures, tips and recipes.
Have you thought of beginning the journey into food blogging? Great! Join us; we welcome you into our world, the world of food. Before you hit publish on your first post or share with us your first recipe, let me share a few tips that I have learned along the way.
5 Tips to Get you Started on the Tasty Path
Find you niche - Find your voice, your passion and share it with us. Love Indian food?Llearning a new cuisine? What about your collection of cookbooks, restaurant reviews or even your journey during weight loss? When you decide on your niche; do a bit of research. Visit similar food blogs and find ways to set your food blog apart from the rest. Become an expert in your niche- offer tips, substitutions and options for your readers with your recipes. New cooks have the desire to learn. Be their go-to- person for reliable recipes.
Community – Build a community with your readers and fellow food bloggers. Get to know other food bloggers. Visit their blogs, leave a supportive comment and begin conversations. Most food bloggers are open to offer advice to new bloggers.
When a reader leaves a comment, reply and thank them for stopping by. If you start a Facebook page or twitter account, engage with you fans on a daily basis. A simple question like “What’s for dinner?” opens the door of communication. Encourage readers to follow you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and RSS feed. Make sure your follow buttons on your blog are visible. Readers want to feel that you are available to them if a cooking question should arise.
Photography - Unless you’re a professional photographer, (which most of us are not) the best advice is to Practice, Practice, Practice. Readers want to see pictures of your food-the finished product-but this does not have to be a cause for alarm. Trust me, you will get better, we ALL do. A few tips: always use natural light when taking your pictures. If natural light is not available, research lighting options and find an alternative that fits your budget. Never use the flash when shooting your dishes (icky). Consider using your Smart phone. Many food bloggers turn to apps like Instagram to give their pictures a pop of color, add texture or add effects. Simply changing the plate, adding a utensil, napkin or garnish can improve your picture.
Be Yourself – Let your personality shine. Introduce yourself on your About page. Give your readers a chance to get to know you. Does a recipe that you feature hold a special place in your heart? Share it. Your readers crave connection; invite them to your table. Did you make a recipe and it flopped? Keep it real. Even professionally trained Chefs have off days.
Have fun – Blogging should be fun, not a chore. Plan your post around your life. Don’t stop spending quality time with family or friends to blog. Allow these events to inspire you, run a feature on the restaurant or cocktails you enjoyed. Why not share your most recent food truck lunch or favorite coffee or even snap what’s in your grocery basket? If blogging becomes too much; take a break. Ask fellow food bloggers to guest post on your site as you unwind and refresh your taste buds.
Share: Are you a food blogger or aspire to be one? What´s your biggest tip or concern?