So you want to start a food blog, eh? Or perhaps you’re just curious to see what the heck it’s all about. First and foremost, I can tell you that it’s awesome. It’s a wonderful career (yes, it can definitely become a real career) that brings with it many perks, rewarding relationships with other bloggers, brand reps and readers as well as a very flexible work schedule. But that’s the key word – work. Food blogging may look easy, but in reality you’ll have to work very long hours if you want to succeed. You might think your main job as a food blogger would be cooking – and that’s a huge part of it, especially the creation of new recipes – but the technical and social media side of things is equal to that and more. It can be frustrating and challenging but also rewarding and exhilarating! In short – it’s a real job that you have to really work at. But would the success be worth as much to you if it came that easy? If the answer is “yes”, then may I politely suggest you move on now and save yourself the headache and wasted effort? But, if it’s “no”, then let’s get busy, my new food blogging friend!
There are several resources I’ve listed here which I consider to be the very basics of what you should do to get started. A lot more information can be found on my other resource pages so check the links at the bottom once you’ve gotten started with these valuable steps and resources. And, as always, feel free to shoot me an email with any questions you may have. (No, seriously, I mean it!)
A membership with Food Blogger Pro is an excellent place to begin. It’s run by Bjork and Lindsay of Pinch of Yum fame and they’ve done a terrific job creating this community. Even I’m a member and I’ve been blogging for six years! The point is, they offer invaluable resources to new bloggers and, as your blog grows, you can move on to more advanced tasks you’ll need to tackle. Filled with videos, tutorials, articles and tools, they have all the information you’ll need. There’s also an active forum where you can get answers to any questions you may have. If you’re serious about starting your food blog the right way, this is the membership you need.
Yep, that’s my very own logo. I personally offer food blog mentoring to anyone who’s serious about starting and growing their food blog. What I’ve found works best is if you write down a list of questions you’d like answered then we’ll set up a call. I encourage you to first check out Food Blogger Pro (above) as many of your questions can be answered that way (or even through a quick Google search). Yet there will be times when you may want a real person to offer advice and guidance and, in that case, I would be happy to be that person for you. I charge $25 per hour – which is a steal (you can get a lot of questions answered in an hour’s time)!
Consider this book your homework assignment. I recommend this book to new and seasoned bloggers all the time; it’s worth the read and will set you off on the right foot. There’s an updated version you can preorder to be released July 2015; I’m not familiar with that version but thought you may want to check that one out, too!
That’s it! I told you this was the very bare bones of getting started, didn’t I? If you’re already past this stage and ready for more, then head over to one of the pages below. Oh, and congrats – you’re going to love your new food blog!
The Technical Side of Food Blogging
Food Photography Resources
Designing Your Food Blog Coming soon!
Monetizing Your Food Blog Coming soon!
Search Engine Optimization for Your Food Blog Coming soon!
Driving Traffic to Your Food Blog Coming soon!