How To Start A Food Blog
Hi everyone! Happy Monday. Today I will be giving you my best tips and sharing my experience with food blogging. While my blog extends to more than just food now, I started out as a food blog and continue to create recipe videos on my Youtube channel.
Food blogging is a passion of mine and I love getting messages from people saying they want to or have started their own food blog/Instagram/Youtube channel. I will be doing a post about starting a Youtube channel soon, but today I will discuss the basics of blogging.
There is a common thought that in order to have a food blog you need to have fancy equipment, a studio, huge kitchen, etc. In reality, all you need to get started is something that takes decent photos, and some creativity. The most common cameras used for food blogging in my experience are iPhones and DSLRs. The technology in iPhones has come a long way! The newer iPhones have great cameras and quite a bit of control over things like brightness and white balance. I started out with an iPhone and it worked well for a beginner like me.
Now, I use a Canon t6i for photos and filming. I have a few lenses for it that I have gotten over time, but even just the kit lens that comes with it is great. I recommend it to everyone who asks because it is great quality but is also pretty easy to learn how to use, which is important for beginners. Having the most expensive, decked out camera is pointless if you don't know how to use it! You don't want to spend all your time learning how to work a camera. You want to be spending that time creating content your readers will love. That's why I believe starting with something manageable is the way to go.
Platform and Domain
There are many platforms you could use to host your blog. Two well-known blogging platforms are Wordpress and Blogger. Both of these are great because they are free. Also, since they are so popular, there are a lot of resources out there to help you get going with them. You Google how to do anything on Wordpress and Blogger and find a bunch of helpful tips and answers within seconds. Since my website is more than just a blog (I also sell my ebook on it, making it somewhat of an e-commerce site) I decided to use something else. I host my website on Squarespace. I love Squarespace because it is super easy to use and creates beautiful sites. However, you do have to pay a monthly fee to use it so I know it isn't an option for everyone, especially those of you just starting to blog for the first time.
Domain names are your next beast to tackle. Most platforms like Blogger and Wordpress give you a free domain name (the URL of your website) that looks something like this: www.example.wordpress.com. Most websites are just www.example.com, and don't have a ".wordpress" or ".blogger" before the .com and this is because that domain name was paid for and registered by the owner. I own the domain www.livshealthylife.com and that means no one else can use it. You can buy a domain from most blogging platforms or from third party sites like GoDaddy.com. It isn't expensive to register a domain (I think mine is $20 a year) but it makes your site look much more professional.
If you have ever drooled over a photo of food, then you have experienced the magical world of food photography. On one hand, food is a great subject to photograph. It doesn't move, talk or complain. On the other hand, have you ever seen a photo of food that looks (to put it as nice as I can) downright n-a-s-t-y? Food can be very hard to photograph. The beauty of the shot depends on the textures, colours and lighting you use. Just like any art, food photography takes a huge amount of practice. If you are serious about improving your photography skills quickly I definitely recommend taking a course. There are tons of online photography courses as well as free resources like blog posts that teach you how to take good photos of food. Do a search and see what you come up with. And in the meantime, practice. Practice at dinner, breakfast, restaurants, anywhere you can. Be that annoying friend who makes everyone wait to eat while you snap a few photos. I am entirely self-taught and practicing daily is the best way to improve in my opinion! Trust me, if you saw some of my photos from my early food blogging days, you wouldn't believe that I took them. They're that bad. Lets all have a laugh at my old food blogging photos:
Feeling the Fear and Doing it Anyway
You have to accept the fact that your first posts will probably be less than spectacular. But you can't let the fear of not being perfect stop you from trying. Feel that fear and then do it anyway. What's the worst that can happen? The amount you can grow as a blogger and photographer in a short amount of time is astounding. No matter where you are starting from, there is always room for improvement.
There is so much more to be said about blogging but these are the bare bones basics that you need to get started. At it's core, food blogging is about taking photos of food and writing about it online. So, go forth and create! I believe in you.
All my love!