So You Want To Start A Food Blog
So You Want To Start A Food Blog
I have been telling and showing people how to become a blogger for years. In fact my daughters have both finally caught the “bug” and one is taking the business very seriously. The other – well she is still just in her teens – perfect time to start but she has so many other interests so far.
Deciding to start a blog is a huge step and the next huge step – and most important step – is choosing a niche. So let’s say you choose to be a food blogger and have your very own food blog. What exactly is your vision? There are so many ways to blog about food – what do you think you can blog about nonstop for a long time? I actually have two food blogs in addition to The Stuff of Success. Why two? Well because one is focused on low calorie foods and is called Momma On A Diet and the other is focused on comfort food designed to make a wide variety of people happy. That blog exemplifies our life – we are a multigenerational household (4 generations) and that is alot of people to feed and please all the time – hence Many Cooks In The Kitchen. Of the two – I put a great deal more effort into Many Cooks In The Kitchen mostly because I find it hard to focus on two food blogs at the same time. In addition to The Stuff of Success and these two food blogs, I have quite a few others that I own and write as well as several that I am partnered with. Diversification at its best.
The first thing I need to stress is – don’t wait to start a blog. Just START and now. Don’t overthink anything except your niche. Pretty much anything else can be changed as often as you want along the way. Don’t get hung up on a theme – just start building something.
Once you plan on a niche – register and domain name and get hosting. There are so many places to get hosting and I have been with several of them over the 8 years I have been blogging. Right now and for the last three years I have been with Twenty70 Hosting and have been very happy with the personalized support and their proactive assistance. If they see me nearing any limit – they just boost it up, email me and tell me they have done it and what the small increase in cost is. That way I have no down time. If I decide not to boost my limits then of course I can tell them no but my site will be down and no one wants that. Keep in mind I have many blogs. I am always bumping up against some sort of upper limit.
Next you need to install WORDPRESS. I can officially say I have no idea how to do that but you can easily find someone on FIVERR to do it for you or you can google how to do it yourself.
Choose a theme – this one will drive you crazy but don’t let it. Choose one, live with it for a few weeks. If you don’t like it – change it. A great place to choose a theme is WPNeon.com. Yes, easy as that – change it. I change mine every couple years. But when I first set my sites up I change them alot until I finally settle on something I like. Don’t get too hung up on a theme. It is important to note that there are many (so many) WordPress themes that are free. But if for some reason you are not liking anything you see that is free – have no fear there is a world of theme options for a fee.
Looking for some inspiration? Check out Bill Bronchick and see all that he has to offer.
Lastly, have fun! If you aren’t having fun – your blog won’t last. The most successful bloggers are those who roll with the changes through the good times and the tough times.