Do you love food? Do you like to visit different food outlets and sample different types of cuisines? Are you fond of sharing your experiences with others? If so, then you must consider being a food blogger.
A food blogger is one who enjoys food and shares their experiences on food through blogs. Food blogging allows you to share your views with others and provide them with information about different restaurants and food outlets. Food blogging can be lucrative, and you can even earn money from it.
In this guide, you can get to know comprehensive information about food blogging. The information will help you start your own food blog.
Starting a food blog
1) Decide your niche
There are various types of foods and you cannot possibly write about all of them. If you want to be a successful food blogger, it is always better to focus on a food niche. For example, vegan is a food niche that is quite popular. If you choose this niche, you can visit restaurants that offer vegan food and share your views on them.
Choose the food niche not because it is trending. Choose a niche that you like and would enjoy writing about. Do some research online to understand the different niches available. It is not mandatory to write only on one niche, you can even choose more than one. Go through the food blogs of successful bloggers for inspiration.
2) Decide the blog type
There are various types of food blogs that you can choose from. Depending on your interest, you could choose any of these:
- Food photography blogs: These blogs are more about visuals than detailed descriptions. If you are good at photography, focus more on taking attractive food photographs to share with the world.
- Review blogs: These blogs focus on reviewing restaurants, cafes, and other food outlets. You can visit the food outlet and enjoy the best items on their menu. You can then share a detailed review with your opinion on the food, service, ambiance, etc. Such reviews will help others to decide if the restaurant is worth visiting.
- Recipe blogs: Choose this blog type if you love cooking. Cook up your favorite dishes and experiment with making new dishes. Share the recipe with the world. The best way to do this is by making short videos showing how you prepare the dishes.
3) Choose the platform and name the blog
To start blogging, you need a platform. You can choose an existing platform like blogger.com, blogspot.com, etc. Create an account on the platform and start sharing your views. The other option is to have your own website and create a blog using WordPress or any other CMS (content management system).
It doesn’t cost much to create your own blog. It is a better option than using a public platform. You can consider starting with a free blog. Once your blogs start getting noticed, you can move to paid hosting. You need to name your blog. Think of an innovative name that is linked to food. Let the name be catchy and one that people would remember.
4) Get the technical things done
There are two things to take care of – one is domain name booking and domain hosting. You need to book a domain name, which is your website name. If you are getting a free name, the name will read <name>.blogspot.com. If you have your own website, you can get it in any name of your choice that is available.
Once the domain name is finalized, you need to finalize the hosting. Free hosting plans are available, but they have limitations. If you book server space, you get access to quality hosting. You can use a CMS like WordPress to start the blog. It is easy to use. Just follow the instructions and activate WordPress. You are now ready to start blogging.
5) Start blogging
Plan your blogging. You need to blog at regular intervals. If you are sharing recipes or reviewing restaurants you need to do it at least twice a month. Take photos of the restaurant and the food items that you eat. Ensure the photos highlight the features of the food. If you are sharing a recipe, ensure you take photos of the food at various stages.
Write what you have to say in simple language. Avoid using jargon. Use a conversational style, so readers enjoy your blogs. Be humorous, share anecdotes, and make the blog as interesting as possible. Review the blog for any grammatical errors and then upload it. Ensure you promote the blog on social media.
Most importantly, remember to have fun with the process.