As an aspiring chef, bringing your talents to the Internet can reap great rewards. You enjoy the creative fulfillment of sharing your recipes with the world while you develop connections with interested followers and foodies. If you're wondering how to start a food blog, start at the beginning and follow the steps below:
Cultivate an Image
What is your vision for your blog? Do you have a unique theme or idea in mind? The most successful blogs focus on food through a particular lens: Some bloggers intertwine two topics such as food and travel or choose to highlight a certain type of culinary tradition. For some great examples, look at Saveur's nominations for the best food blogs. Write down your ideas and pull together a vision board. You can use an online platform such as Pinterest or go the old-fashioned route by cutting out images and words from magazines to arrange on a poster board.
Build a Website
Once you've refined your idea, your next step will be putting it into a tangible form. It's easier than you think. Website building sites such as WordPress, Squarespace and Wix make it simple to pick a format and get started. With a little up-front investment, you can have your blog live in no time. When you select a website building site, you will need to pick a domain. If the website is the home of your blog, the domain is your address. Get creative. You don't have to use ".com"; you can also use ".co," ".biz" or even ".xyz." Using different domain extensions means you are more likely to get a domain name that matches your blog.
A blog is a great opportunity to feature your work and promote your professional growth. Write a fun "About Me" section that discusses your background, education and focus. If you are available for private events or recipe testings, definitely include that information. Once you have the foundation of your blog set, you can work on your recipes. If you are unfamiliar with recipe development, start by adapting recipes from some of your favorite chefs; just make sure to give credit where credit is due. If you would like to integrate food photography as a part of your blog, check out the book "Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling," by Helene Dujardin.
Once your first blog post is up, you are ready to share your site with the world. Use your social media accounts to get the word out — and, of course, bring it to the attention of your instructors and peers. Learning how to start a food blog doesn't have to be a daunting prospect. Just include your favorite recipes, a bit of your personality and your culinary expertise, and like-minded followers will surely flock to your site.
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