When you first start blogging, it can feel a bit like you’re in the wild west riding solo on a sketchy looking donkey. Ok maybe that was just us? Anyway, weird western analogy aside, learning to blog can be so overwhelming and it can feel like everyone knows all these magical blog secrets, while you’re frantically trying to google everything.
There are plenty of things we would have loved to know and have starting out, but we’ve rounded up the top 5 resources we wish we had when we started our blogs.
5 Food Blogging Resources We Wish We Had Starting Out
It wasn’t until a year into blogging that the lightbulb went off. I needed a better looking website, if I wanted to be taken seriously. For that first year, I stumbled through an uninspiring collection of free WordPress templates. It wasn’t until I started using a Genesis Theme that my site looked at all legit.
Especially for new bloggers, this might seem like a pricy investment, but we promise you it’s well worth every penny. Genesis Themes give you that extra edge of both professional looking design and seamless customizability. Our philosophy now is, just because you’re starting out, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have an amazing looking site.
Ok, so this sounds like a very specific tool for someone who’s just starting out, but boy oh boy was it a game changer. When I first dove into trying to photograph food I was stumped. I would have this beautiful bowl of food that looked great on my windowsill, but it was hardly a great photograph. I gawked at all these gorgeous photos from other bloggers wondering how they had such beautiful table setups.
Then, I stumbled across Erickson Wood Works. The make boards specifically for for food photography. These surfaces not only elevated my photography setup, but it also gave my blog’s photos a consistent look which has been crucial for developing a brand.
Truth be told there are a ton of amazing free and paid photography resources out there. But the first one I found that really helped me grasp how to rock my DSLR camera was Pinch of Yum’s Tasty Food Photography. This was the perfect first foray into shooting food. It’s filled with practical advice and knowledge that I immediately took action on. It’s taken a long time for me to improve my photography but this ebook was an amazing first step.
If you’re lucky enough to have already found Lindsey’s book we can also highly recommend BGB community member, Erin Druga’s photography ebook. Just one look at her photos and you know this girl’s a pro. It’s been amazing to watch her style develop over the years and we couldn’t be prouder of her incredibly useful ebook teaching you everything she knows.
2.) “Will Write for Food” – Dianne Jacob
It’s basically the food bloggers’ bible. It discusses the art of describing food, it gives you an insiders look at the processes of successful food bloggers like Lindsay Ostrom and David Lebovitz in regards to writing, photography, and the balancing act of working and blogging before entering into the blog world full-time. It also provides insight into the world of restaurant reviews (the original food blogging) by sharing the etiquette and proper procedures to follow when working with restaurants. It’s an all-around helpful resource for food bloggers and I guarantee you’ll find it to be a page-turner.
1.) A Blogging Community
Ok, we saved the best (in our opinion) for last. Something we wish we had, probably more than anything, when we first started was a blogging community. Turns out, blogging is about 100x easier, more rewarding, more successful, more meaningful and more fun when you do it with your friends. How do you make blogging friends? Become a part of the blogging community. Obviously BGB isn’t the only community out there, but with BGB and other communities like ours you can:
- Ask your peers and veteran bloggers questions
- Ask for advice on a tricky situation
- Hear a variety of opinions on a topic
- Crowd source content
- Learn about people who love doing what you love
- Come to find out there are people blogging just like you in your city
- Connect offline
- Get accountability on an important project
- Vent after a day of frustration
- Celebrate some amazing news
- and so much more
We’re firm believers that community and connection are the secret sauce that will take your blog to a whole new level.
If you’re not already a part of our community and Facebook group you can apply here.
What do you think?
- What resources do you wish you had starting out?
- If you’re just staring out, what resources are you looking for?