Today, I’m bringing you a little out-of-the-ordinary post. — I am sharing with you 10 things that I have learned about food blogging. I do not claim to be an expert, as I’ve learned all these things as I’ve gone along and I’m still learning today!
1. Food blogging is a full-time job: When I first ventured into food blogging, I planned to post recipes only once or twice a week. More than a year later, I slowly began to realize that if I wanted to build readership on my blog, I was going to have to be more consistent. Today, I eat (literally) sleep, and breathe food blogging and I almost never take a day off. — I’ll always have more photo-shoots to do, cookie recipes to test, blog posts to write, pictures to edit, and comments to reply to. — I’m not complaining though, I love what I do and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!
2. The tech-y stuff about running a blog is just confusing: And mind-blowing, and doesn’t make any sense, and sometimes just makes you want to pull your hair out with frustration. Thank goodness I have a computer-genius older brother and a mom who happens to be a writer, to help me out with the nerdy, tech-y stuff about running a blog
3. Writers block is really annoying: And time-consuming and just a plain waste of your time. Some days I get out of bed and no matter how many cups of coffee I have, I just cannot bring myself to even write a single paragraph. It’s annoying when that happens, but I usually try to push through anyway to get good posts up for you guys!
I’ve found that some days, pushing through writers block works and my writing turns out better than ever! But other days, pushing through just makes my head hurt, so I take a break for a few hours: I usually take a walk and get some fresh air to clear my head, and just to get more in touch with myself. Within a few hours, I feel refreshed and ready to conquer that blog post!
4. To-do lists are your best friend: I swear I have to-do lists for just about everything: My blogging schedule, food to buy that week, food that I’m making that week, recipe inspirations, ect. To-do lists just make me feel more secure and organized with my blog and I definitely need some more of that in my life. Can you tell I have an obsession with lists?? I adore crossing things off my lists—it’s the best feeling.
5. Photography is hard: Anyone who is a non-food photographer might be shocked to know the amount of effort and work that goes into taking pictures of food. Some food is super-easy to work with, and some isn’t and it takes a lot of time to attempt to make it look perfect for photographing. I still struggle with lighting, composition, and the settings on my camera a lot, and some days I swear I just want to chuck my $300 Nikon D3100 out the window.
But then, there are those days, when the food, the lighting, and the styling just cooperates with you, and you feel like it’s all worth it just when you proudly look at that gorgeous take-me-out-of-the-screen photo.
6. Recipe fails are the worst: They really are. They waste ingredients, money, your precious time, and they make you feel like a failure. But you know what the best feeling is? When you conquer a recipe after you’ve had to endure fail after fail. It’s like a eureka! and pump-your-fist-in-the-air kind of moment and it’s the greatest feeling ever.
And then later when you look back at all those pitiful fails and you think: “how could I have possibly screwed that up??”
7. Pinterest is your number 1 inspiration: It’s also your number 1 addiction. — Just downright addicting. Once you start pinning, you seriously can’t stop and that’s coming from someone who sits on Pinterest late into the night, because it’s so hard to pull yourself away. Andd then you get hungry from looking at all the food and then, even though it may be past midnight, you feel the need to go down to the kitchen and bake cookies all night.
8. Measuring ingredients is important. Seriously, guys, before I started blogging I did not even measure ingredients for a recipe. I must take after my mom, because she NEVER measures ingredients. Ever. — Let’s just say that after I started blogging, I quickly realized that I was going to have to make a habit out of measuring ingredients if I wanted my recipes to work for my readers.
9. People can be unkind: There are a lot of rude people out there, and they’re not afraid to tell you exactly what they think of your recipes and your blog. I actually received a comment a few weeks ago from a lady who told me I was wasting her time for posting a lengthy blog post with a lot of pictures of these donuts. Well, lady, apparently a lot of people don’t agree with you seeing how those donuts have been pinned over 3K times in the past two weeks.
10. People can be kind and thoughtful: With that rant above being said, there are actually a lot of genuinely sweet people out there in the blogging world who love food, love supporting bloggers, and will always leave kind, thoughtful comments.
It makes my day when I get an email from someone saying that they made a recipe of mine and loved it, or even when I just get a really sweet comment from a fellow blogger — I love all my readers and blogging friends! You guys are the reason I blog in the first place. — You rock!
Q: Now I want to hear: What have YOU guys learned about food blogging? Any extra tips I should learn? Links and any extra information you have are more than welcome in the comments!
Thanks for reading, guys! New recipe tomorrow. With chocolate and peanut butter. Be sure to swing by because it’s epic, trust me.