Even before I get to the basics of food photography, I want to share my top 15 considerations to be a better food blogger. I have learned a lot from awesome online community. And I think, it is time for me to give back to the community.
Please note that these are all my experiences as blogger and based on what I has worked for me. You can use these as reference points, but always, "be your own judge".
However, I can assure you, if you can just follow these points, you will sure be a better and successful blogger!
1. Blog Often: Don't take it lightly. Regular posts are very important to make your blog look live and taken care of. Whether everyday, or three times a week, whichever suits you best, do post and never let your blog look stale or orphan.
2. Only Post The Best: In food world, I mean recipes. Your recipes should be tested, fool proof and well written. You never want your customers to waste ingredients trying an untested recipe. Also, use a third-party tool like Recipe List or format the recipe to make it easily readable.
3. Be Accessible: Make yourself accessible, put social media follow buttons on your blog. Respond to comments on blog, and social media. Make everyone feel you are there.
4. Post Original Writing and Give Credit: Always post your original content. Never copy someone. One, copying is not good. Second, it will only make you duplicate of an already written post. Which will not do you any good. If you ever make someone's recipe, give them proper credit with link backs.
5. Be Yourself, Be Original: One way to achieve (4) point above is to - "be yourself". Never ever imitate someone. You can copy style of people who influence you. From copy, I don't mean Copy and Paste :). But, learn how other's have a style and find your own putting yourself first. It is like buying a popular dress from store. We buy same dress, but we all look what we are: original!
6. Find your Point of View: This will not happened overnight. But, trust me if you just follow the points above, you will soon know - what is your point of view. It may seem hard to identify, there are signs around us. You just have to start looking. Clear your mind and then look: What is your audience telling you? What does Google Analytic say? I can write a lot about this, but it is out-of-scope for this post.
7. Design Clean Website: Make your website/blog look clean and easily readable. In world of "google search", no one has time to scan through a busy-looking web template.
8. Network and Make Friends: Make friends, chat with people you like on social media. Indulge in delicious conversations. Promote their work. Grow your circle!
9. Click Tempting Pictures: Enhance your photography skills. A good looking picture is first impression of your work. Don't let that first impression go cold. Spice up your pictures and keep learning. Relate your view point with good pictures.
10. Ask for Help and Advice: Don't be shy. Ask for help once in a while. Also, ask friends if your pictures/content look good. On social media, you will not find no person telling you if your content no-good! I mean it!! Not because they don't know it, but because they will never want to jeopardize their relation with you. Or simply they don't not know how will you react?! A personal email or if you can really dare, then an "Anonymous Poll", or even communities dedicated to judge content, can really work the best!
11. Make it Easy to Comment: Make commenting on your blog as easy as possible. Don't hide comments behind logins. Reply to comments and take criticism +vly!
12. Don't Preach What You Don't Believe in: Never sell a product on your blog which you will not use yourself. Your blog reflects your personality and that's why people are following you.
13. Get Your Own Domain Name: Come out of shadow of subdomain (.wordpress.com or .blogger.com). Buy your own domain name. Trust me, if you are serious about blogging, one day you will be taking this step. It is better sooner than later.
14. Make your Posts Worthwhile: Other than writing original, good photos and good recipe, give some benefit to reader for spending time on your blog. Link to resources that can further help'em on that matter or do some research. Give them some bullet points on topics of interest. Or link to your fellow blogger's recipes which are based on same theme. This way, you will strengthen your relation with other bloggers and will also make your post more informative.
15. Don't Quit: Sometimes, blogging can be a lonely road. Don't give up and don't stress either. Just follow your passion, keep sharing good work, and people will sure find you.
This article has capacity for 15 more bullet points (at least), but these are the one I find most important. If you have anything to contribute to this list. Please feel most welcomed, I would love to hear your point-of-view.
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