Jenny Flake (from Orange County, CA) was once a dental hygienist. Today, she’s one of the most popular food bloggers around. In the year 2007, Jenny retired from her fulltime job to spend most of her time with kids at home. It was then that her passionate love for food (and cooking) began to erupt. Finally, she created an outlet – Picky Palate. Her food blog now attracts thousands of unique visitors every month while boasting more than 1.5 lakhs Facebook fans.
But that’s just one story.
You’ll find tons of food bloggers that share a wide range of original recipes on a regular basis. If you haven’t checked them out yet, here’s a list of 25 best food blogs that could easily tickle your taste-buds.
But I’m not here to simply tell you others’ stories. What I really want is to help you start your own food blog, so that you too can create a story of your own and set an example for others to follow. Not to worry, I’ll also help you decide whether it’s right for you to done a food blogger’s hat. Before you make up your mind to do something, you need reasons. Not just reasons, but good (or right) reasons. As soon as you’re aware why you should exactly do something, you’ll be ready to act – no matter what others think about it.
Here are seven good reasons to start your own food blog without wasting any more time –
#1. You Spend Most of Your Time in the Kitchen
Passion shows. While it’s normal to spend at least 1-2 hours every day in the kitchen, you may want to spend more hours depending on your level of passion for food and cooking. If you think you love being in the kitchen for as long as possible, trying and testing and developing new recipes (and you feel sexy doing it as well), you’ve got a special talent.
So, why should you let your skills go unnoticed? People are waiting to hear about your interesting cooking experiments and recipe discoveries. Start a food blog and let the world know about it.
#2. You’re Pursuing a Career in Culinary Arts
If you’re pursuing a degree in culinary arts or planning to step into this professional career soon, you certainly know what this field is all about. Apart from the fact that the employment for chefs is expected to witness a growth of just 5% over the next 8-10 years, culinary arts is also one of those careers where the competition is really high, particularly when you want a job at a high-end restaurant or with a popular hotel/ restaurant chain.
One good way of showcasing your love for food, advertising your skills in cooking and flaunting your style of presenting dishes is by starting a blog. Building a good food blog will prove to be an effective tool that you can use to attract the attention of potential employers while beating out the competition for acquiring high-salaried culinary arts jobs.
#3. You Want to Befriend Like-Minded People
Blogging is a wonderful social medium to make friends with people who share common interests and goals. The same applies to food blogging as well. In fact, most of the food bloggers will instantly agree that blogging has enabled them to form friendships with lots of like-minded people, many of whom they’ve also met in real lives.
Here’s what Aimee of Simple Bites have to say –
“The most rewarding thing for me has been the friendships that I’ve formed with other bloggers. I’ve found a group of people that not only love food as much as I do, but that contribute to a community and support each other in their successes and struggles and everything in between.”
When you begin to blog, you may feel a little lonely being in your own world of writing about recipes. But as soon as your food blog gains some visibility, you’ll be delighted to find friends who are as big food aficionados as you.
#4. You’re Looking for Writing Opportunities in Print Media
Starting a food blog to share your love for recipes is also an excellent way of finding writing opportunities in the print media. If you aspire to become a food writer or food critic, creating a blog provides you with a wonderful platform to prove your worth and attract attention from the print media. With a well-built food blog of your own, you have better chances of being contacted by local newspapers or magazines to work as a columnist. Not only that, your food blog could also lead you to landing interesting cookbook or book deals.
#5. You Want to Help People Eat Healthy
Healthy eating is one of most important concerns for people all around the world. And it’s not just about losing weight. It’s also about making the right food choices to have a great feeling, uplift the mood and get more energy. As a food blogger, you can quickly tap into this opportunity and help people eat healthy by bringing them unique low-calorie recipes, low-fat recipes, dairy-free recipes, low-salt recipes, calcium-rich recipes and cholesterol-friendly recipes among others.
It makes you feel great because you’re making a positive difference to people’s lives by helping them live better.
#6. You Want to Inspire People to Start, Learn and Enjoy Cooking
Cooking is a wonderful habit not only because it makes people feel proud, but also because it ensures food safety for them. There are a lot of people who don’t know how to cook well and so they have to depend on frozen meals and canned food. Moreover, not everybody who isn’t a good cook has the time to go to cooking classes.
Food bloggers can help these people a great deal. By teaching people how to cook (through your blog), you’ll not only inspire them to start and learn cooking but also help them enjoy this habit.
#7. You Want to Make Money Blogging
Though money shouldn’t be the sole reason to create a food blog, this is certainly one of the commonest reasons to get started. Like other types of niche blogging, food blogging too can help you generate enough money to live the life of your dreams. With a well-structured content strategy and an effective promotion plan, you’ll be able to expand the reach of your food blog and monetize it in several ways. Apart from advertising (using Google Adsense, BuySellAds, Chitika etc), you can also decide to sell other people’s products on your blog and earn money as commission.
Additionally, you can offer consulting services or online classes to interested people for an hourly fee via your food blog.
If these reasons sound like your own (most or all of them), today’s your day to launch your own food blog. To get started, you’ll need to follow four simple steps – 1> think of a good domain name and get it booked, 2> buy a basic hosting plan from a reputed web hosting provider, 3> have WordPress installed and 4> get a premium theme to make your blog look professional and pretty.
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