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FirstSiteGuide.com is all about growing blogs. We help you turn small blogs into big blogs, and big blogs into money-making ventures. Much like cooking, it’s a little bit art, and it’s a little bit science, but it’s a lot of  hard work. And much like cooks, we’ve got a recipe for success, starting with a guide to get you started right as a new blogger.  

Ivelina asked us over to give an you a professional view of what it takes to whip a truly gourmet food blog. So thanks, Ivelina, we’re thrilled to be here!

So What’s Special About Food Blogs?

You might be wondering why anyone would need a specialized guide to writing a food blog. A blog’s a blog, right? Okay, that’s a fair question.

Think of it like this: you need most of the same ingredients to make cookies as you do to make a cake  . . . but you sure don’t use the same recipe! Different types of blog require a slightly different balance to succeed.

How to Cook Up the Perfect Food Blog

Now, normally, we’d start out by telling you to pick your niche, but you’ve already done that, right? You’re a food blogger!

We’re not going to get into the technical aspects here. Not because they aren’t extremely important, but because we already cover all of  that in our How to Start a Food Blog guide, a collaborative effort between several expert bloggers.

Instead, we’re going to focus on some of the special little things that make or break food blogs.

Hungry Eyes

No one has bothered to invent a way to send scent through a computer screen, so you need to make your readers hungry by including delicious food photographs.

In this, you will likely want to take a leaf out of Pablo Picasso’s book, as in, “Good artists copy, great artists steal.” And, just to be clear do not steal anyone’s photos. That’s rude. And illegal. It’s the style you want to steal.

Go find some really great photos of  food, and really break down what makes them great. Try to replicate them, so you really understand how to make food photos pop. Presentation is the difference between four stars and five in the world of gourmet restaurants and it’s the same in the blogosphere. Look at the angles, the colors, the arrangement, and ask yourself, “Why does this photo make my mouth water?”

Organizing the Chaos

Most bloggers can just develop their organizational system as they go along. Food bloggers need to get it right from the start. Fortunately, WordPress has innate category and tagging options which make this easy . . . with a little forethought.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How do I want my readers to find what they’re looking for?
  • Do I want them to be able to search by ingredients?
  • Do I want them to be able to search by types such as “Gluten Free” or “Vegan”?

And so on. It’s a simple matter to set these up ahead of time, and a bit of an undertaking if you decide you want to do it fifty posts in. So take a minute to think about what sorts of food you’re planning to feature, and what will make it easiest for readers to navigate through your recipes or guides.

A good way to get started is to break out a pen and paper and just sketch it all out. Figure out what your broad categories are going to be, then divide them up. The key is to work out an organizational system that will work for you and your readers, and then stick with it. Posts can, by the way, be easily added to multiple categories and sub-categories.

For smaller differences, you might use the tagging feature for the ingredient lists (or non-ingredients) so that your users can easily search for something with “eggs” or “no eggs”.

The Personal Touch

Everyone knows you can follow your grandmother’s recipe for the perfect chocolate chip cookies, but they’ll never be the same. It’s all in the “dash” of this and the “pinch” of that. In other words, the personal touch. A recipe can only take you so far, and after that, it’s down to you. Be brave! Be inspired! Take a risk now and then, and make your blog your own!

Motion creates emotion

Ivelina  —  December 27, 2014

Motion creates emotion and how to get off your bum?

Since I have decided to do a post a day for 365 days, I have been focusing my mind to think in a form of blog posts. Mainly I have been thinking about what problems I have had  and what have I done to help myself. Thinking along those lines have helped me think up different ideas. On the other hand I have been having very relaxing few days since it’s the festive season and we seem to eating, cooking, relaxing, going out, having visitors and drinking wine. It is great, indeed. 

But what to do when you know you want to do something but you are too comfy. The thing  about being a self initiative is that no body will hold you responsible if you don’t do your chosen daily tasks.It is all up to you!

 Some people get an accountability partner. I believe, that your best accountability partner is you. Your attitude towards how you perform is in your hands. 

The moment you take the small action step to do whatever it is you want to get done you create a motion, that will grow into a real motivation to take more action. taking action creates emotion. Emotion creates more inspiration and motivation. And you simply go from one to the other. Action is the ultimate teacher and motivator. It has to be done daily and you teach yourself to be comfortable of getting things done. 

I love writing blog posts, where I express my thoughts and you read them. I love getting your messages and and I love they way you ask me questions so I can write about those things in the future. 

 Once you get your productive work done you will enjoy that movie you want to watch even more. The food tastes better, the water is sweeter and the so called routines of ordinary life are a gift because they are a simply an expression of being alive. I love cooking after I have written my blog post.

I want to give you 3 very simple productivity tips , that you can  do without any preparation and you will get more things done.

motion creates emotion

“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.” – Carol Welch

 

 

1.Take the first step towards it. If you want to write a book or write more blog posts, simply open your back office and start writing. Write the first line and stay away from checking your e-mail or your social media channels. It takes only 15-20 minutes to write a good size blog post and double that time to edit it. It’s much easier to edit after you have poured your thoughts rather than trying to do two completely different things at the same time. 

2.Change your state . Do something drastic to change your physical state Take 30 deep breaths, do 30 squats run up and down the stairs once. 3 minutes of physical activity will dramatically  increase the blood flow in your brain and will clear if there is any brain fog, so you can take the next step. 

3. Set a timer on it. There are almost always things going on your life, apart from your personal daily activity. Have the intention to get your tasks done, but fit it to suit your life and the flow of your lifestyle. Most days I like to write in the morning before or after breakfast. Some other days I write in the afternoon or like now in the evening. I do feel better though if I do it earlier in the day. Setting a timer not always means get it done in 20 minutes, starting now. It means get it done before it’s time to do something else. It works every time. 

Simply do what works for you, but do it daily. 

These productivity tips work for me. I would love to learn yours. 

Be well, be wild and enjoy the ride. 

Thank you for being here.I love and appreciate you. 

 

Using video as a tool in your online business is almost an essential. Like any other internet marketing tool , video is simply a way to communicate and connect with your readers and followers. Regardless if you have made a video or not I am sure , that nearly every time you go online you end up watching s video or two.

Did you know that the average person, that visits You Tube watches a minimum of 5 videos. That means , that as well as everything else video is way for bringing more traffic to your blog or a website.

Watch today’s video , where I share 2 main reasons you should consider when deciding to use video as a tool for your online business. Please press Play to watch it. 

 

So videos are a powerful internet marketing tool indeed .
As a food blogger I intend to make recipe videos in my kitchen and I am looking forward to that experience.So far I have taken quite a few photographs of my food, but never really took the extra step to film myself while cooking or preparing a meal.Its gonna be fun to start doing my recipe video, too. 

Another way of contributing while making a video would be to do a video product review , which I also intend to do. I am looking forward to trying a new things and sharing my experience with you. 

 I  was never big on New Year Resolutions or anything like that as I believe, that there is no better time than NOW. One of the main reasons I am making those videos is to ensure I get better at them and also have an opportunity to share with you things, that have helped me along my journey of food blogging, vegan cooking and reconnecting with Nature. 

I want to thank you for all the support and love and I wish you much love, happiness and abundance in 2014.