Starting your own Food Blog? Here are 5 things they don’t tell you!
Firstly, who are they? There is no international blogging board or something. Over the time I have come to realize the few things about this world, and it was time to clear the air.
Food blogging scenes are very glamorous. I agree. Isn’t that one of the reasons why everyone jumps in this space? But is it? Let’s see!
*Curtains raise and drum rolls*
1. You spend most of your time on social media- Correct me if I’m wrong, but 4 out 5 of the bloggers have- Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and few also have Youtube, Pinterest, Swarm and the new emergent- Snapchat.
You are on it. It is addictive. You want to join groups, engage, tag, pin stuff, snap the shit out of it, make friends, agree, disagree, share, comment, and learn how each platform works.
But most importantly, you want to be an expert.
And this takes time and effort.
2. Food blogging is competitive- I feel everyone today wants to be a food blogger (some for passion, others for the glamour part) but the market is saturated with food bloggers. Everyone runs a food blog. So to be unique, you need to stand out and that requires WORK.
There are times you feel that other blogs are better than you ( trust me, I feel that a lot of time it), but you have a voice and somebody will like you 🙂
3. Your ‘food friends’ might replace your real friends- You join food groups, you make friends. These are the people who give you advice, share, give opinions and offer help. You talk frequently to them, because they share same passion as yours.
Your ‘non- food friends’ MAY just think that you are nerdy 😀
4. You need to become a photographer- Let me confess something. I’m not a pro. Hell, I’m not even good at photography. I’m just a decent one, but over the time I’ve tried to get better. Nothing attracts people than good pictures. And trust me; nothing kills a blog faster than bad photography.
P.S. Editing is also an important part of this ( though frankly, I don’t edit my pictures :P)
5. Patience is the key- If your stuff is useful, amazing and looks brilliant, people will come. But they will come in time. Just because you have put in hours and a lot of work in it, does not mean people will flock over it.
You need to self promote. (This absolutely does not mean paid promotion. Nothing like having organic followers!) Yes, that’s uncomfortable, but in the beginning. It’s hard to ask people to come and follow/like you. You will face rejection.
You need to build it. And as always, good things take time. But it will all be worth it!
Authored By – Divya Kamra