This page is something I thought would be helpful for anyone wanting to know how to get started with a food blog (or any type of blog for that matter). I’m putting together a list of things that I used when I first entered the fun and exciting world of blogging.
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One of the first things you need to do to get started with your blog is to choose a hosting company. Since I was fairly new to the whole blogging world, I needed something simple, quick and pretty easy on my bank account. I did a little bit of research and found that Bluehost was a company that seemed to fit all of my needs, and had pretty good reviews and recommendations. You can purchase your very own domain name (website name) through them also. The blogging software they use is WordPress, which is also super easy to learn. This is the WordPress.org version (do not confuse it with the free WordPress.com). WordPress.org is the better option if you want to have more control over how your website looks, and is much more customizable.
After you get your site set up, you will need to choose a Theme for your blog. This is basically the styling and appearance of your blog. There are many free options to choose from in WordPress, but I wanted to go with a Theme that was a little more suited for a food blog, and was a little bit more “styled” than the basic free offerings.
Again, I did some research and found that the Genesis Parent Theme is one that works well with food blogs. I also chose to purchase what is known as a “Child Theme”. The theme I purchased is called Chefette Pro, and works with the Genesis Parent theme. A Child Theme must be paired with a Parent Theme. It takes the styling and design a lot further, and gives you tons of ways you can customize the blog to make it your own. I highly recommend the Genesis and Chefette Pro themes, and you can purchase the themes through this link. There are many other options on this site as well, but I only have personal experience with Genesis and Chefette Pro.
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One of the first books I purchased was by fellow Food Blogger Chelsea Lords (check out her super awesome blog Chelsea’s Messy Apron). She has a book called How I Made 40k My First Year of Blogging, and the information included in this book is unbelievable. I read every word of her book probably 2-3 times and it taught me SOOO much! I still look back and read parts of it here and there. I think this book is one every new blogger should purchase.
Another book that I found just as educational and helpful is a book all about Food Photography. This was an area I really had zero knowledge about, and Lindsay from Pinch of Yum (another top notch food blog!) did an incredible job explaining everything in easy to understand terms and language. Her food photography is absolutely beautiful and I have learned so much from her book. I also hope one day to be able to take one of her photography workshops she holds in her studio in Minnesota! I also highly recommend the purchase of this e-book if you want to take your food photography to the next level!
I purchased a Nikon D3400 w/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (Black) DLSR camera after much research, and I’m quite pleased with how easy it’s been to learn and use. I’m also happy with the quality of the pictures it takes. I think this is a great camera to start out with. I do have a dream camera, but this one will last me for a long while.
After a month, I bought an extra lens – a Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras. This is the lens I primarily use for my food photos, as I feel it is able to get close up, and also gives that nice blurriness in the background that I like.
I like to take a lot of my food photos in the evening, since I do work a full-time job in the day, so I needed a light that would give me that “daylight” look. I use the Lowel Ego Digital Imaging Tabletop Fluorescent Light Unit, which I purchased through Amazon. It is frequently out of stock, which it is now, so if you are interested in this, you’ll have to keep checking back to see if it has been restocked. I had to wait several weeks to order mine, and the second I saw in in stock, I purchased it right away. I’ll put the link up here when I see it back in stock. It has solved all of my night-time photo shoot problems.