You love cooking. You always have. You were that kid who had decadent lunchboxes, even if that meant you cut your ham sandwich into a star shape with a cookie cutter when you didn’t have time (or money) to prepare anything else.
When you were a child, you had every “kids” cookbook that you could get your hands on – even though you got too skilled for them, fast.
Or maybe you got into cooking your second year of college when you moved out of the dorms and into your first apartment.
However cooking became your passion, it is now, and you’re wondering how to start a food blog.
The good news is – starting your food blog is easy. There’s this guide to walk you through it and plenty of pre-made website themes that allow you to click and go.
If you want to monetize it, that’s a little harder – but that’s a different article. Let’s start at the beginning and learn how to create a food blog below.
How to Start a Food Blog: Step 1
Before you go picking a name or looking up a hosting site, write down (or type out) the goal of your blog.
Is it to share recipes you put time and effort into with the world? To make it easier for people who have a specific condition or diet to find recipes they can make? Or simply to have something to do when you’re not at work? We all need a hobby!
Knowing your goal will guide you through everything from name-picking to the colors you choose for your layout. Got it in mind?
You may now pass go and collect the next step.
Step 2: Pick a Name and a Hosting Site
Naming a website is harder than it seems, as there’s so much competition. When you’re trying to come up with a domain name, you’ll have to try different combinations of what you want (or re-write your idea entirely), multiple times.
You want your name to be short, easy to spell, and indicative of what your blog is about. If it’s a blog about your journey on the Keto diet, it should have keto or ketosis in the name.
It’s up to you to figure out what combination of words you put around keto (or whatever your theme is).
Write down (or type out) a list of your best-case scenario names. Get at least five, as you’ll go through them – fast.
Then sit down to your computer and decide on a hosting site. You’re probably more familiar with them than you think. There’s Wix, WordPress, Go Daddy, and Bluehost, to name a few.
When you sign up for a site through one of these vendors, they’ll ask you if you want to register a domain name. Hint: you do!
Buying a domain name is how you get rid of that pesky websitename.domain.com tagalong that comes with free sites.
When you’re running through your list of names on the domain chooser, also visit namecheckr.com – a site that shows you if a name is free on Instagram, Facebook, and pretty much every other form of internet media.
Consistency is the name of the game in branding, so if your third choice is available on everything while your number one choice is just available as a domain – go with the third choice.
Once you’ve done all that, enter a credit card number, and you’ll be good to go! You officially own your own website (though it can take a few business days to post).
Step 3: Pick a Layout
Each domain has its own interface for designing what your website will look like to other people. Some use themes that you can just pick and apply, while others, like Wix, are drag and drop.
Make sure you’re following your goal, using the best food checker, and staying true to the purpose of your blog when picking a theme. Remember, people need to be able to read it just as easily on mobile as they can on a desktop.
Funky fonts aren’t recommended.
Once you’ve got the layout picked out, you’ll want to populate your site with pictures. It’s best to use your own pictures, but if you need some from the internet at first, make sure they’re “labeled for reuse” or are free-source.
Good sites to find free photos are Unsplash and Pixabay, though you can always pay for images if you have the budget.
Step 4: Create Your Content
Once you’ve chosen a theme, populated the blog with pictures, figured out what you’re going to write in your about me, and have your (site) menu all figured out, it’s time to write your first post.
This first post should be an introduction to your site, including who you are and why you wanted to create it. This is your blog’s first post – so take some time on it, but don’t obsess.
Studies have shown that people value authenticity over perfection, a thousand times over. Be yourself and have fun!
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Your Food Blog
Get a few posts on your food blog and play around with formatting options before you decide on your long-term style. In two years, no one is going to go through your archive and judge the first few posts for being a little wonky.
Find your stride and congratulate yourself. You just learned how to start a food blog in less than five minutes!
The only question left is … what will you make?