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Hello my friends! If you having been asking yourself this question recently – How to start a blog, then please know you have come to the right place! I was in your shoes about 1 ½ years ago and whilst my desire was there, I really didn’t know where to begin.
I LOVE writing always have and always will. Blogging seemed liked such a good idea to me as I would be able to create a space where I could channel my creative energies and create. I also wouldn’t be starting every conversation I had with my friends about food, especially if they were a non foodie (I am very lucky as I have lots of good friends that also love food so we are able to have those conversations). Yet, I also knew when I looked at my text conversations with my friends and saw my 10,0000 food images that finding a way to catalogue these recipes would be a good idea.
I was having a conversation with my sister after a break up with an ex and I was telling her that I wanted to create a blog as one of the things I missed the most about said ex was that I could talk to him about food until the cows came home and send him a million of my food pics and he never got sick of them or told me to stop sending them 'Eg enough with all these bloody food pictures woman!'.
After that conversation and knowing that it was a good idea for me to begin my own food blog, I really had NO IDEA where to start. I hesitated about starting a paid blog as I didn’t know if my work was good enough to get readers and I also didn’t know anything food photography (other than that looks good, shoot and upload to instagram. So when I did start out, I chose a free wordpress.com website where I blogged each weekend for a little over a year and realised that when I was away on holidays, I missed spending some of my time like that.
So, anyhoo yes, it seems like a scary undertaking and yes, it seems like you might have to be a bit of a computer person to know how and what to do, but I want to reassure you that it is not the case. I know my way around a computer but I don’t know anything about writing code and when I saw an instruction to put the ad for my google adwords between the head and head tags, I admit that I was thinking ‘where the hell do I find the head tag and once I have found that one, where to I find the other one!'.
Not to worry though, I have been through the process twice now and have the answers to the questions you had, as I too had them to start with and I promise you, it is not actually that hard. A little bit of time and patience, a few cups of your favourite tea, a hug from your nearest furry friend and you my friend will have your own blog.
So, let’s begin and don’t panic as you can get in touch with me if you get lost and I will lead you through the process.
The 1st thing to consider is which company to go to who will host your blog. I did a lot of research before I started my blog and Bluhost seemed like the best and most reputable group to go with so that is not only why I chose them, it is also why I recommend you do too.
So step, by step, here is what you need to do:
- Choose your plan - I would recommend the basic plan to begin with as you can always upgrade down the track if you need.
- Create your domain - this is a really fun part and you can be creative when brainstorming ideas....what do you want your blog to be called? Note: if you already have a domain from a prior blog, you will be able to bring it across to wordpress.
- Enter your account details
- Select your package
- Payment details
- Create a secure password
- Select a theme for your site
- Install wordpress
I have compiled a bunch of screen shots here. My recommendation would be that you have this post open in one window and start with right clicking on this link and select 'open link in new window'. Then you can flick back and forth between the 2 and use this post as a guide.
Any questions, issues or comments, please feel free to give me a shout and I will do my best to help!
My best tip for you - start it and start it today, once you get going you will want more time to cook and shoot and blog and you can't get that by looking back and seeing where your wasted time went.
Adrianne and Sous Chef Tonka xx
P.S Once you have started your blog and you have cooked some amazing smelling and tasting food, you are going to want to up your Food Photography Game and to do that I highly recommend this drool worthy Food Photography Book by Nagi from RecipeTin Eats.