Blogging is so much fun. For me its like a recipe box for all my favorite recipes, a journal for lots of fun crafty things I make, and a great place to connect with others who have many of the same interests.
I have been addicted to reading and following blogs for a while now. I find so much inspiration through all the amazing talented people out there in the blogging world.
I’m so glad you are interested in blogging! I’m sure you have lots of interesting and creative talents or thoughts to share with the world. I dont think there can be too many blogs, because like people, no two blogs are the same. Everyone has something to offer.
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How to Start a Blog:
The first step to staring a blog is one that may not pertain to all of you out there, but it certainly pertained to me.
I know I had reservations about putting myself out there in the world, even though it is mostly virtual.
I doubted my cooking abilities, my photography skills, my writing. I didn’t feel like anyone would think I was good enough, so I just kept putting off starting it. When I finally made the leap it was scary but it felt great to jump that hurtle.
So Don’t Wait! So what if your photography isn’t that great, practice makes perfect, and whats better motivation to practice than your blog!
In the first few month, no one read or looked at my blog except for my family. In fact I didn’t even tell anyone outside my family for quite a while. This gave me time to “practice” with a lot less pressure.
So just take the leap! I know you have a lot of great things to offer the world.
A domain name is the name of your site. Web Hosting is the company that will host your website online.
I use Blue Host and I highly recommend it.
You can also purchase your domain name from Blue Host, or transfer a name you already have.
WordPress.org is the software that you will use for everything on your blog. The software is free, and you download it straight from your Blue Host server.
This is DIFFERENT from WordPress.com, which is a much more limited software.
I started out using Typepad as my blogging platform, and while I liked it in the beginning, WordPress.org has so so much more to offer when it comes to customization.
I wish I had discovered Food Blogger Pro earlier. It is an amazing resource for anyone new to blogging. It was started by Bjork and Lindsay over at Pinch of Yum. It contains tons of step by step tutorials from how to set up your site, to photography tutorials, and how to use all the tools of the trade. I can’t tell you enough how awesome it is. They are amazing teachers. I learned more from my first few days watching their videos, than I had in my previous six months of online research. Bjork also sends you great emails with all kinds of great information. Worth every cent.
Food Blogger Pro is only a couple times of year now for new membership, so keep an eye out.
You should definitely check out the Food Blogger Pro podcast as it has lots of great information and interviews with tons of expert people in the blogging community.
Find the Food Blogger Pro Podcast here!
“The Genesis Framework empowers you to quickly and easily build incredible websites with WordPress. Whether you’re a novice or advanced developer, Genesis provides the secure and search-engine-optimized foundation that takes WordPress to places you never thought it could go.”
I use the Genesis Framework along with the Foodie Pro Theme currently for my website. It allows me to easily customize my website just how I like it. It is compatible with all kinds of cool widgets that make your website awesome.
Foodie Pro Theme is a child theme. There are all kinds of child themes that you can purchase to go along with your Genesis Framework. They can cost a little but, it is a great deal when you think about how much It costs to pay a professional to create your website for you.
The genesis framework is currently $59.99 and Themes vary in price. I purchased mine as a bundle here
StudioPress.com has lots of awesome themes to choose from.
WordPress.org offers tons of free Themes for your website. When I first started I used a few different ones I liked including Sugar and Spice, and Contango.
If you dont want to spend any money, especially at first when you dont really know if blogging is for you, the free Themes are great.
If you are a food blogger and need some help with your photography, check out Pinch of Yum’s Tasty Food Photography Book!
Good luck on your new blog! I know it is going to be great!