It was a very sudden decision. I was looking up recipes for food processors and found Pinch of Yum, saw that they had online training for food bloggers and thought “Yes!”. So here I am.
In another way maybe it is not so sudden a decision. My main business is online information for landlords and tenants in England & Wales and as part of that I have been writing a blog since February 2006. So I am not new to blogging.
However, I have been thinking for some time about doing something different, unconnected to my legal work and a monetised food blog sounds perfect! I am really looking forward to writing about all things food.
I’m so glad I signed up for the Food Blogger Pro training. I learned (and am still learning) lots of things which are specific to food blogging – such as recipe plugins! I had never heard of them before. Or food sharing sites. So a good investment I think.
Things to do before you start setting up a blog
You decide to do a food blog and just want to start writing, but then there are all these other things to do. Like what are you going to call it?
I am a big of a fan of ‘it does what it says on the tin’ type names and my main concern was not to make the title too restrictive. ‘Tessa’s food’ is good because it means that I can write about anything – so long as there is a food slant to it.
Hosting is not a problem. For my business websites I have an account with WP Engine. They were described by the technician who referred me to them as ‘perfection’ and I can see what he means. They do all the WP upgrades for you, backup the sites every day and protect you from hackers (very important to me as my previous site was hacked).
So it was really easy to set up the new instal and a nice support worker talked me through the business of getting the DNS sorted (basically so the domain name I had purchased points at the site).
The next thing is – what will it look like? In the past, I have always used Headway Themes but a post on the Food Blogger Pro forum recommended a theme from Restored 316.
I really liked their Tasteful Theme so decided to splurge out and get it. It’s built on the Genesis Framework (which I have heard good things about) so that means that all the code will be good.
I spent a bit of time getting to know my new theme last night and I have to say, I am really pleased with it.
So the site is live, it’s beginning to look right and I have done some writing already.
However, there is one thing missing at which I am a complete novice – food pictures!
Obviously a food blog needs pictures of food. So I have splurged out yet further and bought a DSLR camera. Learning to use it will be my new project. And the subject of another post …
Services that have helped me
Just in case you want to take a look at them, here is a list of the services mentioned with links (affiliate links – after all this is to be a monetised blog …)
(Needless to say the photo on this post is a stock one and not mine. Or indeed of me. But nice I think).