(blogging on the road)
Lately people have been asking me about tips for beginning a blog. My first reaction was, ‘That’s so sweet!’ And my second reaction was, ‘But I don’t have any wisdom for blogging yet! I just started!’
But then I thought…’Advice for beginning a blog…I guess I might have a little wisdom for starting a health/fitness website.’
So here are my best ideas for beginning a food or health website!
Get a Good Design
I’m a very visual person, so I’m naturally attracted to going to professional, fun blogs with great layouts. I guess it sounds shallow, but I think it’s important if you want your blog to be successful to have a clean, non-distracting layout.
It doesn’t mean you have to spend money either. WordPress and Blogspot have a lot of clean layout options!
My Dad has always said if people misspell in an article, they lose some of their credibility. I think that can be true. But I also know that when I’m excited about what I’m writing about, I’ll type really fast and make little mistakes. I’ve had to fix many typos on my site…SO that’s why it’s important to use spell-checker BEFORE you post! People will respect what you’re saying more…when it’s spelled correctly.
Write your Content When You’re Inspired
This is something I’m still working on. Usually every night I’m writing blog posts in my head…when I’m supposed to be sleeping. But that’s when I’m the most creative! Somehow I need to switch around my writing schedule!
However, I notice a difference in how I write when I’m feeling creatively motivated. When you’re excited about what you’re writing, people can tell that you’re passionate about it! Write about what you love!
The sites that I frequent the most use a lot of pictures/photos in their posts. Maybe it’s just my hyper-ness, but I can get bored by sites that have long articles without photos. I can be super fascinated by the same article, if they insert a related photo. I’m sort of like a 6 year old when it comes to my attention span. I think it’s really cool when the blogger uses their own photography.
Take Good Quality Pictures
I’m no expert at photography! I have SO SO much to learn in this field! Once again, speaking from experience, the blogs that I really haunt have good photos. Especially in the health site world…if you want to inspire people to eat healthy…a blurry, orange photo of some brown, mushy looking dish doesn’t particularly motivate. Good photos are inspiring!
Participate in the Community
Make your blog known. Maybe become a member of Food Buzz. Get a Twitter account. Share your posts with friends on Facebook. Make friends with other bloggers and comment on their posts. Submit your recipes/photos through sites like FoodGawker, PhotoGrazing, HealthFreakFood, Makes and Takes, Tasteologie and Tastespotting.
I have been so blessed by the foodie friends that I have met through blogging! They keep me inspired!
For those of you who’ve been asking for this post, hope it helps! I enjoyed writing it out for you!
Fellow bloggers, do you have any great tips to add?
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