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Fellow Food Bloggers - Advice!!

  1. I am a food and music blogger. I am a foodie and musician first, and a photographer...well I wouldn't say I'm a photographer, I just love to take pics. I really want my blog to become a source of income for me in the future since it's my number one passion. Every food blog I see has FANTASTIC pics! How do I get around the fact that sometimes my pics aren't the best? Do you think this really matters? What are your thoughts??

    The blog I need help with is sarahsmusicalkitchen.com.

  2. I don't have a food blog, but here's my two cents.

    -I think you have a great name for your blog!
    -If you want to build a readership, post a new entry everyday.
    -When you're doing food posts, I would take pictures of the process and also the final product. People like visuals.
    -I would mix up the musical posts a bit to include something other than American Idol. A lot of people blog about American Idol, so it's good to have something else mixed in for people who don't want Idol and also just to vary the content.
    -Take a look at how you do your categories. The category "Recipe Experimentation" took me to American Idol posts, and I expected to see actual recipes.

    Your blog has a lot of potential, keep posting everyday, but keep in mind that it takes awhile to build a leadership and even longer to make even a modest income off of your blog.

  3. Thanks for the input. I was afraid the Idol posts were a little misleading. They are actually recipes that I contribute to a popular Idol blog, you just have to scroll down to see the food. I'm sure see the American Idol picture first is a bit misleading. Thanks again!

  4. I actually didn't realize you were on American Idol, so I can see how your input on it would be more interesting than the average person posting.

    Good luck with it!

  5. Thank you! :)

  6. Quote: How do I get around the fact that sometimes my pics aren't the best? Do you think this really matters? What are your thoughts??

    Ok my thoughts...
    - EVERYONE has to start somewhere, blogging, photography, everything in life.
    Like most things getting better comes with practice so get out your camera and take photos! ...lots of photos.

    - read other foodie blogs, be inspired by great photos and aspire to be like them rather than to say mine aren't good enough. Ok maybe truth is that they aren't good enough right now but if you practice enough, they will, with time, become so.

    - patience is a virtue, any learning curve involves time, be prepared for your progress in taking better photos to be linked to the steepness of the learning curve and the amount of true time and effort you put into it.
    Nothing worth mastering in life happened overnight.

    - your blog didn't strike me as a foodie blog at all when I first looked, it looked to be all music, personally, I'd mix posts more, so that foodies don't have to scroll though 10 posts to find a foodie one. OR, like me, make it really clear where the food posts are kept via your Category lists

    - do photos matter? yes and no, Personally I think that even a not so great photo is better than no photo at all on a recipe, but if you take a better photo of it again later , then replace it as soon as you can... or don't bother because it's natural and normal that your photos will evolve with your blog. (depends on how perfectionist you are)

    Lastly, sorry to burst your bubble but the chances of your blog becoming a source of income for you are remote,
    Wordpress doesn't allow adverts for a start, and you are "competing" against literally millions of food blogs for viewer attention.
    You need not just millions of hits daily but tens of millions before advertisers will pay you more than a pittance and if you get that sort of traffic you'll be taking up the kind of bandwidth that you will have to pay for in the first place, so you'd have to deduct your running costs first anyway.
    I sincerely hope that you don't ONLY blog because you think it's a future commercial venture, blog because you love it because chances are, personal satisfaction will be the only return you will see.

    Sorry to be brutal, but your odds at earning a living from a blog involve generally a LOT of day and night regular effort and hard work, top notch content that is unique and appeals globally, and a decent amount of luck.

    ps being tough and honest, your photos aren't brilliant but I CAN say I've seen worse so you can know that you are at least not on the very bottom step of the ladder LOL

    The only way is up, right?

    Happy Blogging!

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