Food Bloggers’ Dilemma

When it comes to blogging many people are in it to enjoy the art of writing about what they find passion in. Whether you are a knitter, a linguist, or a traveler, there is a blog about what you love. If there isn’t, go create one! Regular people who didn’t think they had much to say are suddenly finding that other people want to read what they are writing, regardless of humor or grammar or personal style.

Blogging is powerful- it is a way to connect with others who share your interests. For many people it is also a way to make money as more and more blogs are being sponsored and even turned into books.

Food bloggers make up a small portion of the online blogging community, but their impact is felt throughout the world both online and off. For recipes we turn to online recipe books, which can often lead is onto someone’s creative food blog. However, there are many dilemmas food bloggers are facing when it comes to writing their blogs and getting the right material to do so.

If you are a food blogger or want to become one, it might be hard to decide what kind of food you want to blog about. Do you want to share your family’s homemade, secret recipes? Do you have knowledge of a certain kind of ethnic cuisine? Or do you want to write about the foods other people are cooking? It can be hard to decide what kind of food blogger you want to be, but remember- it’s your blog! Write about exactly what you want to write about. Popularity might happen, but if it doesn’t it’s not a big deal. Write (and eat!) for you.

A second dilemma some food bloggers might have is the idea of sponsorships. If you want to make money off your blog you can offer to advertise a certain restaurant, another blog, or sponsor recipes on your blog. However, this sometimes can create a conflict of interest when it comes to writing your opinion in light of who is sponsoring you.

Anyone who is publicly creative knows that the critics are out there, and they’ll target anyone. Food bloggers can be accused of being paid to write good reviews of food, or purposefully writing bad reviews. They can get hurtful comments about their articles or certain recipes they’ve tried lately. As a blogger it is important to remember that living your food-loving life is the first priority, and writing about it passionately comes second.

Finally, a food blogger can face the unhealthy/healthy dilemma. Is what your advertising something you’d really like to feed your friends or family? Creating healthy recipes from fresh, local ingredients is not only beneficial for your health and happiness, but readers want to know how to cook better meals for cheaper. This doesn’t mean ingredients that come out of a box, but it doesn’t mean you have to grow everything yourself, either.

To aspiring food bloggers I say- go, eat, write, and take pictures! Document your culinary journey despite the dilemmas.