When it comes to blogging, many people enjoy the art of writing about what they are passionate about. Whether you’re a knitter, linguist, or traveler, there are blogs about what you’re passionate about. If not, make one! Ordinary people who feel like they don’t talk much suddenly find that other people want to read what they write, regardless of humor or grammar or personal style.
Blogging is powerful – it’s a way to connect with other people who share your interests. For many, it is also a way to make money as more blogs are sponsored and even turned into books.
Food bloggers make up a small part of the online blogging community, but their impact is felt all over the world both online and offline. For recipes we turn to online cookbooks, which often lead to someone’s creative food blog. However, there are many dilemmas that food bloggers face when writing their blog and getting the right material to do so.
If you are a food bloggers or want to be one, it can be difficult to decide what kind of food you want to blog about. Would you like to share a secret homemade recipe with your family? Do you have knowledge of certain types of ethnic cuisine? Or do you want to write about food that other people cook? It can be hard to decide what kind of food blogger you want to be, but remember- it’s your blog! Write about what you want to write. Popularity is possible, but if not, it’s no big deal. Write (and eat!) for you.
The second dilemma that some food bloggers may have is the idea of sponsorship. If you want to make money from your blog, you can offer to advertise certain restaurants, other blogs, or sponsor recipes on your blog. However, this can sometimes create a conflict of interest when writing your opinion on who is sponsoring you.
Anyone who is publicly creative knows that critics are out there, and they will target anyone. Food bloggers can be accused of being paid to write good reviews about food, or intentionally writing bad reviews. They can get hurtful comments about their articles or certain recipes they’ve tried recently. As a blogger, it’s important to remember that living the foodie life is your first priority, and writing about it passionately is second.
Finally, a food blogger can face an unhealthy/healthy dilemma. Is what you’re advertising something you really want to give your friends or family? Making healthy recipes from fresh local ingredients is not only beneficial for your health and happiness, but readers want to know how to cook better food at a lower price. This doesn’t mean the ingredients come out of the 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 in the midst of a dilemma.