Have you ever considered starting a food blog? I have found that blogging is a fulfilling, creative outlet that encourages me to be a better photographer and really pushes my cooking skills. I have learned a ton of stuff about cooking because of this blog. I have also met dozens of like-minded people who love to cook, eat and talk about it.
Below are some of the resources I use which I update periodically. Some of the items below includes affiliate links, this means Fusion Craftiness earns a commission at no extra cost to you. When I find a great product or service, I like to share it with my readers. Thank you for your support!
Getting Started With Your Own Blog
Free WordPress Themes – I have used a premium theme called Foodie Pro on The Genesis Framework. I like it for the streamlined, professional look to it. It is also very easy to use. Currently I use Cook’d Pro from the same designers at Foodie Pro. There are a lot of free themes in WordPress, however, so this could be a great option if you are trying to save a little money when starting your blog. Click here for a sneak peek.
Genesis Framework and Foodie Pro Theme – This is the framework and premium theme I use on Fusion Craftiness. I like the simplicity of it and the ease of use. Foodie Pro was the first theme I used.
Food Blogger Pro – The learning curve on food blogging is steep! There is an overwhelming amount of information available and just a few hours into it you will probably feel overwhelmed, not knowing where to start, not knowing what info is relevant. Food Blogger Pro has been a blog saver for me and many others. It has everything for beginners and seasoned bloggers alike. A step-by-step video library with a training log walks you easily through the steps to successfully blogging and enjoying it. I jumped on this community as soon as I could, there are two enrollments each year but you can sign up on the waiting list anytime, you will get an email to let you know when the enrollment period starts. The forums are a fantastic way to network with other bloggers which will help you get insight and even featured on Buzzfeed! I am still learning and I imagine I will be a part of this community the entire life-span of my blog.
Tasty Food Photography – I purchased this food photography e-book and profoundly improved my pictures. At the time I only had a point and shoot and learned a bunch with this e-book. Later, when I purchased a DSLR, my pics really came together. The author goes into easy-to-understand detail for phone photography, point and shoot and DSLR. She also touches on post picture processing. This book has saved me a ton of time of trying to figure it all out myself. Because of this e-book, my very first submission to Food Gawker was approved! Tasty Food Photography has easy and relevant content and has the information and instruction to get you started. If you have been photographing for awhile but aren’t satisfied with your results, you need this book now! If you are just starting out in food photography or are a beginner photographer, I highly recommend this book!
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 – I recently upgraded to the Canon Rebel after using a Canon Power Shot for 10 years. I LOVE DSLR! It’s made a huge difference in my photography and what I can do with it. This camera is a great starter DSLR that I probably won’t grow out of. Since learning how to shoot in manual mode, the sky is the limit when shooting with this camera.
Tamron Auto Focus 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Lens for Canon – I use this for 60% of my food photography and 100% of landscape, portrait and wildlife photography. I love this lens! It’s a great for getting everything in frame while hiking and I use it for food photography so I don’t have to stand on a tall ladder for overhead shots.
Canon 50mm f/1.8 Prime Lens – The ‘nifty fifty ‘s my only other lens. Every photographer I know has this prime lens and loves it. It has some limitations but great strengths too. It’s the most affordable lens out there too so a great starter lens. I use it for my close up, eat me now shots.
Mail Chimp – I use Mail Chimp to manage my newsletter and subscriptions. The platform is easy to use and they have a free starter option for members with less than 2000 subscribers. Everybody wins! For more info click here.
Driving Traffic To Your Blog
Food Sharing Sites – Here are a list of sites where I submit my recipes. It’s fairly easy to do but does take a little extra time. This has been worth it though as they are the main drivers to my blog along with Pinterest and Yummly.