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Coming up with ideas for food blog posts?

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I have a food blog, and every week, I keep running out of ideas as to what to "blog" about.

Mostly, it's a money issue right now. I don't have enough of it to go off running to the store to buy 6 ingredients for a fancy post.. so every time I come up with ideas, I have to scrap them because I don't have the ingredients. All I have on hand currently, is pasta, frozen veggies, and basic dairy products. :(

If you have a food blog, how do you come up with your ideas?

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  1. (I might sound harsh...)

    Maybe it's time to quit the food blogging "business" ?

    or

    Just slow down on the blogging to once a week and make it a spectacular event. and in-between just write about the process of doing that one event.

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    1. re: Maximilien

      I must agree to take a breather. Writing whether blogs or books should never be forced. If there is no pay check in it, writing should be enjoyable and come naturally... that's what I believe at least makes for really good writing. Yes, you can take others advice and write about frugal cooking or food memories... but I reiterate that whatever you write about should come naturally. Personally I've read far too many food blogs, articles and books that have been extremely amateurish and that seemed forced. I'm not saying that all "natural" writing immediately is excellent, but one can usually tell the difference.

    2. Consider joining a food blog roll where you recipe less often but are part of a larger group of food bloggers supporting the efforts of one another. Have you looked into blog rolls or contacted food bloggers you admire to partner? Rather than throw in the apron, if you really do enjoy it, maybe you just need some food blogging pals.

      1. You can always expand somewhat on what you blog about. Talk about all aspects of food, not just making dishes. Most food blogs I really come back to read are ones with diverse topics.

        1. A blog is a personal diary which you are choosing to make public. Blog about how you really are, what you really eat, what you really do. Don't pretend or buy something or cook what you wouldn't normally do.

          Blogging should be another way of communicating, not a burden.

          1. Badly do we need more captivating food blogs.

            1. You could write several nice articles on frugal cooking.

              You could do research in your cookbooks and online about a food related topic, and share your findings.

              You can write your memories about food related events in your life.

              You can review a favorite cookbook, and find an online source where your readers might purchase it.

              You could add lifestyle articles to your repertoire.

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              1. re: sueatmo

                How many vinegars are in your collection?

                Write about each one not leaving any detail out, make sure to take a picture of the bottle and include all the dishes that particular vinegar can be utilized in.

                I put up a photo every day of a restaurant, bar, coffee shop or food worker on my site.

                I like the above suggestion of reviewing your cookbook collection one at a time.

                Hopefully you have hundreds.

                What were your favorite dishes your grandma made?

                Your mom?

                Your aunt that could really cook?

                Look at other folks blogs and write about the topics of the day: gluten free maniacs, healthful benefits of lard etc.

                I suffer from the opposite of your problem. I have so many articles going at one time that it's daunting to give each one the full breadth and scope it deserves.

                What inspired you to start a food blog?