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Blogging vs. Blog Sites:

NonnieMuss Sep 15, 2013 03:17 PM

So I've started a food blog, which I will not mention (hello mods!), and am trying to get it posted on various blog sites. Here's my problem - they all seem more interested in the food porn aspect - the photography, the food styling - and less interested in the content. Some of what they feature seems to be only pictures - lovely ones, yes, but with little instruction, detail, or actual writing. Has anyone else had a problem with this? My food photography is lacking, I admit, but I'd rather be entertained my content than just pictures. And yet I get rejected due to my photos. Do people really go to these sites just to see pictures? Does anyone read these things? Am I just whispering into a jar and setting it afloat in the ocean?

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    HillJ RE: NonnieMuss Sep 22, 2013 12:41 PM

    A few ideas that might help you.

    Most of the food bloggers I know started out debuting on another food bloggers "blog roll" to help promote their new blog. Do you know any food bloggers?

    If you are serious about food blogging and plan to stick with it long term then I recommend joining Blogher http://www.blogher.com/about-this-net...

    They are the largest blogsphere portal for women out there with tons of tips and assistance for members.

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      NonnieMuss RE: HillJ Sep 22, 2013 01:39 PM

      Thank you for the info. I've looked into Blogher, but they have strict eligibility requirements that I don't quite meet yet (how long blog has been up, number of hits, etc.). FoodGawker is all about the porn - no content and extremely strict photography guidelines. Ah well, I'll keep looking. The only food blogger I personally know had her site bought out by a publishing company who wanted to use the name for a cookbook - $2,000 to STOP blogging!

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        HillJ RE: NonnieMuss Sep 22, 2013 02:55 PM


        I have heard that before but Blogher does support beginners through their social media outlets. There are tons of supportive links and individuals sharing tips to help you through the early days of your food blogging efforts. The site is very large. They devote a great deal of content to their annual Blogher Conference. It will require some digging to get to the info that works best for your needs at the moment. But they are one of the better resources.

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      youareabunny RE: NonnieMuss Sep 22, 2013 02:42 PM

      I think nice pictures are a must but I'd rather not read 5 paragraphs on what happened that day. I find myself having to swipe about ten times before I finally hit the recipe.

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        HillJ RE: NonnieMuss Sep 22, 2013 02:58 PM


        Also, the food blogging members highlighted on Blogher should be a good indicator of what food bloggers are thinking about, posting on and working towards.

        I believe in studying your subject. Food bloggers spend a great deal of time reading and studying other food bloggers. You can read tons of books and materials on how to go about A B C or you can cut to the chase and study your colleagues already out there doing what they do. There are very few shortcuts to achieve a really nice, interesting, engaging food blog.

        Good luck, NonnieM.

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