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Feb 11, 2014 07:29 PM

I'm thinking of starting a food blog should I do it !?????

Or fugue habit.

Or fuggedabout it.

What say you chow friends and not so friends ????? :)

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  1. Unless you are a millionaire that can eat out at the most expensive, exclusive restaurants every night, and take pictures with a $10,000 camera...what's the point?

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    1. re: BacoMan

      I guess that sums up answer. Thanks man.

      1. re: BacoMan

        $10,000 camera? $3000 will get you what you want. And you can get by for around $500-$600.

        Can't vouch for the rest.

        1. re: foodiemahoodie

          I'd simply buy a cheapo point-and-shoot, which apparently saves me about $9500.

          And with this amount - I apply towards the most expensive, exclusive restaurants every night.

          1. re: J.L.

            <I'd simply buy a cheap point-and-shoot>

            Then he could take a few lessons from you, unless he's already good with a camera, on how to use it in a restaurant setting to get the results you do…

          2. re: foodiemahoodie

            Yeah, I guess you could squeeze by with a $3,000 device. But how will you differentiate yourself if not by superior photo quality?

            And, $500-$600 a day? Still pretty costly for most people.

          3. re: BacoMan

            I think the expectation that you need to eat out nightly or have an expensive camera is ridiculous. I have a friend who write an award-winning food blog (it actually won a food blog contest that awarded her an expense paid trip from the Midwest to LA for the premiere of Julia and Julia), and, as she's a full-time college English instructor, I doubt she's incurred those type of expenses. But I highly recommend her blog.

            1. re: Wayno

              No need for expensive gear.

              I have been complimented on my food photos in the past, and yet I use a $275 point&shoot camera.

              It's mostly the composition, staging, choice of lighting and overall (je-ne-sais-quoi) love of food which shows in the photos.

              1. re: Wayno

                I agree completely. I've read plenty of worthwhile blogs and none of the writers are wealthy.

            2. That sounds beyond f*cking exceptional.

              Don't listen to the haters.

              1. Depends on your purpose. I started my blog as a diary, not expecting anybody to read it. At that point I wrote what I wanted, when I wanted. However if you're looking for an audience, then you'll run into the issue of having to continually provide content.

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                  1. re: Chandavkl

                    I'm somewhat in the middle myself. I plug it as a supplement to what I post here on CH sometimes, but there really isn't much of an audience, and I'm perfectly fine with that. Just a hobby, really, since I don't provide content on a regular schedule. As long as you tamper your expectations, it's a nice outlet, one where you can expand your horizons.

                    1. re: Chandavkl

                      I agree. I started my blog to chronicle my recipes since I never wrote anything down and wanted my kids to have access after I am not here to give them tips.

                      Basically though, they still call me even though a recipe is on my blog, lol!

                      I love to cook though (and eat), so I do enjoy it as my hobby. My picture taking has gotten better and I have a point and shoot Cannon! Now I pay more attention to a good shot, as well as good food! :) Enjoy it and you will have fun. Good luck!


                      1. re: mcel215

                        I really like your blog! I'll be spending a lot more time looking it over, thanks!

                      1. re: VealParmGuy

                        Not posting here.

                        Wasting too much time. Investing in a new camera and computer to facilitate pics. :)

                      2. Lets discuss over lunch sometime..... You still owe me a dirty martini.... ;0)

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                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                          That's true.

                          And then if I do start the blog I won't post here as often.

                          I've written some restaurants musings that are a little dated. You can email me
                          Off board if you'd like to read it.

                          1. re: kevin

                            First, do it if it makes you happy. It takes time. I started one and really haven't posted like I wanted to, because life got in the way. Don't stop posting here, a lot of people enjoy reading your posts.
                            I disagree with the ones that say you have to have a lot of money. It's your blog write about what you want, people will read it. On a previous post there was a discussion
                            about what this site is about, expensive or dive restaurants, its about everything and for me that's what I want to read.

                          2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                            Yeah. I still owe you that martini. :)

                            But more importantly you also owe me a
                            Chocolate croissant. :)

                            1. re: kevin

                              Touché! When and where, Buddy? Grimaldi's? MG? C&T's? You make the call...... Downside to Grimaldi's no gin & vodka :(