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

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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…
            Impressive.

          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.
            http://www.barbaricgulp.com/

            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!

                      www.saffron215.blogspot.com

                      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 :(

                            1. is it about restaurants or your own cooking?

                              1. Of course you should do it.

                                Do it proudly :).

                                1. It's a lot of work, but it can be rewarding (I suspect). The woman who did the Julia Child blog had an end point in sight (one year,I think). She did it religiously, converted it to a book and sold the film rights. So she did well. Others seem to burn out. For example, here is what was a good, edgy blog. But there's been no posting in months. http://www.savoryhunter.com/ Why? Burn out? Job duties? Don't know.
                                  The man who does this blog in NYC is good and steadfast. http://www.pinkpignyc.com/at_the_sign... But he's also a professional writer, philosopher and bon vivant. If he has a weakness, it's his photos.
                                  Good luck.

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                                  1. re: mc michael

                                    Ok. I see. You have a point there too.

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      Anyway, I thought you were already doing KevinEats, no?

                                      1. re: mc michael

                                        See my reply to that very question which was just asked on another thread here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9635...

                                        1. re: mc michael

                                          Nope.

                                          KevinEats is another guy who is a highly esteemed blogger.

                                          But peeps keep making that mistake. :)

                                          1. re: mc michael

                                            It sounds like a lot of work, and such intensity often puts the author at risk of burnout...

                                        2. re: mc michael

                                          I could see why.Ludo,LA.boring.Savory Hunter.
                                          You could branch out. I don't wan't to hear about the same shit heard over and over again.
                                          This might sound lame to you, but I wan't to hear a radio station with 24 hour food talk. Think about it. From around the world.

                                          1. If you have PLENTY of time to waste, plenty of money to lose by not doing what you do on a regular day in, day out basis, then it Might be a consideration.
                                            You will NEVER make any money, but will be doing it strictly for the enjoyment of it.
                                            I already know too many who have gotten out of the biz as the personal and financial rewards were not there.
                                            However, ymmv.

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                                            1. re: carter

                                              Yes, Caroline used to post to her blog almost daily. Now, not so much. http://carolineoncrack.com/ Apparently, she makes real money posting for Los Angeles magazine now.
                                              http://carolineoncrack.com/

                                            2. try it out. then you will know.

                                              1. As long as you don't have expectations of other people being interested, you have nothing to lose.

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                                                1. re: greygarious

                                                  Ha! You speak the truth. I've had mine going for about six months. My eight loyal readers (seven if mom doesn't count) seem to really love it, but the fame and fortune hasn't exactly happened yet.

                                                  That being said, I knew going in that there were literally millions of competing sites, I was not going to invest a lot of money into it, I wasn't going to slap ads all over it or spam places like Chowhound to drop the name, and that if I was going to do it at all, I had to do it for me. So I'll keep on as long as I enjoy it. If you have the right attitude, go for it. If you want to be Julie Powell, I'd advise against it.

                                                2. If you have something interesting to say, then why not?

                                                  I think it's better than the faceless anonymous rubbish you find on Yelp or Urbanspoon (although I enjoy both sites!)

                                                  1. DO IT!!!
                                                    What's to lose??? Write whatever you want! Use a smartphone for photos, babble about whatever you want because Its Your Blog!

                                                    I think its a great creative outlet and a way to chase your passion. There is no such thing as a "wrong" way to blog. No one says you have to post every day or even every week- it could be your favorite flavor of fritos or how you adore starbucks crappachinos or your favorite amuse at EMP- who cares!! Its Your Blog. YOU make the rules.

                                                    Go for it!!!!!

                                                    1. Of course you should do it! I have many Twitter friends who are food bloggers. I've met several of them in person and they don't use pricy equipment. Start it and see how it goes!

                                                      See you Sunday! :)

                                                      1. Badly does the world need another food blog.

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                                                        1. re: beevod

                                                          LOL...the world will always need new voices, new visionaries and new mavericks. If Einstein was alive today would he be blogging? http://rescomp.stanford.edu/~cheshire...
                                                          YES beevod, he would be.
                                                          Don't bee-vod discouraging

                                                          If kevin has something to say-I say, get out there and say it!

                                                          1. re: beevod

                                                            That thought is almost Yoda like...maybe I'd go with "Badly does the world another food blog need" to catch the true essence of the little Jedi Master...

                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                              That's a pretty cool name for the blog :P

                                                            2. re: beevod

                                                              In which case I will hand up my quill to dry.

                                                            3. kevin, if you are serious about writing a food blog and want to be taken seriously in the process a few handy tips include:

                                                              outline what you want to say, what's your mission & message
                                                              stay on (your own) topic don't zig and zag, readers you attract need to get a feel for your point of view
                                                              don't overload readers with too much information
                                                              but most of all READ hundreds of food bloggers already out there and decide what you could do to change things up and be original and always, always credit people for their work you link or get permission to reprint!

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                                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                                Hil Country, this is some solid advice.

                                                                Now what if I really don't have anything to say, should I still blog in that case ?????

                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                  ?that's up to you now isn't it?

                                                              2. Let me ask you this question; Do you want a food blog Kevin?

                                                                If the answer is yes, then what does it matter what any of us f*ck-tards have to say? If that's what interests you, then do it! Buy a pair of Nikes and "just do it". But like anything in life, do it because YOU want to and for no other reason. Don't base your success on how many readers you get, base it on the fact you did something you like and want and you did it!

                                                                If the answer to the question is no, then stop trying to find reasons to do it. Just find something else you really want to do.

                                                                The hell with what we think Kev, listen to your voice and do what your heart desires!

                                                                I wish you luck in your endeavors!

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                                                                1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                  Thanks.

                                                                  Everyone has reported back with some solid advice.

                                                                  And I do love the word "fucktards". Maybe that's what I'll title my blog if I get around to it, for fuck's sake. :)

                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                    No the fucktard board will be reserved for me and my commentary! Hurry and give me a board before Chow does!

                                                                    All the best my friend!

                                                                2. If you would enjoy doing it, yes. I really think it's as simple as that.

                                                                  Good luck with it, Kevin. :)

                                                                  1. Quick advice: don't write anything you don't know how to spell, like the Yelpers are prone to do ("Walla!" for "Voila!", that sort of thing). Get in the habit of looking stuff up, such as "Je ne sais quoi."

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                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                        Yelpers on Yelp aren't food bloggers, they are food reviewers sharing experiences on someone else's website.

                                                                        But the point made is equally lost on many high profile magazines, newspapers, cookbook authors and commercial food blogs. If there was a test for spell checking most of the publications read by the public would fail once or twice minimum.

                                                                        Maybe that could be your jumping off point-the first food blogger to ever be 100% error free! Can you fill those big shoes?

                                                                          1. re: HillJ

                                                                            There's a spelling error somewhere. See if you can finde it.

                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                              I was never very good at tests :) Until I started getting paid to correct them.

                                                                        1. re: Will Owen

                                                                          I do not know what je ne sais quoi is...

                                                                          1. re: Will Owen

                                                                            OMG my hugest pet peeve for the last couple months!!!! Walla!!!! smh I notice it alllll the time now!!! grrrr

                                                                          2. If you're motivated enough to keep up a regular writing habit and you don't mind the fact that blogs take a ton of work to maintain go right ahead... there are a bazillion and one food blogs out there already - what's your preferred niche? Comfort food? Budget food? Baking? Gourmet extravagance? Whatever you want to write about there'll be SOMEBODY ready to read it. My cooking blog only lasted about a dozen entries (if that) - I'm not organised enough to photograph as I go and writing recipes up takes forever. And then you have to find an audience to read it so you're not talking to yourself...

                                                                            1. Actually the bottom line is you should do it because you would be entitled to refer to yourself as a "food blogger" which creates instant credibility.

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                                                                              1. re: Chandavkl

                                                                                Even if only I read the damn thing ?????

                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                  Yes, though some people will find it even if you don't tell anybody about it. And being a blogger only means you write a blog. Readership is irrelevant.

                                                                                  1. re: Chandavkl

                                                                                    Kind of like having bona-fide press credentials ????

                                                                                  2. re: kevin

                                                                                    No, because obviously the nanosecond you launch your blog you will update this thread with where it is so we can read it too!!

                                                                                    1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                      He'll have to remember to start signing off with his blog url on every post in order not to be in violation of chowhound rules if they haven't changed.

                                                                                      Just FYI if you do, kevin. ;)

                                                                                      1. re: inaplasticcup

                                                                                        dman, that's gonna be a real pain to remember.

                                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                                          There's a bit of confusion here. We don't have a rule saying bloggers have to sign every post with their blog URL. You can review our guidelines for bloggers at http://www.chow.com/faq#blogger They have been updated fairly recently so even if you've looked at them in the past, it's worth taking another look.

                                                                                  3. I've read all the posts and yet I still don't know why you want to have a blog? If you tell us, maybe we'll pitch in and get you a 10k camera?

                                                                                    jb

                                                                                    1. Go for it, I am starting one. I am mostly doing it for friends and Family to see what I am eating since I live in a different country. Also for fellow Expats living in the area.

                                                                                      For now I will be using a smart phone camera, picture quality won't be my primary purpose.

                                                                                      1. Can't think of a reason why the OP shouldnt start a blog. It's harmless and entirely legal - which is more than can be said for some hobbies.

                                                                                        Personally, I rarely read food blogs. I find them often poorly written and under-informed. On the occasions when I do read local restaurant blogs, I come away with a suspicion that the only reasoin the person has started it is so they get on the freebie invite lists of the PR companies. Bloggers are not generally people for whom I can offer any respect.

                                                                                        1. Hey kevin, I like the sub title for Bun Boy's food blog: www.bunboyeatsla.com

                                                                                          1. I have a very good friend who has frequently suggested that I should do a blog, as he and his daughter both have. He first brought this up about ten years ago, and once or twice after that. What's funny is that the last time I went to both blogs, the daughter's last post was from about a year before and his was several years old!

                                                                                            The only blogger I know personally who posts sort of regularly is a PR and marketing guy whose blog, though not commercial, is a series of musings on modern foibles and habits and what marketing lessons we can take from those. For dessert, he closes with a cocktail recipe. For a while these would show up in my mailbox roughly once a month, then they became more sporadic, I'm guessing because his paying work was picking up.

                                                                                            1. Why not? I started my food blog five (!) years ago on a whim. I don't keep it up as well as I should, but I also long ago accepted I'm not going to "hit it big". So I get to write it the way I want to. I accept advertising (I belong to a network - I'm not chasing down ads) and do an occasional sponsored post and I make enough money off of it to pay for expenses (including going to a couple of conferences) and have some fun money left over. I've met some great people and worked with some cool brands (like last year I went to a conference and won a year's supply of Kerrygold butter and cheese which was AWESOME.) I turn down a lot of press invitations because I don't have the time or inclination, and I'm pretty small potatoes. The space is super saturated, but if you're doing it for yourself, who cares?