Food Blogging

Food Blogging


>>HMM. “FOOD.” NO, THAT’S NOT IT. “FOOD WRITING.” NO. “WRITING ABOUT FOOD.” WRITING ABOUT FOOD CAN BE A DIFFICULT UNDERTAKING. HOW MANY SYNONYMS CAN YOU COME UP WITH FOR “DELICIOUS” BEFORE YOU RUN DRY? YET FOOD WRITING HAS REALLY TAKEN OFF IN THE PAST FEW YEARS. WITH MORE AND MORE PEOPLE USING THE INTERNET, IT’S EASIER THAN EVER TO FIND INNOVATIVE RECIPES THAT USE A WIDE RANGE OF FRESH INGREDIENTS, AND TODAY, MANY PEOPLE ARE MAKING A CAREER OUT OF WRITING ABOUT FOOD. MEET KRISTIN PORTER, BETTER KNOWN AS “IOWA GIRL EATS,” A FOOD BLOGGER. EVERY DAY, KRISTIN WRITES ABOUT FOOD, HIGHLIGHTING RECIPES THAT ARE EASY, FAMILY-FRIENDLY, AND USE FRESH INGREDIENTS, WITH THE MANTRA “EAT WELL, RUN OFTEN, AND TRAVEL FAR.”>>MY BLOG IS ABOUT COOKING, WHICH I OBVIOUSLY LOVE, BUT I ALSO HAVE A PASSION FOR RUNNING AND TRAVELING, AND SO I JUST KIND OF THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, THE BLOGS THAT I ENJOY READING THE MOST ARE KIND OF ALL-ENCOMPASSING ABOUT A PERSON’S LIFE. YOU REALLY GET TO KNOW THEM BEYOND, YOU KNOW, FOOD OR WHATEVER THEY’RE BLOGGING ABOUT, SO I JUST THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, “THESE ARE ALL THE THINGS I LOVE. WHY NOT SHARE THEM ALL?”>>AND, THANKS TO HER WILLINGNESS TO SHARE HER THOUGHTS AND IDEAS ABOUT GOOD FOOD, HER BLOG IS NOW A HUGE SUCCESS.>>FOOD BLOGGING IS A REALLY GREAT COMMUNITY TO BE A PART OF, AND I JUST WANTED TO SHARE, AND…YOU KNOW, I LOVE HEARING BACK FROM READERS WHO HAVE TRIED RECIPES AND, YOU KNOW, HAVE WORKED OUT FOR THEM OR SAY, “I MADE THIS FOR MY HUSBAND, AND HE ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT.” SO I LOVE HEARING SUCCESSES.>>SO, WHAT DOES A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FOOD BLOGGER LOOK LIKE?>>YOU WANT THAT ALL IN ONE PACKAGE?>>THAT’D BE GREAT.>>OKAY.>>YOU KNOW, I ALWAYS TELL PEOPLE THAT ACTUALLY COOKING AND WRITING THE POSTS TAKES THE LEAST AMOUNT OF TIME. IT’S ALL THE BACK-END WORK — ANSWERING E-MAILS, MANAGING DIFFERENT RELATIONSHIPS OUTSIDE OF THE BLOG, TECH, MARKETING, P.R. — THAT REALLY TAKES UP THE BULK OF MY TIME.>>TO FIND INSPIRATION, KRISTIN VISITS LOCAL FARMERS’ MARKETS, READS OTHER BLOGS, OR EXPERIMENTS WITH DISHES SHE’S MADE IN THE PAST.>>WELL, I THINK WE HAVE A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY, LIVING IN THE MIDWEST. YOU KNOW, WE’RE SURROUNDED BY FARMS AND FRESH INGREDIENTS, WHETHER THAT BE PRODUCE OR MEAT, PROTEIN, SO, YOU KNOW, ALL OF THAT CAN BE FOUND LOCALLY OR WITHIN A SHORT DISTANCE.>>FOOD BLOGGING IS A RATHER NEW CAREER. BLOGS ALL OVER THE WORLD SHARE A SIMILAR THEME — A PLATFORM TO SHARE THOUGHTS AND IDEAS ON FOOD, BAKING, RECIPES, AND HEALTH. IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT A CERTAIN RECIPE OR INGREDIENT, CHANCES ARE PRETTY GOOD YOU CAN FIND AN ANSWER ON A FOOD BLOG.>>BLOGGING IS A VERY NEW PROFESSION, I GUESS I WOULD SAY. IT’S SOMETHING THAT DIDN’T NECESSARILY EXIST 5 OR 10 YEARS AGO, SO, YOU KNOW, I FOUND MYSELF IN A VERY UNIQUE AND SPECIAL POSITION, TO DO THIS FULL TIME.>>WITH THE EXPLOSION OF SOCIAL-MEDIA SITES LIKE TWITTER, FACEBOOK, AND PINTEREST, FOOD BLOGGERS NOW HAVE EVEN MORE WAYS TO SHARE THEIR WRITING, CREATIONS, AND IDEAS WITH THE ENTIRE WORLD.>>I JUST GET EXCITED WRITING ABOUT FOOD. I LOVE TO EAT, I LOVE TO COOK, AND I GUESS THE MOST EXCITING THING ABOUT WRITING ABOUT IT IS SHARING WITH OTHER PEOPLE, AND, YOU KNOW, OUR SOCIETY IS SO SOCIAL NOW, WITH FACEBOOK AND TWITTER AND PINTEREST AND INSTAGRAM, THAT, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE ARE MORE RECEPTIVE TO SHARING IDEAS THAN EVER, AND SO THAT’S MY FAVORITE PART, IS JUST SHARING WHAT I’M CREATING IN THE KITCHEN.>>WRITING ABOUT FOOD. IF YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR WRITING, A LOVE OF GREAT FOOD, AND THE DESIRE TO SHARE YOUR RECIPES WITH THE WORLD, YOU COULD WELL BE ON YOUR WAY TO CREATING THE NEXT MUST-READ BLOG.

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