Focus On: Food Blogs
One of the first books I ever read about blogging was Margaret Mason’s No One Cares What You Had for Lunch. It’s a good book, but Mason’s title – while clever – has not proven to be accurate. The massive popularity of food blogs suggests that people might care more about what you had for lunch than about anything else you did in a day!
Food blogging might sound like a narrow topic, but there’s actually a wide range of subject matter. Here are a few of the types of posts I often read and enjoy on food blogs:
- Restaurant reviews. Where did you eat? What was on the menu? What did it cost? I like to read reviews of restaurants in my area, sure, but I also like to see photo journals of great meals people have had in restaurants I will never go to. If you score a resy at Per Se, please don’t forget your camera.
- Recipes. There’s really no need for a battered Joy of Cooking in anyone’s kitchen anymore – you can find a recipe for everything from grilled cheese to the infamous Pâté de Canard en Croûte on food blogs. If you haven’t yet introduced your grandmother’s biscuit recipe to the world, what are you waiting for?
- Special diets. Vegetarian, vegan, celiac, wheat-intolerant, dairy-free, sugar-free, paleo, Adkins – if you’re a foody with a dietary restriction, others can benefit from your expertise. Do you know how to eat carb-free at an Italian restaurant? Do you have the perfect recipe for gluten-free pizza dough or tomato-free salsa?
- Grocery product or ingredient reviews. Have you found a prepackaged microwave dinner that actually tastes good? Do you ever cook with foods that are unfamiliar to many people? Can you explain the best uses for the many different kinds of cooking oils?
- Cheap eats. These days, everybody is eating on a budget. If you have ideas for how to eat like a king for less, whether by finding the cheapest dining options in your city, or by cooking inexpensive recipes at home, do tell.
- Time-saving tips. Grocery shopping, cooking, washing up, packing lunches – all that stuff takes time. If you’ve figured out ways to feed yourself and your family quickly and efficiently, share them.
- Dinner parties. Or brunch parties, afternoon teas, cocktail hours. What did you serve? Was there a theme? Did you use paper plates, or your best china?
No matter your topic, food blogging is all about the photos. We can’t taste the food you blog about, but a good photo can make us feel as if we can. Pictures of delicious-looking food will make anyone’s mouth water.
Food posts are so popular on WordPress.com that we have an entire site dedicated to showcasing them, FoodPress.com. Head over for some inspiration! Also, check out this recent post on the WordPress.com blog on 7 Food Blogs to Follow This Summer.
Do you ever blog about food? If so, what kinds of food posts have you found your readers respond to? What do you most enjoy seeing on other food blogs?