I am at this point of my food blogging where frustrations and failures over shadow passion and creativity. As you may know, food blogging is an incredibly demanding task. I spend at least 10 hours a day testing recipes, researching, taking food photos, and writing- but I can definitely say that I love every second of it. There were times when recipes doesn’t come out even close to “okay” (I am looking at you eclairs!) or my food photos show visible signs of an uninspired and frustrated photographer, but at the end of the day, I have invested my time because this is what I love to do.
If you are also new on this food blogging community, let me share with you what I have learned so far. I have only been blogging for less than a year, but I learn something new almost every day. Oh, and you might want to make this quick instant chocolate mousse to stimulate your brain cells.
What I have learned about food blogging so far
- Everything doesn’t always have to be perfect. By failing comes learning!
- Successful food bloggers today started out the same as you, so be patient and keep doing your best.
- Find new inspirations; Personally, I love spending time at a coffee shop and people-watch while I write my blog posts.
- When taking food shots, lighting is everything!
- Sometimes, simple is the way to go. Don’t over style your shots, and always remember that the food is the star.
- Browse your favorite food blogs and write down what you love about their photography and style of writing. Hopefully, this will inspire you to find your own voice in this overpopulated food blogging community.
- Double check your recipes and ingredient list to find errors. Sometimes, I missed one key ingredient when I wrote the recipe instructions. Thankfully, a reader noticed and informed me about it!
- If you feel like your food shots are not turning out the way you want them to, experiment with different lighting, props and background.
- Don’t forget to give credit to bloggers, chefs or cookbooks where you adapted the recipe from. It’s just not nice to steal someone’s work and call it your own.
- Lastly, don’t give up! If you feel frustrated now, clean up, relax, and start over the next day!
- 3 cups mini marshmallows
- 4 tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 9 ounces best quality semi sweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
- 1/4 cup hot water
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a heavy-bottom sauce pan, put the marshmallows, butter, chocolate and hot water. Place the sauce pan on a stove over low to medium heat, gently stirring to melt and well-combined. Remove from the heat and cool.
- Meanwhile whip the cream with the vanilla until thick and then fold into the cooled chocolate mixture until you have a smooth, cohesive mixture.
- Pour or scrape into 4 or 6 glasses or small dishes and chill until you want to eat. The sooner the better!
- Adapted from Nigella Lawson