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So You Wanna Be A Food Blogger? Here's How.

Starting a blog can seem daunting, but with a few simple steps you can have one up and running in no time.

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2. Pick a theme.

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There are a lot of food blogs out there, so pick a theme. Dessert blogger? Vegetarian blogger? Pasta and homemade ceramics combo blogger? Having a theme will help you determine your target audience, make creating your initial content easier, and help you pick a name.

3. Pick a name and a domain.

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This might actually be the hardest part. You want something memorable that's not too long, and something that you won't get sick of hearing. Choose wisely.

After you have your name, you can buy the rights to an official website domain. Having a www.YOURBLOGNAME.com adds a professional touch and makes your blog that much more legit.

There are lots of services to purchase domain names from, like Name Cheap, Go Daddy and Host Gator.

4. Get some food.

Now's the fun part, recipe planning! Keep a small notebook with you at all times, because you never know when a recipe inspiration will hit. Work your blog recipes in with the rest of your weekly meal plan, that way you don't have to spend extra afternoons cooking.

And don't get overly ambitious in the first few weeks. Although making five recipes in one night because you're on a roll seems like a great idea, it's difficult to eat that many leftovers. Don't let your excitement be responsible for any food waste.

5. Get a camera.

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A food blog is about food first, but photos are a close second. A DSLR is going to be your best option for the best photos, but if you have good light then a decent digital camera will do the job to start. I don't recommend investing win a DSLR until you're 100% sure this project is going to stick.

And have fun playing around with arrangements of backgrounds, plates, ingredients, cutting boards, measuring cups etc. It might take a while, but you'll eventually develop a signature style.

7. Get some light.

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Kitchen lights are horrendous for food photos. They're yellowy and warm and will make your food look like it's glowing, and not in a good way.

If you're fortunate to have a large window and good natural light, that will work. But if you don't want your meal times dictated by the sun's schedule, get a soft light lamp. You can buy one, or save some cash by making your own.

8. Hop on the social media train.

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You've got your website, blog name, food, camera and light-- now all that's left is publishing! Make sure to share your recipes on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ etc. Until you gather a following, no one will see you hard work unless your share it and promote it!

Making a Facebook page is a great way to start, and makes it very easy for people to keep up with your blog. Find some other blogs you like, and you can start promoting each other's work.

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