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How to start a food blog from your smartphone with Samsung Galaxy S9+ & Target. I show you how you can run, mange, and begin your food blog from your phone in this easy how to. The first step is to JUST START!
A question I find in my inbox on a weekly basis is “How do you start a food blog?”. The answer is very simple, you just press publish! Okay, I know, you want the real details, but I’m being serious. When I started blogging 5 years ago (If you’re vet reader, you remember Becoming A Heath!) the blogging world was a little different. Bloggers were just starting to fill their blogs with bright photographs. The concept of monetizing was also just taking off. You could find endless posts on starting blogs. They that had mile long list of products you needed before you could even press publish. Well I’m here to tell you that is not true. When I started my first blog, I started it with only my smartphone. True story! Now, thanks to how high tech phones are, it’s allowed me to even keep my smartphone as a major component in telling my food blog stories. Today I’m joining up with Samsung Galaxy S9+ to show how easy and quick it’s become to just press publish and share your food stories with one device.
CREATE YOUR BLOG
Number one, you need a platform. This is what you’re going to blog on. While you can self host or be hosted, it is up to you. My personal recommendation is to be hosted on a platform when you first start because it’s easier. Matter of fact, it wasn’t until this year that I moved to self hosted. There are tons of hosting options but look for one that best suits your needs. The great thing about being hosted is you can add a theme to your website with a click of a button. Which is a major plus when working from your smartphone.
Things I look for on a platform?
- Good customer service
- Easy to use themes
- An APP for the platform
- Good storage space
After you decide your platform and set up your theme, you need to decide the where. Yes, I’m talking domain, the www.elletalk.com, of your own website. While it’s not 100% necessary to have a domain name (it is if you want to work with brands), it helps establish a permanent bond with your readers and your site. Plus it saves you from having to make a lot of redirects in the future when you do want to switch to your own domain. Just remember don’t over think it and have fun naming your blog!
You don’t need to buy a seperate camera to shoot good food photography. I can’t put enough emphasis on that and it still blows my mind. Smartphones have amazing cameras these days. Because of that, I know a ton of bloggers who solely take photos with their phone. I’ve even pulled back into phone photography because the quality is on par with my standalone camera. Take my Samsung Galaxy S9+, it’s got a dual aperture lens that adapts like the human eye. I’ve captured stunning pictures in bright daylight and super low light. A key element to good photography is good lighting. I think having a phone that lets you adjust the lighting features to your preferences/atmosphere is great to have. Especially when trying to get those bright food photographs. I find it an added bonus with being able to capture in low light, you can still grab photos on those darker over cast days.
Check out how this photo turned out from our shoot!
What about your set up? It’s happy hour cheap. I work in natural light because that’s what I enjoy. I use foam boards to bounce light around and that’s something you can do with artificial lighting as well. Those cheap foam boards make for great white backdrops. Though you can buy colored poster board as backdrops for variety. As for my props, they are thrifted or out of my own kitchen. My best advice is to take your phone and start taking practice photos. Exchange out props, move your lighting from the side to back, and move yourself around for new angles. You do this enough and you’ll figure out what works best for you, your lighting, and how you like to set up your photos.
Editing. I know filters are a big thing right now but starting out, focus on the three main adjustment tools. White Balance, Brightness, and Contrast. These you can edit on a Samsung Galaxy S9+ right in the Photos app to adjust those bright and crisp photographs. By working more with these, you’re going to get an understanding of your photography and how to frame it better later. That way down the road, you’ll be taking better quality photos and spending less time in editing.
WRITE YOUR POSTS
A lot of people think food blog writing is a lot of “it has an earthy taste but silk feel”. While I’m all for explaining what something taste like, readers want to know about you too. You are uploading once or twice a week, why not get yourself involved? Something I’m always doing on my blog is sharing my life stories through my food. For me food is the center of my social interactions and where I make the best memories. If you’re looking to start a food blog, I’m guessing, that goes for you too. Share what makes you, you and don’t try to be like everyone else. If you’re corky own it and if you’re into puns, pun it up! It’s as important to catch the reader with a fun story as it is to describe what they could be eating.
Having trouble imagining typing up posts on your phone? Typing 300+ words on a smartphone can seem daunting. If you keep yourself organized it’s going to help you streamline your process. I still phone type blog posts while I’m traveling. I’ve learned if I make bullet point lists, I can easily type up a post in no time. I start with writing my bullet points on paper and later moves them to my Samsung Galaxy S9+ Notes app. Then I’ll use Multi Window to read my bullet points while typing out a blog post. Mix in the Infinity Edge display that showcases my notes, photographs, and blog posts on a beautiful edge to edge screen. Thus making the working space feel larger and less daunting to get around for writing and edits.
Social media is officially an extension of blogging. You have to do it, but you can have a lot of fun doing it.
Start by branding your accounts. Grab your smartphone camera and snap a fun photo of yourself in your kitchen. Make that the same feature photo of yourself across all your social media platforms. If a social media account has a banner, make sure to use those to showcase your food photos. You’re also going to want to make your account name/handle the same across all your platforms. I recommend sticking with your blog name.
From there start growing your account following. A good way to do this is to use hashtags and engage with people within those tags. As you start connecting with like minded people, you’ll slowly start growing a following of readers. Plus reach out to those bloggers like you! Feature each other on your social media accounts and share each other’s content. It’s always good to have someone who gets it.
How about when people come to your account though? This is the fun part, promise. Share your favorite blog photos, share your favorite resturant, show behind the scenes, or make daily videos for people to follow. I love using Samsung Galaxy S9+’s Super Slow Mo to add to daily videos for “sneak peeks” of upcoming recipes. You could even use the AR Emoji to create an augmented reality version of yourself by simply taking a selfie. Then share your real-life feelings as emoji stickers and videos for your social media. The main key for social media is to extend the personality and content you have on your blog into those platforms. By using it to showcase an unseen side of your blog, it helps take those social media followers into readers.
Check out this Super Slo Mo video I made from the shoot that would be fun to add in to a daily video thread.
At this point you’ve pressed publish, you’ve shared, what more do you need to do? A content calendar. I mentioned in writing blog posts to stay organized. One of the best ways to do that is to build yourself a content calendar within your smartphone. On my Samsung Galaxy S9+’s Calendar app I add in every holiday including those made up ones. I then start building out blog and social media posts to do around those holidays. This helps me stay organized but also keeps me on schedule to upload. Plus it’s nice if I have a spark of an idea for a blog post, I’ll drop it on one of my upcoming post days! This doesn’t go for just blog posts. I have alarms on my calendar that go off to remind me to upload content to social media. I pair that content to that weeks blog content or holidays. A content calendar may not be key to starting a food blog but it’s going to be a great tool to keep creating.
See, it’s possible to start your food blogging journey from your smartphone through creating, sharing, and engaging. If you’re like me, you may still be making a chunk of your content with one 5 years later. Blogging is a learn as you go experience that I suggest everyone to try. If you fall in love with it like I did. You can start to build your blog up from the solid foundation your created here based off quality content and your unique personality.
Looking to upgrade and want a phone to launch your Food Blog from? The Samsung Galaxy S9+ isn’t a minor enhancement. It is a technology overhaul that connects your life to the rest of the ecosystem. The phone may look similar, but the camera with slow mo, dual aperture and increased pixels increases the experience. The screen & water proof is a huge improvement for the Galaxy S6 & S7 users. Grab a Samsung Galaxy S9+ lilac purple, midnight black and coral blue at your local Target. You can find them in the electronics section. Instore photos take with the Samsung Galaxy S9+.
Have you been wanting to start a food blog? Have you felt like you didn’t have all the tools you needed to make it? I hope this post has inspired you to see that you can create good content but getting creative with your smartphone.
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