Starting up your blog

Starting up your blog – Part 1

June 21, 2014

(Great infographic summing up all my post! Scroll way down!)

Blogging is not easy and food blogging either.  BUT, if you are enjoying each recipe, food styling, photo editing, post writing then food blogging is really for you.  You have to love it and it should not feel like work.

1. Choices to make and setting up your website

Before I took the plunge and got started with Bon Appét’Eat, I read a lot, like a lot, other blogs and it really helped my getting started and make some choices.

I already knew I wanted to call it Bon Appét’Eat and buy a domain .com or .ca.

When I jumped in the blogging adventure, I decided to start my blog with wordpress.com and to buy my domain with godaddy.

Even though WordPress.com offers some stats, I wanted to install Google Analytics from Day 1.  Even though, you officially can not, there is a little trick and it is possible.  You need to install CloudFlare and then you can have your Google Analytics. My main help was from this website.

After 2 months, WordPress.com was not giving me the liberty I wanted.  I should I have realize that before starting but well…
– I migrated all my content from wordpress.com to wordpress.org, I found some great tutorials online to help me.  It was fairly easy.  Oh, and by the way, I do not know much about all the background of websites so I am quite a newbie.   The tutorial I found also helped me changing the server information in Godaddy. (I do not recall which website it was but there were a lot of tutorials out there.)
– Then, I had to choose my host: That little ”virtual house” hosting my website with all your data.  I went with Bluehost at $5.95 per month.

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I am extremely happy with their services:
the price is right, I choose to sign in just for 12 months but the longest you subscribe the more you save.
-Their live-chat is great: At first, I did not know I had to change some server name in Godaddy, I had a live chat and they helped me. The person I dealt with were so pleasant and helpful.  And 24/7 please!  Great customer service!
– The package includes emails, domain (I had it), some templates etc.

It meets my needs.

2. Choices to make for your blog

Now that you are officially a blogger, you need to make your website pretty and functional.

For now, I am using a free theme, it is Twenty Thirteen.  Given that I do not anything about programing and I do not have too much time to learn for now, I decided not to spread myself too thin and stick with that.  For now.   It might change.

Things you need to take care of:
A menu, simple, functional and logical.  Don’t forget the About and Contact pages.
– Install some widgets and plugins, here are my favorite ones:
– Social Media Feather, it is my ‘Follow us’ on the top right with the icons of the social media websites.
– Askimet, to protect from the spam messages, great job so far!
– Google Analytics, of course!
– Shareaholic, at the end of my posts, you see those little icons to share that post on social media?
– WordPress SEO, it gives me a feedback of the quality of my SEO, amazing tool!
– Ziplist, to enter my recipe (Prefered to Easy recipe because with Ziplist you can put hyperlinks in your recipes, definitely a plus for me!)

I let you discover the other ones 🙂 !

How do you feel about starting your own blog now?  Have you started yours and you have some suggestions of your own?  Tell me in the comments below!

Starting up your blog

  1. I’ve been blogging for about a year now. And during that time, I didn’t have too much time to spend on everything. I am still trying to spend as much as I can on blogging. Mine is a different niche of a food blog, so yeah, it is a bit different. It’s been a fun journey and I’ve met many wonderful people. Are you a full time blogger btw? I’d love to be able to do it full time one day…some day. I girl can only dream haha.

  2. Hi there, I am not a full time blogger. I wish too :). I have been blogging for 6 months. With a full time job and 2 young kids it is challenging but I love it!

  3. You’re totally right, blogging is a LOT of hard work, but so so worth it, especially as it doesn’t really feel like work. Very interesting info-graphic. I’m sure many people wanting to start up their own blog will find it really useful!

  4. Thanks Helen. I know I am just 7 months down the road but different inputs are always great value when one wants to give a try to blogging. Glad you liked it too 🙂

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