I’m sure most people would be amazed at what it takes to write a food blog post. If you’re food blogger, I’ll bet you nod your head in agreement to what I have to say. You wonder, like I do, if you’re crazy. After all, who would submit themselves to such a time intensive hobby? Only a crazy person, or a passionate food lover who wants to share their discoveries with the world. Perhaps the drive is a little of both.
What does it take to post an article for today’s asparagus recipe? Here’s a glimpse into my blog world . . .
First you have to love, love, love to eat. Then you have to be willing to learn to cook to a certain degree, or no one will eat your food. This would make for a bad food blog. You also have to enjoy story telling, since writing is a must.
After that you have to learn some technology. Strike that. You have to learn a lot of technology – blog platforms, plugins, widgets, web hosting, social media, SEO, adsense, and on and on. Then you have to be willing to keep up with the latest blog trends to see how successful bloggers appeal to their readers.
Are you exhausted yet? The steps identified so far apply to most any food blogger, so what do I do after that?
I find a recipe that inspires me, or dream up my own. When I create my own recipes, I write down every detail to be entered later into a recipe calculator. I used to type as I cooked, but it disrupted my cooking zen.
Finally, I get to cook. I have to take extra care preparing my meal so someone else can recreate it. This means details have to be perfect. When the food is ready, my family waits while I spend 10 – 20 minutes taking pictures of it. Sometimes I have to reheat it so they can actually eat my masterpiece.
If I’m lucky, someone else does the dishes. Sometimes – sometimes not.
Then I upload my pictures to the computer and edit them to perfection. After that I enter ingredients and directions into the recipe software to calculate nutrition information, and then I calculate Weight Watchers points.
Whew! I’m finally ready to write my blog post!
I upload my pictures to WordPress, and copy the recipe from the recipe software to Word. This extra step is because I can’t get it loaded into WordPress without major formatting problems. Once I’ve done that little work around, I can upload my recipe. Now I have a recipe and pictures. Done, right?
Nope. Now I get to think up a catchy blog post title, and add SEO (search engine optimization). If I don’t, no one will find my blog post to read it. This means I go out to Google AdWords and enter in my key ingredients to find the most searched for phrases for those ingredients in Google. I add those keywords to my blog post.
I’m too tired to write, so I go to bed.
The next morning I’m refreshed and inspired to finish my work. I write a lovely post, proof it a million times, then submit it to every food group I belong to, Twitter and Facebook. Then I wait to see if anyone thought I wrote something worth reading, and if they found any typos.
After that, I go to work.
I come home, and go through the whole process again. When I’m too pooped to go on, I take a break and visit my favorite food bloggers to see what they’re up to. After I find inspiration from them, I log into WordPress to see if anyone left me a comment. If they did, I spend the rest of the night responding to my friends.
There you have it. A labor of love for sure, and worth the effort – to a food blogger, that is.
- 4 large eggs
- 12 spears asparagus, trimmed
- 1 large red pepper, thinly sliced
- 4 slices Canadian bacon
- ½ cup low fat yogurt
- ¼ cup low fat Ranch dressing1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1. Heat oven to 450. Roast asparagus and red pepper on a non-stick cookie sheet for 10 minutes until crisp-tender. Add Canadian bacon to baking sheet the last few minutes of cooking to warm through.
- 2. Bring water to boil in a large pan. Reduce heat and simmer with 1 tablespoon vinegar. Gently crack eggs into pan. Allow to gently cook until yolk is slightly cooked, but still runny. Remove from pan from heat.
- 3. Combine yogurt, Ranch dressing, Dijon and honey in a bowl. Warm in the microwave oven for 30 seconds.
- 4. Place 6 spears asparagus and red pepper on the plate and top with Canadian bacon, 2 eggs and dressing.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 369, Weight Watchers PointsPlus 9
Total Fat: 14.67g
Total Carbs: 20.43g
Dietary Fiber: 2.14g
Please see disclaimer for further details. Nutrition information is compiled with MacGourmet. If you find discrepancies, please let me know. It’s important to me that I provide you with accurate information.