°Für Deutsch ganz nach unten scrollen° // This blog is about the different aspects of Social media Marketing, Blogging, Social Media Collaboration, Social Media Prizing, “Influencer” Marketing and it aims to support bloggers and people working in Social Media….
The term “shadow ban” means that Instagram is banning a person’s account without them knowing it. This means that when you post a picture and put on some hashtags, that you might not appear in the “recent” section of the hashtags and people will not see your picture….
Two months ago, I did not know about these cookies called “Wagon wheels” but I thought they looked very tasty when I looked at pictures on the internet. The original recipe sounded pretty sugary so that I decided to make my own version and call them the Vegan Wagon Wheels with Chia Jam.…
“Because if you love and want something enough—whatever it is—then you don’t really mind eating the shit sandwich that comes with it.”
This is a blog post about fear, creativity and shit sandwiches. – A blog post about my opinion, about finding your own personality and in the broadest sense a tribute to the fantastic book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and the great articles by Mark Manson, which both inspired me to write this.
Many people ask me where I get my ideas for blog posts. And this is where I might differentiate myself so much from other working professionally in that business. I don’t have an editorial calendar, no weekly blog post topic brainstorm wall, no “I need to post at least twice a week” aggressive voice in the back of my head. I am creative, I am chaotic and I can only write something good when I really feel it. That’s maybe one of the main reasons why I could never work in a 9 to 5 job and why I knew that I need to break out of these vintage patterns of having a “real” job.
This post does not originate from a single encounter yet is an accumulation of talks and negotiations I had with friends, bloggers, my family or total strangers. I need conversations, encounters, great books, but mostly people that get me thinking.
In the big magic, Elizabeth lists some of the things, why people do not do what they secretly want to do. And of course sometimes it is complicated but EVERYONE, yes also you reading this, has the power to take control of their own life and change things. So be honest with yourself and tell me if:
“You’re afraid that there’s no market for your creativity, and therefore no point in pursuing it?”
“You’re afraid somebody else already did it better? You’re afraid everybody else already did it better?”
“You’re afraid your work isn’t politically, emotionally, or artistically important enough to change anyone’s life?”
As many people have asked me if I always have my heavy camera with me when I make pictures, I thought I write a blog post about making great pictures without a DSLR camera. Phone Cameras have improved significantly and to be honest, I make 50% of my pictures with my phone and I only use my camera for “big” photoshoots.
Feeling like an Instagram oldie, I thought I might share some of my experiences with you on what I learned through my time on Instagram. You might find yourself in one or two of the stories below……
Ah, I usually shy away from blog posts like these…There is no step to step thingy on how to get more followers. I mean, what do you want with all them? 😉
A huge follower base is awesome but as much everyone is focussed on quantity, I personally aiming for more quality followers. Yesterday, I’ve built up the Facebook Community Group: BLOGGER COMMUNITY 2016. This is an open community where everyone is invited to join and share. Just after one day I figured that there are many Newby Bloggers, all with the same question on how to get more traffic….
Dear Social Influencer….
BLA BLA BLA – BLA BLA BLA
Name of super fancy important Start-up Company with no budget.…
How did you become a blogger?
I think besides the question of “How did you get so many followers on Instagram?” the question of how this all started is the most frequent one. I never really know what to answer, as I feel people expecting this huge, cheesy story about me finding my passion and fulfilling the dream I was chasing since young. Well, I can’t give you a cheesy fairytale, but a real insight on how I became a blogger. …
With so many blogs popping up during the last months, it can be kind of a challenge to find your place and space and distinguish yourself from others. Many bloggers start a blog with great motivation but after some time, they stop posting or they loose interest in improving their page and interacting with their readers. Professional blogging is nothing different from a real job. You should listen to you readers and always stay true to yourself.
I always feel a little weird when posting smoothie or Nicecream recipes; I have to admit. I literally just smash all the stuff I can find in my mixer and then call it a NICECREAM 🙂
However I thought this decadent Nicecream creations needs to find its spot within this blog and has a right to be recreated by many many Chocolate obsessed people and foodporn seekeer.
If you are not into chocolate and coconut and nicecream and dessert and heaven and love (seriously?) then feel free to scroll down to my Tipps on how you can improve your food photography.
This is a straight forward post. Setting a blog is not easy and requires a lot of effort! However anyone can do it. It is so worth doing it but the way getting to your perfect blog can be painful. My advice?
Never give up! Get prepared for a hundert things not working at first place and never be ashamed to ask if you are lost. Ask two times, three times, ten times. To simplify things you basically need three things to start. A DOMAIN NAME, a HOST and a WORDPRESS template with a theme to make it look pretty. This is not a step to step tutorial but if you have questions feel free to reach out and I can try to help you. You can save up to $2000 when you set up your blog or homepage on your own and not contacting a web agency or a designer.
This is a blogpost on how to start a blog from the beginning and then showing you the options, which your blog will give you in terms of earning money once you have content on your blog. First thing here: Do a blog because it is your passion! Your blog will never be successful if you just do it in order to get money. NEVER EVER! Content is king. Blog about topics that you are interested in and then second make your blog look nice and only if content and design is amazing, you can apply for Adsense, Gourmetads or other things available to you. So for now just skip the last thing and focus on the set up of your blog.
How to get started
So first thing you need to do is to set up your domain. Such as vanillacrunnch.com in my case. Think about a catchy creative name which you like. Make sure it is simple and short so people will remember. You can get your domain at GoDaddy. Many of my friends recommended me this leading domain registrar. You can choose your region and the follow the steps of the site.
A domain is very inexpensive. The more expensive part is the host you’ll need. For my blog I decided to go with Hostgator as they had the best deal for me and the steps are easy to follow for me as an absolutely untalented computer kid. As a starter I recommend to go with a starter kit.
After setting this up you have to set up WordPress. I found it pretty easy while I followed the steps of the Hostgator video tutorials.
Next to great content what a food photography and lifestyle blog needs is a great Design. I am very picky when it comes to themes and designs. I was looking for a very clean design but still with a lot of features and it had to be a responsible design, which means it looks also food on phones and ipads etc. After scrolling through a #feltlike thousand themes ranging from “for free” up to “$300” I decided to go with the KINDRED THEME. It is a minimal and clean full-width blog design shows off your greatly good quality pictures, is clearly structured with a lot of customizable options.
Further it has a custom-designed recipe shortcode made just for Kindred, as well as widgetized footer area and optional widgetized blog sidebar where you can show off your Instagram profile or other social networks or much more. And now the most crucial thing for me while I am still very happy with KINDRED after one year. Their support is amazing! Whenever you have a question you can make sure that someone answers it in less than one day and you can ask them as much as you want. Always friendly always helpful and very patient with beginner bloggers and Non-tech girls like me.
How to monetize your blog
Once you have your blog for a longer time and have a certain amount of people loving your blog and got familiar with all the features, widgets, plugins etc. (check out Youtube for things like that as they are many tutorial on topics like these) you can think about monetizing your blog. There are many different ways on how to monetize a blog but I recommend applying to Gourmetads or Adsense. If you have question on how to get accepted by these services feel free to ask.