This week, I switched host providers for fromentfree.com. This will be good for its future! In order to keep up with growing traffic, more content and onsite media, it was time. The bad news is that I’ve spent a lot of time online doing IT stuff again, and didn’t get a chance to post on Monday. The great news is that I won’t have to do as much IT work at all anymore soon, and can schedule posts without interruption! Yippie!!!
The past several months, I’ve learned a thing or two about how to start a recipe post off right. Yes, there’s content and photos and styling and brainstorming and trends and all of the above. However, the most important thing for me, the day I’m about to dive into and create a post………….is the morning. Yip. That’s right. When you’re preparing for any big work day, food blogging should be no different. If my morning doesn’t go according to routine for a blog post day, then things get delayed a bit. Want some food blogging tips? For your mornings? When you’re preparing for a post? Well, here they are. Without further ado, here are:
5 WAYS TO KICKSTART YOUR MORNING ON BLOG POST DAYS:
1. WAKE UP EARLY!
On a typical weekday, I will get my kids off to school around 8:30am. Which means that when it’s a day I’m solely dedicated to creating a blog post, I have until around 4pm to do it. That’s on a day when I’m not working, or doing other priority things. I don’t start after I get the kids off, however. I begin at 6:30am. I set my alarm and get up before everyone is awake. This way, I can get up refreshed and ready to go. Otherwise, it’s chaotic in the mornings and by the time I sit down or am ready to cook….I’m not focused. If you work full-time and are food blogging on the side, absolutely use this method. You will want and need it more on the days you wish to create a recipe and photograph it, when you’re home later. So, wake up early. Even if that means early early. Kids. No kids. Male bloggers. Female bloggers. It doesn’t matter. Go to your computer and make sure everything is working alright. Check your emails and follow up if needed. Visit your blog online and get inspired and feel proud of what you’re about to publish next! Have a list ready for the food you will buy, or look at what you’ve already got. Be sure your camera is charged and ready to go (I’ve styled a whole photo shoot before at home, reached for the camera, and it had no power at all because I forgot to charge its battery). You’ll have cooking, photographing, writing, and more ahead of you. You won’t get it all done in a day. At least, I don’t. It takes me roughly two days to finish a post from beginning to end. But clearing your head before you start, is the very best thing you can do. And if you’re working full time, do these things before you go to work. No matter how early: On the days you think you’ll be developing and photographing……wake up early. The most crucial part will be the cooking and the photography. Especially if you’ve got another full schedule ahead.
2. WAKE UUUPPPP!
Ok, setting an alarm is one thing. But once you get downstairs, waking up is a totally different subject. This is where my Cup of Jo comes in handy. I can live without coffee, but I choose to instead, live with coffee. I adore the stuff. I never want to part ways with it. So, I shall continue to bask in it until told otherwise. Some people like shakes in the morning. I know my husband does. Others enjoy exercising early, as it kickstarts their day. I know my husband does. Some simply need a shower first, before anything else. I know my husband does. Do what YOU need to do to REALLY wake up. Coffee, literally, wakes me up first thing, straight away. I wish something else did. But it doesn’t. This could change. But for now, I need my bean. When I’ve got a husband and little ones asleep upstairs and the lights still off downstairs…..there is nothing like a cup of coffee for me. Nothing. It is pure bliss. With it……..I’m ready to create! Whatever WAKES YOU UP….do it. It will help you along your day. It doesn’t matter whether it’s coffee or something else. What matters is that you’re ready.
3. STAY AWAKE!
One thing I need to awaken is my coffee but to stay awake for the duration of the day, I HAVE to have protein first thing in the morning. Every person is different, however, so it might not be right for you. I usually have a solid protein bar of some sort, but on post creating days………I love eggs. 5,000 eggs. Ok, like two. Or three. Eggs are one of my favorite things to eat and they are filled with protein. Plus, I get to experiment and test their different cooking methods! Eggs help me stay focused the mornings I know I’ll be creating content for the blog. I don’t know exactly why. They just do. I use salt and pepper with them, sunny side up. That’s it. There’s nothing else to it for me. Whatever power food boosts you through your day, consume it early.
4. LAST MINUTE NOTES!
If you’ve got ideas coming at you that weren’t a part of your script, then jot them down. Literally. If you take notes, you won’t forget. You may even come up with a better plan for your post because of it! It’s soooo great to have a notepad and pen handy, wherever you are, on ‘post creating’ work days. Especially in the kitchen! While you’re cooking, write down the recipe, make changes, cross things out, and write again. Then, cross things out again. My notepad is my computer when I’m developing a recipe in the kitchen. I use it before I even begin cooking, writing down my entire process before starting. Sometimes days ahead. I’ve saved several drafted recipes in my notebook, and i LOVE going through them from time to time. It shows progression, mistakes, amazing discoveries….you name it. For a food blogger….it’s your authentic journal. And it’s worth more than gold.
5. KNOW YOUR PURPOSE!
Know WHY you are working on this post. Why do you blog? Why do you cook? Why do you love it so much? Ask yourself these questions and come up with the best answer. If your answer is the same every time you ask yourself, for every single post?…….Then that’s your purpose. That is why you do it. Just like any other job, or any other passion, or any other reason. For me, I do it for the ones still sleeping upstairs. Sure, I love blogging and adore cooking and am addicted to photography! Of course I do it because I love it, and I want to entertain all of you and make you call Froment Free home! However, that’s neither here nor there. Ok, but seriously. Aside from those wonderful and amazing things…….my family is my purpose. They drive me to do what I do, and I do it for them. And there’s nothing else to it. It’s the same answer I come up with…….every single time.
TO SUM IT ALL UP!!!
I hope these five morning tips help you the next time you dive into an amazing post! They definitely help me. I really do believe that if you start your mornings off right, especially on those content creating days, there is nothing you can’t achieve. I’ve read about so many amazing women and men, who challenge themselves day to day with amazing recipes and content online. Some are at home, some work constantly, some travel more than I can imagine, and some are doing it all themselves, and all alone. I’ve come to realize……those are all THE MOST SUCCESSFUL food bloggers I’ve studied. I’ll bet if you ask them…….they started their mornings off right, with those golden posts we’ve all cherished 🙂