Today our Secret Blogger laments how it blogging became so complicated and competitive.
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I have been blogging a long time, in my first posts, like Julie of Julie & Julia fame I did not always bother with a photo, or I would just snap with a point & shoot and go. Now it seems that it takes longer and longer and longer to blog as more and more effort has to be put into self promotion.
The steps for putting a new recipe on my site now go something like this: –
- Look through sample box and work out which reviews are the most urgent
- Consult the Food Blog Diary to see which linkies I can enter
- Think of an original and interesting recipe that does not require a trip to the shops
- Look on Foodgawker & Tastespotting to see how similar recipes are styled
- Spend 20 minutes finding the perfect plates and props to style your dish
- Realise you will need to go to supermarket to buy garnish
- Cook the dish, making notes as you go
- Serve the dish
- Wipe drops of sauce of plate, arrange garnish with a pair of tweezers
- Rearrange garnish
- Realise you need to iron the cloths you are using – ask husband nicely to do this (generally he will as he wants to eat his supper)
- Set light up
- Replace the now wilted garnish
- Take photos
- Check photos
- Retake photos
- Take Instagram with teaser of “recipe on blog soon”
- Eat cold meal
- Write blog post
- Write recipe and add hrecipe microdata
- Import photos to computer, along with 200 others as you forgot to reformat the camera’s memory card
- Delete 180 photos you reimported and had already deleted
- Edit photos
- Export photo and use Picmonkey to make make graphic for Pinterest.
- Realise you exported photo at wrong resolution and need to remake said graphic
- Submit post to 3 linkies
- Tweet post
- Facebook post
- Stumble post
- G+ post
- Pin post
- E-mail link to post to the PRs who sent samples
- Submit post to Tastespotting & Foodgawker
- Spend 30mins on food porn sites feeling increasingly inadequate as you believe cannot take photos that good
- Rant on twitter about the photos that you cannot understand why they were accepted for said sites
- Rant on twitter about the reasons given for why your photos were not accepted for food porn sites – after all what exactly was wrong with the composition?
- Return to kitchen to cook next meal and realise that you have not cleared up props from photographing the previous meal
- Lament the fact that no one comments anymore as they are too busy promoting their own posts
- Resolve to comment more on other blogs
Does anyone else feel they are on a blogging treadmill and some of the fun has gone?
With thanks to our secret blogger.
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