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I wanted to find out if there are any fellow cheftalkers that blog. And if so, what niche fits your category? The majority of the food blogs I have seen are geared towards restaurant reviews and sharing recipes. I am interested in knowing if there are any other chefs out there that like to blog about kitchen life, and how has the response been? What is your demographic?

 

I started blogging almost a month ago. I am still trying to develop my niche. I do blog about restaurant dining experiences and sharing recipes (what every other food blog is about), but at this point, that is not my blog's main focus. I simply want to share stories in all aspects of my culinary ventures. I would love to hear some thoughts from cheftalkers on food blogging...favorite food blogs to follow, what area interests you the most, what type of content you would like to see that you haven't seen before, any advice,

 

I have come across a number of food blogs by people who do it full time. I haven't seen many full time chefs that actively blog, which is understandable. The ones I have come across haven't been active in years (old, outdated posts). I am not even exactly sure who my demographic is yet. I think my kitchen stories would amuse and give some insight to aspiring chefs (aka culinary students/wanna be culinary students) that want to break into the industry, And sharing those infamous kitchen stories with those already in the industry, is bound to stir up some laughs.

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Ok, I'll bite.

http://homesicktexan.blogspot.com/

Sometimes I want to make a dish from wayyy back in the day...something filling and spicy, chock full of humble ingredients.

One that my Dad and "the hands" would toss together on a rainy day, when stuck inside the barn, cleaning and repairing and drinking a cold cerveza or six  drinkbeer.gif)

Lisa is my go to gal for those obscure one pot dishes, eaten out of a cast iron dutch oven with only a fresh tortilla for scooping.

 

mimi

 

oops.

Old habit of mine....skimmed the post and didn't follow instructions.

To top it off, I didn't bring a #2 pencil for the test.

m.


Edited by flipflopgirl - 4/3/13 at 7:04am
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I have two blogs, one for my home chef service (http://blog.friendthatcooks.com) and one for my food service consulting company (http://blog.bodellconsulting.com). I use both as marketing tools. I use social media to drive traffic to my blogs and my blogs to drive traffic to my websites. Since they are hosted on Wordpress, my blogs move up in the search engine rankings a lot faster than I can get my website pages up. They also get followers that my social media pages don't. For me, it's important that I use all of them to reach a broad base of people.

 

On the chef service website, I post pics more than anything. I also promote contests to get followers to my blog, Facebook and Twitter, and I link articles on topics like nutrition that interest our target customers. On the consulting blog, I mainly post my own articles along with some linked articles, often with commentary from me.

Brandon O'Dell

 

Friend That Cooks Home Chef Service

www.friendthatcooks.com

O'Dell Restaurant Consulting

www.bodellconsulting.com

 

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Brandon O'Dell

 

Friend That Cooks Home Chef Service

www.friendthatcooks.com

O'Dell Restaurant Consulting

www.bodellconsulting.com

 

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Awesome! I am finding blogging to be a combination of fun, educational, lonely (it can be a lonely process in the beginning when so little people know about your blog), and gratifying. In the one month of blogging, I blogged about various culinary topics ranging from dining/cooking experiences, kitchen stories, book reviews, etc. Certain posts get much higher views than others. I am slowly getting an idea of figuring out my niche.

 

When I was a little girl, I kept a diary (with a lock on it) to write my most private thoughts. I also kept a journal for sharing my general thoughts (our teachers made us) and daily experiences..so I got into the habit of journaling from an early age. Each day, the class would spend a good 20-30 minutes just writing in our journals. The teacher would collect our journals at the end of each week, read them over the weekend, and return them to us the following week. Our journals would be returned, filled with comments....the teachers' thoughts, advice, suggestions..Blogging doesn't feel all that much different than writing those journal entries as a child, except it can be shared and viewed by anyone on the web (and of course driving mega traffic to a site is the goal of most bloggers).

 

Are there any cheftalkers that blog full time for a living?

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