Another great weekend, but just not feeling like recapping it today. You can stalk my Instagram if you’re curious
I don’t necessarily define myself as a “food blogger” but for convenience sake we’ll use that title for today. Despite recipes being the hardest and most time-consuming posts, they are probably my favourite part of the blog. Workout posts tend to happen last minute because I got a nice sweat sesh on at the gym that I want to share and life reflections sit in my inbox for months until the words come to me. Neither require as much planning or work as recipe posts do. Today I thought it might be fun to show you a behind-the-scenes of what it takes to write a food post.
I’m using yesterday’s recipe for Pesto Egg Salad as my example.
1. Recipes come about in different ways. Sometimes I plan for them and pay a trip to the grocery store before cooking and sometimes they happen on the fly based on what I have on hand (or what I discover I have on hand mid-way through cooking). Today’s recipe required a bit of planning since I don’t tend to keep a dozen eggs on hand at all times. So despite the raging snowstorm outside I hauled my butt to the store.
2. I almost always eat before making a recipe otherwise I’m the hangry devil and no one wants to be around me. Before making this I ate a batch of Apple Chai Pancakes.
3. Then I cooked the recipe. I used the 12 minute rule for the eggs and winged it for the pesto. I was worried I didn’t have enough basil but 1 cup turned out to be just fine. A crisis/second trip to the store was averted. Celery and greek yogurt were thrown in because I know they taste good in my tuna salad. There’s really no method behind the madness…
5. Then I set up the shoot. Sometimes I shoot with a tripod but I had granola in the oven and didn’t have the time to set it up.
8. In my lair I edit the photos in photoshop and struggle with the font for approximately 6 minutes before I get distracted by Scandal and forget about the recipe entirely for a week. But first I text a picture of the sammie to Lee and Lex…followed by an ugly selfie.
10. Then I enter the recipe into ReciPage and grab the HTML code before starting the post in WordPress.
11 .It takes me 5 minutes to write the post. It’s not my most eloquent piece of writing but I like for the pictures to speak for themselves, plus I only have 3 episodes left in Scandal and I NEED to watch them ASAP.
12. I schedule the post to publish at 5:00 AM and then wait and see!
13. When I wake up I usually have a few comments which totally brighten my day and remind me why I love this so much.
14. Then I post the recipe to Facebook, schedule a few tweets on HootSuite, post a photo to Instagram and submit to FoodGawker, TasteSpotting and Healthy Aperture before I open up my BlogLovin to see what my favourite blends are up to that day.
15. In an ideal world I would respond to everyone’s comments on the post by the end of the day but that has never happened. I read and appreciate every single one and if I had a clone I would respond to each telling you so!
And that is how it’s done. Here’s a look at the final recipe:
Bloggers, do your days look similar? What kinds of blogs do you like to read? Food, fashion, fitness, other blog themes that start with f?