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Tips for Creating an Awesome Food Blog

Tips for Creating an Awesome Food Blog

If you are a foodie who loves to share your love of food with the world, you may want to consider creating your own food blog. By doing this, you can share information about food, recipes, content from other foodies, and a whole lot more. But, there is a lot more to creating a blog than just writing an article and posting it. Here are some tips that will help you to create an awesome food blog.

1. Time Management

One of the first things to think about is time management. You need to create a specific calendar for your blogs, and stick to that calendar. Make a list of each thing you need to do in order to achieve this goal, and don’t sit down to blog without a specific plan in place.

2. Connect with other Bloggers

Start networking with other bloggers who share your interest in food. Leave comments on their blogs, start chatting them up on social media, promote their content on your own blog and place a couple of guest posts on their sites.

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3. Make Following Your Blog Easy

Make sure that your blog contains links to RSS (Rich Site Summary)/email subscriptions, as well as to all of your social media networks. These links should be displayed prominently so they get noticed.

4. Make Commenting Easy

Don’t make your readers jump through hoops in order to leave comments on your blog. Let them know that you appreciate their input, and respond to each comment to generate conversations.

5. Promote on Social Media

These days, if you are not using social media to promote blogs (and just about anything else), you are missing out on reaching a huge audience. Make sure to use all of the tools at your disposal to promote yourself on social media, including:

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6. Make Content Sharing Easy

Content sharing is free promotion, so make it easy for your readers to share your content. Give them sharing buttons for social media at the end of every post, and thank them for sharing your posts.

7. Use the Right Font

Fonts should be easy to read, so make them clear and large. People don’t want to have to squint while reading posts. Use common fonts, such as Arial or Georgia, and make sure that the color is not too faint.

8. Create a Recipe Index

If you are sharing recipes, make sure that you give your readers a recipe index so they can easily find their favorite recipes on your blog. This will let them find past recipes and post archives quickly and easily, and you can split up the index into various categories.

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9. Take Great Food Photos

People want to see what various dishes look like, but they won’t be appetized if you are offering up bad food photos. The photo should make the food look mouth-watering. Learn to take great food photos so people will be even more interested in your posts.

10. Build a WordPress Blog

It is a good idea to create a self-hosted WordPress blog that gives you total control over the design and content, and allows you to grow. If you do not know how to do this, find someone who can do it for you.

11. Understand SEO

Search engine optimization is important, and you need to understand how to use it to your advantage. At the very least, you need to know the basics of SEO in order to really get the most out of your blog. SEO makes it easy to find your work online, and the easier it is, the more people are going to see it and start following you.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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