Last week I shared about the ‘Top 10 Benefits Of Food Blogging‘. This week I want to share about the ‘Top 10 Reasons People Read Your Food Blog’. If you know the reasons why people read your food blog and what they expect to see from it, then you will be able to write a better food blog and attract more readers. Some of the frequent questions that I always ask myself about my blog are:
Why do people want to read my blog?
Who are those who read my blog?
How long do they stay on my blog?
What type of comments do they leave behind?
Does it Attract?
I have always been very curious about these questions even before I started my own blog. During those days, I visited different food blogs for different reasons. There were some that I visited often but there were some that I couldn’t wait to leave the moment they opened up. In other words some fascinated and captured my attention while some didn’t.
Is Your Blog For You Or For Others?
Is my blog for me or for others? Now that I have started my own blog, I felt that this question really helps me to stay focused and be determined to give my best to those who took their time to visit my blog to read and learn. It actually motivates me to desire to become a better blogger each day. Otherwise all my hardwork and time are wasted.
Are You Thinking Of Your Readers?
My blog is all about my readers and less about myself. My desire is to see more people cook healthy meals at home for themselves and their loved ones by providing simple, easy and quick cooking that are tested out in my kitchen everyday. When I think of my readers, it motivates me to keep learning to produce good contents.
Well, I can think of 10 reasons based on my past experiences before I started my blogging journey why people read food blogs. I’m sure there are more reasons but here are mine.
Top 10 Reasons People Read Your Food Blog
- They want to learn to cook
I remember frantically looking for ways to learn how to cook. I was the second youngest in a family of 6 and was well pampered. When I got married, I was terrified at every next meal everyday because I didn’t know how to cook for my man who loves to eat. Nothing that I cooked tasted good to him! Later, I discovered that there are some food websites on the internet that offered awesome simple, easy and quick recipes.
- They know how to cook but find no progress
After learning how to cook a few dishes, my cooking skills plateaued. Expectation from my husband also became higher. He wanted to invite his friends home for meals! It looked as if my stress from cooking never ended. I started to spent more time looking for recipes on the internet and also some cookbooks to help me improve my cooking and to learn more dishes, especially to cater to dinner parties.
- They know how to cook well but lack creativity in presentation
Despite seeing myself improved, my dishes all looked very plain. They may taste very good but they don’t impress people at first sight, not even myself! Dissatisfied, I visited food blogs again for some inspiration and ideas for better food presentation.
- They are looking for opportunity to advertise their food services or products
When I visited food blogs, I used to see a lot of advertisements on blogs. It still does. It makes me realise that food related advertisers also visit food blogs because they are keen to advertise their products or services like cookbooks, kitchen gadgets, catering and hospitality services there.
- They love to eat but do not know where to eat
There are many food bloggers who blog about food when they travel. They review various eating places and their food. So their blogs is a good reference if you are new to a place. I love food blogs that review restaurants and the food served. For me, I love to see the interior settings and decoration and the types of food served there. It does help me sometimes in my travels when I need to look for a nice place and nice food to eat.
- They are very health conscious but do not know how to prepare healthy food
I do consider health as very important and cooking healthy meals is the best that I can give to my family. However, sometimes I just run out of ideas. Again, food blogs that provide health articles and share health-building recipes are some of my favourites.
- They have food restrictions like intolerance to gluten, eggs, nuts, dairy, gluten etc
I remember there’s one time when I wanted to make some cookies for a friend. Later I found that she is intolerant to gluten. I was horrified. At that time I didn’t even know that such type of people existed! Frantically I hunted through the net and found an awesome gluten-free chocolate cookie recipes and made that for her. She thanked me profusely for the cookies. There was such joy on her face as she took every bite and said ‘mmmm’. She said she had not touched cookies for many years. That was one of my greatest moments in life.
- They want to identify and feel connected
I remember feeling terrible that I didn’t know how to cook well. However, reading some of the food blogs actually gave me a lot of motivation and inspiration as I was able to identify and relate with the writers and feel connected to them.
- They consider starting a food blog themselves
I looked through a lot of food blogs before I started my own. It gave me a feel to what I want my blog to look like…the design, the content and the style. I want to excel in all three areas. A poor performance in any area is going to affect people visiting my blog. Looking back, there were many that I liked and many that I didn’t like. I just hope that my readers like my blog as I aim to produce good value contents as regularly as I can.
- They lead busy lives and are looking for home cooked, easy and quick recipes.
I am one that is all thumbs up for simple, easy and quick recipes. But they have to be delicious too. Being very busy with my work and family, I just didn’t have the time for any elaborate stuff. I do love restaurant food but they are inconvenient and expensive. The time to get ready, drive to the restaurant, find a parking place, get stressed up by ever-inquisitive, active little children (now they are grown up) and having to wait for the food to come, often left me all worked out and lost my appetite for any good food that came. All these finally drove me to learn to cook some simple restaurant food at home. Food blogs were a source of inspiration and help to me. Now I’m putting up some of my best recipes on my blog to help those who face the same problem like me.
It is really because of what I went through all these years as a very busy working mom with 3 demanding food lovers at home that I decided to start my blog to inspire and motivate people to learn things that they love, particularly to learn some simple, easy, quick home cooking. Home cooked food is always cleaner, cheaper and healthier.
I really hope that all my blogging about food on my blog will inspire and help someone to start cooking or cook more at home. Learn just one recipe a month and you will come out with 12 awesome recipes a year. That’s achievable, right? You can even hold big parties with just that. In fact you only need 5 good recipes for that. If you learn one good recipe a week, you will have 52 a year! Awesome. That’s how I learned and achieved. If I continue to try out a recipe a day and post it on my blog, I’m going to have 365 recipes in a year, or 313 as I don’t do that on Sunday, and that’s phenomenal. It’s challenging but achievable. Afterall, we have to eat everyday anyway. That’s the awesome beauty of running a food blog.
A few questions here for you:
Do you read food blogs?
Why do you read food blogs?
What type of food blogs do you read?
Do you have a food blog?
What type of food blog are you running?
What type of people do you think will read your food blog?
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Top 10 Benefits Of Food Blogging
Top 11 Reasons Why Blogging Is Beneficial For Everyone
My First Blog Post - My Dream Come True
My Blogging Journey (Part 1 - How I Got It Started)
My Blogging Journey (Part 2 - Content Is King)
Quote of the day……
‘Regardless of who you are or what you have been, you can be what you want to be.’
W. Clement Stone