There is a lot to learn about blogging and I thought you might be interested in seeing what my resources are for blogging, health, and other related information. I have used the products listed below and I’m sharing them with you because I have found them to be helpful, trustworthy, and reliable. (This is a work in progress.)
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Get Your Blog Up, Running, and Taking Off:
If only FoodBloggerPro.com had been around when I started blogging it would have saved many headaches. This site is fantastic for beginning and intermediate bloggers because it teaches you everything you need to know about starting a WordPress blog. The site offers video training and a community forum where you can get answers to questions from other bloggers. The 300 videos are concise and to the point and cover topics such as food photography, photo editing, setting up a WordPress blog, SEO, Google analytics and webmaster’s tools, URL shorteners, give-aways, generating income with Google Adsense and affiliate marketing, and more. Besides the excellent food photography and photo editing resources, one of the things I liked best about the site was the information about how to monetize your blog; they’re experts at this. (You may also like to check out the income page on PinchofYum.com to see their their monthly stats). Another great thing is that you can try FoodBloggerPro.com at only $1 for the first month, and you can opt out at any time without any penalty.
If you have or want a self-host blog on a WordPress platform you will need a hosting company and there are many companies out there. I started with Bluehost.com after extensive research. There were a couple of important reasons why I chose to go with them. They offered free domain registration, but the clincher was the free WordPress.org set-up, which many companies do not offer. I did not want to have to deal with the set-up on my own and they made the process pretty painless. I have continued with the company because of their great service, availablility 24/7, their knowledgeable employees, and because they gave me a very good deal for resigning with them after the first year.
WordPress.org – This is a free service. At WordPress.org they describe it as a “full content management system and so much more through the thousands of plugins and widgets and themes…” All of this can be a little confusing, but think of WordPress as the body of the blog, the theme which you will use as the dress, and the widgets and plugins as the tools. You will find the widgets and plugins within WordPress. The hosting company (Bluehost in my case) is the house where all these parts reside.
Atahaulpa Free Blog Theme – When you have a wordpress blog you also need to have a theme. I spent a lot of time searching for a good free theme. There were many blog themes that looked better than Atahaulpa, but they didn’t have a forum. Being a little technically challenged, finding a decent looking theme with a forum was a priority. A sharper looking theme would have been nice to have, but I knew that choosing looks over techincal support would have posed problems for me and I wouldn’t know how to address them. Going with the Atahualpa free theme was the right decision for me at that time.
Feedburner.Google.com – One way to build your blog is to have people subscribe to your posts. When you sign up for feedburner, Google will automatically send out the new post to any reader who subscribed to to receive them. This is a free service offered from Google.com, and after you open a Google+ account you will be able to access this service.
Great Resources for Your Health:
CalorieCount.com – This is a free membership site where you can track you daily diet and exercise goals, create recipes and find out the nutritional value of the food you are eating. They also have great tools: a unit converter, body mass indicator tool, burn meter to know how many calories you burn, calorie tool to know how many calories are needed to reach your goal, and my favorite tool which is the recipe analyzer to give you the nutritional value per serving from the recipe you are making.
MayoClinic.org – This is an excellent site to research medicine, illnesses, studies, and clinical trials. Use the search bar at the top of the page.
WHFoods.com (World’s Healthiest Foods) – This is an educational not-for-profit site that provides recipes and information about foods that includes how to collect and store them, tips for preparing, nutritional analysis, benefits, and references to studies. This is my “go to” site when I want to research the benefits or dangers of a particular food.
Yoga Journal.com – You may have seen Yoga Journal in the checkout lines at Whole Foods market, but they also have a website where you can read articles about food, health, lifestyle, different types of yoga, poses, meditation, and what I like best are the free instructional videos that are updated each month.
Resources for Food Photography –
Tasty Food Photography is a 59 page ebook loaded with information. It offers step-by-step instructions for using a DSLR camera, a point and shoot camera, lighting, composition, setting up and using props, editing in Photoshop, Lightroom, and iPhoto. I did a review of the ebook that you can see here: Tasty Food Photography Review.