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Sometimes when you’re just getting started with a blog or website, things can seem a bit overwhelming. I thought it might be helpful to show you some of the blogging resources I use to make my blog happen, so check back often for updates!
The Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT with Aluminum Tripod Legs was the first tripod we purchased when we started video production. It’s lightweight and fairly easy to move from place to place. There is no ball head so the amount of fluid movement the camera gets is limited. One of the only drawbacks we’ve noticed is the limited angles in which the extender arm can be arranged. Other than that, this is an inexpensive option for a beginner tripod.
About a year ago, I upgraded from a Canon Point and Shoot to the Canon EOS Rebel T6i and couldn’t be happier. The Canon T6i is a great entry level camera for anyone just getting started with a DSLR. It takes beautiful photos, is easy to learn, and even works well for movies. Many sellers offer both new and refurbished bodies for a range of price options.
The camera I use requires a memory card. My preference is to use the Transcend 16GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Card. It’s easy to use and doesn’t take up a lot of space. This card holds a ton of pictures and is inexpensive, so it’s my top pick.
I had done a ton of research before I decided to start my food blog. At some point, I stumbled across a website called Food Blogger Pro. It’s a subscription-based website with videos, tutorials, and forums to assist its members with jump-starting their food blog. This site makes starting a blog simple. Food Blogger Pro offers a free trial, so if you are thinking of starting a website, I highly recommend checking it out. I would even recommend it to someone who is thinking of starting any website, not just a food blog. It’s 100% worth it.
Foodie Pro is a Studio Press theme by the developer, Shay Bocks. It’s the theme I use to display Berly’s Kitchen. Foodie Pro is a well put together, clean, and sophisticated theme that’s easy to use. Shay Bocks has a website with tutorials, resources, and support to help with site setup, so the decision to use Foodie Pro was a no-brainer.
Recently, I added a new tool to my blogging resource arsenal. I’ve only been using it a few days, but I absolutely love it. It’s Viraltag, and it’s a scheduling service for multiple social media platforms. In a nutshell, I spent a couple hours last weekend selecting several posts that I wanted to pin to various Pinterest boards and tweet out on Twitter. Viraltag allowed me to choose the dates, times and frequency the posts would go out to the different platforms. All I had to do was schedule and DONE! Viraltag can also to schedule to Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and LinkedIn. I’ve saved so much time since signing up, and I’ve been able to effortlessly grow my social media following. The best part is my traffic has grown exponentially in just a few days! Viraltag is worth the investment.