Sometimes inspiration hits. Other times the creative tank is running on E.
Either way the show must go on. A recipe needs to be made and a post needs to be published to your blog.
So where you do go when you’re fresh out of ideas?
Here are five places you can look to find inspiration for popular and trending recipes. Not only will these recipes give you inscription and ideas for creating your own adaptations, but they’ll also give you an idea of recipes that are currently popular or trending.
Note: Just a reminder that recipes should never be directly copied. When using the ideas below you should think of yourself as an artist visiting a museum. You’re looking to find inspiration that spurs you on to create your own unique and inspiring art, not directly copy the painting that's hanging on the wall. You can review this thread on the FBP community forum if you’re looking for clarity on the subject.
1. The Food Blogger Pro Blog
Yep! You can find out about trending recipes right here!
One of our FBP employees, Alexa, started a “Trending Now in Food Blogging” series on the FBP blog that covers recipe and food trends for the upcoming month. They’ll be posted on the fourth Thursday of every month, so it’s the perfect time to start planning your editorial calendar for the next month.
2. Google Trends
Google Trends allows you to see how popular a search term is relative to the total number of searches done on Google. If you’re a food blogger you can use Google Trends to see the best time of year to post a certain recipe.
Here’s a screenshot of the one year results for the search term “apple sauce:”
The graph makes it clear that the most popular time for the keyword “apple sauce” is between November 24th and November 30th.
Google Trends will also show you search terms that are rising in popularity. It's a slick way to brainstorm ideas for new recipes!
3. Popular on Pinterest
The Popular page on Pinterest isn’t food specific, but you will find quite a few food related pins while browsing through Pinterest's most popular pins. Not only will this give you an idea of what type of recipes are currently popular on Pinterest, but it’ll also give you an idea of what type of images are popular on Pinterest.
For instance when browsing through the popular page on Pinterest I noticed a lot of recipe related images that were step-by-step and vertically stacked, like this:
Top Pins of The Year
Pinterest also has a “Top Pins of The Year” board that showcases the top pins in certain categories from the previous year. The 2013 Recipes board showcases the top 20 food related pins.
4. Amazon’s Bestselling Cookbooks
Amazon’s bestsellers list is a great place to go to see broad categories that are currently popular with consumers.
If you’re looking for recipe inspiration then you can use Amazon’s Look Inside feature to get an idea of the different recipes that are included in each of the listed cookbooks.
5. Popular Recipes on Popular Recipe Websites
Many of the popular recipe sites like Food Network, Allrecipes, and Epicurious, will have a page or widget that showcases their site’s most popular recipes. This is a great place to go and get inspiration or ideas for your next recipe.
What about you?
Where do you go to find recipe inspiration? Any other tips you’d suggest for finding popular or trending recipes?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.