Today we're excited to introduce you to a new branch of Food Blogger Pro.
The Community Forum!
Before talking details, I wanted to share why I feel like this is such an important part of Food Blogger Pro.
When Lindsay and I first started Pinch of Yum back in 2010 we were amazed at the amount of information there was to learn. And that was just to get started. To really grow the blog we had to have a good understanding of blogging software, social media, photography, photo editing, advertising, and tools like Google Analytics and Google Webmaster. It was overwhelming.
But here's the thing. The hardest part wasn't necessarily doing the work.
It was doing all of the work without a team to encourage, support, and help us along the way.
I'm sure you can relate in one way or another. Starting and growing a website can be a lonely journey. Especially when you come up against a road block that you don't know how to get around.
- Which theme should I use for my blog?
- Why are my website visits going down?
- Why don't my pictures look the way I want them to?
- What type of camera should I buy?
- How do I make time for posting when I already have a full schedule?
When left unanswered, these road blocks build up to a point where moving forward seems impossible, or at the very least, like a lot of work.
If you were part of a team there would be someone that we could turn to. You could ask the IT guy, send an email to the media department, or call HR.
But as a blogger, you usually don't have the luxury of working with a team.
The Community Forum
Enter the Food Blogger Pro Community Forum. The Community Forum is a place you can turn when you need help or want to connect with other food bloggers.
Webster's defines community as “a body of persons with common interests scattered through a larger society.” The incredible thing about the Food Blogger Pro Community is exactly how similar our common interests are – simply put, we're a group of people interested in building an awesome food blog.
And I think the best way to do that is together.
How it Works
The Community Forum is divided into two sections: General and Topics.
The General section has three forums.
The Props Out forum is a place where members can write a nice note (props out) about someone else. This is the place where you can say thanks to someone that helped you figure out a problem, say congrats to someone that recently hit a milestone, or highlight another member's recipe that you really liked.
The Topics section has eight different forums. These forums match the topics on the video page.
- Getting Started
- Building Traffic
- Food Photography
- Photo Editing
- Social Media
- Essential Tools
- Generating Income
- Creating an eBook
If you have a question, just click on the appropriate topic, click on the New Topic button, and then ask your question.
So, if I had a question about using the healing brush tool in Photoshop, here is what I'd do.
1. Click on the appropriate topic.
2. Click the New Topic button.
3. Enter Title and Message.
4. Click Preview Post to see what the post will look like. If it looks okay, click Submit Post to submit the post to the forum.
5. The post will now show up in the forum. At this point, members will be able to reply to the post.
Who can use the Community Forum?
Anyone can view the forums, but only Food Blogger Pro members can post questions and answers.
How do I get a profile picture to show up next to my posts?
You can update your profile by clicking on Account in the navigation menu and then Update Your Profile.
What if I have a question about content that's not covered in the videos?
Ask away! Just pick the most appropriate topic area and post your question there. Food Blogger Pro has over 200 talented, bright, and kind people that are signed up as members. Chances are that one of those members might be able to help you out in one way or another.
Our goal with Food Blogger Pro is to offer the best place on the internet for people looking to start and grow a food blog, and we think the Community Forum will be a critical piece in helping us achieve that goal. If you have any questions, feel free to drop us an email, or better yet, leave a post in the Community Forum!