Blogging doesn’t have to be all that hard and there is a ton of information out there so I am going to give some suggestions on what worked for me.
I started using Blogger when I first started out. I have had up to four blogs running on Blogger at a time. It’s super simple to get things set up and going in a matter of minutes. If you have a good idea and start adding great content and getting links to your blog, you’ll get traffic on a blogger platform. I know many highly successful blogs that use Blogger and they probably have no desire to move off that platform.
One of my blogs I moved to WordPress.com and I really, really like blogging there much better than Blogger, BUT they don’t allow you to advertise so after a few months I wanted to try and make some money and I moved back to Blogger. This was not with a customer URL. When I moved back to Blogger I went for custom domain name. I stayed on Blogger for almost a year.
Then I was doing some work for a friend and moving her website off of web.com and she wanted a WordPress website that she could completely control. I looked at a few hosting companies and I settled on Bluehost and for now couldn’t be happier! I love all the tools they provide and I especially love their support for WordPress. So, I made the leap and moved from Blogger to Bluehost and a custom WordPress installation.
I use and love Bluehost.com as my hosting provider. They are easy and quick to use.
Bluehost has access to hundreds of WordPress themes and I am using a theme I really like called Weaver II. I have not found the need to go to the pro version yet and the free version is working just fine for me. You can find them here: http://weavertheme.com/
I also do some stock photography on the side and I sell mostly through www.istockphoto.com and you might even see some of these images posted up there for sale.
I am mainly a natural light photographer. I’ll leave it to Trader Joe’s to take the really nice studio shots. Either way, my images are usually clean. No Instagram photography here! I use some pretty expensive equipement which I need for real stock photography, but you don’t need to do that. I use a Canon EOS Rebel T3i with a Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens. That’s about it other than a computer. I have a bunch of lenses but for this type of photography that is all I use.
Everything is shot either outside in shade or next to an bright window. Sometimes I use reflectors to brighten some dark areas. I don’t use Adobe Photoshop CS6 and mainly use Google Picasa because I don’t really need all that horsepower for these food images.