Blogging can be a pricey business. It might not seem it, especially when being the internet gives us so much for free – you can set yourself up in no time, and at practically no cost, right? Well, yeah, kind of. But if you want to get serious about it (yes please!) then taking things to the next level can cost some real dollar 💰
I love writing about cooking on a budget, especially as I’m being strict with money right now, but there’s more to it than that. Want those pretty portrait photos in stunning locations? Think train fares, petrol, looking “camera ready”. Want some snaps to go with your new post? You’ll need some props, background, decor. Want to cook something new? Gotta find some spare pennies for those extra ingredients outside of the regimented shopping budget.
I’ve decided to start a Blogger’s Fund, i.e. an old coffee jar to fill with any spare change. I’ll try to put money aside so each month I can treat myself to something that’ll help further #ThisGirlEats. Here are just a few things I’d like to save up for!
1. Upgrade WordPress. I’m in desperate need of upgrading my WordPress. There are so many benefits to having a paid plan on here; the free version has been great until now, but I feel like it’s about time I up’ed my game and gave #ThisGirlEats a real refurb.
2. Purchase Lightroom. I’m sick of seeing other people’s before / after shots using editing software Lightroom – I want in! I’m not naturally gifted when it comes to designing and editing so the basic free edit software I use is great, but I definitely think my lack of photo skills would benefit from Lightroom.
3. Improve my layouts. I don’t take many “layout” photos, I like the images that go with my blog to actually be relevant to the post, and I don’t always have time. But I appreciate how gorgeous those pretty layouts look, so just a few extra quid to invest in a lightbox, fancy wallpaper and some glitter would be awesome.
4. Buy more props. A while ago I bought a few kitchen props to make my meals look more presentable and, I’ll be honest, I haven’t made as much use of them as I should. I’m trying but I already told you, photos aren’t my thing! Anyway, just some cutesy props from Paperchase and Urban Outfitters (or Wilkos, have you seen their homeware range lately?!) could really elevate this blog.
5. Get better cooking equipment. I’ve got the basics, and even splashed out on a few bonus features like a blender and a juicer before. But just a few more essentials would be great – better knives, chopping boards, baking trays, cake tins… Having an array of equipment at your fingertips gives you waaay more options when it comes to cooking.
6. Experiment with even more recipes. Obviously the whole POINT of this blog is to cook with cheap ingredients and make healthy, delicious meals out of them. I don’t want to lose that, but I feel like there’s only so many times you guys can read recipes that consist of rice, beans, pasta and cheese…
7. Invest in photos. Of myself this time! I’m not confident behind or in front of the camera, especially for those pose-y, staged photos. But they’re essential to build the blogger brand and show people the face behind the blog posts, and it’d be really great to invest in a photographer used to people feeling shy or awkward and can bring out the best in them, rather than using badly-lit, weirdly-angled photos taken by my boyfriend!