You’ve given me so much great information that my brain …

Comment on How to Start a Food Blog by Stephanie @ Salt Is Your Friend.

You’ve given me so much great information that my brain now hurts. Thanks, I think. 🙂 I started a food blog just 3 months ago and I thought I did a sufficient amount of research beforehand. As with all other aspects of life, it turns out nothing compares to experience. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money up front because I wasn’t sure if I’d stick with it but since I’m 3 months in and receiving some great feedback, I think it’s time to step it up.

I wish I found this post before I got started because I made the rookie mistake of going through Blogger and I hate it. I’m ready to purchase a template (I’m currently using a free Blogger template) and sign up with BlueHost but I’m paid up with Blogger for 6 more months and I’d hate to waste that money (I know it’s not a lot, but still…). Do you think I’d be better off making all my changes at once or would it be ok to apply the new template and hosting while still with Blogger and shifting it all to WordPress before my Blogger account expires? Although I really hate Blogger, I’m now familiar with it and I guess I’m reluctant to switch. Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated.

Stephanie @ Salt Is Your Friend Also Commented

How to Start a Food Blog
*They use code, of course, but you don’t have to mess with it much.

How to Start a Food Blog
No, Thesis doesn’t use code but I was brand new to any kind of website design (I’m more versed in graphic design) so it was too much for me to take on while setting up hosting and transferring my blog. It was almost like learning a new language with the skins and boxes and all that. I just didn’t have the time to spend on it, although I plan to soon.

I’m not sure about Thesis supporting RTL languages but here’s their forum. I’m sure you could find answers there.

How to Start a Food Blog
For what it’s worth, here was my experience:

I found this post after I started with Blogger. My blog was already up and running when I decided I needed more customization so I made the switch to WordPress. I don’t know much about website design but I bought Thesis for $197 anyway. Since they have a money-back guarantee, I thought it was worth a try. I played with it for a few days and decided it’s still a little over my head so I contacted customer service and requested a refund; they replied within the hour and refunded my money right away.

I ended up buying Genesis Balance and overall I’m happy with it. At the time I needed to focus on getting my blog functional again, rather than trying to learn Thesis, so it was the right move for me. I hope to learn more about website design because I’d love to use Thesis to get things exactly how I want them. I’ll get there.

I guess it depends on how much time you have to learn Thesis (if you aren’t already familiar). If you do it, I’d say go for the $197 option so your upgrades aren’t limited. I tend to do what’s necessary to avoid regret but that’s just me. 🙂

Malcolm Bedell is co-author of the critically acclaimed "Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road," as well as the junk food blog "Spork & Barrel," and "Brocavore," a blog about food trucks and street food culture. His contributions include Serious Eats, Down East, Eat Rockland, L.A. Weekly, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post and his food truck, "'Wich, Please," was named "Hottest Restaurant in Maine" for 2015 by Eater. Finally, he finds it very silly to be trying to write this in the third person.