Thank you so much for all of your work in …

Comment on How to Start a Food Blog by Tricia.

Thank you so much for all of your work in putting this together. I am a former pastry chef (self taught) who now stays home with my babies. I have a 6 year old son, a 9 month old daughter, and a new baby due in May! I cook from scratch most every day amd love to get the family involved. I’ve been wanting to start up a food blog for quite a while but just couldnt figure out where to begin, and all of the info out there is a bit overwhelming for us non-technical folks out there. Your information and advice is succinct and straightforward, I really feel like I can tackle this now! Thank you so much!

I do have a follow-up question for you though if you don’t mind. I read quite a few blogs and for those bloggers with families/children, some mention people by their own name amd others seem to use “code names” for kids, spouse, and other associates. Is there any plus or minus associated with mentioning my family directly? For example, if I blog about my son helping me roll out bread dough tonight, is it better to say Luke worked the rolling pin, or assign him a name just for the blog (“Monkey worked the rolling pin…)? Also, any advice or thought on posting photos of family or myself while working in the kitchen and/or enjoying the food afterward?I really appreciate your help and look forward to receiving your input on these issues!! Thank you again!

P.S. I pinned your American cheese recipe a few weeks back and my husband and son love it! 🙂

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.