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Believe me when I say, starting a website is NOT easy. Unless you have some sort of graphic design/web design background, or just love code, you will probably find building a website pretty intimidating. I've found most bloggers promote/recommend Bluehost and Wordpress. I don't. I started my first website with bluehost/wordpress, and struggled with it for about 3 years. I say struggled, because I got some basic content, and then avoided doing anything else because it was such a headache! I have since moved both of my websites to Weebly. I love Weebly, I find them not only easy to use, they also have great customer service! Now, Bluehost and Wordpress offer a much more lucrative affiliate marketing program, which I suspect is why so many people recommend them. But this is a hobby for me, and I only want to promote something that will be easy for the average person to use, without an extensive computer programming background.
Most of the pictures you will find on my website are taken by me, but at work I use Unsplash a LOT! If you need a picture for a graphic project your working on, an E-News Letter, or background image, you will probably find what you need on Unsplash. I also recently discovered another open source photography site called Pixaby, they also have a lot of high quality images free for personal and web use. Sometimes I do use pictures from these sites as the background header image (like on this page). All the recipe pictures on this site are taken by me.
When I first started building this website, it was because I found a food blog called Pinch of Yum. Lindsay and Bjork Ostrom run Pinch of Yum, and built Food Blogger Pro to help other food bloggers learn how to make a food blog. I love to cook and so it seemed like a logical path for me to build a food blog. I didn't get too far with it, only because I had trouble with word press, and my health declined, so cooking, staging, and photographing food, was just too much. If you aren't intimidated by coding and technical web design, I highly recommend Food Blogger Pro. It is a wonderful community of food bloggers who use the platform to communicate, answer questions, and learn new blogging techniques. Bjork and Lindsay also have a wide video library of how-to videos that walk you through setting up your wordpress site.