Food Blogging for Dummies (giveaway)

*This giveaway has now ended. Check back soon for the winner!*

I‘m usually not one for reading manuals. There’s a drawer in my home that houses the guides to my blender, food processor, espresso machine and every other small appliance I own, but none of them have been cracked open. It’s embarrassing, but when I bought my first DSLR camera, I ignored the manual.

Something changed when a brand new guidebook showed up at my door. A blogging manual, namely, Food Blogging For Dummies by Kelly Senyei. I met Kelly from Just a Taste at BlogHer Food last May when we rode a bus together to an event.

Food Blogging for Dummies is a hefty manual for virtually every aspect of the craft. I’d be hard pressed to find a colleague who couldn’t glean a few (more like a ton) tips from its 296 pages, no matter how knowledgeable they may be on the subject.

Kelly’s writing reads like a friend briefing you on the latest and greatest in the food blogging scene over a cup of coffee. She’s not preachy and speaks from the perspective someone who has been there.

I believe Kelly has done her homework with FBfD and I appreciate how up the book is extremely up to the minute. It’s also fun to see so many familiar names and blog headers sprinkled throughout the book – including Simple Bites on page 140!

You know, three years ago I wrote a tongue-in-cheek exposé on what goes on behind the scenes of a food blogger. It got picked up by a few major sites, and we all had a laugh because most of it was true. Back then, I wasn’t too serious about food blogging. Few of us were, I dare to say.

However things have changed. Food bloggers are taken much more seriously now – and they take themselves more seriously. I mean, a food blogger wrote the best-selling cookbook of 2011, for Pete’s sake.

The point is, I believe now is a great time to be a food blogger, so if you’re thinking of starting your own, or kicking your current blog into high gear, Kelly’s book is the one for you.


*This giveaway has now ended. Check back soon for the winner!*

Thanks to the publishers at Wiley, I have a copy of Food Blogging For Dummies to giveaway to a lucky reader.

To enter, just leave a comment on this post, and if you are a blogger, I’d love if you left your url!

Giveaway ends Saturday, May 5 at 11:59pm. Good luck to all!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Jeannie says

    I have just recently discovered food blogs. Two years ago I decided to stay home with my children and realized, I didn’t know how to cook! I fell in love with it when I got some cookbooks for Christmas. One day I decided to Google “best ….?” and realized that all the top-rated foods are there at my disposal! Eventually I decided to venture from the major websites into a food blog. I mean, really, trust a stranger’s personal taste?…eek! I subscribe to a few emails now. Once I found a blog I loved, it recommended others and I eventually found Simple Bites. I only frequent the sites I love, but I am now considered one of the great cooks in the family.

  2. nancy johnson says

    this looks like it loads of helpful info

  3. This is great! I can’t wait to check it out, so obviously I would love to win a copy. 🙂 I could definitely use a lot of tips on getting my blog up to par. Thank you for introducing me to the book!

  4. This book looks great!!! Would love to read!!

  5. I’m still in the process of getting my blog off the ground (no posts up yet – I want it to look perfect before that happens) and this book would help me so much! Fingers crossed I get my hands on a copy of this book, I’ll end up buying it if I don’t 🙂

  6. I’ve started a few food blogs and then I’d get discouraged and delete them. I’ve stuck with my current blog for a while and could use the help BIG TIME. Thanks for such a great giveaway.

  7. would love a book like this to help me with my new beginning! thanks for the giveaway!! Fingers crossed 😀

  8. Definitely interested in the book! I think it would be nice to know some tips on photographing food as I finally go a DLSR about three months ago and still learning the settings. I’ve had my blog awhile now but I am not consistent since being a full time college student and mother of three teenagers. I love to write and hope to kick my butt into gear soon!

  9. I would love to read this. Great giveaway!

  10. Being obssessed with food I’ve often thought of starting a blog. This might be the umph I need to get started. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  11. Ooh! I know I could learn a lot from this book. Food isn’t easy for me to photograph, for example. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  12. Sounds like a very worthy read!

  13. What a great giveaway! I’d love to win a copy!

  14. Can’t wait to read it!

  15. I definitely use some help in the food blogging world!

  16. I don’t have a blog but the thought has crossed my mind. I may just start by reading this book. Thanks Rik.

  17. Johanna says

    Would love that one!

  18. I’m pretty new to the blogging game and I’d love a good reference book! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  19. I’ve been wanting to start one, this could be the motivation I need!

  20. Julia Reffner says

    Don’t have a food blog, but would love to give this to my brother who is a chef and blogs.

  21. Elaine W says

    hmmm … now that’s an idea…but then…my photos would have to improve! BIG TIME! but would love to read the book.

  22. Jennifer says

    I would love to read this! Thanks for posting Aimee 🙂

  23. I just mighty need to read this….

  24. Looks like a book that I need!

  25. I would be very interested in reading food blogging for Dummies. Thanks Aimee.

  26. Sounds like just the book I need! Awesome giveaway 🙂

  27. I love everything food and am an aspiring food blogger! This book would be the perfect step to start! Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Oooh – I have Blogging for Dummies, and this would be the perfect accompaniment! 🙂

  29. I’m not strictly a food blogger, but I do feature recipes on my site sometimes. I’d love to learn some new tricks of the trade!

  30. Stacey E says

    My hubby just started blogging about the meals he cooks at home. I would love to win this for him!

  31. Looks like a great book!

  32. jennifer says

    I want one! I’m working on my business plan for my blog–hoping to launch in July.

  33. oh this looks like a read i need!

  34. Aimee, this looks like just the book I need! Thanks for offering it!
    A fellow foodie,

  35. Hannah B says

    I’d like to win this book so I can start a foodie blog; thanks!


    Okay,……..THIS is EXACTLY what I need! YOU are such a blessing! Thank you for hosting this giveaway!!!


      See!…..I posted my url wrong. : It’s at WordPress.

  37. I am just a wanna be Food Blogger. This book would be awesome!

  38. what a great giveaway – and what a great resource!

  39. I blog about various different things but food is one of my favorites. I am most at home in my kitchen. And to be honest, now that I have a smart phone which takes great pics I’m blogging more about food and recipes. This book would offer great tips I’m sure. What a great offer…thank you.

  40. I almost have a blog ready to launch and this book would be great preparation reading.

  41. I would love a copy of this! I enjoy cooking and photographing food and am starting to blog about it more again lately.

  42. I’d love to read it!

  43. Love that you’re featured in the book! Definitely makes it worth reading!

  44. Christi says

    How fun!

  45. Oh… I’ve been eyeing this book for a few weeks now. Can’t wait to read it – I’d love a copy!

  46. I know I could definitely learn a few things from this book. I just started having some fun with our food blog, and it’s been mostly a great excuse to try new recipes.

    I’d love a copy! And I love you blog!

  47. I would love this book!

  48. I would love to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  49. I am not a food blogger, but I’m interested. I would like to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

  50. AWESOME! D: