I remember back in 2009, I was sitting around the table with my brother and his wife. At the time my sister-in-law was a stay at home mum and she was pondering what she should do with her time whilst my niece and nephew were at school. Do you know what I told her? Of course you don’t – as you weren’t there. Well, I said as a joke – why don’t you blog about food. As she seemed to enjoy cooking so much. But she dismissed the idea; shot it down before I even finished the sentence.
7 years later…
Now I have decided to blog about food! Secretly, I have always wanted to do it myself. What stopped me, I hear you ask. The one thing that prevented me from doing this was that I wasn’t very confident in my writing skills. I was afraid that people would not feel compelled to read my blog and would find it quite childish.
What has changed…
So many things has happened in my life that has made me realised that the writing is the trivial part of blogging. There are many blogs out there that would not win a noble prize for literature. But why do these blogs still have so many followers. I’ve learnt that they understand how to connect with their readers. I believe in the 80/20 rule. 80% of your revisits comes from 20% of your readers. I think that’s right?!
First year in blogging
I toil over the idea of blogging for a very long time. I would say I officially started blogging back in January 2016. Initially my blog was called www.finchleymum.co.uk. As I wanted to share gluten-free Asian recipes and also let people know what children activities were happening within the surrounding areas. But I found that I was just constantly posting Asian recipes and nothing else.
I wanted to connect with other bloggers so I started browsing the internet to find food blogging network groups in London, that I could join. This is when I stumbled across a group called ‘Ladiesinblogging’. I found out that the group were meeting up the following week so I signed up and went along to it.
It was there that I was told to change the name of my blog as it was not relevant to what I blogging about. Since at that time I had only been blogging for 3 months so it wasn’t too late. I am so glad that I listened and changed the domain name to www.asianfoodadventure.com as it was definitely the right thing to do.
What is food blogging like?
One word – hard! It is not as easy as it looks. There is so much that you have to learn and do. I am constantly learning all the time – it’s non-stop! People eat with their eyes. So you have to take mind blowing photos in order to get people just to click through to your site.
As a food blogger you have to take on some many roles. Chef, recipe developer, dishwasher, photographer, videographer and social media manager. It generally takes up so much time just to even shoot one dish. But I am actually getting better now at clearing away after a photoshoot. It only takes me 30 mins now to put away all the photo gear and wash the dishes. I’m just one of these people that creates a huge mess whenever I cook.
Will I continue?
Hell yeah (I sound all American now)! Even though It does take a lot of time and effort. I still really enjoy doing it and it’s the only hobby that I have done for more than a year (yeh!). That is saying something.
I definitely will continue sharing more Asian recipes and continue to become a better food photographer. Food videographer is something that I am starting to learn and I have shared a few videos on YouTube. I believe that food videos will become more popular with the younger generations.
Another thing that I like to do is document my progress as a food blogger and share my experience with my readers.
Thank you for checking in! Adios until next time!