In my opinion, a food blog is so very under-rated. Especially in times like this, where there are million other food blogs, it’s very difficult to stand out unique. When I started my blog in 2012, my idea was only to record my kitchen experiments and having no audience did not worry me at all. Over the last couple of years, my recipe posts dwindled and I seldom checked my blog. On retrospection, one of the reasons behind it is me not seeking feedback. I loved this blog and when I made new friends in the blogosphere that seemed more than enough for me. In spite of separating my food blog from this profile, I did not want to do anything much to improve my food blog – simply because there were no audience. It is exactly why I lost my enthusiasm mid-way.
When I wanted to revive my food blog last year, I did not know where or how to start. Yes, I did try out many good recipes, so that seemed like a good start. Thankfully, my new camera came to my rescue. Not only it helped me improve my skills (still learning), it gave me a renewed confidence on my recipes. The only food blog I was following belonged to Srividhya and for many days, she was is my loyal supporter. Slowly, I started making new friends on my food blog too and without even realizing, I had my hands full with two blogs to maintain. While I came to this blog only when I had something to say, I wanted to keep my food blog active. I started posted new and old recipes for almost 7 months last year, posting about 163 recipes in total.
Last Friday, one of my good friends from my food blog – Lynn did a dedication post on me and my blog which was really touching. It might have been only a few sentences, but her gesture really meant a lot to me. Thanks to the wonderful world of blogging, I have new friends who are very supportive. Recently, my facebook page for my food blog crossed over 100 likes and similarly, my food blog had over 50k visits. The first ever milestone for my food blogging. To this day, the most popular posts on my blog happen to be Café Coffee Day Style Spinach Sweetcorn Sandwich and Andhra Uppudu Pindi from my Amma’s kitchen. Goes onto show it really doesn’t matter even if the recipe is simple. There are atleast 5 people landing on my blog looking for these simple recipes every day.
Thanks to Srividhya, I started interacting with some of the food groups on FB and within no time, I have about 275 friends on my list – which is far more than what my real FB profile has. I did not want any of the people from my real life to know about this blog and inspite of multiple persuasions from S and my sister, it’s going to be so. All these people on my food blog FB are for my food (or so I believe) as they add me and not the other way around and I am kind of comfortable with it. The security and privacy settings are pretty tight and there is no way for my personal information to be exposed. That said, I have had my fair share of weird moments.
A guy who kept sending me direct messages soon after I accepted his friend request. From a few hi messages to a some Malayalam sentences. I chose to ignore him and he got tired of it 😀 There was this other guy who told me that my photo was ugly. I am all for negative criticism but not on every photo, so I silently blocked him. There was this other guy, who is behind me to find him a job as a chef as he is good at Indian, Tandur and Chanis (I am guessing it to be Chinese). Sadly, I cant help him much.
All in all, things seem good and are keeping my hands full. I don’t know how long I can continue with this post-a-recipe-everyday but I can say that it had been a pretty awesome journey since May 2015.