An Interview With Abdullahi’s Mum – A Food Blogger at Hooyos House
Just tell me a little bit of what food blogging means to you?
Ans: Food blogger means a lot to me. It’s saved me from diving deep into depression after the birth of my twins. It’s a place where I can share my favorite recipes, restaurants, and food I am loving. A place where everyone can get a glimpse into my vivid and colorful personality and my personal life as a mum of 5.
My Sister and I love sharing everything with each other regarding the maintenance of the whole soul, whether it be clothes, makeup, hair, home and new bargains. We love sharing with others our secrets and passions.
Many people who come to my home have always admired my cooking including my late Grandma and always ask how did I make it? what did I add? so having a blog has saved me from having to explain over and over again and organized all my favorite recipes in one portal where others can save and ask me questions.
What inspired you to start the blog?
Ans: I remember I was 3 months postpartum to my twin girls whom I delivered naturally and without any pain meds. It was an emotional time of courage, strength, and healing. I thank God Everyday that I was able to deliver them this way. twins where my 5th pregnancy and I had always worked full time in a primary school. I had to give my career up in order to take care of my young children and my twins and thus I had to become a stay at home mum.
Being pregnant with the twins was easy but taking care of them was the most testing for me. I used to be scared of being alone with them as they would cry together, sleep the same time together and feed at the same time and here I am just one person…my husband at work… I ended up slipping into a little depression…hearing there loud cries in unison…
I had to find a coping mechanism and I remember telling my sister about it and saying I want to open a food page on Instagram as I always enjoyed and loved cooking, it was always a hobby and I thought it will distract me from not being able to socialize or go out. And that’s how the journey began…
When did you realize this was going to become more than just a hobby?
Ans: I was just posting on Instagram what I was making and a finished plate. Never expected to get any likes or follows as I was just trying to distract myself from my twins and the other 3 kids. It is a busy life but I you have to learn to make time for yourself and what you love doing.
I remember I did not know how Instagram worked. My sister would always help a little but she was also a working mum, so help was very limited. I remember being messaged for recipes. I was meeting a lot of mums and twin mums. They too were in the same struggles as me. I was then encouraged by my followers to start a YouTube channel. It was hard and I was very skeptical as I have only been on Instagram for 6 months and maybe only 2 months on YouTube. I still have a long way to go but so far I am enjoying my journey.
What is the most time-consuming part for you as a food blogger?
Ans: for me it’s the editing of the YouTube or Instagram videos, cutting, cropping, putting subtitles on looking for no copyright music. Squeezing the whole video into 1 minutes for Instagram. I am still new to it hence why the editing side takes me a while.
Could you give some advice for bloggers who are starting out?
Ans: Post original content and make yourself accessible. There are a few of my followers who once said to me, I never thought you would answer back, and that made me feel guilty. I put a hand over my heart to always make my self as accessible as possible.
What is the most important thing you should be doing as a food blogger?
Ans: Be yourself and never give up. Let your personality show through your food. The colors, the pictures. The words you use. Let it bring back moments once lived and loved. Let it encourage and motivate and uplift because when you do that you get back so much more in return.
How much technical know how do you think someone needs to have if they want to become a food blogger?
Ans: I don’t think you need to know a lot of technical things, but a good understanding of accessing a computer/ phone. Being able to take a good food photo is important but you would not need to buy an expensive camera. Many bloggers use their phones nowadays.
I use my iPhone 8plus to take the photo and to edit it and to post. So a lot of the technical side usually takes place on my phone. There are many editing apps out there nowadays which can easily be Downloaded for free.
What according to you is the best way to increase traffic to your food blog?
Ans: Using all the hashtags in both YouTube and Instagram. I think on YouTube you get 500-word hashtags and on Instagram only 30, so use them well and use them all.
How often did you post when you started off as opposed to now?
Ans: Looking back I remember I used to post once every 2/3 weeks or whenever I had the opportunity to post. Now I post maybe 2 times in one week. We are humans and sometimes personal life circumstances take hold of your life and if you are not able to post regularly do take the humble time to apologize and deliver the content as soon as possible.
Which is your favorite social network, if any?
Ans: I have come to admire Instagram. There is so much you can do with it. Whether it be meeting new people, being featured on pages. Advertising… the list is endless
Name your favorite ingredient you think people should be using more in their cooking at home.
Ans: I love cooking with lemons. A lemon is everything to me. It balances out and brings out flavors.
I can make a cooling and refreshing drinks like lemonade or a sweet lemon dessert. You can use it in your skincare regime. Or as an antibiotic when mixed with ginger, garlic, and honey.
There’s just so much you can do with them. So lemons are everything in my life and always loaded in my fridge.
Would you like to share your favorite recipe on your blog?
Ans: I love my roasted chicken saffron marinade. It’s so versatile. Makes any oven cooked chicken look and taste amazing. The recipe and step by step cooking are up on my YouTube channel at Hooyos House. Do check it out. It’s my secret recipe.
Any last thoughts?
Ans: I have found a new adventure, a new path in life when my personal circumstances such as new additions of twins to my small but growing family had changed. If someone had told me a year ago that I would one day become a Food blogger and a stay at home mum, I would have never believed them.
Being a stay at home does not just have to be about staying at home and doing nothing. Now that I am home I feel like I am buzzing with so many ideas and ventures. Meeting new people and learning new things. I love the freedom to do as I please and to earn when I want.
If your thinking of getting into food blogging. I would say just do it. Start today and make little baby steps, you’ll see something blossom sooner or later
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to my Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat page and my food blogging page which is currently under construction.
Blog page: currently opened and soon to start on www.hooyoshouse.co.uk