An Interview With Nisha Mithoor – A Food Blogger at Sahaja Siri
Just tell me a little bit of what food blogging means to you.
Ans: Documentation of the recipes tried & tested, sharing it with like-minded. For me, it is a job that I like to do which creates a great community around me.
There are a variety of traditional recipes, which should be transferred to the next generation. Similarly, many times we are unable to recall the home remedies in practice for many years when there is a need. I feel, documenting them is of great help to many.
By the way, you can check out my blog here.
What inspired you to start the blog?
Ans: Other great food blogs that I follow and the support from my peers on my technical documentation work. It was when I quit my full-time job in software testing field after my second child was born, I took blogging seriously.
When did you realize this was going to become more than just a hobby?
Ans: It was when I got very good support & recognition from all my contacts. I started getting a good response every time I shared my blog posts on social media and obviously when I bought my own domain!
Why do you think food blogging has become so popular now?
Ans: By looking at the response on various posts, not only by me. It is because people have greater access to the internet and all of us depend on the web for any information.
What is the most time-consuming part for you as a food blogger?
Ans: Photography, as I am a beginner in this area. Taking multiple pictures of the dish and finally selecting best out of them.
Could you give some advice for bloggers who are starting out?
Ans: Focus & maintain originality. Even if you are picking the topic which is not new, have your own style of presenting it.
What is the most important thing you should be doing as a food blogger?
Ans: Research more on the ingredients & recipe. Try to learn about the benefits and side effects of the food, as much as possible. Instead of following the practice blindly, try to listen to your body naturally and stick to the food suitable for you.
How much technical know how do you think someone needs to have if they want to become a food blogger?
Ans: Basic knowledge should be fine. It definitely helps in a great deal if you are a technical person. The look and feel of the blog can be improvised & which will be an added advantage.
What according to you is the best way to increase traffic to your food blog?
Ans: Posting on Social media networks! Introducing oneself on blogging communities, and related groups. Best if you know Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques!
How often did you post when you started off as opposed to now?
Ans: Not much difference. I tried to stick to at least 4 posts per month. Depending on the situation, it varied. Sometimes multiple posts a day or 1 post a week.
How soon were you able to make your first 100 dollars?
Ans: Yet to get it done. Way to go!
What is your preferred source of monetization for your blog?
Ans: Adsense & affiliate marketing.
Do you think there is a right time to start monetizing a food blog?
Ans: Anytime. When there is an opportunity, just grab it.
Which is your favorite social network, if any?
Ans: Facebook, Instagram, especially for blogging. LinkedIn & Twitter make their way too.
Name your favorite ingredient you think people should be using more in their cooking at home.
Ans: Various herbs and healthy spices such as pepper, turmeric.
Would you like to share your favorite recipe on your blog?
Ans: Yes. It is a spicy bread recipe using Moringa leaves and multi-grains, which all of us at home liked. Name of recipe: Moringa/ Drumstick leaves Multigrain Spicy Bread.
You can check out my recipe here.
What do you like to write about other than food?
Ans: It is travel and Parenting. Bringing up kids is really challenging and every phase comes with many questions. Travelling can be memorable and of great fun with little planning!
People to remember most in the journey of blogging?
Ans: My husband and family. They are of great help and support in this journey. All my friends, read and encourage to do more.
Any last thoughts?
Ans: Anything you do, do it happily!