I was recently honored with a nomination for the Liebster Award from my fellow blogger friend Sophie at Cooking Trips. I never expected that in my blogging hobby I’d meet such great people who shared such common interests with me and inspired me to learn more and become a better home cook. Cooking Trips always has great recipes and stories and I love reading about her world travels. She has become a great blogging friend. Check out her blog when you get a chance! Thanks again for the nomination Cooking Trips.
So as per her instructions, here are the questions that I have been tasked with answering about myself:
- Why did you decide to start blogging?
I decided to start blogging because I was slowly teaching myself to cook and enjoy different varieties of food through reading Pinterest and online cooking websites for about a year prior to starting my blog. I thought that blogging would be a good way to both discover new recipes and keep track of recipes that I had developed myself. I like to cook healthy food so I also thought it would be fun to share my methods of making unhealthy classic recipes healthier with other people.
2.Which of your blog posts did you first expect to be your readers’ favourite post? Why?
I thought that my falafel recipe would get the most views of all my recipes because my blog name is “falafelinlove” so I figured that people would be curious about my take on falafels.
3. If your blog had a chance to go from personal to Professional, will you “go for it”?
I would love to take my blog professional someday because I see professional blogs on the internet and I’d love to do that too but at the same time I know that its a huge time commitment and becomes a full-time job for many bloggers.
4.What’s been the most rewarding part of becoming a blogger so far?
The most rewarding part of becoming a blogger is meeting new people, reading their blogs and being inspired by them and learning that they also admire your blog as well. I am always flattered when other bloggers comment or like my recipes as I am not a professionally trained chef. No one knows if their home recipes will be considered good to the rest of the world!
5.How do you feel about creating content for others to read?
I like to express myself and give facts, opinions, and tidbits that I think others will find interesting and appreciate. It’s nice to have a little background story to go along with a recipe and discuss why it is a special recipe to you. It also opens the floor for discussions and learning from other people.
6.Do you share your posts on other social media too? Does it help you get more readers?
I use Pinterest to share my posts. I think I’ve gotten some additional page views from it so, yeah I think it has helped a lot.
7.Who is your favourite blogger? Why?
My favorite blogger is Sophie at Cooking Trips. I admire many blogs and see a lot of inspiration around WordPress, but I think I have actually found that I am both inspired by recipes from Cooking Trips and we also have a lot in common as people such as our love of travel and trying foods of different cultures. She is very honest and always interested in sharing and learning new things. It’s really cool that you can meet a friend through blogging and even though we live in different places and grew up in different cultures (I’m in US while she’s in France), we have a lot in common and have similar opinions on many things.
8. Other than blogging, what are your hobbies?
I enjoy traveling around the US and Europe with my husband. I wish I could travel more these days but I am finishing up my doctorate and it has gotten more time consuming in the past few months so I am hoping to pick up traveling again once I’ve finished next year. Besides cooking, I’ve always loved old Hollywood movies and foreign movies and reading classic literature. I used to study Italian on my own but I don’t have much time now.
9.What would you say to people who want to tell you that your blog is just “one among others of the same kind”?
I would say that many people write blogs about healthy cooking, but it is always interesting to read about what influences a person’s cooking style and what kitchen tips they can offer. My healthy cooking is not just fad cooking or for crash dieting, it’s about adapting a different healthier lifestyle by incorporating a variety of healthy ingredients and international cuisines to extract the maximum health benefits of foods from many cultures/world regions. By only eating food from your homeland, you miss out on so many varieties of tasty and healthy food.
10. What makes you content?
Being with husband, family, and close friends on my days off is when I am the most happy. If you surround yourself with good people who you truly love, nothing else in life is that important. I am thankful everyday for the people in my life and my good health.
11.What advice will you give a newbie in blogging?
I would advise people starting out to not be afraid to express yourself. You will be surprised and flattered by the kindness and positive encouragement of other bloggers. No one will make fun of you or say you are stupid. I was insecure at first, but quickly learned that the WordPress community is very supportive.
Now I will nominate some other bloggers that I admire. I haven’t been blogging a lot in recent months so I’m a little rusty on a lot of other blogs, but here are a few that I always enjoy reading and would like to nominate for the Liebster Award.
If you accept the nomination, the instructions for the Liebster award are :
- Publish a post answering the questions below
- Link back in your post to the blogger who nominated you
- Below your answers to these questions, nominate other bloggers.
- List 11 other bloggers that you’d like to nominate with less than 200 followers. (Try for 11 if you can). Give them the instructions and 11 questions to answer.
- Let your nominees know that you’ve nominated them and provide them with a link to your post.
Here are my questions for these bloggers:
- Why did you decide to start blogging?
- What were you most nervous about when you started your blog?
- Which blog post of yours is your favorite?
- Would you like to make your blog professional one day? If so, would you quit your day job to pursue it?
- What’s been the most rewarding part of becoming a blogger so far?
- Do you share your posts on other social media too? Does it help you get more readers?
- Who is your favorite blogger? Why?
- Other than blogging, what are your hobbies?
- What is your favorite food to cook?
- What is your least favorite food to eat?
- Do your friends/family follow your blog? What do they think of it?