Here we are back with the third post of the Bloggers Interview Series on DigiMother blog. I wish it is helping you in your blogging endeavor. Today, I am happy to introduce to you – UK, a Food Blogger, who is also an Influencer, Chef, Personal Nutritionist, Restaurant Consultant, Product & Movie Critic, Review Writer, Human Rights Activist, Social Worker.
Do read more about him and his blogging journey in the below mentioned lines:
Q.1 Please tell us something about yourself and your blogging journey so far.
UK: I love eating, and I will be honest in admitting it and that’s how it started I guess. Slowly I entered mom’s kitchen and learned silently but quickly. I am a certified Food Nutritionist, a self trained Chef today and I love cooking. Can you get up at 3 am in the night and cook if asked to? I can. My love to experiment with recipes from all over the world has appealed to my readers. I love to try new ideas in the world of Food, Travel, Fashion and Fitness. All go hand in hand and these are the four topics which I love to write about; though I have also written on other topics too in the past 5 years. I do content editing and proof-reading. This blog had crossed the 1,00,000 views mark in the first 2 years itself, after which I never maintained a record of people viewing the Blog and the posts. I have my own reader base that love me and keep coming back to my Blog to read more. I am lucky to be in an Era where there are so many Celebrity Chefs who taught me to cook better, Culinary arts specialists who always inspire me to boldly experiment with ingredients to improvise recipes which sometimes come out good, sometimes don’t. I have had an exciting journey so far with many failures in the beginning which made me stronger.
Q.2 What led you to take up blogging as a full-time career option?
UK: Over a period of time I learned to write about my passion of cooking. I also traveled to various places in order to eat. I guess I am good with words and expressing my thoughts. People started liking it and friends insisted me to start an independent blog (that’s how the original fashionablefoods.net started and is now popular as UK Fashionablefoodz ). I realized I have a flair for writing when, a few years back, I was actually offered money to write and now I get paid often to write posts and get invited to do reviews. I am also fortunate to have clients who give me freedom to express my views. It also helps me to be honest with my readers who trust my judgment.
Q.3 How much money do you make through your blog and what techniques do you use to monetize your blog?
UK: I generally look for clients wanting to promote their business/product which is food related and I give them back-links for the same in my posts. Adequate revenue comes if a blogger knows how to do things right and not follow the conventional methods. Personally I have not made much with Adsense but definitely made money with regular reviews. This way I work more like a product consultant too advising them to improve the quality, texture and flavour of a particular product.
Q.4 What message would you like to give to new bloggers who want to take up blogging as a full-time career option?
UK: 1. First thing I would like to tell them would be – “Do not take this up as a full time profession”. Reason being blogging will never give you ample money to run your house till it is 5-7 years old. If you have deep pockets to survive till then, it makes sense. Otherwise take up a job and keep blogging as a part time job till you have sizable and sellable content with you.
2. Keep your content clean and simple for your readers to understand. We are not here to throw our Management days’ gyaan and jargons. It will only scare your readers and you will get a select cream crowd coming to your Blog. This will affect your rankings too. Simple language always touches a chord and readers come back regularly.
3. Stick to a few niche. Don’t try to do everything. you will end up doing nothing right.
4. Keep your focus on SEO. The higher you rank and the faster you get there, the easier it is to get paid projects. After all, clients look at readership/followers and rankings.
Do well, prosper and Stay blessed. 🙂
Q.5 Where do you see the future of professional blogging in next 5 years?
UK: A couple of years back the good and professional bloggers were sidelined by clients who looked purely at payouts. This was the time when inexperienced college students and unethical blogging practices were at its peak. The future looks bright now, as over the last one year there is a clear demarcation happening between professional bloggers and the ones who come to learn and make quick money. Clients now have understood the importance of having professional bloggers on board and are slowly roping them in. In the next 5 years, we expect the Blogging Industry to be completely professional with maintained standards of blogging and commercials.
Hope you all had a great time reading his interview. Let me know your views in the comments below.