Now as you all know, I’ve been in the “food blogging world” for a little over a month. I’ve talked to many other more experienced bloggers and here’s what Kim, from The Moonlight Baker, had to say. (Thanks Kim for answering all these questions!)
Name: Kim (a.k.a. The Moonlight Baker)
Blog URL : www.themoonlightbaker.wordpress.com
1. When did you start blogging about food?
I started food blogging in July 2010, though I didn’t officially launch my blog until September. I spent a good portion of the summer designing the site, coming up with recipes, and basically learning the ropes.
2. What was your inspiration? Was it just a share-recipes-with friends sort of thing or a I-want-to-show-the-world idea?
My initial inspiration was Joy the Baker. I had just baked a root beer cake (without a recipe) . . . not the best idea. I Googled similar recipes and found Joy’s blog. I thought the whole concept of an online recipe/ life journal was awesome.
3. What was one of the first things you remember when you first started blogging? Your first comment, subscriber, etc.?
The first major moment of my blogging career was the first post I had published on TasteSpotting. That day when I logged onto WordPress and saw the graph of my site stats, I was shocked and elated. It was definitely a victory after having countless pictures rejected by TasteSpotting before.
4. What’s your favorite recipe you’ve posted?
My favorite recipe . . . hmm, that’s a toughie. Can I give you 3 instead? I’d have to go with: Apple Cider Bundt with Cream Cheese Frosting, Mexican Hot Chocolate Bark, and Vanilla Bean Semifreddo with Fresh Raspberry Sauce.
5. What’s the ingredient you use the most and what’s your favorite dish you made with it?
My favorite/ most used ingredient is definitely chocolate. And again, I’d have to go with that Mexican Hot Chocolate Bark. So addictive!
6. If you were to start the experience all over again, what would you change?
I would exercise more!
7. How to you connect with your readers?
I try to be as genuine as possible in my posts, and I feel like that is the best way to connect with readers. Really delicious-looking pictures certainly help, too!
8. What do you think is the strongest part of your blog?
I think the strongest part is the collection of recipes. I post recipes that I’ve really enjoyed and am really proud of. I hope that those who try the recipes feel the same way.
9. And finally, what are some tips you would offer to a new food blogger?
Make sure your blog has a unique voice – your voice. And most importantly, have fun! (And exercise!)