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16 juin 2010 3 16 /06 /juin /2010 11:25


Today we have a Trio Bloggers Face-Off and they are the Bloggers behind Taste-Buds



Questions Viviane Zahrah  Clint
1- How long have you been blogging? Maybe a year now and since October 2009 for Taste-Buds. October 2009 Taste-Buds is actually my first blogging experience. My first post was in October of 2009.
2- How many hours per day do you dedicate to the blog? It is not a daily task, I post whenever I have something interesting to post. But it is more weekly than daily. A hour or two when I completed a challenge, but definitely not as often as I should. I probably end up posting once every couple of weeks or so, but I try to respond to comments as they come in and attempt new recipes about every few days or so.
3- Has it been worth it so far? Yeah, it has been fun and I learned a couple of tricks. Also got over the lack of interest in making pastries. Yes, it’s great getting feedback from people and I’ve learnt a lot in terms of cooking and different cuisine. Yes! The whole experience has been great! I have learned a lot and gotten to sample some foods I was not familiar with prior to Taste-Buds. 
4- How many page views does your blog get daily? Depends on posts or lack of.  It varies. It can vary quite a bit depending on the latest post. 
5- How many blogs do you have or write for currently? I write for the Taste-Buds mainly. I have my own blog but I left it be since I had a post stolen. Just one. Taste-Buds is the only blog I write for.
6- How many hours do you dedicate to them every day? Maybe 30 minutes to check the stats, the comments and the blogs I read regularly. I don’t blog everyday. All in all I would estimate about 15 minutes a day.
7- Do you think one needs to post daily to be successful? I don’t know. I mainly do it for fun and did not think much about “success”. But I think the content is more important than actual posting. It is mainly a more powerful impact when you have something of interest to share than just post anything to post daily. I think you need an interesting concept to be successful. I don’t think so. It all depends on how you measure success. The three of us do this for the fun and the experience we gain, and so I think success to us would not always include the pressures of posting every day.
8- Is there an ideal posting frequency? It should be frequent enough to keep readers interested. Of course long absences can occur, but not highly recommended.   Well, each post seems to keep its popularity for about 3 or 4 days before the number of views drop to some baseline amount. Perhaps once every 3 days or so would be ideal based on this.
9- What is the biggest blogging mistake you did? I don’t recall making any yet. Who knows though, it might happen one day.  I don’t think I’ve written enough to have made many mistakes, but I’m sure my grammar is not all that goodJ Just minor things like spelling and formatting errors, which were promptly fixed.  

10- What is the biggest mistake you see in blog designs?

Oh boy! I don’t think I have enough space on here lol. I am an advertiser by formation so the design catches my eye. Black backgrounds with small text: it just hurts the eyes!

Cramming too much stuff so that it creates a visual clash and/or imbalance. Incomprehensible fonts. I suppose I will keep it at that. The design must be comfortable to look at, remember you addressing people who are reading on a screen. 
  I think the biggest mistakes out there are in the way food photos are taken that are presented on the blog. I am a beginner myself, but I have noticed people can make some pretty basic errors in composition, focus, plating, and lighting.
11- Twitter is a distraction or a good promotional tool?

I don’t know, I don’t have Twitter. I don’t see the point of it really. It seems to me like a cry for attention at times. It might be a good promotional tool if you have actual things to promote AND an audience interested in your tweets.

As far as I am concerned, I don’t have time for it.
I use twitter, but haven’t gotten the hang of it yet. However, I think it should be useful. I don’t use Twitter, it would be too distracting and time consuming for me. That being said, I am sure any networking site could be used as a promotional tool if done right. 
12- Do you think that any professional should have a blog? I would say it depends on the material. It can be a more efficient version of “company news”. It is very interesting for journalistic professions to have blogs, they bring different perspectives. I think that it helps to showcase what you do. If every professional had a blog, who would the interested audience be? Not every professional needs their own blog. It is a matter of cost vs. benefit I suppose.
13- If you could give an advice for a novice blogger, what would it be? I am not exactly an expert, but best is to write about something you love and that interests you to the point of writing about it. And PLEASE SPELL CHECK! Trial and error, but go for it! Check out some other blogs and get some tips before beginning. Know your audience. Select something that maintains your interest. Most of all, have fun with it!
14- What is the secret of your success, expressed in one word? I hope I can claim success but to me the keyword is fun. Unique The flavors, the photos, the journey, and the experiences.
15- If you could write a post on any blog in the world, which one would you pick? I have no idea, but I would like to be something high standard of course and an experience I can learn from. I doubt I am at the point where people want to feature me as a guest author yet :D I haven’t read many blogs to be able to choose one. The Taste-Buds of course! I have knowledge in several areas that have nothing to do with food, but I seem to have the most fun with this one! I suppose I consider it to be something of a creative outlet.

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