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