When I started this blog in 2011, I did it because I was venturing out of the writing side of media and didn’t want to lose my voice...FIRST EVER POST But as with everything, voices change… and I seem to have gone from writing about fashion, events and weight loss (not much changed there) to writing about raising a child after losing one and about DIY and food and naturally about me (I’m self indulgent like that)…More recently I have had the chance to run cool competitions and interview cool people and my blog, which is always going to be something I can look back on to see how my life has evolved, has grown into a bit of a mommy blog…
So much show that I have joined a great network of mommy bloggers, SA.MomBlogs Although I like to think of myself more as a mom who happens to blog…hehehe
The network has exposed me to a bunch of great women and their super interesting blogs; some funny, some serious and some sinfully indulgent….
Since I’m pretty much still a rookie in the whole blogging business, I have asked some of my favourite bloggers about being a mommy blogger, or a blogger who happens to be a mom, in South Africa 🙂
The questions to the different ladies are fairly similar, probably because they are the questions I often ask myself…
Here is what my first
victim interviewee had to say:
She is Fathima Khan of Decadently Addicted, a fun foodie blog that will make you say “diet? what diet?” she has low cal things on there too, mind you, but as I said, “diet? what diet?”…
–What made you decide to blog? I craved a creative and intellectual outlet. I was a career crazy women for many years. I was retrenched and decided to take the opportunity to take back being part of my kids lives. As much as I love them, I also need something that is me and mine.
-What was your concept behind the whole thing? It started as a way to document my experiments, but when I started blogging this whole other persona emerged and took over. So now it’s a recipe with a little story which links together.-Did you find yourself nervous at prospect of letting people into your life in this way? I am a fiercely private person and blogging gives you a false sense of security because you’re just typing away alone at your laptop. Your audience is not sitting in front of you! So it’s a great medium for us introverts because we too have something to say. So no I’m not nervous.
-Do you ever worry that your kids will be like “mom why are you exposing my life?” I deliberately keep my kids exposure on the blog to a minimum. They are not in a position to choose wisely and I don’t want them to regret it later on. My son has twisted my arm to make a few mentions of him though.-Does your family read your blog? Not really and that’s fine. It makes talking about them easier ;).
-What do you hope to achieve through the blog? Spread my love of food and the ease of creating scrumptious dishes. To let the first time cook know, step by step, what they should be doing and with pics of course. It’s not that hard, just takes practice.
-What do you think about the blogging culture in South Africa? We are at a critical stage. The international stage sees blogging as the next wave of the marketing. So it’s going to be interesting to see the extent to which SA will follow suite. The blogging space has a bad name and I would like to be part of the changing this perception.
-What do you think makes for a “good blog”? A passionate blogger who produces honest, informed content on their area of interest. Blogging for me is written by the heart and guided by the head. Someone so aptly described it as a familiar friend’s opinion.
-How do you personally measure success in the blogging world? Success to me is a very personal barometer. For some it’s ad space or number of followers or just getting the content out into the blogosphere. For me it’s reaching a person with my words and making a difference in that person’s life.-Please give us a link to your favourite recipe – I haven’t posted that yet! But