Today we are bringing you Sandy from A New York Foodie! Thanks Sandy for participating in this!
Your Website? A New York Foodie
When did you start blogging? I started blogging almost 4 years ago but didn’t start to get serious until the winter of this year.
Favorite thing that you’ve published? I have a few things that I published that are my favorites, but if I had to pick just one, I think I would pick my Baked Chicken Parmesan Bundles. Not only did they receive so may page views,but the recipe was a real hit with my family. I love chicken parmesan but it’s fried and very fattening so I tried to lighten it up. I baked it instead of frying and it just came out so fantastic.The chicken was moist and tender and delicious. The picture came out great as well.
Bloggers you love??? I have a few bloggers that I love. I would have to say my first one would be the friend who got me into blogging, Velva from Tomatoes on the Vine. If it wasn’t for Velva, I doubt I would have even started blogging. She showed me how to set up a blog on Blogger, my original blogging platform, before I switched to WordPress, and also how to set up a Facebook fan page. So Velva, here is a big shout-out and thank you to you! I had the pleasure of meeting Velva and her family a few times when she came up to New York to visit. I’m very happy to call Velva my friend!
The second blogger that I want to give a big shout out to is my friend Libby of Lemony Thyme. I became friends with Libby while looking for a recipe for a chicken dish called Chicken Marbella. Libby made this recipe on her blog and the picture was just so beautiful as well as her blog which is all about using fresh herbs in her recipes! Libby’s recipes and photographs are gorgeous so be sure to check her out.
There are so many wonderful bloggers out there and I wish I could give a shout out to all of them, but this would be hundreds of pages long, so I am just going to do three. The last one, but certainly not least, is my friend Jessica of All She Cooks. I learned so much from her. Jessica wrote an e-book called “Tips and Tricks, Put your Blog on the Map”. Not only did I learn a lot from her book, but Jess answered so many of my questions and was such a big help, not to mention she has a really lovely food blog as well, so make sure you check her out. Thanks Jess!
Biggest Flop? We all have to start somewhere, even the most popular blogger started from the beginning. When I first started blogging, my pictures were really bad. The lighting was terrible and I didn’t even have the right type of props. So I would have to say that those original pictures that I took were definite flops, but they are the stepping stones to where I am today. I have come a long way in the four years and learned a lot about food photography, like natural light is your best friend, depth of field, the rule of thirds. This is a wonderful journey that I am enjoying so much, but if I would have to name my biggest blogging success, I would say my fan following on Facebook. I have had a fan page on Facebook for almost 4 years and up until January of 2013, I barely had 100 followers. The reason why my page took off to reach almost 5000 readers today was because of a fellow blogger. Again, I have to thank my friend Libby for this. Libby told me all about the “Facebook Foodie parties” which will increase my fan base. So I decided to find out more and sure enough by sharing my recipes and pictures at these parties, my fan base kept increasing. What really thrills me the most though, are all the lovely comments and conversations from my readers. Readers who span the globe on 6 continents, reaching out and visiting me in my little corner of cyberspace here in New York City. I want to thank all of you who have been visiting me from the beginning and for those of you who are new to my blog. Old friends and new friends who I have met along the way. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your wonderful thoughts and comments. I truly appreciate them and it inspires me to cook more.