Hello guys, this Friday I interviewed Alexandra Cook who’s passionate foodie, writer and lover of life. Her blog It’s Not Complicated Recipes is just wow where you can find lots of article on the recipe. She lives in Adelaide, South Australia and I came in contact with Alexandra Cook through a Facebook group.
I once just visited her blog and only one word for her blog – WOW. On the blog, Alexandra Cook writes on the combination of original recipes and adapted classics, Options for menu combinations for the perfect dinner party that surely Alexandra Cook blog is going to inspire you to cook something interesting for yourself or your loved ones’.
1. Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
My name is Alexandra, but my friends call me Alex! I live in South Australia, and love it… but I also adore travel, and I want to see as much of the world as possible!
My blog is called It’s Not Complicated Recipes. It is a food blog designed to inspire you, and show you that cooking doesn’t have to be, well, complicated! (Yet it is still delicious!)
2. Describe how did you first get into blogging?
Starting a blog is something I have wanted to do for years. I always made excuses about getting started – never enough time, I will do it next week etc. One day, I decided to take the plunge, and I have never looked back!
3. Can you tell me some of your strengths that really helped you in blogging?
I am not afraid of hard work! I also am passionate about my subject matter, so that makes it so much more enjoyable. I have always had an interest in writing also.
4. What type of networking do you think is better to enhance your traffic to the blog?
I engage with as many other bloggers as possible, particularly in my niche. I also have joined several Facebook groups where I can network with bloggers or blogging experts. I utilise all social media platforms as much as possible. I think the best way to network is genuine engagement.
5. How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently?
I will be honest, I could manage my time better, but I feel this is something I am learning along the way. I watch to batch my content more and be more time efficient. At the moment, I do a little bit of everything each day, as opposed to having two days a week for just cooking, two for writing etc.
6. What do you think is the best strategy that worked well for you to get more traffic to your blog?
Focusing on SEO very early on! A few weeks after starting, I started to put SEO practices into place, and because I did it at the beginning, it wasn’t a huge amount of work or change to make.
7. Who has impacted you most in blogging and how?
The lady that designed my website, Dana Nicole, has been a huge influence in my blogging journey. Not only has she made my life easy by taking care of the website side of things, she is such an inspiring mentor!
8. What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
Trying to remind myself not to get too caught up in the numbers – page views, follower counts on social media etc. I think it is easy to feel despondent when things don’t skyrocket immediately. I keep reminding myself that I haven’t yet been blogging for a year! Each month, things improve, so that is the most important thing!
9. What inspired you to start your blog?
It had been something I had been thinking about for so long. You know, one of those things you talk about always doing, yet somehow you never make time for it? That was me for a long time. I finally stopped with the excuses, and got started – and 10 months later, I still think it is the best decision I made!
10. How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?
I love what I do, so I am already motivated! Writing and cooking have always been my two true passions – having said that, probably the most important area to maintain motivation is a good routine. Even if you are working from home, I think it is still vital to take time off, ensure you’re not distracted or procrastinating etc. I also get myself dressed and ready as though I am going to a job – I don’t like sitting around in my pj’s all day!
11. How much time do you spend blogging?
Blogging is my full-time job – in fact, I would spend a lot more time on it than an actual full-time job. I work seven days a week, but I love that I can do it anywhere! Because I am so determined to make this a success, I am putting in as much effort as possible – I believe it will pay off in the long run.
12. Would you encourage other people to make their blog?
Absolutely! Blogging is a fantastic outlet, and you’ll meet some amazing people along the way. I read a cool quote the other day that is:
“No one supports you like a social media friend you’ve never met”.
I think this is especially true when it comes to blogging – I feel as though I have made some lifelong connections.
13. Can you name some of your favorite bloggers and explain why they are your favorites?
Many of my favorite bloggers are in the food niche!
I love Recipe Tin Eats and Not Quite Nigella – they’re two Australian food bloggers who have been blogging for years. They’re two bloggers I look up to a lot. (And their food is divine!)
Lauryn from The Skinny Confidential was one of the first bloggers I ever started to follow. She has such a fun style to her writing! I still adore reading TSC to this day!
14. Cool tips for a newbie?
* Be patient – these things take time!
* Don’t go in to blogging as a quick fix to make money – again, the monetisation of the blog takes time. You need to get people to visit your site first!
* Focus on SEO from the get-go – it takes time for it to really take effect, so start straight away!
So, that is all. Thanks, Alexandra Cook for taking your time from the busy schedule for the interview. More interviews with emerging blogger are on way. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Join our FB Group – DM World for the awesome bloggers’ interview.