Bloggers Interview Series

Interview with Amrita Iyer: Founder of Food Samaritan, a Food Blog

I am a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an MBA in Human Resource.I was working with an Multi National Company when I got married and moved to Canada where my husband was working...

1. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your Blog?

I am a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an MBA in Human Resource.I was working with an Multi National Company when I got married and moved to Canada where my husband was working for a temporary period.Coming back to India I faced some personal and health issues after which I had to discontinue my profession.

I started the Blog as a hobby which later turned into my passion as I had a great passion for cooking and serving good food!I have never looked back after that!

2. What did you do before Blogging? What inspired you to start blogging?

I was a Corporate Trainer but some personal and health issues forced me to discontinue my profession.The Blog was started as an inspiration to give a posthumous tribute to my ancestors - the Grandmas (not to forget Grandpas as well) who were the wonderful cooks of my family who were silently appreciated for their talent but never publicly recognized. I thought to do this by dedicating the Blog to them!

3. As a blogger, what are the challenges you face? How you overcome it?

The biggest challenge I faced was proving myself in the midst of professional,veteran and wonderfully talented Bloggers!It took me some time - 4 years to be precise but yes it happened! I saw that dedication,commitment and honesty in your posts,content and innovation was seen,praised and finally given a nod by the blogger community!

Other challenges were publishing Blog posts,trying to click the best pics(yes it matters a great deal) and giving excellent write ups about recipes,their historical significance and more importantly your innovation in creating recipes that are in the "something new" category,healthy and look delicious!It all depends on practice,having an open mind while creating recipes and never to cry quits if a recipe does not succeed in the kitchen!

4. What would you consider to be your biggest achievement in your journey so far as a Blogger?

The biggest achievement of mine is the appreciation I get from people who have tried out my recipes!I occasionally get feedback's - some positive while yes there are negative ones in which people advise me to do something different!I get motivated by the negative feedback's and inspiration from the positive ones to better myself and come up with a wider variety of cuisines!

5. Have you worked/collaborate with brands? If yes, name few brands you worked with

I have worked with ITC for their brand Aashirvaad Atta with which I made Pudina Laccha Paratha.I also teamed up with Sprig and tried out their Syracuse Spice Mix to make my delicious American Oven Roasted Potatoes!Do check them out on the Blog!

6. What is your primary income source?

I am a home maker at present so earning from the blog is my primary Income source!

7. Top 3 Blogging tools that you would recommend to your readers?

1.It is very much advisable to create a Blog with Wordpress!They have tons of themes,great plugins and regular updates which keep the Blog running just fine!

2.Use Yoast SEO for a great SEO experience and keep track of the visibility of your posts!

3.Sign up with Google Analytics for monetizing your Blog with great Ads and Banners and with a perfect monthly round up to see how your Blog is performing and to make improvements wherever necessary!

8. One piece of advice that you would like to share with all new bloggers?

Have patience and faith in yourself!Do not expect to leap from the 1st to the 10th step all at one go!Each post is an experience,a new learning and an opportunity to better yourself!Have faith in your capability and skill!Practice comes hand in hand and for some it might seem a bit difficult to reach there!But believe me,you will,in your own time!

9. Finally, what are your thoughts about IndiBlogHub?

Skill Infinity is a great podium where Bloggers can sign up and see their Blog Rank and Stats and know where to make improvements,tie up with other Bloggers,check out Blogging campaigns and learn a lot through mutual communication.Besides the Skill Infinity widget makes the Blog look good besides increasing importance of both the Blogger as well as the Blog.