This weeks featured blogger is Susan Thye from Chocolatesuze.
Why did you start blogging?
At first it was an outlet for my thoughts, rants and everyday teenager ramblings. At the time there weren’t many blogs in Australia and then I found Grab Your Fork and I became fascinated with food blogs. And so my personal blog slowly turned into a food focused blog with friends and family posts popping up every now and then.
Describe your blog in 20 words or less
Amused easily with giant and mini foods. Will travel for 32cm tall soft serve icecreams and 2kg ramen challenges.
What are your 5 must have tools for blogging?
A can of Mother energy drink, my trusty Canon EOS 500D, MacBook, Photoshop, Textpattern
What is your favourite part of being a blogger?
The feeling of being in a community, connecting with people with similar interests even if they’re halfway across the world. I love how food brings people together. Everyone has an opinion on food and it is a passionate topic that can spark furious debates over where the best dumplings or the tastiest gelato can be found.
What would be the biggest thing you have learnt since starting your blog?
Being aware that absolutely anyone could be reading my blog. HELLO MOTHER!
If you could start again, what would you do differently?
I would probably not have written every single thought that floated through my mind. Reading my early entries are extremely cringe-worthy but it is interesting to look back and see how my style of writing and photo taking has changed over the years.
What has been your blog’s biggest achievement?
Writing a post that won me a free trip and accommodation to Singapore!
What advice would do you have for new chick bloggers?
Support the blogger community and leave comments on posts, maybe an occasional email to introduce yourself. Make sure you have an About Me section with contact details so people can get in touch with you. Personalise your blog layout to make it different from other blogs out there and try to not pick a website name that is similar to others. Don’t worry about a blogging schedule but try and keep posts regular-it is better if you post twice a week than to post 10 posts in 1 day and not write new material for the rest of the month.
Do you (or do you plan to) make any income from your blog?
I’m with Nuffnang for ads to help with the costs of my blog hosting and domain. It would be nice to make an income but it’s not too important to me as I bake fulltime and my blog is just a hobby.
What future goals do you have for your blog?
I would love to travel and blog about food from different countries. Particularly snack foods. And candy. I love candy. My favourite part of travelling overseas is going to the local supermarket and checking
out the range of candy available.
Who are your 5 favourite chick bloggers and why?
Helen from Grab Your Fork (grabyourfork.blogspot.com) is the reason my blog turned into a food focussed blog and we have become close friends online and in real life.
Trish from Tealily Photography (http://www.tealilyphotography.com) takes the most gorgeous photos ever, whimsical and always filled with love.
Sonya from the Matchbox Project (http://www.blurty.com/users/matchboxproject) inspires me with her love of spreading happiness in a matchbox.
Sun Ann from Quaintly.net (http://quaintly.net) is quirky and cute, a Malaysian girl writing about university life in the States.
Robyn from The Girl Who Ate Everything (http://www.roboppy.net/food) has an offbeat sense of humour and writes the craziest descriptions of food and loves all things pork.