Monday, 25 July 2016

BIS: Interview with Ronke of 9jafoodie



This week, Wild Entertainment blog is featuring the beautiful Ronke of 9jafoodie. She is the brain behind the incredible naija food blog, continue reading to see how this superstar Chef takes us into her blogging life.

Tell us about yourself.
I am a Ronke Edoho. A Wife, Mother and full time accountant by day in Canada. I have always had a particular
interest in food and the world's perception of African food.


·         How did you come across blogging?
I started a food blog in 2009, it was a reactionary decision. I read a food network article that I didn’t care for and I wanted to educate the word on African food. I migrated the domain to 9jafoodie.com and clearly defined my brand offerings in 2011.   


·         Tell us about your blog.
9jafoodie.com is a Nigerian food recipe blog that features predominately Nigerian recipes. My blog also explores ways to modify the Nigerian diet and make it healthier with articles, advice and of course the Lose It Nigerian e-cookbook.


·         What challenges did you face as a new blogger?


The biggest challenge is consistency. There are days when you feel exhausted and overwhelmed. Finding the strength to keep writing relevant content for your audience is key to success.


·         Can you describe some of your strengths that really helped you in blogging?


I would say my organizational skill, the constant need to keep improving and my love for food and what I was doing are things that really helped me.


·         How do you manage your time to run your blog effectively?


It is not easy with a full time job and a plethora of social media accounts to attend to. I set aside 1 hour every day to do some work and I sneak in a few minutes through out the day to respond to comments. I get help from my husband and little sister when I get too overwhelmed.


·         What type of networking do you think is better to drive traffic to your blog?
I believe a network of like-minded blogs is essential. For instance I had a lot of help from other food blogs when I started like afrolems, dichis plate, lohis kitchen etc.


·         Was there anytime you wanted to quit?
Haha. There were times when I needed a long break. Quitting is not in my vocabulary 😎 


·         What is your proudest achievement?
I believe it is an achievement to keep a blog running for 6 years+ but I would say proudest achievement is the launch of my e-book and seeing how it has helped so many women lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle while still enjoying Nigerian meals.


·         How much time do you spend on blogging?
I spend about 20-30 hours a week blogging.

·         What do you do in your spare time?
I spend time with my family, watch something on TV/Netflix or cook lol


·         Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?
It is a little bit of both. I am a professional accountant by day but I do spend a lot of time each week blogging.


·         A lot of people think that blogging is an easy way to make money online, what do you have to say about this?
I say you need to build and audience first before you can venture into making money. When you understand what your audience wants and you know how to fill that niche for them then you have hit the jackpot.


·         What benefits do you enjoy as a blogger?
As a food blogger I get samples of products for free and invites to occasions, product launches and other activities. Those are pretty good benefits.


·         Do you still have challenges in blogging?
The biggest challenge is time.


·         What advice will you give to young bloggers or those aspiring to be bloggers?
I would say be honest, be true, be consistent and never lie to your audience.

Take it a day at a time, constantly strive to be better than the day before, track engagement and continue to produce good relevant content.


Social Media Handles:

website: 9jafoodie.com

cookbook: 9jafoodie.com/loseitnigerian

instagram: https://www.instagram.com/9jafoodie/

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/9jafoodie/

twitter: https://twitter.com/9jafoodie

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/9jafoodie001

pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/9jafoodie/

tumblr: http://9jafoodie.tumblr.com/

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