The Kitchen Thyme Blogger Spotlight Series is a way for you and I to get to know and support the wonderful Food Bloggers who share their delicious recipes on Kitchen Thyme.
Meet Renana from Renana’s Kitchen!
Check out Renana’s recipes at Kitchen Thyme!
Kitchen Thyme: Hi Renana! Thank you for being part of our Kitchen Thyme Blogger Spotlight Series! Tell us where you’re from and how you got into blogging?
Renana: Hello! I live in Israel and I started blogging because I wanted to feature all my recipes in one place, plus it is organized and easy to read. I love to take food pictures which helps a lot with my blog’s look and feel.
KT: How did you come up with the name of your blog?
Renana: I wanted something that included my own name and that describes the recipes I share. Everything related to my recipes happens in my kitchen of course, so Renana’s Kitchen was born.
KT: How long have you been blogging?
Renana: I have been blogging since mid-2017 and soon, it’ll be two years!
KT: Are you a part-time or full-time blogger?
Renana: Actually, the blog is my hobby and, in the day, I work full time as a web developer.
KT: How many recipes do you publish each week?
Renana: On a weekly basis, I usually publish one recipe. However, if there is a holiday coming up, I will publish two.
KT: After you publish a recipe on your blog, walk us through the steps you take to get more eyes on that recipe. What sites do you submit your recipe to? Do you use a spreadsheet to keep track of where you share your recipes?
Renana: I use Kitchen Thyme obviously, and naturally Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. Basically, any social media platform and I use hashtags that are related to food and baking. I also send a weekly newsletter with the recipe and monthly newsletters with an additional recipe, which I share on social media as well.
KT: What does a typical week look like for you? Do you create recipes and blog posts on certain days of the week?
Renana: Because I work full time, the only free time I have for the blog is during the weekend. I sometimes create a bulk of recipes to make it easier on myself for the next month or two. I also tend to take photos of what I’m baking during the morning as the light is best then.
KT: Do you have a good blog/life balance? Do you unplug at night or on the weekends?
Renana: The blog is my hobby so I don’t feel like I need to unplug from it. When I unplug from other things in my life, it’s the opposite and I like to do things for the blog, taking pictures and trying new recipes.
KT: How much time do you spend on Social Media each day? Do you use any schedulers for Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Do you have a Virtual Assistant to help you?
Renana: I like to be on social media a lot, and not only because of the blog. So, I guess you can say a few good hours every day. I use the Facebook scheduler and for Pinterest, I use tailwind. I don’t have a VA but I do have a close friend that helps me review my blog and post texts.
KT: What social media networks/websites give you the most traffic to your blog?
Renana: Facebook and Pinterest are my main traffic sources currently. I am working on growing organic traffic as well with SEO.
KT: What AD networks do you have on your blog?
Renana: Currently I have Amazon and Google ads on my blog.
KT: What are the main sources of income from your blog? Sponsored Posts? Advertisements? Affiliate Links?
Renana: I don’t consider my blog as an income source and I haven’t made an effort to monetize it yet.
KT: Do you have a long relationship with any particular Brands?
Renana: Not at the moment.
KT: Do you enjoy going to Blogging Conferences? If so, which ones do you recommend for Food Bloggers?
Renana: I enjoy being part of any food blog groups on Facebook, you can learn a lot from experienced bloggers! I haven’t attended any conferences yet. However, I do go to cooking and baking courses from time to time, those are loads of fun!
KT: Where do you find inspiration to create new recipes?
Renana: I am a member in many Facebook groups that are dedicated to recipes so I like to know what people are looking for, I also use Pinterest for inspiration and the Food Network and other food channels inspire me a lot.
KT: What are your top 3 favorite recipes on your blog?
Renana: I don’t buy bread so almost every week, I make my no-knead bread or a different bread recipe that’s on the blog. Carrot cake is one dessert I never get tired of and lastly, my chia pudding is so easy to make and helps during those busy mornings when I need an on-the-go breakfast.
KT: Do you have great lighting in your house for photos or do you need to use artificial lighting or filters?
Renana: I have one big window I like to use as a light source. I explored all the rooms including the bathroom to find the best one to take pictures in. A little trial and error helps get you to the best results. I do not use artificial lightning at all, I believe daylight is the best source of light for pictures when you know how to use it.
KT: What advice would you give to new food bloggers when it comes to taking photos of food?
Renana: Don’t forget the background! Your kitchen might not look all that great and you need to find a way to picture the food that is appealing. We eat with our eyes first after all. If the dish does not look good and the background ruins the styling, no one will bother to read the recipe.
KT: Do you have a favorite cookbook?
Renana: I own so many cookbooks! It’s hard to say which one is my favorite. I like to review other bloggers’ books and write about it, the last book I reviewed was ‘Sugar Redefined’ by Alyx Kjorven.
KT: If you could cook with a famous chef or celebrity cook, who would it be and why?
Renana: I want to cook with Gordon Ramsay, Jaime Oliver, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood – and yes, I know they are all British. I like each one of their styles in the kitchen and I really like to watch their TV shows. I like easy and quick recipes, classic recipes and gourmet recipes. Each one of them inspires me and teaches me new things in the kitchen.
KT: You are constantly working with food. What are a few ingredients you cannot live without?
Renana: The basics – butter, flour, sugar, baking powder and chocolate. I guess you can tell that I like to bake desserts!
KT: Do you have any advice for someone starting a food blog?
Renana: Don’t forget SEO and try to learn as much as you can from other bloggers.
KT: Thank you so much for joining us at Kitchen Thyme! Where can our readers find you?
Website: Renana’s Kitchen
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