Savory Tales You Must Read

 

Blogging, today, has become so much more complicated than ever before. Why? Because too many of us are buying into the fallacy that a “blog” must either generate tons of money, amass a large number of eyeballs in record speed or win countless awards to be worthwhile writing or reading.  

 

Even mom bloggers are falling into this trap.  Although most will agree that “being passionate about your focus” is essential, the work that follows to ensure the success of a blog - by current standards - is daunting. Many great bloggers "give up" as a result. It is frustrating as I’ve seen some truly enjoyable blogs just stop, mid-stream, due to unrealistic, lofty goals. So unfortunate.

 

Richa Tiwari and Savory Tales reminded me of this reality.  A new blogger to the scene, Richa arrives with a freshness and excitement that is keeping “personal happiness” at the core of her blog and her life.  I believe that what she shares in her interview below is extremely valid and should be infused in the daily blogging lives of many.  See for yourself:

 

What is your full name?

Richa Tiwari

 

Briefly describe you and your life, including where you live, children (if any), and whatever else you would like to share?

I am an ex-banker and currently living in Mumbai, India with my husband. Post marriage, I took a break from my job and decided to be a full-time blogger.

 

If you were asked to describe yourself in one word, what would that word be?

Learner

 

What is your personal mantra?

"Do what you love to do -- something which will make you really happy." Even if you are in a different profession, continue doing it as your hobby.

 

Share the name of your blog as well as the date it was launched.

Savory Tales launched in Nov, 2015.

 

Explain what compelled you to begin blogging.

I started it just to understand what blogging is all about, but when I started doing it, I realized it gives me happiness to share my views, recipes with others and it felt so good when people try your recipe and love it. Since, then I decided to make it an integral part of my life.

 

Share with us the primary focus of your blog and what you hope to accomplish through it.  

The blog is focused on sharing recipes, restaurant and product reviews. I wish to tell people that cooking is not a rocket-science and delicious recipes can be prepared by using simple ingredients and by restaurant reviews I want to share what I liked and what I didn't like much at that restaurant.

 

Which social media outlet works best for your public relations/marketing efforts? 

I believe having a presence on all social media platform is very essential. For me Instagram and Twitter works best.

 

What is the one piece of advice you would give to anyone interested in beginning a blog?

It's really important to understand your interest and what you are passionate for because then only ideas can flow and you can write about it. Try to connect with your audience.

 

Share some names of favorite blogs you follow.  

Saffron Trail, Whisk Affair, pinch of yum, RecipeTin Eats, EDIBLE GARDEN

 

Beyond being a blogger, are you an entrepreneur, professional or business owner?  If so, please explain.

I work as a freelance content writer and also take projects for banking related content.

 

Share a social cause or cause-based organization close to your heart.

Children's educations in the villages of India concerns me the most and someday I would really like to contribute towards this cause.

 

When all is said and done, how do you want to be remembered?

As a learner who always tried to learn new things in life.

 

The single principle this former banker, turned blogger, reminds us of is the dramatic difference in one’s own happiness or success if you choose to “work” (or blog) for money/numbers versus “happiness.” The former will enslave you.  The latter will empower you.

 

I hope Richa Tiwari always stays her untainted self, in both blogging and in life.  I guess, we will see -- no doubt, one of many Savory Tales worth keeping up with for the rest of us.