Tonight the Food Blogger Spotlight is Stacy from Food Lust People Love. She and I are friends and I find her to be one of the smartest, most well-traveled, down-to-earth, kind people I have ever met. I can’t wait for you to get to know her too!
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How long have you been blogging?
I started blogging way back in 2007 with a family blog that could only been seen by those with the password because my girls were still young and I didn’t want their photos all over the internet. It was a great place to write about trips we were taking and share photos of our life overseas. My food blog, Food Lust People Love, was a new project I began in June 2011 right after my younger daughter graduated from high school. After volunteering for so many years at her school, I knew I would need something creative to do to fill my time once she was off at university.
Why do you blog?
My favorite part of blogging is telling a story. The story might be connected with the recipe I’m sharing or something that is going on in my life and is often about a memory of some place I’ve lived. I love sharing my life with interested readers and I’ve met many through the blog who have become friends. Writing a food blog is also a great way to record family recipes and family stories for my daughters.
How did you come up with the name of your blog?
Good question! I have been asked this so many times that I finally added an explanation on my “about me” page. The short answer is that my blog is called Food Lust People Love because we can Lust after fabulous Food but it’s People we should Love. And the best way to love them is just like my Cajun grandmothers did, by cooking for them.
What do you wish that you had done early on with your blog that you didn’t understand until later?
I wish I had known more about food photography. My early photos are cringingly bad, with shadows of the camera in many shots and blurry focus. Not that my current ones are art, by any means, but I’ve come a long way and am still learning. I hadn’t read but one food blog before I started writing mine. Baked Bree, in case you are curious. I’ve learned a lot over the years from pouring over other blogs and trying to figure out just WHY I love the ones I do.
Do you have any advice for new bloggers?
Content is king. There is no trick to building an audience. It’s all about finding your own voice and connecting with the readers who like your style and the sort of recipes and/or stories you share. Not everyone is going to love you. Those people will move on and that’s okay. They weren’t your people. Be generous with your time and do more than your share in groups, passing on skills (like how to create an HTML link list, for instance) that others taught you. It’s all about the community. Be a good member of the food blogging community and you’ll find all the support you need.
What is your favorite recipe on your blog and why?
Oh, man, that is a hard one. I have so many dishes that are integral to our family story and menu but if I can take the liberty of choosing three instead of one, I’d say black beans with smoked sausage, a favorite from our years in Brazil called Black Beans and Smoked Sausage. My Aunt Karen’s Pecan Pie and my Grandmother’s Fig Preserves.
Name a few of your favorite blogs.
I read blogs for the same reason I write. The stories! My favorite bloggers share their lives along with the recipes. My favorite posts from Kelli’s Kitchen are the ones where Kelli recounts time spent with her grandmother in the kitchen and family history. Same with Magnolia Days. Renee’s stories of how her mother’s family left everything in behind in what became East Germany during the war and how her mother eventually met her American soldier father had me enthralled. In fact, I love it every time she shares her German heritage. And Jenni has had me in tears more than once on Pastry Chef Online with her tales of extended friends who are more like family. Adam from Unorthodox Epicure makes me laugh and think with his life lessons. I could go on and on in a similar vein, naming more great storytellers, but I think you get the picture. The fact that they also all share delicious recipes with pretty pictures is a great bonus!
If you were a fruit or vegetable, which would it be and why?
If I were a fruit or vegetable, I’d probably be a chili pepper. A spicy, and in our family, welcome addition to most dishes. Peppers liven things up and I like to think I do too.
Favorite band or singer?
I can’t name just one! All my favorites are from years ago: Bob Seger, The Beach Boys, the Beatles and Journey to name four. I spent a lot of time in honky tonk bars in Texas too, so my play list includes quite a few crying in your beer songs as well.
Hands down, “Liar, Liar.” I’m not a big fan of Jim Carrey’s other work but that one is a gem. As a family we try to watch it at least once a year.
Anything else you would like to share about your blog – please feel free to write as much or as little as you want!
Just one thing I’m kind of excited about lately! I was interviewed on Food Blog Radio and had the Best Time! If anyone has half an hour to kill and wants to listen to the podcast to learn a little more about my life as a expat, here’s the link. STACY ON THE RADIO. Someday, I really do hope to get around to writing my memoir with recipes, as promised.