Aoife Cox (@DailySpud) “Techie by day, spud lover by night… “at least if she had her own movie voiceover, that’s how she’d imagine it would begin. Having spent a lifetime thinking about how lovely it would be to swap computing for cooking, the two collided in October 2008 and The Daily Spud was born. Aoife has been sharing her thoughts on spuds and other edibles with the Internet public ever since. The blog has twice bagged the gong in the Best Food and Drink category at the Irish Blog Awards and has garnered other nice acknowledgements along the way, like being listed in Ireland’s Food & Wine Magazine Hot 100 and in Woman & Home’s 100 Best Food Blogs. Aoife is now also a contributing editor for John and Sally McKennas’ Irish Food Guide and writes food features for the Irish edition of the Sunday Times. She lives, eats (spuds, mostly) and still occasionally computes in Dublin.
Aoife Cox is speaking at #FBC5 about “Nichely Does It” and “Food Writing Seasoned with a Pinch of Witty”
Nichely Does It:
The trouble with making your blog appeal to a broad church – and food is about as broad a church as it gets – is that so many other bloggers have the same damn idea. Pitch your tent in the general food blog camp and it gets pretty crowded, pretty fast. Find a niche to occupy, however, and things get quieter but cosier, and it can be that bit easier to stand out rather than blend in. It also means that you and your audience always have something to talk about – that something, in my case, is spuds, but in your case, who knows? If the oyster is your world, then maybe the world can be your oyster.
Food Writing Seasoned with a Pinch of Wit
You know what they say, smile and the whole world smiles with you (or at least you’re sure they would if they only read your blog). It’s as true for blogging as it is for real life though: serve your loaded-chocolate-bacon-salted-caramel-pop-tarts with a dash of wit and readers will come back for second helpings (of the humour, if not the pop-tarts). Whether it’s your expressions, your point of view, your visual humour or even your recipes (potato milkshake, anybody?), a little bit of fun, blog-wise, goes a long way.
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