Today, we shine the Rad Recipes spotlight on Jen’s Favorite Cookies, a blog that focuses entirely on the cookie.
Being an avid cookie-freak, I really enjoyed browsing through tons of mouth-watering cookie recipes. The photos are great and add to the appeal.
I love Jen’s blog layout especially the cool header with the cookie-jar. The carousel is absoloutely fascinating and I have to find out how she did that.
Following is the interview by email we had with Jen.
RR: What is your first name?
RR: What is the name of your blog?
Jen: : Jen’s Favorite Cookies
RR: What is the URL or web address?
RR: How long have you been blogging about food?
Jen: about 3 years
RR: Why did you decide to become a food blogger?
Jen: It started on a whim,really, to give me an excuse to do some of my favorite things, which are writing, baking, and using social media. It has grown into something else over time.
RR: What difficulties have you faced and overcome in becoming a blogger?
Jen: It’s difficult to learn to do it well. There is a lot to know about creating recipes, photography, techinical aspects of blogging, writing, marketing, social media, and more.
RR: Which, if any, food personality (blogger, chef, tv) that you try to
Jen: I really strive to create a blog that shows my individuality and my own personality. I have been influenced by many, but I don’t really try to emulate any of them.
RR: Give us a sample recipe.
Jen: Here’s one I like. Pumpkin Swirl Sugar Cookies
RR: What is the mission of your blog?
Jen: To give people a place to escape everyday life for a few minutes, and to provide great dessert recipes.
RR: What camera do you use for your food photography?
Jen: The camera I use is a Canon Rebel that I bought used from my neighbor about a year ago. It’s kind of old and pretty well used, but it gets the job done!
RR: What one main tip would you give new bloggers?
Jen: I think photography makes the biggest difference between excellent food blogs and the less-than-stellar. It’s the gorgeous photos that convince people to visit you in the first place, and it’s the gorgeous photos that convince them to stay for a few minutes once they’re there. I work on photography every week, and I believe it’s an essential skill.
RR: Anything else that you would like to mention about yourself or your blog?
Jen: I have one hard-and-fast rule, which is that if I cannot find the
ingredients in my local grocery store, I don’t use them. I’m fortunate to have a really nice store near me, but I realize that this isn’t the situation for everyone. I have vowed to never blog any recipes that requires a trip to a specialty store!