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My first recipe Video!

It always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela

I need to adopt this as my new mantra. I actually wrote it on a post it and stuck it under my desk mat long time ago but somehow it got under some stuff and only today I brought it back out so I can see it clearly everyday. 

It always seems impossible until its done

So today I am feeling like I did the impossible! I have been giving myself plenty fo reasons to convince that recipe videos are impossible for me but today I finally hit that “Publish” button on YouTube! It is big for me, at least at this moment. 

I started food blogging just out of a desire to share recipes. I love cooking and I believe everyone can cook and everyone should cook. Cooking is not a chore but a wonderful offering to family.  I am not the activist kind but I thought maybe sharing easy recipes will encourage at least friends and family. My blog is kind of my bit in bringing back home cooking but slowly it became more than a hobby.

It became an avenue to learn so many things — Food writing, food photography, website making, troubleshooting, SEO, Social Media… the list is endless. The learning never stops because well new things keep coming up and old things keep changing :).

I don’t monetise my blog, simply because I don’t want it to become a job and also I don’t like websites showered with advertisements. But I do want more people coming to my blog and so I learn and unlearn and I relearn about SEO. With more and more food bloggers out there, they continuously redefine the scene. “The world is moving to video”, they say!

I have resisted recipe videos for so long. First I am not at all comfortable with my face being on camera but then came the “talking hands” recipe videos which solved that problem. But videos always seemed very difficult to me, they still do. I have no clue of shooting a video, a setup for videos, the amount of planning required and then editing will be another game altogether! My kitchen is too small with the stove tucked in a corner that shooting there wasn’t a possibility. So I said, “I am fine without videos.”

But then a friend kept on saying, you have to do food videos. I will help you but just click your first one. And I was like, but all the food bloggers have channels with 100+ videos! But then he said, imagine someone coming to your food blog and saying she already has 100+ recipes, I can’t start a new food blog now with one recipe! And I realised that was me many years ago! but I did start a food blog when there were many already.

So I finally did a video. I created a mini setup in my living room. Decided on the simplest of recipes that didn’t have too many ingredients or steps and shot!

recipe video setup in teh living room of a food blogger

Went to YoutTube and looked for iMovie beginner tutorial videos. I spent most of my Sunday on learning the basics of iMovie (because that is the only free video editing software I have!) and then showed the result to a few friends. With some positive feedback, and a lot of nervousness, I finally uploaded it to YouTube today. Even creating a YouTube channel for the blog wasn’t that straight-forward! Here’s how my very first video looks like and I am right now staring at the same post-it which says, “It always seems impossible until its done.”

What do you think?

 

There will always be reasons to not do something, but find your one reason to do it.

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Ho ho ho…

Santa has been very generous on Lime ‘n’ Lemony this year! And my Santa is a very beautiful lady blogging at Dreamz and Clouds. She has been showering us with a lot of fellow blogger love and appreciation :).

blog award, blogging, fellow bloggers,And this time it’s the Blog of the Year, 2013! Wah! Feeling awesome and amazing! Gives me more encouragement to write regularly. I started blogging as a way of sharing my life and now it seems with 3 active blogs it has become a very important part of my life! And the awards mean a lot of love from fellow bloggers. Continue reading

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Along came a friend…

Ever since childhood I’veblog awards, sisterhood of the world bloggers award, blogging, writing, blog recognition wanted to keep a pen friend and it finally happened now after 30 odd years! 🙂 My beautiful pen friend Madhusmita always inspires me by her writing but this time and in the past as well she inspired me to keep writing by nominating me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Thank you Madhu! I found Madhu through a post on WWW Wednesdays and since then our friendship has grown from online to offline though I am still to meet her! She shares my love of writing letters! Have been so lucky to find a friend with whom I can exchange the snail mail!

Blogging awards initially intrigued me a lot! I used to wonder who controls them, who nomites, who owns them etc etc… but soon I realised how it was democracy at its best! All awards are by the bloggers, of the bloggers and for the bloggers! A way to encourage and support us through our blogging journeys :). Continue reading

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Of awards and recognition…

liebsterawardIt’s amazing that the day I write about the importance of recognition for volunteers, that I myself get a recognition from a fellow blogger – dreamz and clouds! The two aren’t so different. Volunteers serve selflessly and a little appreciation from the organisation and community makes them feel like they belong. I think the same holds for the blogging community. There are 100s and 1000s of bloggers and each one is trying to serve the larger community by sharing a piece of their lives and when an unexpected award (even if its virtual) comes your way, it makes the sharing and writing so much more enjoyable. 🙂 Madhusmita nominated me for the Liebster Award. Thanks a lot Madhu!

I started lime ‘n’ lemony as an online diary. Just to share my ramblings that didn’t fall under any category! :). Slowly interactions started happening with other bloggers and I was part of a smaller community amid the big one. I also made some very good friends, whom I have never met but felt a connection just by means of our posts!

Liebster Award is an award for bloggers with less than 200 followers and for who someone believes deserve some recognition for their blogging. This is a good way to encourage people to visit new/interesting blogs. The rules of the award are –

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We read in a F or an E?

Reading pattern: F? E? C?

Reading pattern: F? E? C?

I’m sure content managers must be aware of this fact, but for me it was an interesting find! I have recently started working on a blog on volunteering and I was reading a few articles on what and how do people consume content online. I didn’t quite care about SEO for Lime ‘n’ Lemony or even Weekend Kitchen but for Volunteer Weekly I wanted to know at least some basics. Keywords, meta-description, analytics, web master tools etc were all bizarre buzzwords until now! Anyway one of the studies that fascinated me was that we read a website in a F!
It comes from Neilsen Jakob’s eye-tracking study. What it means?F shaped reading pattern
  1. We first read in a horizontal movement, usually across the upper part of the content area – forming the letter F’s top bar
  2. We then move down a bit and read across in a second horizontal movement which is typically shorter than the first one – forming the lower bar of the letter F.
  3. Finally we scan the left side of the content vertically, thus forming F’s stem.

I was relating it to the way I read all the academic papers also. Most often we used to read the introduction and conclusion and would scan through the rest of the article, reading the heading and sub-headings and would read another one or two sections that would have the analysis. I guess that would make it like an E! and if time was really short we would entirely skip the middle.. making it a C pattern! 😀

Anyway however we read, I guess the point is to put important things right in the beginning! 🙂

Another interesting thing which a web-designer friend of mine told me was on the width of a website – he told me that 980px (or 960px) is the ideal width for a webpages, because that is the width the eye can read without moving from left to right. Any bigger than that and you can’t read it in one go.
Isn’t it interesting how different fields bring out human behavior! Do you know of any other such study? would love to read about them 🙂
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