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Thanks for coming to join me today to see what’s up on the blog.
Personally, I’m stoked that I get to bring you a fantastic food and travel blogger, who’s a fellow South African, that will hopefully awaken the explorer in you.
Today’s guest, Rethabile author of My Food or Travel, is a food and travel blogger from Johannesburg, South Africa. Outside of being a blogger, she’s a full time IT professional that likes to document her experiences.
Here’s what she had to say:
Why did you create your blog?
This is something I have always wanted to do. I was already very interested in food reviews; I was doing this through Zomato. I was also documenting my travel through my Instagram, lockdown hit and I had some free time so I decided to finally do this formally.
What do you love most about blogging?
I wanted to give people the opportunity to see through my eyes, I love traveling and being in new places for the first time, it gives me an indescribable feeling.
Getting to write down my feelings about an experience I went through, I found very therapeutic because I love writing.
Getting to share those feelings with the next person is a bonus.
What are some of the strengths that have helped you on your blogging journey?
The feedback I receive is what keeps me going. I get a lot of strength in knowing that my review has motivated someone to travel or assisted in planning their itinerary.
Which social network has contributed the most to your blog’s growth and what advice would you like to give to achieve the best results when using it?
My blog is still fairly new, still under a year and I only recently started focusing on social media. However, I would say that Twitter has assisted a lot in my growth. I feel that people are more personal and interactive over there.
Who are some of your favourite bloggers and why?
Couldn’t possibly pinpoint any, I follow a lot of black female travel bloggers on Instagram and I would say that is by far my favourite content thus far.
Of all the places you’ve travelled to, which are your top 3 and why?
- Mpumalanga: The most beautiful and peaceful place I have visited to date, the trip came in a time where I really needed the break. So, it was perfect.
- Cape Town: Lots of variety on activities and lots of wine variety too lol! Who wouldn’t enjoy watching the sun at 8 p.m.?
- Namibia: This was the first time I travelled out of the country alone, an experience that I feel I needed on a personal level. It was also my first time in the desert which I absolutely loved!
Which skills do you think a blogger needs to master to succeed?
Consistency, that’s it.
Any advice you’d like to give to new and aspiring bloggers?
Just start everything else will fall into place. I have wanted to blog for years and the only regret I have right now is not starting earlier.
How do you attract new readers?
I am still learning to use my social media accounts more. I think overall interaction with people on social media platforms and consistent content goes a long way.
Why should we subscribe to My Food or Travel?
I focus on relatable content and reviews. I like affordable travel so you can expect honest reviews from a normal person’s perspective whilst remaining in budget.
If you’re looking for cheap holiday destinations and dope food spots then My Food or Travel is just the place to find them!
I would like to thank Rethabile for being such a great guest. It’s been such fun getting to know her and her blog on a deeper level.
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