Sonila from Mediterranean Latin Love Affair has been a dear friend of mine since we both were pregnant with our February/March 2017 babies. We have been following each other’s lives from that very day we joined the group and now we both share love for blogging. I am excited to include Sonila in my new Q & A Series!
Please introduce yourself and your blog to my readers.
Hi everyone, my name is Sonila and I’m a food blogger at Mediterranean Latin Love Affair. I blog about Mediterranean & Latin food in general but more specifically Albanian and Bolivian food. I was born in Albania and my husband in Bolivia, but we live in Florida so I’m trying to teach our kids about our heritage through food and in the process improve my cooking skills and document this journey in a blog.
When did you begin your blogging journey?
I began my blogging journey in August of 2018!! I can’t believe I’ve come so far in such a short amount of time. I tend to be tough on myself because there’s so much I want to accomplish but it is nice to look back and see how much I’ve learned and progressed.
Can you describe your blogging style?
I try to keep my posts light, informative and share plenty of tips. Sometimes even when i follow another blogger’s recipe to the dot I might have to make it few times before it comes out perfect. And that is not the writer’s fault. Variances in oven types, food temperature, even measuring utensils can make a difference. So I try to include as many tips and variations as I can so my followers can have options. Also, I try to give options on how to adapt a recipe and make it keto or vegetarian because people can have different eating lifestyles.
What type of networking do you think is better to grow your audience?
Pinterest definitely! I had a Christmas cocktail post that took off because a famous blogger re-pinned it. I loved those few weeks before Christmas and the views I was getting on my post.
What was your greatest failure and how did you overcome it?
When I first moved to Florida, my English was not that good. I started going to a Community College and worked really hard to improve my English. I was so embarrassed not being able to express myself fully in conversations. It just took me few months and I started writing essays in English and one of them even won me a scholarship. Then as my English improved, I learned Spanish as well since Miami is such a bilingual city. I’m very proud to speak daily in 2 languages that are not my native languages and do it fluently (with a bit of accent).
What do you do in your spare time?
I try to play tennis on Saturdays at 7:30 am with my son. Not much spare time other than that.
What is your least favorite post, and why?
I don’t have a specific one. But my earlier posts are not bad as posts, but my picture quality is not good. So i’m hoping that once I get a camera (currently taking food pictures with my phone), I can redo the pictures of my earlier posts and update them. I feel that if picture quality is not good, people are not going to know how good it tastes so they’re not going to try it.
What is the biggest trends in your niche?
It seems that low carb and keto recipes are very much in demand right now. They become popular very fast.
What are some things people don’t know about you?
Most people in the blogging world don’t know that I’m an engineer. I have 2 degrees, one in Biomedical Engineering and one in Industrial Engineering.
What does a typical day in your life look like?
I usually wake up at 5 am, I try to work out for about an hour doing a combinations of small weights and cardio through videos. My latest program is 80 Day Obsession. Then I work on my blog while sipping on coffee until everyone wakes up. Breakfast madness, drive my son to school, go grocery shopping or run errands, take my daughter to play dates or park, lunch, then when my toddler sleeps I work on the blog again, then we go pick up my son from school, 1hr-1.5 hrs of snacks and homework, then we go to sports like tennis and swimming. Finally home by 6pm or so, dinner, bath, cleanup, put the kids to sleep. Then I get to actually have a conversation with my husband and watch maybe an episode of a favorite show. If I’m not too exhausted, I catch up on my blog when everyone is asleep and answer comments and e-mails and That’s IT!!!