This month, we are introducing ourselves as your new Marketing Chairs!
What is the name and address of your blog, and how would you describe it?
Erin: MsIndependent- www.MsIndependent.net
A lifestyle blog covering MsIndependent hosted events, along with all things fitness, fun, and food in Houston.
Jane: The Hunger Janes - www.thehungerjanes.com
The spontaneous food diary of an overly passionate food-lover, avid traveler, and curious self-explorer.
How long have you had your blog?
Erin: A little over 2 years
Jane: About 2 years, with a break within, but officially back and here to stay!
What is your non-blog job?
Erin: I coordinate and host social events centered around women with my start up company, MsIndependent, which the blog was also named after.
Jane: I train members and manage content for the Talent Acquisition group at HP, I also lead Food Tours in Houston and teach Yoga.
What made you decide to become a member of the Houston Food Blogger Collective?
Erin: I was invited to a HFBC event and I instantly felt included and at home amongst so many friendly foodies. Networking opportunities is also a plus. I’ve meet some impressive food related talent and professionals in the group, which was also a motivator for me joining.
Jane: I learned of its existence while I was working at a job that exposed me to a lot of fellow food bloggers. I have been searching my whole life for a community of people who are as passionate and crazy about food as I am, so naturally, I was very drawn to the idea of this group.
What inspired you to become the Marketing Chair of the Houston Food Blogger Collective?
Erin: I wanted to play a more active role in the collective and the marketing chair position was available. I truly love what the group is doing and the opportunities that it provides for bloggers and restaurants, which is something I wanted to be a part of.
Jane: I wanted to become more involved with the group, and help to grow the group however my skills would allow. I also wanted to get to know our members even better, and I thought this would be a great opportunity to do that.
As the new HFBC Marketing Chair, what are some ideas and goals you have for the future of our group?
Erin: I hope to help the HFBC expand and become even more well known and respected in Houston.
Jane: I would love to help our group become more collectively knowledgeable on all things food, and food in Houston. I think I would like to listen to what some of the members have as ideas and goals for the group as well. Oooh! Also maybe opportunities to collaborate/connect with bloggers in neighboring cities?
What are some of your favorite [food and non-food] blogs and websites to read?
Erin: My favorite blogs are The Bolde, Gristle and Gossip ( gotta love that writing style), Lipstick and Brunch, Urban Swank, and Forbes.
Jane: My new favorite blog is by an old friend I’ve recently reconnected with through our love of food. It’s awesome to learn new things about people and find common threads that you didn’t know you had! Her blog is www.belindasong.com and she creates beautiful, interpretive dessert dishes.
What is the importance of food blogging?
Erin: I decide what to eat and where based on food blogger reviews and photos. Bloggers find some of the best places that don’t always show up in city guides and magazines, so it’s the best way I’ve found to explore the foodie scene from a more down to earth and relatable perspective.
Jane: For the audience, food blogging is important because it offers an easy way to explore and learn about different food-related topics - it could be cooking tips, restaurant recommendations, or even just a perspective that you never even considered. But for the blogger, it’s everything. It’s an expression of your love for the art and a way to connect with others as food-lovers and humans first, using your blog as an outlet. From both sides, it can be an enlightening experience.
What’s your biggest piece of advice you have for newer food bloggers?
Erin: There is no right way to blog, there is just the way that works for you. I’m still learning, but one thing I have discovered is that finding my style has been an evolution, and I think that's true for most bloggers. You won't know what you’re doing at first but just keep learning, and eating, you’ll find your rhythm eventually.
Jane: Be YOU! Focus less on the pressure of getting stuff out and how many followers you have, and more on why you love this, and why you wanted to share your love for food!
What is your favorite restaurant/meal in Houston?
Erin: Sushi is my favorite so Kata Robata and Kuu are my favs.
Jane: It has to be Pho Binh Trailer...does that count? Kata Robata is a runner up, though- their Hamachi Texas-style and O-Toro are to DIE for.
If you were stranded on a dessert island, and you could only eat one meal over and over again for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Erin: Sushi- Rainbow roll and Spider Roll.
Jane: My mom’s Korean Spicy Beef Soup (Yukejang). Hands down.