Life's Ambrosia: Profile of a Seattle Food Blog

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Say hello to Deseree, a 20-something food blogger from Seattle who "cooks and eats" and relies on her talented husband to "shoot and eat" for her food blog celebrating the "food of the gods."

THE BLOGGER

Name – Deseree

Hometown – Seattle

Day Job – Marketing Assistant

Sharing Your Table – Family, friends and anyone who's interested :)

Deseree from Life's Ambrosia

THE BLOG: Life's Ambrosia

About the Name – "Ambrosia means "food of the gods" or "nectar of life" in Greek mythology. I interpreted that as the things that keep you going, keep you happy. Originally the blog was going to be about a variety of things (cooking, family, books, etc…) the important things, or nectar, of my life so I picked Life's Ambrosia. When I narrowed it down to just a recipe blog the name still fit so I kept it."

First Post – 2008

How Your Blogging Has Changed, Then vs. Now – "Originally I was only blogging every couple of weeks, however now it has become a part of my life. I take it more seriously then I did in the beginning but I still have a lot of fun doing it."

"Elevator Description" – "My blog is a recipe blog with quick and easy homemade for the everyday home cook. I believe that food doesn't have to be fancy or gourmet to be food that you and your family will love."

"Hobby Blog," or a Step in Your Career Plan? – "A step in my career plan."

Life's Ambrosia

STATS

Blogging Platform – Wordpress

Pageviews per Month – 150,000

Page Rank – 4

Subscribers – 1500

Tools to Attract Visitors – SEO optimization, sites to generate traffic such as Tastespotting and Foodgawker

POSTS

Posting Frequency – 5 days a week

Favorite Post This YearCheesy Roasted Garlic Potato Balls

Surpringly Popular – Caramelized French Onion Dip

Deciding What to Post When – "I usually decide right before I write the post, I try to avoid posting things that are too similar to each other each week."

Recipes That Don't Work Out – "I keep working on them until they are how I want them."

Cooking Groups – "I belong to Daring Bakers. It's nice to be a part of a community, and I like the challenge. It has brought me new readers as well as introduced me to blogs I wouldn't have found otherwise."

PHOTOS

Camera & Lenses – Nikon D40 with 55mm Macro lens

Location – Kitchen table

Personal Photo Trick – tripod and macro lens

Favorite Photo This YearDark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

RECIPE INSPIRATION

Sources of Inspiration – "I get my recipe inspiration from friends, family, browsing through food magazines and visits to restaurants."

Favorite Cookbook This YearThe Pioneer Woman Cooks

FRIENDS

Three Sites You Love, for InspirationThe Pioneer Woman, Simply Recipes and Tastespotting

Three Bloggers You've Met in Person – Alice from Savory Sweet Life, Lorna from The Cookbook Chronicles, Keren from Frantic Foodie

SOCIAL MEDIA
Deseree on Twitter
Life's Ambrosia on Facebook

BlogHer food contributing editor Alanna Kellogg is on vacation but -- thank you, technology! -- her recipe websites keep on publishing. Check for the latest recipes at Kitchen Parade and A Veggie Venture.

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