NEW YORK, SF…WHERE YOU ARE FROM, EXACTLY?
All over, kinda! I grew up in Austin, Texas, and lived there for 18 years until moving to Los Angeles for college (USC, not UCLA). From there, my husband (then boyfriend) and I moved to San Francisco, where I attended culinary school. We lived in SF for seven years and loved it, but work opportunities have taken us east, and we now live in New York City. For the record because it often comes up: lost Texas accent, sometimes still say “y’all,” totally miss Tex-Mex and the San Francisco fog.
WHY IS THIS BLOG NAMED VMAC+CHEESE?
Vmac has been a long standing nickname of mine, a combination of pieces from my first and last name. When I first started writing this blog, I wrote mostly about food, since I had recently finished culinary school. The name just kind of stuck, despite broadening the topics I like to write about.
DO YOU WRITE ALL OF YOUR OWN RECIPES?
All recipes on this site, unless stated otherwise, were conceived and written entirely by me. There’s no such thing as copyrighting a recipe (or at least an ingredient list), but if you do post these recipes elsewhere, just show some link love.
HOW DO YOU PUNCTUATE/SPELL THE NAME OF YOUR BLOG?
vmac+cheese. All lower caps!
WHAT DO YOU USE TO CREATE GRAPHICS ON YOUR BLOG?
I use Adobe Photoshop, and sometimes, Adobe Illustrator. Both are infinitely helpful tools if you’re interested in creating photo and text graphics for your website, and (in the case of Photoshop) to perform photo correction. If you’re a new blogger trying to decide between Photoshop versus Photoshop Elements, know that for most everything you will ever need to do, you can do it in Elements. Save yourself the cash! I used Elements for a long time before making the switch. If you’re new to Photoshop and need some help figuring out how to use it, I currently offer Photoshop tutorials for bloggers. Let’s work together!
For free resources to create images and graphics, check out Big Huge Labs and Polyvore. I’ve also heard of bloggers who use Microsoft PowerPoint to create images, then save slides as screenshots that they edit into single images. For fonts, I like finding mine on Da Font or Font Squirrel, and when I can swing it, I’ll purchase them from My Fonts.
DO YOU CURRENTLY HOST GIVEAWAYS/SPONSORED CONTENT/ADS?
Short answer: yes! Check out this page for a little more info, but best thing to do is contact me. If I like what you do, and feel that it’s an appropriate fit given the content of this blog, we can work together to find a way to feature you on the site. If you are interested in getting more information about my site statistics, please email me.
I WORK IN PR. CAN I ADD YOU TO OUR MEDIA LIST?
For general press release blasts, un-targeted newsletters, and products that you know there’s no way I’ll ever feature? No. (And please, check out this e-book too. I used to work in PR, so I get it of you work for some AD who doesn’t know how to pitch bloggers. Show them that e-book and tell them I told you to tell them they’re doing it wrong.). If you have a product, service, or brand that you genuinely think I’d love, I’m always happy to hear about it!
CAN I USE SOME PHOTOS/GRAPHICS I FOUND ON YOUR SITE ELSEWHERE ONLINE?
Sure thing. Just link it back. This also includes any original graphics that were created for this site. While it’s always suggested that you work to create your own original content for your blog, if you do decide to use graphics from here, please, please, please, credit this blog as your source, and link back to the original post’s permalink.
If you see any of your photos on this site, and they’re not attributed to you, I’m really sorry about that! When I use photos from around the Internet for this site, I always do my absolute best to link back to the source. If your photo fell through the cracks, please email me. I’m happy to link it back and share the love. If you want your photo removed completely, that’s fine too — just let me know.
WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DO YOU USE?
Early in this blog’s history, I was shooting with a very old Canon PowerShot. In late 2009, I started shooting with a Canon EOS Rebel XS, with the standard lens. In January 2011, I was gifted with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens, which I now shoot with almost exclusively. If you’ve recently gotten a DSLR and are looking to purchase a second lens, I can’t recommend the 50mm enough. A lot of times, I also shoot with my iPhone (it’s so easy!). As far as taking good photos goes, I’d say avoid using the flash when you can and try and take photos with only natural light. I also utilize Photoshop and products like VSCO film to help enhance my photographs.
I NEED MY BLOG TO BE RE-DESIGNED! DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS?
Oh, plenty. Shoot me a note and I’ll be happy to send along a list I’ve amassed. Depending on what you need, it’s likely I can also help you, too.
DO YOU HAVE ANY GOOD BLOGGING ADVICE FOR ME?
If you’re new to blogging and want to learn more about expanding your site, I write a column about it (you can find all the posts here), and with the help of 20 or so bloggers, put together a week about blogging here. I also currently offer blog and social media consultation services (go here for all the details!). I’d say blogging’s like anything else — keep at it, practice, experiment, and eventually you’ll find your groove, figure out what works for you, and before you know it, presto! Rockstar blogger.