Since I was very young, I’ve loved to write. My main passion through school was writing fiction – short stories mainly – but when I went to college and had to research topics for assignments I caught the bug for writing about non-fiction topics. I got my degree in Cultural Studies and went on to do a postgraduate qualification in teaching English. Now I’m busy with researching my PhD on Shakespeare, but I still like to make time to write. I started writing online about 4 months ago, mainly because the Internet offers so much opportunity to share ideas. Although I do a lot of academic writing, that only reaches a small, specialised audience and I like to write about things that anyone can read and, hopefully, enjoy. I’ve been writing a lot about baking and crafts but will probably start to use the topics I teach to create new leafs on Zujava.
I like to see well-written content that’s been carefully thought out. It’s important to have a good overall standard of grammar and an interesting and varied vocabulary to suit the topic. That said, what’s most important to me is that writers have a passion for their subject and that their own distinct voice comes through. Everyone has their own unique style and allowing that to shine through is really important in creating a great leaf.
One of the best I’ve ever created was a layered cake with peach mousse and raspberry mousse. It’s been a while since I made it but I would love to share it on Zujava and that gives me the perfect excuse to make it again.
I love being able to use different leaf layouts and to be able to write about topics that I am passionate about. There’s also a really great sense of community on the site and everyone is so friendly and supportive. It’s also nice to be writing on a fairly new site where the views of contributors are taken into consideration. It feels like everyone is on a journey together and that’s very exciting.
For me, Facebook and Pinterest have been the best promotional methods. It’s important to remember not to just promote your own work on these sites but to be an active member of the community. That way, you are more likely to have people following your content and that’s great for gaining readership.
I am relatively new to using Twitter but hopefully that will also help me gain readers.
I’m most proud of my leaf on How To Use Chocolate Transfer Sheets mainly because I really feel as though I’m sharing something that a lot of people have never heard of. I have always been able to create desserts that taste good, but I’m not very artistic and often my food doesn’t look as appealing as I would like. When my mother’s 60th birthday came around, I wanted to make a special dessert for her and I saw something on TV about chocolate transfer sheets. I thought they were a great way to add a special finishing touch so I bought some online and tried them out. Working with chocolate takes patience and skill, so I was a bit worried but it turned out perfect first time and was so simple I wanted to share it with everyone.
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