Thursday, May 3, 2012

The real reward in blogging for me

I love to support new bloggers. When I see a new blog that does not have any followers, I will not think twice at becoming the first. When I stumble onto a blog with good contents and yet there is no comment on their posts, I always leave mine. My reasoning is simple. I remember I was breathlessly joyful when I received the first comment on my post and the first person signed up to "follow" my posts. I was so delighted.

When someone visits my blog, and takes time to leave a comment, I will try my best to reply. When I see a new follower, I will check if they have a blog and if they do, I will always pay them a visit and leave my comment so they know I appreciate their interest and will return it. I want visitors to my blog to know I appreciate them. You see,  friendship is a two way street.

I would be lying to you if I said that I didn’t care if there was traffic to my blog. When I first started the blog, I did feel that way, but I feel differently now. Now that I know what a joy it is to meet new people, and share ideas, and give and receive expressions of genuine care and concern, I have learned just how powerful the social side of the internet can be. As I wrote my blog I began to read articles about how to attract more traffic. One of these seemed to be straight forward and had some common sense advice. I would like to share with you, the tips that I have shared with Luan Ee of Extra Virgin Chef whom, I met her in person last month in Singapore. 


After reading all the tips in the article, here are my answers to their tips:

1. QPC Comment: I did not pay a professional to design my blog. Mine is a personal blog so it is not professionally designed. My son designed it for me and I am still very pleased with it.

2. QPC Comment: It is true, I get a lot of visitors through facebook. Each time I put up a new post in my blog, I will also post the link on my facebook page. 

3. QPC Comment: I am not sure if this is true because I have no way of finding out but I still tweet the link  of a new post to my blog.

4. QPC comment: Check! I do read many of the great posts that give me great advic. I use catchy titles and I write regular, twice a week. I also guest post on other blogs if invited.

5. QPC comment:  I love sharing because sharing gives me joy. If what I shared gives joy to my readers and something I write inspires them, that is my reward. So yes, of course, what I share is always free.

6. QPC comment: I love to meet my blogger friends if I have a chance. I love making new friends. I just made another new friend, Luan Ee.

7. QPC comment: Pictures speak a thousand words so I share pictures and videos in my blog. I think it is more interesting than just words.

8. QPC comment: I believe in RSS subscription too.

9. QPC comment: I agree that it is good to build a "community" but I did not intentionally do that.  I just took an approach of just being myself and being sincere. After all, at the time I thought the only readers would be my Quay Lo and a few close friends and family. I always try to make sure that I let my friends and family know I appreciate their love and support.

10. QPC comment: QPC is a personal blog and does not directly sell anything so this tip does not apply to me (thank goodness). Each of you, and your friendship, is payment enough for me. LOL, you are payment in full many times over.


My new friend, Luan Ee bought me lunch at Food for Thought in the Bontanic Gardens. The place was simple but cosy. The food there were delicious.


We had a long chat and I got to know a great story behind the big change in Luan Ee's life. If you want to know more, hop over to her blog. You might be inspired by her story to take that frightening BIG step that you have been procrastining, which, could change your life. Before that, you might want to check out the recipe for an easy to make but "to die for" and addictive homemade snack. I wanted make some of these for Luan Ee but I was very tired the day before I left for Singapore so I did not get to it. Luan Ee, see first eat later. I promise to bring some for you when I see you again next time. 

Pecan Brittle

Using Pre-mix
Get this magic mix called Bienetta. A packet of 600 gms cost RM25.00 (I think). I got mine from Pastry Pro.

Ingredients:
150 gm Bienetta
150 gm broken pecan

Method:
Mix above items thoroughly and spread thin layer (about 3 to 4 cm) on the parchment paper and bake in a preheated oven at 170 degress C for 13 minutes of till it is golden brown.

From Scratch:
Ingredients:
3 egg whites
1/4 cup or 32gm (all purpose) flour
1/3 cup or 67m sugar
2 tbsp oil
1 cup or 85gm broken pecans

Method:
Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celcius (350 Fahrenheit). Spread the above mixture thinly (about 3 - 4 cm) across parchment paper.

Bake on mid shelf for 16 minutes. The sides usually turn brown first. Cover the sides with aluminium foil, close the oven door and turn off the heat. Just leave the pecan brittle in the oven. Alternatively, you can break off the brown edges or cover it with strips of aluminum paper (shiny side out) and put the rest back into the oven, turn off the oven heat, and leave the pecan brittle in the oven.

The brittle should break easily. If not, it is not dry enough. Cut the brittle while it is still hot.


Note: This taste better than the almond crisps that I have made earlier. The only set back is, pecan is very expensive here in KL. Looks like I can only make this for special occasion.

108 comments:

  1. You have been a wonderful person in everyone's life! Thank you for being you Quaypo!

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    1. Mel, thank you for your friendship. It was great communicating with you.

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  2. You've always been great to everyone ! We love you , Lucy ! lol Now , kindly throw some of that pecan brittle over here ! ;D

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    1. Love you too Anne:D Thanks for your frequent visit and always leave encouraging comments. MUAX!!

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  3. Thanks for all the tips again, Quay Po. You have a nice day.

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    1. Yan, you are most welcome. You too have a wonderful day. Hugs.

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  4. Thanks for all the tips.. They are really useful ! And yes, your contents and comments are always encouraging ! Thanks alot !

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    1. Joyce, you are most welcome. I am glad to share.

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  5. Thanks for the tips. It is nice to get traffic to the blog... makes blogging worthwhile right? But you are right, the nicest thing is getting to meet the nice people/bloggers in real life.

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    1. You are very welcome my dear:D Yes, I have made so many new friends lately and you guys are all wonderful people. I feel young when I am around you all. hehe Enjoy your trip to Singapore and let's meet up when you get back. Hugs.

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  6. You are truly a generous person. I truly believe that a generous person is a wealthy person. Thank you for your freindship. :))

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    1. Faeez, thanks for your friendship too. Happy blogging and hope the tips will work for you:D

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  7. Nice to meet you yesterday, you are such a cheerful person!

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    1. Nice to meet you too:D Hope to hang out with you again someday. hahaha if only you don't mind hanging out with this Aunty Lucy.

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  8. Well, hello there! You are such a sweetie with a big heart. I thoroughly enjoyed our time together, all your advice, guidance and above all, friendship. I've been impressed with people I've encountered in the bloggersphere - they are one of the most giving people I know.

    Now, about your son's album, boy, I realise which generation I come from! I will share it with my teenagers and they can share it with their friends. But I applaud such a tremendous effort and that passion is awesome.

    Thanks again for being my new friend, and I look forward to seeing you again soon, and yes, with that pecan brittle!

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    1. Luan Ee, the feeling is mutual and I will definitely hang out with you again when I am in Singapore next. Let's stay in touch.

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  9. What a lovely post by a lovely lady. I've enjoyed reading your blog and appreciate your visits to mine.

    Hugs,
    Lois

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    1. Lois, looks like you are home from our cruise. I guess you will be settle in for a while right? I have enjoyed reading your posts too and all the lovely pictures of your travels. Hugs. back.

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  10. Luan Ee definitely appreciate your post up here. Quay Po you are indeed a friendly blogger. *hug*

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    1. Thanks Angie, so are you. I appreciate Luan Ee's meet up with me and shared with me such an inspiring story of her life. Hugs back.

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  11. What a great post! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks to you too, for showcasing all your yummy food and your recipes.

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  12. This post is so interesting. Thank you for sharing. Quay Po, you are really a friendly blogger. Hope to meet you in person one day!

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    1. Kitty, thanks for dropping by. Hope the tips work for you. Yes, it will be great to meet you in person someday.

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  13. Hopping over to her blog now. :)

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    1. Kathy, you will be amazed at her story. Very inspiring! How are Joshua and Wee Kean doing? Hope they are feeling much better. Take care and hope to meet up with you all once your big kid and your small kid are well. Ask them both to shake hard and shake some more to shake off those RED DOTS!! Give them both a big hug from me. The real one when I see them.

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  14. I do like that you are yourself and it really shows how much you care about others in each post. I feel that we can be friends even though we are halfway around the world from each other. How cool is it that we can have a community around us that is spread so far! I always learn something every time I visit here! Thanks Veron!

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    1. Lyndsey, it is cool to have a very giving community. What are you talking about? We are friends already!! hehe.. No need to thank me my dear, I learn from you as well.

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  15. Thank you for sharing your genuine thoughts as always.. and yes.. my satisfaction for blogging goes to meeting new friends like you! :)

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    1. You are welcome. So when are we going to meet? LOL!

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  16. I enjoyed reading this and thought it was so helpful. I go back and forth between wanting to make it a priority and just blogging for fun. It was great to hear some of theses ideas. Thanks

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    1. Amanda, you can try the tips and see if they work for you and still you can blog for fun.

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  17. thanks for sharing the tips, u are such a nice lady, hopefully can meet u one day in person

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    1. You are welcome and thanks. Sure, we can meet in person someday and don't forget to bring your handsome son along.

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  18. Ah.. I'm glad to been able to meet you many times, and many more to come!
    July 13 right??
    See you.

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    1. Wendy, I am glad too. I learn so much from you on cooking and baking. I appreciate your generosity of sharing your knowledge with us. Yes I am SOO looking forward to July 13 to meet up with you and the others. See you for sure!

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  19. Thanks for the pointers and I will definitely be seeing you when you come galloping to Ipoh in July ( without the prince ah ? ) :)))) yea...just be myself and be sincere is my policy in life. I too would love to meet new friends whenever time permits. Sure looking forward to meet you in person :)))

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    1. Me too, me too, can't wait to see you and all the rest in Ipoh in July. We are going have a blast!! YAY!

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  20. Ur post is always very inspiring to me. Love ur blog :)

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    1. Thanks Angel, it is good to know you love my blog.

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  21. I always appreciate and value any comments. Any blogger who is kind enough to sign up to follow my blog i will sign up and follow their blog :-).

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    1. Yes, that is the right thing to do:D

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  22. Blogging is really something fun, right? We get to know people from around the world... ;)

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    1. Yes it is. I am having so much fun, it adds color to my life.

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  23. Great post! I liked reading the tips. I don't yet understand it all but every day I learn a little more. :-)

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    1. Monica, it was great meeting up with you and your hubby again last evening. Looking forward to see your post on the yummy Nyonya food.

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  24. Tastes better than the almond crisps that you gave me? Now, now...!!!! *look at Quay Po, eyes blinking... Hehehehehehehe!!!!!

    No.1 out...No. 2 ok...I do that...No.3 & 4 out! No.5...well, I do enjoy exchanging and giving gifts to friends - food mostly, No. 6...ok, I'm friendly, am I not? Hehehehehe!!!! No. 7 & 8, out!
    "9. Build a passionate community around your blog
    This is by far the hardest point on the whole list.." No leh! I have such wonderful people in my community, all my lovely friends... Hug! Hug! Muaaah! Muuaaahhh!!!...and No. 10, out!!!

    No lah, most of the tips not relevant as far as I am concerned. Maybe that's why I'm a nobody, not a famous blogger. Should take not hor? LOL!!!

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    1. Arthur, you kidding me? you NOBODY?? You have a BIG BODY!! muahahaha A BIG YEZZ that you are VERY friendly, not only friendly but you are a very sincere and generous person and it is fun to be around you. HUGS BACK!! I need to grow two longer hands to wrap them around you!! kekekeke Anyway, we don't need to be famous, we just have to enjoy what we do. I always remind myself to focus on my original intention of starting Quay Po Cooks and that is to document my family's recipes and to share with others. Fame come with a price:D

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  25. I agree with all your advice, I never really respond to comments because, I don't think people check back to see if I did, but I will start to.

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    1. Oh, you don't know right? Even if my readers don't check back to see if I answer their comments, I know I did my part to show my appreciation:D

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  26. Hei....has been sometime since I came back but I am glad I did. What you shared is so true and I remembered those days when I first started blogging.....To me, the biggest reward I've got was to get to know some real good friends....:)

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    1. Hi, long time no see. Nice to see you again. Yes, I think most of us here feel the same.

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  27. Thanx for the tips. I remember you being in the first 5 followers on my blog ans I want you to know I really really appreciate it. Since then I have been following your mantra by befriending new bloggers and commenting on their posts :D. Like the Yum List above said, I, too, m learning everyday. It's really like a on-the-job training :D

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    1. You are most welcome Anuja. Looks like the number of followers in your blog is growing. It is a good feeling to know more people ready your blog and appreciate what you share isn't it?

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  28. Wow, those tips are so professional sounding. I doubt anything there applies to me. I'm just blogging, initially for myself, but like you, have found that now I'm blogging for my blogger friends and I feel bad whenever there's a long emptiness in between. And then there are the lovely and generous guest posts from ever generous folks who help out without hesitation.
    It's all mutual.

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  29. Ping, of course those tips do not apply to you. You already have a wide audience and many loyal readers and followers. Obviously, Aunty Lucy is one of them. Big bear hugs.

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  30. Thanks for the tips... yes, most of them are true... if we want to look "pro" in our blogs, it is advisable to get someone "pro" to design our blogs... I have thought of it many times but have yet to find that "someone"... any recommendations?

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    1. Claire, you are most welcome. I do not know anybody to recommend but if I am not wrong, it cost quite a bit to have professional to design your blog. As for me, I think this is not necessary as mine is just a personal blog and not commercial blog. I will find out from some of my friends and see if they know of someone who can do it for you at a reasonable price. If I get any info, I will email you.

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  31. Quay Po, I wasn't aware that there is such a book that gives so useful tips. I have a great time in reading!

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    1. Jessie, is that a book on this? mmm...but I read this article on the web.

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  32. Quay Po Tips is as good as Quay Po Cooks :-) am new to blogging and you encourage me a lot ^__^ thanks.. have a good time ahead.

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    1. Thanks you and you too happy blogging:D

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  33. it was a pleasure meeting you last night.. love this post of yours, thanks for sharing ya :)

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    1. Isaac, we finally meet in person. The pleasure is mine:D Hope to see again soon.

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  34. What a lovely and informative post you have written.I am sure all bloggers old or new will appreciate your kindness. Comments are the wealth for any blogger.:)

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    1. I agree with you, comments and readership is the fuel the interest keep any blog going.

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  35. What a lovely post...all sorts of good advice. I never realized how many wonderful people I'd "meet" through blogging...like you!

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    1. Lizzy, me too, I did not expect to meet so many wonderful people through blogging. I have never regretted a day that I started Quay Po Cooks.

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  36. Quay Po, I love what you how share in your post..
    I agree with all of your advice..
    and really appreciate what you have share..
    Thanks..^^

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    1. Mui Mui, what a delight to see you again. You are most welcome. Hope these tips for you too. Thanks for dropping by.

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  37. Yes, I made lots of new friend through blogsphere, too.
    Am glad to have met you virtually (and hopefully in reality, one day).

    Thanks again for the tips you shared above, Quay Po :)

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    1. Yvonne, you are most welcome. Yes I hope to meet you in person too. I must plan a trip to Taiping. I have not been there for many many years.

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  38. Thank you for your kind words Veronica, re: my hands (both) nicely healing now! As far as new bloggers, you and I both remember well! We've been there too, close to 2 years for mine. One thing for sure, when I get comments on foodbuzz from new bloggers, most of the time they ask to follow their blog, which I have done so, and find out later that I have followed at least half a dozen blogs that don't even bother following back (or don't know how)

    Loved your post, very informative, and the pecan brittle looks perfect, yummy, and crunchy, as well!
    Hugs to you, you're a dear friend to all!

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    1. Elisabeth, I am very glad to know your hands are healing. I have to confess, in the first year of my blogging, I never thought of return following when someone follow my blog:P Now that I know better, I will usually follow them back:D Hugs back to you and please know that I value your friendship.

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  39. Very useful tips indeed. I love your blog layout. It's friendly and easy to navigate unlike those professionally done ones. I always get lost in those.. >_<

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    1. Merryn, I think my blog is simple because it is not designed professionally because I don't know how! LOL!

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  40. Thanks for the tips and be one of my follower. Lol..I just clicked LIKE on your Facebook.

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    1. Thanks Jes for the like on my FB. You are welcome on the tips. When I read something that I think will benefit others, I would like to share.

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  41. 虽然很少留言,可我有时常关注你的blog哦!!
    也感谢你来我家,最近比较忙所以没有回复你咯。。。嘻嘻!!

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    1. No worries, when I don't see you I know you must be busy. Thanks for taking time to visit.

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  42. It is wonderful to know you all since i start bloging.
    Thank you for sharing everything. You guys are shining my life :)

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    1. Cass, it is great knowing you too. The shine you are talking above is a two way traffic. Thank you for dropping by.

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  43. I've been real busy of late so apologies for not dropping by as often as I can... but there's nothing like dropping by and reading one of your posts, my dear. Lifts up my day, it does. :)

    Thank you for blogging. Thank you for sharing.

    *HUGS*

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    1. Kenny, I guess as much. I thank you, your visit will always put a smile on my face. Hugs to you n Devil.

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  44. true story hahaha, everyone should learn from you that: about using your time to reply comment one by one :)

    I am too little busy with my work now a days, else I will reply my reader too :)

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    1. Kian Fai, I appreciate when you are wearing multiple hats in your life and you are in the rat race, it might be hard to spend too much time replying each and every comment. Usually old people have the advantage. We need less sleep so we have more time. LOL!

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  45. I always love it when people visit and leave comments on my blog. Finding a blog friend like you really makes my day. Cheers! :)

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    1. Thanks. Comments fuel the desire to continue blogging:D

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  46. I would be so upset if I had no comments! I love meeting bloggers and making new friends. Each one that I have met has been a very special person in their own way. Have a great weekend Diane

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    1. I understand how it feels like when we don't receive any comments and that will never happen to you. You write so beautifully and your photos are fabulous. When I go to your blog it is like I am on a virtual tour to those beautiful places you have visited and shared with us. Thanks, I save a lot money on air ticket and yet see lovely places through your eyes. Hugs and you to have a wonderful weekend Diane.

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  47. Wow Veron, your life is getting more & more exciting! And thanks for sharing all the tips. Love your sweet snack brittle. Looks amazing.
    Have a great weekend.
    Kristy

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    1. Kristy, While I still can have an exciting life, I better go all out! LOL! Can you get the pre-mix at your end?

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  48. Nowadays I don't really bother to try many ways to attract readers to my blog, I am too lazy and has limited time, and the main purpose is just to record my cooking and travel In my blog..you are a friendly person, everyone also can make friend with you, Lucy ..Unlike me, lazy to go out make new friends..

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    1. me too..
      work is getting busier and need to spend more time with my loves ones ..
      since I started to blog my wife n friends say that I had neglected them..
      as for me blogging is to share and to keep my wonderful experience with my love ones, friends and families ...
      just be simple and enjoy blogging...

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    2. Sonia, you don't need to attract anymore readers. You are a well known blogger. You are right, we have to always remember what was our main purpose of starting our blog. I never forget that.

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  49. Thank you so much for sharing all those tips!
    I love meeting new friends too, and meeting bloggy friends face to face doubles the fun and exciting as well!
    Now, maybe one day we can meet in real too ;) I have so much to learn from you.

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    1. My dear, you are welcome. Yes, let's make it make happen to meet in person:D Oh we learn from each other.

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  50. Thanks for the awesome tips!
    In my humble opinion, the best way to attract more hits is quality content :D
    Thanks for dropping by my blog too! Cheers =)

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    1. Of course good content is very important but if no one knows you have good content, you still won't get the traffic right? Like I have said, each individual has their own purpose blogging. To some traffic is important but not to others.

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  51. Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog! :D I love your blog-philosophy! hehe making new friends is fun and that's one of the many motivations that kept me bloggin!
    btw, I was looking back at your older post and it's making me miss Malaysian food! :( can't wait to go home for the winter hols soon! :D

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    1. Vien, you are most welcome. I was enjoying knocking around your blog. Your take fabulous pictures. That's right making new friends is a big motivation in blogging. Are you coming KL for your winter holidays? If you are, give me a buzz, we can have cuppa one of the afternoon. I will make some macarons for you:D

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    2. awww thank you! You're terribly kind :P

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  52. hi Quay Po, thks for sharing the tips - very much appreciated :)
    you're such a nice person, God bless u and family :)

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    1. Alice, Thanks much and you are very welcome.

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  53. to be honest before reading this post, i'm not sure how much traffic is considered heavy or less..and now comparison to 250000 pageviews per month is really a very high number, i'm far at the back! LOL!! but i'm not really so concerned about the numbers ( yet), probably i will someday but being that i might ended up a blog addict! haha! Let's just take everything easy at a time.

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    1. The important thing is to focus what the original purpose of staring your blog and not the number of pageviews. I guess that is important if it is a commercial blog not so much for a personal blog like ours. You are right, better to take things easy especially for me, I cannot afford to take things too serious with the little time I have left. LOL!

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  54. Hello Guai Po :D
    Thanks for the pecan brittle recipe.
    I'll create one for sure, my kids are gonna like it :)
    If you don't mind, can you submit your pecan brittle photo in http://www.foodporn.net ?
    It's a food photography site full of all DIY food pictures from members around the world. Or perhaps you'd like to submit by yourself? Let me know when you did, so I can share it.

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