This is Nina. Nina is a student at The University of Memphis, and a lover of Memphis and food. Through some Q&A, I got to know a little more about Nina, her views on food, and her uses of social media.
1.) What would you like to see in a foodie blog, specifically a Memphis Foodie blog?
I would love to see more authentic ethnic restaurants. We have some great local Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, and Mediterranean restaurants here in Memphis that not a lot of people know about. A large majority of them are locally owned and this is something that Memphians should definitely support.
2.) What social media outlets do you use (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, blogs, YouTube, etc…)?
I use Facebook and Twitter daily. When I have free time I enjoy reading blogs and watching YouTube videos.
3.) What specific purposes do you use each of these social media tools for?
I use Facebook mainly for socializing with friends and family. I also love that it can be very effective for getting an important message out to a lot of people. For example, I know someone who is trying to find a home for some abandoned puppies and posting the link on my Facebook helped find one of them a home!
Twitter is something I use more for my personal interests. My Twitter timeline consists of many different things–Sports information, photography tips, local and worldwide news, and just entertainment. I love that the Daily Helmsman is so active on Twitter. It is much easier to keep up with what is going on with our campus, and I don’t end up with old copies of the paper in my bag at the end of the week.
4.) Do you use certain tools more for work and some more for hobby/fun?
I definitely use Facebook more for fun and entertainment. Sometimes when I feel stressed about graduate school applications I like to look at Twitter or blogs about what other students are going through. It is pretty comforting knowing that I’m not the only one freaking out.
5.) How do you use social media tools to interact with other people (i.e. status updates, questions, RTs…)
Generally, my tweets and status updates are just for random thoughts or rants throughout the day. However, like I said before, status updates and Twitter posts are definitely helpful when you need to get some information out to a large group of people. They’re also really helpful because you can ask a large group of people a question and without a doubt, you will get an answer within an hour or so. Facebook is also really helpful with schoolwork. If I have a question about an assignment or need to get a study group together, I can use Facebook to get in touch with my classmates. I know that having classmates as my Facebook friends has definitely saved me quite a few times.
6.) Do you read any other blogs? If so, which ones?
I don’t have any specific ones that I follow consistently. I generally just look at blogs about restaurants, cooking/baking, and photography.
7.) Are there any restaurants you would like Memphis Foodie to write about?
I think that Memphis Foodie should try out Bogie’s Deli, Bombay House, Pho Saigon, Petra Café, or Pita Wraps. Those are a few of my favorite restaurants that are here in town.
8.) What different kinds of blog posts would you like to see in the future of “Memphis Foodie”?
I think it’d be cool if there were some posts for vegetarians. I’m personally not a vegetarian but I have a close friend that is one. I think that some people generally have a preconceived notion that vegetarians just eat lettuce and tofu. There are tons of great dishes and different restaurants that are vegetarian friendly.
9.) What is your favorite local Memphis restaurant?
That’s just way too hard to pick! It’s like asking me what my favorite Beatle song is. It all depends on my mood that day.
10.) What makes you a Memphis Foodie?
I think what makes me a Memphis Foodie is my love for this city and my love for food. I wasn’t raised to be a picky eater so I’m pretty much willing to try anything at least once. I think that our city is amazing and something that we should be proud of. What better way to show that than to support the people who have chosen to make a living here?