This is Mandy Christopher, an Education major at The University of Memphis and a fellow Memphis Foodie. I asked Mandy some questions to get to know more about her, her love of food, and her use of social media.
1.) What would you like to see in a foodie blog, specifically a Memphis Foodie blog?
I would like to be able to find new spots in Memphis that I would not know about otherwise. It’s always fun to discover a new place to go; however, sometimes you can become apprehensive that the place might not be as good as you had hoped. With a blog I can see from a firsthand experience what the place is like.
2.) What social media outlets do you use (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, blogs, YouTube, etc…)?
Everything! Who doesn’t these days?
3.) What specific purposes do you use each of these social media tools for?
I use Facebook to follow my friends and people I know personally. Twitter is a fun outlet for me to vent and get to talk to celebrities (on the very rare occasion they write me back!). I use YouTube to catch up on music videos and watch video blogs. I enjoy reading blogs, such as yours, to read personal experiences from other people like food advice, cooking, or workout information.
4.) Do you use certain tools more for work and some more for hobby/fun?
Honestly, I really only use all of them for fun! On a very rare occasion I may read blogs about T-Mobile because I work their part-time. It helps me find out about stuff we may not know yet in the store.
5.) How do you use social media tools to interact with other people (i.e. status updates, questions, RTs…)
I use Facebook and Twitter to interact with people on a daily basis that I wouldn’t have time to in other ways like a phone call or in person. I also use Twitter to communicate with businesses or celebrities to find out more information on things I might be looking for at the time.
6.) Do you read any other blogs? If so, which ones?
I have a friend who blogs about her experiences as a school teacher and that helps me as a future teacher. I also read a few blogs of people who cook and share recipes because I enjoy cooking myself. Sometimes I read up on workout blogs to find out tips on how to lose weight or eat healthier.
7.) Are there any restaurants you would like Memphis Foodie to write about?
I have always wanted to get more information on Spindini or maybe Sole. There are so many I can’t list them all!
8.) What different kinds of blog posts would you like to see in the future of “Memphis Foodie”?
I really enjoy what you are doing right now! I think maybe sometimes you could branch out and include places to go in Memphis for sightseeing just to change it up a bit.
9.) What is your favorite local Memphis restaurant?
Osaka! They literally have the best sushi I have ever tried.
10.) What makes you a Memphis Foodie?
I really try my best to stay away from chains. I enjoy being in a local place because it’s generally more affordable, has a great atmosphere, and the food is freshest. Food chains for me are a last resort.