This week for Dinner Conversations, I had the pleasure of catching up with Milla Williams. She is the Creator and CEO of Happily Eating. She has all the info on the BEST restaurants Atlanta, she cooks, travels, and food is a daily part of her daily life. Milla loves food just as much as we do and has created a life out of it. I don't want to spill all of the yummy secrets, read on and learn more about this awesome Business Woman and Food Blogger for yourself.
Can you tell me a little about yourself?
I am originally from Miami, FL and have been living in Atlanta for 10 years. I have a hospitality background working for various hotels and cruise lines which has contributed to my love of food and travel.
How did you first get involved with blogging?
When I was laid off my job in 2013 I needed an outlet. Since I was home all day looking for work, I spent a lot of time cooking because I didn’t have the extra money to go out. After posting picture after picture on Facebook and Instagram and getting asked questions about what I was making, I decided to pick up my food blog again. I had originally started one in 2009 to share what I was learning while in culinary school. It has since evolved into all things food that includes recipes, restaurant reviews and product reviews.
What do you find most challenging about what you do?
I think managing all of the components that goes into blogging is the most challenging. Because I didn’t start my blog initially for business, I had no idea what it would eventually become. The planning of blog posts, recipes, restaurant visits and social media management is a lot of work. There’s also photo and video editing in addition to maintaining the website. Although it is challenging to juggle so many things, it is something I really enjoy doing.
Out of all the subjects out there why did you choose food?
Since I was young, food has always been a major part of my life. My parents often took me out to restaurants as a child and combining that with living in South Florida where theres a variety of cuisine, I was able to start exploring food at an early age. By the time I was a teenager I was cooking for myself and I obsessed over the food network. As I developed a career in the hospitality industry my love of food continued.
Why should people blog if they have a business?
It’s a great way to give your audience/customers more insight into your brand. You can explain what your business is and what the benefits are. People also love a story and they want to hear yours. It helps your customers relate to you and it builds trust.
What are some tips you would give to someone to make themselves more visible online?
Like, comment and share others content. They will start to notice you and in turn share your content.
What type of networking do you do that you feel helps your business?
I interact with others via social media and I attend events regularly whether it's food related or not.
If someone was interested in breaking into the food blogging industry, what would be a few things you would suggest?
Researching and joining food blogger groups. Look for one in your local area as well as Facebook groups. It's a great way to network with like-minded people. Also, I would suggest doing research on other food bloggers. Knowing what others are doing helps you to decide what lane you want to create for yourself.
What are the top 3 food places you've been to in Atlanta?
It's really difficult to pick a top three because I love so many places for different reasons. But if I had to choose 3 that I've been loving lately I would say Davio’s for Italian, Illegal Food for brunch and STK for its ever changing menu and the restaurant has great ambiance.
What do you find most enjoyable about what you do?
I enjoy trying new dishes. There are some really awesome Chef’s in Atlanta and they are so creative. I am very lucky to have a chance to enjoy their creativity often.
If a kid walked up to you asking you for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give them your “best tip” what would it be?
As cliche as it may sound I would tell him or her to go after their dreams and live life to the fullest. You only get one chance.
What other services do you offer and what other projects are you working on?
Currently, I am expanding into video. I recently created a YouTube channel where I am giving my readers a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to be a food blogger.
Where can people find you so that they can stay connected with you?