Some questions keep coming from the followers, “Please Write Offers” from Travel Magazines, Comments from advertisement companies.
So I will try to explain what is a Unique Travel Blog, of Food Blog for me.
I started traveling at the age of 14, then start cooking at the restaurants and hotels at the age of 18. I worked in different establishments for 20 years as a cook, chef and executive chef. I lectured 10 years at the university, Had a PhD and did lots of research related to Gastronomy and then I start this Blog. I didn’t do anything for money or being famous. I just did it to make myself happy.
Why don’t you write to “Travel or Food” Magazines?
Actually i was willing to write some of them, I sent some of my notes but they cut some of my words, edited my stories in a commercial way stinking hard-core marketing tools , I said to myself: Did i write this? Who is this guy?… So I am sorry but i can only share my true feelings from www.gezginchef.com , through my web site. I cannot waste my words to be cut by an editor who is not a traveler or lets say who is just a short-term tourist.
About the food magazines; Most of them are related to Photos, They have amazing photoshop skills to show you the “Perfect side” of the plate. That’s kind of a good skill but you read the description under the photo, it’s just a recipe and preparing or ooking method, aandd there must be some more information about the plate. There are scientific, philosophical (which we say Gastro-Sophie), Chemical, Historical, Sociological approaches about that plate. Why do you caramelized the onions? Why do you put the mashed patatoes underneath the meat? and when i write those things , editors tell me that our readers can not understand it. So why would i write to your magazine if i can not be understood?:))
Why don’t you have advertisements or Banners in your web site?
Yes some of the companies i used to work with while i was having my restaurants or during consultancy job, offered me to put their name on my web site IF I would work on my web site 8 hours everyday. IF I do SEO stuff by putting their product names in every aspect of my posts. IF i do the product positioning in all my photos. IFIFIFIF …. Thank you but i am not living my life with your IF‘s. I had previously too many IF‘s which i needed to obey, don’t wanna be that guy no more. Besides, without a banner web site looks very unique too. I don’t have any word to those bloggers need money, people need to grave their own yards. I don’t need money but I need my inner happiness:)
Why didn’t you go there or this place?
The way i travel is mostly related to food and learning the cultures related with people’s daily lives. So I don’t travel especially for lovely beaches, fancy clubs, trekking routes in the nature. I don’t do hunting , bird watching, Safari at the first sense. Sometimes when it’s related with a culture or history I do trekking; Machu Pichu, Peru or Lost city trekking in Santa Marta, Colombia. At the end of the trkking , i need to see something new for my vision of life. There must be an added value to my intellectual knowlegde.
Have you ever been HAcked? or Have you ever had problems with the hackers?
I think most of the hackers have more important jobs then my travel site, I try to help the people with my experience here … So i dont think that i am in their target. Even if i get back ups and such, it should be very easy for them to hack my site. I usually have respect to all people and their way of living. I had a problem with one guy but i managed to chat with him, he thought i am a member of some organisation. I told him i am not and he gave the site back to me. I found him a very nice job at his field too:) We are pretty good friends right now. I never liked people get offended to me or to my web site but sometimes it may happen. Later some time in the future : if i get hacked and cannot deal with the hacker , I should basicly shut down the web site and leave. Because I use the same material for my forthcoming books.
Are you worried about the photos? Because you haven’t watermarked them ?
Actually most of the photos that i have taken in here are already published in various magazines related to amateur travelling before i put here. I photoshopped them a lot :)) I have watermarked some of them too. So i am not really worried it’s how the guy/girl feels about stealing and such things. A good Karma reflects Friendship:)
Those are some of the questions needed to be answered about me, how i understand from the words “unique” and “travelblog”. If there are more questions and comments come up, I will publish them in here:)
P.S: I never aim to offend anyone, I just wanna say “This is my style of being Unique”. Everyone live their own life and i have the full respect to them:)