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Meet jensfoodbombz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennie of jensfoodbombz.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Coming from a small town and strict parents, I did not have many opportunities to explore and try new places. Once I moved to Irvine for college in 2013, I was blown away by all the various types of food in OC, LA, and SD. I now had the freedom to try them all! Whenever I found new, interesting places, I would immediately bookmark the location. I currently have over 2,500 bookmarks on Yelp. Crazy, right? From then on, my knowledge about the food industry grew.

I enjoyed sharing my knowledge with my friends and on Yelp; I achieved Yelp Elite status in 2018. I wanted to continue to influence the food industry and community, so I began a food blog on Instagram. I saved up money and bought a mirrorless camera, Sony a6500, on Black Friday 2018.

My Instagram account went live in February 2019. I was not expecting anything from this, other than being able to share my thoughts about food with my friends and followers. Through my food Instagram, I met other food influencers, like me, and now we have become close friends! We share with each other new food places and invite each other to collaborations to assist with our photoshoots! It has been a super rewarding experience hearing positive feedback from my followers, learning from other food influencers, and hearing the background story from business owners. These are the reasons why I started a food Instagram; not for fame or free food, but to learn more about the food industry, help the community, and meet new friends!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Since I am still working and going to school, it has been difficult to keep my engagement up on my food Instagram. I am doing this as a hobby, while others may be doing this as a full-time job or they’re striving to achieve a high following in a short time. I started to discover how petty people can be and how some food blogs were not genuine at all. People would follow, then unfollow you after a certain amount of time or if you don’t engage on their posts enough. Although I am not growing as fast as others, I am doing what I can to keep this as a hobby rather than a chore. I am content with the rate I am growing; I rather have a small, strong support system than a large, insincere support system.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My journey first began with OC eateries, then it expanded to SD and LA. Not only do I post about restaurants and cafes, I like to post homemade food and recipes. With each post, I hope to share valuable information that I think would help make others experience more smooth and enjoyable. I’m most proud of how impactful my page has been to customers and business owners. Also, my food palette has become more refined and my photography skills has improved. I do what I can to keep up with current trends and events. Especially during this pandemic, I try to support local businesses and share these businesses with my followers.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
My definition of success is pretty easy, I would say. Hearing my followers say that I influenced them to try something new means success. Hearing how thankful business owners are of me posting about their business means success. Being a food influencer/blogger, I am simply the middle person that connects the bridge to customers and businesses. Thus, hearing that I have been helpful in some way is what I find as success.

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