Meet self-professed procrasti-baker Sally Bird, whose Instagram, salad_vs_food, is a sugarfest of scattered uni living, positive food-love and not making friends with salad.
Hi, Sally! Your Instagram pics are fabulous. If for whatever reason you could only save three, which three would you save?
It’s pretty hard to pick a few favourites, but the pancakes I made after a uni exam went down a real treat. I think I like them all so much because I was happy with how they turned out. (Hope you appreciate my ugly teal marbled bench top too.)
Can you please tell The Big Smoke readers a little bit about yourself and how salad_vs_food came to be?
A huge sugar addiction which ultimately led me to be keen on baking. People nagged me for months about making an Instagram for my cakes so eventually I did. Things really started to kick off a short while later after a few other Brisbane food-focused Instagrams got in contact with me and before I knew it, I had a bunch of new “food friends”. From there my Instagram ended up showcasing my cakes and Brisbane’s food scene. If it wasn’t for the people who I have met through Instagram, I probably wouldn’t be where I am right now.
InstaMoments: What do you think is the main driver to people coming to salad_vs_food daily and following you?
Maybe the very unhealthy focus of my Instagram? The majority of my active followers are Brisbane based and I would say a strong 50 percent of them are probably uni students because we can relate well to each other.
InstaStories: What is the main story you like to tell through salad_vs_food?
My Instagram for the past year, especially recently, has been a little all over the shop. So I really want to get back to a more consistent theme in it. To be honest, I just like to be real with people and this is what I like to show through my images. In the majority of my posts I’m usually complaining about uni, work and that the weekend is over – which is what I’m doing in the real world (I swear I am not actually a negative person). Everything I post is pretty much something I would eat again, again and again, and I rarely post pictures that aren’t up to my standard of photography.
InstaFans: What is the worst way for someone to try and get your attention on Instagram, and what is the best way?
The past year there’s been a lot of hate on food bloggers so I hate it when other Instagram users start commenting negative things, whether this is on my own page or someone else’s. It’s pretty sad how horrible some people are but I guess that’s just the online world, so obviously, that’s the worst way to get my attention (I’ll probably block you, haha). I like it when people try to connect with you through the comments so this usually entices me to comment back to them and make conversation.