Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your blog? How did you first get into blogging?
Hi, I’m Connie, the hungry soul behind Connie Consumes. I started my blog as a bit of a diary for friends and family back in New Zealand to keeps tabs on where in the world I was – I figured it was a bit better than just stalking me on Facebook! It’s still a food and travel diary of sorts but maybe with one or two extra readers.
You’ve had some fab opportunities through blogging – what’s been the best opportunity you’ve had so far?
This is tougher than asking me what my favourite ice cream flavour is… I could cop out and say that I like them all for different reasons but I’m going to just pick two. My favourite food-related one was the day I spent in The Woodspeen Cooking School prepping a five-course meal for six people then bringing it all back to London and hosting the dinner party the next evening; and my favourite travel-related one is the long weekend I spent in a beautiful resort in the stunning South Tyrol. I may have belted out ‘the hills are alive…’ once or twice during that weekend…
What do you think is the best “service” a blogger can provide their audience?
I write my blog with two aims – to be entertaining and mildly informative. I hope the people who are thinking about choosing a certain restaurant or hotel or holiday destination find my reviews and guides helpful, but mainly I just want people to enjoy my stories!
Do you have a full-time job as well? How do you find the time to run your blog so professionally?
I did have a full time job… up until a couple of weeks ago but now I’m getting ready to set off on a bit of a sabbatical where my boyfriend and I will be gallivanting around Asia for the next few months! Juggling a full time job and the blog was really tough at times, but then I remembered what paid the bills and cut myself some slack for not getting a post up in time or taking a few weeks off!
How has your blog changed since you first started it, to now? What was your first post about?
My first post was a review of a restaurant in Wellington… I still remember the moment I pressed ‘publish’ for the first time… but boy oh boy do I cringe now when I look at that post! I think the way I write (basically like I’m telling my friends an elaborate story during one of our cocktail gossip sessions) is still the same but the photos have definitely improved – you can actually tell what the food is now.
Do you have a favourite post that you’ve written? Does it differ from your most popular post?
One of my favourites is the review I wrote about Gaggan in Bangkok; after watching the Gaggan episode on Chef’s Table I was thrilled to get a last minute booking, but was bitterly disappointed by the whole dining experience. It’s currently Asia’s Best Restaurant so I was left doubting my own views for a while, but I think I’ve managed to look past that and write something which reflects my opinion. One of my most popular posts is actually a recipe for a fancy sausage roll… its popularity makes me chuckle because I don’t do that many recipes and had no idea there was such a fan club out there for sausage rolls!
What’s been the best thing about your blogging journey?
The blog has given me so many opportunities to do extremely fun things and meet awesome people, but one of the best things it has done is to challenge me. I’ve learnt (and am still learning) lots of technical, behind the scenes stuff, but I love that it’s given me the chance to get creative with my writing, and improve my photography which I am slowly growing to love!
We all know you’re an incredible food blogger, but if you could do it all again, would you choose a different style? Why/why not?
In an ideal world I would do all the techy blog stuff better but who are we kidding… If I did it all again, I would probably do it all the same… just start writing about what I love and keep bumbling along writing about what I love. Which is food, in case it wasn’t obvious.
A lot of people think that blogging is an easy way to make money, but we all know it’s not that easy. What advice would you give new bloggers?
Start with a view to share something entertaining, useful, thoughtful, irrelevant but hilarious… about whatever you’re passionate about. Just focus on being authentic with your point of view and see what happens…
And finally, we want to share the love, so who would you like to see us interview in the next newsletter?
If we haven’t already heard from Vicky (Dalton-Banks) then I’ve love to know more about what gets her blogging juices flowing!