Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your blog? How did you first get into blogging?
I actually started my blog Gingey Bites in 2012 after I was made redundant. I have always loved cooking and eating out and enjoy writing so my mum suggested I try it to help pass the time.
What do you think is the best “service” a blogger can provide their audience?
Honesty and a real life view – I read blogs written by normal people because usually I respect their opinion and also, I enjoy seeing behind the scenes into other people’s lives. When you find a funny, well written blog, it’s like having a new friend!
Do you have a full-time job as well? How do you find the time to run your blog so professionally?
I quit my full time job in March and since then I’ve been working for myself, doing the marketing for a couple of clients alongside freelance writing. It means I’ve been able to give myself a day a week to blog. Before that, I have no idea how I fitted it in!!
How has your blog changed since you first started it, to now? What was your first post about?
Oh this is so embarrassing – my first post was about a pie I made for my brother. I didn’t list the recipe or method at all and just talked about the pie. Worse than that, it has a pastry penis on the top which we thought was funny at the time! GROAN!!!!
Do you have a favourite post that you’ve written?
Hmmm that’s difficult. One of my favourite posts is a review of The Ehticurean which is just outside of Bristol. The food and everything about the place was perfect. On top of this, it was a surprise meal from my boyfriend not that long after we’d got together so I always think of it with a mushy heart!! We just had a brilliant afternoon there and that writing the post has good memories for me. In fact, this picture is from that day too!
What’s been the best thing about your blogging journey?
Without a doubt, it’s been meeting new people. I was nominated for this by Emily from Recipes & Reviews. We met three years ago on a blog meet up and I now consider her one of my closest friends!. I have made some good friends since moving to Bristol through blogging too! Arushi from ArushiWabiSabi and Sal and Bex from A Recipe for Gluttony to name just a few.
You are in loads of foodie communities – what’s the benefit of these do you think?
Similar to my above answer, it’s about meeting people and networking. Food blogging is a small world and you’ll often find you know people who know people . It’s also great for advice. I’m part of a Facebook group which is perfect for asking tech questions and discussing things we’ve all seen or done. It’s a support network if anything.
We all know you’re a fantastic foodie blogger, but if you could do it all again, would you choose a different niche? Why/why not?
Hehehe awww I bet you say that to all the bloggers. Probably travel. I love visiting new places and I enjoy it when I can link travel experiences into my food blog.
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?
If you’re getting into blogging to make money, you’re getting into it for the wrong reasons. I make some money off my blog but it’s taken 4 years of hard, hard work to get to that stage. Write about something because you love it and if it’s good and you work hard, you might make some money in the future. But then again, you might not!
And finally, we want to share the love, so who would you like to see us interview in the next newsletter?
OOOHHH there are so many people I want to choose for this but it has to be someone who makes me laugh and who I owe something to for cancelling my Monday Night Big Shop series after a very short run (ask her…). So… it’s Laura from Full to the Brum.