I’m looking forward to the workshops – that’s something I didn’t do last time. I was surprised at the great variety of different bloggers I met last time, so I’m hoping for the same from this group.
I only blog in my spare time. I work part-time as a policy advisor at an innovation foundation. I also look after my 1 year old daughter. I’m not sure I see myself going full-time, on my blog, but I’d definitely like to do more with it.
I started blogging more than ten years ago, but I have always struggled to post regularly, and I’ve gone through bursts of activity at different times. This year, I’ve posted every week, which feels like a big breakthrough! But it’s only lists of links and short text at the moment.
I struggle to identify with the idea of a signature dish – it feels like a bit of celebrity chef thing? I like to bake – bread, cakes, I make a very good brownie. I like to explore ways to make home cooking easier.
I used to live in the U.S. and I still follow American bloggers more than UK ones. The scene is just very different, and there was a period where they could make a living just from the writing well before it was possible for UK bloggers (if it ever has been here). Some bloggers have produced great posts about their own writing, which I often re-read: David Leibovitz has an amazing post about his blogging process, Heidi Swanson has written some great posts about how her books come together; I really like Jenny Rosenstrach’s approach, and I love reading Molly Wizenberg’s writing, especially her writing about writing!
I own a lot of cookbooks – more than 150 – although I know some people have thousands! I love having them, but I have to use a site called Eat Your Books to find things – it helps me search them for ingredients or recipes. I have quite a few blogger cookbooks. I really like that I know the voice of the cook before I get the book.
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