60 Seconds with Alumni Using Mainly Spoons Returning to #FBC15!

Meet Louise, UK blogger behind Using Mainly Spoons (@lou31) joining #FBC15 once more! We can’t wait to meet new and returning attendees this September. Get to know Louise more here before the event!


img_3371As a returning FBC Alumni, what are you looking forward to learning and enjoying at FBC this year?

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.

Is blogging your full time job? If not, what is your day job? Tell us a bit about what you get up to when you’re not working on your blog – your work, family life, projects, hobbies…Would you like to become a full time blogger and focus your professional career in this area? 

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.

What first motivated you to blog and how has blogging changed your life?

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.

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What’s your signature dish? 

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.

Which other bloggers do you follow most closely? Tell us something you’ve learned from reading other blogs you probably wouldn’t know otherwise?

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!

How many cookbooks do you own? 

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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