Congratulations to this month’s fabulous blog of the month, Thinly Spread, which is written by Mum to four Chris. Chris shares vegetarian recipes, kitchen stories, travels and adventures from her kitchen in Somerset and from her galley off the Jurassic coast.
Over to Chris…
What inspired you to start your blog?
Back in 2010 a friend, and fellow writer, suggested that I start a blog as part of my daily writing practice and to showcase my work as a freelance – it snowballed rapidly from there!
Has your content changed much since you started?
I’ve always written about what interests me so parenting, crafts, food, gardening and travel have been pretty constant threads but, as my children have grown, my focus is now very heavily on food with little bits of the others to keep me sane!
What have your learned since starting your blog?
I’ve learned loads! My photography skills have really improved since I started, I know my way around wordpress and I’ve even been known to fiddle with code – it’s given me the tools I need to find employment which I can fit around my children and my interests which is fabulous.
What has surprised you about blogging?
I think what has most surprised me are the friends I have made from doing it; friends who don’t just exist in my computer but have become a really special part of my off screen life. Also how addictive it is – I love the creative process behind a blog post, the recipe development, the photographing, the writing and the eating!
How do you balance blogging and real life?
I didn’t use to balance it very well at all but now I make sure I only blog during school hours. When I started I spent a ridiculous amount of time on social media but I manage that much more carefully now, I also have a part time job and regular freelance work so it has to fit around that. I’m quite relaxed about blogging these days – I write what I want, when I feel like it which makes it fun rather than the chore it had become a year or so ago.
What’s the best thing about writing your blog? And the worst?
The best thing is the connection with people who are interested in the things I’m interested in and the supportive communities which have evolved out of those shared interests. The worst thing is that, being a food blogger, I create an awful lot of mess which involves washing up and cleaning – which I hate!
What advice would you give someone starting a foodie blog now?
There are a huge number of food blogs now and it can be hard to get going but my advice would be to write about what you love, in your own voice, don’t try and imitate anyone else because it is your uniqueness which will attract and keep readers. Join food blogging communities on social media and be sociable. Perhaps most of all be prepared to put in time to build your blog, it very rarely happens over night so make sure that you are writing about something which really interests you!
Has blogging brought you any amazing opportunities or experiences?
Blogging has brought me some amazing opportunities over the years from overseas travel to photographic equipment, meeting celebrities, appearing on TV and radio and working with various charities as an ambassador. It has also brought me paid work doing something I love, my recipes regularly appear in Superfood Magazine and I’ve just completed my second commission for Cruise International Magazine. I think the thing I am proudest of is that my blog is archived in the British Library – that makes me grin very widely indeed!
Which have been your most popular posts?
My vegetarian sausage rolls are my most popular recipe post throughout the year with rhubarb crumble muffins overtaking them in the spring, sugar mice at Christmas and pumpkin and fig salad in the autumn – I love the seasonality of food blogging and my readers clearly do too!
And which are your personal favourites?
I’m fickle – my favourite is usually the one I’ve just written (and eaten), my current favourites are probably my carrot and coriander fritters but I’m also a little bit in love with my three grain salad with roast pepper dressing (I love the photographs in this one) and who could resist a gin ginger cake with gin and lemon icing?!
How does it feel to be chosen as Foodies100 blog of the month?
I’m chuffed to bits! Foodies 100 is packed full of amazing blogs and bloggers so I’m really delighted to be chosen as blog of the month!
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