Tuesday, October 06, 2015

I Love Your Blog: Adventures of a London Kiwi


Yay!  It's time for another installment of 'I Love Your Blog'.  Having the chance to introduce some of my favourite bloggers to you all is a real treat, and today's star is a big favourite of mine.  I've been reading Emma's fab blog 'Adventures of a London Kiwi' for a good long while now - I love her take on the city, her fun travel posts and her wonderful, warm sense of humour.  I was delighted when she agreed to be interviewed for this series, and kindly allowed me to take a few shots from her blog to share with you all too.

1.      How long have you been blogging?

Having started off as just a dedicated blog reader, I've now been blogging for near on 4 years. The trouble is blogging is only getting more addictive the longer I do it -  it simply keeps inspiring us to travel more, see more and experience more. 




2.      What do you blog about?  Do you have a specific goal with your blog, or is it more a record of your life?

Despite all the advice to have a niche, my blog is really more of a journal of our lives and travels - documenting the moments that make me smile, small and large alike. It has turned into a passion for writing and photographing - well, having a crack at both anyway! Over the years invites for reviews have begun to filter through, which are lovely because it allows you a different experience and often the chance to have a good nose behind the scenes - for instance when we were allowed to run amok in the GBK kitchens, flipping our own burgers (for the record we were terrible) - but the review side of things is just a nice perk every so often.



3.      What is your favourite thing about blogging?

The community, hands-down. I have met - both online and in real life - a collection of the loveliest, and most passionate individuals that could be found anywhere. I've lunched in several different countries with blogging locals who are only too ready to meet and share a smile, have long spanning conversations about hilarious minutiae that comes of blogging and share their best insider tips and recommendations.

4.      What is your least favourite thing about blogging?

Achieving my own crazy expectations. It is so easy to get caught up in a cycle of envy and the grass being greener on the other side when it isn't necessarily.



5.      Do you have any favourite posts on your blog – pieces you’re really proud of, which document something special, or which seemed to strike a chord with your readers?

Much like children I can never pick just one...

1. My favourite blog post of all time was the one where was allowed to adopt an ancient right of London city Freemen and I herded sheep across London Bridge. Crazy, yet true!
2. Organising a DIY afternoon tea to raise funds for a child & baby medical research foundation.
3. The breathtaking twilight views of London from St Mary's Axe. aka the Gherkin. What a night.

6.      Whose blogs do you love?  I’m always looking for recommendations :) 

I can't pick just a few, in fact in May (before I discovered yours) I narrowed it down to about 50 of my favourite blogs. See above re. blog addiction... 



7.      I love your travel posts – where is your favourite place to visit? (Tricky question, right?)

Cheesy as though it is, my favourite destination is the next one. There is always so much more to explore, though our recent roadtrip through the Scottish Highlands still makes me go all misty eyed!

8.      I think the pictures you have on your blog are great and really capture the loveliness of the places you visit - do you have a favourite camera, or a favourite editing program?

I'm pretty low-tech to be honest; I have a point and shoot Nikon s9700 and (barely) edit with Picasa. I'm talking a bit of cropping here and there, and maybe a tiny bit of brightening of inside restaurant shots, but for the most part it just seems to be patience, practice (practice, practiceand more practice) and not being afraid to take a slightly different look at things. Instagram is a lot of fun at the moment, sharing on the hoof shots as we adventure around.


9.      What hopes and dreams do you have for your blog going forward?

I simply want it to remain a fun space where I can share what I love, a whimsical journal of life in London and a fantastic creative outlet. 

10.  What tips do you have for bloggers growing and nurturing their blogs?

Post the things you love, try not to let envy take over, enjoy the community and try to post regularly - even if it is fortnightly!


Emma, thank you so much for taking part - as a longtime reader of your blog it was great to learn a little more about the goings on behind the scenes.

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I believe in 80s pop, 90s teen movies, and proper thank you notes. I just like smiling...smiling's my favourite.

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