I love this little series. It's such a great chance to share some of my favourite writers and bloggers with my own little audience, and I relish the opportunity. There are so many wonderful blogs out there across so many genres, it's so lovely to have a small platform to talk about the ones I read and enjoy regularly.
Today I'd like to share about the lovely Mina of Kings Road Rocks. I've been reading Mina's blog for a few years now and am forever picking up great tips for places to visit or new restaurants to try! She's a great writer and I love follwoing along with her adventures and was delighted she had time to take part in this series. Enjoy!
|All pictures in this post kindly provided by Kings Road Rocks.|
I've been blogging on King's Road Rocks for about 5 years
2. What do you blog about?
Most of my blog posts are about food, which is a huge passion of mine and if I have time I like to sneak in posts about culture: art, photography and film especially.
Do you have a specific goal with your blog (i.e. reviewing products, promoting a business, transitioning into a writing / media / digital career), or is it more a record of your life?
My blog started off as a marketing platform for a novel I was writing 5 years ago, called Chelsea Girl. It started as a short stories blog with posts about cocktails. Over the years, it's evolved and whilst I do write restaurant reviews I think essentially my blog has always been about things I love.
From my blog and with my marketing diploma, I have also developed a social media career and my company Relish Content.
3. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
Food but I am also hoping to get back to my local stories, which was the starting point of my blog and which I really enjoyed writing.
4. What is your least favourite thing about blogging?
I really love blogging and I guess what I dislike the most is the time it takes to maintain a blog. Unless you write your own blog, you don't realise the time and effort it takes and sometimes when I'm feeling tired, when my little one needs his mother and I have a million things to do, I wish it could maintain itself. But when I write a post, it feels so good I feel very lucky.
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?
Ooh, good question. I did have a few pieces - my short stories which I wrote when I first started the blog. But they're back in draft now. I feel like I'm soon going to get them back out because my readers at the time really enjoyed them.
6. Whose blogs do you love? I’m always looking for recommendations :)
I love blogs that take me somewhere and have gorgeous photography as well as a personal voice. Some of my favourites are Silverspoon London; Adventures of a London Kiwi (you can see my 'I Love Your Blog' interview with Emma here) & Lux Life Blog.
7. Is there anything in London you have yet to try and can’t wait to get to?
These are great questions. I really want to see the Monet to Matisse exhibition at the RA; go to a Secret Cinema event; and dine at Nobu.
8. I love your posts on restaurants – which in town would be your ‘must-visits’?
Depending on what you like, I would say: Steak at Goodman, A roast dinner at Hawksmoor, cocktails at The Connaught and afternoon tea at The Corinthia. Am still trying to figure out the best place for seafood.
9. Apart from our fair city, what are some of your favourite places to travel to?
New York, hands down. I love Sydney too and also Pangloa Island in the Philippines.
10. What tips do you have for bloggers growing and nurturing their blogs?
Stay true to your voice because that will define you and make you distinctive from the other bloggers. Have fun with your blog because blogging is hard work so you need to have passion to fuel your writing and photography when you are feeling too tired to post something. Also, embracing your community is a great way to nurture your development as a blogger. Social media is fundamentally about relationships and conversation.
Thank you so much for taking part, Mina! More to follow on this series soon.