I will never not love doing this series - the chance to shine a wee spotlight on the many lovely writers and bloggers who I adore is a constant treat and I always find the interviews so informative and inspiring. I hope you do too!
Today's guest is the adorable Lucy from Lucy Loves To Eat. I've been lucky enough to attend several food blogging events with Lucy and I love her intelligence, her humour and her mad culinary skills. I hope you enjoy her answers below.
|Tha lady herself! All pictures in this post kindly provided by Lucy.|
1. How long have you been blogging?
I've been blogging for 2 years now, but wanted to start about 5 years ago. My husband promised he would design me a snazzy blog... 3 years later and still waiting, I eventually just got onto Blogger and set it up myself. I haven't looked back since!
2. What do you blog about? 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 passion is food, so from recipes to travel eats to sharing my favourite restaurants, I cannot stop babbling about food! I also love home decors and interiors and take great pleasure in sharing my home decor posts on my blog. I hope to document all my favourite recipes on my blog, have a collection of favourite restaurants which I can refer friends and family to when they ask for recommendations and just share things in my life that I am passionate about.
3. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
Writing and creating a post is my absolute favourite thing about blogging. Whether it's writing up about my travel adventures, eating some incredible food or just showing off pictures of my baking, I find great satisfaction in sharing it all. And then there are the lovely blog comments which always make my day. Meeting like-minded bloggers and foodies at blog events are another awesome part of blogging, and I'm delighted to say I've met some amazing bloggers whom I'm now firm friends with. There's nothing quite like hitting it off with like-minded people (such as Claire!) to give you a huge endorphin rush!
4. What is your least favourite thing about blogging?
Promoting my blog posts. I love writing a blog post but the promotional side of things is such a chore. I know I need to do it though to help with blog traffic and just getting my post out there, but I wish I could just pay someone to do this! Saying that, I've learnt so much from blogging/promoting, and they are genuinely great skills to have.
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?
Without a doubt, it has to be my Japan Honeymoon series. We had an adventure of a lifetime in Japan and it was the best 2 weeks of our lives. I haven't actually finished writing it up yet, so there are more posts to come. Hong Kong, being my second home, is another favourite of mine to write about and share with those who are about to travel there. My beginners guide to using a DSLR camera + how to shoot in low light has been hugely popular and it acts as a reminder for myself too since I'm very new to using a DSLR.
6. Whose blogs do you love? I’m always looking for recommendations :)
I have soooo many favourite blogs but sadly I don't have much time to keep up with them since starting my own blog. However, one that I never miss is B-Kyu, an Australian blog. I love keeping up with their travel adventures and their writing style always has me in stitches. A Pair and A Spare is hugely inspirational as is Cupcakes and Cashmere. I also love reading both of my friends lifestyle blogs, One Slice of Lemon and Hanhabelle.
7. I adore your food posts - where do you think your passion for all things foodie stems from?
I have loved food ever since I can remember! This has to be down to my dad who is an amazing chef. He loved to take us out for good food too and trained my taste buds by explaining how dishes were cooked and which ingredients made it so good. Once I got older and started to explore other cuisines and started traveling, I discovered so many incredible foods and have been hooked to all food things since.
8. Apart from London, which other cities are your favourites to visit and write about? Are there any places you're dying to try but haven't made it to yet?
I visited Taiwan in December and had some incredible food, so I'll be blogging about that soon. Hong Kong is another place I'll never get tired of writing about and since I go back every year, there's always new things to blog about. I wish I could go back to Malaysia, Thailand, and Japan for more eating - whilst I've been to all 3 before, I don't think I could ever get bored of the food there. Plus the shopping there is just ace. You can see how I love Asia!
9. What hopes and dreams do you have for your blog going forward?
I want to start sharing my dad's traditional Chinese recipes but I made a promise that until my photography was up to scratch, I didn't want to do any injustice to them. I have so many things waiting to be blogged about but it's just finding the time to do it. For the rest of this year, I'm going to try and focus on finishing my Japan Honeymoon series, travel adventures in Taiwan, more of my home decor posts and some seriously drool-inducing restaurants I've eaten at in recent months.
10. What tips do you have for bloggers growing and nurturing their blogs?
Write about topics you are truly passionate about and work on a blog voice that is your own. Photography is important, as is the layout and look of your blog, but content is what connects you with your readers. And do not forget to promote your blog posts!