I love a good nose around new sites and getting to know their authors – which is funny as I don’t really put much personal info on my blog at all. Last month Jo Cormack of Emotionally Aware Feeding nominated me for a Liebster Award – thanks Jo! The Liebster Awards are a good way of getting to know new blogs and bloggers.
Jo is a therapist and expert in children’s eating – here’s my review of her fab book on counteracting food fussiness, War and Peas. She’s also a good person to follow on Twitter and Facebook as she regularly gives away great nuggets of helpful info.
So here are my answers to her questions:
1. What do you think is the secret to writing a great blog?
A tough one to start with! I think always having an awareness of who you want to read it really helps, trying to speak in your own voice and ensuring every post has a beginning, a middle and an end.
2. What advice would you give to someone who was contemplating starting a blog?
What are you waiting for? It’s free, is a great place for spare thoughts or making sense of your thoughts and it can grow and change with you.
3. What do you blog about?
I call myself a parenting blogger but it’s really everything that touches my life since becoming a mum. So anything from how I’m finding life with a one/two/three year old, to great (easy) recipes I love, to reviews of relevant products and experiences to the best children’s winter coat I can find. Plus a few rants.
4. Who is your favourite author and why?
My favourite book is The Awakening by Kate Chopin – it’s always stayed with me. On holiday I like a gripping read – I usually take a range of books including a Douglas Kennedy and I love finding new writers. But with a five month old, reading is a luxury!
5. Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? You can have four guests, dead, alive, real or fictional.
Just four?! Queen Elizabeth I, Don Draper, Hilary Clinton and Oscar Wilde.
6. What is your favourite foodie memory?
Dinner at Gordon Ramsey’s, Royal Hospital Road. Delicious food and impeccable service.
7. What is your favourite place to eat out?
Now I’m a parent I would say Pizza Express is a real crowd pleaser.
8. What do you do to relax?
Reading, but see above! At the moment I love a good boxset before an early bedtime.
9. Do you have any pets?
No – but I’d love to have a dog.
10. If you could spend a weekend in any city in the world, where would you choose?
11. Rice or pasta?
Pasta, all the way.
Maximum Output, Minimum Effort – a new blog by a friend (and relative) Katie, a mum of two who’s had her blog in the planning for a long time. She gives great inspiration for simple but delicious family dishes and treats.
What I Ate Last Night – reviews and recipes from a great friend and a fantastic cook. Some lovely recipes on here. She also has a rather good taste in kitchens 😉
Is it Wine O’clock Yet – introduced to me by Regan, Kath’s blog is about her two children, also a boy and a girl and also three years apart, or as she says: ‘Food, wine and family time’. It’s refreshingly honest and authentic.
And here are my questions – a mixture of foodie and non-foodie:
- Why did you start blogging?
- What would be your ideal holiday?
- Describe your ideal Saturday.
- What was your last text and who was it to?
- What’s your favourite cocktail?
- What’s your signature dinner party dish?
- What’s your favourite cookery show?
- How many cookery books do you actually use and what’s your favourite?
- Where would you really like to go on a date night?
- What’s your karaoke song?