Thank you Finchy for nominating me for this! Ian Finch is one of the guys who shouts at me three times a week, telling me off for doing press-ups on my knees, and making me run up and down the back of Parliament Hill until not even the view can provide any comfort. He’s a BMF (British Military Fitness) instructor, and I’ll write soon about these outdoor fitness classes and how excellent they are. He is also The Bucket List Junkie, and writes a blog about his quest to not only cross things off his own bucket list, but help other people to do the same. He’s inspired me to start thinking about what I want to do, and should I manage to get a place on the London Marathon next year (and you know, actually run it) I’ll be able to cross the first thing off my list!
So here are my responses:
What am I working on?
I write a London food and travel blog. It started off as straightforward restaurant reviews, but, despite advice to the contrary, I got a bit bored and decided to widen it out. I now write about anything I have eaten that I have liked – from supper clubs to street food, from occasional dabbles in my own kitchen to restaurants. I also write about the other things I get up to in London, including art exhibitions, and my, annoyingly infrequent, travels.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
There are a LOT of London food blogs out there, and many of them are written by people who know a damn sight more about food than me. I’m open about the fact that while I love food, I am by no means an expert, so instead I try to make my blog more personal, telling stories about my life and my friends, and I hope on occasion, making people chuckle.
Why do I write what I do?
I started my blog as a way to justify the inordinate amount of money I was spending on eating out. I thought if there was a higher purpose to my gluttony then I wouldn’t feel as guilty about the state of my bank balance (and waist line). I really really love food and am pretty much always thinking about my next meal. I love sharing the places I enjoy, and feel all warm inside when someone tells me they liked a restaurant, or street food vendor, I recommended. There are so many people working really hard to create tasty food in London that it is nice to be able to give something back in the form of a positive review. It’s also been great fun meeting other bloggers, most of whom are as greedy as I am!
How does your writing process work?
I brain vomit into a draft, which is usually just a string of incomplete sentences with appalling grammar and spelling. I then go back over it and try to form a coherent post. I’ll then decide it’s crap and leave it for a few days, after which I’ll come back to it, tinker for a hour or so, and then take a deep breath and press publish. I write best in coffee shops (my favourite is Wired in West Hampstead, which is where I am now), as I can’t kid myself into thinking that I’ll watch just one quick episode of Game of Thrones before starting.
So I now pass the baton on to my favourite real life American, Emily Pulham, who writes a blog about design, London, and trains, Making the Marrow.
(Btw, I had no idea what photo to use as a cover for this post, so just chose on of my favourite London bridge, The Millennium. Even on a cloudy day she’s beautiful).