Two things about our next blogger : Food and Photography. Whenever I see her posts, I would instantly wish I had her talent. 🙂 Our next Blogger in Focus is My Custard Pie.
Name: Sally Prosser
Location: Dubai, UAE
How did you start blogging?
In my day job as a consultant I’d been using and recommending blogs for business so when I signed up to do a charity challenge I knew that blogging was the way to give my sponsors some exposure. From day one I was hooked (this early blog still exists over on http://walkingonsunshine.me/). At that time I discovered some really inspiring food blogs like 101 Cookbooks , The English Can Cook and Things We Make. On an earlier foray into making a family website (on the now defunct Geocities) I’d posted my favourite recipes so I rashly set up another blog. My Custard Pie was born (with not much idea about where it was going) and I became a ‘food blogger’.
What do you write about?
I write about food at the heart of my life and that of my family. Sometimes I post recipes, sometimes it’s about shopping, sourcing or learning about food. While it’s light-hearted in tone I am very concerned about the role of big business in controlling what we eat. If I can make anyone think more carefully about food I’ll be very happy.
Tips for new Bloggers?
Be yourself. There are hundreds of thousands of blogging tips out there that tell you what you should be doing now. The ones that succeed are the most authentic and original. Also to sustain a blog for more than a month or two you have to be passionate about it. If you are blogging because you love it you’ll keep it up. Don’t blog for free stuff (people will see through it and despise you) or to try and retire (nigh on impossible!).
What are the challenges you face with blogging?
Hours in the day. That’s it. There are so many things I’d like to write about (157 draft posts – no joke).
What do you do outside of blogging?
Work (content management and social media strategy), cook, look after my family, walk my dog, go to book club, surf travel sites…. you know the usual. You need a life to be able to blog about something interesting.
What blogs do you recommend my readers should read/follow?
So very many – I know I’ll leave too many out. Head over to Fooderati Arabia for a talented passionate group of foodies in the UAE (which I help manage with my foodie partner in crime I live in a Frying Pan whose writing is sizzling hot. In addition to the three blogs which inspired me to start, I choose three more at random. Fig Jam and Lime Cordial – written by Celia who lives in Australia who bakes, tempers chocolate, keeps hens and has a huge loyal following. Eggs on the Roof – the author publishes only a few times a year but the writing and photography is stunning and Life in the Food Lane because it keeps me in touch with a lovely friend who used to live in Dubai and I miss her food so much
3 Random Facts about you
- Jazz is my very favourite musical genre.
- My Dad was Polish which may account for a very high level of tolerance to garlic.
- I collect blue jugs.