Sunday, 22 February 2015

Eight years of blogging and a Foodies Festival giveaway

*Competition at the bottom of the post*

In February 2007 I was 19 years old and in my second year at De Montfort University studying Journalism. I'm sure Journalism students learn about blogging these days but we barely touched on it.
I started out focusing on fashion, mainly copying and pasting dresses I liked from clothes websites as well as putting sets together on Polyvore.
It wasn't until I left university that I started posting outfit pictures and pictures from holidays. My posts about Barcelona were popular but I started wishing I could write more about my home town of Birmingham!
When I started my PGCE in 2012 I let the blog slip quite a lot- but when I DID post, it was often about food! I realised that I'm more passionate and more knowledgeable about food than I am about fashion and that it was a great way to big up my city! I still like to post about clothes and holidays- I'm off to Rome, Florence and Venice this Summer so they should have all the things I love.
Eight years on, I'm a teacher not a Journalist, I have a different boyfriend, I blog about food and only a bit of fashion, I've talked to so many lovely people from all around the world, I've taken part in swaps, secret santas and written and received letters, I've started getting invites to events and I feel I've found my niche. I'm happier with my blog than I have been for a few years.
I wanted to share a few of my favourite and most popular posts with you...

Valencia

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Barcelona

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Snow in Birmingham

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Big Papas at The Sunflower Lounge



UK Burger Battle



To celebrate my bloggiversary, Foodies Festival Birmingham have given me a pair of tickets to give away! The prize is two day tickets for a day of your choice. For more details about the event, see my blog post here.

Enter to win tickets using the rafflecopter form below.





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15 comments:

Kezzie said...

ALas, I don't do Twitter but that's a great prize! Congrats on 8 years- you are a long-standing blogger, I'm coming up to my 10 year anniversary in April which I find shocking- we're stawarts that's what we are! I was doing a different job, sans boyfriend and mine also dipped during PGCE! FUnny ehxx

Alex Metzger said...

fav summer food is a picnic with friends near the river!

Richard Tyler said...

Summer BBQ's! :)

Barbara Handley said...

Not very original but has to be strawberries and ice cream.

claire nutman said...

I totally love salads x

char said...

Yay for blogging, eight years is a wonderful achievement. I love your blog, and your letters!

niallo said...

A fresh (and authentic) Greek Xoriatiki

Tash said...

BBQ's!!!! the best summer food :)

Laura Metcalf said...

My favourite summer food is a bbq burger with all the trimmings!

Louise Eaton said...

Can't beat the smell an taste of food straight from the BBQ!!

lyn burgess said...

I love leg of lamb, slow cooked on the bbq by my husband

grannybiker said...

Minted lamb cooked on the BBQ washed down with Pimms

krnries said...

I love a simple tuna salad

Mand_x_ said...

Beetroot and Seafood Salad :)

Pink Wedding Days said...

I love Eton mess :)