We have asked our blogger community to answer a few blogging questions about themselves, with the aim of getting to know them and their blogs a little better. These will be published as a series of blog posts, which we hope will make interesting reading. Carry on reading if you’d like to find out more about the bloggers who are active on Bloggers Required. You can view other blogger Q&As here, and you can complete your own here.
Please tell us a bit about your blog?
The Hedgecombers is a field-to-fork food blog documenting my life in the country where I grow my own veg, rear my own meat and cook up a storm in the kitchen!
It’s probably 80% recipes, and I’m just starting to create youtube videos too which is really exciting!
Q1. How and why did you get into blogging?
Funnily enough, my blog was initially secret and hidden from the world! I started it with my partner to document our foraging adventures, store our recipes and keep note of wild food spots we’d found. However, he showed no interest at all in it, so I made it public and started hobby blogging.
Then in 2012 I lost my job and decided to work on the blog full time and turn it into a business, which I still do and I love it!
Q2. Where do you get your writing inspiration from?
All around me! Living on a farm & writing about food means that I rarely lack inspiration! From freshly picked tomatoes from our greenhouse to a leg of mutton from a neighbour, real food and ‘from scratch’ cookery is my love & constant inspiration.
Q3. If you could offer some words of encouragement to a newbie or frustrated blogger, what would they be?
Write for yourself. Ultimately this is the only way to find your unique voice. If you write what you think other people want to read, your writing will lack soul.
Also, find a community of other bloggers as soon as possible. They’ll make your life so much easier, I promise!
Q4. What has changed most about blogging culture/the blogging industry since you started?
For the first 3 or 4 years of blogging I classed myself as a country lifestly/smallholding blogger, but as soon as I reclassed myself as a food blogger I found a gigantic community of wonderful bloggers who are now my support and backbone. I can only assume they were always there, I just had to change how I saw myself before I could find them!
Q5. What daily tools and platforms do you use in your blogging routine, for research, promotion, sharing and other?
I try to limit my time on social media for obvious reasons, but Facebook & Pinterest send me a lot of traffic so I do go on them daily.
I have an editorial calender on the wall above my desk which keeps my posting schedule on track and I have a daily to do list in my diary which I would be lost without.
If I don’t plan my day, very little constructive work gets done!
Q6. Do you understand your blog analytics, and how important do you think they are? Please share some best practice.
I love delving into the stats! I track my blog stats daily, and all other stats monthly which I find helps keep me focused on my goals.
Reading the search terms that have landed people on my site has often given me inspiration for new blog posts.
Q7. Where do you hope blogging will take you in the future?
I’m currently studying photography as I’ve discovered such a passion for it since blogging, so I look forward to getting better at that. I loved my first food blogger connect conference I went in 2013 and I’m looking into attending the international one in the US in 2014 / 2015.
I’m currently writing my second ebook, which I hope to have finished by the end of the year, and perhaps one day I might see a real life book with my name on? That would make me VERY happy :)
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