We interrupt the previously scheduled Paris post to bring you the February travel linkup, this time its all about the unexpected benefits of blogging. Now I could wax lyrical about the afternoon teas, the travel and the coffee, oh the coffee. But instead I bring you  my interpretation on the one truly unexpected benefit of blogging.

 

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The lovely Jamie from Angloyankophile tagged me in the Writing Process Blog Tour, bloggers tag bloggers and we wax lyrical about why and how we write. Of course what Jaime didn’t know is that by tagging me she would also open herself up to a world of Kiwi stalking and enforced cocktails (hi Jamie!).

I love reading about why others write, its like the reality TV of the blogging world. I have decided to tag the ladies I have been travel linkup-ing for the last few months; Kelly from Around the world in 80 pairs of shoes, and Emma from Adventures of a London Kiwi.

This is kind of like a chain letter, so Kelly & Emma you have one week to write or else you MUST BUY ME COFFEE. (I really do have to stop threatening bloggers into buying me food…). Even without the possible hope of coffee, I hope you all enjoy this glimpse into this little blogging world of mine.

Working on

 

 

I wish I was one of these bloggers with grand schemes or a book in the pipeline, but with a full time job just planning and posting is all I can manage! I currently have about four posts about food, two about theater, an exhibition and an expat rant floating around in my head – I just need to put fingers to keyboard and actually write them.

Genre

 

 

I think my blog is very very personal. I don’t mean that I give away all the juicy details, its just that it is exactly what is going on in my brain/life at the time. I guess that is how it differs, my blog is as unique as I am! I also tend to get super excited about things, I don’t like a cafe I LOVE IT & I write accordingly.

As much as being different is awesome, I really value being in the ‘expat blogger’ niche, we are at the same time tourists as well as finding all those hidden amazing spots that only locals can find.

Why

 

 

What you see on my blog is what I do with my life. I write travel when I travel, write rants when I’m upset and I write coffee pretty much all the time. I write as a creative outlet but also to make my mark on the world, I love feeling that there is something bigger than me out there.

It’s also amazing way to document my travels over in London. Where my parents can look back at the letters they wrote home when they were traveling, I have 500 (and counting) blog posts. It’s amazing to read back over old posts to see the places I have been, the good times and the bad.

How

 

 

That job I mentioned before? It’s pretty full on and involves a fair few weekends and late nights. That means that I write when I can (this is currently being typed on an iPhone while standing on a train back from Milton Keynes). I try to write as much as I can at the weekend and then schedule during the week because I tend to just crash after work.

 

Any questions? I would love to hear from you!

It is the pause that defines us, the collection of seconds after someone asks ‘why did you start blogging’. Of course everyone has their own story, but after attending a few tweet-ups and PR events I have heard enough replies to be able to sort them into the following categories.

Which one are you?

The Professionals

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These are the kids  that have the marketing degrees, MBAs and are taking on this blogging lark for the challenge or career push. They talk SEO like other people talk Made in Chelsea and  inevitably find almost instant success because, hey they did it right from the start. Although it has to be said, blogging for the Professionals is a  targeted campaign rather than a passion, so while they may get the views, re-tweets and invites this is just another job for them.

The One Hit Wonders

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‘Oh my god, I’m a blogger too!’, sorry sweetheart three posts from 2009  does not a blogger make. This tribe generally have a Facebook friend who is a blogger and thought that looks easy, I can do that. But after putting all the effort into the URL and finding the right blog template writing sadly fell by the wayside.  As a general rule, you can call yourself a blogger when you have contemplated throwing your laptop out the window at midnight because you promised the internet you would write a post for the following day.

The Missings

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This is actually a majority tribe, although the members may dip a toe into the other tribes from time to time. These are the bloggers who were missing something from their lives, who needed a kick up the wazoo, who wanted another label and blogging was the answer. Always looking longingly at the Professionals, the Missings will try to decipher the SEO babble and may go to the lengths of downloading Hootsuite, but at the end of the day they are there for the passion, not the profession.

The Train-wrecks

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When your world is crashing down around you a blog can be the perfect answer. Screaming into the endless storm that is the internet is the perfect therapy, and it can be damn entertaining to read.  With a shelf-life of a year, these bloggers normally transfer to one of the other tribes after that, if not … well lets just say regular blog posts are the least of their worries.

The Moms

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I don’t think I even need to explain this one, but here goes. Characterized by the tendency to over-share, casually talk about bodily functions and unintentionally polarise readers on seemingly uncontroversial subjects (breastfeeding anyone?). More than any other bloggers the Moms will fiercely defend their turf, although this is mostly because the turf if their children. Post wise the Moms are the most unpredictable, you never know when they will have a free nap time to write so there may be a week of nothing before three posts in a day. The Moms are the ones to follow if you want to figure out the PR system, they have the free samples and invites down to a fine art.

The Privates 

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Read a blog about amazing things, places and eats but know next to nothing about the writer? It must belong to one of the Privates, the rare breed that want to be seen, heard and talked about but not if it has anything to do with their actual life. This tribe can be relied on for historically accurate posts, complete exhibition guides and detailed restaurant reviews, although the reader will always be left just wanting a little more.

 

Royal Horseguards afternoon tea

I’ve told you before about the amazing community of bloggers in London, well the other day I got to hang out with a bunch of them at the Royal Horseguards hotel in Westminster. Bunch doesn’t sound right as a collective noun for a group of bloggers… I propose that we start calling a group of bloggers a ‘click’ (anyone who has been out to dinner with a blogger will get it!).

So in a riverside room at the Royal Hourseguards we made friends with Chef Ben, our food magician for the afternoon. We started with a quick tour of the terrace while sipping our champagne – look at that view! I think we all decided that this was definitely the life for us, I was made to sip champagne in a luxury hotel while talking blogs, travel and brunch.

Royal Horseguards view

And to the food. It must be fairly intimidating to cook for a click of bloggers (see, click just sounds right!), but Ben and his team did the hotel proud. After some tasty finger sandwiches I may have gone a little overboard with the scones, you see we had some gluten free bloggers at the table so what on earth were we to do with the extra scones? Ah, eat them.

I ate so many scones that I kind of ran out of room for the top tier, a fact that made me super sad. I managed to squeeze in the mango tart with coconut marshmallow, lovely spring flavours and pretty pretty mouthfuls is a good sign of what I missed out on. I can’t really complain, the scones were amazing and maybe Chef Ben will invite me back to try his top tier. Wait, that came out wrong.

I love meeting new bloggers, not just because its the best way to find new reading material, but also because as school yard as it sounds you get a chance to meet new friends. I may or may not have already started twitter stalking JessonThames and we are brunching this weekend!

I can’t wait to meet the click at the next blogging event, and maybe next time I will not get quite so hyped up on sugar and wont lead to this sort of incident…

Chef Ben twitter

The blog-lovelies Emma and Kelly have decided to kick off 2014 as we mean to continue, with a travel link up. The idea is for all of us to let our 2014 travel adventures out of the box and share with the world. Since I don’t have the foggiest where I want to go I am going to give you a little something different. Here is my list of things I want to experience in 2014, most of which I think I will achieve through travel, friends and being ball grabbingly brave.

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