Natalie De Luca of South London Blog tells us about her blogging life
Today, I’d love to introduce you to Natalie De Luca, the founder and editor of the awesome South London Blog.
I first heard about Natalie when I discovered she was a fellow member of the Time Out Blogger Network. And even better, as her blog suggests, she is a fellow South Londoner, and follows her tastebuds around all the amazing foodie haunts south of the river.
Here, guest blogger Natalie tells us what makes her tick, why she started South London Blog and the exciting things her readers can expect to come.
Over to you Natalie!
Hi Natalie. Welcome to Oh So London! Tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m a lifelong Londoner, with a love for music, food and travel, and love to keep active with my latest obsession being my new bike! My blog covers a variety of south London related happenings, from food to theatre and many things in between. I try to have a couple of articles going live a week, but this will sometimes involve writing a bit of a bulk and scheduling them, as I find that sometimes I have lots of time to write and then others I’ll be too busy and end up with a heap of article ideas to get through. Blogging is part time for me, but since going freelance earlier this year I’ve been able to devote more time to it, and also get involved in things like the Time Out Blog network.
Why did you start blogging and how do you fit it in?
I started South London Blog in 2012, partly as a way to learn new skills, which complements my day job as a digital marketer. It was also partly to promote south London, which I think can often be underrated.
What do you like writing about most?
I’ve recently started focusing on spotlight areas of the month for the blog, and at the end, creating an area guide encompassing all the things I’ve discovered in that time. I really enjoy writing these as it makes me go out of my usual local spots and discover new places whilst getting to know areas more in depth.
Where do you live in London and what do you love about your neighbourhood?
I live in Streatham Hill, and although Streatham High Street is not the prettiest, there are tons of great places for food and drink along it. Ilili is a fabulous Lebanese that has become a firm favourite, as have the two amazing pizza places of the area, Addomme and Bravi Ragazzi. I also love that Tooting Common is at the end of the road. Having green space nearby is really important to me. The transport links are great here too.
What is your number one hidden gem in London and why do you love it so much?
Wow, this kind of question is always hard to answer. The three restaurants mentioned above are high on my list, but I also recently fell in love with the Olympic Studios cinema in Barnes for its very spacious and comfortable seating!
What has been your travel or foodie highlight of 2015 and why?
I was lucky enough to travel to south America for four months at the start of the year, so I’ve been very spoilt in 2015! Going to see the Sambadrome in action during Rio Carnival would have to be one of the highlights, but there were so many!
What has been the biggest lesson you have learnt about the blogging world through your own site and through being a guest blogger?
I think writing about something you genuinely enjoy is the key lesson anyone should take from blogging. There’s no way I would have continued for so long if finding things to write about was a chore.
What are you looking forward to most about 2016?
2015 was quite a full on year for me, with travelling and then going freelance, so I think for me 2016 will just be more about enjoying time in London with friends. I also just found out I’m nominated in the London Small Business Awards. Winners are announced in January so that would be a pretty great start to the year!
Name 3 things that are still on your travel, London or foodie wishlist
Again, a hard question to answer! Travel wise, Vietnam is top of my wish list (closely followed by Sri Lanka). In terms of London I really need to get to Duck and Waffle, for the views as much as the food! I’m also very keen to check out the Dairy in Clapham as I’ve heard great things about this place. It’s always a case of so much to do, so little time…
Thank you so much to Natalie of South London Blog for taking part in the Oh So London guest blogger Q&A. Good luck in the London Small Business Awards Natalie! If you want to keep up with Natalie on everything that’s happening on South London Blog, visit SouthLondonBlog.co.uk and follow her on twitter @S_London_Blog, Facebook, Pinterest & insta @SouthLondonBlog.