Today’s post for the Guest Blogger Series comes from Angie – founder and editor of Silverspoon London. Here, Angie tells us about how she set up her luxury lifestyle and travel blog, what her highlights have been and the adventures that lie ahead for SilverSpoon London in 2016.
Over to you Angie!
Blogger Q&A with Angie, SilverSpoon London
Hi Angie. Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Angie and my blog is called SilverSpoon London. It’s a luxury lifestyle and travel blog, covering restaurants, bars, hotels and fun events in London as well as cool and inspiring destinations abroad and in the rest of the UK. I am now blogging five times a week which I absolutely love, it feels strange to actually go a day without blogging.
Why did you start blogging?
I started my blog as part of a business website but I loved writing so much that I started a personal blog as well. I brainstormed a name for it and bought a template from Etsy; I honestly never expected anyone to read it but I’m so glad that there seem to be people interested in my opinions.
What do you like writing about most?
I find writing about travel destinations most inspiring and I prefer to tell a story rather than a straight forward review. My favourite posts mix travel with personal relationships which is why I love the post that I wrote about why my husband is my number one travel companion.
Where do you live in London and what do you love about your neighbourhood?
I live in Victoria (SW1), it’s a fantastic place to live and actually in the midst of a regeneration. It’s very central and has always been great for transport links but since the changes, there are now way more restaurants, bars and shops than there used to be. It’s also a great place to visit for history and culture as it’s the location of Buckingham Palace and the House of Parliament plus lots of great theatres featuring new plays and West End Shows.
What is your number one hidden gem and why do you love it so much?
I’ve only just discovered the Shepherd’s Market in Mayfair. It’s a little village-like area located just between Piccadilly and Curzon Street and it’s a lovely little place to explore with little restaurants, shops and pubs. It sort of feels like you’ve gone back in time to Victorian London.
What has been your travel or foodie highlight of 2015 and why?
My travel highlight of 2015 has also been the travel highlight of my life and that was going on safari in South Africa. It was incredible to see the animals in the wild and to witness elephants bathing, monkeys playing and lions stalking their pray.
What has been the biggest lesson you have learnt about the blogging world?
I learn new lessons every day but the biggest one is value your content and don’t sell yourself short. Blogging should make you happy and if you start getting frustrated about certain aspects of your blog or writing, change them.
What are you looking forward to most about 2016?
I’ve got a big trip to Brazil and Peru planned for next year. I’ve never been to South America so highlights for me will be seeing Iguazu Falls, taking in Macchu Picchu and trying authentic ceviche in Lima.
Name 3 things that are still on your travel wishlist
- Seeing the cherry blossoms and eating authentic sushi in Japan
- Admiring the stunning landscapes of New Zealand
- Driving the winding roads of the Amalfi Coast with plenty of pizza and pasta along the way
Thank you so much to Angie of SilverSpoon London for taking part in the guest blogger Q&A. We can’t wait to hear about your amazing trip to Brazil and Peru! If you want to keep up with Angie and everything that’s happening on the SilverSpoon London blog, visit SilverSpoonLondon.co.uk, and follow her on Facebook, twitter @SilverSpoonLdn and Pinterest.
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