1. How long have you been blogging?
1 1/2 years
2. What do you blog about?
Charlotte Restaurant Reviews and Food
3. Why did you start blogging?
I was new to Charlotte and wanted to explore my new city. I love to eat, so was going to a lot of restaurants and wanted to write about my experiences. I thought it was the perfect way to explore Charlotte, through its tastes and flavors. I love writing, so I decided to write about my adventures. I also noticed that when I was getting ready to move to Charlotte and when I was brand new, there wasn’t a ton of information on the internet about Charlotte so I wanted to create a space for new (and old) Charlotteans to get recommendations and learn about Charlotte’s dining scene.
4. What is your FAVORITE post you’ve ever written (you can pick 2)?
Bistro La Bon and Fire in the City
5. What blog do you love?
Fervent Foodie by Mary Cowx and Honeystuck by Katie Levans. Both are Charlotte bloggers and I have to read their stuff immediately when it gets posted.
6. What is your biggest piece of advice for other bloggers?
Don’t post because you feel like you HAVE to. Sometimes life gets busy and you aren’t able to keep up with the blog as much, but the last thing you want is to make blogging feel like an obligation or chore. If it’s starting to feel like that, it’s ok to take a break. I started to blog as a hobby and I thought it was fun, and I love to keep it that way. Sometimes there are big gaps in my posts, and I’ve come to terms with that being ok.
7. What are you looking forward to for you as a blogger in the upcoming months (conferences, big blog release, book release, publishing, community, redesign, new content, etc)?
I’m looking forward to regular dinners and events with the Charlotte Food Bloggers in the new year, participating in meet ups and events with The Charlotte Social and collaborating with other blogs in Charlotte or North Carolina on posts and advertising. (Holler at me if you’re interested!) :) Also, posting more simple, straightforward recipes on Sundays!
Visit Katie on the web and show her some North Carolina love.
And then anything else you might want to add that you want people to know about you – professional affiliations, any other place they can find you, etc.
I’m writing monthly articles about food and other things Charlotte for Charlotte Happenings, a monthly publication published by the Charlotte Regional Visitor’s Authority (the folks behind charlottesgotalot.com). In the new year, there will be a 15 things to do in Charlotte in 2015 article and a Charlotte Margaritas round up. All of my articles written for them are online at www.charlottesgotalot.com. And as always, blogging is just a fun hobby of mine (I love my “real job” as a Mecklenburg County Public Defender) and I love making new friends so feel free to connect and we can explore Charlotte (or North Carolina) together! (and if you have dining recommendations outside of Charlotte, please send them my way. I’ve been traveling around the state a lot!)
(The top photo is blogging in action at my favorite restaurant, The Old Fashioned, in Madison, Wisconsin, where I went to law school. Go Badgers! The bottom oneis a picture of my boyfriend and me at my family’s annual vacation to the Outer Banks—we’ve been going for 27 years! and AJ is featured quite often on Off the Eaten Path)
Leigh Powell Hines says
So nice to meet you, and I look forward to learning more about Charlotte.