Friday, June 19, 2015

What's Your Day Job? Meet Claire!

Welcome to the first post in my new 'What's your day job?' feature! If you missed my original post you can find it here.

This week I got to interview the lovely Claire (Aka Little Patts), a food blogger from Breadsticklers. Here is a little bit about Claire and the job that she is so passionate about.

Name: Claire

Age: 28

A few facts about you: I live in Leeds, I was once pushed from a bungy platform... And I eat out a lot.

What's your job? It's top secret, no I'm not a spy, it's far less interesting than that.. but my unpaid job is my food blog Breadsticklers, it takes up most of my free time.

How long have you been doing it? Since 31st May 2011

What do you like best about it? I have learnt a wealth of things about food since I started writing my blog, I've met many interesting people and  made new friends. I have done things that I never thought I would do, such as attend new bar and restaurant openings and even help one restaurant with their menu development (I obviously had to try everything on the menu to make sure my input was truly valued ;) )

What is the worst thing about it? The competitiveness. The (restaurant) food bloggers of the world are very competitive, it sometimes feels that it's a race to see who can eat at and blog about the newest place in town first, who can get the most views and publicity. I have to remind myself frequently that wasn't the reason I started food blogging and it doesn't matter how popular my blog is as at the end of the day my blog is primarily for me, a food diary of sorts.

Would you recommend it? I'd definitely recommend blogging as a hobby, it takes up a damn awful lot of time though so you need to be dedicated. A lot of people start blogs and then a few months or a year down the line their blog is just lying redundant and more often than not they just *disappear* from the social networking world. If you can make some money out of blogging , and I know some people do, then great but at the end of the day if you're getting stressed from blogging it's perhaps time to take a break.

Any funny stories? I tend to get invited to events and plied with alcohol, I guess they think it means I'll give a good review... Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn't. There have been a few occasions where a post has started off really well and by the end of it I'm just posting blurred pictures saying I have no idea what this was but I have written in my notes "THIS IS F***ING AMAZING EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THIS FOOD IN THEIR LIVES".

What's your dream job? My dream job would be a full time writer, where I can spend my time at home in my study in my little cottage in the countryside, writing when inspired and taking the dogs out for a walk when I'm feeling less so.

Would you carry on if you won the lottery? I'd definitely carrying on food blogging if I won the lottery, imagine all the food I would be eating then! Fine dining, food in far off countries. I'd quit my day job and take it up full time!

You can find out more about Claire and follow her tasty adventures by visiting her website

Thanks for reading,