I was delighted to be the guest of Esme Slabbert of Esme Salon and The Recipe Hunter yesterday. A great set of 20 questions… and hopefully although my life seems to be an open book.. there will be something new to discover about my life, blog and writing…
What is the name of your blog and how did you decide on your blog name?
My blog is titled Smorgasbord Invitation. I was looking for a name that implied variety and referred to food and health. Smorgasbord, being the very delicious Scandinavian buffet, and one I had enjoyed several times, seemed appropriate. I also wanted to invite people in as readers, and guest posters, which is how it all came together.
What prompted you to start on this blogging journey?
We had recently returned from the UK to our home in Madrid after a break from writing for a few years. I knew that I probably wouldn’t be able to leap straight into a full-length novel. So I decided to write about my work which was in nutrition, and found that by writing post length articles, it soon got back into swing of things. Also I missed the one to one contact that I had enjoyed with my job, and the friends I made living back in my hometown for a few years. I wanted to reach out and connect with like-minded people online, to build new relationships. I had also neglected the marketing of my existing books and a blog was a good place to pick that up again.
To date, what blogging achievement/s are you most proud of?
I was very honoured to be nominated for Best Overall Blog this year for the annual Bloggers Bash in the UK. There are several blogging friends that I have made online, also nominated and it is wonderful that our readers have felt we merited an award. Also I am very pleased to be coming up for my fifth year of blogging, and to have met such interesting people in the process. I am also proud of my Café and Bookstore that I began in 2016, which promotes authors, mainly Indie authors several times a week. As an Indie author myself, the blog is a perfect platform to do that.
How would you describe your own blogging style?
I blog every day and sometimes several posts. They cover a number of topics and I also have contributors who share their areas of expertise. My aim was to create a blog magazine that people could pop into and browse through, reading the posts that were of most interest to them. I don’t follow the conventional rules that are often offered, which usually suggest only one post per day maximum, of a certain length, without any colour text for example. I would like a wide spectrum of readers as possible which means a wide variety of topics to choose from on any given day. I have wide ranging interests and that is reflected in the posts that I write and share.
To read the rest of the interview please head over to Esme’s : https://esmesalon.com/interview-with-sally-cronin-from-smorgasbord-variety-is-the-spice-of-life/#comment-14697
Over the last number of years, I have been pouring my heart and soul into my blog, first The Recipe Hunter (Cook and Enjoy) and now I have upgraded to EsmeSalon
I love baking and cooking, but more and more I have started to venture into different areas of blogging as I love to Share, Care & Inspire, so now we also feature:
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Obviously, we still will have all those yummy tried and tested home-made recipes.
Blogging is my way of relaxing after a long and hard week in the office, and if you wish to call it my ‘retail therapy’, so please join me on this day to day journey, which I just ♥
I reside in Vancouver, British Columbia for the past 20+ year, although originally from Cape Town, South Africa. I am a 60-something mother, grandmother, and wife. I still work fulltime and then a Blog-aholic to top it off.
Take a peek at Guest Posts and should you be interested, please go to About EsmeSalon and then send me an email (see the bottom of that post), and I will be very happy to showcase your blog. This is an open invitation to all bloggers from any niche!
My Motto here on my blog and personally:
“Share and Inspire Others!” so take a look at An open invitation to all Bloggers and let’s connect there as well.
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