This week, sitting in Doris’ chair ready and waiting to be interviewed is Bexz Walker, a food blogger from Kent.
Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
Hi! Well… I have the privilege of being able to write about my passion, food. I am a mum, wife, full time geek and general ‘all round good egg’ who loves to review restaurants, write about food or create recipes. I have been writing about food for the past 10 years on and off but it is only been the last 2 years where I have written a lot more and been lucky enough to work with some amazing brands including the wonderful Doris & Co.
I travel all around the UK with various food shows, food festivals and trade shows reporting on food items. I also get to eat in some of the best restaurants in the UK and take gorgeous photos. I just love doing what I do.
Is blogging your ‘day job’? If not, what do you do?
During the day I am the ‘techie’ at Niche Brands. We are a glamping business development company that specialise in PR, Marketing & Design for glamping businesses. But blogging is part of that job as I blog for our clients too!
How did you first get into blogging?
I started my first blog in 1995, back in the days when it was called an ‘online diary’ or ‘online journal’. I started blogging about being ill with Guillain-Barré Syndrome as back then no one had really heard of my illness. My legs, feet and hands were numb and after strokes and being told that I would never walk, talk, work or have children, I was determined to do something about it.
After both physiotherapy and occupational therapy, I started to be able to use my hands a little and found that typing helped the dexterity in my hands. So I started blogging my journey through the illness. Although I am in a wheelchair most of the time now, I can walk, I work, I can talk (a lot!) and have 2 children. I did say I was determined 😉
How would you describe your blogging style?
Very relaxed and informal. I just want to be me. I am happy with who I am, so why try and be something I’m not! I write from the heart and as awful as this probably sounds, I write how I talk. I think you get a more meaningful blog post if you write how you talk and not necessarily write to impress. Just be yourself.
What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
Self confidence crisis, of which I have one or so a year where I just think – ‘am I good enough to write this?’. I think most bloggers go through these phases throughout the blogging year if they are honest and the only person who can get you out of it is yourself. But it is challenging when it happens.
How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?
I just adore what I do so it’s quite easy for me to be motivated, however time is usually my enemy, especially through the May-August season when there are so many food shows and trade shows to attend.
What is the biggest difference in your life since starting blogging?
Getting the use of my hands back and self confidence. Being voted as one of the top 50 UK food writers back in 2015 felt amazing and the last 4 food shows I have attended, people have recognised me and come up to me asking if I am ‘Bexz the food writer’, which always makes me feel a bit shy!
What does the future hold for your blog?
More of the same, I want to start getting into the habit of writing at least 2 blog posts a week – which I can during any other part or the year apart from May-August when it is so busy, but I will! I will also be recording new videos towards the latter half of this year where I will be working with the lovely Doris & Co again and using their gorgeous English creamware in my videos. I can’t wait!
You can read Bexz’s blog here: www.bexzwalker.co.uk
Thank you Bexz for a fabulous interview, you have made us all hungry here talking about your food blog!