Lorraine Elliott barely needs an introduction, particularly if you’re in Australia, you eat, or you blog. A very talented lass who cooks, travels, loves cake, and tells entertaining tales all day long on her blog Not Quite Nigella.
When I first started blogging five years ago, I was blown away by how professional she already was. Here I was stumbling around Blogger and Google Friend Connect and wondering what a Twitter was, and Lorraine was travelling, eating, reviewing restaurants, and making things from fancy salt she had bought in some exotic country. Her photography was stellar, her recipes flawless.
I was so surprised when she would come to leave a comment on my blog if I had taken the time to visit her and leave a comment. I couldn’t believe she had the time, or cared. But she kept coming even though my photography resembled an accidental pocket-dial film of someone on a week-long bender in Vegas. I’m ashamed to say, internet, that although I read her blog often, I took to only commenting when my own post that day wasn’t ugly.
I’m also cringing as I type this – but I once emailed her, all fresh-faced and bright-eyed, bursting with newbie blog enthusiasm and I was all “I know you’re busy, but please give me some advice” aka holy shit you’re awesome, how do I be awesome, please? She wouldn’t remember and I’m loath to bring it up and make a total fool of myself, but she was so kind, and gave me some pretty solid advice. She’s not just a pretty face that makes ice cream macarons in its spare time, she happens to be a pretty decent gal.
Folks, Lorraine is a Kickass Chick.
Who are you?
What do you do?
If you asked my neighbours they’d say played music too loudly during the day and the tv too loudly at night but really I sit in front of my computer most days or cook things in my kitchen or eat out.
Why do you do it?
Oh wow, I’ve never been asked that! Because I love it?!
How did it start?
As an accident! I didn’t even know what a blog was but my husband suggested it. I thought that I was just writing to my family and friends really. How naive was I? I mean this is the internet!
Were you scared, or did you know it had that something that would see it through?
When I pushed the button for publish, it was as if I thought it was connected to some nuclear reactor or something. In reality, nothing happened, nobody read it and life went on 🙂
Have there been rough patches where you doubted yourself and your choice to blog? What did you do?
There are definitely more challenging patches. There are politics like in all walks of life but I have a moment and then move on. I have very fast changing moods!
How do you make blogging work with your lifestyle?
Haha well I don’t know if it really does since I am unable to make free time for myself but it’s by my own doing. If I didn’t love it then I’d resent it because it takes up so much time.
What does a typical day look like for you?
If I am at home, I like to start the day at 9am and have a cup of tea and check comments and emails and maybe deal with the images. There are so many emails and forms of social media that that takes up most of the morning.
Lunch is at 11:30-12pm because I don’t eat breakfast (I know, bad for you right?) and then I work on recipe development, especially if I need to shoot images before the sun goes down (before 3pm in Winter for best light in our place). Then it’s editing stories because that never seems to end (and yep I always miss typos, it’s a curse).
By the afternoon I feel a bit more warmed up and can start to write my posts. I find it hard to do cold first thing in the morning – the words flow much easier the later in the day and I do most of my writing in the late afternoon.
I break for dinner at 6:30pm until 7:30pm and then I visit everyone else’s blogs because I love that part (it’s socialising!) and do more editing and then I go to bed around 11pm. I watch television until 1am and it’s usually something scary so I have trouble sleeping…
Would you recommend this work/way of life to someone else?
I would recommend it to people that a) have a supportive network b) have an obsessive personality or love a particular topic and c) like to pursue long term goals.
What is the best piece of work advice you’ve ever been given?
Someone once said that you could be the tastiest, juiciest peach in the world but there is always going to be someone that comes along and says that they hate peaches. That made me laugh and is quite true.
Vegemite or peanut butter?
Peanut butter. By the tablespoonful. With honey.
Aye to being peaches people hate! Do you love Lorraine too?!