Friday Feature: The April Blake

FridayFeatures3In our weekly Friday Feature, we share a 5-question interview with one of the fantastic members of Take the time to get to know your co-members, pick up tips and tricks, blogging know-how, and recommendations from your fellow bloggers. If you’re an HLB member and haven’t gotten your interview email yet, don’t worry, you will in time! We’re working our way through a list of 2,000+ members’ blogs at random.

What’s your name, blog name, and how did you create your blog title?

My name is April Blake, my blog’s name is The April Blake, and well … I couldn’t think of a blog title that I’d like for who knew how long at the time so I figured my name wasn’t changing!

What can a new visitor expect to find from your blog?

Mostly I post recipes these days, with no rhyme or reason. I just post what I like and what I’m making. Sometimes I’ll write about things that are local to me in Columbia, SC, or from my infrequent travels. My recipes mostly encompass seasonal produce and desserts.

What is one lesson you’ve learned about blogging since you first started your website?

That everything changes. I don’t think Pinterest was hardly a thing when I started and now it’s the biggest driver of traffic, pictures have to be pinnable, and if the photo sucks it’s basically not even worth it. Luckily in that same time period, I went from having to use my bulky DSLR to mostly relying on my much more convenient iPhone camera.

I also feel like personal blogging has went way downhill since I started in 2011. People don’t really blog about their lives anymore. I’ve followed this trend too though since it’s not really worth writing about if no one is going to read!

What is your favorite way to get moving, burn calories and energy, and get your exercise-on?

Walking my dog Meatloaf around the neighborhood and on the nearby riverwalk is my main form of exercising these days.

Let’s talk traveling: what is your favorite place to visit in your favorite city or town for vacationing?

I love to take short trips to Charleston, South Carolina. It’s about an hour and a half ride from me so it’s nice for beach days, playing hooky days, and spending a whole day hopping from brewery to brewery.

Tell us about your favorite SOMETHING.

I just love food. I love thinking about it, I love putting new flavor combinations together, learning new techniques, seeing and tasting how other cultures use food indigenous to their areas, and most of all, eating it. It’s soothing to think that I have the skills needed to keep me not just alive but wrapped in a world of flavor just because I know how to cook.

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