it's about me not you a career in blogging

It’s About Me, Not You – Two Years & A Career in Blogging III

Gavin Wren Food Blogging, Writing

Welcome back for Part 3 of my super special two year anniversary post! Today I’ll explain why it’s all about me, not you, the reader. You see that image up there, that was my office a few weeks ago, one of the benefits of freelance life, spending the day working in Richmond Park with my little pooch!
If you haven’t read Part 2 you can catch up with it here.
It’s Not About You. In the early days of writing my blog, I read some enormously misguided information. In particular, I read an article about how to create blog posts, which extolled the virtue of writing for the audience. Writing for you, the reader. It was saying how it’s all about the reader and that’s what I needed to focus on. It was a lie. Fact 6. You can never, ever expect to know what someone else is thinking. It’s…
A bright, citrus and sweet courgette and orange bread salad that just screams summertime! Tangy, sharp orange and sweet dried apricots mix perfectly with olives, capers, pine nuts, parsley and sweet red onions to create a flavour filled salad. The roasted courgette and onion sit with the orange dressing and play against the added crunch from the stale bread at the bottom. It's the perfect make ahead summer lunch or side salad to sit with some grilled fish, meat or squeaky halloumi.

Courgette and Orange Bread Salad

Gavin Wren Main Dishes, Recipes, Salads, Side dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian

A glut of courgettes has descended on our world. If you grow your own you’ll found the cheeky blighters hiding behind leaves and sneaking up on you. Even if you don’t grow your own, you can walk into a supermarket and pick up a large pack for very little because they are one of the most abundant vegetables in the UK at this time of year. Today’s recipe makes use of these abundant, seasonal vegetables, with a courgette and orange salad loaded on top of the stale bread you’ve got hanging around. It’s a powerful and bright salad that works beautifully on it’s own or would sidle up beautifully with a piece of grilled white fish or some halloumi slices grilled to squeaky perfection. On The Road Again. My life is on the move, yet again, I’m moving house next week. As I pointed out last week, it will be…
Growing a blog 2 years and a career in blogging

Growing a Blog – Two Years & A Career in Blogging II

Gavin Wren Food Blogging, Writing

Welcome back for Part 2 of my super special two year anniversary post! Today is about growing a blog and growing the inner me.
If you haven’t read Part 1 you can catch up with it here.
Psssst, Wanna Hear a Secret? I’m going to talk about growing a blog and how I found my style, but first, can you keep a secret? Do you want to see my traffic for this blog over the last two years? Do you? Well here it is: When I look at that graph, I feel quite proud. If I ever need an example of solid, consistent traffic growth then I’ll refer back to that graph, because it’s constantly creeping up and up and there’s no shame in never having ‘gone viral’. Only very few if us will ever go ‘full viral’, and retaining those viral visitors can be quite tricky, leaving you with…
Balsamic roasted peppers with goat's cheese and basil make a beautifully summery side salad or vegetarian picnic dish, the vibrant colours and simple preparation make a star dish that requires very little input to create.

Roasted Pepper Goat’s Cheese Salad

Gavin Wren Recipes, Salads, Side dishes, Vegetarian

I’ve probably stated that lots of recipes are easy, but this roasted pepper goat’s cheese salad really is. It honestly ticks the simplicity box with a big, fat ‘X’, especially if you save time and use pre-roasted peppers. But even if you decide to roast your own, it’s a pretty straightforward affair, if you have other things to do in the kitchen whilst you wait for the peppers to take on their delicious, sweet, summery flavours. Whatever route you take, this salad scattered with goat’s cheese and basil will take you on a little summery trip to a warmer, richer, brighter place, chasing those sunshine soaked salad dreams. Fancy a Swim? I’ve had an amazing week. I feel completely in over my head, which is brilliant. I’ve set various things in motion, asked people to do things which all drag me forwards, kicking and screaming into an unknown future. There’s…
A Bloggers Desk

Monetise – Two Years & A Career in Blogging I

Gavin Wren Food Blogging, Writing

I’m incredibly proud to announce that it’s my blog’s second anniverasry! Woo-hoo! How exciting! Where’s the confetti cannon emoji when you need it! Today I’m going to talk about how to monetise a blog. Or how not to. It’s My Party… To celebrate this truly momentous occasion, I’ve poured my heart into the internet and written a very special, personal, self-indulgent six-part blog post about my experience from that first intrepid post through to my blog’s second Birthday. I’m indulging myself and writing about what’s happened to me in these two years and how I’ve created a completely new career, simply through my blog. Happy Birthday, Dear Oeufs. This blog was two years old on Sunday, meaning those two little eggs at the top of the page have come of age. I started blogging on 31st July 2014 with a very nervous post saying “Errr, hello world?”. It was a…
Maple syrup brings a rich sweetness to theses maple pecan spelt muffins stuffed with whole rolled oats, pecan nuts and no refined sugars, just naturally sweetened with banana and maple syrup. These easy spelt flour bakes make for a wholesome alternative muffin recipe that's just as tasty yet packs more positive nutrition, perfect for afternoon tea or a sweet weekend treat.

Maple Pecan Spelt Muffins

Gavin Wren Baking, Dairy free baking, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains

It’s been quite savoury around here recently. Not much sweet goodness going on, and my God, was I longing for something sweet. So today’s post is about some utterly delightful little maple pecan spelt muffins topped with oats which are dairy free that I put together last weekend. These are muffins made with a mixture of wholemeal and white spelt flour, along with whole oats and sweetened using maple syrup and that ubiquitous banana, because it just goes so well in baked good like muffins. And who doesn’t like banana? (Yes, I’m sure there’s someone). Cake Rules. I’m quite fastidious about how much cake I eat, I’ve developed an incredibly strong sense of moderation around it. This is because I have a spreadsheet I’ve kept for posterity, which dates from 2008, when I tipped the bathroom scales at nearly 100kg, well over 15 stone. Approaching 100kg had been pretty scary…