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Meeting an Old Friend & What is a Food Blogger?

Today I met an old friend for the first time. I know it does not really make sense, but bear with me.

I ‘e-met’ Reneé, aka Mummy Tries, at the very start of my blogging adventure, almost 18 months ago. Reneé has a no-nonsense approach to pretty much everything. Her compelling writing and accounts of life with young children without the sugar coating made me want to keep reading. Reneé’s writing is passionate, easy to read and down-to-earth.

Since I have ‘known’ Reneé, she has had a baby and revealed her identity (she used to write anonymously). She has also written a book, gone back to work and changed her family’s diet completely to get rid of food intolerances once and for all. We became ‘e-friends’ pretty quickly. We have been trying to meet for ages, but with 7 children under 7 between us, it did not quite happen until today.

Reneé and I knew each other before we met in the flesh. I knew what she looked like. I knew her kids’ names. I knew their ages. I even knew that F had probably not slept much the previous night and C would be the sweetest girl. Through emails and reading each other’s blog, we probably knew each other more than you would some of your friends.

Meeting Reneé ‘in real life’ was like catching up with an old friend. We spent the afternoon in Coram’s Fields, a safe open space for children, close to Euston station and Saint Pancras. Our little ones had a great time together, moving from one area to the next.

Meeting an Old Friend

Reneé and I are opposites in some ways yet so similar in others. She is a writer. Words are her armour. I am more of a creative type, with visuals at the forefront of everything I do. We both have one top priority: Family (see the capital letter there?). Not our careers, not blogging, not being successful in the traditional sense of the term. To both of us (at least that is how I perceived Reneé), being successful is nothing other than raising happy children who grow up to be decent members of society. That is huge, right?

We are also both passionate about food. We love eating and we started talking about blogging this afternoon, and what defines a ‘food blogger’.

Reneé and I both define ourselves as food bloggers. I cook every day, develop new recipes at the week-end, post recipes regularly, take hundreds of food photos every week, write about food in most posts, review food products, describe my toddler’s life with food allergies and my baby’s weaning journey.

Reneé creates and shares recipes for her family on a restricted diet. When she is not sharing recipes, she writes about food, how the family’s diet has improved her energy levels and her daughter’s behaviour. If that is not being a food blogger, then what is?

What are your views about food blogging? Do you think being a food blogger should only be about sharing recipes, or is there more to it?

Oh, by the way, I highly recommend Reneé’s self-help book, Become the Best You.

Become the Best You


  1. Random Musings
    21/05/2015 / 1:50 am

    Looks like a good day. It’s great meeting up with online friends. I think a food blogger, like any other category, can be anything you want it to be 🙂 #brillblogposts

  2. 21/05/2015 / 7:57 am

    Gorgeous photo of both of you and you look like you must have clicked straight away. I’ve always fancied going to Coram fields, must definitely add it to my list. One of my favourite food bloggers is Emily from a Mummy Too and she does such a varied thing on her blog, kind of like she blogs about whatever she likes, but the essence is still food!

  3. The L's Mum
    21/05/2015 / 8:33 am

    I keep meaning to purchase this book, it sounds like just what I need to read at the moment. I’m hoping to meet some of my blogging buddies soon, I fell like I already know them but have never met. I think you have defined a food blogger exactly as I would. I also write about food, post recipes and photographs but i wouldn’t class myself as a food blogger because I’m not consistent, I definitely fall under the parenting blogger. Great post and glad you finally got to meet your old friend 🙂 #BrilliantBlogPosts

  4. 21/05/2015 / 10:25 am

    Aw I want to come next time, so wonderful to connect with blogging friends isn’t it. I say bloggers shouldn’t feel restricted and should blog what they like and when, if naturally that means more of one genre than the other, fine but always feel free. I blog about all my passions. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

  5. 21/05/2015 / 3:17 pm

    Lovely picture ladies, it sounds like you have had a fab time together and the little ones got on so well. 🙂 It must have been so nice to know each other so well that when you met it was just like catching up with an old friend, I think that’s one of the things I love so much about the blogging community. It’s just such a lovely place to meet and get to know people – probably a lot better than you may know some other “real” people in your life. Ray xx #brillblogposts

  6. Carol Cameleon
    12/07/2015 / 9:10 pm

    Wow, lovely that you both got to meet! I have to admit that I don’t tend to ‘get’ foodie blogs much but the photography is definitely a winner (hence why I’m drawn to yours Mel!) A pretty picture of food is definitely something every foodie blogger should strive for. And/or good vlogs 🙂

    • Mel
      13/07/2015 / 10:41 am

      Thank you so much my lovely, it means a lot! It was great meeting Reneé; she is one amazing lady.

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