Emily is an editor, blogger and a massive fan of the outdoors. She has recently launched her new website britcrowd.com, which explores Britain from a unique perspective and offers plenty of lifestyle and travel ideas.
1. Can you tell us a bit about your background and what inspired you to start your new blog The Brit Crowd?
I spent the past ten years of my career working as a journalist and producer for the BBC before deciding to go it alone and try some new things. I’ve always been the entrepreneurial type and felt that now was the perfect time to try something new!
One of the new projects is The Brit Crowd – I’ve always loved the British outdoors (my favourite hobbies include running, riding and travelling) and it dawned on me late last year that there really isn’t a dedicated website or blog to seeing a more unique side to Britain – the unusual festivals, the fabulous accommodation and the incredible cities and countryside. So I decided to set up the Brit Crowd for Brits as well as tourists around the world to see why this country is just so fantastic and well worth a visit!
2. Which one of your blog articles are you most proud of and why?
I’ve got some great blogs coming up – I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some great places in the UK and I think my trip to Rhossili Bay in Wales (near Swansea) was a definite highlight. Being part-Welsh I’m proud of my Welsh roots but disappointed I’ve seen so little of this amazing country! So made it my mission to visit some of the highlights and this beach definitely didn’t disappoint. It’s won so many awards I’ve lost count and the landscape is just incredible! Read blog post here.
3. Where do you feel most inspired to write?
One of the great things about the world today is the invention of laptops and the ability to write wherever you are. I absolutely love sitting in little cafes, bars and in hotels and B&B’s when I’m away, getting inspired from things around me. But I’m also equally happy to be at home, at my desk with all my photos surrounding me of some of the amazing trips!
4. Where do you see The Brit Crowd in 5 years time?
I’m really hoping that it will be a great source for people travelling to and around the UK. I don’t want it to be a guide book – but a source of inspiration for people who might be thinking of going abroad or aren’t thinking of the UK as a holiday destination and to actually make them think ‘I want to go there!’ – I’ve even surprised myself with what the UK has to offer, it’s incredible, and I hope to continue sharing it with people around the world.
5. What advice can you give to people who wish to start their own blog?
I’m only at the start of the journey myself, but the biggest piece of advice I can give is be completely honest with your audience. Don’t ever fabricate stories because they’ll get you more stats, or pretend to be something you’re not. Trust is the most important thing a blogger can get from a reader, and if you lose their trust…. well you might as well not be blogging.
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6. Can you tell us something about your favourite UK holiday destination
Where do I begin? I think if I had to choose just one place to holiday for the rest of my life it would have to be the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. The coastline is so dramatic and beautiful, and there are some fabulous secluded spots. I love to drive – and it’s one of my favourite places to go to explore and do some ‘proper’ driving! It pretty much has everything – fabulous restaurants, hotels and scenery. What more could you want?
7. What is your favourite sport?
I absolutely adore horse riding. I’ve been a rider since the age of 4 and it’s in my blood now – I’ll never stop! I was fortunate enough to get the chance to ride in the Lake District this year on a beach, which was just out of this world. Definitely up there with some of the world’s best horse rides.
8. You have the chance to time travel to any event in history. Which one do you choose and why
I think I would have loved the sixties in London. So many new things going on and the fashion was fantastic! It seemed like a great time to be a teenager and living on the Kings Road, with the cool bars, new music and shopping of course!
9. What is your favourite quote?
I don’t really have a favourite quote, as I find a lot of things I read incredibly inspiring. But something that made me stop and think was from a tweet a friend posted around December last year and it read: “Making a big life change is pretty scary. But know what’s even scarier? Regret”. And that kind of stuck with me as I was making some pretty big decisions of my own!
10. What do you sing in the shower?
Anything by Supergrass! Home-grown band from my home town!