This week we speak with the bloggers behind Australian food & travel blog @gastrologyco. They’re ranked #1 in Melbourne by Zomato, and their pictures and reviews certainly make us hungry. We were fortunate enough to meet them in person during our time spent in Footscray for the campaign Your Footscray.
What’s your elevator statement – who are you professionally and personally?
We travel around Australia and the world, passionately celebrating and sharing the greatest in food and wine. Yes, unfortunately we still need “real” jobs so during the day we are lawyers that work at commercial law firms in the CBD.
Tell us about a typical day working as bloggers?
Eating, drinking and travelling (repeat) and then writing, tweeting and instagramming about our experiences!
When did you first get a taste for blogging?
It all started about 7 years ago when we started really exploring Melbourne’s burgeoning food scene and we wanted a means to share amazing places that we had discovered with our family and friends. A blog seemed like a great way of sharing our experiences and it grew from there.
Which blogs from around the world do you most admire?
We love Action Bronson’s “F*&% that’s delicious”. Not quite a blog and more of a vlog, but we love his spirit and the authentic joy he feels from sharing his love of food with the world.
What tools of the trade can’t you live without?
Our DSLR and trusty iMac.
What are the biggest challenges you face? And what are the biggest opportunities?
The biggest challenge for us is (trying) to stay healthy and not giving into temptation every time a delicious opportunity presents itself (e.g. finishing all that crackling and other naughty stuff!). In terms of opportunities, we love the ability to travel and discover amazing behind the scenes experiences. As food and travel bloggers, we have had some amazing opportunities – including going behind the scenes in Burgundy in France where we were guided through amazing 18th century underground wine cellars in St Emilion, constantly meeting amazing chefs and restaurateurs and being involved in judging dishes for restaurant competitions.
Tell us which blog piece or project you are proudest of?
Our proudest project is being ambassadors for CARE Australia and being able to assist with sharing their vision to fight poverty.
What’s been the biggest change to blogging since you posted your first piece?
The biggest change has been the sheer growth of the blogging community and how passionate everyone in the general community now is about food and discovering the next best thing.
What tip would you give to someone thinking of starting a blog?
The best tip we can give is to be disciplined and ensure that you create content regularly (we aim for at least one blog post a day to keep our readers interested). But most importantly, do it because you love it!
What tips do you wish you’d known before creating your blog account?
Register a domain name and have your own website. You get a lot more creative control that way.
Finish this sentence: ‘Communication is…’
In the words of Brian Tracy, “Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.”