Emma Mykytyn : A day in the life of a foodie blogger

Emma Mykytyn : A day in the life of a foodie blogger

In our new ‘A day in the life of…’ series we’ll be going behind the scenes and finding out what some of the UK’s diverse jobs are really like. Ever wondered what eating and drinking in foodie places around Scotland for a living must be like? Well you’re in luck. First up is a friend of Inclusive Networks Emma Mykytyn a.k.a Glasgow Foodie. She’s been blogging since 2007.

I should be really smug, I eat food and travel, but I’m not. On the outside it’s an ideal life: I don’t need to be up and out for a mind-numbing 9-5; I get to travel a fair bit and eat at the newest places in Glasgow and Edinburgh. OK, it is a great gig! Just let me tell you about the indigestion and lack of time (OK, the motivation) to go to the gym!

Most days the first thing I do is just the same as everyone else in the world, checking those emails. Seeing what is new in the world and if anyone is needing an answer to a question quickly. Whilst emails are downloading, I’ll pop open a few more tabs and take a peek at Twitter and Facebook, this is where the day soon disappears… aww cat videos…must…pull…away…

I have a huge whiteboard in the room with a ‘to do’ list on it, new places to visit, images to be tweaked, copies of receipts and more. Basically my brain written down. It can get a bit messy!

Most of my time is taken up re-sizing images and putting together the copy for the site. It can take a good chunk of the day, if the computer is playing nice, to get a post together the way I want it. I also get my partner Mark to check if he wants to add anything to it before scheduling each post.

“If I have a meal to review, I’ll sort myself out to try and look like I haven’t sat in my pyjamas all day!”

By this point it’s lunch time and if I’m lucky I’ll be meeting up with someone who wants to talk about food, be it a PR person or restaurant wanting to pick our brains about something or simply chilling out with a friend in a local café. It can be a varied life and it’s good, no two days are the same!

After lunch it’s back to the house, maybe sorting some graphics for a widget on the site, scheduling posts, scheduling tweets. A lot of time is spent on admin of this kind – the less glamourous side of the job. It’s been a great job to learn new skills. From putting together pitches to editors to getting my head around Photoshop.

If I have a meal to review, I’ll sort myself out to try and look like I haven’t sat in my pyjamas all day! I’ll check over their menu and head out. After a couple of hours it’s back to the house. Look out the rennies, have a mint tea and download the images ready for tomorrow.

Pull up the iPad, check emails, Instagram and twitter, then onto my guilty pleasure of Reddit. De-stress by not thinking about food and hoping that a rough red wine doesn’t come back to haunt me!

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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