As with all things in life, blogs change and evolve over time. When I first started writing here four years ago, I had been blogging on my little travel blog for six years – seeing the world and telling my friends and family all about my travel adventures. Kat of the Orient started in a small industrial town in China, in the days when blogging was seen as a bit weird, long before twitter existed and when Facebook was starting in a few select universities. It’s crazy to think that more than ten years on, this activity that I have done generally on a weekly basis since August 2004 is now seen as totally normal, almost as a given for those of us who love to write as a hobby and an absolute must for those writing as a profession.
When I first got engaged and set up Lady Loves Cake, Kat of the Orient had dwindled to the occasional post about my travels or an album of pictures from London when I had something interesting to put up. Life had changed. My career had taken a big knock thrice during the recession and I no longer had the money to pack things up and jet off every few months. I had to really tighten my belt and change my ideas about what was possible on my new purse. The summer I started Lady Loves Cake was the first “staycation” Mr Man and I had ever taken and I was really enjoying exploring London in ways I hadn’t thought to before.
This little piece of the internet gave me the motivation to pick myself up and meet friends in different parts of London. A cup of coffee wasn’t going to break the bank and it was a great way to discover new things while still enjoying what I loved the most – great tastes, socialising and seeing stuff. Sometimes you don’t have to leave where you are to discover life – this is particularly true in London and was a massive lesson to the girl who thought that the only way to improve yourself was to pick up your backpack and go to the most “off the beaten track” place possible, writing in your diary about things like the conversation you’d had with the Tibetan monk you met in the snowy foothills on the Indian edge of the Himalayas.
Four years on, I have fallen in love with London over and over and over again. Thanks to this blog I have met some fascinating people, seen and learned so much, and most of all, have made some incredible friends. In that time I have become a UK citizen, got married to the male version of me (though he’s slightly calmer!!!), had and got to know a gregarious little munchkin then seen London through her eyes, and am now expecting her sibling in 10 weeks or so. There are even bigger changes to come but until I’ve sorted a few things out and have confirmed dates for other things, I can’t discuss them on here.
In the meantime however, I am going to gradually hand the London part of LLC over to my friend Ed, aka, Gentleman Loves Cake. He will eventually become the main London contributor to Lady Loves Cake and we plan to turn this into something that we think will be really cool. Until at least March I will still write about my London adventures on here too but they’re going to be slightly limited come November so he will take over as the main person until I am ready to reveal what’s next. I think you’ll like what we have planned. We’re both really excited about this.
You may remember Ed from various guest posts:
But if you’re on Twitter, he is very friendly and would love for you to say hi! Follow him on @TeddyCHolmes
So next time, you shall hear from him. Sound good?