A unique perspective can sometimes be exactly what it takes to make a blog stand out and raise up above the clutter. Combine that with a true talent and eye for beautiful design and you've got the recipe for blog success which is exactly why so many people have fallen in love with The Artful Desperado (myself included).
Not only is Gabriel our first Canada-based blogger to be featured on Blog Society, he's also the first male blogger we've profiled and we love his fresh and honest outlook. His interview below provides some top advice including some hard hitting truth about getting away from your computer and really living in the moment....enjoy.
Describe your blog in 3 words…
Spicy Creative Hub
What is your blogging manifesto?
To truly embrace the art of living, that is with food, art, design, and everything else that makes your eyes water with joy.
Top 3 blogging essentials?
Camera, Photoshop, Sketchbook for post ideas (which come without notice!)
My biggest blogging moment/milestone was....
Traveling to Australia! I was invited as part of a group of North American bloggers to explore the Aussie culture. I just couldn't believe it when they sent me the invite! I kept running around in circles like a chihuahua chasing its tail, and thought to myself "I must be doing something right!". My dream collaboration would be?
An art and food photoshoot with Maggie Ruggiero and Theo Vamvounakis, the food stylist and prop stylist in residence of Gather Journal. Seriously, my chest bumps like a dryer with shoes in it just thinking of them.
Right now I'm listening to...
St. Lucia! Love their happy-colourful-dancey tunes. Perfect to get sh*t done while shaking booty.
Best piece of advice to a newbie blogger?
Get off your computer! (once your posts are done, obvs!). The best sources of inspiration are not on Pinterest, they're in restaurants, books, movies, parks, concerts, everywhere! As much as the internet is helpful, it will never compare to how much your senses can absorb from living the moment.
If I wasn't blogging I'd be...
Lost. Honestly, blogging has freed me from the fear of trying new things. It's been super rewarding to explore a bunch of different creative (uncharted) territories. Also, I'd probably be stuck in some kitchen eating all the goodies by myself. Like. No.
Behind the scenes of my blog looks like...
A sharknado attack! As much as I'd like to say that I am an insanely organized blogger, I'm totally not. I do have ideas in a sketchbook and somewhat of an editorial calendar, but most things just happen very "spur of the moment". I am known for going to parties after a photoshoot with meringue smirred in my mustachio (hawt!), so things can get crazy. Crazy fun!
In 2014 I'm most excited about...
New creative projects for the summer! I find summer brings a huge wave of ideas that are just too good to pass, I already have a few lined up for food typography and lifestyle profiles. OH! also a new blog redesign which will strip down everything but the content, basically my online home is getting big renos. Woop woop!