• Han Butler

Bloggers Uncensored: with Artisan Traveller

Updated: Jul 23, 2019

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Welcome to this weeks Bloggers Uncensored! This is my longest running blog series, and definitely my favourite. This series is a perfect opportunity to read your favourite bloggers' honest and uncensored opinions on real life topics, and to discover new bloggers that you can start following! This weeks blogger is Chris from Artisan Traveller.

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Chris Durning and I run the website Artisan Traveller along with my wife Ali. We started the website in 2017 aiming to provide a guide through reviews of all things related to food and travel.

We both began travelling as soon as we met back in 2007. Our adventures have taken us all the way across the world. Back then, there were very few review sites or blogs containing key information on restaurants or places of interest abroad. This is the main reason that we began the website to help fellow travellers and food enthusiasts.

Why do you write?

I write because I enjoy giving a picture to the reader. It's also rewarding to be able to help and inspire those who may not have thought to travel or who are travelling for the first time.

In terms of food, it is a passion of mind that has steadily grown throughout the years, To give my readers a sense of where I enjoy going to eat or uncovering a hidden gem is something that I really think can be helpful. Also, it can help the owner of that eatery in terms of promotion and publicity for their business.

Why did you start blogging?

I began blogging sporadically in 2009 after viewing a blog called 'European Football Weekends' about a man named Danny Last who would take cheap flights around Europe watching football matches.

It seemed like an amazing way to see different games and stadiums (I am a football geek at heart) but also have a weekend away in a foreign city. This then evolved to include food and the football gradually disappeared but still makes the odd appearance in my writing.

What do you love about the blogging world/community?

I love the togetherness and the diversity of people's blogs. Many provide articles on various places to eat, recipes, tips while travelling etc that are so useful. There is a lot of very inspiring content to give people the urge to try new experiences.

What do you hate about the blogging world/community?

Those who crave instant success. Blogging takes time and commitment. You have to build a following, an audience that will keep returning time and time again to read your content. Some of the top bloggers out there have been going for decades and have just started to see the rewards.

In your opinion, who are the most underrated bloggers?

I really enjoy reading thenottinghamfoodblog.com hosted by @myfoodhunt. Marcus is always heading around Nottingham, a city local to me, trying some really good places out.

Also I love Parnell The Chef's recipes, inspired by South America, particularly Argentina. (@ParnellChef)

What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?

Life can make you feel on top of the world one moment and bring you crashing back down the next. It's how you react to the low points that defines how life pans out.

What does freedom mean to you?

Freedom in a blogging sense is a great asset to have. To restrict yourself to one style or one focus point isn't as effective as keeping an open mind.

What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?

Mental health is in a good place as there is so much awareness around the subject in today's world. It's sad that it has taken so many high profile tragedies in order for mental heath to gain a higher standing in society. I think the more that people speak about it, the more comfortable it becomes for those in need of help to speak out.

What are your thoughts on feminism and how it's portrayed in today's society?

I believe equality is important, especially in the modern world. What I don't agree with is feminists who use the title to use it against men. As the saying goes, and eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

What are your thoughts on 'Love is Love' and how it's portrayed in today's society?

As long as people are happy in their own skin and with whoever they fall in love and not hurting anyone else, that's alright by me. I believe in society this is very much the general attitude.

What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?

Remove yourself from the environment that is causing any suffering. Always have something to look forward to, no matter how big or small. Take up a new hobby to occupy your mind and to provide a welcome distraction. Stimulation for the mind is one of the key things to overcoming mental illness, I believe.

What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied or harassed?

Depending on the severity, seek the help of either family or police. Nobody should be subjected to either of these situations.

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Hatred. I think there have been enough high profile instances in recent years to justify the need to erase hatred for the greater good of the world.

What else do you feel strongly about?

I feel that hard work should be rewarded on merit. Many people try to take the underhand approach to get ahead in life. Those who work for it should get the rewards in my opinion.

Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions:

Love or money?

Love - as the song goes "Money can't buy me love"

Work hard or play hard?

Both - but if I had to choose I'd opt for play hard.

Cups in the cupboard: right side up or upside down?

Right side up, saves turning them around the correct way.

Chocolate or sex?

Good luck trying to start a family with a chocolate bar! I'll go for sex.

Plan everything or wing it?

I usually plan things but the spontaneity of winging it is often a good thing.

Happiness or money?

Happiness of course.

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There's a new blogger every Sunday at 5pm, see you there!

Love, Han


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