Tell All Tuesday Featured Blogger- Erin Smith of Gluten-Free Fun & Gluten-Free Globetrotter!
Published August 27, 2013
I am very excited to introduce you to one of my favorite NYC gluten-free girls…Erin!! This awesome girl has been gluten-free longer than most of us and is very educated. Her positive outlook on celiac disease is my absolute favorite thing about her!
Please tell everyone a little about yourself.
My name is Erin Smith and I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1981 which means I have been eating gluten-free for as long as I can remember. I feel that my very early diagnosis saved my life and made me who I am today. I have a unique perspective of growing up in the gluten-free community. I am passionate about sharing my experience and expertise with others. After living a gluten-free life for more than 32 years, I am a strong advocate for the celiac community. You can read my entire celiac story here. I am also the lead organizer of the New York City Celiac Meetup group, a group of almost 1700 members who socialize, learn about being gluten-free, and most importantly eat safely in our wonderful city!
Please tell me about your gluten-free blog.
I write two blogs: Gluten-Free Fun and Gluten-Free Globetrotter. Gluten-Free Fun is a lifestyle blog where I share stories about growing up with Celiac Disease, give product reviews, make event announcements, and share research about celiac. Gluten-Free Globetrotter focuses on traveling the world with celiac disease. I have been to more than 20 states, 16 countries, and 3 continents all while maintaining a gluten-free diet. I share my travel stories and have many guest posters from others with Celiac who are not afraid to travel.
How long have you been blogging?
I started my blog, Gluten-Free Fun in 2007 when there weren’t many gluten-free blogs on the internet yet. In 2011, I started Gluten-Free Globetrotter while on a vacation in Prague, Czech Republic.
Why did you start a gluten-free blog?
I started Gluten-Free Fun because I had a dear friend who encouraged me to tell my story and share my lifelong, gluten-free experiences through writing. My unique perspective of growing up gluten-free without any resources like the internet also encouraged me to share my story so I could help others struggling with a new diagnosis. I started writing Gluten-Free Globetrotter because I wanted to encourage others with celiac to travel. There are so many amazing places to see in this world and I don’t want anyone to miss these experiences because of celiac.
What makes your blog different than anyone else’s?
I think growing up gluten-free with Celiac disease makes me stand out amongst other gluten-free bloggers. I basically do not know any other way to live except being gluten-free. Every vacation, every life milestone, every day of my life since I was 2 1/2 years old I have been gluten-free! I am thriving and living a good life and I wanted to encourage others that life goes on with celiac disease.
What would you like to see with your gluten-free blog in the future?
I would love to continue meeting people through both blogs. With Gluten-Free Globetrotter I would like to expand my outreach to continue creating gluten-free itineraries for people and specialized gluten-free tours across the world.
What do you love about gluten-free blogging most?
I have met so many amazing people in real life and virtually through my blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. Even though I grew up with Celiac, I love the support I get from others on the internet. I didn’t have this kind of support group in the 1980s so the internet continues to educate me and introduce me to new products. I have experienced many great conferences, events, and more through my blog. Also, I’ve made some really awesome friends literally from across the globe that I don’t think I would have ever met without my blog.
Do you do giveaways? If so, what was your favorite giveaway?
I do tons of giveaways including products, cookbooks, and more. My favorite giveaway winners are always people who were newly diagnosed. They are so excited and so grateful for their prize.
Tell me some of your favorite gluten-free blogs that you read.
I am embarrassed to say that read hundreds of gluten-free blogs. Thank goodness for my RSS reader! My favorites are blogs that keep upbeat, positive messages and don’t turn having celiac into a pity party.