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Chic Spotlight: "Will Fly For Food" Blogger Christina Baita

Chic Spotlight: Will Fly for Food Blogger Christina Baita
She blogs about her life in the skies and the food in her belly. Learn more about this blog that will give you wings — and a hunger for healthy food.

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Cincy Chic
: What do you do professionally outside of your blog?

Christina Baita, author of
Will Fly for Food:
I am a flight attendant and a wife and mother. My husband and son come with me when they can. So that makes the job easier, even when following me around is not always so.

 

Cincy Chic: When did you start your blog?

Baita:
Wow! This is actually a hard one for me to answer. I actually started with my first blog, Nearly the Bionic Woman, after my kidney transplant in 2007. I still write on it, however, [now] it's about medical topics that I research for myself and others and can get too serious. I went back and saw that the anniversary for my self-hosted version of the Will Fly For Food blog on Wordpress was May 19, 2009. It was on the free version of Wordpress for a while before that and has changed names a couple of times.

 

Cincy Chic: Why did you start your blog?

Baita:
I started the blog to do something fun, talk about the travel industry, offer tips and share food stuff with other people.

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Cincy Chic: What's your age, and what part of town do you live in, if you don't mind sharing?

Baita:
 [Laughs.] I am not sure if age has ever bothered me. I am 36 and live in Over the Rhine in Cincinnati.

 

Cincy Chic: What gave you the idea for the concept of the blog?

Baita:
I have been a flight attendant for almost 13 years now, so that was an obvious choice for blog content — my life in the skies. I also like to cook. No, I love to cook. After the transplant, I cooked a lot and learned a lot about food and the body and the possible reasons why I have been through some of the things that I have. So, I also include food sometimes and is where the name "Will Fly For Food" came from. Actually, my friend Julie Niesen came up with the name for me.

 

Cincy Chic: So, how would you sum up what you blog about?

Baita:
I blog about things that happen within the airline industry as well as on trips that I take. I have included posts on tips, ways to get through the airport easier and how to have a better trip. I like to write about security items like the Backscatter X-ray machine and what to wear to get through faster and, recently, the changes on the CRJ700. If I find a new recipe that I think my readers may like, I try to include those, too.

 

Sometimes the writing is based on a photo or two. Sometimes, it's purely informational. I try to take a lot of photos when I am on the road to include in my posts.

 

I hope that someone finds it important! I do not seem to get a lot of comments. However, I have a lot of people that subscribe to the blog itself, so at least I know that I am not talking to myself.

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Cincy Chic: Can you share some of your favorite blog posts?

Baita:
"Aircraft Turbulence Emergency Landing"
"Have you used Priceline?"
"Not Your Ordinary Gas Stop"

 

Cincy Chic: Has the blog opened any new doors for you personally or professionally?

Baita:
Yes, of course. One thing off-hand is the day that the Cincinnati Women Bloggers had a meeting at the Cincinnati Ballet. Terry Honebrink, group relations coordinator, asked if anyone would be interested in blogging for the ballet. I knew immediately that I would love that opportunity. I have attended almost all of the performances, wrote reviews and have met so many wonderful and talented people, while living my life vicariously through the dancers. Knee replacements do not exactly allow for needed fluidity and strength of ballet.

 

The world of writing/blogging has also given me an even greater way to meet some amazing new people on the aircraft that I now follow on Twitter and Facebook. It's all very exciting.

 

Cincy Chic: What makes your blog different from other food/travel bloggers out there?

Baita:
There are a lot of travel writers out there and even quite a few flight crew that blog. The thing is that we all have different daily experiences and can share and learn from each other. Some of them make it solely about "their" lives — the good, the bad and the ugly. I try to add in things that both "regular" people and the traveling public can take away with them. A lot of the things I encounter are not even things that my co-workers experience. Some of my friends that have the same health issues can be inspired by the fact that I keep going and do not give up.

 

One of my dreams would be to be able to afford to travel more and write about how to do so with the health issues. I think that it would make a great forum for those in the same situation to know that they can do it too and how.

 

Cincy Chic: Where do you get inspired for your content?

Baita:
I can get my inspiration from anywhere. I once wrote a post while riding the 2x from Downtown Cincinnati to CVG. I was walking in my uniform and got way more offers than I needed. If only even one was worthwhile! I just thought of one while sitting at the pool with my son in the hotel. And of course, any time that I travel or cook something new.

 

Cincy Chic: What are some of your favorite blogs to read personally and professionally?

Baita:
Professionally, I like ProBlogger.com. I follow him on Twitter, too. Seems like a genuinely nice guy.

 

Others that I love include: The Obnoxious Sahm and Dairy Air Stories from 37000 ft. For food recipes, Gluten Free Girl and Girl on Raw.

 

Locally, I like to check out Kate's Random Musings, Wine Me, Dine Me, Wine Girl and Cincy Savers.

 

I really think that there would be too many to list because there are many more great ones even locally in Cincinnati, not to mention the ones that reach all the way to the Middle East and Australia!



PHOTO CREDITS
Photo courtesy of Christina Baita

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Amy Scalia, a Cincinnati native, is the editor in chief and publisher of Cincy Chic. Send her an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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