For the past two years, I’ve been writing for Spotted By Locals, which is a series of mobile and online city guides. As a “spotter” – that’s what us writers are called – I write about my favourite locations in my city, Rotterdam. I don’t get paid for it. It doesn’t make me famous (yet). So why do I do it? Simply put – because I enjoy writing, so writing for Spotted By Locals gives me an opportunity to practice my writing skills. And I like living in Rotterdam, so I see it as a valuable service to the visitors, giving them up-to-date insider’s information on the coolest spots in town. After all, I use Spotted By Locals a lot myself, and without it my visit to Vienna, for example, would have been much less exciting.
Most of the spots I write about are free, and many of my articles are about the hidden green sites of Rotterdam, places like De Esch or Schoonoord. Rotterdam is a harbour city, an industrial city, not the “greenest” place around. Personally, I think that means there’s even greater need to cherish and explore the green areas that do exist here, and preserve the little nature we do have.