Last Updated 08/02/2017
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve compiled a ranking of the top relationship and dating bloggers in the UK.
Baggage Reclaim was created by Natalie Lue as an attempt to figure out the reason why she kept attracting ‘Mr Unavailables’. Her self-help style blog includes a weekly podcast, ‘The Baggage Reclaim Sessions’. This explores topics based on questions her readers and listeners have, and encourages women to identify why they have been suffering from relationship woes. This year Nat will also begin holding courses, including ‘How to break up’.
The urge to create Naomi Narrative stemmed from Naomi Lewis’ bad experience of a first date. Realising that she had quite a few stories to tell about dating, relationships and sex, Naomi began to blog more frequently to vent her frustrations. From giving readers relationship advice in the digital age, to recommending the best sex toys, Naomi Narrative is an essential dating guide for single females.
Paul Thomas Bell (PTB) is written from a male perspective, which aims to give readers total honestly about dating, sex and relationships. Now working alongside Naomi of Naomi Narrative as a social media marketer, PTB continues to offer an unfiltered view of dating. Content speaks both to men and women, offering advice and interviews with stars including Fred Sirieix (First Dates) and Renee Graziano (Mob Wives).
4. Simply Oloni
Simply Oloni was created in 2008 by Dami Olonisakin to discuss relationships, fashion, lifestyle, and beauty. The ‘Ask Oloni’ column gives readers the chance to submit sex and relationship questions anonymously, which are answered by Dami and sometimes featured in a full-length article to help others. Simply Oloni also runs ‘LAID BARE’, an interactive debate for opinionated and ‘sex positive’ readers to join and debate some of the questions Oloni receives.
All Sweetness and Life takes an open and honest approach, presenting readers with realistic conversations around dating, sex and relationships. Founded by Katy Horwood, a freelance writer who contributes for the Metro and Huffington Post, All Sweetness and Life gives readers advice on what to do and what not to do when dating. The blog includes discussions and feedback on topics such as cheating (from those who have been in the situation themselves), and other practical tips.
6. James Preece
Targeted at both men and women, James Preece is a dating coach and expert who provides singles with useful advice on how they can master dating and confidence. Offering ‘how to’ tips on what men and women want from a relationship, and touching on various topics such as ‘how to tell if someone is flirting with you’, James aims to help readers turn their date into a relationship.
7. Hey Saturday
As well as founding the UK’s first dating photography business, Saskia Nelson also runs Hey Saturday – a blog aimed at providing singles with dating advice. Staying true to the theme of brilliant photography, Hey Saturday uses images captured by her team of talented photographers to bring posts to life, while also stressing that appearance says a lot when it comes to online dating and finding someone you’re genuinely attracted to.
Originally from Manchester and now splitting time between London, NYC and her hometown, international matchmaker Sarah Louise Ryan’s blog gives readers expert top tips integrated in opinion pieces on the habits and behaviours of singles. Coming from a journalistic background, Sarah and her team provide an interesting take on relationships and dating trends, forcing readers to question how technology has an impact on the modern dating minefield.
Jordi Sinclair created his blog Thirty Something London after experiencing a breakup. Known in the dating community for its connection with Smudged Lipstick Events (which Jordi founded after quitting his job as Head of Marketing and PR), Thirty Something London provides practical date ideas, discussions around trending dating topics including sugar daddies and catfish, as well as a tribute to embracing single life.
10. The Guyliner
The Guyliner was created in 2010 by Justin Myers, a freelance writer and editor, to document and review all of the men he has dated (rating each of his dates out of 10 and including well-written, hilarious posts reviewing them). His blog contains excerpts from his freelance work for GQ, the Guardian Blind Date column, and other freelance projects – as well as his survival guide for being single.
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The fundamentals of working with bloggers are the same as with traditional journalists at traditional media outlets: respect their schedules; take time to read their material to learn their interests; and only contact them if/when they want to be contacted.
Vuelio’s blog ranking methodology takes into consideration social sharing, topic-related content and post frequency. Profiles of these relationship and dating blogs and their authors can be found in the Vuelio Media Database.