Last Updated 07/02/2018
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we present the people who know their dates from their prunes – the top relationship and dating bloggers in the UK:
Natalie Lue used to have low self esteem, bad boundaries, toxic relationships with emotionally unavailable people and a crippling immune system disease. Then Natalie had an awakening and her whole life dramatically changed in under a year. Now Natalie writes posts with the intention to inspire and empower people to raise their self-worth and break depleting habits – particularly around relationships. Her self-help style blog also includes a weekly podcast, ‘The Baggage Reclaim Sessions’. Natalie runs events and courses to help people take control of their lives and relationship and answer fundamental questions to unlock their happiness.
2. The Guyliner
The Guyliner was created in 2010 by Justin Myers, a freelance writer and editor, originally intended to document and review all of the men he has dated (he lined up guys then dated them). His blog now contains excerpts from his freelance work for GQ, the legendary Guardian Blind Date column called ‘Table Manners? Impeccable’ and he answers questions from his readers – all alongside date reviews. Justin is also writing two novels, and writes a range of freelance content for a variety of publications from International Business Times to Stylist.
3. Simply Oloni
Simply Oloni was created in 2008 by Dami Olonisakin to discuss relationships, fashion, lifestyle, and beauty. A prominent feature is ‘Ask Oloni’, where she answers sex and relationship questions from readers – which has become so popular that the site now receives too many to answer on the blog and has set up a private call service to help the audience out. Dami Olonisakin has also written a book (100 questions) and also covers beauty, fashion and lifestyle topics on the blog.
The urge to create Naomi Narrative came from an unbelievably crappy date. To get full closure on the horrific event, Naomi Lewis put pen to paper and started her blog. The blog then grew, she went on more dates and had more crappy experiences – and while not all dates were bad, the rubbish ones made the best content. Naomi covers dating, sex and relationships and posts include topics as diverse as ‘phubbing’, things that happen in porn that never happen in real life and reviews of dating apps. What started out as a place to vent, has turned into a one-stop-shop of all things relationship advice from someone who has the experience, and knows what she’s talking about.
Paul Thomas Bell (PTB) is a blog that’s turned it’s author Paul into a TV presenter – and he credits his blog for creating his career. Wanting to stand out, Paul ditched his football and food focus and realised very few men were writing about dating and relationships. Though he claims to be no dating expert, his blog of four years would suggest otherwise. Paul covers every aspect of dating and relationships from the first date, to sex, fights and break ups. He has also interviewed a number of high profile individuals for his PTB Meets… series. Paul is also a freelance writer with his work featuring in the likes of FHM, Marie Claire and The Telegraph.
6. Never Settle
A new entry to the ranking, Never Settle is written by Eve Greenow and was founded in 2015 after Eve got out of a toxic relationship. At the time, she was blind to the problems and it took time and courage for her to finally leave. Based on a belief that we only get one life and you owe it to yourself to be happy, Never Settle is Eve’s chance to share, not only her own experiences, but thoughts and views on the whole relationship process from dating to break-up (and everything in between). And if you’re expecting run-of-the-mill posts, you’re going to be disappointed – Never Settle tackles taboo subjects head on, including mental health, gender issues and emotional control.
Another new entry to the ranking, No Bad Dates, Just Good Stories is a Tumblr written by Lauren Crouch. Lauren started her blog after being heartbroken and doing the ‘terribly British and womanly thing of pretending I was OK’ – and she threw herself into the world of dating. Another blogger who believes that bad dates are just good stories waiting to be told, Lauren’s Tumblr is full of personal experiences as well as shorter comment posts and memes. Lauren also hosts the ‘Love Letters To My Dad’ podcast, in which she reads out letters she found that had been sent to her dad from various women between 1974 and 1982.
8. James Preece
James Preece is a self-described ‘dating influencer’ and claims to be ‘the most respected dating expert and dating coach in the UK’. With books, events and media appearances to his name, James has turned dating advice into a successful business. While he offers a range of products and services (including dating coaching packages), his blog focuses on relationship issue and dating quandaries from ‘problems nobody talks about’ to ‘dating an older man’.
‘London’s sex and dating expert’, Nixalina writes Sex and London City – another new entry to the ranking. Set up in 2011, Sex and London City includes the latest trends in fashion, beauty, dating and lingerie – as well as events in and around London. Nixalina has a background in fashion and beauty journalism and has also worked as a make-up artist in Selfridges. Popular posts often include a mix of sex advice (’15 last minute Valentine’s Day gift ideas for her’) and beauty tips (‘How to Get Mermaid Galaxy hair With Infuse My Colour Washes’), with a smattering of viral sex posts. Nixalina claims to be London’s number one Sex & Dating Expert and is referred to as London’s real-life answer to Carrie Bradshaw.
10. Hey Saturday
The only ‘corporate’ blog on the list, Hey Saturday is a company that takes pictures for people’s online dating profiles. With posts covering a variety of topics across the dating scene, Hey Saturday unsurprisingly focuses on online dating. Its posts are often accompanied with beautiful photography, thanks to founder Saskia’s belief that good photography can put pleasure back into online dating. Saskia has now been recognised for creating the genre of dating photography and is a leading expert on all things dating photo related.
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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.