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An independent blog dedicated to Arsenal fans from across the globe, Arseblog was created by Dublin-based author, voice-over artist and podcaster, Andrew Mangan. The blog was founded in 2002 as an outlet to write about Arsenal every day, providing fans with regular updates and a twice-weekly Arsenal podcast titled Arsecast. The award-winning blog and its team of dedicated writers continue to entertain fans with game and performance commentary, Arsenal updates and news, and the joint podcast with James from Gunnerblog.
Created by author, journalist and playwright Phil Mac Giolla Bhain, the self-titled blog covers Celtic football news which includes news on takeovers and match updates, and on occasions, articles on social issues. Since starting the blog in 2008, Phil has been consistent in posting engaging content on Celtic football and covering some of the lesser known intricacies of football news, sparking much debate from readers. Phil’s blog was the Fans’ Choice Winner for Best International Football Blog at the Football Blogging awards last year.
3. So Sue Me
Launched and authored by Suzanne Jackson, So Sue Me is ‘a one stop shop for celebrity fashion, beauty and lifestyle’ stories. Created in 2010, So Sue Me has grown to become one of the most influential fashion and lifestyle sites in Ireland. After getting engaged at the end of 2015, Sue launched her wedding planning blog in 2016 to share her experiences and to interact with other brides-to-be. So Sue Me focuses on a wide variety of topics and has helped Suzanne to launch her own beauty range, while maintaining her position as Ireland’s most influential fashion and beauty blogger.
Award-winning AN SIONNACH FIONN (ASF) is an Irish Republican news and opinion blog which delivers commentary on politics, culture, history, national and international news stories. Since being launched in 2011, ASF has become an influential Irish outlet, focusing on focal points in current affairs, such as talk of a reunited Ireland, the politics of Brexit Britain, and other issues and news that affect the socio-economic environment in Ireland.
Founded in 2014 by chef Liam Boland, BiaMaith is one of Ireland’s fasting growing food blogs. It aims to provide readers with quick and easy family recipes which won’t break the bank. In 2015 BiaMaith also launched their bestselling e-book, Good Food Made Simple. The blog currently has three authors who provide recipes for mouth-watering healthy foods, including Tomato Keema Curry, Cauliflower Cheese Soup, and desserts such as the Toblerone Cheesecake. As well as providing a multitude of recipes from its contributing chefs, the blog also features gadget reviews for the kitchen, and useful videos to help readers improve their preparation and cooking techniques.
Dublin-based journalist and TV panellist turned blogger Rosemary Mac Cabe created her self-titled blog as an outlet to share her personal style, rants, weight loss journey and general lifestyle updates. The personal tone and inspirational articles throughout the blog keeps readers coming back for more, focussing on a variety of subjects and sensitive issues, such as ‘My mooncup sucked out my coil’, advice on how to cope with depression, and ‘I didn’t report my rapist: here’s why’.
Mother of four Kellie Kearney established her parenting, lifestyle and travel blog, My Little Babog to provide honest parenting tales, including all of the successes and fails. Kellie updates her followers with easy to make recipes for parents to try with their kids, what it’s like to have two toddlers, and simple parenting hacks that everyone can use. My Little Babog also has a series on the blog which features some of her readers’ and other bloggers’ birth stories, to give readers an idea of what they can expect. Another interesting series on the blog is ‘Meet the Mumtreprenuer’ which includes spotlight interviews with other mums who have started their own business.
The m0vie blog was created by Darren Mooney in 2009 as a place for him to write about movies and popular culture. The m0vie blog differs from other film blogs as instead of using a star rating, when writing a ‘non-review review’, Darren prefers to write about the things that he liked and disliked about a particular film. As well as featuring film reviews and breakdowns, the m0vie blog also includes the occasional theatre review.
While pregnant with her son in 2013, former model Pippa O’Connor Ormond decided to create a fashion blog as a hobby. Due to the success of her self-titled blog, Pippa’s following increased, making her one of Ireland’s most significant social influencers. Pippa has now expanded to include beauty, travel and lifestyle, and the blog also gives readers the opportunity to shop Pippa’s style, providing a range of options from retailers and brands including Harrods, Needle & Thread, River Island, Jen’s Pirate Booty, ASOS, Chicwish, and more.
Model and winner of the 2012 Celebrity Come Dine with Me Ireland, Rozanna Purcell is the author behind Natural Born Feeder. Rozanna developed the blog in 2013 out of a love for cooking and a need to share her healthy eating recipes with the world. As an advocate and strong believer in the use of whole foods, Rozanna avoids any processed goods and foods containing additives. Her blog is also easily broken down by recipe type, to help readers find exactly what they are looking for.
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 Irish blogs and their authors can be found in the Vuelio Media Database.
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