Last Updated 11/03/2020.
At number one for another year is Andrew Mangan’s Arsenal FC-focused (what else did you think it would be focusing on?) blog. If you’re a Gunners fan, you’ll find live blogs of Arsenal matches, detailed commentary as well as news and predictions for upcoming games. Want more from your football favourites? Listen in to the Arsecast podcast, or become a member of the blog for merchandise discounts, the scuttlebutt on events and ticket releases as well as exclusive content.
Launched back in 2008 by author/journo/playwright Phil Mac Giolla Bháin, his eponymous blog originally covered Scottish football. He has since used the blog to break many stories, some beyond his original focus, and has campaigned for social justice for more than 35 years as both a journalist and writer. He also doesn’t shy away from controversial or heavy subjects in blog posts today, recently having written about the potential impact COVID-19 could have on Scottish football.
Here you’ll find the latest fashion, beauty and travel tips from former model Pippa O’Connor Ormond, who’s also the founder of her own denim fashion line and scented candle collection. Pippa’s style is all over the blog, in its fashion and beauty picks just in time for payday, Spring wedding guest dresses you’ll actually wear again and new finds picked out for readers. If you’re on a budget, deals in the high street also feature on the blog as well as ideas for making good use of your full wardrobe (biker boots with dresses? Why not).
If music is your thing, journalist and DJ Niall Byrne’s blog Nialler9 is for you. Bigging up Irish music being made across the world since its launch in November 2005, this Dublin-based blog has festival news, gig guides in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and beyond, details of new music releases and playlists to download on the go. Niall knows his music, having held curated events as well as DJing regularly at monthly club night Lumo. If you can’t make it out to the club, get your fix of Irish music online, easy.
5. Dolly Dowsie
Dolly Dowsie has grown from its start in 2013 as a digital scrapbook for Fiona Naughton’s family and now focuses on all aspects of parenting, including kid-friendly holidays, cooking with your children and even moving house. You’ll also find lifestyle, interiors, beauty, health and baking features as well as recipes to try with the family. Fiona loves photography, DIY projects, cooking, flowers and shabby chic, making this a stylish online destination as well as a practical one.
This blog from qualified journalist and intrepid traveller Janet Newenham was created to capture all of her ‘travels and adventures, my career growth and career failure, and keeping track of all the goals I have achieved and the many more which have yet to be accomplished’. Originally inspired after reading the short story Another Check Mark On the List from Chicken Soup for the Soul, Janet’s ‘bucket list for life’ has allowed her to chronicle ticking off her own goals, ‘learning loads, smiling loads, making loads more amazing friends. I see life as one big adventure, so come join me and let’s have some fun!’
Qualified nutritional therapist – and 2003 Miss World beauty competition winner – Rosanna Davison is passionate about bringing her evidence-based approach to food, health and wellness to the public. Each recipe and health tip shared with her blog readership is trialled and tested by Rosanna and is designed to help reach the highest of health and beauty potentials. If that’s something you’re hungry for, grab up her suggestions for breakfasts, salads, main meals, smoothies, spreads, snacks, dips, dressings and even desserts.
Created in 2010 by Suzanne Jackson, SoSueMe shares fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle content with its huge readership. Suzanne’s influence has previously been compared to Kate Middleton by The Sunday Independent and she is considered as a top Irish influencer when it comes to fashion and beauty. Hardly surprising for the founder and CEO of popular beauty brand SOSUbySJ. If you’re inspired by Suzanne’s style, you can even emulate it by checking out the What I Wore section and picking up the products and threads she recommends.
9. Cuddle Fairy
‘There’s positivity around every corner’ is the MO of this blog from creator and writer Becky O’Haire. Hailing from New York, Becky is now based in County Mayo with her family and ‘loves writing about everything’, so you’ll find a mix of upbeat topics. This blogger’s journey into positive thinking started after a 24 hour ‘no complaints’ challenge – if you’re thinking of taking part yourself, surrounding yourself with happier fare you can find on Cuddle Fairy is a good start.
Aiming to pick apart how technology transforms society, this news blog delves into governments, business, and citizens to analyse the ethical, social and philosophical implications of tech. Founded in September 2010 by Darren McCarra and Piers Scott, Sociable is now one of the most popular technology blogs in Ireland. With a team of writers now headed up by editor Tim Hinchliffe, posts focus on social, web, mobile and science as well as columns on cryptocurrencies. There is also advice on how to use tech, with tips on using audience marketing in digital campaigns and embracing tech in social connectivity, so it’s worth making a connection with Sociable.
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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