Tikichris will be featured in this week’s Media Updates. Author Chris Osburn spoke to Cision about his love of London, targeting his audience and working with PRs.
Why should people read your blog?
I’ve been blogging at tikichris.com since 2006. It’s a London lifestyle blog with an American perspective. Tikichris is photo-rich and celebrates all the stuff I love. It’s full of food and drink recommendations, event listings, and travel advice – all from a firsthand perspective.
I reckon I’ve been blogging and working as a freelance journalist long enough to have developed some good contacts along with a decent understanding of what makes London great. My blog is a handy resource for Londoners and folks planning to visit. More and more it’s becoming a great place to read about travel too.
Also, I post a lot of giveaways and specials offers to show my readers how much I appreciate their support and to share some of all this fun I’m having, with them.
What’s the most important issue in your blogosphere?
I try to make a living via blogging. It’s fun but extremely challenging and sometimes feels like an all-consuming way of life with little downtime. The main issue for me is making sure the blog makes money while keeping the content engaging for readers and interesting for me.
What’s your favourite blog and why?
That’s a tough one. I really have no idea. I guess my favourite blogs are the ones by closest friends and family or by people who inspire me.
In general, I like blogs that feature plenty of photographs, and I prefer to read about things I can experience for myself (rather than about something somebody else did and I won’t get to). That’s a goal of my blog: let people in on things they could do themselves instead of only things I got to do.
How often do you aim to post?
I publish fresh content daily.
I’ve been running my London Daily Photos series for about seven years on tikichris. So, at the very least, you can expect to see a new photo posted there every day. London is a sublime and visually arresting city (if often in very subtle ways) and I love trying to share my love for it through photography.
Other than the daily photo, I usually get around to publishing another post or two on most days, sometimes more than that. Mondays tend to be the days with the most posts.
How do you feel about guest posts?
I welcome guest submissions as long as they’re relevant to my blog and well-written (having good images is a plus as well).
Adventures and opportunities related to blogging seem to just keep getting bigger and better for me. I’m keen to bring on some regular contributors who can attend to some of the things I have to put to the side or turn down because I’m so busy.
How does a good PR work with you?
A good PR gets to know me and my motivations for blogging, and doesn’t try to pigeonhole me or assume I’m happy to tag along with the rest of the crowd.
What do PRs do that’s bad?
They assume I’m happy to tag along with the rest of the crowd. Blogging is an outlet for my own individual expression. Honour that in some way or another and we’ll have a beautiful and long-lasting relationship.