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Last Updated 24/03/2016

1. Mad about the house
If you are mad about interiors, then you better visit this blog. It’s got ideas that range from mild to wild and visuals that make you want to redecorate. Author and interiors journalist, Kate Watson-Smyth, uses a friendly, conversational tone that puts readers at the heart of every home.

2. Dear Designer’s Blog

Author Carole King started this blog in 2009 as a way to create her ‘own little library of loveliness.’ The library she created helped her to then start up a digital interiors magazine. The Dear Designer blog remains her first love and boasts an extensive blogroll.

3. The Design Sheppard

Author Stacey Sheppard calls the blog her ‘online home’ and you are invited in. This blog stands out from others on the list for the functional yet beautiful ideas it offers – like for real homes.

4. Design Hunter

Launched in 2009, author Helen Powell’s Design Hunter is now an award-winning design and lifestyle blog with a focus on understated luxury and enduring modern design.

5. Love Chic Living

Author Jen Stanbrook has been busy writing a series about loft conversions and at other times, picking up awards including the Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Best Interiors Blog award! Jen shows off her ‘insatiable love of home decor, interior design and home accessories’ through the blog that first started out in 2012.

6. Fresh Design Blog

The name says it all – it’s a fresh take on interiors. This blog offers ideas  and inspiration for the modern and contemporary home and does so keeping costs in mind. Palm reading wallpaper, back to school bargains, geometric coffee cup sets…you get the gist?

7. Abigail Ahern

Recognised amongst design aficionados and devotees, Abigail Ahern’s blog is still one of the most influential interior design blogs out there and is a regular in our Top 10!

8. Sophie Robinson

Sophie has worked interior design for over 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge about the industry. Over the years Sophie has made a name for herself and appeared on BBC2’s The Great Interior Design Challenge.

9. HomeShoppingSpy

Featuring an array of different writers this blog features the latest decorating looks to the best new home-improvement ideas, plus new products from high-street stores that will help you to create your ideal home.

10. WowHaus

This is a blog that picks out the best and most interesting properties on the market. The properties featured on the site are very stylish with stunning architecture.   

 

 

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 interior design blogs and their authors can be found in the Vuelio Media Database.

 

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Blogger Spotlight: Jen Stanbrook, Love Chic Living

Blogger Spotlight with Jen Stanbrook, author of a leading interior design blog, Love Chic Living. Jen spoke to us about the new redesign her site has just undergone, winning the Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Best Interiors Blog award, working with PRs and the fingers she’s got crossed for her debut on live television.  

Jen StanbrookWhat’s new on the LOVE CHIC LIVING blog? One of the newest features showcasing on the blog at the moment is a series of posts following our loft conversion. I wanted to show people how the process works right from engaging an architect and finding the  builder onto what you can do with the space and what it will cost. The work is only just starting but there’s been a lot of interest so far, so I’m looking forward to sharing it as the months go on.

The blog had a makeover earlier this year with a much more contemporary, yet easy to navigate style which I hope reflects the content much more than before. Being nominated for Best Designed Blog in the Amara Interior Awards last month has really made me happy. Fingers crossed for the next stage!

Why should people read your blog? What makes it different to other interior design blogs? I hope that the blog gives people confidence to experiment with their home décor, inspires them to try new trends and doesn’t frighten people off interior design. I always want to show how to have a gorgeous home in an inspiring yet achievable way. Products are affordable, high street as well as smaller brands, and ideas are possible within a family home too. Even if you have children your home can still look incredible, it just takes a little more planning.

How do you measure the success of your website? Wow, that’s a tricky one. Great comments and feedback from social media are always good and show that people are reading and love what they find. It’s always wonderful when other bloggers want to share my ideas or use my content in their posts. From a different perspective, I love it when I get approached from brands who want to work with me, and showcase their products on the site to my readers. Of course, I’m always conscious that this has to fit well with me, the blog and what readers are expecting to see. I’d never endorse anything that I didn’t truly love.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a blog? Be prepared for a LOT of hard work. Never underestimate how much effort it takes to get a blog up and running, and how diverse you need to be in your skillset. From technical knowledge, to managing your time, to understanding different social media platforms and networking within the community. If you want to run a commercial blog you have to treat it as a business from the outset and get to grips with all the different tasks involved, including tax returns. It can be quite overwhelming so set yourself targets and break each one down into smaller, more manageable tasks.

How do you work with marketers and PRs? I like to build longer term relationships with PR’s and hope that we can work together on an ongoing basis. Many of my contacts I’ve known for several years now which is great. I like to be treated as a professional, chatting by email with a clear understanding of the remit and of the expectations. I love working with PR’s, it’s one of the reasons I love my job, but when it goes wrong it can be very upsetting. I think we all need to remember that there’s a real person at the end of the email you send, and they deserve your respect unless they prove otherwise.

How do you use social media to promote/share content? What are the challenges? I use all the main social media platforms to promote and share any content I’ve written, both on my blog and third party sites, where agreed.  I use a scheduler where I can, and recently discovered Tailwind for Pinterest which is just amazing and has changed the way I pin for the better. I can schedule anything I find on the internet into my queue, using pre-set timeslots on my busiest, most responsive times on Pinterest. It’s a paid app but I find it money well spent. I also use Hootsuite for Twitter, and schedule via the Facebook scheduler too. The main challenges are keeping on top of it all, and ensuring I use the platforms regularly, aside from sharing my own content. I’m more naturally drawn to Pinterest and Facebook, so really have to force myself to get into Twitter. It’s all part of the package though!

What can PRs do in working better with you? To be fair, most of my PR relationships are fantastic, and as I mentioned, it’s one of the highlights of blogging. I guess I’m always looking for clear directions, with clear goals, campaign information, timescales and budgets. I know it can’t always be helped but it makes life very difficult when a project changes midway through, or if the communication from the PR isn’t that frequent. I’d much rather get more email with little details and updates than be left in the dark. I don’t want to be the last thought, and if I’m needed for a campaign I like all the details up front, with plenty of time to plan, and book travel if necessary. I have a family too, so I’ll need to arrange childcare and organise the details well in advance. I do like PR’s to consider that I work from home, and not everyone lives in London.

What has been your blogging highlight? Well I’m not sure I can pick one, it’s been such an incredible few years! Winning awards is always amazing, whether they’re judged or voted, so getting the Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Best Interiors Blog and the BiBs Best Style blog awards were great moments. Meeting lots of new friends whether from the blogging community or through PR collaborations has been a real highlight; I’ve met some amazing people on this journey. Turning my blog into a business, and working as a freelance blogger has changed my life considerably, and given me and my family some great opportunities for which I’m very thankful. Then, finally, getting involved in film projects for eBay, YouTube and Linda Barker over the last 18 months has been so exciting.

What will be big in your blogosphere in the coming months? Who knows! That’s the amazing thing about blogging, you never quite know what’s round the corner. I do have a few fun projects planned already though and I’m looking forward to a series of filming projects with a kitchen brand, some fun experiences with wallpaper and tv, and then I’m hoping my first slot on live TV will come off after being accepted as a QVC presenter. It’s going to be an exciting few months.

What does the Vuelio blog ranking mean for your blog? It means a huge amount actually, particularly as this was the first year I made it onto the top 10. It brought lots of new opportunities and some great introductions to PR’s I’d not worked with before. I just have to make sure I stay there next year now!

Editorial information on Jen Stanbrook, Love Chic Living and thousands of other media contacts and outlets, can be found in the Media Database.

 

 

 

 

Blogger Spotlight: Student Fashion

ChisomoStudent Fashion, part of the STDNT network of blogs, topped the Retail and Fashion blog award category for organisations at the UK Blog Awards this year. Editor Chisomo Kachikondo speaks to us about about Student Fashion and its sister sites and what makes them different, how his team works with PRs  and the big projects ahead, including a fashion website and a film.

Why should people read your blog? What makes it different? All of our blogs share material that is useful and aimed at helping readers grow whether that be in respect to their personal style on the fashion site or career aspirations. What makes us different is our distinct tone and format coupled with our great team of contributors. As well as great content from our writers we also feature content written exclusively for us from industry professionals.

How do you measure the success of your website? The primary measure of success for us is the development of our contributors and team members. It let’s us know we’re doing something right when we hear stories of young people’s experience with us having played a pivotal role in them landing a job or even just as simply seeing them develop their crafts.What’s your favourite blog and why? My favourite blog is Confessions of a Professional Drama Queen. Just love that its oozing with the authors personality which is full of wit, puns and fun anecdotes. Put simply it’s a feel good blog.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a blog? Make sure your blog is centered around something you are passionate about and focus on creating great content which people will equally find useful and entertaining; the rest will take care of itself.

How do you work with marketers and PRs? Marketers and PRs can get in touch with us via our advertising page and we have a variety of ways we can collaborate from producing Lookbooks, photos, videos and short films to various forms of native advertising.

How do you use social media to promote/share content? What are the challenges? We use Tweetdeck to schedule content and promote posts. It is a useful tool as it now allows us to give team members the ability to publish tweets without sharing passwords with them which was a prior challenge. We also utilise prominent hashtags to help spread content beyond our immediate following.

What can PRs do in working better with you? We generally work well with PRs and generally don’t have any problems although at times it can take a long time liaising when PRs have to approve things with their clients.

What has been your blogging highlight? Winning best Fashion and Retail at the UK Blog Awards has to be up there in the highlights.

What will be big in your blogosphere in the coming months? We’re hoping to launch a special fashion related site we’ve been working on behind the scenes as well as a Fashion Film we have in the works so exciting times ahead. We also hope to release some music via our sister music site.

Editorial information on Student Fashion, STDNT and thousands of other media/blogger contacts and outlets, can be found in the Cision Media Database.

‘Bloggers should not just be used as free advertising’ Angie of SilverSpoon London

Angie Silver, author of SilverSpoon London, ranked as one of the UK’s top 10 London Lifestyle Blogs, spoke to us about how she works with PRs, the importance of sponsorship disclosure and why she feels strongly about blogger compensation.

What’s new on SilverSpoon London? My blog has grown so much since I started and I’m really proud of where I am today particularly the improvement in my photography. I’m working on more brand collaborations and I have had some fantastic travel opportunities and even more to come. I have built a loyal and engaged readership and I continue to maintain a strong relationship with them.

Give us an example of successful brand collaboration. What did you learn from it? I recently collaborated with Renaissance Hotels for their Global Day of Discovery, which involved a series of adventures through Paris organised by the concierge of the very stylish Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe Hotel. Not only was it an incredible experience, but also it was great to forge the connection with a prestigious hotel brand and to meet some other fantastic bloggers both from the UK and Paris.

How do you use social media to promote/share content? What are the challenges? Instagram and Twitter are my favourite and primary forms of social media for sharing content but I also love using the channels for communicating with fellow bloggers, readers and brands. I think bloggers need to maintain a fine balance between promoting and over-promoting, part of getting it right is having an awareness of when your audience will be online.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a blog? I love blogging and I would encourage anyone to join the blogosphere; just write about what you’re passionate about and most importantly be yourself! I would also suggest having large clear pictures and a clean user-friendly layout to make it easier on the eye. Also be active on social media; join communities and network with other bloggers.

How do you work with PRs? I work with PRs for review opportunities, press trips, competitions and brand partnerships. I think the best way PRs and bloggers can work together is to build strong and loyal relationships and collaborate on a regular basis. When I first start working with a PR company I really like to meet a representative face to face and form a personal connection so that we can maximise the potential of our relationship.

Do you feel bloggers need to be compensated for the work they do? A significant amount of work goes into writing content, photography and social media; a blogger should not just be used as free advertising. Personally, I only work with quality brands that I believe in and would endorse to my readers. I turn down opportunities because I don’t want to compromise my brand or integrity. Of course, blogging isn’t all about brand collaborations; I also love writing personal posts for my blog.

What do you feel about sponsorship disclosure? I strongly believe that all bloggers should disclose if they have been sponsored or received a complimentary product, meal or service. If a blogger is not 100% honest and transparent how is a reader to know whether the review is trustworthy and authentic.

List three best practices PRs need to follow for better blogger outreach?

  1. Bloggers really appreciate personalisation and someone who has taken the time to take a look at his or her blog.
  2. Keep it relevant and only pitch a product, event or partnership that relates to that bloggers’ niche.
  3. Develop a strong working relationship that is both personal and mutually beneficial to both of you. 

 What will be big in your blogosphere in the coming months? Lots of travel! I’m off to Bali and Singapore soon and St Lucia in October, I can’t wait to tell my readers all about it.

Editorial information on Angie, SilverSpoon London and thousands of other media/blogger contacts and outlets, can be found in the Cision Media Database.

‘Bloggers deserve to be compensated’ Paula Holmes, The LDN Diaries

Blogger spotlight with Paula Holmes, co-author of the London lifestyle blog, The LDN Diaries. Paula spoke to us about blogger compensation, sponsorship disclosure, best practices for PRs and moving onto YouTube and Periscope. 

What’s new on The LDN Diaries? There are a couple of new and exciting additions. Firstly we started a men’s section, with a focus on men’s grooming and lifestyle and also the addition of ‘What’s On’. This covers both events and going-ons in London and is posted out every week. I also create a weekly vlog covering fashion and beauty.

Give us an example of successful brand collaboration. What did you learn from it? For me a successful brand collaboration is when the brand is really upfront for what they are looking for and what they expect from me. That way we both know what we can get out of the partnership, things like budget aren’t an issue or skirted around and I feel like it really is a true collaboration. From collaborations like this it has made it easier to choose which brands to work with.

How do you use social media to promote/share content? What are the challenges? As I previously worked in social media I pretty much have an account for every social channel. So everything will get shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus, Pinterest etc. I wanted to improve my Pinterest so took a masterclass with Pinterest UK. This really helped me improve what I was doing and get fast results. I like to think of new ways to share, so for instance I have started sharing my vlogs from YouTube on Instagram with short video clips instead of photos and I find this works really well. I think the challenges can always be worrying about numbers of followers. The less you worry the more they go up! Something that everyone can learn from is creating quality targeted content for each platform, that really helps improve your channels and people’s experience.

What advice would you give to a someone who wants to start a blog? With so many blogs now in the blogosphere, my advice to stand out would be you really need to offer up something different. Think what you would like to blog about, think of your unique name, what angle you are going to work from and how are you going to make it a success. Otherwise if none of that is important to you then just keep writing and make it your own personal space on the internet.

How do you work with PRs? Over time I have built up relationships with various PRs but generally I like to be on the press list to get all the latest product news or event invites. I am also happy for them to get in contact and pitch an idea. Or if I am working on a feature I know they can help with, I would ask them to help out. It’s hard to keep up-to-date with new clients and also employee changes so that’s when I find PR requests can be really helpful.

Do you feel bloggers need to be compensated for the work they do? Definitely. We are promoting a product or service at the end of the day, so why wouldn’t you be paid for that. A lot of bloggers work full-time and so need that income. I know bloggers put in a lot of time and effort and we are basically doing a lot of jobs in one. These include being the writer, photographer, editor, advertising, social media and PR, so I think that deserves some form of compensation.

What do you feel about sponsorship disclosure? Personally I really do think there is a lot of fuss over this topic. I know magazines never disclose a product, so I do feel why should bloggers be so scrutinized for this. They are in turn doing the same thing and if said product was sent to review, then the blogger should be honest enough to give an honest opinion and if they want to tell their readers it was sent to them for free, then they can. I just think if you do not disclose it shouldn’t be such an issue and shouldn’t be judged for this. Of course this is in a case-by-case basis, if a blogger is for instance portraying a luxury lifestyle that was actually funded by free PR trips and gifts then I do think that is wrong.

 List three best practices PRs need to follow for better blogger outreach?

1. Make Sure It’s A Good Fit – When looking at blogs; make sure to read a few of the posts. See if the writing style and person behind the blog matches your client. When someone understands who I am and has shown a genuine interest then I am more likely to reply. Even if the project doesn’t quite work for me I would be more inclined to take the time back like they have.

2. Get the Name Right – I know most PRs are insanely busy, but if you are putting a name, at least get it right. There is nothing more annoying than not receiving a copy and paste email (I do it too!), but when it has the wrong name and the fact ‘you love my blog’, when this happens – I’m pretty sure you don’t.

3. Be Upfront – As I mentioned earlier being upfront in the initial email about the client, the project and the expectations is key. If there is no budget then say that. It doesn’t always put us off, but saves back and forth emails to save time for both.

What will be big in your blogosphere in the coming months? I think there be an increase in more video content. I’ve seen a lot more bloggers moving onto YouTube and also utilising Periscope as a medium.

Editorial information on Paula Holmes, The LDN Diaries and thousands of other media/blogger contacts and outlets, can be found in the Cision Media Database.

TAKE 5 with NANCYELLEN’S

Lets sit down with a cuppa and take 5 minutes with Blogger Nancy Campopiano and let her introduce her new beauty, fashion and lifestyle Blog: ‘NANCYELLEN’S’ …

So Nancy, why did you decide to start blogging?

 I studied Fashion Journalism at Sunderland University and graduated last year. I started blogging years ago and after having many different blogs about fashion, beauty and lifestyle, I decided to condense these into one destination to showcase my passions, hobbies and freelance work.

Why beauty,fashion and lifestyle?

 It’s all I know and love. Studying fashion journalism only made me love it more. I also involve lifestyle posts too, which I really enjoy doing. These include books I’m reading, TV shows I’m watching on Netflix and general rants about trains, diets and trends. Another secret hobby of mine is sewing and crafts, I hope to do some posts on this in the future.

Who or what would you say inspires you?

Funnily enough, the commute. I work for a television production company in central London and I love seeing work outfits and how people put together a look by incorporating their style and making it suitable for work. Sometimes on the commute, you usually see the same people. I love to see how their trends change! I like to incorporate that into my blog posts as I get a lot of people asking me how I put my outfits together for work.

Other than that, I pull a lot of inspiration from YouTube and vloggers. Some of my favourite vloggers, obviously, Zoella and people like, Essie Button, have fantastic channels, bubbling with ideas. I like to hop from channel to channel, when I have some free time. I love peoples views on products, shopping hauls and of course monthly favourites are always great!

 My freelance work is also a big influencer, I write for a magazine and website based in Dubai, so I love hearing about fashion and beauty related news from that side of the world too!

 Advice? Write about what you love and ALWAYS know your audience. Don’t get too worried about who’s reading it, stats or figures, the most important thing is that it is out there and somebody WILL read it. Have fun and enjoy!

What is your pitch to PRs? How would you prefer to be contacted by them?

A London girl who loves polka dots, culottes and anything that Zoella has recommended!

I can be contacted anyway, mobile, email etc.

And finally where would you like to see your blog in one year from now?

Hopefully vlogging with a lovely channel up and running. I am currently saving for a new Mac with all the editing software and a camera. I’ve wanted to start a YouTube channel for a while so fingers crossed by the end of this year things shall be in place. I also want to be blogging everyday but working full -time makes this a challenge!

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‘Bloggers are providing a service and should be compensated for that’ – Darren Coleshill

Darren ColeshillBlogger Spotlight with Darren Coleshill, author of one of UK’s top parenting blogs, One Dad 3 Girls. Darren spoke to us about what’s new on the site, photoblogging, sponsorship disclosure and the challenges of using social media. 

What’s new on One Dad 3 Girls? Well quite a bit has changed lately, new design, new lay out and it seems to have gone down well. There has been a move more into a photoblog, so you’ll notice my posts are a lot more photo heavy now.

Give us an example of successful brand collaboration. What did you learn from it? Over the years I’ve worked with a wide range of brands and some of them really get it and go that extra mile. It’s the brands that really push the boat out and remember your name that are a real joy to work with.
How do you use social media to promote/share content? What are the challenges? I am very active on social media and I still get a high percentage of traffic from social media. The real challenge is trying to be perfect on all channels, I’ve found it’s much better to stick to a few than spread yourself too thinly.
What advice would you give to a someone who wants to start a blog? Go for it, but remember not to compare yourself with others. Someone wish once said don’t compare your beginning to someone elses middle.
 How do you work with PRs? I think over the years I’ve build up a good relationship with various PR companies. The key is to always be polite and whenever possible to respond to their emails even if it’s to say no.
Do you feel bloggers need to be compensated for the work they do? Yes I do…I am a firm believer that bloggers are providing a service and should be compensated for that.
What do you feel about sponsorship disclosure? I think it’s important and every post that has a payment attached should be labelled as such. I get asked nearly everyday to post something without disclosing but I have always said no. I do think that bloggers need to have clear guidelines as to when they need to disclose.
List three best practices PRs need to follow for better blogger outreach?
– They need to learn the bloggers name before they get in touch
– Make bloggers feel special, go the extra mile and the blogger will do the same for you
– Don’t expect bloggers to work for free, and don’t try the ‘we have no budget line’
What will be big in your blogosphere in the coming months? Just to keep enjoying what I’m doing. At the moment I have found the perfect blog/life balance and I like to think it comes across in the blog.
Editorial information on Darren Coleshill, One Dad 3 Girls and thousands of other media/blogger contacts and outlets, can be found in the Cision Media Database.

Blogger Spotlight: Leah Larwood, Roots and Toots

Communications freelancer, poet and short story writer by day, Leah Larwood’s fiction was shortlisted for the prestigious Bridport Prize 2014. A self-confessed “Secret Lemonade Drinker”, she tells us more about her nighttime pursuits, her food and travel blog (with soul), Roots and Toots.

Why should people read your blog? What makes it different?

It’s dead fancy. Actually it’s quite the opposite. I try to blog about wholesome and rustic food and travel. That doesn’t mean I’m a health-food blogger necessarily. I try to adopt a mindful approach to what I write about: I champion local produce / provenance, craftsmanship, independents or environmentally-friendly food and travel; eateries and getaways which are a little quirky, have heritage, history, a creative streak or a recycled twist; food or travel, which has an element of wellbeing such as yoga or meditation retreats. Or food which is healthy or vegetarian (although, if you’ve read my blog you’ll know that I’m a terrible veggie when I eat out).

How do you measure the success of your website? 

The fact that Roots and Toots has fans in Peru? I love that my blog reaches some rather unexpected destinations. On the whole it reaches people in the UK, but this week alone it’s received views from places such as Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic, Mexico, Brazil, Romania, Singapore and Peru to name but a few. I love to picture all these people in their far-flung homes and I can’t help but wonder how they found little old Roots and Toots. I suppose statistics is the obvious response for many. And I won’t lie, it feels pretty cool when some of your posts can attract hundreds of views in one day but it’s usually when I receive emails and tweets from people who have enjoyed my writing or photography, that’s when I feel like Roots and Toots is reaching people.

 What’s your favourite blog and why? 

Toughie. Too many to list really. So I’ll give you one in each of my subjects of interest: food, travel and writing.

Eddie Shephard blog – www.veggiechef.co.uk
 Written by the award-winning veggie chef, Eddie Shephard – who’s been described as the ‘the Heston Blumenthal of the vegetarian world’.

A Lady in London – www.aladyinlondon.com

This lady knows her stuff. She also offers a travel planning service to help others plan their trip or travelling adventure.

Older Mum in a Muddle – www.older-mum.blogspot.co.uk

I went to BritMum’s Brilliance in Blogging awards and discovered this absolutely inspiring blogger, who was also the winner of the ‘Writing’ category.

 What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a blog?

Nervous about taking the plunge? Experiment for a bit. Set your blog to private and write for yourself for a while. I take this advice when writing fiction or poetry. If you start to write with an audience in mind, there’s sometimes a risk that you’ll lose your sense of self by trying too hard to please. You can always invite selected friends and family to access your private blog and once you’ve found your feet, unclick that privacy button. Make sure you have a clear idea about what you want to blog about. Be specific, have an angle or hook that stands out, your own personal twist is important. People want to see you on the page.

 How do you work with marketers and PRs?

I always feel so chuffed to receive invitations to attend events, restaurant openings and product samples to review. I’m happy to consider any invitation, product sample or blogger trip, but it goes without saying that it needs to have a clear fit with my profile.

Who do you work with in brand marketing? PRs? SEOs? Anyone else?

Based on my own experience, it seems that invitations for blogger outreach and events seem to come mainly from internal Social Media Managers or PR agencies.

 What has been your blogging highlight?

Apart from all the tasty things I’ve had the pleasure to eat, I was chuffed to bits when Roots and Toots won a competition last year hosted by the Spanish cherry growers, Picota. My blog post received almost 400 votes and as a result I won a trip to Spain to blog about Picota cherries and the region in which they are grown. It was a wonderful opportunity and we were treated to a 3-night stay in a restored convent, located in a stunning rural town in the Jerte Valley.

What will be big in your blogosphere in the coming months?

Food: Following the monumental series of The Great British Bake-Off, it’s clear that baking will continue to rule the roost, as will any initiative that unites a group of bloggers and baking. I’d say that stripy straws, jam jars, paleo-everything and pumpkin-spiced may have all had their day. Although, I think unconventional or nostalgic themes will still be popular when it comes to food. Juicing and raw will continue to thrive and individualising food e.g cupcakes and sharing platters will still continue to be popular content for bloggers.

Travel: Space tourism? I jest only slightly. It still seems to be a hot topic across some of the blogs I’ve been reading recently. And at the other end of the spectrum, sustainability. This isn’t exactly a new trend but something which is increasingly gaining more attention. Curated or customised trips all seem to be big too.

Editorial information on Leah Larwood, Roots and Toots and thousands of other media/blogger contacts and outlets, can be found in the Cision Media Database.

Blogger Spotlight: Heather Nixon, Of Beauty and Nothingness

An interview with Heather Nixon, author of the beauty, lifestyle and fashion blog, Of Beauty and Nothingness. Heather spoke to us about the clean and simple design of her blog that sets it apart, working with brand marketers and the five best practices every PR should follow for better blogger outreach.

Why should people read your blog? What makes it different? My blog is a mixture of beauty, fashion and lifestyle posts as well as giveaways and tag posts! I love my blog design, I think it is unique but clean and simple. I feel as though my writing and photography style is quite unique, qualities that my readers and subscribers seem to love.

How do you measure the success of your website? I measure the success of my blog by the comments left by readers and subscribers – kind, supportive comments mean the world to me!

What’s your favourite blog and why? My current favourite blog is What Olivia Did, she is gorgeous and I love her style!

 What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a blog? If you put the time and effort into your blog, making it your own and being honest then it will grow but don’t rush it!

How do you work with marketers and PRs? Marketers and PRs usually contact me with opportunities and event invites although I do approach brands/PRs myself.

Who do you work with in brand marketing? PRs? SEOs? PRs and occasionally SEOs.

 Can you list five best practices for blogger outreach? 

1. Outline what you are proposing in an introduction email

2. Keep it simple, don’t spam

3. Take the time to find out the bloggers name and location at least!

4. When emailing a blogger, make it specific to their blog rather than generic emails sent to numerous bloggers

5. Don’t expect something for nothing, it is rude as it is asking for free advertising

 

 What has been your blogging highlight? My blogging highlight has been reaching new milestones on Twitter and being invited to special blogger events such as the St Legers Ladies Day.

What will be big in your blogosphere in the coming months? Working with more exciting lifestyle and beauty brands!

Editorial information on  Heather Nixon, Of Beauty and Nothingness and thousands of other media/blogger contacts and outlets, can be found in the Cision Media Database.

 

Blogger Spotlight: Stacey Orr of Stacebuds, a food blog

Blogger spotlight with Stacey Orr, author of Stacebuds, a blog covering food and restaurants in Edinburgh. Stacey talks to us about how her blog has evolved since it first started in 2013, working with marketers and the only best practice that matters for bloggers.  

Why should people read your blog? What makes it different? I have no experience in the food/hospitality industry so my blog is very much from the customers view point and the recipes from that of a home cook. My reviews are about being real and keeping in mind the everyday diner. I also like to keep in mind the restaurant itself. I understand that mistakes can be made and human error is inevitable in any industry so I try to be as fair as possible. I think that too many people are out there just now who want to be the Simon Cowell of the food Blogging world and criticise at every opportunity.

I just want to provide an honest opinion of a restaurant, the food, service, value for money and atmosphere. My recipes are a scrapbook for myself as well as any others who visit my blog and hopefully are a useful resource for readers.

How do you measure the success of your website? I think it is great when I put out a post and people retweet and share. Also when people talk and comment on my posts. I use Google Analytics to gauge reaction on posts and then I can see which styles/posts work best for the reader. To be honest it is great seeing my blog grow but I do it mainly for my own enjoyment.

What’s your favourite blog and why? I really like Scotland Eats Out – our blogs are similar and I often read their reviews and want to try the restaurants. I also really like CopperMango – his photos are amazing and inspirational.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a blog? Your blog has to be on a subject that you are genuinely passionate about. That’s all really; just enjoy it and everything else will follow.

How do you work with marketers and PRs? Sometimes I will be contacted about certain events or promotions. It really depends on whether these events are suitable for my blog or not before I accept. It’s also handy knowing people who work in internet marketing as it makes it easy to weed out the people who are after links or trying to use my blog for their own gain.

Who do you work with in brand marketing? PRs? SEOs?  Directly with PRs on occasion, but only if contacted.

What are some best practices for blogger outreach? I do not like the idea of outreach as it is historically what people do to gain SEO value. I think that by nurturing relationships naturally with like-minded bloggers (mainly on Twitter) things have improved for my blog and it is growing as a result. There is only 1 best practice; be yourself.

What has been your blogging highlight? Recently I was asked to attend the opening of The Balvenie Room at Mark Greenaway’s restaurant in Edinburgh. This included a seven course tasting menu with wine and it was fantastic.

What will be big in your blogosphere in the coming months? Edinburgh has so many restaurants; I have a list of restaurants I want to try that is never ending. Also recipe cards in PDF format will be added so people can print them off and use easily at home.

Blogger Spotlight: Shay Mason, What’s on the Blog?

An interview with Shay Mason, author of British beauty and lifestyle blog, What’s on the Blog? Shay spoke to us about how she works with PR, attending a blogger bootcamp and the five best practices marketers need to follow for better blogger outreach. 

Why should people read your blog? What makes it different? I have tried to tap into writing about things that I would genuinely be interested in rather than what gets sent my way. Like most bloggers do now I want to write real content that isn’t part of a bigger social piece for a company. I love giving updates on my own life such as my house moves and my new additions (kittens). I also plan to become a lot more personal over the next few months – shaping my blog into a diary entry of my own life. Something for my kids to read in the future!

How do you measure the success of your website? I tend to go by Google Analytics to measure success. I know not everyone will comment on a post and do not tend to get hung up on it if no one does. However, in the background I can see how many times someone has landed on a page of my blog just from a Google search.

What’s your favourite blog and why? I love Temporary Secretary. I’ve followed Sarah since I’ve started blogging and she’s the sweetest girl ever. Her posts are exceptionally well written and I love her personal style! We also share the same birthday and for the past couple of years she’s been so sweet to wish me a happy one year older!

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a blog? I think the biggest piece of advise I could give is don’t get wrapped into comparing yourself to other bloggers, each person writes differently and you need to let that show. There was a time where a product would be released and the whole of the blogosphere was writing posts on it – this made it seem like a robot community. Write about what interests you and don’t be afraid to write about something in case other people don’t like it! It’s your blog!

How do you work with marketers and PRs? There are many ways to work with marketing & PR people. Most of the time they contact me via email from landing on my site however sometimes you see the odd tweet or post looking for a blogger that can help them out and you just so happen to be that blogger!

Who do you work with in brand marketing? I work with PR companies mainly on product work – I work full-time so juggling blog life with real life has been a struggle. I look to work with more people in the future though and this is part of my whole branding plan for the blog!

Can you list five PR best practices for blogger outreach?

  • Identify your market by looking for reviews online of the product/service
  • Discover via social platforms where these bloggers are i.e. Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram
  • Engage with them, talk to them reach out to them using hashtags such as #bloggerrequest #prrequest
  • Comment on their blogs (engagement)
  • Sign up to blogger outreach programs putting you in touch with bloggers that may meet your requirements

What has been your blogging highlight? I have a few but one of them was going on a blogger bootcamp with other bloggers and spending 3 days in intense training. It was tough but with a mix of different bloggers you got to learn from them but most importantly I am now in touch with these girls and consider them friends!

What will be big in your blogosphere in the coming months? Lots of home posts! Also planning to showcase my makeup artistry work more. I am also going to be creating YouTube videos more frequently!

Editorial information on  Shay Mason, What’s on the Blog? and thousands of other media/blogger contacts and outlets, can be found in the Cision Media Database.

 

 

 

Blogger Spotlight: Beautwins

An interview with Katrina, author of the parenting and lifestyle blog, Beautwins. Katrina spoke to us about what makes her blog different, the five best practices bloggers need to keep in mind for better outreach and working with top brands including Pampers, British Gas, Magic Bullet, UNICEF, Coca-Cola, Herbalife and many more.

Why should people read your blog? What makes it different? My aim is to involve my readers as much as I can. I discuss a variety of subjects including healthy debates for my ‘Think’ topics to light-hearted, humourous pieces about motherhood. I really enjoy it when people can relate to what I have written.

How do you measure the success of your website? Beside the statistics, for me I actually firstly measure the success by the interaction that takes place. It’s really important to me to connect with my readers.

What’s your favourite blog and why? That is a tricky one as I love so many – I have a whole list on my blog. There are some very inspiring writers out there and I love discovering new blogs.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a blog? Absolutely do it! Do it for you, do it for the passion and don’t think about anything else other than the writing first. Everything else falls in to place.

How do you work with marketers and PRs? This can vary depending on requirements; I have worked on sponsored posts, reviews, vlogs, competitions and campaigns.

Who do you work with in brand marketing? PRs? SEOs? Anyone else? I have worked with various brands and PR companies with many more projects in line for the near future. To name a few, I have had the opportunity to work with Pampers, British Gas, Magic Bullet, UNICEF, Coca-Cola, Herbalife and many more.

Can you list five best practices for blogger outreach? 

·          Social media platforms are great way to get to know other bloggers – the big ones I use are Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Google +

·          Read and comment on other blogs

·          Taking part in blog hosted link ups

·          Register and interact with as many blogging networks as you can

·          Attend blogging events and network. Put faces to blogging names.

 

What has been your blogging highlight? There have been quite a few; I’ve recently featured in large online publication which was amazing.  However my ultimate highlight has to be the response I received on a blog post about getting through tough times. It’s a wonderful feeling to receive positive comments and words of encouragement from others.

What will be big in your blogosphere in the coming months? I have a feature coming up in a well known parent magazine; I have some great blog posts ideas to write, fantastic reviews and of course attending some blogging events is on the agenda.

Editorial information on Katrina, Beautwins and thousands of other media/blogger contacts and outlets, can be found in the Cision Media Database.

‘Twitter is a blogger’s best friend’ : Sian Marie Beauty

Blogger Spotlight with Sian Marie Froggatt, author of Sian Marie Beauty blog. She spoke to us about working with PRs, the five best practices bloggers need to follow for better outreach and why Twitter is a blogger’s best friend.

Why should people read your blog? What makes it different?

It’s a little snippet into me, I know that there are so many beauty blogs out there now which makes it hard to really stand out. But my little internet space is written by myself and myself only. Which makes it unique all in its own way. I like to think that you can see my personality through what I write and that way the readers can relate with what I say more.

How do you measure the success of your website?

I love comments, knowing that someones has taken time out of their day to sit and type a comment means so much. You can have all of the views in the world but knowing that what I have said, has imprinted onto someone enough for them to want to comment shows that I am doing something right. Even if they don’t always agree!

What’s your favourite blog and why? 

I have two.

Just Julie – I met Julie around a year ago and I simply adore her blog and herself. She is so genuine and kind. When she was added onto the Cosmo Blogging Awards I have never felt so proud, her blog has come on leaps and bounds since she start and I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for her.

Makeup Magpie – Gemmas blog is very wellknown in the blogging world for beauty. I adore how she writes, her reviews are so well thought out and the photos make it easy to see why she has so many followers and fans.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a blog?

Be yourself. Even the top bloggers like Zoella started out with 1 follower. Find your niche, be it nail art or eye looks. Find what you like to do and go with it. The rest will come within time. Also enjoy it, don’t feel forced to write if you don’t want too. I know personally if I try and write when I don’t feel like it, the outcome is rubbish.

How do you work with marketers and PRs?

Whenever I receive an email or see an opportunity on Twitter, I always talk to them in a very professional manner. Giving them whatever information they need within email for. I find it best to build a relationship with PR companies, even though you are email each other about work; I will always add on “I hope you have/had a lovely weekend” or something along those lines.

I am yet to contact a PR/Marketer first myself but this is one of the areas I haven’t had a lot of experience in yet. I plan on making it something I do more in 2015.

Who do you work with in brand marketing? PRs? SEOs? Anyone else?

I am currently working with a few PR companies. I have worked with Tribal Media, Alex Silver PR, Imagination PR and then companies themselves like MeMeMe Cosmetics.

Can you list five best practices for blogger outreach? 

1. Using Social Media to its full advantage. For a blogger Twitter is your best friend. Get involved in the #bbloggers chats. Send your links out using appropriate hashtags. Talk to the companies themselves. I could go on and on about the importance of using Twitter.

2. Make friends. This may seem like a silly one to have, but I have made some amazing friends through blogging. In return of this friendship we all help each other out with our blogs. Be it promoting each other posts, to just giving advice when needed.

3. Giveaways can be a massive help for getting your blog out there. A lot of people will look for blogs with giveaways on them. And through them finding your giveaway you can potentially find a lifelong reader.

4. Be active. Stick to a posting schedule. I post every other day, I have found that that works best for me. Other people I know will post Monday, Wednesday and Friday. But stick to this. If you aren’t keeping in check with when you post people can get bored of waiting for your next post thus losing readers.

5. Meet Ups/Events. These are amazing ways to meet new people (tying in with making friends), at some events you can actually meet the faces of the companies you are wanting to work with, which can be a huge bonus for you at a later date. As maybe the owner of that makeup company you love will remember your name and face and then you have made that connection with them.

What has been your blogging highlight?

I know blogging isn’t all about numbers, but reaching 600 followers was a massive highlight for me. When I set up Sian Marie Beauty in 2013, I never thought it would be where it is today. I never dreamed companies would be wanting to work with me, I would be invited to events nor getting to travel the country to meet new people. Knowing that 600 people have liked my blog enough to want to keep up to date with what I post gives me a really warm feeling inside.

What will be big in your blogosphere in the coming months?

2014 was a really good year for me with Sian Marie Beauty, so 2015 has some tough competition. As of right now, I don’t have anything really planned. But when them opportunities come at me I know I will say YES. I think that is what will be big for me in the upcoming months, saying YES.

Blogger Spotlight: Turning blogs into big bucks with Vicki Psarias

‘Blogging really is brilliant,’ says Vicki Psarias, a mum-of-two who has turned her two blogs, Honest Mum and Mummy’s Got Style, into successful businesses. How? From taking on many roles head on – a mum, blogger, writer, model, filmmaker, brand ambassador, YouTuber, lecturer and more. In this interview she spoke to us about how she does it all and the best practices bloggers should follow for effective outreach. 

Why should people read your blog? What makes it different? My readers tell me they enjoy how diverse honestmum.com is, I blog there about my family life, food, pro-blogging tips, film, beauty and more. My other blog, Mummysgotstyle.com is solely based on mine and my family’s style.
I run my blogs as magazines and write about my passions.
I think the best blogs give away something of themselves. It’s about having an emotional connection with your readers.

How do you measure the success of your website? Firstly, I think I’m my biggest critic so I judge my own success on whether I’m happy with the content and quality of my blog posts but of course being a public blog, it’s important to me that not just my Big Fat Greek Family read it (although thanks guys, you rock) and it’s reaching as wide an audience as possible.
I love receiving blog comments, and connecting with my readers and followers on social media…Having a background as a lecturer means I take great pleasure in helping others too. It really makes me happy when others say my posts have inspired them or comforted them in some way.
Readers often inform me too that my blog has encouraged them to become a pro-blogger or change direction career wise. I hope it’s a fun, stimulating and inspiring read.

..Stats matter to me too. I’m a creative but also enjoy the analytical side of things and running my blogs as businesses means needing to know the figures.

I also like to be as up to date as possible when it comes to technology. I work with a designer to keep my blogs looking their best and I rely on Google analytics to offer me insight into what works and what doesn’t so I can constantly improve.

I often ask my readers on social media what they want to see more of too.

What’s your favourite blog and why? I have to return to the first parenting blog I ever read-a US blog The Mama Bird Diaries. Kelcey’s voice is honest, engaging and hilariously funny, it’s an unmissable read.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a blog? Go for it! I would recommend opting for self hosted wordpress especially if you want to monetise your blog and that could happen quickly too.

Write about what you’d want to read yourself, what matters to you.
Funnily enough, the more you write, the more you write!

Read widely and that includes blogs outside of your community too, for inspiration.

Creatives are naturally riddled with self-doubt, it’s part of the process but feigning confidence leads to truly feeling it.
Get active on social media, comment on lots of blogs to get your blog out there and most importantly, be kind to yourself, don’t compare, the internet is a big place, there’s room for everyone.

How do you work with marketers and PRs?
I’ve been a full time professional blogger for 2 1/2 years (my blog was conceived in November 2010), going from being a TV director to running my blogs as businesses.

 I didn’t originally set out to monetise my blogs but as pro-blogging exploded over the last few years, it fitted perfectly with my need to find a job that worked around my young family and I absolutely love it. I can’t imagine my life without blogging.

I have agencies who give me lots of regular work but I receive new business daily too. Most discover my blogs and email me via my Contact Me Page or work has come via Twitter a lot too.

I’m a brand ambassador for Nova Harley so I model and endorse their beautiful bags across global campaigns and I’m also paid by brands for social media packages along with advertising, paid posts, paid competitions and display ads. Mode Media looks after the latter. 

Who do you work with in brand marketing? PRs? SEOs? Anyone else?
I also offer consultancy work to both big and small brands and give lectures and talks at blogger events or on behalf of brands, and I’m often paid to attend events too.

My modelling and film work, on camera and behind is also part of my business.
I have been hired to appear in films for Yahoo, Selfridges and bareMinerals among others and I intend to do a lot more of my own YouTube videos too this year!
I’m represented as a model and presenter by the prestigious Nemesis agency too. I was one of their first blogger signings!

Can you list five best practices for blogger outreach?

1. Make your blog slick. It doesn’t have to cost a lot to make your blog look professional and you can hire a designer if you don’t feel confident to design it yourself. Ensure your social media details are easy to find and you have a Contact Me Page too.You want paid work, make it easy to be commissioned.

2. Be professional however small you deem your blog to be. Big or small, your audience is targeted and matters to the PR. Create a media kit (I omit prices on mine as I like to negotiate one on one) but include it on your Work With Me Page (don’t have one, get one) and email it out to enquiries too. A clear document listing your stats, a bit about yourself and any notable press is a good place to start. There’s lots of inspiration on Pinterest too.

3. Be polite. Even when PR’s are requesting freebies, be polite but firm in your response, explain that you are a pro-blogger (say it and believe it) and that you always charge for PR.

Many will surprisingly and magically find a budget and even if they don’t on this particular campaign, they will keep you in mind for future paid ones. Also it’s not all about the money too, if you feel unpaid collaborations will work in your favour and will enrich your life in some way then go for it.

4. Remind PR’s of your work. Don’t bother them of course but once or twice a month, drop PR’s you’ve worked with a quick email that you’re available for future campaigns and to please consider you is all it takes. Marketeers work with so many bloggers that it is in your interest to stay in touch.

5. Be prompt. Campaigns have deadlines and although life can sometimes uncontrollably get in the way, 99.9% of the time, do meet those deadlines and if you really think you’ll miss one, be honest with the PR.
Well written, personal, natural advertorials will mean lots of future work for you. Hard work pays. Literally.

What has been your blogging highlight so far?

There have been many of which I’m so grateful for but featuring in British Vogue, modelling for Nova Harley, appearing in the campaign film for bareMinerals, being invited to the world premieres of Paddington and Get Santa and writing weekly, sharing mine and my family’s lives for Grazia Daily are a few that really stand out.

What will be big in your blogosphere in the coming months/2015?

It’s hard to predict as it’s such a fast-growing industry but much more native advertising on behalf of brands, lots of natural fitting marriages between companies and bloggers and seeing a lot more bloggers in the mainstream media too. I love how democratic blogging is-you have a voice, you can use it and the opportunities are literally endless from creating e-shops to YouTube channels and ambassadorial work.  For working parents such as myself, it’s levelled out the playing field and really brought equality to the workplace. Blogging really is brilliant.

Photo Courtesy of Kirsty Mattsson Photography

 

Editorial information on Honest Mum, Vicki Psarias and thousands of other media outlets and contacts can be found in the Cision Media Database.

Blogger Spotlight: Assuntina Tarallo of The Updated List

Our first blogger spotlight of the year is with Assuntina Tarallo, freelance fashion PR and author of the fashion and lifestyle blog The Updated List. She spoke to us about taking her blog beyond fashion to the other aspects of her world including parenting, interiors, wedding and PR, how she measures the success of her site and the five best practices every blogger should follow. 

Why should people read your blog? What makes it different? The reason I think people will like my blog is because it has a great mix and a lot of people can relate to it. There are so many fashion blogs nowdays its hard to see which ones are interesting and worth the read. My blog is simple, fun to read and very creative. Something for everyone. Whether you like fashion, beauty, weddings, PR, celebs there is a lot to read.

How do you measure the success of your website? I monitor my blog and see who reads it and when, but I monitor the success on how people talk about it. When I first started it was a hobby and now when people come to me and ask about the inspiration behind the blog, or when people email me about featuring a product or collaborating with me on the blog – that’s how I know it is getting better and better.

What’s your favourite blog and why? I absolutely love WIT blog that is written by previous Shopping Editor from Red Laura Fantacci. I love how she is able to mix her love of fashion and family in one place. That inspires me.

 What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a blog? If you want to do it, then do it and don’t give up. You have your bad and good days but if you have a passion for it keep going and you will love it more and more. Also make sure your blog stands out. It could be the way you shoot your images, or the tone you write. Shine out from everyone else.

How do you work with marketers and PRs? I have a great relationship with PRs and being one myself allows me to be clever with the brands I feature. I only write what I love. If it is a collaboration or a gift guide I make sure I am clear as to what I am looking to feature and make sure I am polite.

Who do you work with in brand marketing? I am a Freelance Fashion PR so I do everything myself. I PR the blog myself and use social media as much as I can.

Can you list five best practices for blogger outreach?

1. Blogger breakfasts are great as they allow bloggers to all come together in one place and they can all talk about the same likes – blogging.

2. Response Source is amazing as you can request and search for anything you need for your blog

3. Social Media is amazing. Tweeting your blog posts or something you need for your blog gets amazing results with social media

4. Word of Mouth – Just by talking to people about my blog has allowed more people to read. When they notice what I blog about they instantly want to know more and spread the word. It’s a detailed insight into my life.

5. Press Days – A great way to meet new people and spread the word of a blogger is through meeting others that love what I love – fashion and writing. Where can you find people like this? Press days.

What has been your blogging highlight? I love when people come up to me and say ‘You write for The Updated List dont you’ – I had a fashion student tweet me and saying that she loved the blog as her tutor told her to read it. Turns out the tutor was someone I worked with at a PR agency ages ago. It made me very proud.

What will be big in your blogosphere in the coming months? I have a lot more interesting ideas for the blog in the next few months. I will be blogging more about my personal style, my wedding as well as my fitness. Which I have never thought I would do. I have always wanted to help people in the most interesting way. My blog helps me do this.  I hope people keep reading and see just how helpful and creative I can be.

Day 25: #JingleBlogs with Food and Drink Glasgow

Merry Christmas everyone and welcome to Day 25 of CisionUK’s #JingleBlogs Advent Calendar 2014!

Today’s advent blogger is Emma Mykytyn, co-author along with Mark Murphy of Food and Drink Glasgow, a blog that aims to capture the city’s food, drink, accommodation, culture and lifestyle. The blog is ranked as the No.1 food Blog in Glasgow on Urbanspoon and by Cision UK as one of the top Scottish blogs.

We asked Emma four very special and festive questions:

1. Where are you spending Christmas this year?

For once we are at home, we like to try and get away at Christmas/New Year, although we are going to a local restaurant for dinner, so still going out.

2. What is the worst Christmas present you have ever received?

I think this year will be Marks!  I’ve bought him a tattoo and now he is scared.  Ive been pretty fortunate to get things that I’ve liked.   I did get an egg separator a couple of years back.  It was a jug shaped as a mans head.  You drain the egg white through the nose of the man! It was a little bit off putting, and didn’t work very well.

3. Do you take Christmas off or do you keep blogging?

Will probably keep blogging.  We always say we will have a night off then end up doing something blog related be it tweaking pictures or tweeting. Never ending but it’s something we both enjoy so it isn’t too bad.

4. What’s your new year’s resolution?

To clear out the desk – business cards needing filed, paperwork argh. I enjoy the eating and blogging but the admin, not so much! 

Thank you for being part of our countdown to Christmas with Cision UK’s #JingleBlogs advent calendar. Happy Holidays!

Day 24: #JingleBlogs with SEOAndy

Welcome to CisionUK’s #JingleBlogs Advent Calendar 2014!

Today’s advent blogger is Andy Kinsey, author of SEOAndy, a leading SEO and  digital marketing blog.

We asked Andy four very special and festive questions:

1. Where are you spending Christmas this year?

I’m spending the festive period at home this year – family and friends around with lots of smiles and fun to be had.

2. What is the worst Christmas present you have ever received?

I’ve a memory of being given half a chocolate bar…

3. Do you take Christmas off or do you keep blogging?

I won’t be blogging over christmas itself but I will be writing up pieces ready for the new year.

4. What’s your new year’s resolution?

I’ve two resolutions: 1. to blog more and 2. to get out and exercise more. 

Join us as we count down to Christmas with some of the UK’s leading bloggers!    

Day 23: #JingleBlogs with What Sam Saw Today

Welcome to CisionUK’s #JingleBlogs Advent Calendar 2014!

Today’s advent blogger is Sam Collett, author of What Sam Saw Today, UK’s number one property blog.

We asked Sam four very special and festive questions:

1. Where are you spending Christmas this year?

It’s my brother’s turn to host Christmas so we’re piling there.  My sister-in-law is a vegetarian – but cooks the best meal ever – and she doesn’t even eat meat! I’m massively excited about the Frozen princess costume I’ve managed to buy for my niece – she will look gorgeous!

2. What is the worst Christmas present you have ever received?

A gag ball.  It was an office secret santa present.  Despite us all having drunk a skinful before handing out the presents, the moment when I opened the stunningly sexy box (it was an expensive gag ball!) was *awkward*. Nobody ever owned up to who had bought it!

3. Do you take Christmas off or do you keep blogging?

Usually I still blog a bit over Christmas, but this year I think I may take a break.

4. What’s your new year’s resolution?

Be brave.

Join us as we count down to Christmas with some of the UK’s leading bloggers!    

Day 22: #JingleBlogs with One Dad 3 Girls

Welcome to CisionUK’s #JingleBlogs Advent Calendar 2014!

Today’s advent blogger is Darren Coleshill, author of One Dad 3 Girls, a leading parenting blog.

We asked Darren four very special and festive questions:

1. Where are you spending Christmas this year?

This year will be the same as most years for us. Christmas Day we’ll be at the in-laws for a big family dinner and then everyone will be round ours on Boxing Day…no doubt we’ll all be eating too much.

2. What is the worst Christmas present you have ever received?

I can’t remember any bad presents for many years buy when growing up it was probably some sort of clothing item…no child wants clothes at Christmas.

3. Do you take Christmas off or do you keep blogging?

I will still be blogging during the festive season, I won’t blog on Christmas Day or Boxing day but straight afterwards I will be blogging.

4. What’s your new year’s resolution?

My new year’s resolution this year will be to special more time outdoors with the children. We seem to have spend a lot of time indoors during the colder weather.

Join us as we count down to Christmas with some of the UK’s leading bloggers!    

Day 21: #JingleBlogs with Menswear Style

Welcome to CisionUK’s #JingleBlogs Advent Calendar 2014!

Today’s advent blogger is Craig Landale, author of Menswear Style, a leading men’s fashion blog.

We asked Craig four very special and festive questions:

1. Where are you spending Christmas this year?

I’ll be spending Christmas in London, Donegal, Leeds and Cambridge. I’ll spend most of it back at my home town in Leeds with my family.

2. What is the worst Christmas present you have ever received?

I’ve been very lucky with Christmas presents but more than once I’ve received underwear which is far too small for me. I think after breakfast I gave them straight to one of my younger brothers.

3. Do you take Christmas off or do you keep blogging?

I can take my work with me no matter where I am in the world but I won’t be working full days for around a week. I’ll dip in and out whenever I get a chance. However, on Christmas Day I won’t touch social media or be publishing anything.

4. What’s your new year’s resolution?

Every year it’s to have a healthier and active lifestyle.

Join us as we count down to Christmas with some of the UK’s leading bloggers!    

Day 20: #JingleBlogs with Tracy and Matt

Welcome to CisionUK’s #JingleBlogs Advent Calendar 2014!

Today’s advent blogger is Matt Davis, co-author of Tracy and Matt, one of UK’s leading gadget blogs

We asked Matt four very special and festive questions:

1. Where are you spending Christmas this year?

At home with the family, flying home from the US just in time.

2. What is the worst Christmas present you have ever received?

I once received a phone case for a phone that I didn’t own.

3. Do you take Christmas off or do you keep blogging?

The only day I definitely wont blog is Christmas Day

4. What’s your new year’s resolution?

I never make new years resolutions!

Join us as we count down to Christmas with some of the UK’s leading bloggers!