Last Updated 13/02/2018
Baggage Reclaim continues to have a solid relationship with the number one spot. Natalie Lue suffered with low self-esteem, bad boundaries, toxic relationships and a crippling immune system disease but after going into remission and developing her self-esteem in under a year, Baggage Reclaim was born. Sharing her journey and letting go of her baggage, Natalie wanted to help other people deal with abandonment, rejection and emotional unavailability. No longer just a blog, Baggage Reclaim has grown into a popular podcast and Natalie even runs her own courses to get people to let go of bad relationship habits and get real-life skills.
2. The Guyliner
Justin Myers created The Guyliner back in 2010 to share stories of the dates with guys he had lined up (see what he did there?). Fans of The Guyliner and Justin can read his weekly column in GQ or his ever-popular and hilarious reviews of Guardian’s Blind Dates. As the dating and advice columnist for Gay Times from 2012-2017, Justin is best-placed to answer readers’ questions, offering advice to everyone on a range of topics, from love dramas to soft-furnishing choices!
3. Simply Oloni
Simply Oloni is the blog to answer all your sex and relationship questions. Created back in 2008 by Dami Olonisakin, the advice on offer has become so popular that readers are now encouraged to book a private call to get the answer they need. Dami takes on the latest dating trends, educating her readers about breadcrumbing (move aside ghosting) and tackling the often-asked questions like morning-after manners and Valentine’s Day tips for those flying solo. Simply Oloni has grown from blog to book (100 questions) to podcast (Laid Bare), taking her dating advice to the masses.
Naomi Narrative was created by Naomi Lewis as a result of a particularly bad date, so she let all her frustrations out by putting pen to paper and the blog was born. Sharing her dating stories and relationship advice, Naomi covers it all, from the early stages of dating to tips for handling a break-up, so no matter what stage of the relationship you’re at, you’ll find a post that can give you some support. Naomi Narrative has handy sections to guide the reader, so if you’re fixated on an ex there’s a section just for that.
Find out more about Naomi Lewis, author of The Naomi Narrative, in our blogger spotlight.
5. Never Settle
Eve Greenow created Never Settle as a result of coming out of a four-year toxic relationship to share her experiences, both good and bad. Since then, Eve has been sharing the tips she’s learnt from the dating game, from handling one-night stands to the latest dating apps, Never Settle helps readers get the most out of dating by accepting and loving yourself. Acting as an online agony aunt for her readers, Eve has a dedicated section of her blog where readers can submit an anonymous question and get a personalised response.
6. James Preece
The UK’s self-declared top celebrity dating expert and coach, James Preece, has over 14 years’ experience in the dating industry. His eponymous blog covers all the big dating topics and questions, from hot tips for a first date to approaching dating after a divorce, providing his readers with the skills to turn a bad dating experience into a good one. James also runs a number of dating events and runs his own dating coaching sessions for those who are serious about meeting that special someone. Author of 14 best-selling books, James is dedicated to helping people embrace the dating scene and create more success stories and happy relationships.
A brand-new entry into our ranking is Lucy Goes Dating, created by ‘Lucy’ who prefers to keep her identity a secret, to the blog is a space for the mysterious author to put all her crazy dating experiences to good use. Providing detailed accounts of her dates, it’s easy to forget that Lucy is real and not a character, posting about the men she dates in a series style you’ll find yourself wanting to know what’s next for Mr Non-Monogamous or The Geography Teacher!
8. Hey Saturday
Hey Saturday was created by Saskia Nelson as the first and coolest dating photography agency. Hey Saturday’s blog answers all your questions about getting your profile picture spot on, from the things women dislike in men’s photos to perfecting your personal brand when online dating. Obviously, all the posts on Hey Saturday are accompanied with amazing photography, showcasing the work of Saskia’s team of ‘kick-ass photographers’.
Another new entry is Chelsea Black, in which Chelsea shares her frustrations of the dating game and the ups and downs of being single. With a no-nonsense writing style, Chelsea teaches her readers how to spot a ‘wasteman’ and the importance of having non-negotiables when dating. Chelsea also posts about women’s issues highlighting the issue of street harassment and the impact Brexit has had on the world of dating.
Entering our ranking for the first time is Global Dating Insights. Founded back in 2013 by Simon Corbett it has fast become the leading source of news, information and analysis for the online dating industry. Keeping readers up-to-date with the latest changes in the dating sector and publishing reports on the key trends, Global Dating Insights is all about understanding the workings of the industry. With their Global Dating Insights Power Book launching on Valentine’s Day, this is one to watch to find out who’s who in the dating world and who’s set to shape the industry over the course of the year.
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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.