So how did it all begin?
Where to begin is a very good question! I must’ve changed this page a thousand times now, such is the roller coaster that is blogging. The truth is I owe more than you could possibly imagine to this blog. I started writing at a time when I didn’t have a penny to my name. I’d just returned from a period of travelling after eight years of working in the financial services industry and spotted an opportunity to do something that I really loved. That was four years ago now and along the way I’ve had many ups and downs but today I am very fortunate to say that I am now a TV Presenter. How did I get here? Through blogging of course, which is why I still write – it changed my life!
What’s it all about?
When I first started writing it was a toss up between football and food but very quickly realised that those were particularly crowded markets. I wanted to stand out, I wanted to do something different that no one else was doing and that was when I realised that there were very few men writing about dating and relationships. But trust me when I say I’m no expert. My writing is based purely on my experiences, both the good and the bad, some of which you just wouldn’t believe are true. So yeah it’s more of a learn from my mistakes than ‘do this’ and ‘do that’ but it all comes from a good place and more often not you’ll find me poking fun at myself – it’s good to laugh about these things.
How’s it all been going?
As I say blogging has changed everything for me and I’m so grateful for it. From working in call centres and then being unemployed, I’m now a TV presenter, have written for some of the biggest publications in the world and worked with brands who I never dreamed would even know my name. Most importantly, however, my success absolutely fills me with pride because I’m completely self-made. It also meant the world to me to make my family proud again after so many past failures i.e dropping out of higher education four times (must be a record). 2017 was a particularly good year for me, I finished runner up at the UK Blog Awards in April but then won Dating Blogger of the Year at the UK Dating Awards in November, although I do what I do because I love it it’s always a real thrill to get some recognition.
Well I now teach a Blogging for Beginners class locally which is just my little way of giving back, it’s also been fun helping people learn from my mistakes so that maybe they can be successful quicker than I was. April sees the return of the UK Blog Awards which is always an incredible night so fingers crossed for that and of course I’ve got lots of exciting stuff coming up in the presenting world. Again though, I’m just grateful, I still feel like blogging is widely underrated by much of the mainstream media and I thoroughly enjoy proving people wrong and long may it continue.
Thank you for reading!