I constantly feel the need to update this page as my blog and my story continue to evolve, so I guess the easiest thing to do is to tell you all how I got into Blogging and how it ultimately changed my career.
After leaving school I didn’t really have a clue what I wanted to do with myself, I ended up studying Business Management for two years before leaving University to study Interior Design and later Agriculture – bit of a mixed bag you might say. In an even more surprising move I ended up working in the Insurance industry for eight years. Fair to say I hated it, I still don’t know how I was there for so long. It got to the point where every year I would ask for unpaid leave to go travelling and every year I was promptly refused. Then a few years ago I decided to take control of the situation myself, I worked my last day on Christmas Eve and on Boxing Day I was on a plane to Australia. It was a strange time for me, it’s not easy to leave your comfort zone so abruptly but looking back, it was the best decision I ever made.
When I got home a few months later, I was possibly at my lowest point career wise. I had no money, no job and no desire to get back into the Insurance game. I literally had to start again. That’s when I found Blogging and everything changed. I was unemployed but was determined to do something productive whilst I looked for work, that turned out to be writing. All I wanted to do is find some form of paid writing work even if I had to start from the bottom again. After countless failed applications for every internship under the sun, I decided to start a blog to show what I could really do, rather than wait for someone to ask me. A few short weeks later I wrote my first article for FHM and the rest is history. I’ve since written for countless other magazines including Marie Claire, had a newspaper column and become a TV and Radio regular – not exactly famous obviously but things have definitely improved since those difficult days when I got home from travelling. Blogging has also led to another role running a Social Media agency, I found that learning to promote myself as a Write on social media was a skill I could transfer to businesses and so far it seems to be working.
The best piece of advice I can give any aspiring Blogger is to pick a niche. When Editors and Producers come looking for contributors, they don’t want someone who writes well about ten different subjects, they want someone who specialises in one key area. For me that area was dating and relationships and later on mental health in men, it’s not that I’m an expert in these areas (who wants to date a dating expert after all) I just have a keen interest in the subjects and pride myself on writing from a brutally honest male perspective. The pipe dream for me is to make Documentaries and become the Louis Theroux or Dawn O’Porter of the dating world, Stacey Dooley is another big influence.
I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of your comments, feedback and follows, no matter where in the world you are it honestly makes every second of writing completely worthwhile. I love meeting new people and hearing all of your amazing stories, some of which have been a source of great inspiration. Thank you for reading and always, always…keep in touch!