Category Archives: Personal Rambles

Valentine’s Day Pressure

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I don’t know about you, but I feel quite a bit of pressure around Valentine’s Day. In the run up everyone starts asking you what your plans are… what you’re getting them… what they’re getting you… and it’s starting to drive me crazy!

Don’t get me wrong, I love the concept of a day dedicated to love, but since when did it become a competition to be the most loved up pair? I even started feeling stressed about what to put on the blog today! This is a website all about weddings and love after all, surely I needed to have something epic and amazing planned? Erm, actually I don’t.

This year, just like every one before it, Gareth and I will not be going out for an overpriced romantic dinner. He won’t buy my flowers and I won’t get him a card. We’ll wish each other a happy Valentine’s Day in the morning, have a few kisses… but nothing out of the ordinary. In private we’re quite a mushy couple as it is (we both say “I love you” to each other at least once a day!) if we stepped it up a notch we both might implode!

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Happy New Year! Rock n Roll Bride: An Overview

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I know many of you have been reading for a while, but with a new year rolling in it’s always nice to start afresh and take the time to reintroduce myself to anyone who might be new around these parts. I published an Idiot’s Guide to Rock n Roll Bride this time last year, so if you haven’t already you should definitely check it out to help you get your bearings. A few things have changed since January 2014 (and not just my hair colour!) so I’m quickly going to go over them now.

Blog schedule

During the week the blog is updated twice daily with lovely real weddingsadvice columns and general inspiration for alternative brides (and grooms!) There’s also a couple of updates over the weekend too.

My posts go up at 8am and 3pm GMT but I’d suggest subscribing via RSS or joining me (and 143,000 others!) on my Facebook page so you never miss a beat. You can also find me on all usual social platforms: Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Over the past few years I’ve also been actively writing about running your own small business in The Green Room area of my site. It’s been a blast and I’ve loved doing it, but I’ve decided to let it take a bit of a back seat for 2015. It’s not being scraped completely, but it will probably be updated a less often. Why? Well, because…

I’m publishing a magazine!

I am now the Editor in Chief of the UK’s newest wedding magazine! Over the past three years I’ve written and self-published an annual magazine, but it was recently picked up by Giraffe Media (who also publish Wedding Ideas Magazine) who are putting my baby into REAL LIFE SHOPS.

The bi-monthly mag costs £4.99 and will now be sold in WHSmiths, Morrisons and independent newsagents (with more to be added soon). For my readers that aren’t in the UK, or those of you that would prefer it to be delivered straight to your door, you’ll be able to buy a subscription online SOON. The details of this are still being finalised but I’ll share the link with you the second I have it – I promise! This is all HUGE and incredibly exciting and I can’t bloody wait for you to see it. Issue 1 is in stores on January 8th!!!!

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Here’s the cover of issue 1. Isn’t it AWESOME?! (If I do say so myself!)

Oh and there may well be a launch party at some point too! Would you want to come?!

The Blogcademy

But that’s not all (yes, I’m a busy gal)! Alongside my besties Gala Darling and Shauna Haider, I am one of ‘the headmistresses’ of The Blogcademy. It’s a two-day workshop which helps aspiring bloggers and small business owners harness the power of the internet to turn their business dreams into a reality!

Since our launch in 2012 we’ve taught nearly 1000 people how to get started, make waves, live their passion and MAKE MONEY doing what they love… and we ain’t stopping yet!

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G’Day Mate!

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My head is buzzing from everything that’s been going on this past week. It’s been FULL ON. I’ve been on the road with The Blogcademy, on the other side of the planet in fact, teaching classes in Sydney and Melbourne. Tomorrow we have to get up and 5am for our flight to Auckland to do it all again too! It’s been kinda crazy but that hasn’t stopped us squeezing in some beach time at Bondi and a free live broadcast from our hotel room!

If you missed said livestream, you can watch the ridiculousness below. In it we tell you all about our accommodation mishap, spill the beans on The Blogcademy Online (OMG soooo exciting!) and answer a ton of viewer questions about blogging and business. It’s as fun and silly as you might imagine and you should definitely hit play!

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100 Questions

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It’s a snoozy Sunday and I’m teaching in Sydney this weekend. So I thought it might be fun to break from tradition and throw a bit of a wild card of a post up for you today. I randomly found these these questions online, and I thought I’d answer them. For no other reason than my own amusement really.

Normal schedule will resume tomorrow, I promise, but for all you nosy parkers out there I hope you enjoy this brief interlude.

1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4.

“older sister Holly and her albino boyfriend sneaking into her” (from Not That Kind Of Girl by Leah Dunham).

2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, What can you touch?

The window.

3. Before you started this survey, what were you doing?

An interview for the Save the Date podcast. You can listen to it here!

4. What is the last thing you watched on TV?

The movie, Paul.

5. Without looking, guess what time it is

Midday?

6. Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?

12.20.

7. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?

Ugh, our neighbours have been doing renovations on their house for about a year… so right now a REALLY loud drill in our adjoining wall.

8. When did you last step outside? What were you doing?

Erm… the day before yesterday. I went to get my hair dyed.

9. Did you dream last night?

I can’t remember.

10. Do you remember your dreams?

Sometimes.

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A Rock n Roll Blogiversary & Five Little Lessons for Aspiring Bloggers

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I don’t remember the exact date I started blogging. My first site got deleted in a moment of technical clumsiness sometime late in 2008, so my earliest posts are no longer on the internet. I’m actually rather pleased that my initial foray into writing about weddings is gone forever though because, man, that shit was embarrassingly bad! I do know that it was sometime during October 2007 that I registered my domain, which makes Rock n Roll Bride SEVEN years old this month and a relative dinosaur in the wedding blogging world!

While looking back is hilarious and mortifying in equal measure, it’s also a wonderful time capsule and a reminder of how far I’ve come. The (lack of) writing skill, the questionable photo choices, the terrible formatting and attempts at ‘branding’. But it’s all part of what got me to where I am today. Not having a clue, bumbling through, excitedly posting things at all hours of the day and night because I was just so damn enthusiastic about weddings!

While condensing everything I’ve discovered about blogging into one article would be impossible, here are five little lessons that I hope will inspire aspiring bloggers.

1. You have to be yourself

“Be yourself, everyone else is taken”. That overly quoted line by Oscar Wilde is a cliché for a reason. As with everything in life, you have to be yourself when it comes to blogging. Forget about trying to be the next whoever, be loud and proud and focus on being you!

People will love you for it. OK so some people might not, but screw them! Trying to be something you’re not is bloody exhausting, it’s much more fun to be unashamedly weird. Plus, the people who think like you do will powerfully connect with your blog because it speaks to them specifically. It’s much easier to write about things you genuinely like, and for people that feel the same way you do. Never try to be all things to all people, its a recipe for disaster.

2. Focus on your readers

Last week I was named Best Alternative Wedding Blog at the Wedding Blog Awards in London. In my unrehearsed, champagne-fuelled speech, I thanked the industry for embracing me, but most of all I wanted to have a massive gush about my readers. “Without them”, I said, “I’d be working in McDonalds”.

Without readers you don’t have a blog at all, so they should be your top priority. When you start to write something, always ask yourself if your readers will get something out of it. Is it helpful or entertaining (preferably both), or is it just something that’s promoting you?

If your content helps people they won’t be able to stop themselves coming back for more.

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