I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again, thank you SO MUCH to everyone that took the time to fill in the 2010 Rock n Roll Bride readers survey. As always, I was blown away by your responses and even though some of the things brought up were ideas I’d already thought of and changes I already wanted to make, a lot of new thoughts and criticisms where also expressed. Hard to read sometimes, but necessary! I certainly have a lot of work to be getting on with (well, my poor web-designing husband does!) but rest assured that I will be making some really positive changes to the site as soon as physically possible.
I wanted to take this opportunity to share the overall results with you all as well as share our overall winner of that amazing bootie of prizes with you. The gorgeous ‘Pie’ won over £900 worth of wonderfulness and I have to say, I was totally sad to post it all away! Check her out:
And her 10 year old daughter particularly enjoyed the Manic Panic hair dye – so much so that she now wants pink her for her Mum’s wedding! Starting them off young, I like that!
Anyway…on with the results. Huge thanks to Alexis of OMG I’m Getting Married who created these wonderful graphics for me.
Unsurprisingly, the biggest group of readers are brides to be, however I really wanted to know the ratio between you brides and other wedding professionals/bloggers who read the site. I was pleasantly surprised at exactly how many of you were brides planning weddings, a whopping 63% of you.
Credit: David McNeil
I just wanted to interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to say WOOOOHOOOOO to all you guys in California where the ridiculous Prop 8 was overturned and deemed unconstitutional. To all my LGBT readers and friends, go out and celebraaaate!
Now go get the hell married and send me the photographs afterwards! Love you all.
ps pop by next week to see this rest of Lindz & Amanda’s ass kickin’ wedding!
I wanted to celebrate this announcement by sharing my newest and most favourite thing ever! It’s from Butler & Wilson and it’s totally flippin’ gorgeous.
First up a HUGE thank you to everybody who voted for me to win ‘Best Style Blog’ at The Wedding Channel’s bridal blog awards…can you believe I only bloomin’ won it (with nearly half of the votes – and out of 6 contestants that’s pretty cool so thank you for all your votes!)
All the finalists from each category are now pitted against each other in the ultimate bridal battle – who really is the best wedding blog out there? I’d love it if you’d vote for me for this award too…but if not vote for The Wedding Chicks or The Broke Ass Bride cos I’d like them to win it too. And if I don’t win I’m actually just totally bloomin’ chuffed to have been voted the most stylish!
Click here to vote for the Best Overall Bridal Blog
Oh hurrrrrh. I have mucho mucho excitement right now. I have been planning a website overhaul for a few months now but it was only when I went full time that I’ve really had the time to properly sort this out. I loved my old blog design but I just felt like after a year of the previous design, that Rock n Roll Bride deserved a little face lift.
So I contacted the amazing Nubby Twiglet. I’d fallen in love with her and her work when I discovered her though Gala Darling’s blog. I love her modern retro style, her bold monochrome look with pops of fabulous colour and I felt an instant affinity with her love of Michael Jackson! I was over the moon when Nubby agreed to re-design my website for me and she came up with a funky and fresh new look for me. I’m sorry but how cool is my new logo?!
Credit: K D Photography
But wait, there’s more! Over the past few weeks, as the regular design updates came through from Nubby, I have been tweeting my excitement like a mad thing. My excitement was read by Charlotte Gamble of Restoration Cake. She dropped me an email and asked if I’d like her to make me a custom cake to celebrate the launch. Ermm would I?! Yes Please! Isn’t it funny, you offer people cake and they’ll do anything for you!?
Credit: Charlotte Thompson
First off, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone for your support over the last year or so. I know I say it all the time, but I truly am in awe at every single on of you that visits my site, comments, sends me emails of love, send me submissions, sponsors me and generally allows me to live my dream! Because of every single one of you I’ve been able to go part time at my day job and spend 5 days a week doing what I love. It’s amazing and it’s all because of you guys.
After the initial over-excitement of becoming a full time blogger, I got-to-thinking; hell, what am I going to do next?! How can I make Rock n Roll Bride even better with all this extra time? Well, as with most things in this career of mine, it’s all just kind of falling into place…and that’s the way I like it! From the very beginning the blog has been very organic and real, and has grown slowly… I hope, in a genuine way. I never started my website to make money and in all honestly, becoming rich is not how I measure my success. As long as I can pay my bills and feed my kittens I’m happy. I didn’t start the blog to be the biggest or most popular blog out there and I won’t be turning Rock n Roll Bride into a money making empire now this is my main income. I measure my success by you guys. How many people read what I write and comment on the photographs I post, and how many people I can inspir. It’s so awesome to think I can do that. It sounds soppy and idealistic but seriously, that it. That’s me. Continue reading
Credit: via LoveShot
For those of you that follow me on twitter or facebook, you’ll already know that I jumped with joy yesterday as I finished my last full-time shift at my day job. Thanks to all of YOU and my crazy blogging/internet/wedding obsession I’ve been able to cut down on my TV producing hours in order to focus more time on you lot! My work have actually been really great about the whole thing and I’m currently still going to be working there at the weekends, but Monday – Friday I’m all yours!
So, what does this mean for the future of Rock n Roll Bride? Well let’s be brutally honest here, I’m not exactly sure. I have a few ideas bubbling under the surface and I’m ecstatic that I’m going to be able to really get my teeth into some new projects. Day to day will certainly be more of the same though – lots of real wedding goodness and inspiration a go-go. That’s what it’s all about right? Thursday Treats can only get bigger and better and I’m hoping to develop some new daily post ideas. I’ll also be working closely with some industry peeps I’ve got to know over the past year to do some exciting new projects as well as more fabulous photo shoots whilst also hopefully developing my writing ambition by working closely with some more magazines but here in the UK and abroad.