All posts filed under: Blogging

It’s Ok To Be A Homebird #SpillTheTea

Social media gives off this impression that everyone is busy all the time. Checking in on Facebook, tagging your location on IG Stories, seeing friends and family. We’ve all read that memes about how exhausting it is to work out (LOL, I don’t do that), physically go to work, keep your home clean, see people and then take 5 minutes to actual get over the ordeal of having to actually spend time with people other than the person/people/animals that you live with. So, generally, I don’t. I bloody love my house and being in my home. Is it since turning 30? Is it since we bought a house and I love being here? Or is just because. No official reason other than, I like sitting with my fiance and walking my dog. I like watching the telly. And I’m more than happy to scroll Insta and watch other people’s lives on Insta. I’ve being doing, I say that lighly, vlogtober on my IG Stories this month and it’s hard to find stuff to talk about …

Life // Blogging, Earning Money and Saving For a House Deposit

Today’s post is slightly different to usual but about a topic I wanted chat about. Earning money from blogging and sponsored posts. I’m lucky enough to get contacted by brands and PR/SEO agencies alike, wanting to work with me and my blog. A hugely flattering request and one I always consider carefully. Making money from my blog will always be a perk and whilst I don’t accept every offer that lands in my inbox, over the coming months you may notice a rise in sponsored posts. In a bid to remain truthful and in full-control over the content I feature on Ruth Writes, this is because we’re in the process of looking to buy our own home and the money earned from blogging is all going into the deposit savings pot. Saving for a house deposit, alongside currently renting feels like an upward struggle. It’s hard and whilst I get that my life on Instagram looks like it’s all liquid lunches and drinks, the majority of it is for reviews to showcase to you guys. …

Blogging // The Importance of Separating Instagram From Reality

I’ll hold my hands up; I’m as guilty as being influenced by social media and what I see online as the next. Working in PR & Outreach and having a blog, which I post on fairly frequently as a little side-hustle, if you will, I can easily see both sides of the coin whilst seeing how easy it is to believe everything you see on the internet. This post isn’t designed to be super-negative. I love the blogging industry and adore that I’ve managed to carve a full-time career out of it, whilst writing on this here website weekly. I’m inspired by the amazing brands that are pushing the boundaries with huge campaigns, the blogger trips we see on Insta and even spotting some of my fave bloggers on telly in ads. It’s crazy. But, whilst it’s real in the sense that these guys and girls are earning a serious wage from their content and endorsements; the way we romanticise events and places spotted in vlogs, can be damaging. Press trips for example, aren’t as …

Food // Bloggers Brunch, LIV Food Market

If you’re a Bold Street regular or someone who likes to eat healthier and discover new brands to add to the weekly shop, I’m sure you’re well acquainted with the LIV Food Market, located just opposite Liverpool Central. Since it opened its doors just under a year ago, the one-stop health food shop has quite rightly built up quite a reputation in the city. Doubling up a venue to stop for breakfast, brunch, lunch or a leisurely drink between shops and a health superstore, it’s well worth a visit. I attended their Bloggers Brunch recently and wanted to chat you through my three favourite things about the brand…. ONE The food, obvs. The cafe section of the store has a very homely decor and it’s very easy to get comfy on one of the many sofas and indulge in a dish or two from the menu. We were treated to small bites from the breakfast menu. Every blogger fave made an appearance – avo on homemade, on the premises sourdough, peanut butter and banana on toast, …

Life // Forget Instagram, Don’t Neglect Your Blog

Lately, I’ve noticed lots of conversations focusing on the blogging industry and how it will continue to grow and expand in the coming month and looking at the long game; the coming years. For me, I’m very much immersed into this world; through my day job as a PR & Outreach Executive and as a blogger who’s been typing out words onto the internet for eight years now. So, what’s the future of blogging? Well, 10 years ago this wasn’t a career. Now, it is. Not only is it a full-time job for the creators and influencers who share engaging, funny, relevant content across a variety of platforms, but those of us on the other side. The in-house and agency-led outreach teams, who work with brands to pitch, create, navigate campaigns. Sourcing bloggers, negotiating gifting and payment and meeting deadlines are hard work. I, in particular, work within an SEO-led agency. So my outreach campaigns rely on backlinks, supporting the SEO value of any one of clients across our portfolio. So sadly, Instagram followers and …

Life // Do You Need a Blogging ‘Niche’?

Sit down and blog posts are sometimes few and far between but they’re honestly, my fave posts to write. I love bloggers who share their lives and use their online space as a diary and forum to vent or share updates on their daily lives. I think I struggle with my content. This blog has had so many slight changes – lifestyle blog, food blog, dedicated Liverpool food blog & now, well it’s a bit of everything. I don’t attend as many restaurant reviews as I was doing a year, two years ago and so my content has switched. But after blogging for a whopping 7 years, my domain authority has steadily grown and I get to work with amazing brands – which is truly fab, but I wonder how I got here! My fave collaborations to take part in a recipe related. I do still love to blog about food and since I’m very much a homebird these days, I do love creating recipe content. So to be recognised by brands for this is …

Blogging // 5 Ways to Transform Your Blog

Being a blogger is all fun and games until you realise this industry is now a serious business and you find yourself hustling with brands to make money and keep everything above board! My day job is in blogger outreach so I understand both sides of the spectrum, so I’ve compiled a fun helpful tips kinda post, focusing on the 5 things to remember when you want to take your blog to the next level! Spelling is everything It’s so easy to forget about spelling and grammar when you’re not really posting for a reason, other than to share your opinions on a new lipstick or a recipe you love. But when you’re collaborating with a brand or part of a bigger campaign, it’s good to remember to check your spelling and grammar. Whilst some of your readers might not care so much, brands and PR’s do, so don’t forget to double check brand names and ensure your post looks and sounds its best! SEO matters Similarly to point number one, including target keywords and …