Britain’s most influential bloggers, who are shaping the nation’s behaviour from what we eat to how we vote, have been revealed.
The Bloggers Running Britain Survey of 2013 includes a Geordie football writer with over two million worldwide followers, a debunker of bogus science, a movie blogger who also monitors Hugh Grant’s undulating career, and a commentator on alternative weddings.
Blogging portal www.BloggingEdge.com surveyed 20 major sectors – from personal finance to education – looking for the writers who are really pulling the strings in their fields.
None of the bloggers chosen by Blogging Edge are household names but they are still massive voices among their followers, claims Blogging Edge editor Sarah Assenti.
She explains: “Bloggers exert huge influence, from what shops we visit on the High Street to what we put in the oven of an evening. They are now among the most important influencers in Britain. They are enthusiasts reaching other enthusiasts, so what they do and say has enormous impact.
“This is why you see so much advertising on their blogs. The big brands know who is really making waves in each sector.
“Our list focuses of blogs run by real people, mostly with just one writer, rather than blogs set up by major brands which are “ghosted” by large teams of contributors.
“The aim was to find the bloggers who are really pulling the strings in their fields, and having a lot of clout with other major influencers like journalists and marketing agencies.
“It is so easy for a large brand to throw money at promoting a blog and get masses of traffic, but which is actually so focused on puffing their products that no one really takes any notice. The independent blogger is more neutral, so their opinions are more respected and influential in affecting people’s thoughts and behaviour.”
The Bloggers Running Britain Survey 2013 includes:
Name: Charlie Lyne
About: Charlie was just 16 when he started this now hugely successful UK film blog in 2008. Five years on and Ultra Culture has grown but retained its biting wit and opinionated film reviews. Enjoyed by his thousands of readers – and 11,000 Twitter followers - Charlie is famed for his irreverent commentary and kooky off-tangent topics, such as Grantwatch an unfailing dedication to the films of everyone’s least favourite British film luvvie, Hugh Grant.
Name: Jeff Livingstone
About: IBWM was launched in 2010 by Geordie soccer nut Jeff Livingstone and has grown to two million global readers a month with a staff of five. IBWM plays host to numerous bloggers, journalists and photographers who all have one thing in common; the beautiful game. IBWM is also not afraid to tackle big issues touching soccer including homophobia and racism.
Category: Personal Finance
Name: Karyn Fleeting
About: Her fans love Karyn, aka Miss Thrifty, for sharing her tips on living a thrifty but fabulous lifestyle. Able to turn insurance advice into must-read posts, Karyn covers bargains in every area, from food and entertaining to holidays and fashion. She claims to have reduced her own family’s food bill to just £60 a month. Receiving over 25,000 hits a month has ensured her thrifty views and tips have been featured in The Independent, The Times and Cosmopolitan magazine.
Name: Rob Buckley
About: For most of us watching the telly of an evening is a way to wind down and relax, but for Rob Buckley it’s his blogging bread and butter. With reviews of cult classics and up and coming US and Brit television shows, The Medium is Not Enough is fast becoming essential reading for TV buffs, with over 50,000 hits a month.
Name: Martha Payne
About: While nine year old Martha doesn’t blog about education in the strictest sense, her Never Seconds blog, chronicling her dubious school dinners, has raised over £90,000 for Mary’s Meals, a Scottish charity providing school feeding projects in third world countries. Martha has gained support from celebs such as Jamie Oliver and her simple idea has grown beyond belief in just 10 months.
Name: Stephanie Donaldson
About: Gardening blogs can be an invaluable resource for keen gardeners and Stephanie’s site and accompanying blog is no different. The Enduring Gardener brings together tips, event listings and offers in one place, plus detailed tutorials that Stephanie and her team share on the site.
Name: Ben Gillbanks
About: In internet terms, Bill is practically a Godfather of the web, first appearing on the scene in 1998. As a professional WordPress developer, Ben’s blog gets over 150,000 visitors a month and is a resource for web designers, WordPress developers, gaming fans and more.
Name: Luke Glassford
About: Most blogs emerge from a writer’s passionate interest in a particular subject, and Luke’s music blog, All-Noise, is no different. When Luke set up his blog in 2010, it had the simple aim of highlighting and celebrating ‘proper music’ – from rock and indie to hip-hop and electro. This blog is one to watch and essential reading for the latest album, single and gig reviews.
Name: Niamh Shields
About: Food porn doesn’t come any better than Niamh’s blog. No, we don’t mean that kind, we mean chorizo meatballs, banana fritters and much, much more. With unique recipes, restaurant reviews and scrumptious photographs, it’s no wonder that Eat Like a Girl has topped numerous foodie blog awards.
Name: Susannah Lau, aka Susie Bubble
About: The definitive name in fashion blogging, Susie is one of Britain’s most well-known bloggers. Her personal style and commitment to showcasing new designers has made Style Bubble a daily destination for fashion-hungry readers. With around 300,000 unique visitors a month, Susie has grown her blog into a full time business and is a regular at Fashion Weeks across the globe.
Category: Eating Out
Name: Kang Leong
About: With 75,000 visitors a month, Kang Leong’s London-based blog features mouth-wateringly good reviews of the Capital’s best eateries. London Eater began after Kang decided to have a crack at writing his own restaurant reviews, after reading those in his handy 2002 Time Out Guide. This blogger knows his cote de boeuf from his béarnaise sauce and has thousands salivating at their desks every lunchtime.
Name: Anna Silva O’Reilly
About: Hailing from Portugal, Anna, who goes by the name Mrs O, is an avid traveller and has clocked up more air miles in a month than most people’s footsteps. Her insatiable thirst for new vistas and adventures is rapidly making her one of the fastest-growing travel writers online.
Category: Interior Design
Name: Pippa James
About: Pippa started her blog after the birth of her first child in 2008 so she could keep one foot in the world of interiors while on maternity leave. Since then Pippa James Interiors has grown to become one of the most well-respected interior design blogs in the UK, winning blog awards and featuring in print and online publications across the world.
Category: Kids and Parenting
Name: Sally Whittle
About: With 12 years of experience as a journalist under her belt, Sally Whittle knows a thing or two about writing. Who’s The Mummy chronicles her adventures of being a mum to her seven year old daughter. Sally’s blog is consistently voted as the number one parenting blog in the UK and her honest and opinionated posts make for perfect parental reading.
Name: Kat Williams
About: Wedding blogs don’t come much bigger or bolder than Rock n Roll Bride. Since launching in 2007, Kat’s alternative real life wedding posts have gained her tens of thousands of Twitter followers and Facebook fans, and she now runs the site full time. The blog has since spawned its own print magazine and Kat has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Wedding Ideas and Unique Bride.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Name: Laura Howard
Site : http://www.bugsandfishes.blogspot.co.uk
About: Laura has turned a passion for crafts into a career and her blog has become a go-to source for every craft magazine under the sun. Bugs and Fishes chronicles her artistic endeavours, from running her business to finding inspiration for her latest craft book. With over 50,000 readers a month, Laura’s tutorials and inspiring words are reaching a growing audience.
Category: Eco Living
Name: Rachelle Strauss
About: Eco living isn’t just a buzzword, it’s a way of life for Rachelle, otherwise known as Mrs Green. Along with her husband, Mr Green, this blogger is committed to showing her eco aware readers how they can incorporate green living into every area of their lives. Her posts on environmentally friendly gardening, technology and health matters have us hooked.
Name: Essie Button
About: When this beauty blogger moved from her native Canada to London, she set up her blog as a way to meet new people and share her beauty tips. Since launching two years ago, the site now has over a hundred thousand subscribers. From her informative reviews to her bubbly personality, captured on her blog, it’s not hard to see why her YouTube videos have also garnered over 5,000,000 views.
Name: Ben Goldacre
About: Doctor and academic Ben Goldacre is on a mission to debunk suspect scientific claims from drug companies, government reports and the media. His passion to expose ‘bad science’ has won thousands of visitors to the site and has also lead to two books, numerous public speaking and television appearances and over 250,000 followers on Twitter.
Name: Sunny Hundal
About: Thirty-five-year-old journalist Sunny founded several political groups before launching the Liberal Conspiracy blog in 2007. The blog features a collection of news, features and opinion pieces by left-wing bloggers, with an unflinching approach to covering politics in Westminster and beyond. With over 15,000 followers on Twitter and tens of thousands of visitors each month, this blog is a must for the liberal left.