Cannock Chase Sunrise

Find Your True Nature – Two Years & A Career in Blogging IV

Gavin Wren Food Blogging, Writing

Welcome back for Part 4 of my super special two year anniversary post! This time I’m discussing how to find your true nature, how to see the things that really matter in life and realise which things don’t. Sometimes it can be hard to see the wood for all the trees, but keep on walking and eventually you’ll get some perspective. The photo above was taken at Cannock Chase Forest during my 600 mile drive to Inverness, where I spent a week touring and camping in the Scottish Highlands, in the winter.
If you haven’t read Part 3 you can catch up with it here.
Fact 7. The most likes I’ve ever had on social media is 8,041 for a photo of a caramelised onion dip I made which Bon Appetit magazine re-Instagrammed. The Pain… Blogging has helped me find my true nature and changed the course of my life.…
Should There Be a Bloggers Code of Ethics?

Should There be a Bloggers Code of Ethics?

Gavin Wren Food Blogging, Writing

Elizabeth at Rosalilium.com, in her YouTube video on the subject posed the question, should there be a bloggers code of ethics? After spending some time thinking about it, I’ve put together my response to what I feel is a very important subject within the world of blogging. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q89m3ANGYo Should There be a Bloggers Code of Ethics? My initial reaction is that yes, there should be, because there’s often questions over the behaviour of bloggers, which is a sad position to be in. However my rebellious, contrarian self also feels that the essence of being a blogger is that we don’t have rules, because we’re independent voices and so don’t have to conform to any charters or regulations, that’s the whole point of being a blogger. Somewhere along the boundary of these two positions is the slightly more delicate subject of ethics. A lot of the points raised by Elizabeth are…
blog advertising twitter ads promoted tweets

Advertising a blog using Twitter ads and promoted tweets

Gavin Wren Food Blogging, Writing

Ad Men This month I decided to look at some different ways to and increase the readership of my blog. I considered various techniques that help to raise the profile of a blog, especially through social media. My personal favourite social media channel is Twitter, simply because of the way you interact with other people through words, rather than images. Don’t, however get confused with my favourite for driving traffic, which is undoubtedly Pinterest. Something that kept on coming back to me was Twitter Ads, mainly because I keep on getting a Twitter ad, for Twitter ads, flashing up in my Twitter feed, trying to entice me into the world of paid advertising. If I were able to promote my Twitter feed in this way and get a few more people on board, then hopefully the word of le petit oeuf will be able to spread far and wide. Now,…
How to write bad blog posts and lose visitors

How to write bad blog posts and lose visitors

Gavin Wren Food Blogging, Food Opinion Pieces, Writing

If there’s one thing that turns me off when I read a blog post, it’s starting with phrases like “YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE!” or “This recipe is AMAZING and will CHANGE your WORLD”. You don’t NEED any recipe in your life, you just need basic food and water and the absolute last thing you need in your life is someone telling you what choices you should make. You should work them out for yourself and if you aren’t already doing that, then you need to start, rather than listening to a click-hungry blogger who is trying to big-up their recipe in the hope of a few more pence of ad revenue. It’s patronising and condescending that some blog writers can’t give their readers some credit by engaging you with engrossing text worthy of reading, rather than red-top tabloid headlines. Of course bloggers will tell you their recipe is…