Welcome to #INTERVIEWED, a series of discussions with creators of all kinds. Today we’re joined by the sporty, the fashionable, Glasgow’s finest: John of The Everyday Man, one of the biggest male lifestyle blogs out there!
D: What is it you do online?
J :I run a lifestyle site called ‘The Everyday Man’. It’s a blog come online magazine covering a whole range of men’s interest topics like fashion, fitness and lifestyle.
D: What about the man behind the blog?
J: I’m just into my 30’s now (still hard to believe) and I come from Glasgow although my work takes me all over the place so I’ve never in the same place or at home for too long. I love Glasgow though so have never been tempted to move away.
D: What inspired you to start creating content? And what has kept you going for this long?
J: I started my blog albeit in a slightly different form about 5 years ago just as a destination where I could
store my ramblings. It was a bit like an online diary to begin with and has organically evolved over time to become a bit more structured and professional (I hope anyway).
There is so much out there to talk about and to experience so I find it easy to stay motivated
D: Do you have a set creative process?
J: No not really. Maybe I should but I like to keep it quite loose and let things come naturally.
D: What for you is the hardest part of being a blogger for you?
J: Managing my time. It can be hard to get everything done from day to day. I don’t like to stick too rigidly to a routine but realise that I do have to sometimes.
D: You’ve had a lot of cool opportunities; do any of these stand out?
J: My first every ‘proper’ trip was to the New York with a tech brand a few years back. I remember as part
of that trip we took a 3KM run along the beach in The Hamptons. I still remember running along that beach that morning looking out to the sea and just thinking ‘wow’ and how cool it was and how lucky I was to be experiencing it.
D: Is there one post or one moment in your blogging career that stands out to you?
J: I got to go to the Olympics last year in Rio to which had been a lifelong dream. It was everything I
imagined! It will always stand out as a highlight to me and was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
D: How have you found balance in your blog and your day-to-day life? Were there any times where it was a struggle?
J: It is still a struggle. I find it hard to switch off and keep work out of my private life. Sometimes you just need a holiday or some timeout but I really struggle with that as I hate missing opportunities.
D: Which people that have had the biggest influence upon you and what you do?
J: That is a hard one. I guess I’m just influenced a lot by what I see online but I don’t think I can pick out an individual.
D: What Hogwarts house are you?
J: I went to the Warner Bros Studio Tour and got ‘sorted’ into the boring one. I forgot what it is called. I reckon I am more Gryffindor though.
D: What’s your favourite movie?
J: Home Alone hands down!
D: Do you have some favourite bands/artists/musicians?
J: Too many. My taste in music is wide from the likes of Blur and the 1975 to Chic and Lana Del Rey, it
really depends on my mood.
A big thanks to John for his time and great insight! He’s currently at the forefront of bloggers vs bots, making this space a better one for all of us.
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