This is a topic I’ve been sitting on for a while as I’ve watched many friends and peers in the blogging world decide to shift away from traditional ‘blogging’, to photography, freelance consultancy, LinkedIn posts and anything else that has began to gain traction- or just pack the whole thing in completely.
Its not only the blogging world that seems to have hit a bump, so many written content based websites have been taking hits as of late, as a freelance writer and music journalist, I’m beginning to see this more and more often. Great websites, with great content, written by fantastic people are having to close and axe their activities simply as it isn’t profitable anymore, it isn’t leading anywhere and what was a project of passion has become an intense burden. It’s often I receive e-mails from sites I’ve contributed to over the years to say that things have to change, that the formats that worked for so long are dying. So as it goes, we watched the 2005 movie version of War of the Worlds, not the 1938 radio drama after all.
I was going to start this joke off with a tweet about having not showered since 2018, but it seems I started last year’s send off in that exact same manner. And also it’s a few days into 2019, so you better hope I’ve showered since 2018. Let’s recap another 365 days on the planet shall we. Typing ‘365’ with some confidence as I’m pretty sure 2018 wasn’t a leap year, don’t really know though.
Oh it’s the most wonderful time of year, it’s Spotify Wrapped day! Every year I get overly exciting for a personalised playlist and stats about who I’ve been listening to this year, even though I already know because I’m the one doing the listening. Either way, this is a great old day.
Every year I document my stats on my blog, more so for myself, but if you fancy a gander, you can find them all here: 2015, 2016, 2017.
Top 5 Artists
1) Bastille (Last Year: 1)
Happy December! It’s that time of year again, and if you’re like me, you’re not only already behind on Christmas shopping but are also completely stumped on what to get anyone. Never fear, I’m here to help with all of the best thing for any of the men in your life with a festive gift guide for him.
GQ How to Win at Life: The expert guide to excelling at everything you do
This handy book is based on major interviews from GQ over the years, including Richard Branson, Tracey Emin, Jamie Oliver, Tom Daley and even Dynamo.
This book covers pretty much anything you could ask for and makes for a confidence boosting read.
Is this a boring one? A little. Is it something you always forget about, never buy for yourself but need it? Yes.
Plus if you’re smart about it, you can find something pre-wrapped that comes with another bonus. Is this a basic tip? 100%, but this is always a great thing to remember. Boots do a massive amount of gift sets that always come with a variety of freebies.
Tom Ford fragrances are always welcomed, they’re just that bit too nice to buy for yourself. F****** Fabulous is just as the name suggests, and luxurious as f***.
2019 fast approaches, and so does a fresh new calendar that you need to fill up. London is an amazing city to be in, but why waste your time doing the same old, and standing in lines outside Madame Tussaud and paying £40 for a cramped ride on the London Eye? Below are a couple of experiences that you should enjoy in London in 2019.
Enjoy Rugby in Luxury*
February and March bring tons of rugby matches to the capital as the 6 Nations begin. It’s one thing to catch a match in the pub with your mates, but it’s another to enjoy 6 Nations hospitality at Twickenham Stadium and see the real deal. Catch England v Italy, England v France and England v Scotland in Twickenham. Choose which package you want, available in a range of prices and make the most of it! My family are Welsh, so I’ll be rooting for Wales to win as always!