10 Female Welsh Bloggers to Watch in 2018

10 Female Welsh Bloggers to Watch in 2018 - The Cardiff Cwtch

If there’s one thing that I bloody love about the internet (…other than Spotify, Wikipedia and my ASOS wishlist) it’s the fact that it allows you connect with so many like-minded, creative peeps you’d have otherwise probably never met.  Before I started blogging there were times where I felt incredibly lonely when it came to my own creativity; taking pictures, cooking and throwing my thoughts down was something I did completely on my own and only shared with my family and friends.  Before I started blogging I had absolutely no idea how many soul sisters there were just around the corner.  There are loads of talented Welsh Bloggers out there – waaaay too many to cram into just one blog post – but here’s a handful of my favourite online ladies as well as a few recent discoveries to get you started. 🙂

1. Rachel of “Rachel the Hat”

I first came across Rachel over on Instagram. I was initially drawn in by her colourful daily outfit posts but quickly became hooked on her fun and friendly Stories updates and her down to earth personality.  She’s also got a killer blog and YouTube Channel, hosts Blogger linkups and was recently chosen by Laura Ashley as their Style Crush for December.

Suggested Posts: Not Keeping up with the Insta-Jones’ – Stopping the Constant Buying“, “Five Ways to Downsize Your Wardrobe

2. Christy of “Style Rarebit”

I’m continually blown away by Christy’s daily fashion and beauty posts over on Instagram, as well as her clean and crisp looking blog.  And I can confirm that she’s just as stunning and as lovely in person as she is in her beautiful photographs 🙂

Suggested Posts: When am I going to ‘Make it’?“, “Flower Shopping

3. Gwennan of “Twenty Something Meltdown”

If you’re into Bullet Journals and Stationary then you seriously need Gwennan on your blogroll.  As well as being a talented illustrator, she also blogs all things lifestyle over at Twenty Something Meltdown and was even nominated as Lifestyle Blogger of the Year at last year’s Blogosphere Awards.  You’ll LOVE her real and relatable Instagram posts.  (Also, I’m pretty sure we live right around the corner from each other – I have literally no idea how we haven’t bumped into each other down the supermarket yet)

Suggested Posts: Two Hearty Meals to Make in Winter“, “43 Things You Remember if you grew up in Wales

4. Naomi of “Teatime with Naomi”

I’ve always wanted to go to Japan and so lived vicariously through Naomi’s blog posts and Instagram back when she was teaching in Nagasaki.  Now she’s back in the UK and studying for an MA in Creative Writing in Bath, her cosy blog is still just as addictive with posts about feminism, mental health and writing 🙂

Suggested Posts: You Are Enough“, “Why I Just Can’t Go for a Walk

5. Lottie of “This Girl Is”

Lottie’s only been blogging since October but I love her style and her Instagram is absolutely banging.  Definitely go follow her if you’re not already 🙂

Suggested Posts: Coffee Table Stylin’“, “This Girl Is

6. Annie of “Annie Bishop”

I absolutely LOVE Annie’s photography over on Instagram and her style carries right on over to her blog where she writes about music (she’s freelanced writing gig and album reviews) and her travels (definitely check out her “Cities Stories” if you’re planning a Eurotrip any time soon!).

Suggested Posts: Embracing a Settled Life“, “A Beginner’s Guide to Cardiff

7. Charlee of “Rose above the Thorns”

Charlee recently lopped off 12 inches of her lovely long hair to give to the Little Princess Trust, raising £500 to boot, which is amazing!  Based in Swansea, she also blogs budget fashion, beauty and lifestyle over at Rose above the Thorns and also helps run the Welsh Bloggers Twitter Account (also, her pup Beau is so cute!).

Suggested Posts: “Sustainable Fashion: What is it, and how can we make it more accessible?“, “How to Feel Pretty in a World Full of ‘Perfect’ Social Media

8. Charlie of “Charlie’s Chapter”

Fellow Cardiff foodie Charlie blogs all things food and lifestyle over at Charlie’s Chapter, and I love seeing snaps of what she’s recently cooked up over on her Instagram.  Definitely one to watch if fresh and healthy cooking is one of your top priorities for 2018!

Suggested Posts: Cardiff’s Top 5 Breakfast Spots“, “Meal Prep Top Tips: Charlie’s Cheats

9. Leanne of “Be Your Natural Self”

I first started following Leanne over on Instagram as I totally admire her no nonsense approach to fully embracing life, caring less about “perfect” and being yourself.  As well as blogging beauty and lifestyle, she also sings and supports the Alzheimer’s Society.

Suggested Posts: “Why Instagram Perpetuates my Feeble Obsession with Acceptance“, “When I’m Skinny I’ll be Hayley Williams

10. Lucy of “Lucy Mary”

Lucy has only been blogging for a year, but you’d never know it!  It’s clear she’s put in so much work to her lifestyle blog Lucy Mary, where she writes about everything from Wellbeing and living with Cystic Fibrosis, to Fashion and Personal Growth.

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Have a fab weekend everyone! X

When are we going to be on our own side?

Something happened last Sunday afternoon; Cosmopolitan UK shared an “article” (read: gif-heavy, typo-laden list-post) entitled; 15 things you should know before dating a girl who blogs.  

What was supposed to be a sarcastic, self-deprecating snigger at the quirks and clichés attached to today’s typical blogger (is there such a thing?) instead came off as a suggestive, resentful side-swipe at an industry on the up. Oops! While bloggers were quick to put the magazine in its place via Twitter (while irritatingly quadrupling the article’s page-views at the same time), a lot of us were left feeling a bit, well, bemused.

Oh!  But it’s okay because it was written by a blogger!  Oh, I get it.  It was supposed to be funny, where’s your sense of humour?  Oh, but not all bloggers are like that – I was only talking to a tiny minority of single, self-obsessed, coffee-swigging, consumerist, social-media junkies.

Right

Well, I have two theories as to what’s going on here:

Theory one surrounds the sad decline of the print industry and glossy mags in particular; when today’s women are more likely to bookmark their own online glossy of trusted fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogs rather than fork out £5 for a magazine full of ads and airbrushed models, then where does that leave the magazine industry?  No wonder it’s choosing to both embrace bloggers and then smack them down when their backs are turned in true Mean Girls-“Oh I love your skirt!/That’s the ugliest effing skirt I’ve ever seen!”-style.  Keep your enemies close, eh?  Nice.

The second, and more realistic, theory is that the female blogging community just has a huge chip on its shoulder.

But is it any wonder?  Bloggers work bloody hard to put themselves out there.  They’re an entire magazine production staff rolled into one single person; editor, writer, photographer, programmer, PR/digital media guru, advertising exec, accountant, designer… the list goes on.  The vast majority hold down full time jobs and full-time lives alongside blogging – while those who are lucky enough to earn an income through blogging alone have to put up with the perception that blogging just isn’t a “real” job, and that a normal day at the office involves slobbing around in PJs, snapping selfies, scoffing egg and avocado, going to “meetings” and waiting for that latest box of “freebies” from such-and-such a company to turn up on their swank doorstep.

As a result a lot of bloggers feel like they’ve got to something prove.  Trying to find your own voice in a community already over-saturated with incredibly talented individuals is – quite frankly – terrifying.

So, when someone takes an insensitive stab and sarcastically suggests that bloggers don’t take what they do seriously, or worse, then they’re just as entitled to hit back as teachers are when some ignorant twonk utters that infuriating phrase, “Those who can: do.  Those who can’t: teach and get six weeks off every summer.” Grrr!

But it’s a million times worse when bloggers actually subscribe to and promote that kind of belief themselves!  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a bit of self-deprecation and obviously having the ability to laugh at ourselves every now and again is important – but not when it completely undermines our worth and belittles all our hard work.

If we’re not going to be on our own side and hold on to the belief that what we’re doing is important in some way, (even if only in so far as being a bit of laugh on the side), then what’s the point?  We should be proud of our hard work and creativity, not poke fun at it!  Blogging should empower us in the same way that Cosmopolitan empowered us back in the eighties when it stepped out and gave a voice to women who wanted to take control of their careers and their sexuality.  It’s our loud-speaker, our voice. We shouldn’t be ridiculed for using it and for whatever we decide to use it for – whether that’s post after post of lipstick swatches or discourses on what modern feminism looks like – and especially not by the medium that pretty much inspired a lot of us in the first place.