I love blogs. I know, I’m biased, but I do. From lifestyle bloggers sharing intimate snippets of their daily lives to enthusiastic foodies posting mouthwatering food photography and restaurant reviews, the blogosphere means there’s an infinite variety of online content to quench my boredom on buses and trains.
With so many bloggers vying for reader attention, it takes talent and consistency to build a loyal following. Here in Cardiff, a handful of bloggers have achieved that tricky task by continually posting interesting, useful and relevant content for their readers to enjoy.
Whether you’re new to the Welsh capital or just fancy adding some new names to your digital reading list, these Cardiff-based bloggers will provide you with hours of scroll-worthy material.
1. We Are Cardiff
We Are Cardiff was set up in 2010 by Cardiff-based journalist Helia Phoenix, and has since grown into a multi-platform community of writers, photographers and film makers. All work voluntarily to document the unique subcultures and fascinating characters that make Cardiff unique.
With so many bloggers and online publishers shouldering for the most traffic via ludicrous headlines and eyeroll-inducing clickbait, it’s reassuring to see that people still care about relatable local stories like the ones featured on We Are Cardiff.
2. Gourmet Gorro
Cardiff has an abundance of food bloggers; I could probably write a separate post praising the various roving restaurant goers who provide our city with culinary recommendations. However, for consistently reliable reviews of food and drink in the Welsh capital, Gourmet Gorro is my go-to.
Ed Gilbert has been blogging about Cardiff’s food scene for longer than anyone else I’ve come across. He’s covered an impressive array of restaurants since his first post in January 2011, spanning from lesser-known gems in Roath and Canton to city centre eateries and a handful of restaurants outside Cardiff.
All Ed’s reviews are honest, non-biased and transparent (he tells you when his meal’s been paid for, which isn’t always the case in the freebie-filled realm of food bloggers). Most importantly, the man knows his grub, and isn’t afraid to tell it how it is. If you’re looking for somewhere new to dine at in the ‘Diff, scroll through his latest posts and pick out something scrummy.
3. Tech Dragons
Tech Dragons is more than just a blog, but there’s no doubt that publishing regular content has been key to its success. The website is a resource for the Welsh tech startup scene, posting news about local companies and interviewing local entrepreneurs to share their stories with a readership of likeminded businesspeople.
One of the things that impresses me the most about Tech Dragons is how successfully it’s evolved from a personal journalism project by founder Nic Fearn into a fully fledged community for Welsh startups.
From hosting networking events to advertising jobs on behalf of local companies and even partnering with the Welsh Government to spread stories of Welsh innovation to a wider audience, the site is proof of how a great blog to lead to all kinds of awesome real life outcomes.
4. The Cardiff Cwtch
The Cardiff Cwtch has everything you could possibly want in a lifestyle blog: cosy personal insights, beautifully composed photos, drool-worthy recipes and useful recommendations on everything from local cafés to smartphone apps.
Nia has done a cracking job with the layout of her site – tracking down relevant content is a piece of cake thanks to her pared-back navigation bar and carefully selected blog categories.
I particularly like how she’s bundled together all her Cardiff-related posts in one handy link directory, which makes it easy for readers to find the best places to eat, shop and explore without having to trawl through dozens of archived posts.
5. Side Street Style
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Laura from Side Street Style is one blogger who knows her way around a DSLR camera. Combined with regular, relatable posts about family life, her photography has helped her to build a sizeable following for her blog.
Laura has also started to incorporate YouTube videos into her blog posts, giving her readers an audiovisual insight into the adventures she enjoys with her family.
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