Whilst enjoying some time off with the kids over half term, I found out I had been named as the top calligraphy blogger in the UK by Feedspot.
I’d been alerted to the fact by the lovely Kate Watson (Olive & Reid Studio) and Claire Gould (By Moon and Tide Calligraphy), who’d also made it on to the list and tagged me in their celebratory social media posts.
You can read the full list of Top 10 UK Calligraphy Blogs and Websites to Follow in 2018 here.
Feedspot is an online content reader, designed to help people keep an eye on their favourite blogs and websites in the one place.
I’ve featured in its Top 50 Calligraphy Blogs and Websites since 2016, which is a worldwide list, so it’s great to see Feedspot break it down into countries.
So, what’s it based on?
Feedspot ranks its blogs based on the following criteria:
- Google reputation and search ranking.
- Influence and popularity on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.
- Quality and consistency of posts.
- Feed spot’s editorial team and expert review.
Digital marketing and social media play a huge role in the success of any small business, so it’s a real confidence boost to see my efforts are paying off!
Why I love my blog
Unless you’ve followed my business journey from the start, you might not know that my background is in journalism.
I’ve always loved writing and set my sights on being a journalist when I was about 11, so although I was advised to have a blog on my website for search engine optimisation (SEO) when I first started out, updating it regularly has kept the journalist in me happy!
It’s a great place to share the stories behind my commissions, offer tips and advice, review products and write about various aspects of running a business.
I also feature artistic and cultural events in the north east that appeal to me, particularly if they’re related to calligraphy and lettering.
Some of my favourite posts
If you’re not a regular reader and would like to get a flavour of what to expect from my blog, here are a selection of my favourite recent posts.
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What would you like me to write about next?
1. Calligraphy for a romantic proposal
2. By Hand: The Art of Modern Lettering
3. New calligraphy collection at The Murray Library
4. Choosing the right calligraphy nib for you
5. Netwalking in Newcastle with Room to Breathe