Archives for July 2014

The Future of Blogging


Standard “Hayles is having a rant about blogging” disclaimer – this isn’t about you. But if it makes you think about things, then good.

The current hot topic on blogs at the moment is how blogging has changed, and how awful it is that things aren’t like they used to be. I’ve been noticing this on a few blogs over the last month, but the announcement that Domestic Sluttery, a blog that inspired so many to start their own, is shutting down made me put pen to paper. Fingers to keyboard. Whatever.

So why is the site closing?
Because it’s coming close to not being fun any more.

Sure, if something isn’t fun, then you shouldn’t do it anymore. But then, if something isn’t fun, that used to be fun, what’s stopping you from making it fun again? If you’re not happy with how something is done, then only you can change that. You have two choices really, fellow bloggers. Either suck it up, and learn that things change, blogging has evolved, or blog like you used to back in the day, without any pressures.

One of the main discussion points in all these posts lamenting the loss of 2009 style blogging is that it’s not all about the blogging anymore. It’s fantastic that some people can make a living from their blogs, but it’s not the be all and end all. It’s possible to blog without being bothered about getting as many ads, as many sponsored posts, as many items (and get them reviewed and posted before anyone else)

But blogging has changed so much, the industry is now very different to when we launched. It’s become about chasing pageviews and shares and fighting Facebook algorithms.

I get it – bloggers feel a little more under pressure than they used to. Pressure to be able to provide the numbers that brands want, and be omniprescent on all social networks, but what people seem to forget is that you don’t have to do that to be a blogger.

You know what you have to, must, need to do to be a blogger? Write.

So get on with it.


In standard acronym terms, KISS stands for keep it simple, stupid. In terms of this bag however, KIS stands for keep it safe.


I was late night browsing Kickstarter (I totally pledged for this awesome water balloon Kickstarter) and spotted this on the Bristol page. I wouldn’t normally share Kickstarters (mostly because everyone already knows about the good ones before I get there) but I thought this was a really clever design and quite reasonably priced. Check out the video to see what all the fuss is about.

They currently have early bird bags available for £13 – if you’d like to find out more, head over to the Kickstarter page. I’ve gone for the pink swallows design, but the fox is pretty cute too! This would be such a useful bag for festivals – the design seems really obvious when you see it in the video, but I’ve never seen anything like it.

Disclaimer: I haven’t received anything, not even a press release, to blog about this – but I want the Kickstarter to succeed so I can buy a pretty cool bag!

Things I Have Been Doing

Blah blah blah, haven’t blogged, blah blah, Bonjour, Blogger! takes up all my time, blah blah, words, excuses, nonsense.

What? I’m just getting the boring intro bit out the way so I can show you some photos. You’re welcome


  1. Vee Double Moo, the best fro-yo (and so conveniently around the corner from my office)
  2. Harts Bakery, also around the corner from my office, also delicious
  3. Aneta’s idea of a light snack one morning
  4. Suckling pig at a Chinese wedding banquet (btw if anyone is having a banquet for their wedding, I am available to eat, thank you)
  5. The mighty Trinity from the Volly. (Pork, chicken and beefs. The gravy is worth going for alone)
  6. Hot pot! (This is a Chinese dish where you have a pot of soup on the table over a portable hob, and you cook your food in it. Basically Chineser Fondue)
  7. Mini donuts that I made on a whim (after finding a recipe on Lakeland’s site which has now disappeared. This one looks basically the same though, at least, what I remember)
  8. Grillstock pulled pork. I love you so much.
  9. Juicing lemons, a new obsession after Alex bought a citrus juicer.


I went to Birmingham, did a talk, didn’t cock up majorly, came home with a mason jar in my Blognix goody bag (after teasing Bee the night before about drinking from them) and used it immediately to drink gininatin on the train.


Alex reached the end of his chemo treatment (hooray!), and I did all the Race for Lifes, but didn’t take any photos of it, because sweaty.


I took many pictures of the doges because doges.

Man, when you look at it like this, the past few months have been boring.

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