On loving being a Northern blogger

On loving being a Northern blogger | rhianna olivia

Last week, Joe and I went to Manchester because we were both nominated for Best Lifestyle Blog in the Northern Blog Awards. We dressed up all fancy, had a delicious meal, lots of wine and spent time with friends both new and old. It was such a fantastic evening, I can’t even tell you how much fun I had.

When I first found out about the awards, all I could feel was pride. FINALLY something recognising the talent we have up here. Something dedicated to US. Because, as much as I adore so many bloggers based in the South, it does sometimes feels like us Northerners are a little forgotten about.

When we arrived, the whole room was buzzing with excitement, pride, anticipation and what I can only describe as absolute and utter happiness. It really was something special. 200 people in one venue, celebrating what makes the Northern blogging community amazing. Celebrating our talent, and celebrating the community we’ve created.

I came away winning the award for Best Lifestyle Blog and the support I received was MIND BLOWING. People were cheering, I was totally barefoot, running up onto the stage, saying something fairly incomprehensible in the form of a speech, I said something about being barefoot I think? More cheering, more running barefoot, then I disappeared off to take a photo. I came back to the table to be absolutely inundated by tweets, Instagram DMs, Facebook comments and more, congratulating me and telling me how deserving I was of the win.

I’m still completely taken aback by it all, to be honest.

My head feels a little fuzzy just thinking about it. Although that could be all the prosecco and wine I drank…

I couldn’t have asked for a better award to be my first ever blog award win. The Northern Blog Awards’ Best Lifestyle Blog. REPRESENT.

On loving being a Northern blogger | rhianna olivia

On loving being a Northern blogger | rhianna olivia
On loving being a Northern blogger | rhianna olivia

There’s a lot of mixed opinions about what it’s like being a blogger in the North. And, I’m not gonna lie, I used to find it really difficult. When I started blogging, most bloggers I knew lived down South. I thought it was just the done thing – to move to London if you wanted to be anything of substance.

Being a Northern blogger can be hard, especially if you also have a full time job. But, the longer I do it the more I love it.

I mean, I don’t make how much I love the North a secret. I’m born and bred Leeds, my heart will always lie in Yorkshire. But as a blogger, it really is what you make it.

Most of the larger scale events are London based and I think this is where I struggle most. Having a full time job with very little annual leave means I can only get to London on a weekend. But, a lot of the events I kindly get invited to are on a weekday, either through the day or on an evening. With a 2.5/3 hour train journey being between me and the capital, and the literal minimum annual leave allowed, it’s virtually impossible.

That said, missing out on events is probably the only bad thing about being based in the North.

House prices are cheaper, so it’s more realistic for me to be able to take my blog full time and actually be able to afford to live. I love living in Leeds, 10 minutes on the train from the city yet 10 minutes from nothing but countryside. I love the blogging community up here, especially in Leeds – I’ve managed to find myself in the most fantastic group of ladies in Leeds and I love them oh so dearly. The food scene is incredible here, the event scene is incredible and growing by the year and I just really detest the idea of living in London. (Blasphemy, I know.)

I’m happy here. I’m happy with how blogging has changed over the past few years, allowing success for people across the country.

So, here’s to all you Northern bloggers. Keep representing, keep doing what you’re doing and know you don’t have to live in London to be successful. Look at me – I’m an award winner. *all the smug face emojis in the world*

On loving being a Northern blogger | rhianna olivia
On loving being a Northern blogger | rhianna olivia

Big ups to Joe for taking such gorge photos of me and Anoushka for taking such cute photos of me and Joe u the real MVPs <3

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  • YES to being a Northern Blogger 💕​ The scene is slowly growing and it’s so much fun to be such a small part of that and I’m super glad it’s brought people like YOU into my life. So many congratulations on your win lady, you deserve it.

    Emma | Paper Planes and Caramel Waffles

  • Congratulations on the win! I definitely have to visit Leeds ones day! x

  • You look absolutely stunning Rihanna, and the dress is so pretty – congrats on winning, you deserve it!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • Sara

    Congratulations on winning! I definitely agree about there not being many events and awards in the north or even where I am in the midlands so its great seeing everyone get some recognition and also the community growing and recognizing great talent (including the lovely southern bloggers as well!) Glad to see you had fun.

    http://www.onedaydreamaway.co.uk/

  • Courtney Hardy

    Congrats on your win girl! I defiantly think there is a lot of Northern bloggers, and they have more events and such. I’m a southern blogger and I really wish there were more southern bloggers events.
    https://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

  • This photos of you and Joe are the cutest photos ever!!! Again, another congratulations, you completely deserve to win – YOU’RE AWESOME

    Abi | abistreetx

  • You look gorgeous and that photo of you and Joe is so cute!

    I’m based in the south but I actually feel like there’s more bloggers up north. London isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, I actually can’t stand it and would much rather be in the countryside!

    Congratulations on your win, you deserve it xxx

  • Congratulations on your win! I was rooting for you as I really enjoy the content you put out :) Whilst London will always have the most opps and events, the Northern blogging scene is slowly but surely growing and I think it’s only a matter of time before more brands start to catch on!
    Jess
    alrightblondie.com

  • Glasses Girl

    YES RHI! I bloody love northern bloggers (though I love my southern gals), and I feel like the community in Leeds is more of a massive friendship group now. Everyone bangs on about the ‘community’ online going to shit (and tbf, it has), but the Leeds bloggers are one step ahead of that as it’s so full of genuine friendships.

  • LOOK AT HOW CUTE YOU GUYS ARE <3 <3 <3

    • Argh I was going to comment more but accidentally posted. Yeah, basically agree with all of this, to be honest the idea of being a blogger in London fills me with the fear as I can’t imagine it as being anything other than super competitive and not particularly friendly – there are only so many places at all these incredible events after all. Wouldn’t trade it for the Scottish blogging community for the world. x

  • First of all, congratulations on your win! It is so, so deserved. Also, you look absolutely bloody gorgeous.
    Being a blogger anywhere other than London can feel like a real challenge, but I agree that we miss out on with events we more than make up for in community. I’ve blogged in Wales, in the Midlands, in the South-West, and now Birmingham, and honestly, the I couldn’t leave the blogging community here now.