Welcome to my ‘Meet The Welsh Bloggers’ series, where every week I introduce you to a new Welsh blogger, or a blogger living in Wales. This week is the turn of Jamie from Explore with Ed, Jamie is a photography who writes about his love of food, travel and cruising.

Meet The Welsh Bloggers interview series introducing you to Jamie of Ed Explores a Welsh food & travel blogger.

Firstly, tell me a bit about yourself and your blog …

I’m Jamie and I’ve lived in the tropical paradise of South Wales my whole life, spending summers at Barrybados and the Gower, accompanied by a bag of chips or Joe’s ice-cream. I’m a filmmaker and photographer under the name of Nutty Pear, working with another blogger and friend of mine, Hannah.

Explore With Ed is a food and travel blog sharing great places to eat and experience in Wales and beyond through pictures. I particularly love shedding light on cruise travel and have enjoyed exploring Europe by sea, visiting Belgium, France, Holland, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

What do you love most about living in Wales?

Spending time with family and friends is important to me, so I’m really lucky to have most of them dotted around South Wales. Besides that; the changing seasons, rolling hills, beautiful beaches, Welsh cakes, cheery folk… I could go on!

What, if anything, is your least favourite thing about living in Wales?

As much as I love how dramatic and dynamic our weather can be, it can sometimes throw plans into jeopardy, particularly with photography. I’ve seen my fair share of overcast coastal shoots, surprising sunsets (where’s my camera?!) and rained-off summer parties.

What made you decide to start a blog?

Explore With Ed started as a passion project after finishing my film degree at University. I wanted an outlet for my growing passion for photography and have always had an interest in food and travel.

What has been the highlight of your blogging career so far?

There’s so many, but I think it’s between picking up two Blog Award nominations in 2016 and my first press trip abroad. I flew to Rome and boarded a cruise ship, stopping off in Cannes to explore a French perfumery and medieval village, as well as a winery near Barcelona.

Who are your favourite Welsh bloggers?

I love meeting other bloggers and reading about their stories and experiences. I met Leanne at an event hosted by The Celtic Manor, one of my favourite places that’s right on our doorstep.

I feel very fortunate to be part of the food blogging community in and around Cardiff as they’re a lovely bunch of people.

Some blogs I enjoy include: Miss Nicklin, Hand Luggage Only, The Travel Hack, The Rare Welshbit and Ports of Call UK who all originate/live in Wales.

You can find Jamie at these various places around the web :

Blog: http://www.explorewithed.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/explorewithed
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explorewithed
Twitter: https://twitter.com/explorewithed

If you are a Welsh blogger or a blogger living in Wales and you would like to take part in this series just send me an email.

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Welcome to my ‘Meet The Welsh Bloggers’ series, where every week I introduce you to a new Welsh blogger, or a blogger living in Wales. This week is the turn of single mum Becky who blogs about her hectic life as a type 1 Diabetic.

Firstly, tell me a bit about yourself and your blog :


I blog over at Hectic Dia-BEC-tic about my life as a Type 1 Diabetic single mum to my 4 year old daughter Cici. It’s a mixture of Diabetes related posts and info, with a little sprinkling of my life as a mum, and the things we get up to together just the two of us. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 25 years ago, aged just 6 years old and struggled for years to deal with it. Aged 26, I found out I was going to be a mum and my attitude completely changed. I now had another being relying on me so I had to start taking care of myself for her sake.
What do you love most about living in Wales?

I love how Patriotic we are as a country. Whenever there’s a Rugby match on, the whole of Wales will be out in force, dressed and painted from head to toe in red, cheering for our boys. It’s a beautiful country to live in, stunning scenery, beautiful beaches… And that feeling you get when you’re coming over that bridge from England to get back into Wales, that’s the best feeling ever!

What, if anything, is your least favourite thing about living in Wales?

It’s got to be the rain! No matter what the season, guaranteed it’ll rain!

What made you decide to start a blog?

My Diabetes Consultant offered me the opportunity to switch from insulin injections to an insulin pump to help me improve my control, and I decided I wanted to write about my journey. This, in turn, evolved into me wanting to help other Diabetics after I wrote a brutally honest post about my struggles with the condition.
What has been the highlight of your blogging career so far?

Just six months after I first set up my blog, which started as a hobby, I have now started making some money from it. Nothing major, just a little bit of pocket money which helps a lot.
Do you have any favourite Welsh bloggers?

I don’t really know many Welsh bloggers! Obviously you Leanne… I’m a big fan of Cathryn Scott too who blogs over at A Cardiff Mummy Says. I got involved with a blogging opportunity she was running for Macmillan Cancer and she was lovely to chat to.You can find Becky at these various places around the web :

 

If you are a Welsh blogger or a blogger living in Wales and you would like to take part in this series just send me an email.

It’s Monday already which means that I am bringing you another Welsh blogger, this week is the turn of the lovely friend and fellow parenting blogger and chocoholic Alana from Baby Holiday.

a blog series interviewing welsh bloggers - this week is parenting and lifestyle blogger Alana of Baby Holiday

Firstly, tell me a bit about yourself and your blog :

Hiya! I’m Alana – a news editor, chocoholic and mother to two boys, blogging at www.baby-holiday.co.uk. I live in South West Wales with my husband Stew, our sons Santino, aged two, and Ezra, five months, and our beagle Jeremy (Jeremy Beagle – get it?! And yes, she’s a girl … called Jeremy).
I love photography and travelling, and when I’m not annoying my family by making them stop for yet another photo I’m planning our next trip or day out – usually with the aim of getting some specific shots.
My camera is always to hand, and is usually only replaced with a cup of tea or a caramel latte … oh ok, and a slice of cake.
I blog about family life in general, as well as our travels, days out and fashion.

What do you love most about living in Wales?


I’ve been lucky enough to live in a few different places while studying and travelling, from the French Alps and the south of Italy, to Dorset and Wiltshire, but always knew I’d come home to Wales. I’m from a very close-knit family, as is Stew, so I couldn’t imagine Santino and Ezra not being able to see their grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins regularly (it’s also a huge help with childcare!)
When I got my first journalism job I moved to Wiltshire for two years and found it really strange being so far from the coast. One of the things I love about where we live is being a short distance from so many beautiful beaches and walking along the seafront.

What, if anything, is your least favourite thing about living in Wales?

The worst thing about living in South West Wales is feeling a bit cut off from the rest of the world. I miss out on big bloggers’ events because they tend to take place in London, and even events in Cardiff can be a struggle as they usually mean a late night. Meeting friends means an early start and late drive home, and going on holiday means factoring an extra few hours travel time to the nearest airport. We could do with a few more facilities further west!

What made you decide to start a blog?

I knew nothing about blogging when I decided to start my own site while on maternity leave with Santino, now aged two, as I thought I would need a hobby to keep me busy (ha! how naive). I’m a journalist and news editor by profession so writing comes naturally to me and I couldn’t face the thought of going a year without writing. I had no idea what I was doing as a mother, and wanted to show other parents that it’s ok to wing it the majority of the time. Two years and a second son later and I’m still blogging … and winging it.

What has been the highlight of your blogging career so far?

I’m far too small-fry to be considered for awards and things, and have used my blog more as a way of recording our memories than for opportunities, so I’m always amazed if a company approaches us. Last year we were lucky enough to be chosen as Bluestone Bloggers and spent a week at the resort in Pembrokeshire. We really enjoyed, and had some quality time with my sister-in-law who left the following month to spend 18 months travelling.
When I started blogging I used to read about people who made groups of friends online, and to be honest I thought they were mad. Fastforward two years and I now have some fab friends who I try to meet with regularly and message almost daily … who’d have thought it?!

Who are your favourite Welsh bloggers? 

There are so many lovely and talented bloggers in Wales. I especially love reading Laura’s posts at Sidestreet Style … as the name suggests, she blogs a lot about fashion and lifestyle, and she amazes me with her ability to always look so put together and on trend with two young boys. I also love catching up with Cathryn at Cardiff Mummy Says … If there’s something happening in Cardiff, she knows about it!

You can find Alana at these various places around the web :

Blog: www.baby-holiday.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/babyholidayblog
Instagram: www.instagram.com/alanababyholiday
Twitter: www.twitter.com/alanababhols
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEmfT2F_KLu622ZI3mnRcZw

If you are a Welsh blogger or a blogger living in Wales and you would like to take part in this series just send me an email.

Running this series has taught me that I am useless at running a series. These posts are becoming more of a monthly thing than a weekly thing. I must get more organised, I must. Anyway, I digress, I am now back with another Welsh blogger, this week I am interviewing Charlotte from Welsh Mummy Blogs.

Meet the Welsh Bloggers - a series interviewing Welsh bloggers - this week is the turn of Welsh Mummy Blogs, a parenting blog based in South Wales

Firstly, tell me a bit about yourself and your blog :

My name is Charlotte Harding, I am a married mum of two boys age 4 and 2. I had a difficult past before I became a mother. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder type 2 10 years ago. After suffering with postpartum psychosis after the birth of my first son and not receiving specialist treatment I decided to campaign for a specialist psychiatric mother and baby unit in Wales as we don’t have one!

I have helped collect 15,000 signatures on our petition. I am now working with the Welsh Health Specialised services committee to see what they can do.

My blog is Welsh Mummy Blogs it is a place for me to escape from my mental illness and talk about the things in life I love; My children, husband, theatre and historical places of interest.


What do you love most about living in Wales?

I love everything. I am a born and bred Cardiff girl. I love that I live in the city but it is very easy to hop on a bus or train to escape the hustle of busy city life. I love the parks and historical places of interest.

What, if anything, is your least favourite thing about living in Wales?

It can sometimes be too wet for my liking. I love colder weather but I don’t drive and we don’t own a car so rain is not my thing when travelling with kiddies.

What made you decide to start a blog?

I originally started a blog Recovery Mummy to talk about my mental illness and how I manage but I found that it was having a negative impact on me and not helping with my mental illness. I wanted to write about me and not the illness that I fight everyday. I wanted to write about being positive.

What has been the highlight of your blogging career so far?

Everything, I love to see how many shares a post gets and I love when people comment. I am looking forward to self hosting soon and getting my hubby to build me a website.

Who are your favourite Welsh bloggers? 

I like lots of Welsh bloggers but to name a few I have to say Twin Mummy and Daddy, Cardiff Mummy says, Kelly Allen Writer, DIY Daddy and of course you!

You can find Charlotte at these various places around the web :

Blog : https://welshmummyblogs.wordpress.com/
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/WelshMummyBlogs/
Twitter : https://twitter.com/WelshMummyBlogs

If you are a blogger living in Wales and you would like to take part in this series just send me an email.

This week’s featured Welsh blogger is Kacie of The Rare Welsh Bit. Kacie is based in Cardiff and writes a food and travel blog. I’ve met Kacie at a few local foodie events and she really is lovely. Random fact, I really like her blog name, I love the play on the popular Welsh dish, Welsh Rarebit (posh cheese on toast).
meet the welsh bloggers - a series of interviews with welsh bloggers - The Rare Welsh Bit - a food and travel blog based in South Wales

Firstly, tell me a bit about yourself and your blog :

My blog is called The Rare Welsh Bit and it’s all about food and travel, in South Wales and beyond – I’ve covered Portugal, Rome and Jamaica on my blog so far and by the end of this year, I’ll also have published a few posts about my visit to India next month (!) I called my blog The Rare Welsh Bit because when I started blogging six years ago, it was still a relatively new trend and there weren’t many Welsh blogs around at all, let alone Welsh food blogs – so, the play on words seemed like a good idea.


What do you love most about living in Wales?


I love Welsh history and culture. St Fagan’s National History Museum is one of my favourite places in Wales; I love the old Welsh village that has been rebuilt on-site and no matter how many times I walk around it, I always find something new to interest me. And, of course, being a Welsh food blogger, I love Welsh food. To me, traditional Welsh food is hearty, comforting and fuss-free. You can’t beat a good lamb cawl with some cheese and crusty bread to warm you up on a cold evening!

What, if anything, is your least favourite thing about living in Wales?


That’s an easy question – the rain! The rain has got to be the worst thing about living in Wales. I think those who don’t live in Wales usually have a very negative view of the weather we tend to get, and although it’s not always as miserable as its made out to be here, when it rains it really does pour down!

What made you decide to start a blog?


Six years ago, I’d just graduated from Cardiff University with a BA degree in Journalism, Film and Media and I needed somewhere to showcase my writing in order to impress potential employers and a blog seemed like a great way to do this. I wasn’t up for leaving Wales for work (although most journalism jobs at the time were in London) and the only thing I was really passionate about at the time, besides writing, was food. So, I started a Welsh food blog. And then four years later, I caught the travel bug and decided to start writing about my adventures as well!

What has been the highlight of your blogging career so far?

The biggest highlights of my blogging career to-date have been representing Wales in a feature on regional food bloggers in Sainsbury’s magazine, and being interviewed on BBC Radio Wales’s breakfast show about the Welsh food scene.

You can find Kacie at these various places around the web :

Blog : http://www.therarewelshbit.com
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/TheRareWelshBit
Twitter : https://twitter.com/TheRareWelshBit
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/therarewelshbitblog
Pinterest : https://uk.pinterest.com/therarewelshbit
Google+ : https://plus.google.com/+KacieMorgan

If you are a blogger living in Wales and you would like to take part in this series just send me an email.