The Brilliance of Blogging (OVL JunJul ’16)

Now, this isn’t necessarily like my usual posts, but since this blog granted me the following opportunity I couldn’t not write about it.

When I first set up my blog, I thought a good way to raise awareness was to contact local newspapers and magazines. I also have a career goal of working in editorial, so I thought reaching out to local publications would never be a bad idea.

I live in the local circulation of Ouse Valley Living (OVL), and always enjoy dipping into their editions. OVL are an independent, luxury lifestyle magazine which covers a wide range of topics, meaning it can spark interest in 16000+readership. Therefore, back in April, I thought it would be a great idea to enquire about advertising my blog with them.

However, I could not believe the reply I received! I was offered the opportunity to write a 500 word article about blogging and so naturally I jumped at the chance. They gave me a generous time frame in which to complete the article, and the editor was so friendly and helpful it truly was a pleasurable experience.

OVL posted me a copy of their JunJul 2016 edition as soon as it was back from the printers. I felt really proud seeing a piece of my writing in print, especially with such an excellent publication! Aesthetically, their designers have made the article look sleek and modern, in keeping with the general look of the magazine. They even included the image I usually use in association with my blog, and included the link to my blog at the bottom of the work.

I can’t thank the team at OVL enough for allowing me such an amazing opportunity, I am truly grateful! Take a look at their JunJul issue at the link below, you can find my article on page 55:

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Lindum Books (Lincoln)

As I am due to leave Lincoln until I return in September for the MA, I have been celebrating my freedom from exams by exploring the city! I love the up-hill part of Lincoln, as you will have seen my previous ‘Trips Out’ posts are situated around this area.

During this weeks adventure I came across one of my favourite things: an independent bookshop, Lindum Books. It is situated in the Bailgate section of the Cathedral Quarter, and also next to the amazing Ice Cream Parlour. This is automatically a winner for me- books and a plethora of ice cream flavours- yes please!

Lindum Books is in keeping with surrounding aesthetic of the Bailgate area, mixing the traditional look of the outside with the large bay windows, whilst inside offering a contemporary, clean cut space. I am gutted that I didn’t find this bookshop sooner; Lindumalongside offering current fiction/non-fiction and new releases (upon entry I spied Caitlin Moran’s Moranifesto) there is also an excellent classics section, many of which I needed to read throughout my degree. But the best part… upstairs they have a second-hand book department! As I’m sure many students would tell you, grabbing materials for your course at a bargain price always stirs a feeling of triumph! But for any reader, a saving here and there is certainly appreciated. I will definitely keep this place in mind when sourcing texts for my studies next year.

Naturally, I couldn’t leave without making at least one purchase…. At one point I was clutching six books in my arms, remembered that I hadn’t done the food shop, and decided as an adult I cant justify not eating for the week in order to feed my fiction addiction. Regular reader’s will not be surprised to learn that I kept hold of an Ian McEwan that I have not yet read, The Children Act. However, the abandoned five are now on my summer hit list!

As a final point, the staff were really friendly and informative, and Lindum Books has a fabulous range of both fiction and non-fiction. For me, it was the perfect independent bookshop!

Do you have a favourite independent bookshop near you? Do you prefer independent to branded stores, or both? Have you discovered some new books you simply have to get your hands on? I would love to hear from you, so please like and comment, it would make my day! Thank you very much for reading.