Here’s a selection of must-read offerings from ten talented Glasgow online personas who have a lot to teach you about your very own city…
The clued-up blog: Miss West End Girl
As her blog name suggests, Lynsay lives, works and plays in Glasgow’s trendy West End. Miss West End Girl focusses on life and style in and around Glasgow, and she is a reliable local correspondent whether you are on the look out for pop up shops or a new cocktail bar to try. With an easy-to-read and likeable writing style, those who start reading for the Glasgow insider info will undoubtedly find themselves sticking around for Miss West End Girl’s entertaining life and personal updates in no time.
The boozy blog: I Might Have A Glass Of Beer
The author of I Might Have A Glass Of Beer – who we think is called Rob, but please correct us if we’re wrong! – has created a beer blog with a difference. This Glasgow-based ode to ale has a few unique characteristics which make it worth your while, including a constantly updated ‘What I’m drinking’ sidebar, and personal insights into Scotland’s famous relationship with the amber brew. Of course, I Might Have A Glass Of Beer will also keep you up to date with all of Glasgow’s beer-related events and news of any pubs or breweries opening in the area.
The caffeine-addled blog: Grind My Beans
Dave from Grind My Beans is a self-confessed coffee snob and has been on the hunt for Glasgow’s best cup of coffee since he moved there in 2004. Lucky for you Glasgow-dwellers, he decided to start writing a blog about his findings and now posts regular reviews of the city’s numerous coffee shops. If you don’t have time to read a whole post, Dave helpfully condenses his thoughts down into one sentence that he calls ‘The Single Shot’ at the top of each review, along with address information and opening hours for the establishment in question. This blog is easy to navigate and very pleasing to the eye.
The fit blog: Fiona Outdoors
Being a freelance journalist, website copywriter and pro-blogger with a passion for the outdoors, Fiona of Fiona Outdoors is the perfect person to turn to for exercise inspiration in the Glasgow blogosphere. She uploads a mixture of professional articles she has written for newspapers or magazines alongside more personal blog posts. The result is an interesting and varied look at fitness across Glasgow and the rest of Scotland with something for every exercise enthusiast – from yoga to cycling to sailing. There are also helpful reviews of equipment and sportswear which will be invaluable for those of us battling with the temperamental weather in the great Glasgow outdoors.
The music-obsessed blog: Everything Flows
Murray is the music addict behind Everything Flows, and this Glasgow native has been attending gigs in Scotland’s music Mecca since he saw Teenage Fanclub perform at the Barrowlands in 1993. In the past Murray has managed Scottish indie acts like Futuristic Retro Champions, Miaoux Miaoux and Vigo Thieves but he reviews and discusses music by a huge variety of different bands and genres on his blog. With gig write-ups, detailed album reviews and the odd film-related post, Everything Flows is an online highlight on the Glasgow scene – and an extremely useful resource for local music fans.
The foodie blog: Glasgow Food Geek
As her recent foodie gift guide proved, Pam knows her stuff when it comes to food and drink. If you’re stuck on which of Glasgow’s countless restaurants and cafés to visit next, her blog Glasgow Food Geek is the answer to your peckish prayers. Pam writes regular restaurant reviews (including takeaways, for those lazy Friday nights), recipes and the occasional post about foodie events. She really puts her personality into her writing, which means that reading Glasgow Food Geek feel more like a chat with a friend – over lunch, of course.
The style guru blog: ThankFifi
You won’t believe that most of Wendy’s street-style snaps on her blog ThankFifi were taken in Glasgow, or even the UK. ThankFifi is a simple yet elegantly designed fashion blog with outfit inspiration galore. Wendy combines clothes and accessories from various high street shops to create the kind of quirky, high-fashion looks you’d expect to see at London Fashion Week, but not necessarily in Kelvingrove Park. The photography on this blog is stunning, and Wendy’s Finnish Lapphund dog Mr K is her most adorable accessory.
The beauty inside blog: The Black Pearl Blog
The Black Pearl Blog dabbles in lifestyle, fashion and beauty, but its Glaswegian author Sandra obviously has a soft spot for all things hair, make-up and fragrance. As well as sharing the most up-to-date product reviews and previews on a regular basis, she shares recipes for her own DIY body scrubs and bath bombs which look good enough to eat. Sandra also somehow finds the time to maintain a parenting blog called Mummy & Baby Blog – she is a legitimate blogging superwoman.
The artistic blog: Glasgow Painter
Even as small images on a computer screen, the talented Jane of the Glasgow Painter’s portraits are incredible. Her blog gives an insight into the artistic process behind these amazing paintings, as well as more information about where and when you can see them for yourself in exhibitions and galleries – mostly in Glasgow. Of course, each post also comes with a different photo of one of Jane’s pieces to feast your eyes on.
The serial traveller blog: Anabel’s Travel Blog
Librarian Anabel has called Glasgow home since 1986 and is a huge fan of the city – in fact on her blog she says she now can’t imagine living anywhere else. Like most of us though, Anabel is a fan of travel and enjoys the occasional escape. Anabel’s Travel Blog is her account of her trips outside of Glasgow, from nearby Aberfoyle to the slightly further away China. Joined by her husband and faithful travel companion, Anabel gives in-depth looks at her holidays through her posts – with plenty of beautiful photos – that will instil both inspiration and envy in the reader.
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