Blogstock Festival 2015 – Line up
Check out our truly incredible line up for this year’s BlogStock. With amazing variety and some expertise. There’s something for everyone!
We’ll be adding more surprises too! Watch this space!
Sean is a photographer and social media influencer from the UK with a passion for taking photos of the great outdoors, whether that’s in the UK or around the world.
He has been a photographer for over 3 and a half years and is self taught after becoming addicted to photography on Instagram. Since then Sean has worked for National Geographic, Davidoff Coolwater, Travel Alberta, The London Helicopter Company, SBTV, and many more.
Ben is creative director at The Social Partners. When he’s not doing that you’ll find him trying to finish the book he’s been writing for years. 27 and a born and bred cockney, he’s also a avid beard enthusiast and chronic overuser of ellipses
One of Britain’s most loved wildlife television presenters, Bill Oddie is a passionate conservationist who has also authored books on birds and birdwatching. Having an interest in bird watching from an early age, his work includes hosting BBC Spring and Autumnwatch from 2005-2008, and writing the iconic ‘Bill Oddie’s Little Black Bird Book’. A former member of the RSPB council, Bill Oddie is currently a vice president for the League Against Cruel Sports. He is also a dedicated member of many organisations such as Greenpeace, RSPCA, and the Wildlife Trust. Conservation work is not Bill Oddie’s only passion- he also wrote and sang on six singles with the Goodies, including ‘The Funky Gibbon’.
Mark is a dedicated naturalist and independent environmental consultant. In 2011 Mark left the RSPB after almost 13 years as Conservation Director. His work and reputation has led to a large following on social media, alongside writing for several magazines and newspapers including Birdwatch magazine, The Guardian, and The Independent. Besides being a member of numerous conservation groups, Mark is also a keen blogger on environmental issues – most recently launching a petition to ban the shooting of grouse.
Dan is Head of Development at World Land Trust, the international conservation charity. Dan joined the WLT team in January 2013 after spending many years working for an FMCG supplier as their Graphics manager. In this role he was also involved in the management of their digital media. Away from work he loves nothing more than to be outdoors. He has a lifelong interest in wildlife and is a keen birder.
Zaineb is the founder of popular lifestyle, fashion & beauty community Blogging Gals which connects bloggers & brands from all over the world in one place. With nearly 4 years experience in the blogging, she has built one of the leading blogger communities here in the UK.
Zaineb is also the editor-in-chief of zeenaxena.com a lifestyle blog that varies in topics. She has been fortunate enough to work with great brands such as: Debenhams, Zoeva, Ladbrokes, NYX, Boohoo & many more. As a result of her success, Zaineb now freelances as a Blogger Outreach Specialist whilst organising some of the best blogger focused events & meetups in London!
Leah is a marketing and business geek with a passion for beauty and fashion. She spends her days transforming brands marketing activity and is currently Head of Marketing in the automotive industry, having previously worked with FTSE 100 brands in property, travel and retail. Her devotion to digital media has also led her to offer freelance marketing advice on social media and website design.
She currently blogs about her love for makeup, fashion and anything else that crosses her mind on ‘Devoted to Pink’.
Lauren is a blogger focusing on all things foodie, vegan, positive and integral to a healthy lifestyle. Trained in Photography and also selected as Company Magazine’s Fashion Photographer to watch, Lauren has used her skills to capture the best things in life and make healthy living and food accessible to all.
Exploring a plant-based diet to help benefit your body and skin in one of Lauren’s main messages with her blog (as is seeing the full potential in a positive and productive life) and focuses regularly on how all of these can help you maintain a long-term positive attitude towards your body, diet, and life that feels accessible to you.
Fab is a Passion and Health Junkie, and a professional time hacker. Avid blogger since she was 18, Fab’s interests shifted from music to health and self-development. She helps bloggers and business owners alike blogging smarter, as well as leading a healthy lifestyle in order to thrive every day. She is a multi-passionate entrepreneur: coach, mentor, writer, and founder of the Health Bloggers Community: the first leading online community of Health Bloggers.
Elle is a blogger and social media strategist with over four years’ experience in digital marketing, working for brands including Coca-Cola and Flight Centre UK. When she’s not travelling, writing about travelling or editing her crime novel, she is working as a freelancer to create and develop social media strategies and compelling digital content for agencies and brands.
She specialises in Facebook marketing and knows how to make even the smallest social advertising budget deliver great results. Elle lives in London but suffers from permanently itchy feet.
Julie is a London-based travel blogger and consultant. She writes an award-winning travel and lifestyle blog, A Lady in London, for which she has traveled to 100 countries and developed a strong social media presence. She is also an online strategy and social media consultant, public speaker, and freelance writer and photographer.
Originally from San Francisco, Julie attended Brown University and came to the UK in 2007 after leaving a career in finance, during which she worked for Goldman Sachs and a hedge fund.
Elizabeth is a freelancer specialising in blogging, social media and training. When she doesn’t have her nose in her laptop she can be found travelling the world as a digital nomad, trawling through car boot sales or rustling up her favourite foods in the kitchen.
Elizabeth has an award-winning lifestyle blog, Rosalilum, and last year launched her travel blog, Awesome Wave, with partner Raj. Together they have a combined social media following of 1million+. Elizabeth is one of only three Pinterest UK Ambassadors meaning she is fully trained and endorsed to speak on their behalf. As a blogger she has worked with a range of brands over the past few years including Fujifilm, Green & Black’s, John Lewis, Hotel la Tour, Marks and Spencer, Cricut, and more.
Raj is an Accountant attempting to change the boring accountant game. He is a blogger at Averagechap.com, one half of AwesomeWave.net, a DJ and somehow manages to moonlight as a policeman.
Raj left his job at Microsoft to start his company KonaSeven after spending a lot of time with fellow bloggers. He realised there was a need for creative people to stay creative but have some help dealing with the bookkeeping and business side of things. Now he spends his time living the life of a digital nomad, mentoring people to follow their heart and stay creative while he does the rest.
Marcin is a kitesurfer, freelance web developer, entrepreneur and blogger. Ever since he discovered kitesurfing he started travelling around the world visiting the best kitesurfing locations. He is passionate about extreme sports, but believes that they are not really that extreme, if you do them right.
Kevin is the editor and a co-founder of Tnooz, a global media brand covering technology and marketing in the travel industry. In a 20-year career in journalism (punctuated with countless European inter-rails and a 9-month stint backpacking around Asia), he has worked for local newspapers, business magazines and websites, and is a regular speaker, moderator and panellist at industry events around the world. He published his first book – a biography about Depeche Mode – in 2015.
Jessica is a writer, coach, digital marketing specialist and fitness enthusiast (phew!) currently based in London. By day, she lends her expertise to an exciting, central London-based start-up; by night, she thinks up creative new ways to live a happy, healthy and fabulous life on a crazy busy schedule, all the while loving herself fiercely! Over on her blog, Jessica Says, she shares insights on how to live your very best life and blog like a boss — even when you’re short on time.
Ximena is a blogger, YouTuber and entrepreneur who helps passionate, young women to find their true vocation, create a business and build a life around it. With more than 37,000 subscribers on youtube and over 250,000 views a month, Ximena has found her true passion and is ready to show you all she knows during BlogStock!
Six years ago Maria chose to leave her Civil Engineering degree in Spain to make a move into the creative world, focusing on her passion for Photography.
She has a BA in Photography and Film. Her great understanding of lighting and her subtle editing style allows her to deliver great results in any photographic field (portraits, events, food, commercial, interior and product).
In her years of experience as a professional photographer, Maria has had the opportunity to work with some big names such as Harvey Nichols, Cosmopolitan Magazine, D&AD, Vanity Hype Magazine and BLOW ltd. She has also been commissioned around the world in locations such us Hong Kong, Beijing, St Tropez and Thailand.
Alexandra Jimenez is an entrepreneur that has been creating businesses since she was six years old. She found her calling when she launched Travel Fashion Girl in 2012 and has since turned her full time travel lifestyle into a successful digital nomad career. By combining her professional background with her extensive travel experience, Alexandra has helped thousands of women become more efficient travelers with a reach of over 300,000 readers a month.
Penny blogs at multi award winning lifestyle blog A Residence which was bought by Wayfair.co.uk, the homestore in January 2014. Penny also shares outdoor adventures in family life at parentshaped.co.uk. A former Film, Drama and Media teacher with a diploma in Creative Writing, Penny’s creative blogging journey has opened lots of exciting doors.
The Alexanders were Carnival Cruise Line’s funnest family, appearing in a series of promotional films. As one third of Team Honk HQ Penny achieved three awards for social media and fundraising campaigns with Comic Relief, highlighting their work live from projects in the UK and Africa. Penny co-edits the family holiday inspiration site spaceinyourcase.com.
Mel is happily married with four children and a serious food addiction. A keen photographer, she is rarely seen without her camera around her neck. Her blog, Le Coin de Mel is all about food, family life, allergies, crafts, days out and pretty much everything she gets up to with her family. When Mel is not drooling over food on Pinterest or Instagram, she bakes with her children, plans meals, thinks about her next sweet treat, shares recipes with friends or takes photos.
Amanda is a blogger, freelance writer, and business owner living in Marrakech, Morocco. In 2013 she launched Marrakech Food Tours from her popular website MarocMama. With just $50 to invest in a business start up she has grown her business rapidly and will gross over $100,000 in 2015!
Monica is the travel blogger behind The Travel Hack. She’s been a full time blogger for almost two years and focuses on affordable luxury travel and, most recently, travels with a baby. She has a background in journalism and social media management.
Milou runs the Dutch travel blog Explorista.nl, the broke girl’s guide to life and travel. She aims to inspire young women to live a life of their dreams. Milou travels at least a week per month, and spends the majority of her time blogging, and writing for clients such as Expedia. Despite a small-ish audience, her travel blog has been featured in the country’s biggest newspapers, magazines (Cosmopolitan), various popular websites as well as appearing on Dutch national television, and she regularly gets invited on press trips.
Founders of the luxury travel blog, LiveShareTravel and authors of The Luxury Traveller’s Handbook. Sarah’s a print journalist and editor. Terry has a background in PR and communications of more than 20 years, principally in the challenging environments of politics and local government. They are co-founders of Captivate, an elite group of award-winning digital storytellers, and Sarah is UK director of iAmbassador too.
A travel writer, photographer and blogger who has worked in the travel industry for some 20 years. She is an advocate for reponsible travel, a regular subject on her blog, Travel With Kat. Having studied both Zoology and Botany at University she has a keen interest in wildlife and the environment. She is also passionate about human rights and is a Digital Ambassador for the UK branch of the international children’s charity, Plan. In 2008 she won the AITO Responsible Tourism Award for her work with a charitable organisation promoting children’s health and education in West Africa. Kathryn is a co-founder of travel content creators, Travelator Media.
A blogger who quit her job as a teacher back in 2010 to launch her own lipstick line and now owns two hair salons. ReeRee and her blog and business have featured in magazines such as Marie Claire, Fabulous, More, and Cosmopolitan. She now has a column in a tattoo magazine and blogs for The Huffington Post.
Dannii Martin is a full-time lifestyle blogger (with more of a focus on healthy food and fitness) at Hungry Healthy Happy. What started out as a way to share her 7st weight loss has turned in to an incredible community of people wanting to be physically and mentally healthier, but still enjoy good food. Dannii also shares her adventures around the world, as well as her food and fitness adventures in the UK.
Although her blog is just 3 years old, she has built up a social media following of 150,000, is ranked a top 10 food and fitness blogger, has been featured on Huffington Post and Fitness magazine and she has just signed a book deal.
Blogging full-time over at Amuse Your Bouche, where she shares her favourite simple vegetarian recipes (usually involving cheese). She aims to show that vegetarian food can be just as satisfying, simple and easy to make as meat can! Becca also writes and develops vegetarian recipes for other websites on a freelance basis.
The writer behind This Battered Suitcase, a blog known mostly for long-form narratives and deeply personal travel stories. When she’s not travelling and/or blogging about it, she works for Expedia UK and is finishing up her master’s degree in Creative (Non-Fiction) Writing from City University. She just turned her blog into a book and is proud to say the process involved fewer tears and less wine than she had expected.
A yoga teacher with a professional dance background, who knows the physical aches and pains of computer work all too well via her position as Managing Editor at Gogobot. Julia will teach a Saturday morning yoga session to get everyone ready for the day.
Now a travel blogger at travelwithamate.com but in a previous life was a superstar DJ! Matt will be back by popular demand after last year’s musical entertainment thrilled the crowds and made both the opening and closing parties a night to remember. This year Matt will also be hosting a DJ workshop where you can try your hand at DJing and master the art of scratching. He’ll also be adding a few surprises to this year’s evening entertainment. Not to be missed!
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