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Jeremy's Blog, is a wholehearted read from social to environmental issues. In this interview Jeremy talks about self recognition and promotion is ok and how he admires content creators who have influence to develop a strong sense of community following. During this read, be prepared to be inspired!

Tell our readers a bit about you and your Blog content...
I’m a writer and communicator. I’m curious, and interested in everything. My blog is pretty broad ranging, but it’s mostly about social and environmental issues, and how we can make the world a better place. I try to be a positive, solutions based voice as much as possible. It makes for a better blog too, hopefully backed with inspiring projects and great ideas. I want people to know that the problems we face are large, but we’re not powerless in the face of them. 

Since your big win, where are you now?
I left my job to write full time just before I won the award, so the timing was perfect – it was a validation of the decision, in some ways. I’ve been freelancing for a few months now and it’s going well so far.

Do you think winning a UK Blog Award has helped progress your Blog career?
As a writer, it definitely helps. If you say you write for a newspaper or you’ve written a book, that carries certain kudos. But anyone can start a blog, so it’s not a particularly respected medium. That makes blogging very democratic and it’s one of its strengths, but it is a problem if you’re trying to do it seriously. The award sets the blog apart, and that’s been really useful.

So far, what has been the highlight of your Blog career?
The award was certainly a highlight, and it was great to be recognised. I also love it when I hear that a blog post has inspired a conversation or a new idea, whether that’s an individual or an organisation. I’m writing because I want to see change in the world, so it’s always great to know that the blog has been influential, no matter how small that influence may be. I’m also looking forward to the blog’s tenth anniversary this year, which feels like a real milestone.

If you were able to go back in time, what advice would you give to yourself about Blogging?
If I went back in time and gave myself advice, my past self would probably ignore it! Perhaps I’d tell myself to be a bit more strategic. I like to make things up as I go along, but the blog would have had more of an impact, and sooner, if I’d paid more attention to where I wanted to get to and what I wanted the blog to be.

Would this be the same advice to a Blogger starting out?
It all depends on what kind of blogger you want to be. I’m more of an activist blogger, and there are many other approaches to the craft. If you’re aiming to make your blog a commercial proposition and make a living out of it, you’d want to do things differently and be more focused. I think the most important thing about blogging is to write about what you’re passionate about, or it will become tiresome very quickly and won’t stand the test of time.

To those who are nominated or entering into the UK Blog Awards, what advice would you give?
If you want to make the most out of a win, I’d give a little thought to how you’re going to tell people about it if you take home an award – send a press release to your local paper, invite yourself onto local radio, that sort of thing. Not everyone is comfortable with self-promotion like that, and I didn’t think to do it until it was too late – but I should have done. It would have been good for the profile of the blog, and there’s no reason to deprive your local community of a success story!

Finally, this year’s UK Blog Awards 2017 theme is #BlogHero. How would you define a hero in the blogosphere? 
Some bloggers take a real interest in the lives of their readers, and are able to build a real sense of community around their website. I admire those who blog generously like that, and they would be my blog heroes.