Local bloggers Laura Morel and Christian Gott have been nominated for a UK Blog Award for their blogs ‘nineby5’ and ‘An Island Chef’. The UK Blog Awards is one of the most prevalent awards for blogging, with over 4,000 bloggers having submitted entries for 2019.
The nomination rounds off a successful year for established lifestyle blogger Laura, who this month has also been recruited by UK retailer Boden, to work with them as a micro-influencer.
The Awards which are to be held in London in April 2019 are now open to the public vote until 21 December. Nineby5 is shortlisted in the lifestyle category, with An Island Chef competing in the culinary section.
Laura launched her lifestyle blog in 2016 as a way to better explore the opportunities in Jersey for people to lead creative lives and careers. Since this time, she has gone on to work with Gallery magazine, de Gruchy and to teach social media classes to small businesses, encouraging more to unlock the potential from engaging online content.
Laura said: “This really is an amazing achievement and I would encourage as many people as possible to vote for myself and Christian through the Award’s website. I don’t think the island has tapped into the full potential of using bloggers and micro influencers as part of a wider marketing strategy, which is why I am always happy to chat to more people about becoming a blogger.
“Apart from a real passion for writing, one of the best things about blogging has been the people I have met. Those achieving great things locally that perhaps you wouldn’t know about, to the huge community of bloggers in the UK and beyond. It’s like being part of an exclusive club!”
An Island Chef explores Christian’s favourite foods and recipes from the Channel Islands and around the world, passing on his passion for great, local food. As a full-time chef working in Jersey and Guernsey, Christian draws on over twenty-five years of culinary experience to write about food that people really like to eat.
Christian said: “I am really happy to be nominated and to have reached the voting round for these Awards. To find out that two bloggers from our little island have got so far in competitive fields is not only recognition of our hard work, but of how Jersey is constantly punching above its weight in creative and technological fields.”