Friday, 13 February 2015

Living with a Blogger

My name's Simon and I live with a blogger.

Living with a blogger definitely has its perks.  Sure, sometimes I get to be a plus one at the opening of the hottest new bar, enjoy the occasional complimentary meal and yes, once I even bagged myself a winter coat.  But before you think I get a free ride, just take a second to think about what it's like to live with a blogger.



We're out for a meal, usually somewhere new and awesome, I've spent the day studying the menu and for hours my mouth has been watering at the thought of eating an epic burger.   But, no matter how hungry I am, I can't tuck in until after my meal has gone through the required photo shoot.  This often involves me having to lie across chairs to get out of shot, and sometimes I'm even asked to leave the table!   One day I'm going to be mistaken for a waiter!




Sometimes we find somewhere amazing to eat, but as the meal comes to an end I can't help but feel a little sad.  This is because I know we wont get to return any time soon as there are so many other places on the (eternally growing) list that need to be visited first.  Never fall in love with a restaurant if you're dating a blogger!

Every spare moment is spent in the gym as our weekends mostly consist of eating and photographing cake.  I'm sure I had a 6 pack before this blog began (lies!).


My Sunday evenings used to consist of chilling out, perhaps gaming with some mates on Xbox, preparing myself for the week ahead at work.  Nowadays my Sundays involve proof reading the following week's blog posts.

I used to be able to take just one photo of my other half and she'd be perfectly happy.  Now when she presents me with her camera I know it's to take new outfit photos.  I instinctively take 40 (plus) shots, even though she'll hate each one!

When I pull back the curtains on a Saturday and see sunshine I can't help but let out an inward groan.  My chill out time has gone, as my blogging girlfriend will now insist on gallivanting round the countryside on an adventure.


Whilst out on our adventure I'm often given the opportunity to perfect my juggling skills when I'm given the task of taking her photo whilst holding her handbag, camera bag, coat, scarf, hat .. oh and maybe her gloves.

I used to pride myself on being the techy geek in our relationship so it did take me aback when Chloe started bringing up Google stats and SEO into our conversations.  I will admit that she has taught me a thing or two.

Joking aside, I love seeing how much enjoyment Chloe gets from her blogging and discovering all the places, new and old to visit in the North East. And as someone who does enjoy food, I'm not really going to complain when it comes to eating out somewhere new.

I did want to take a quick minute to thank everyone who reads and comments on New Girl in Toon. Moving to a new part of the country wasn't easy for Chloe but writing this blog encouraged her to get out and about and meet new people.   She was welcomed into the blogging community in the North East and I'm really pleased that she's made such lovely friends.

46 comments:

  1. I love this post so much Chloe. It is true, it isn't easy living with a blogger but after all we are fabulous people.

    Keep doing what you're doing, we love it!

    Aftab | Fresh And Fearless

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  2. Haha I love this post! I now have an image of you lying across a chair so Chloe can get the all important shot! I'm going to forward this to Steve as I'm sure he'll nod along in agreement ;-) #nebrilliantbloggers

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    1. It did make me chuckle :) The things I make him do ... he loves the blog but sometimes I think he's just thinking "REALLY?!!" when I'm telling him to do something daft!

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  3. Brilliant! I can't wait to show this post to James, I'm sure he will empathise! Those pics are great too!
    Rach x

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    1. Thank you :) There was an amazing load of photos to choose from, Simon has the best photo face!

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  4. This is brilliant! My boyfriend is the same! x

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  5. Love this post, I remember reading both of your blogs on ww back in the day. :) Had a chuckle at having to lie across chairs. I make Kris do the same thing. Muahaha.

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    1. If it hadn't been for blogging we never would have even met :D He actually still updates his WW one every now and again - he's back on it at the moment to get back down to goal :)

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  6. Simon perhaps you have a little hidden writing talent lurking?!!
    Chloe, love love loved this post and need to show my husband who complains a lot - he has it SO EASY!!!
    M x

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    1. Don't tell him that! I am slightly miffed that my two most read blog posts of the year so far have both been Simons ... maybe I should just retire now :P

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  7. I love this and it's sooooo true!! Just everything! Our holiday photos are now just full of food photos too ;) Can't wait to read more from Simon.
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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    1. It's funny how all my photography has become about the blog now, I sometimes forget to take photos of us!

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  8. Brilliant post on a partner perspective.. relatable to many I'm sure. :)
    Loved reading your posts Simon. :)

    Caroline.x
    notesfromcaroline.com

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    1. Thank you :) He's so chuffed with all his comments ... I actually think all the page reviews are Simon checking if he's had any more comments!

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  9. Such a fun post but Simon, what a lovely way to end it. I know from my own partner that sometimes it can be frustrating living with a blogger but it takes a great partner to understand and help out.

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    1. Definitely! I appreciate him so much, even though I'm a pain in the arse with it all sometimes!

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  10. This is so funny, I'm sure my boyfriend would find a lot to agree with here, especially with regards to restaurants! x

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  11. So funny and so true. I definitely agree with the restaurants bit, my family hate me taking photos

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    1. I almost forget it's not normal now, it's only when we're out with someone new that I have to explain to them why I'm crazy and taking photos of my food!

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  12. LOVED this post! I'm going to have to get MrJ to read it – he will sympathise! It's so nice getting to know more about the 'unseen' half of New Girl in Toon! Rosie xx

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    1. Thank you :) I think we need to get all the men folk together so they can compare notes and have a good old whinge!

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  13. This is such a lovely post, I know my boyfriend can certainly sympathise with most of these things! :) xxx

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  14. This is adorable, and I feel something that should almost be given to potential new boyfs of mine as a disclaimer!
    Stephie from Tea in your Twenties xx

    http://teainyourtwenties.com

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    1. Definitely!!!!!!!!! They need debriefing!

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  15. What a fantastic post. My other half always moans about me having to photograph everything we eat - before he digs in of course!

    www.honeybourneline.co.uk

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    1. At least now he knows its not just him :D

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  16. What a great post!!! I am sure my husband would agree... :D

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  17. Simon my other half would agree with every statement you have made. You have to be very patient men. I am glad you are supportive because we love reading Chloe's blog Lucy x

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  18. What a great idea for a post (my boyfriend feels your pain!)

    Lizzie Dripping

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  19. Ha ha, I understand! My husband assumes a "I am NOT going to live according to your blogging schedule!" approach to visiting anywhere new or taking photos unless I prepare the ground by being extra sweet! x

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    1. OMG I do this .... I have to build up to telling him .. even though I think he always knows!

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  20. Such a great idea for a post and v.funny too. My husband can't stand it when I take food photos! Although some of the things Simon has to do are a bit daft, you guys make a v.good team :)

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    1. HA HA!!!!!!!! I am a little mean sometimes!

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  21. What a sweet series of posts! Nice to hear more about, and from, the 'Boy Behind the Blog'!

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  22. This. Is. Brilliant. And you had my other half nodding along to pretty much everything there (although I did point out I haven't yet asked him to actually leave a table yet, but I might well do that next time!) :-) xx

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  23. Hilarious post, and a lovely couple of paragraphs at the end :-)

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  24. Just reading through your blog Chloe and this post is hilarious! I love it. Well done Simon for putting up with it!! Katie x

    www.katiejaneonline.com

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  25. This was a brilliant idea for a post, so funny and relatable! He does get to visit some great places with you though! x

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