Blogosphere – a print publication written by bloggers for bloggers – launched in October 2013.
The magazine was founded by (then) 24-year-old Alice Audley, who had started a blog the previous year as a means to break into the world of journalism. Though it was only meant to be a stepping-stone into the media industry, Alice quickly fell in love with blogging and with all it represented – the freedom for anyone to have a voice and share their thoughts, passions and discoveries with the rest of the world.
However, even back then, the blogging community was growing at such a rapid pace that the sheer amount of voices was overwhelming. And for every fantastic blog, there were tens of out-of-date, badly written, spammy ones.
Though there were lists of recommended blogs out there, the majority were written by journalists or marketing companies – and these (though high up the Google search) were often out-of-date, too.
What’s remarkable about the online world is that you can be anywhere with the click of a button – but, and it’s a big BUT, that’s only if you know where to look.
You can spend hours trawling through badly written (and devoid of passion) blogs – being shouted at by all sorts of pop ups and redirects – before stumbling across a good one.
At which point, you have about 45 tabs open on your screen and have forgotten where you originally came from.
Indeed, even if you know what you’re looking for, searching online can be a chaotic experience.
Alice, overwhelmed by the noise and the trawling but still fascinated and inspired by the blogging movement, had an idea (after a particularly dreadful job interview) – ‘What if you could curate the chaos?’ ‘What if you could filter some of the amazing voices from the blogosphere and bring them all together and put them in one place?’ For really, who better to tell you what’s going on within the blogging world than bloggers themselves?
This was the beginning of Blogosphere.
Over the years, the magazine has evolved from an 80-page blogging directory to a 164-page whopper of a publication, which includes exclusive interviews with stand-out social media stars, how-tos, advice columns and blogging-focused features – all of which are complemented with beautiful photography and illustrations. It’s an offline guide to the online world.
Alice, whose blog actually led to a job at The Daily Telegraph (her original dream job), left the world of newspapers in 2015 to concentrate on Blogosphere full-time and is now joined by a brilliant team who all work incredibly hard to bring its readers the best publication possible – and to do justice to the amazing world of social media and all of its inhabitants.
Meet The Team
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Alice started her blog The Audley Chronicle in 2012. Through her blog, she gained a job at The Daily Telegraph newspaper, where she worked on the Features desk writing, editing and commissioning until June 2015.
Alice oversees the print magazine, interviews the cover stars and sporadically blogs over on The Audley Chronicle (though now enjoys reading other people’s more).
Most likely to: be found in the office at weekends
Happiest when: seeing a new issue’s pages being laid out for the first time
Elaine originally started blogging in 2009. In 2013, she launched XOMISSE while studying Creative Digital Media at the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, to share the tech tips she had picked up on her degree.
After graduating, she set up her own business as a freelance web designer and front-end developer and has worked with bloggers from across the world. Elaine has been writing for Blogosphere since its first edition and moved to London to become a fully-fledged member of the team in April 2016.
Most likely to: be stashing cans of vanilla coke under her desk
Happiest when: designing the magazine and coding the website
Albertine started her blog, DippyWrites, in 2012. Initially it was a beauty blog, but has expanded over the years to cover, well, everything.She organised her first blogger event with a fellow university student in Exeter in 2014 and hasn’t looked back since! She now organises monthly Blogosphere events – including meet ups, cover reveal parties and workshops. When she’s not planning the next big event, she helps edit the magazine with Alice.
Most likely to: be saying ‘I just don’t think they’re in keeping with our brand’
Happiest when: finding the perfect ‘instagrammable’ event space
DesignerAngela has over 15 years’ of experience working in graphic design and shares her projects – both print and digital – over on angelalyons.com.Angela has designed Blogosphere from the start and has what can only be described as a ‘magic touch’ for making copy fit.
Most likely to: be sending over InDesign files in the early hours
Happiest when: smelling the magazine straight off the press…