Hello and welcome to my eighth interview of my ‘meet the PR blogger’ series. I’m slowly but surely (and am almost finished with) working my way through the masses of wonderful PR bloggers that i’ve interviewed – so keep your eyes out every week for new additions.
This time round, my ‘PR blogger’ is the lovely Amanda Coleman.
What is the ‘meet the PR blogger’ series?
This series has been put together by yours truly to delve in to the inner workings of the PR blogging industry. PR blogging is a niche area, but an incredibly interesting one. Therefore, I am committed to finding as much out about it as I possibly can. I want to leave no stone unturned. Having blogged within the industry for over a year myself, i’m all too familiar with the quality content circulated, the brilliant connections made and the overall fun of it all. PR blogging is certainly a niche worth getting involved in and I hope this series will encourage some to do so.
I’ll be (hopefully) posting a new addition to the series once a week, with a new PR blogger in the pipeline every single time.
If you’re a PR blogger, or simply work in PR/business yourself then I couldn’t recommend connecting with every participant in this series more. Each interviewee has been chosen due to their outstanding skills and expertise in the areas of Business & PR. Alongside, of course, the quality of their blog.
So, without further ado, here’s my eighth addition of my ‘meet the PR blogger’ series with Amanda Coleman.
Meet the PR blogger – Amanda Coleman.
Introducing Amanda Coleman
She was named one of Vuelio’s top ten PR bloggers this year for a reason.
Amanda’s posts are always full of insight and knowledge. I really do learn a lot from them. One thing I particularly love about her posts is that the titles always leave you inquisitive; you always want to read more (and that’s a common trait of a prolific writer). One of her posts that I particularly loved was concerning ‘the future of PR‘ as this is originally what I wanted to do in my dissertation. Though I couldn’t follow through with the idea in the end, I’ve always thought about it a lot. I was glad to read Amanda’s post back in July and realise that we have pretty similar viewpoints around the topic.
Amanda’s blog, which is named Amandacomms Blog has been active since 2010, that’s an incredible 8 years! It’s crazy to think that when I was just 13 years old, still completely unknowing of what I was going to do for a career, she was out there writing this amazing content that is still of the same high standard today! One thing is definitely for sure: Amanda Coleman is a big name in the PR industry and therefore I am honoured to feature her on my little (and entirely inferior) blog.
It was great to catch up with Amanda and talk about her longstanding PR blog. You can read the interview below.
The ‘meet the PR blogger’ interview with Amanda
Jessica: How long have you been blogging for?
Amanda: I started blogging in 2010.
[Side note from me: “WOW, this is incredible dedication to blogging – you’re amazing Amanda!”]
J: What are the main things you blog about?
A: I blog a lot about work and things I think will be interesting to people working in communication and PR. Sometimes I just blog about aspects of life that I think are worth talking about.
J: Have you always blogged about communication and PR?
A: I have always tried to blend talking about PR and communication with a little bit of other discussion about life and particularly resilience. I think both work together because it comes from a life that is focused on delivering PR and communication.
J: Have you found that having a PR blog has been beneficial to you in the PR industry?
A: I have met quite a few people through my blog and I love it when people will comment and discuss what I have been talking about. It can be a challenge to write my blog when a lot of my work can’t be talked about. I am always extremely careful to ensure that I don’t say something I shouldn’t and on a few occasions have asked bosses to check my blog before I post it. I am not sure that it has been beneficial but it has helped to open a few doors and make introductions.
J: Do you have any PR blogging inspirations?
A: There are quite a few people that I like to check out including Rachel Miller, Stephen Waddington and Ella Minty. But I love it when I happen across a new blog. My inspiration is the lively discussion that is taking place in the industry.
[Side note from me: “we’re just all the same people in this industry, aren’t we? I LOVE all three of these blogs and they’re definitely at the top of my ‘inspo’ list”]
J: What was your main reason for setting up your blog?
A: I was going through a difficult time and writing has always been one of my ways to deal with challenging situations. Starting the blog became a way to focus my attention away from the difficulties I had. My reason now is that I enjoy it and I also think it is a great way to have discussion about the future of PR.
J: Do you have any advice to prospective PR people who may be looking to set up a blog?
A: It is simple really. Know what you want to do, be brave and be bold, and just do it.
J: Why did you chose to study/work within PR?
A: I started my working life as a journalist and then became disillusioned so a move into PR was the inevitable step. That was more than 20 years ago and I have never looked back. PR has the chance to do things that improve lives and that has to be a great place to be.
J: And finally, what do you enjoy most about PR blogging?
A: I enjoy being able to try and take a selection of events and make sense of them and of what they mean. I also get the chance to feel really creative.
Connect with Amanda
You can read Amanda’s (quite rightly) famous blog here, or keep in touch with her on Twitter. (I love having her on social media as she’s always there to help me out if I ever need it)
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