Journeys with Jessica in the press

The past few weeks have been truly CRAZY in terms of blog PR, exposure and brand presence and I truly feel that my little blog is starting to gain widespread recognition across the UK, and not just by my biggest only fans (my beautiful friends/family) but by actual proper INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS too! AHHHH!

What’s the reason for this sudden surge in interest I hear you cry? Well, my Blog Awards nomination kinda helps (obvs), then I had my first ever travel conference to blog about (yayy) and, finally, I’ve got my upcoming Contiki adventure to be getting overly excited with.. and it’s not long to go now (OHMYGOD)! I’ve had plenty to keep me busy, and April is absolutely flying by at the mo – I can’t keep up! For those eagle eyed readers amongst you, here’s where you’d have spotted me in the press this month…

I had a press piece in The Oxford Mail

 

When I contacted an old school friend of mine last month to see if there would be any chance of him covering my blog awards nomination, I just thought he’d be able to do a couple of lines in the corner of one of the pages, just something small, but enough to say that I’d been in the paper! You can just imagine my reaction though when I was told it would be a half page spread and that a photographer would need to come round to the house to do a shoot! WHAAAAATT?! I was totally gobsmacked and couldn’t believe that the paper wanted to feature me so well. The article was published in print and online on 1st April and the whole experience from start to finish was fantastic, a big thank you to Kieran Davey who organised everything!

I had a separate press piece in The Witney Gazette

 

The Gazette is the sister paper to The Oxford Mail, so I knew that the piece would eventually be published there too. A week later I had a FULL page spread in the paper, with an additional photo and an online piece too. This article actually caught the attention of a few people in the town; I was asked to meet a top travel agent for an informal chat to ses if we could work together (hellooo potential freelance work), and I was also asked to take part in a TV interview for a local Oxfordshire channel. It just shows the power of the press and I’ve gained nothing but positive feedback from everyone who has seen my articles!

 

I had a TV interview with That’s Oxfordshire

 

In addition to my published articles, I was also tweeted by local TV channel That’s Oxfordshire and was asked to come in for a TV interview to discuss my blog awards nomination! I was flattered to have been asked and immediately accepted their kind offer. On Thursday 14th April, just a week after the Witney Gazette article, I headed over to the TV studio on Abingdon college campus to take part in my first ever interview. The staff were super friendly and the presenter, Alex, was lovely – she really put me at ease throughout the interview and I had such a fantastic time… sorry if I talked too much 😉

You can view the YouTube link for the interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDg7khswQ_w&app=desktop

…and… I was also on ITV NEWS! (that was totally unrelated to my blog though, FYI)

 

Today has been a crazzyyy day.. interview with the local press but this time not to do with my travel blogging! #whatisgoingon

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In other news this weekend…MUM I WAS ON THE TELLY!!! 😝✌ @itvmeridian #madeit

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Finally, and on a totally unrelated matter, I was actually interviewed by ITV Meridian after I happened to hear a sonic boom in the little Oxfordshire town of Witney! I was at work at the time when I heard the loudest noise EVER and totally freaked out! Being the social media geek that I am, I immediately took to Twitter to see if anyone else had heard it and, lo and behold, the site was a frenzy with others who had heard the exact same thing as me. ITV News tweeted and then called me to say they were on their way to our office for an interview! The RAF later confirmed that it was in fact a sonic boom and was caused by fighter jets being too close to our air space. Here’s the video link of me trying to explain what I heard that day…

http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/story/2016-04-08/reports-of-possible-sonic-boom-in-oxfordshire/

As you can see, it has been a MANIC start to the month (okay, I know it’s almost over) and I’m hoping the current interest in my little blog continues for many months/years to come! Up next is my UK Blog Awards event and I’M SO EXCITED!

Have you ever been on telly or had some press exposure? I’d love to hear how you handled your new found fame 😉

Love Jess x

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