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Susan James

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Gay Wedding & Fitness Blogger | Content Writer | Short Story Author |

About Me

I put one word in front of another occasionally adding something super-fancy like a semi-colon. I write SEO web content but I don’t write for Google. I write for people.

I believe in creating content that not only supports businesses and brands but also informs and engages a readership.

I’ve been shortlisted for a UK Blog Award twice.

Pink Wedding Days is listed in Veulio’s Top 10 UK LGBTQ blogs.

The EarHugz blog receives an average of 5,800 unique page views a week.

I have a BA (Hons) in War Studies from King’s College London. Thankfully, I’m a better writer than I am a barbarian, but I do know my Frederick the Great from my Alfred the Great.

I’ve been to North Korea.

No seriously, I have.

My short fiction has been published in Mslexia. I’ve also read my own work out at Birmingham Literature Festival.

I’m adaptable. I write for a same-sex wedding blog but I’m not gay. I write about headphones but I don’t own any. I blog about gyms despite having never stepped in one.

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit some amazing places in the world and many of these have inspired my writing and my world view. I’ve trekked through the Himalayas in Nepal to Everest Base Camp, and I made it to the peak of Kilimanjaro two years later. 

I spent 9-months living in Moscow during the winter. I enjoy a challenge. I don’t enjoy baba ganoush no matter how many times I try to make it and eat it.

Eugh.

If you have a writing project and you think we’d be a good fit, then send me a message.

Industries I Write About

Health, Wellness & Fitness

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My Writing Samples

How Does Noise-Cancelling Work?

There are two types of noise-cancellation: passive and active. This post looks at the differences between the two and the technology behind them both.

https://earhugz.com/blogs/fitness-and-tech-news/how-does-noise-cancelling-work

Halo Sport Headphones: Neuropriming Your Workout

With the Halo Sport 2 headphones about to be released, we thought we’d take a closer look at what neuropriming your workout actually means and whether or not using neuroscience to improve your fitness and form is ethical and safe.

https://earhugz.com/blogs/fitness-and-tech-news/halo-sport-headphones-neuropriming-your-workout

Running While Female

According to a survey published by Runner’s World in 2017, 43% of women have experienced harassment when running. For women under the age of 30, that number rises to 58%.

https://earhugz.com/blogs/fitness-and-tech-news/running-while-female

How to Make Small Talk at Weddings

Weddings can be particularly difficult as we may have to spend an extended period of time sitting and eating with complete strangers.

https://pinkweddingdays.blogspot.com/2019/06/how-to-make-small-talk-at-weddings.html

Should You Invite a Homophobic Relative to Your Wedding?

Let’s be realistic – there are shades of bigot. Not everyone who has an issue with same-sex marriage is a member of the Westboro Baptist Church. Most people won’t make a scene or a big deal about your nuptials even if they disapprove.

https://pinkweddingdays.blogspot.com/2019/04/should-you-invite-homophobic-relative.html

Why Do Cats Hate Car Rides?

Felines aren’t exactly known for their love of travel but why do cats hate car rides so much? Because cats aren’t as domesticated as dogs.

https://travelwithyourcat.com/cat-behavior/why-do-cats-hate-car-rides/

Experience

Blogger

I research, write and edit blog posts on trending LGBTQ issues with a focus on same-sex marriage and civil partnerships both in the UK and abroad. It creates quite a range of topics and our posts have included everything from the pros and cons of wedding insurance to the stigma of child-free weddings and the struggle of legalising same-sex marriage in Asia and Australia. The blog was shortlisted for a UK Blog Award in 2016 and 2018 in the Wedding and Events category and is ranked in Vuelio’s Top Ten UK LGBT blogs. Our audience isn’t exclusively homosexual and I’ve always tried to find the balance between maintaining the core identity of the blog as a focus for gay couples whilst reinforcing the idea that it’s just semantics: gay marriage is just like straight marriage. The only real difference is that same-sex couples have to try and plan their weddings in a society that remains very heteronormative. If you Google ‘weddings’, then you’ll understand what I mean. It’s tough to be a gay man planning a wedding when so much of the industry is still obsessed with everything bridal. I liaise with the venues and vendors who pay for advertising in the Pink Wedding Days directory to give coverage to any open days, offers or refurbishments on our blog and social media channels. I work with PR companies, too, to help promote products, information and offers suitable to the blog’s audience. Shortlisted for a UK Blog Award in 2016 and 2018 Ranked in Vuelio’s Top 10 LGBT Blogs.

Company: Pink Wedding Days

I worked there from 2/2014 until now

Fitness Blogger

I write posts with a focus on fitness in support of a new start-up company called EarHugz. I update the blog on a bi-weekly basis covering gym-related topics using SEO to improve the product’s visibility.

Company: EarHugz

I worked there from 3/2018 until now

Fiction Writer

Published Work Mslexia: ‘Who the Lord Loves Best’ featured in Issue 73 of Mslexia as part of their new writing showcase. I’ve also had a flash fiction piece published in their magazine and a further piece as part of their subscribers' email. Brilliant Flash Fiction: Runner-up in ‘Aftermath’ fiction competition Ellipsis Zine: Contributing author for ‘Two’ anthology The Reader Berlin: Runner-up in ‘Summer’ themed fiction competition where I also read my piece out to an audience. At the Writing West Midlands Literary Allsorts Event as part of the Birmingham Literature Festival, I read two short pieces of fiction to an audience. I’m currently the writer working alongside Rubery Reader’s Group as part of an Arts Council Funded initiative with the West Midlands Readers Network. Modern Art by the Sea: monthly winner for story ‘swell’ Gotham Writers Workshop: runner-up 10-word story competition Ink Pantry: Contributing author to ‘Sea of Ink’ anthology 2017/18 cohort of Writing West Midlands Room 204 Writers Development Scheme.

Company: Susan James

I worked there from 1/2015 until now

Content I Write