7 October 2015

Stress Free Business Cards

So today I would like to talk about my blog progression beacuse in a week or so I will be coming in to my tenth month of blogging. 


That time has flown by, it really only seems like two minutes ago that I was sat down with the wife just talking about the possibility of me setting a blog up. 

In all honesty it has been one of the highlights of 2015 for me, well , nothing will top finding out we are expecting our second child or my son being as awesome as ever, but it's definitely up there! 

So it was January the first when I set up my email account and my blog and I haven't looked back since.
I will be honest though, I've had my ups and downs with it, like not thinking my blog was good enough because I had a few knock backs from brands when I applied for stuff, but I knew it was something that would happen with me being new so I soon got over that.

So I kept going and after a couple of months I had published a number of posts and I was getting some great feedback.

I also had a few brands approaching me too, saying that they liked what I do and if I would be interested in reviewing some products, which were mainly beard oils, but because I like using them and found writing about them very natural to me I was over the moon.

I just kept doing what I was doing and started to get myself a nice little following and some OK page views, - I was only publishing are one or two posts a week, but that was fine with me, to be honest I really didn't have the time to get them all done but I forced myself to stay awake late a few nights - I was loving  it that much and just wanted to get them finished...even after working 12 hour days and being a husband and a dad.

Not much spare time left over is there.

As time progressed, I didn't feel a need to just rush posts out for the sake of it, so I decided that if I didn't manage to get one out for a couple of weeks it didn't bother me.

I hit a little block at one point but I didn't let it get me down I just started writing again when it felt right. 

I was sent a few invites to events, most of them I couldn't go to because of work but I got to go to a couple and I was always the only guy there...but that wasn't a problem :) 

The events and meets I attended were great, I did feel like an amateur though when it came to the end of the day and everyone was passing around blogger business cards though...but I'm sure I was easy to remember being the only guy there. 

I didn't for a second think that not having a business card was a problem for me until I was at an event in London and there were a few people present from the press and some top selling magazines - people including OK magazine - and a few asked who  I was and what I did and did I had a business card...

It was the first time I felt a unprofessional and it really got me thinking "Do I need some to push my blog in the right direction?" 

It was something I was going to consider, but probably after the baby was born. 

But then, probably just a week after I had this conversation with myself, the Blogger Gods must have been listening in, because I received a wonderful email from the lovely people at StressFreePrint asking if I would like them to make me some business cards. 

Well I'm sure you know what my answer was don't you.

Here came the problem, I didn't have a clue what I wanted them to look like never mind what I wanted putting on them.
I had a long hard think and came up with an amazing idea, why don't I just get the cards to reflect myself?

I like to think my blog is unfussy and easy-going...a bit like me, but gets straight to the point.
I'm not really into bright fancy colours and stuff like that, my blog layout is black and white and it suits me just fine.

ut could I get this to show on the cards?

I'm such a lazy person, so the first contact I had with stress free print was simply "What do you want on your card?" to which I replied "On one side I want my blog logo".

I think my little snapback wearing stick man eye is a big part of my identity, so having that on one side of the card was perfect.

On the reverse I simply said I wanted my name, my social media sites and obviously my email address.

Also my sites web address and a brief explanation of what my site was about. 

And I opted for a simple gloss finish.

Within a day or so I received an email with a draft copy of what my card would look like.

Quick work.

I was shocked, everything had been done for me, and I was really happy with how it looked - I just changed a few things was sent a new draft the very next day.

It was perfect and like I said, it just reflected my blog and myself, which is just what I wanted.

What do you think? 

The cards suit me and my personalty down to a tee, plain and straight to the point.

They are made from a decent thickness of card - but not too thick - and also the gloss finish is great but isn't too shiny.

And this is what 500 of the things look like.

I just need to be invited to loads of cool events now so I can walk around giving them to people, I'm not shy!

Quick question - does anybody remember the Ronseal advert a few years back.

"It does exactly what is says on the tin"

Well if not, it was originally an advertising slogan in the UK, which became a common idiomatic phrase.

It means something is exactly as it appears or claims to be with no other explanations needed.

And it is exactly how I would describe StressFreePrint

Its all in the name

The quality, price and even the delivery time of the cards is amazing.

I would 100% recommend them to anybody who is thinking of getting any printed product.


I was sent the products for an honest review, all the pictures and views are my own.

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