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This post is part of the Student Blog Series, a feature by Nuffnang interns
Author: Leigh Boag Swinburne University

With Movember underway at the moment it’s a great time to bring awareness to the often ignored issues of men’s health. I thought it would be great opportunity to also bring attention to some of our Aussie Men who are getting it done in the blogosphere. So, in no particular order here is my Top 5 Aussie Male Bloggers.

1. Man of Many

Frank Arthur and Scott Purcell Co-Founders of manofmany.com

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To think just after a single night and a few beers later they have created a blog that caters for so many men in a showcase of content. Man of Many cover all the bases from exciting and unique brands in fashion and all the current trends in design and tech. Personal favourite blogs are in the Entertainment Category, covering some cool content from awesome coffee book collections to everything cars. These boys are getting it done in the blogosphere, and gaining the credit they deserve. The guys were fortunate with a big win in the pedestrian.tv Blogster Awards, taking home the prize for best blogger in the Tech, Media & Design category. We can expect they will be gaining a lot of traffic their way.

2. I Dig Your Sole Man

Lester Jones Creator and Owner at idigyoursoleman.com

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If you love your kicks or just have a massive shoe fetish, I Dig Your Sole Man has got it covered. IDYSM is a blog filled with interesting articles and photography on all things street and sneaker culture. If you love your shoe culture, the ‘In Their Shoes’ blog category is a personal favourite showcasing a written word interview series with interesting, influential and intriguing influencers from around the world.  From sneaker events to the latest releases on all things shoes, Lester is your man bringing it to the ever growing Australian sneakerhead community.

3. Mr Volpato

Marco Volpato Founder & Editor In Chief at mrvolpato.com

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Mr Volpato is the blog that is all things sheer sophistication for the modern man. Marco writes a witty and light hearted site that is filled with a great variety of content.  From all things style and grooming, to life’s little pleasures and the ladies, there is something that will keep you coming back for more. The ‘Life’ content category is a great read, showcasing some awesome new tunes to the positive posts telling you to chase you dreams. Mr Volpato is a blog full of positivity and pure class.

4. Wayward Son

Gian Reyes Managing Editor at waywardson.com.au

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Gian Only Launched waywardson.com in August this year but is already seeing a huge amount of interest from its readers and it’s not hard to see why. This lifestyle blog is jam-packed full of content ranging from fashion, bars, restaurants, health, travel to entertainment and the ladies. Gian’s Health blog is one that is both practical and insightful along with his very handy travel tips for the common man. Wayward Son has experienced huge exposure and in such a short period of time, Gian deserves a pat on the back for his efforts.

5. SMF (Sydney Me­­­­n’s Fashion)

Elias El-Indari Founder and Editor at (Sydney Men’s Fashion) smf-blog.com

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Elias originated in Sydney but his talents have taken him all over the globe, where he still blogs the current trends whilst always being impeccably dressed.  Amongst his style blogs he contributes greatly to travel and luxury wheels, where you will become envious of his current lifestyle.  His blog also contributes to the latest in tech news and addresses something for the ladies too. If you are inspired by all things high-end and you want to be in the know then smf-blog.com is the site for you.

 

So what are your thoughts? What Aussie Male Bloggers do you think deserve a mention?

 

Intern
Nuffnang Community Team

Dubai is the land of dreams: the tallest buildings, the best shopping, the perfect playground for adventure. With hundreds of world-class restaurants and stylish bars and clubs to choose from, Dubai is a city where gastronomy and nightlife thrive. It’s a city of rich in culture, home to over 200 nationalities with prided Arabian roots.

Nuffnang Bloggerati are heading to the Middle East this December in partnership with Dubai Tourism on Australia’s largest international social tourism campaign, and you could be coming along! Now you have the chance to win the trip of your dreams with Nuffnang bloggers and Dubai Tourism! Keep reading to find out how.

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Share your Dubai Dreams and you could win the ultimate trip for two to Dubai this December! The prize package includes return airfare from your nearest capital city, luxurious hotel accommodation, and activities to experience Dubai like none other. You and a travel companion will join Nuffnang Bloggerati on the trip of your dreams!

To win, simply answer the question: “What do you dream of in Dubai?” via a social media post with the hashtags #NNDubaiDreams and #MyDubai.  Your answer can be text, photo, video… Get creative! The best post as determined by our panel of judges wins.

* Social media posts must be publicly visible and include both #NNDubaiDreams and #mydubai hashtags to be eligible
* Entry is open to residents of Australia with a valid passport
* Winner must be available to travel December 3 – 12, 2014

Get inspired with Dubai Tourism and start sharing your Dubai Dreams to win!

 

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Valissa
Nuffnang Community Team

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TOP AUSSIE BLOGGER TALENT JETSET TO DUBAI

Australia’s top talent bloggers will this week embark on Australia’s largest international social tourism campaign, partnering with the Dubai Tourism Australia & New Zealand Office to capture the excitement and diversity of Dubai.

Australia’s largest blogging community Nuffnang is partnering with Dubai Tourism to send its talent core, Bloggerati of 21 bloggers with seven staff to experience first-hand the rich culture Dubai has to offer.

The campaign forms a significant part of Dubai Tourism Australia & New Zealand Office’s Digital Strategy where 21 bloggers, two blog readers and Nuffnang staff will fly to Dubai in early December, in return receiving a reach close to 8 million.

Nuffnang’s Managing Director Felicity Grey says the idea to send Bloggerati talent to Dubai arrived when she first witnessed the diverse talent of the Nuffnang group upon accepting the role of Managing Director earlier this year.

“Bloggerati is the most diverse blogging talent group in the country covering a variety of categories from food, travel fashion and lifestyle and interiors to health and fitness, parenting and craft. Nuffnang’s Bloggerati is the only blogger talent group to cover it all, so Dubai with its kaleidoscope of attractions makes perfect sense for our group to showcase the breadth of activities available,” said Ms Grey.

“Dubai Tourism is delighted to partner with Nuffnang on their annual Bloggerati Getaway, to showcase Dubai’s diverse attractions and experiences to the various audiences that their top bloggers attract. The bloggers will be visiting Dubai’s iconic attractions as well as uncovering some of the unexpected experiences Dubai offers to our region,” said Director, Dubai Tourism – Australia and New Zealand, Julie King.

“The Dubai Blogger Getaway will be supported by our partners The Address Hotels & Resorts – Palace Downtown Dubai, The Address Downtown Dubai, The Address Dubai Mall, and Vida Downtown Dubai, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai and Shangri-La Hotel Dubai.”

The bloggers and social media influencers will be leveraging the #MyDubai initiative, created by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, with a request for residents and visitors to join him in sharing photos, videos and stories on social media and show their experiences of Dubai.

The intention is to celebrate the everyday lives of the people and communities of the Emirate and show the city that is beneath the landmarks, headlines and superlatives. The Australia #MyDubai initiative will provide the opportunity to showcase and uncover some of Dubai’s hidden gems and lesser-known highlights to the Australian market.

“This is the first time Australia has seen an international tourism board commit to an impressive Blogger Getaway of this size. Nuffnang is proud to be part of this industry-first and our bloggers are ecstatic to be working with Dubai,” said Ms Grey.

The 21 talent bloggers making the journey to Dubai include:

Food Porn, www.fdprn.com

Learning 4 Kids, www.learning4kids.net

Learn With Play At Home, www.learnwithplayathome.com

Inside Out Style Blog, www.insideoutstyleblog.com

My Poppet, www.mypoppet.com.au

Sharon the Make Up Artist, www.sharonthemakeupartist.com

Interiors Addict, www.theinteriorsaddict.com

Be A Fun Mum, www.beafunmum.com

Couturing, www.couturing.com

School Mum, www.schoolmum.net

Sesame Ellis, www.sesameellis.com

One Crafty Mumma, www.onecraftymumma.com

Life, Love and Hiccups, www.lifeloveandhiccups.blogspot.com

The House That AM Built, www.thehousethata-mbuilt.com

Move Fuel Love, www.movefuellove.com

Chloe’s Addiction, www.chloeting.com

Vintage Current, www.vintagecurrent.com.au

Melbourne Girl, www.melbournegirl.com.au

Esme & The Laneway, www.esmeandthelaneway.com

The Home Journal, www.thehome-journal.com

The Life Creative, www.thelifecreativeblog.com

One lucky blog reader and a friend also have the chance to share the Dubai experience with their favourite blogger, by entering to win a trip to Dubai with the blogging contingent. Details will be released via the travelling bloggers in the coming week.

Felicity Grey
Nuffnang Community Team

Well Naturally No Sugar Added Family Blocks Range 

& Well Naturally No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate Melts

A Nuffnang Product Talk Opportunity 

Hello Nuffnangers!

We have an exclusive Product Talk opportunity for you.

Attention Well Naturally Chocoholics: Your favourite better-for-you treat has had a refresh. Well Naturally is famous for its delicious chocolate, naturally sweetened with stevia, not sugar. Knowing this, Well Naturally have decided to let their good reputation shine by introducing Well Naturally No Sugar Added.  Wrapped in refreshed packaging but still easily recognisable, the Well Naturally No Sugar Added range encompasses the dark and milk chocolate you know and love.

Thanks to the fabulous people at Well Naturally, we will be giving 20 bloggers the chance to trial Well Naturally No Sugar Added Family Blocks and write a product review OR bloggers will have the chance to trial Well Naturally No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate Melts and write a recipe using the melts as well as a product review.

You’ll receive:

1 x Well Naturally No Sugar Added Family Blocks Range

 Well Naturally Family Share Blocks

Which includes Well Naturally No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate range (Rich Dark, Mint Crisp and Acai) as well as  Well Naturally No Sugar Added Milk Chocolate range (Creamy Milk and Fruit & Nut) family blocks.

RRP $5.20 each (90g)

and

1 x Well Naturally No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate Melts

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 RRP $6.95 (200g)

To review the above:

• You have to be a part of Nuffnang and have a Nuffnang Ad Unit on your blog

.• Email your blog URLfull name, phone number, mailing address and which product you would like to write a review about (Family Blocks range or Dark Chocolate Melts) with the subject line NN/Wellnaturally to
producttalk@nuffnang.com.au by 5pm AEST Friday, 3 October 2014.

• We will contact the 20 most relevant bloggers that opt in and at the same time, send the product out to you to review!

• Once you have written up and published the review on your blog, please once again, email the URL to producttalk@nuffnang.com.au.

Dominique Mancuso
Nuffnang Community Team

Lucky Smart Snax Range

A Nuffnang Product Talk Opportunity

Hello Nuffnangers!
We have an exclusive Product Talk opportunity for you.

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Introducing Select Harvest ‘Lucky Smart Snax — the popular range of nut snacking mixes, which have been re-launched in the Dried Fruit & Nut aisle.  Snacking on nuts, fruit and seeds is a perfect way to remove any guilt associated with mid-meal snacking, because they are all packed with nutritional goodness and taste great.  Lucky Smart Snax is the smarter way to snack!

Thanks to the fabulous people at Lucky Smart Snax, we will be giving 20 bloggers the chance to trial the Lucky Smart Snax range and write a product review.

You’ll receive:

1 x Lucky Smart Snax product pack

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 Which will include all six (6) products in the Lucky Smart Snax range:

1.  Lucky Smart Snax Digestive – Oven Roasted Almonds, Peanuts, Hazelnuts, Cranberries, Sunflower Kernels and Pepitas
2. Lucky Smart Snax Recovery – Oven Roasted Almonds, Peanuts, Cashews and Pepitas
3. Lucky Smart Snax Womens – Cashews, Almonds, Brazil Nuts and Walnuts
4. Lucky Smart Snax Cardio – Almonds, Sultanas, Cranberries and Blueberries
5. Lucky Smart Snax Power – Oven Roasted Peanuts, Almonds, Walnuts, Hazelnuts and Dark Chocolate
6. Lucky Smart Snax Low Carb – Brazil Nuts, Peanuts, Pepitas, Almonds and Walnuts

 Sold at Coles, Woolworths and independent supermarkets – IN THE DRIED FRUIT & NUT AISLE (near the sultanas and the other Lucky nut baking products).

RRP:  $4.99 each

 

To review the above:

• You have to be a part of Nuffnang and have a Nuffnang Ad Unit on your blog

.• Email your blog URLfull name, phone number and mailing address with the subject line NN/Luckysmart to
producttalk@nuffnang.com.au by 5pm AEST Friday, 3 October 2014.

• We will contact the 20 most relevant bloggers that opt in and at the same time, send the product out to you to review!

• Once you have written up and published the review on your blog, please once again, email the URL to producttalk@nuffnang.com.au.

Dominique Mancuso
Nuffnang Community Team

This post is part of the Student Blog Series, a feature by Nuffnang interns
Author: Liz Alderslade Swinburne University

We all share online. Whether it’s what you had for lunch, photos of your children or the selfies that turned out well at a certain angle.  When we post this type of content, or any content for that matter, we just assume that friends will only see this because that’s what our privacy settings are set as. But many people don’t realise what happens to that content after we post it to social media.

Most bloggers probably use social media platforms to promote their blog. But hidden within social media website fine print you have to wonder, do you really know who is seeing your photos and content?

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It’s a fact. The moment you sign up to certain social media sites, you agreed to the terms and conditions that state that the website can use anything you post at their discretion. What does that mean for you? Any photos you post can be used in advertising or sold onto third parties without further consent. The same goes for any other type of content shared on those platforms. Social media sites can even sell your content to others with the website making a profit. And if you sell said content to someone else? You are the one breaching contract, not them.

That’s why having your own blog is so important. When you own your own website, everything is wholly owned by you. You can cut, shift and change whatever you like, and don’t have to worry about the consequences.

Even if a photo is posted on your own blog but have a like or share button installed, social media sites are able to take some of the content. Certain social media sites have permission to use or let others use your content on or off of the website just from using these social media share abilities.

Now, social media is a brilliant way for free advertising. You can create a fan base easily with just a click of a button. Most times you don’t have to pay for using it and your fans can keep up to date with what you are doing. But you have to remember that if you have a social media account/page, it is only partially owned by you. Think of social media as a street where you opened your shop on:  Your landlord owns the building.

On your blog, you can also bring in any advertisers or advertisements you choose. (Hello, Nuffnang!) In other words, with your own blog you are free to do or post whatever you like whenever you feel like it! Isn’t that the reason you started a blog in the first place?

Your content also lasts longer on a blog; what is a little post on Facebook and Twitter that will only been seen and lost after a week compared to your article always being available in some form?

Also, most social media platforms restrict how your updates appear to other users, including the people who are following your social media. Usually that means that not a lot of people are going to see your posts. Luckily, on your blog anyone can see your content. There are no restrictions.

So, while social media is important for getting your message out there, make sure to remember that there is no better platform than your own website.

Intern
Nuffnang Community Team

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