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The one where I became an Agony Aunt

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When I was growing up I always fancied myself as an agony aunt. Well, either that or a celebrity columnist! But it was always one of the first pages I’d turn to in my teenage magazines, to read the problems sent in by the young audience and how the writer replied. I recently got a chance to be an agony aunt myself when UK insurers MORE TH>N asked me to offer some advice to their customers on home and lifestyle issues!

an update on my geekery

As a blogger, my most popular posts are ones that contain tips or how-to’s. I get more reader engagement on posts that contain emotional content rather than step-by-step guides, but in both cases, there is a two way dialogue between the reader and myself, as I offer what I know and also take on board their comments so we can learn from each other! My advice for MORE TH>N was related to home decorating issues and you can read the question and my advice here.

MORE TH>N created this campaign with around 20 UK bloggers to help and inform their customers. The bloggers cover topics ranging from garden, food, interiors and parenting, and present their tips in an easy to follow, helpful format. I have just finished a large decorating project myself at home, so home improvements are high on my agenda right now. Our bedroom, ensuite bathroom and hallway have just seen a revamp, and after a brief respite for the Christmas period where we have enough sparkly decor to look at with all the trimmings, my plan for early 2017 is to create a games room for the kids.

Our home decorating projects tend to be spaced out a bit as we go for full on revamps! When we decorate something it is rarely with just a lick of paint – it usually involves major structural work! I think it is being married to a builder – I have the know how on tap, but of course the downside is that I have to wait… and wait… and wait for my projects to complete because paid work always comes first!

Here are some of our recent designs:

How to build a fire pit

How to sink a trampoline

Home office makeover

Teenager’s bedroom makeover

Do you have any home improvement plans for 2017? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: This post was written in association with MORE TH>N

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Comments to The one where I became an Agony Aunt

  • I love the idea of being an agony aunt especially on practical issues (I’d be more worried about giving advice on emotional stuff).

    Erica Price 24th May 2017 3:03 pm Reply
    • This is why it was perfect to do it this way – decorating dilemmas – much more simple!

      Nadine Hill 25th May 2017 12:11 pm Reply
  • Ha brilliant. Lots of great tips and how to’s there as well… I would quite like to be an agony aunty. Solving other people’s problems is often easier than solving your own! 😀

    Emma Raphael 24th May 2017 10:10 pm Reply
    • It certainly is!

      Nadine Hill 25th May 2017 12:10 pm Reply
  • oh Nadine i did the same thing when younger and went straight to those pages! #loveit

    Jaime Oliver 25th May 2017 11:15 pm Reply
    • It was always the first page you went for as a teen wasn’t it?!

      Nadine Hill 26th May 2017 10:55 am Reply
  • We’ve been renovating our house which used to be a police station- loads of work!! I would def say invest in a wallpaper stripper, it makes life about a zillion times easier 🙂

    Kate Williams 28th May 2017 9:13 am Reply
    • Wow, I can imagine it is a load of work to renovate a police station!

      Nadine Hill 2nd June 2017 2:37 pm Reply

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