Great blogs as recommended by Roamlers

During the past two weeks Roamlers have been telling us what their favourite blogs and websites are. We received  hundreds of excellent recommendations! We selected a few interesting ones, covering a wide range of topics, to share with you. A few of these are blogs and websites created by Roamlers themselves. Interestingly we learnt that 14% of Roamlers have their own blogs or websites!

Money-saving blogs

One that popped up in many submissions is the The Money Shed, one which is close to our hearts because many Roamlers found Roamler through this site!

There were also more personalised options, such as the one Roamler Jill B shared:

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Jill recommends this blog, because “It sets realistic goals and is down to earth in its wording – some articles are in depth, others skim the surface but they are all very informative and on occasion personal to the blogger.

Cooking and baking blogs

In line with the great submissions we have received from past tasks such as ‘Roamler recipes’, many Roamlers recommended blogs and websites about cooking and baking. Among these, we especially liked the following two:

minimalist-baker-by-tanya-partridge

Tanya P. explains that the Minimalist Baker offers simple, healthy recipes with less than 10 ingredients. She likes it for the following reasons: “It has loads of great vegan/vegetarian/gluten free recipes for inspiration for a healthier lifestyle, plus just some really different ideas.

Caroline C. recommended the following food blog:

gimme-some-oven-by-caroline-clarke

Caroline describes this blog as follows: “It’s a recipe website that reads like a food blog. The creator is a very interesting woman who tells excellent stories about her life alongside her wonderful recipes.” And Caroline likes it because “Ali is interesting as she tells stories about her day to day life in Kansas whilst sharing the most brilliant recipes. She takes all her own photos.

City lifestyle blogs

Laura K. suggests:

the-londoner-by-laura-klark

She explains that The Londoner is a “Lifestyle blog featuring great places to eat in London (and around the world), affordable fashion pieces and cool photography images.” She likes it, because “It’s really interesting and inspires me to go visit the places in London that she writes about. All the fashion items are normally at an affordable price too! And the photography in the blog is amazing.” Combining these kinds of blogs with the execution of Roamler tasks makes for a great day out!

Louise P. drew our attention to another interesting city-specific blog, which is her own:

cheltenham-foodie-by-louise-paige

For this blog Louise gets creative in reviewing food and drink places all over Cheltenham, a nice opportunity also to do Roamler bar checks!

Motherhood

The following motherhood blog featured more than once in the submissions:

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Sarah A. explains that the purpose of this blog is: “To talk about the reality of parenting without the patronising rubbish that parenting websites usually spout. She tells it like it is and makes us all feel a little bit more normal and less guilty about the everyday stresses of being a parent.” It is Sarah’s favourite because “She tells the truth. No dressing it up, no pretending, just the truth about the reality of parenting. I feel like I can identify with her and very often, after a looooong day of feeling guilty about all of my parenting choices, taking her blog makes me laugh and feel slightly less guilty.

Other interesting blogs

Curtis W. recommends:

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This website was created by a kitten fosterer and the aim is to entertain, mainly through cute kitten pictures. Curtis loves this because “It has cute kittens and it’s nice to follow them growing up without any of the mess of having kittens myself. I’ve followed it for a few years now.” This site reminded us a lot of the submissions from the task ‘Pet shaming’, such as the photo of the mischievous Roamler cat below.

Submission for 'Pet shaming' from Roamler Pete W.

‘Pet shaming’ submission from Roamler Pete W.

 

Another unusual, but interesting blog was suggested by Rebecca D.:

post-secret-by-rebecca-davies

She explains the purpose of this blog as follows: “People from all over the world send secrets to one man who uploads onto the website.” Rebecca writes: “Insightful, emotional, interesting, feelings, deep, intimate secrets shared, books are released of all secrets, and all classic secrets are also shared. I check this site every Sunday morning.”

Then, of course we received recommendations for some tech websites and blogs.

One that featured more than once is:

macrumors-by-rob-williams

The purpose of the blog is to share news regarding Apple products. Rob W. explains that he likes it, because: “It’s first to get the drop on all the latest apple news and it’s well written and balanced on its opinion. And they do great live streams of apple events.

Kiran K. recommended an interesting feminist blog:

the-f-word-by-kiran-kainth

She explains that “It’s the UK’s first feminist webzine which is responsible for reviving debates around feminism in Britain.” Kiran is a fan of this blog, because it is dedicated to providing a forum for contemporary feminist voices.

And something for the guys:

askmen-by-dean-johnson

Dean J. writes that the purpose of this website is: “Everything for men, health , exercise, gadgets and relationships.

Lastly, we received many recommendations of blogs telling the stories of different people. Here we selected two blogs created by Roamlers themselves.

The first one is Lucy L.’s blog in which she relates and discusses her experiences of suffering from Grave’s disease and hypothyroidism:

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And a second fascinating and heartrending one is Shelley F.’s blog in which she shares the story of how her life suddenly changed:

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Happy reading!! And thanks for all of the great submissions!

 

Mottos to live and die by, as shared by Roamlers

On this cold day in these turbulent political times, we decided to give all our Roamlers a little pick-me-up by sharing some of the powerful and uplifting mottos that Roamlers live by.  

For those in need of a smile:

If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.

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Dominic C. explains this motto as follows: “Everyone deserves to be happy, and everyone can help them with this!” He applies it in his life by “smiling at others as much as possible (without looking like a total crazy!)

For those in need of bit of motivation, Paige B. writes:

Never half-ass two things, whole-ass one thing

For Paige this means: “Don’t half heartedly put effort into two separate things when you can put all of your effort into one thing for a greater result.

For those who feel that life is a bit dull today:

If it’s not fun, then what’s the point!?

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She explains this motto as follows: “Time is precious and so valuable – especially in such a vibrant city where there is just so much to do and so many amazing people to see! So, if you try something and  it’s not so fun – well, go do something else…” And she applies it in her life by “If I’m somewhere and I’m really not having fun then there’s places I’d rather be…I also love what I do in my work, I sell accessories which I hand make (which is very fun!)” Check out Lynsey’s work here.

For those who are experiencing a difficult time:

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

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For Anahita M. (only one of the many Roamlers who shared this motto) this means: “Make the most of what you have because life is about experiences.” In her life she lives according to this motto by doing the following: “I always look on the bright side and know that things will get better when they are bad.

For those who dream (and know that others do too):

Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

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Sinead M. explains: “Be nice to those around you and demand the respect for them to be nice to you. And have dreams and aspirations.” She applies this in her life by “learning new things that I’ve always wanted to do, such as paddling a canoe on my own. And supporting others in their dreams.

For all of us, everyday, who encounter strangers:

There’s no such thing as a stranger, they’re just friends you haven’t met yet.

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For Joanna H. this motto requires of us “To be open and friendly with new people. Accept people. Everyone is someone you could potentially get along with.” She lives this motto as follows: “When I go out I always speak to people I don’t know and try to involve others so as not to leave anyone out.

And finally, when all else fails:

Chocolate doesn’t ask questions, chocolate understands.

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Tim W. writes: “I like this motto because chocolate is one of my favourite guilty pleasures and always helps when I’m stressed about anything at that point in time. I don’t have to worry about being judged by chocolate because it knows just what I need…My daily fix of cocoa!!” He explains further: “Whenever I feel as though I’m not in the mood to do anything productive or I feel as though I’m not performing to the standard that I should be, I will have some type of chocolate to take the edge off things and also to give me that extra shot of energy that is needed to get through the day!

Thanks for these wise words everyone!

Here at Roamler we wish you a very happy, calm, productive and love-filled day!

World Turtle Day

Turtles are incredible animals. They live for hundreds of years, migrating in groups from one sea to another to find the best place to spawn. They have been rocking this earth’s seas for over 215 million years! Many species of turtles and tortoises are in peril, though. Their habitats are disappearing, due to the effects of climate change. Consequently, the association American Tortoise Rescue has sponsored the World Turtle Day since 2000, as an occasion to bring attention to these species, and increasing at the same time knowledge and respect for them.

Here at Roamler, we thought “What better way to spread the word about it than having a little quiz set up?” and a minute later we created a task for it. A good portion of you accepted the task and tested themselves about the topic. We asked you 3 true/false questions and here are the results.

“A turtle is cold-blooded animal, like every other reptile.”Matthew B.

True

This one was easy, right? Apparently, yes. 82% of you got it right! 😉

 

Jenna B.“The leather-back sea turtle is the largest turtle; it can weight up to 900 kg (2000lb)!”

True

Well, this one is very big, indeed…did you know that the largest leatherback ever found was an 8.5-ft-long (2.6-m-long) male weighing 2,020 lbs (916 kg)?? It washed up on the West coast of Wales in 1988. Almost all of you knew the answer (92%!!)…or was it a lucky guess? 🙂

 

Penny B.“An average turtle can stay under water for 12 hours in a row!”

False

This one was the trickiest, wasn’t it? I’ll probably never know what was going on with your minds in that moment, but 54% still selected “No”, meaning that average turtles can’t stay under water for a 12-hour period. In this case, the answer is correct! Indeed, a turtle is a reptile, and as such it has to swim up to the surface to breath. Sea turtles like Green Turtles can stay submerged for five hours; Leatherbacks for over an hour and Hawksbills for 45 minutes. Cool, isn’t it?

I hope that this task was useful in reminding you about the importance of respecting animals and the ecosystem we live in. Thanks for the many nice photos!

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Roamlers’ stories – part 2

As promised, the second part of the anecdotes task results is here.

“I started the Purdey’s drink task and realised I needed to photograph the bottles on the shelf so I put it back. I took the photo, got strange looks from other shoppers and totally forgot to put it in my shopping basket so failed to actually buy the product. Too busy distracted by wine section.” Penny B.

When photographing my cousins damaged fence panel I was asked by the neighbour why I had allowed to wind to blow it down and was I going to take responsibility for the damage. I did try and explain I was just a visitor and the storm caused the damage, but she wasn’t going to listen and even suggested she should call the Police! A weird conversation and maybe her eccentricity was heightened that day! 🙂”. Clayton P.

I was very nervous as it was my first task and I wanted to get it right. Each time I focused my camera phone and thought I had a good view an employer who was stalking shelves would walk past and then after a few times asked me if I wanted help choosing bananas, I just smiled and said I wanted a picture of the bananas minus the model. He felt good I called him a model”. Faith K.

A security officer walks up to a woman beside me. Her young child was playing a kids programme on her phone. The guard interrupts her and says that her son cannot take pictures instore of the displays. It was clear that it was I completing the check. The mother of the child giggled and dismissed the security guard, offering me a high five for looking so young. That I looked like a 2-year-old kid.” David M.

I was taking a photo of the items on the shelf when someone asked me what I was doing. I said I was a ‘mystery shopper’. They must have misheard me, as they replied, “What’s a mystery stopper?” We both then giggled.” Fil T.

I once was in a hotel as a covert auditor when my phone was called by reception. They thought they had been put through to the kitchen staff and began saying that they thought I could be the auditor, so to be on guard and make all staff aware. They were rather surprised to hear me ask if they had the right number.”  Caroline C.

This beauty cosmetic store was very small and empty. When I (a big, hairy and scruffy looking chap) started taking photos of various products the lady approaches me. I had to pretend I was interested In These products for myself, and boy, could this lady talk! For over 45mins I was humouring this sweet woman, and I still walked out without buying anything. (Didn’t want my £3 reward to be spent in there!). Haven’t returned since.”  Jack S.

We entered the store and I located the bananas and I was with my daughter and she shouted ‘mummy why are you taking pictures of the bananas’ which resulted in people looking over thinking I was strange” Sophie M.

I was performing this Pepsi challenge. I approached the manager and explained that I was a representative of Britvic and would like to take a few pictures in the store. He said no problem, I turned around and found myself standing in front of my partner looking suspiciously at me. He said, “Are you hiding something from me? I thought you were working for XXX”. Of course, he knows about Roamler and was only joking. We had a good laugh.” Kirill M.

My sister came along with me to buy a couple of things as she was waiting for me she was walking away looking at me another person and her walked straight into each other unfortunately she had a yoghurt in her hand the whole thing exploded all over her.” Rachel H.

Did you enjoy the reading? I hope you had fun like I did while selecting the best ones. The most part happened when going around for the very first Roamler paid task: the Banana check! Can you believe that? Apparently, supermarkets are good places for funny sketches. 😉

Roamlers’ stories

Here we are again dear Roamlers, this time to share with you funny (or sometimes embarrassing, :D) moments some of you have experienced.
Watch a staff member drop the entire box of bananas? Check!
Bump into another shelf trying to get a good angle? Check!
Hilarious things have happened to these Roamlers, who are the true main characters of this piece.  Their stories follow:

I was photographing the bananas in Tesco and a kid asked me if I was taking photos because I liked banana leaves so much. Alice S.

I was taking pictures as unobtrusively as possible but I was approached by staff members. I thought I’d have to explain myself but instead, they started chatting away, asking how I was doing, they hadn’t seen me for a long time, etc. I didn’t have a clue who they were and after contemplating trying to wing it, finally admitted I couldn’t remember them. Even after they explained we used to work together, I still couldn’t remember! I usually pride myself on remembering people so I was quite mortified and blamed it on age! Lindsay N.

I was in a relatively small shop, and the shop owner was watching me. He saw me take a photo, and came over and started shouting at me for taking photos in his store! As it was one of the first ones I did I was really nervous, so I abandoned the task and ran away! He came running out, probably thought I was a criminal!!Louise P.

I was taking a picture of the scratch card position and a sweet lady thought I was from Camelot and pronounced It could be you, pointing at me. When I looked at her she gave me a cheeky wink and walked off!! I didn’t imagine what she was referring to, lol. How bizarre it was. She had such a cheeky wink I dare guess what she meant but she was about 90, bless her lolAlan M.

A lady had parked her trolley in front of the bananas and I kindly asked her if I could possibly take a photo and if she would mind moving to the side, which she did. She then asked me what I was doing and I said I’m a banana enthusiast. She said… ohhhh, looking extremely confused hahahaha. Jodie G.

Barry and I tried to do the perfect packaging task, but Barry submitted a photo of his thumb, oh how I laughed 🙂 Helen T.

I had several funny looks from people walking by wondering why I was trying to take a photo of the bananas. I overheard someone say to his mate “He must be going bananas”. It made me laugh! Matthew B.

Many stories came through and it was difficult to choose just a few comments. That’s why this was just part 1 of the best comments of the task “What is your anecdote?”. Check the blog updates for the next round of good laughs. 🙂

What do you eat for breakfast?

What do you eat for breakfast?

Every morning we wake up and start a brand new day. Whether it’s a workday, weekend or holiday everyone needs a boost to start on the right foot. As many doctors say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and as such, it should be filling, healthy and able to give you the right amount of nutrients, proteins and vitamins that you need after a night with an empty stomach.

Breakfast is very beneficial for your body too. Did you know that eating breakfast reduces chances to become obese by one third? And that you are half as likely to develop blood-sugar problems? Cool how we can avoid major diseases by just paying attention to what we eat, but also when we eat it.

In these past weeks, we asked the community what they do eat for breakfast and around 200 Roamlers sent their contributions, by showing us the ingredients they use and how they combine them. As expected, most prefer to start the day by having oats/porridge and a warm drink (mostly tea and coffee). In addition, more than half of you are eat fruit and yoghurt during breakfast and this is a very positive thing, as we get the good vitamins and sugars from them. Surprisingly, not many mentioned the classic English breakfast made of eggs, sausages and bacon, even if eggs are very much present in your answers. For sure, it is very filling and full of proteins and fats, so maybe it is a more of a treat. I

Other products mentioned quite often were Weetabix, different types of bread and cereals, Belvita biscuits and Kellogg’s products. Quite a wide variety, I’d say! A nice finding is that almost everyone wakes up a bit before having to rush out of the house, just to have breakfast. Well done, Roamlers!

For those that didn’t participate to the task, what do you eat for breakfast, if you have one? Is it looking like one of the below?

Breakfast

Photo a Week – March 2016 – Winners

Over the last couple of weeks you have been voting for the best, most beautiful photos of this edition of the Photo a Week competition.  The categories were Food, Heart, Morning, Balance and Animal.

Many of you participated to each task and I have to say that it was very difficult to choose the finalists for each category.  Some of you have a real talent in taking photos and being creative. 🙂

Here are the names of the winners:

#FOOD

Congrats to Karen W. and her sweet dragon cake! So full of detail….I wonder how much time it took her to prepare it. You definitely have an artistic flair, Karen. Bravo!
Do you think it also tasted good? 🙂

Food

 

 

#HEART

This one belongs to Lidia S., who took it while on a trip to Poland. I think it is a very beautiful photo and 66% of the voters did think the same. Hopefully this one makes you smile and spreads some love around you. 🙂

Heart

 

#MORNING

Great photo Rebecca P.! It was taken from a boat at first light and its colours give it such a magical atmosphere…I find it so calming, don’t you?

Morning

 

#BALANCE

What’s more important than having a good balance in your life? Laura E., you certainly do and 43% of the Roamler community thought this was great proof of your balance.

Balance

 

#ANIMAL

Awwww. Here I am, staring at this photo without finding any word to say. It just leaves me speechless, as if I’d start typing, I’ll wake up this cute, little puppy. Amazing job, Rebecca D.!

Animal

 

Winners, you have one week to complete the task that will grant you your reward! You will find it in your task list. Congrats to everyone and be prepared for the next Photo a Week edition!

And the Oscar goes to..

The topic for this blog is quite obvious! On February 28th the Oscars 2016 to award the best actors, actresses and movies of the year took place in Los Angeles, at the famous Dolby Theatre. Prior to it, we tried to understand how popular the Oscars were among the community and we asked you to make a prediction about the winners. Only 36% said they would have watched it, but the majority of us has certainly heard or read about it.

I don’t know if many of you follow the news about the Oscars, but it seemed to me that there has been lots spoken and read about the event. I think we all know why. 😉 Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated for the Oscar for the 6th time and finally…he won! His performance in The Revenant was exceptional and he absolutely deserved this reward. Do you agree? J Certainly, most of you were sure he would have won. For the people who missed it for any reason, here’s the video of the speech. 😉
Important and meaningful words, don’t you think? It took him a long time to win the Oscar, but his speech couldn’t be better and more inspiring. Well done, Leo!

Results of the question “Who do you think will win “Best performance actor in a leading role?””

bEST PERFORMANCE ACTOR

Quite unexpected was the victory of Brie Larson, for her interpretation in Room. I did not see that coming, honestly and frankly neither did most of you. Only 20% believed in her apparently. 😀 Are you happy she’s the golden statuette?

Immagine1What about the other categories? As most of you correctly guessed, The Revenant of Alejandro Iñárritu won Best Achievement in Directing (53%) and Best Picture (41%). The title of Best Animated Feature Movie was instead won by the movie Inside out, as 67% of you were thinking. It seems a simple and easy-to-watch movie, but in the end, it gives us the opportunity to see feelings and human life from a different perspective. Everything in a fun and light way, though. J

To conclude, some of the creative photos Roamlers sent in with this task. Can you guess to which movie they are connected?

On the Roam!

As Roamlers we all perform tasks, answer the questions correctly and take clear photos. Of course that is not all that you, as a Roamler, have to take into account when performing tasks.

Even before being able to perform a task, you have to reach the location of the task. In this blogpost we are taking some time to appreciate this small, but very important part of being a Roamler.

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A while ago there was a task, called On the Roam, in which we asked you to answer a couple of questions about being on the road to perform Roamler tasks. This task was available in different countries, namely the UK, Sweden, Poland, Germany and Chile.

As you can see in the chart below, the most popular means of transport is the car, followed by a huge walking crowd of Roamlers. The use of a bicycle is almost at the same level as the use of public transport, except in Chile, where the bicycle is a strong number three. This might be explained by it being summertime there at this moment.

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What about UK?

On average, UK Roamlers travelled 21 kilometers for the farthest task they performed. The longest distance a UK Roamler has traveled for a task was 280 km! However, he did admit he was also on vacation at the time. A funny little fact is that, even when the tasks are nearby, half of the UK Roamlers walk and the other half takes the car.
The checks most mentioned in going the distance for is the banana check, but UK Roamlers also travel for creative explore checks, a lot of Roamlers mentioned to have traveled for the Street art task. Very dedicated UK Roamlers!

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Love.

What a perfect day to write about love! Today many people probably exchanged gifts with their beloved one, or they went on a romantic night out. Many girls thrilled at the idea that their partner could surprise them with a rose or some (low-calorie) chocolate. All this in the name of love. What is love, after all?

The word “love” embodies so much power and significance that I spent the entire day trying to describe it without reaching my goal. There is just too much to say, but here it goes.

H. DuffyLove is in the way someone smiles at you or in the meal your mother prepares every night for you and your sibling. It is in the rose your lover gave to you tonight or in the kiss you are craving for. Love is the look of your pet asking for cuddles. Love is in everything that surrounds us, giving us life and energy.
Love is in the details.

 

Love is something that we have inside too and that brings us to have relationships with other people. This thing is Harry S.defined as a “strong feeling of affection”, in the Oxford Dictionary. It does not say we should love according to gender, religion, colour of the skin or whatsoever.  This definition is interpretable according to your own likes, but does not imply any restrictions. You can love whoever or whatever you want.
Love is universal.

 

Darren M.Many people may say they do not need love. They see themselves better off when on their own, always doing what they like and when they like it. Sounds cool. I tried it too for a while. Then love came. Whooa! This thing is hard to handle. It causes you effort, tears, a lot of patience and strength, but look at the bright side. You are happy. You have someone by your side who will influence your life forever. It does not matter if is going to be for life or not. This person will enrich you and you will discover new things about yourself. You’ll be closer to understanding what you need to be happy. 😉
Love is happiness.

S. Isaac

Love is something pure. People joke about love having no rules. Let’s face it though, some rules are needed. They are
needed when love becomes harmful for yourself and for other people.
Love is respect.

 

 

Shocking how such a short and simple word can be so powerful and influence even your will isn’t it?

Today was the designated day to celebrate love, but don’t let others decide to concentrate all the love in one day. Love every day. Love everyone. Love everywhere.

PS: in the article you will find a sneak-peek of the photos sent in by Roamlers for the “Photo a Week #2: Heart” task! You are still on time to send us yours 😉