Welcome to Blogger On Pole. I’m always open to hearing about new opportunities so drop be an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can work together. If you are going to get in touch with me however, be nice and have a read below to find out what I like and what I don’t like.
Info, Pet Peeves, Disclaimers and Tips:
If you are going to email me, make sure you’ve spelled my name right. It’s CarolinA, not Caroline, Carloina (it happens), Carolyn, or whatevz. I’m Italian, so my name is not pronounced like North or South Carolina, but “Car-oh-leena”. If you get it right, I will like you more. But you won’t get a cookie.
Things I Cover
I started this blog for the love of travel, eating, working out and going on weird adventures, so that’s what I do best, meaning: going out and eating too much, then feeling miserable about it the morning after. Here’s how to get covered on this blog.
Although I work out from 15 to 20 hours a week, I’m not one of those #cleaneating #vegan #healthylifestyle type people. I’m Italian. Take pizza, pasta, gelato and cheese out of my diet and I might as well give you my soul. So I do enjoy trying pretty much everything, although I often limit comfort food to once or twice a week, preferably during the weekend. However, if you’re a healthy/vegan/gluten free restaurant/café/product, I’m still keen to review you, especially during the week, ’cause if I live off pasta and pizza everyday I can say goodbye to my already shy six-pack.
I’ve given up on cocktails because 1) my nickname at work was Caro 2 Sips for how low my alcohol tolerance is 2) I find them way too sweet and I often get sick when I drink them, even when I have just one. For this reason, my drinks of choice at the moment are wine, beer and Champagne/Prosecco, preferably just a couple of glasses of either of those once or twice a week (weekends are better). However, if a cocktail bar with a unique concept and a good choice of mocktails opens up I will review it. Especially if it has secret rooms. In fact, if it has secret rooms I’ve probably been there already.
As a PhD student with a handful of part-time jobs that don’t pay an awful lot, there’s only so much unsubsidised travel I can be doing. So if your event is outside of my area (which is currently London and Italy every couple of months), I won’t be able to go there without a media freebie, which I will have to disclose but I will still review honestly… and most likely love it. Who doesn’t like free travel?
Precisely because of my studies, jobs and workout schedule however, I can’t be travelling all the time and need to know a bit in advance to plan the whole thing.
Disclaimer: I’m a pole dancer and twerker, but I’ve only taken up both sports just over a year ago. This means I am 1) not an instructor 2) not a professional, but I’m working hard towards it.
I’m often game to review most exercise classes and extreme sports (if you are a sky-diving company HELLO PLEASE LIKE ME ‘CAUSE I’M DYING TO DO IT), however my friends are not so I will have to annoy the trainer and ask him/her/they to take a lot of pictures of me on the day for this blog and socials. Ye be warned.
Due to my tomboy metalhead past, present and future I tend to feel really awkward about taking diva pictures and talk about fashion, so I do it in my own whacky awks sort of way. This means that I might post outfits on my Instagram or as part of a longer review of some event/restaurant/bar I went to. I don’t feel qualified to talk about cuts, seams or really fashiony stuff, but I do love clothes and I do enjoy showing them off. If you’re looking for a blogger who writes 2,000 words on a pair of shoes, that ain’t me. Soz.
Events and Launches
As mentioned, I train from 15 to 20 hours a week, work a few part-time jobs and I’m a PhD student, so my schedule is pretty packed. Most of my pole classes are in the evening and during the week, so to come to your event/launch/whatevz I need at least a couple of weeks’ warning to plan my workout and work schedule.
I’m also what I’d like to call an awks extrovert, so even though I’m a massive show-off and I will talk to a shoe if I have to, I also need a lot of time alone and I can sometime feel very out of place in an overly social setting. So if I’ve planned a switch-off day, I might bail.
I only review stuff that I believe I would use and I am very honest about it. I will also disclose if it was gifted to me.
Things I will not review:
- Solar panels (I keep getting press releases about them, wtf);
- Heart surgeon toolkits to showcase at conferences (whoever keeps sending me press releases about these is either high or a massive joker);
Just check this page before you contact me. It’s all pretty clear from here.
I have generalised anxiety and panic disorder as well as depression. YAY ME! So events where I might feel claustrophobic, or that might trigger a panic attack, are a no.
Also, my mental health is often talked about on this blog. If you hate it, fuck off.
I often like to take plus ones to events because having a friend with me is a nice way of giving back, and also a good reality check for what an event/lunch/dinner/drink in a place might actually be like. However, I hardly manage to take them to exercise classes because no one’s as crazy as me about them.
I’d be happy to do a giveaway if your product is a good fit for my blog and my readers. See above re: my awkward life.
Sponsored Posts & Advertising
If you are interested in promoting your products/content on this blog, please drop me an email to chat about your rates or proposal.
I am open to contributing with editorial to your publication, provided it fits my brand. Drop me an email and we can chat.
Other Freelancing & Blogging Commitments:
I sometimes blog for The Huffington Post UK, where I have a profile I use to ramble on about food, my twisted political views or my entertainment obsessions. For the Huff Post, I either go on a long tirade about something or I write in a list format. Please be aware that:
- As I mentioned, I have a profile on the Huff Post UK blog, which means that I can write a blog post there and the team approves it or not.
- I am not a paid member of staff in the Huff Post Newsroom.
- I post on it as per the blogging guidelines and FAQs.
I have recently written:
- Travel and foodie guides for BoE (The Business of Everything) magazine
- Travel and foodie guides for Hip & Healthy
- For TimeOut Sydney
- Broadsheet Sydney
You can also find my tips for women solo travellers on Sporteluxe.
I’m one of those terribly anxious people who have zero time and panic about missing deadlines, so I tend to keep to what we agree upon. However, I have a shit ton of part-time jobs and I’m studying in a full-time degree, so I only write about things in my free time, as a hobby, because I love writing. I can’t go to all the events I see and I always have serious FOMO.
Ye be warned.
Want me to dance in your music video or at your son’s bar mitzvah? Send me an email. I’d be down! However, because of my day jobs and awkward life, I can’t do full nudity or hump random dudes in your videos. Sorry. It has to be a performance I need to be comfortable with.
In short: wanna work with me even if I’m kinda awks? Email me at email@example.com.