Rory Carrick is the man behind EatDrinkRunFun.com, which he set up in March, 2014 to focus on his passions.
“The mix of content is eclectic, including wine, movies, running and travel, with a heavy emphasis on food and drink,” Rory says.
The lifestyle blog touches upon a range of subjects.
“I post about food, which could be a restaurant review or something I’ve cooked, and drink, mainly wine I’ve sampled and am reviewing.
“I also post about running and I tend to do about six half-marathons a year and also various travel and movie reviews.
“My site is essentially lifestyle, with a heavy slant on food and drink.”
Rory is also active on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
“I use social media every day, in some format or another. I enjoy the immediacy of social media and the range of content.”
He is keen to stress the importance of knowing there are people behind online accounts.
“The online world can be a fickle place, at times, and it can also seem like a platform where you can say what you like and do what you like, with little or no consequence. That is not true.
“Behind every account, there is a person. A person just like you and my advice is to treat people with respect at all times.
“You won’t always agree with everyone and that is a positive thing. Discussion is healthy, but being rude, vindictive, or hurtful simply does not wash with me.
“The blogging community in Ireland is large in numbers, but small in terms of who knows who. Be kind to your fellow members and it will stand to you.”
Rory says blogging has changed his life.
“For me, blogging has always been a creative outlet, rather than something I strive to use for any financial gain or, indeed, to enhance my career,” he said.
“That said, blogging has very positively impacted my life. It has opened doors to opportunities I would not have had otherwise, for example being part of the Restaurant Association of Ireland judging panel or being invited to tailored food and drink experiences.”
He is happy to share what he has learned.
“I’ve also been fortunate enough to learn a number of new digital skills, which I’ve been able to utilise in my own community.
"For example, the skills in social media I have gained, I have used to volunteer with The Fingal Film Festival and the Skerries Soundwaves Festival.
“This has allowed me to give back to my community, just as people have given their time and expertise to me.”