Scottish journalist writes book on blogging

By Hamish Mackay

November 30, 2011 | 2 min read

A former editorial executive on two Scottish daily newspaper titles has written a book on her experiences of blogging.

Ellen Arnison, who now freelances, is the author of 'Blogging for Happiness - A guide to improving positive mental health (and wealth) from your blog'.

Part of the royalties from the book - coming out in both paperback and Kindle forms - will be going to the National Autistic Society.

Arnison, 44, from Bridge of Weir, was deputy night editor at the Scottish Daily Mirror when it was closed in 2005. She spent a couple of months in PR before going freelance - increasingly for blogs and internet publications.

Among other jobs, she was previously night editor at the Daily Star of Scotland and news editor of the Big Issue in Scotland.

She told The Drum: “I began my blog when I started freelancing, just to see what it was all about. Since then it has helped just about every aspect of my life – from finding me work, to improving my mental health.”

Here’s a post in which she explains the benefits she has gained from blogging:

She added: “The book is based around a mum-of-three’s experiences of writing a successful blog that has seen her go through post-natal depression, three bouts of intense grief and come out the other side smiling, still writing and making money.”

Blogging for Happiness is published by Nell James Publishers and costs £9.99 from


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