About Me

Hi there! Nice to meet you!

If you clicked here, then you’ll most certainly want to know a little bit more about the person behind the screen. Well, I’m honoured that you want to get to know me better!

My name is Joanna Cunningham, I’m a 23-year-old Digital PR Manager, and I live in Bristol. I have a first-class BA (Hons) in Ancient and Medieval History, I’m a cat lover, and one of my biggest hobbies is – you guessed it – writing.

About My Blog

I started my blog back in 2018, after a fantastic module in the second year of my degree required us to write a blog post. This reignited my passion for writing, which I’d always had within me, and told me that this is what I was born to do.

In the end, my blog post, all about ancient cures for asthma, was chosen as part of an undergraduate series by my lecturer. And, that summer, I began this blog.

I first named it “It Started with Rebecca…”, as my first blog post was utterly inspired by reading Daphne du Maurier’s most famous novel, Rebecca. But, unfortunately, people confused my name, and kept calling me Rebecca. So, it finally became Joanna Journals in 2019.

The blog itself all started as a way to get my name on the map. With a bit of writing out there on the internet, I could show off what I could do, and get myself a relevant job. Well, it certainly did the trick, and after doing multiple writing and copywriting jobs during my final year, I am now here…

Now, Joanna Journals has been nominated by feedspot as one of the top 50 Bristol blogs! At number 43, I’m there with the likes of Bristol Aquarium, Bristol Museum, University of Bristol, and a ton of other lifestyle and food blogs. Absolute madness!

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About my Childhood

I’m one of four children – the second of three girls and a boy – and grew up in a village near High Wycombe. I had a really lovely childhood, filled with books and playing outside, and was really lucky to have been supported through everything I’ve done. I went to Wycombe High School, a place where I achieved pretty good grades, and had a real blast during my teenage years.

My claim to fame is that I went to the same stage school as James Cordon and Eddie Redmayne; the place where I truly became who I am today. Jackie Palmer Stage School, although tough, was the place I learned to just be myself. I was taught a lot of discipline, but also a lot of confidence, and was really encouraged that, in order to thrive, fitting in was just not an option.

Growing up in the world of TV, film, and theatre was truly one of a kind. Although I never continued these hobbies, the experiences and lessons I learned along the way really stay with me, even now.

About my Personality

Apparently, my personality type is one of the rarest out there, so that makes me the resident INT-J, Architect in your life! In fact, only 0.8 percent of women conform to this type, alongside the likes of Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Walter White, and Petyr Baelish. It’s the personality that many villains are modeled against, due to their strategic nature, and ability to remove emotion from their decision-making.

In general, I would say I’m an introverted extrovert, who cares deeply, but rarely shows it. I am someone who doesn’t really care what people think, and likes to express my emotions through fashion and colour. I love a glass of red, and some good food to accompany it, and – forget small talk – I love to engage in deep, meaningful conversations.

About my Job

I’m one of the lucky few people out there who get to do what they love every single day. As part of my role in Digital PR, I mainly manage outreach to external sites, writing guest posts with links back to my clients’ sites. So, every day I get to write great-quality blog posts, which are SEO and BERT friendly, and help bloggers and my clients to rank highly on SERPs.

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So, That’s Me…

There you have it – a little bit about me. If you want to learn more, feel free to comment on any of my blog posts about any subheadings I may have missed, and I’ll do my best to update it accordingly.

If you want to get in contact with me, head on over to my contacts page. Otherwise, thanks for hanging out in my little corner of the internet. Enjoy!