Hot Days, No Work and Sex in a Lay-By

ruth crilly vlog

I indulged in a spot of clickbaiting at the weekend. I simply couldn’t resist it. Mainly because I was looking forward to the comments from people utterly incensed that I would dare use the word “sex” in a video title (disappointingly few, I must say – I obviously have viewers with a good sense of humour) but also as a little experiment.

Clickbaiting, for those unfamiliar with the term, is the practice of using a really sensationalist, cheap-shot title to get people to click through to your video or news article. It’s something that gets them curious enough to watch or read but then usually leaves everyone feeling a bit cross and deflated when they realise that the feature or video in question is an unexciting piece of clap-trap. I’m not saying that my vlog is an unexciting piece of clap-trap – it has me in it, hello! – but I have most certainly bunged a bit of misleading wordery onto the end of my title.

Hot Days, No Work and Sex in a Lay-By.

What a hoot! You have to get your kicks somewhere, and trying to give my vlogs interesting titles is a detestable task that makes me want to remove my own brain with a set of greasy barbeque tongs. I rather like my jazzed (sexed) up title and, in case you’re interested in the results of my little experiment, the video had twice the usual views. I may try and make up more and more ridiculous vlog titles, just to test people’s breaking point.

“My Dog Married an Alien and I was the Bridesmaid!!”

“My Disgusting Secret Involving Some Shoes!!!!!!”

“Follow Me Around My Luxury Wardrobe: It Takes Eight Days and Ends in Narnia!!!!!!!!!!”

Hot Days, No Work and Sex in a Lay-By seems pretty tame now I come to think of it. (To be absolutely clear, I do not have sex in a lay-by in this vlog or – indeed – sex anywhere at all. I have a newborn baby and a toddler, for crying out loud. I can just about muster up the energy to type the word “sex”.)

I’ve just noticed that my last post had the word “porno” in it and this one has the word “sex”. About two million times. I sincerely hope I’m not going to get a sudden gush of people looking for naughty material to read! Rest assured, my brief dalliance with the seedier side of the internet is over and we will be returning to the safe, soft embrace of the beauty world in the next post. Which is a feature on nude lipsticks, entitled “HOW I LOVE TO BE IN THE NUDE!”


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  1. susan olson
    May 30, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    omg you are hilarious!!!

    • May 31, 2017 / 1:04 pm

      I liked that title Ruth and guessed it wasn’t true, knowing your sense of humour. I wouldn’t relate it to other people’s click baits. Keep having fun like that, that’s why most of us follow you through the years.

  2. Carly
    May 30, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    Well.. the “recommended for you” videos on YouTube below that vlog entry of yours were… shall we say, interesting. Usually it’s other ladies on make up but for that one they were all about the prolific 3 letter word. Think I rather keep the makeup bumff recommendations!

    • May 31, 2017 / 8:13 am

      Hahaha, really? I didn’t even look! How funny!

  3. Sara
    May 30, 2017 / 11:49 pm

    If it makes you feel better, my inner 12 year old read click baiting as cock baiting and “clap trap” just sounds really naughty…
    I totally have the giggles.

    • May 31, 2017 / 8:13 am

      I also “inserted” (lol) another potentially rude word towards the end of the post. x

  4. May 31, 2017 / 6:51 am

    I certainly do enjoy your adventurous titles, but admit I did not expect you to have sex in a lay-by. See, I have two kids and a job as well.
    But the concept is intersting. I should add the words “hairy girls” or something like that to my latest video reviewing at hime laser removal and see how far that brings me. It is too late to jazz up the title, I am afraid.

  5. Natasha
    May 31, 2017 / 9:12 am

    So your last one had the word porno in it, this one the word sex and the next one has the word nude in it? Seems like you are gradually getting tamer. Maybe the next will say topless. And the last one will be fully clothed! hahaha.

    • May 31, 2017 / 8:30 pm

      I’ll give you all a happy ending with something “flirty” or “sultry”! Ha.

      • Mezzogiorno
        June 4, 2017 / 2:35 pm

        “Happy ending” brb loling forever…

  6. Aromaology
    May 31, 2017 / 9:46 am

    Aw Ruth, you’re hilarious – this post cracked me up!

  7. Caitlin
    May 31, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    I love your blog Ruth! You are such a talented writer and have exactly my sense of humour. Thank you for all the laughs.

  8. May 31, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    I love your blogs, titles and all. And I loved it when you said you felt bad lying in the sun, with Angelica near by, but not bad enough to actually get up and do anything about it. Ha! We have to grab any time we can to just have five minutes to ourselves. And we ought to stop feeling guilty about it. I should listen to my own advice! But actually, I am getting better at losing the guilt two children on. It’s no good for anyone. Looking forward to your makeup vids and your baby vlog too. P.S Your children are so gorgeous!

  9. Emma
    May 31, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    I am lucky enough to work somewhere at least once a week I end up crying with laughter and your videos/ blogs have the same uplifting effect on me! I also feel like I learn stuff I am far too lazy to research myself! X x

  10. Eleni
    May 31, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    You are sooo funny!! I enjoy reading you every single time! The truth is that the first time I read the title I assumed it was no work and sex, like saying no work and no sex, so it made no impression to me:)) This is one of your best posts! xx

  11. Jan
    May 31, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    When I started blogging (albeit on a very miniscule tiny scale) I once entitled a post “to flash or not to flash” which was about how damned hard it is to photograph products, or infact anything – skin in particular and how what one sees with the naked eye is so much more complex than can ever be captured on camera, and the post was about the affects of flash photography. I was genuinely flummoxed as to why my page visits went up from about 2 per week to 100 per day. I was so naive. To a certain extent I still am.

  12. Anne
    June 1, 2017 / 11:55 am

    You forgot to mention also the close up of your boobs on Twitter!!

    • June 1, 2017 / 2:34 pm

      Oh YEAH! And my cock-a-doodle on Instagram – what the hell is happening to me?!

  13. sarah
    June 1, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    I have a 2 month old and find sex the most appalling thing I could do right now. Your title reminded me of how I got into this state to begin with.

    • June 1, 2017 / 2:34 pm

      Haha!! “Appalling” – strong word, but so true! : )

  14. bisbee
    June 1, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    Very clever! Which is one reason I read your blog, even though I am a grandmother in the U.S.!

    By the way…I have to compliment you on your explanation of affiliate links, how they work, and giving an alternative. Excellent! Every blogger should explain this the way you did…there are some readers who don’t know how it works, and most bloggers just state the fact rather than explain it.

  15. Melissa
    August 27, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    I just discovered your blog and I’m DYING!! This is AWESOME!! I’m hooked!

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