Category Archives: Blogging
Since starting a new job in August I’ve been finding it harder to find inspiration and motivation to write new posts on here. Read the rest of this entry
Following Twitter’s announcement that they will soon offer Twitter Web Analytics Facebook are to release a subscribe button. At first, this may not seem like a big deal, however this will have massive implications, which will ultimately benefit the world’s largest social network a great deal. Read the rest of this entry
This is by no means a ground-breaking post, or even talking about anything new. But the number of people who I speak to that don’t use these two apps, yet could really benefit from them, has prompted me to write about them – Evernote and Dropbox. If you have both of these apps already, then I’m sorry. Please enjoy this picture of a monkey riding a dog for your troubles: Read the rest of this entry
Micro-volunteering involves the donation of time to small projects, typically supporting not-for-profit or charitable organisations.
The type of micro-volunteering that I have been trying my hand at is based online. It is perfect for those that either don’t have the time, or the stamina, or the inclination to run a 10K race* or participate in a triathlon. Instead they can donate their expert opinions and experience to answer issues such as ‘What do I do with my website?” and “How do I write a business plan?” that are posted by these charitable organisations. These charities can’t afford to pay marketing consultants, they’re operating on a shoestring, and thanks to social media they can see fantastic returns that require little financial investment.
I think it is a fantastic idea and I have been using Sparked.com** for a number of months now. Go ahead and give it a try, it offers a great way to make a real difference.
*I ran the Manchester 10K for Parkinson’s UK last year and, well, look at me. I’m sticking to micro-volunteering from now on. It’s not right to inflict those legs on the general public!
**Other micro-volunteering sites are available, feel free to add them – ‘Add a comment’ link is at the top of this post.
Right, before I get started with this blogging lark, I’m going to need a few things. Here’s my list of stuff and things that may help you to take the plunge.
1. The right blog platform
First off I thought of WordPress, then a couple of people recommended Tumblr. After having a nosey and a read up it seems that Tumblr is more suited to casual blogging, based more around uploading media than text-based posts. Wordpress it is.
2. A (good) HD digital video camera
To begin with, I know my posts are going to be text based but video content is far too effective, and quick to produce, to ignore. Money is uber tight thanks to the little fella and, luckily, I run social media strategy at work. Anyway, I had a £100 budget so I’ve gone for this little number from Toshiba. £79 including 4Gb SD card, all the leads you’ll need including HDMI, tripod, one-touch Youtube upload and it records in 1080p HD quality (although the reviews suggest recording in 720 to avoid compromising quality when moving camera about). I’ll put a post together once I start using it to let you know whether I should have gone for the Flip instead.
3. Evernote and Dropbox
Evernote I’ve been using to jot down ideas, Dropbox more for images and Word docs. Both are brilliant, I’m sure there are alternatives out there, but these two are doing the job for me at the minute. Both are accessible from work PC, home laptop and phone. Basically they have meant that I’ve been able to ditch the dog-eared notepad from my wallet and no longer have to email files to myself if I want to write about them later.
4. Photo hosting
I’ll be using Flickr for this and using Camera 360’s app on my HTC Desire to take them. Love this app, the effects are great and the app takes two copies of the picture, keeping one in it’s original format and applying effects to the other.
Shopping list complete, for the time being at least, now to start creating content and if there’s time, engage in some guest posting on other people’s blogs. Anything else to add? Add your comments below.