3 tools to make blogging easy

I love a good tool to help me out with blogging (or with anything, come to think of it) and there are a few that I’ve used that I couldn’t blog without these days. 

Want to know more? Check them out…

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Pretty much anything and everything that I’ve designed for this site has been done on Canva – there, secret is out, I’m not that incredible designer I know you all thought I was! (ahem)

If you’re looking for something to design social media graphics, blog headers, CVs, I’ve even begun designing my wedding invitations on there … Canva is for you. Just pick your template, get some text and designs on there and you’re away.

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Where can you find blogspiration?

I know, I know, I’ve not been a very consistent blogger lately. I used to post once a week without fail and now?… And it’s just because I’ve not known what to write. I’ve been feeling a little uninspired.

So, I’ve gone back to basics and looked at how to get those creative juices flowing, with some useful advice for myself and hopefully you guys too. Where can you find blogspiration?

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Nice to tweet you!

 

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I love Twitter chats. If you follow me (hint hint) you’ll probably find  your timeline filled with me chatting away with fellow Tweeters at least a couple of times a week (but don’t let that put you off!)

So why do I like them? A bunch of like-minded people chatting about a topic that interests them. What’s not to like? Here’s a few chats that I try to take part in each week…

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Social media infographics

Love it or hate it, social media is everywhere these days. And with new platforms popping up all the time it can be hard to keep up with it all. There’s a lot of useful resources out there, but here are my favourites that help explain the platforms.

What should you post on each platform?

Let’s start with the basics. Every platform is designed for a different purpose and this infographic explains what you should be posting. It is a bit of a old one, so not all the platforms are there, but you get the idea…

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Communications blogs you should be following 

The communications industry is constantly changing and there are always new ideas, views and discussions to be had. Which is why I try to follow as many bloggers within the industry. Here’s a few of my favourites, split into categories as they aren’t all PR.

(Some of the eagle eyed among you may have noticed that I did a similar post last November, but I’ve found lots of new favourites since then!)

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What I think of Facebook Live

Last week I had my first experience of watching a video via Facebook Live.

I got a notification from Facebook that Scott Bradlee of Postmodern Jukebox fame was playing piano requests live. (If you’ve not heard of PMJ before, I strongly recommend that you check them out. A fantastically talented bunch of musicians! Visit their YouTube page to hear more.)

Anyway, fan-girling aside… As well as how much I liked watching him play, I found that the new feature from Facebook was something that enjoyed too. Here’s why:

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PR lessons you can learn from Pretty Little Liars

If you’ve read some of my previous blog posts (such as this one and this one), you’ll know how much I love finding PR in what seem like usually unrelated places. This post is no different and this week I’ll be discussing Pretty Little Liars….

I’m a little late to the game, but I’m up to about season 4 of PLL now and can safely say I am addicted. For those of you that don’t know, the series follows the lives of 4 girls whose friend has been mysteriously murdered. The girls begin receiving messages, in various forms, from ‘A’ who some how knows, and threatens to expose, all their darkest secrets (its wayyyy more complicated than that, but I’m not here to go into detail!)

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Organisational Apps

My smartphone is a huge part of my everyday life. Whether it’s calling my family at the other end other country, getting up-to-date on the news or checking what time I start work – I need my phone.

It’s pretty much a tool to organise my life, helped along by some great apps. Here are the ones that I can’t work without!

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Slacktivism 

We’ve all done it, but do you know what it is? And does it have any impact? Slacktivism is…

“Actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, e.g. signing an online petition or joining a campaign group on a social media website” – Oxford Dictionaries.

It’s easy to see a campaign that you support or an issue you feel strongly about, add your name to the online petition and think no more about it. Slacktivism is on the rise with the boom in social media.

I’m sure you’ve all seen them – the campaign asking you to hit ‘like’ or ‘retweet’, or perhaps even take a selfie and use a certain hashtag. Yes, you’ve done as the campaign has asked, but have you really done anything?

So what does this mean for PR campaigns?

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