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Thinking About Weekends at My Old Job

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Long title; long short story! The weekend always brings a sense of nostalgia for me - working my hardest surrounded by the best and worst of people and leaving at the strangest hours. When the general population prepared to relax and shop on the weekends, me and my workmates prepared to work, hours spent preparing everything from boxes to napkins and phone manners (hangry people on the phone and you had to pretend that you weren't annoyed by it). Friday nights were so chaotic and busy - noisy customers, missing orders and a general mess in the store.  I remember walking into the store and the heat from the oven hit me in the face - making me even more nervous for the day. Watching the order numbers go from 50 to 150 in an hour and priming myself for the chaos ahead. The floors looked like (after the rush hours) a violent protest got broken up - slips and napkins on the floor and a couple of soft drink (soda) spills with said slips and napkins swimming in them, as well as food wrapp

Reels/Video Scripting For Bloggers

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Don't go blank and run when it comes to making Reels and videos for your blog and social media when you can script it instead.  The point of scriptwriting is to save time. By simplifying the creation process to a list that can be followed for any sort of video/Reel, you can get in front of the camera and give it your best shot! Why would you go blank before making a video/Reel? Going blank may be a result of procrastination, fear, or a lack of enthusiasm (the concept you are presenting makes you wonder if it's going to resonate with your audience, so you're just avoiding the tasks altogether).  This is where scripting comes in. It does not have to bore at all - it can simply serve as a framework for your content. Use the 5 W and 1 H to evaluate your choice of Reel. Here are example questions you can use: what is this about? what is my intention with creating this video? why am I creating this video? how can this video help my brand?  how can it help my viewer(s)? when w

SWOT Analysis for Bloggers

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Conducting a SWOT analysis can be the difference between progress and time wasted.  I recently conducted a SWOT analysis on my blog and found out that I have a lot to do before I get monetised (that's quite a find, isn't it?), amongst other things.  A SWOT analysis can help you redefine your goals, short to long term, and help you work on weaknesses that make you disappear into the crowd. It helps you analyse the reasons behind the decisions you're about to make from a more objective standpoint. You can combine passion and skill to maximise your potential. What does SWOT stand for? strengths - aspects that make your blog stand out, that makes you better than your competition plus the skills you have to maximise your potential. weakness - aspects that cause your blog to blend in or fall behind in structure, such as design, content, connectivity,   opportunities - the various chances your blog has to grow, such as affiliate marketing, selling products or courses etc threats -

A Basic Post About Content Pillars

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I know you rolled your eyes just reading this title.  It's another one of the buzzwords social media marketers and bloggers refer to when describing the content planning process... Guess what? It's actually the backbone of your blog or business' success, especially in making it known amongst a saturated market. It's like writing 10 posts before launching your blog, except maintaining the momentum until it's pretty much automated. What are content pillars? Content pillars help you treat your social media account as a blog in itself - a microblog if you will. Content pillars help you define your content and formulate a strategy based on them thereafter. These pillars are usually similar to your blog's content - except they are created to be concise and create immediate action after reading or watching the content. Examples of content pillars are: - lifestyle - hobbies, food, travel - writing - for business, for clients, for other writers - freelancing - how-to, le

7 Reasons to Read Poetry

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 For my poetry reading list, previously read and bucket list, click here. I suggest reading poetry on self-care days, weekends, whenever your heart hurts and you cannot find the words to describe it in your journal. When you're on top of the world and can't describe it either.  I suggest reading poetry as a writer because it shows you how to tell a story with quality over quantity; bringing meaning with as little as you can. It will inspire you to write with more of your unique voice in mind, and even finding your audience a lot faster I suggest reading poetry when your mind just won't slow down - there are hidden messages that will speak to you as if it were right next to you, holding your hand, showing you the way. Poetry can be hard to understand when you've never been in the type of pain the brief lines describe, but you find it beautiful, and that's where you can start. You will appreciate the way words can carry so many meanings, how line breaks break your in

How I Drive Traffic to My Blog by Using Twitter

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Despite many writers opting for sites like Instagram and Pinterest to drive blog traffic, Twitter is still a popular place for bloggers and freelance writers to meet and support each other all 7 days of the week. It doesn't just apply to blog promotion; creating a community is the main aim of having a Twitter account. I have found my audience and regular readers on this platform faster than the other two, and all I had to do was write well and post that link! Now, I'm not discounting adding an eye-catching bio and visual art essential to the brand, but people just want to read . It doesn't really matter if you have great photos or memes, but it's a plus if your poem about old English castles has an image for a greater impact (and more retweets). *are you on Twitter? How do you find the writing community? Here's how I drive ongoing traffic to my blog: A Strong Hook It can be an extract from the post itself, or a call to action on the subject itself using the second v

My World With Dogs In It

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 Living with dogs has been quite a life experience so far. From a lazy pitbull who snuggled under the covers of a blanket any time she wanted, to a needy puppy, this a short story about my history with dogs. Like a lot of people, I have a love/hate relationship with canines. From being chased by a pair of pitbull puppies one unfortunate afternoon to my family's first pets and all the cuteness and curveballs that come with dog ownership. It's unlike owning fish; sure you clean out the tanks once in a while and avoid overfeeding them, but there's no need to play with them - they can take care of themselves. With dogs, any time you enter the yard is a gateway to get some pets, belly rubs or licking your toes until you squirm. You could simply want to sit in the sun and have a Pitbull rest its head on your lap while looking at you with those clear blue eyes. For about a year, we lived with another family, and they had memorable dogs with so much personality.  Photo by Wellingto