Entries Tagged as 'diva'
Posted on: Friday, May 17, 2013
Posted on: Monday, April 29, 2013
Today’s interviewee here on Dexterous Diva is Emma, a rather talented lady; book blogger, writer, photographer and marketing designer, I am thrilled that Emma has taken the time to share her top blogging tips with us. Over to you Emma…
Tell us about your blog – when did you start it and why?
Mab is Mab is a book blog that I started about three years ago. Initially I had no idea about blogging as a tool, and would just post up random book-thoughts now and then and leave it at that. It’s only when I joined a marketing department a year and a half ago, as a designer, that I realised what a great opportunity for networking, making friends and getting exposure blogging is! From that point I started dedicating a lot more time to my blog and learning the ins and outs of SEO, advertising and just “getting out there”. It’s been a wonderful journey and I’ve met some great people through it.
Does blogging have a place in other areas of your career too? If so, how?
Blogging is not a part of my 9-5 job, but it is a supplement to my freelance design and copywriting services. I view it as something of a “Portfolio with a voice”.
What do you love most about blogging?
As I said before, the people you meet – virtually and in person – as a result of blogging is such a great thing. I love being able to debate a book from lots of different viewpoints, with people all over the world!
What inspires you to blog?
I blog because I know that when I look for books to read myself, I would take a recommendation from a friend over a marketing blurb. I hope that people see my blog as that friendly recommendation. When people find a great book as a result of one of my reviews it’s the best feeling. That inspires me to keep on bloggin’!
How often do you post?
I try to post at least every week. Very often I post two or three times a week. It depends what exciting things the book world has in store for us – and how long the book I’m reading is!
Which blogs do you read most often and admire?
I LOVE Orisi’s Blah Blah Blah. Her personality shines through in her reviews and she has very similar tastes to me. I have also recently discovered Roosts Blog. The photos are divine! I’m addicted.
What problems have you encountered with your blog?
Being on the Blogger platform is a constant source of despair for me. I hate being at Google’s mercy! However, the limited custom design capability of WordPress puts me off that even more. I hope to be self-hosted soon, so I’m free of it all!
What top 3 tips would you give to other bloggers?
Be patient, be consistent, be you.
If you like this post you may also like:
3 top tips for bloggers from Bangs
The Blogging Frame of Mind
Danielle Meder’s top blog tips
Blogging tips: serialising content
5 ways to create original blog imagery
Posted on: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Well hello my lovely Diva readers.
I would like to challenge you to join me next month in a daily practise of creativity, to open those channels of possibility, to engage in new ideas and to just turn little corners on a daily basis for surprising results.
Those of you who have completed my e course, Idea Generation and Creativity for bloggers will know of #newdiva365, the challenge of doing something slightly new every day.
Throughout May, I challenge you to do something new each day, and to create something new each day…it might be a little sketch, a moodboard, mark making of some description, a photographic record….whatever floats your boat. So, the idea is that you combine the input of something new with the challenge of doing something creatively new each day.
It can be surprising how much we hinder our own creative efforts, and this challenge will force you to output creatively in a small way daily to get you in the habit of personal creative practice.
So, for every day in May, starting from next Wednesday, it’s time to use Spring as your Springboard to see where it takes us.
So, to recap:
DO something new each day (read more about #newdiva365 here).
CREATE something each day.
Tweet me @dexdiva with your progress, use the comments below to share your progress and blog posts, and let’s see where May takes us!I am using Spring as my springboard in May #dexdivacreativity
Enjoy, and see you in the creative zone of May.
Posted on: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Serialising content on your blog or website is a really great way to inspire readers to come back for more.
For example, the fabulous Marie Forleo of Rich, Happy and Hot and B School fame sends out a weekly blog on Q&A Tuesday; I not only come to await the email pinging it’s way into my Gmail app, but have often pre-empted it by checking her YouTube Channel in advance. Stalker-ish? Yes. Keen? Definitely. Hook, line and sinker.Great branding and great serialised content adds value to your audience.
Here on Dex Diva I offer my readers the weekly blogging tips which add value and which come in a weekly round up straight to your inbox.
I also provide case studies, interviews and my column Geeky Chic and Business offers insights to workflow practices and apps. The Business and the Blog serial is a new concept which brings examples of how businesses can use blogging in their marketing mix and business strategies, and I am excited about rolling out the posts on that one.
So, think about your site and your passions and interests. What could you possibly serialise on your blog on a weekly or perhaps monthly basis that would keep your audience glued to their screens?
Grab a pen and paper (in 3D form or digital) and get mind mapping; jot down ideas of main subjects that you talk about, then spin off any ideas that could be regular slots.
Great ideas for serials are:
❤ How to’s
❤ Weekly Progress reports or check ins ( these are also great for building a blog community discussion)
❤ Seasonally inspired posts and serials
❤ Themed tutorials
Remember, these serial ideas could evolve into an ebook or ecourse too – the possibilities are endless and exciting.
I was talking to one of my blog coaching clients about this just this week, as she plans a set of content that perfectly lends itself to blogging in a serial style.
I absolutely love this serial, Design Terms by designer and blogger Eva Black; as a designer myself I know how confusing design terms and jargon can be to clients and it’s something that case study participant Philip tackled over on his blog too.
A veteran of the serialised content is early adopter and blogger Gala Darling, whose monthly Carousel links, Things I love Thursday and, more recently, Blog on Babe, allow her huge audience to know what they are coming back to read. The lovely Katie over at Pouting in Heels has her Friday Five posts which I also always look forward to.
Other recent posts that you might enjoy:
Posted on: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
This week I am thrilled to feature the fantastically talented illustrator and maverick fashion blogger Danielle Meder.
Danielle blogs under Final Fashion, and combines trend analysis with fashion commentary and illustration, all in her unique style. I admire Danielle immensely, for her individual approach to blogging and her amazing work, and I am thrilled she is sharing her expertise with us. Read More >
Posted on: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Here on Dex Diva I am fascinated by creativity and it’s place in our lives, businesses and, of course, blogs. This week, the wonderful people at Behance featured a blog piece on the top 5 creativity killers, something I will be following up in more detail later right here on Dexterous Diva.
Releasing our imagination and creativity leads to innovation and new opportunities, and the creative process is something I walk through on my e course to help blog writers refresh their brain cells and come up with new ideas.
I asked some of the lovely alumni of Idea Generation and Creativity for Bloggers to let me know how they got on, and the answers have been lovely to read.
The #newdiva365 challenge is something I encourage course attendees to take part in, and it is all about doing something new every day, even just a tiny tweak to change your path and later your mindset. Read More >
Posted on: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
In this post, I want to introduce you to my wonderful friend Muireann Carey Campbell, better known online as fashion and lifestyle blogger Bangs and a Bun.
Bangs and I met via Twitter a few years ago – hurrah for social media! You may remember I was lucky enough to be part of Team Bangs 2 back in 2011. Team Bangs were a group of women who, under Muireann’s leadership, ran our very first ever half marathon.
Bangs and I have remained firm friends and actually have a little co-brainstorming love going on, whereby we run our ideas past each other and give each other pep talks when we are faced with work dilemmas and ideas.
I invited Bangs to give a little insight to how she got started in blogging, and to share her top tips with us here on Dexterous Diva.
DD: Tell us a little about you and what you do.
I’m Bangs. I write two blogs: Bangs and a Bun is more fashion and lifestyle focused and Spikes & Heels, which is a fitness site for badass women. I also do some freelance writing and public speaking about pretty much anything fashion or fitness related. Read More >
Posted on: Monday, March 18, 2013
- Make lists on Twitter from keyword searches and # updates. Save your lists as columns in Tweetdeck or Hootsuite etc so when you are blogging on that niche you can check in on what’s new.
- Google alerts are really handy for having the main news from keywords emailed to you. Set a few up, and you will get an email ping when your subject has an update.
- When you find blogs on your niche that you subscribe too, set them up in Feedly or a similar RSS reader under your category so you can check in when you need to.
- Use smart folders in your email client (I use Gmail smart folders from Labs to organise mine), so any RSS subscriptions from particular feeds get filed for when you need them.
- Make friends with PR’s in your niche so they can send you any info that might be relevant.
- Use a #bloggerrequest hashtag on Twitter to alert people that you are searching for information or case studies.
Posted on: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
It’s fair to say I drool over most things letterpress related. My desk is a combination of all the Macs (iMac, iPhone & iPad) with letterpress prints, blocks, and STUFF. Ephemera. Design and illustration inspiration and bits and bobs. *sigh* Lovely.
I am always trawling eBay for old letterpress blocks to play with (last night Mia liked printing my face with them), and I stroke any letterpress printed stationery whilst purring profusely.
So, when I discovered these amazing bags by Alphabet Bags it was love at first sight. This is not a sponsored post, just a declaration of typographic textile lust. LOOK AT THEM. I would be a walking Alphabet given the chance.
Ok that’s it. Off to browse more letterpress blocks.
(yes I know I need to get out more…)
Posted on: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Well hellooooo there Diva readers. It’s midweek (kind of) so here is a round up of stuff. Just…stuff. ❤ First up, Brighton based Dolly Dagger are rocking my world with these beautiful contrasting legged numbers. You may remember I wore a Dolly Dagger Cherry Dress to my rock star bro’s wedding? I am in love with the brand so check out the site. ❤ Sticking with Brighton for a moment, my urge to live there was made more acute this week when I discovered the existence of Super + Super, a gorgeous co-working space that curates workshops on online stuff as well as crafting etc. I dream of a place like this. Let me know if you check it out ❤ Beautiful book publishers Taschen have made fairy tales come to life digitally. I love the concept of this 9 Fairytales of the Brothers Grimm available for iPhone and iPad – each story has gorgeous illustrated images and animations for mini people and adults alike to enjoy. ❤ This week I opened registration for my Freelance Mum Survival ecourse. You can also sign up for my free videos, tips and resources on Freelancemumsurvival.com ❤ I will leave you with a bit of Mini Diva artwork….enjoy the rest of your week!