How Pinterest Boosted My Blogging Stats (with a little help from my friend)

I’ve been helping Helen build her Pinterest account as part of my social media management services – here’s her results so far!

Journey To Ambeth

Even though I’ve been blogging for three years now, I’m still finding my way around some of the other social media platforms. There are so many it can be difficult to find time to work across all of them, especially if you want to, you know, actually get some writing done.

One platform I’d been hearing a lot about, especially from other bloggers, was Pinterest. I’d heard of it years ago, via a designer friend, but hadn’t ever bothered to look into it. It wasn’t until my soon to be sister-in–law was pinning wedding ideas and invited me to take a look, that I decided to set up an account.

Once set up I pinned a few blog posts, set up a couple of boards, followed some people and left it at that. I didn’t really get any blog views from the site, and I just didn’t have any time…

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TWN’s Chris Murphy: Presenter of All Kinds of Weather!

Really interesting interview from Cher here!

The Chicago Files

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I had the distinct honor and pleasure recently to interview Weather Presenter Chris Murphy from Canada’s, “The Weather Network” (TWN). Without further ado, let’s dive in and see what he had to say in response to the plethora of questions I asked him!

I wanted to find out if he began his passion for ‘all things weather’ from childhood, so I asked him this question:  What was your favorite toy as a child?

Star Wars figures – Hans Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Vader just to name a few.  (He couldn’t get enough of them!)

I was trying to tie in his love for the Star Wars sensation with his love of the weather……you know, stars, sky, that sort of thing. 

He could tell where I was going with my silly inquiry and said, “Sky Wars with Mother Nature…. some days it’s sunny and other days it’s thunder and lightning.”  

In all…

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50 Easy Steps to Make Life Better

It’s Monday morning, the most depressing time of the week for some, so it thought I would reshare this…

Suzie Speaks

Easy steps and life hacks

This was a list of physical, psychological, financial and emotional things that I created a couple of months ago to make life that little bit easier… and it really works. Of course, it’s impossible to do all of these in a day, but I have broken it down into smaller chunks – I’ve found that incorporating things into a daily routine, while occasionally adding in a few extra tasks makes day-to-day life easier and good for the soul.

1. Find a mantra. I have one that I refer to regularly during difficult times: Create a life that you don’t need to take a vacation from. This is what drives me in almost everything that I do.

2. Learn the power of no, and recognise what you do and don’t owe others.

3. Declutter. Be ruthless. Anything that you haven’t read, worn or listened to in a year serves no…

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Magical Macy’s Christmas Tree!

After seeing some stunning decorations at the weekend, I had to share this post from Cher of the Macy’s Christmas Tree in Chicago!

The Chicago Files

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Well isn’t this absolutely spectacular! I took this photo today while strolling around Macy’s Department store in downtown Chicago.  I absolutely love this tree! It is breathtaking and reminds me of a winter wonderland!  How beautiful! I had to share it with you of course!

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Saturday Serenity: Allowing Our Imperfections To Shine

Something powerful to think about from Cher here! Please don’t like or comment on my reblog – hop on over to this lovely post and say hello!

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This past week has been another stressful one.  I know I sound like a broken record, but for a while now that is how things have been.  I envision the weekends as being quite productive, getting some shopping done, cleaning out the fridge, greeting the dust bunnies who have set up a wee little home under the bed.  You know, ‘regular’ things that shouldn’t really present a challenge.

Well, that’s not how things have played out this weekend thus far.  I tend to be very hard on myself in always feeling that I need to do everything perfectly.  I think I have an attitude that if I can’t do something perfectly then I hesitate to do it at all.  That’s not to say I don’t take risks with new activities; I do.  It’s just that at times I feel like a deer in headlights, letting fear envelop me so that…

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What Are You Grateful For?

I loved this post from Helen – it’s always good to be reminded of what we have…

Journey To Ambeth

img_0938It’s Thanksgiving in the US this weekend, a time of year when, traditionally, families gather, vast amounts of food are consumed, and thanks given. Even though we don’t celebrate the festival here, I like the idea of expressing gratitude. Of just taking a moment to think about the things I’m thankful for. About a year and a half ago I was challenged by another blogger to take something called The Gratitude Challenge  -I recently re-visited the post and felt it still rang true.

As it seemed quite timely, I thought I might share it again:

I was tagged in a post by the lovely Dee the other day, challenging me to write about something for which I’m grateful.

I’m actually finding this quite difficult. I’m grateful for most things in my life, to be honest. Therefore, choosing one thing to focus on is tough🙂

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#Glimpses – Prelaunch Blog Party

To celebrate the publishing of his upcoming book, Hugh is hosting a pre-launch blog party! Hop on over and share a link, then invite all your friends!

Hugh's Views & News  

I’m celebrating the upcoming publication of my first book, Glimpses, and from now until December 2nd, I’d like to invite everyone to my prelaunch blog party.

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Here’s what you need to do.

  1. In the comments section of this post, write a brief introduction of who you are and attach a link to one of your blog posts or your ‘about me’ page.
  2. Mingle. Check out all the other comments and go meet lots of other bloggers and their blogs and introduce yourself. Don’t be shy, go say hello.
  3. During the time the party runs, feel free to come back and leave up to two other links to blog posts. They don’t have to be blog posts from your blog; why not surprise a fellow blogger you follow, introduce them and leave a link to one of their blog posts?
  4. If you’re an author and would like to promote up to three…

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