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Blogcademy Review -Why you should go to the Blogcademy

September 27, 2013

I promise this will be the last post I’ll be making about Blogcademy, in case you’re all tired of all the raving. The fact is that a few weeks have passed and I have now had time to digest information properly. Blogging is a work in progress and it takes time to fine tune everything to an optimal stage. I decided to write a list of what I learned as a review of the fabulous weekend spent at Blogcademy, also as a reminder of what I need to focus on. (I also wanted to have an excuse to share the fab photos Dave McNeil took of the event. It’s not every day that one gets nice, professionally taken photos). So here it goes.

  • I discovered I’m not as bad as I thought I was – having good feedback from the pros was very reassuring.
  • Knowing this allows me to not worry about what I’m doing well and invest the energy on the things I need to improve.
  • Blogging is important but interaction on social media is also very important.
  • Social media is about other people, not us.

  • I discovered the importance of having a network of bloggers who are you the same page I can share and discuss ideas with.
  • Blog designs should be uncluttered, to let the content shine.
  • The best content helps people solve problems and I should start producing more of this content.
  • I need to work on my photography a bit more. I’ve already started experimenting with a few things that I hope will work.

  • I also learned that there are best and worst times to post content on social media. Who knew?
  • I need to spend more time on Twitter
  • I need to organize my posting on the blog and the social media, to make it more time efficient so I can have more time to devote to reading other blogs and creating great content you’ll want to read.

  • Consistency is key.
  • Speaking of consistency, I need to be more consistent with my regular features.
  • I also organized ideas in my head, as to what direction I want to take the blog.
  • I decided I want to use it as a tool to experiment and learn more about social media and online marketing.

  • Being yourself is the best thing you can ever be when you are writing. No two persons are the same and being unique is what will make you stand out from the rest.
  • Websites should be easy to navigate and that it is very clear what each section is about before you click on them.
  • Images draw readers in.
  • Good images make content more shareable on other platforms.

  •  Edit Edit Edit.
  • Don’t post too many repetitive photos.
  • Always set your standards high and blogging should be no exception.
  • Putting together a business plan helps keep the focus.

These are the main ideas from the top of my head. There’s a lot of other things you get taught in the seminar – tips on design, monetizing, etc. If you want to make an investment in yourself I definitely recommend investing in a weekend at the Blogcademy.

Plus you get to hang out with fabulous people like the ones in the photo above! What is there not to like?


My Manifesto

September 18, 2013


Photo credits: David McNeil

After the first day of Blogcademy I was on the tube back to the hotel and words were dancing around in my head. After that first day my neurons had been so stimulated and so many ideas had been made clear that I finally felt ready to commit my Manifesto to paper. It is a declaration of intention, of objectives and letting the world know exactly who I am and what I am doing. As soon as I sat down in my hotel room I wrote it in under 10 minutes. The next day I was so excited about it that I showed it to Gala Darling and she liked it so much, she asked me to read it out loud to the whole class. It was with a mix of pride and embarrassment that I did it, but I am glad as my fellow Blogcadettes seemed to like it. As I’m afraid the majority of my blog friends weren’t there to see this, I thought I’d post it here. I hope you like it as much as I do, so here it goes.

I believe in having fun, laughter and being silly. I believe in colour, sparkle and funky shoes. I refuse to settle for black flats shoes and muted coloured clothes. I refuse to settle for sitting in front of the telly watching the soaps or reading the gossip magazines. I refuse to be told that I’m too old to enjoy the things that I like. 

You’re a grownup because you are responsible and considerate. You’re a grownup because you pay your bills. You’re a grownup because you are allowed to vote. You’re not a grownup because you are boring and serious all the time. You’re not a grownup because wear boring and uninspiring clothes. 

I’m a 30 something, who keeps being told she’s too old for some things and too young for others. The age of un-defined. On here I share the adventure that is my life and for now this is who I am. This will change and evolve, naturally. Will you join me on this journey? 


PS: That lovely and talented lady sat next to me is Jocelina of Pink Chocolate Break.


A fabulous weekend in London

September 15, 2013

I have to say that I’m still feeling the effects of attending the Blogcademy event in London last weekend. I have TONS of new ideas and I think I would need 3 more blogs (a a lot more free time too) to be able to put them all online! Hmmmm…..

Anyway, I haven’t shown the photos I took that weekend of London and of what I wore, as I know most of my readers like to see them outfits! So here are the sights and some of my clobber.

I arrived in London on Friday night and stayed at the Umi hotel in Bayswater. I had booked a single room for the night as I figured that would suffice to rest my bones after the trip down and after the blogging sessions. The hotel wasn’t fancy but it had all the basics I needed and was comfortable enough. I even got to watch a bit of telly before falling asleep!

I didn’t take a lot of photos in town that day as I managed to arrive late and was in a rush to get to the venue.

I nicked this photo from Nicole from A Life Less Beige, as I don’t have any of me on that day! With me on the photo are Tina of I Love Lotta and Sara from Under the Vintage Veil. I was wearing a Primark cardigan, Topshop wire and rhinestones cat ears, the skirt I bought from TK Maxx, for a song. I love it because it has a somewhat vintage feel to it, although it isn’t – the pattern has some sort of tropical landscape. The t-shirt I was wearing is from Pull and Bear and it’s got a maneki neko on it.

The next day I left the hotel and dragged my suitcase through the Underground system. I had by then learned a better way to get to the studio where we had the class. That taught me that you can’t always trust Google Maps directions!!!

As always, you can find some cool street art, particularly in Shoreditch where I spent the last weekend!


Of course, I had to use these as a backdrop for an outfit photo! The building looked super cool and I wish I had more places like this around where I live.

What I wore on Sunday: Ears – Crown and Glory, Necklace – Head Full of Feathers (both from the Blogcademy goody bag), Jacket – H&M, Dress – Monki, Bag – Ahacahcum Muchacha, Glitter trainers – Springfield.

The Gerkin, in the magical hour. The photo can’t convey the beauty of the colours of that moment.

I also thought I’d share some Robert Indiana love with you.Hope you enjoyed it! I’m sharing this post with the ladies at Ariane’s Blog Hop.



Free your mind and the rest will follow.

September 11, 2013

This weekend I attended the Blogcademy event. This was an event organized for people who are interested in taking their blogging to the next level and become pros at it, regardless of blogging as a support for a business, to gain revenue, etc.

We had Kat Williams of Rock n Roll Bride, Shauna Haider of Nubby Twiglet and Gala Darling of Gala Darling as our headmistresses. And why? Because these ladies know what they are doing and talking about. They have managed each in their own way to turn their blogs into their livelihoods and become leaders in their niches. The course was very informative and delivered in a very sparkly way.A friend who saw some of the photos commented he wasn’t sure I was having a meeting or a party. I told him that it was a bloggers seminar, it had to look and feel like a party!

I have to say that taking these #selfies with the pros made me realize I need to practice the blogger face a bit more, haha.

Kat getting involved.

I am glad I decided to enroll in the course because it really made a difference. For me it provided some structure and allowed me to organize some ideas in my mind about what I was already doing with my page and where I want to take it. I have now decided what I am doing with it and it’s a great feeling. Also getting some feedback from the pros (and mostly good) was an amazing confidence boost. Now I know I am not as bad as I thought I was and I know what areas I need to focus on, instead of having to worry about EVERY single detail. This has freed me from some of the pressure I have been putting on myself and it felt amazing. All of this was delivered along with servings of cake, sweets, and a fantastic goody bag with bunny ears from Crown and Glory (remember I interviewed Sophie here?) and a glittery stars necklace from Head Full of Feathers among other fabulous items. We can’t forget about the cute photobooth either!

One of my favourite things was meeting with like minded individuals who are mostly on the same page. Sometimes it is really hard to find people with whom we can discuss this blogging business, as most of our friends either don’t give a rats arse about it or don’t know what we are babbling about. I am happy to say I made some new friends and we are definitely keeping in touch! (Plus there were many ladies with amazing coloured hair. I think I’ve never seen so many in the same room at the same time!)

Tina of I Love Lotta and Jocelina from Pink Chocolate Break. These two ladies flew in from Switzerland and Holland to attend the seminar. Respect!

I also made my own goody bag, to give to my fellow blogcadettes and I was chuffed to see that everyone liked it. I made some illustrations, stuffed them in a pink envelope along with some gold star confetti, along with a business card and put it in my own tote bag, now also available to the general public. (If anyone is interested just drop me a line).

Lydia of Lydia Linnea modelling my bag.

I came back home with a brain full of ideas, totally over stimulated and with a new boost of confidence. And you know what? It really worked because yesterday I was offered my dream job. This really has been a week of wonders!