Meet the Makers – Chiara Hayes Jewellery

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So it’s safe to say the small Irish directory of businesses has been a huge success. The businesses are still rolling in and it’s becoming a wonderful resource for people especially now in the lead up to Christmas. To compliment the directory I’m going to do a Meet the Maker series – a short questionnaire that gives some insight to the people behind the brands and businesses listed. That’s half the point of buying from a small business, you are not only investing in a beautiful, quality product you are investing in real people who use that money to pay their bills, or pay for dance classes for their kids, it’s a win win for everyone involved.  Continue reading

Bloggers and #ad – what does it all mean?

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When people ask me what I do of course the first thing I say is I parent, I am first and foremost Mother and Mammy to my three darlings and lets face it that in itself takes up a fair chunk of my time both day and night. But lately I’ve started to wave my hand flippantly around in the air and with the hint of a red face I mutter something about doing something online with social media. The title blogger seems to have Continue reading

My first ever YouTube video

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This is something I have been thinking about and mulling over for the longest time and I’ve finally taken the plunge. Who knows, it might be the only video I ever post but I doubt it, I have lots of ideas and more importantly I really enjoyed the editing process. So it may be the start of something new and exciting for me. My first video is a beauty one, a really quick run through the makeup I use everyday to create some sort of illusion of looking alive. I won’t be sticking to beauty because a beauty guru I most certainly am not. So I’ll keep this post short and to the point in the hopes you might watch my first video below. I’m really nervous sharing it so be kind, as I know you all will be!  Continue reading

Bloggers guide to working with brands

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I attended a Blogging Event at the weekend and one of the topics was about bloggers working with brands or PR companies and with brands. I thought it was a really good topic to touch on and felt, even though my experience is relatively limited to date, I might have something to add. The first thing I would have to point out when it comes to this step as a blogger is that patience is paramount. Continue reading

Tips for new bloggers

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This post on tips for bloggers is specifically related to blogging so apologies to those who have zero interest. I get a lot of questions from bloggers new and old on various areas from social media management to website design. I’ve also worked on a number of websites, from helping them set up their blog initially to streamlining and redesigning existing blogs and business websites. So if it is something you want a bit more advice or help on drop me an email. I have shared some of my tips here previously and will continue to do that as I got lots of advice from seasoned bloggers when I started and (not that I’m seasoned by any stretch of the imagination) I have put a lot of effort into the technical aspects of blogging and social media. So here are some tips I either found useful when they were given to me or tips that I figured out along the way. Continue reading

10 Instagram Tips and Tricks

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I am no expert on Instagram, I find it like a steady burn, I’m never going to be one of those Instagrammers that has 60k followers in a couple of hundred pictures. That said, there is space for everyone there and even though I may have only just over 5k followers it’s increasing daily. So here are some Instagram tips and tricks that I’ve employed that appear to be working, slowly but surely! 

  • Be really REALLY picky about the pictures you put up. I don’t put anything up unless it’s been taken with a proper camera and it has to be extremely clear. I edit the pictures, Continue reading

Useful WordPress plugins for bloggers

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I only moved my site to self hosted back in October so I’m a relative newbie to the world of plugins but I have to say they are so handy in terms of automating things and general time saving tips and tricks. Here are some of my favourites plugins to date that I think any blogger, novice of experienced will find useful. 

Calendar – if I ever become super organised and have posts written ages in advance I know this will be extremely handy. It makes it really easy to populate a calendar so you can see what is scheduled when. Continue reading

How to increase your Twitter followers

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Now I’m no expert when it comes to Twitter although I see now that seems like an ironic way to introduce an article on increasing your Twitter followers! In the past 6 months I’ve gone from zero to just over 1,900 followers and it’s growing on a daily basis. There are lots of other bloggers and Twitter enthusiasts out there all navigating their way through the tweeting machine so I said I might impart some of the tips that have worked for me. I love Twitter, after Instagram it’s my social media tool of choice.  And honestly you would be amazed where the skills you garner from your blogging or social tweeting can take you. I took over the Twitter account for the organisation I work for recently ahead of a large Open Day we were hosting and applying the knowledge I had learned from blogging I had our hashtag trending by lunchtime and we had just under 100,000 impressions (views, engagements etc) on the day. Some people brush Twitter off as silly but I think it is a hugely powerful, informative and social tool. So here are my tips on increasing your followers on Twitter.

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