New Workshops (& a confession)

So it turns out I'm headed to Ireland in May to teach A WHOLE WEEKEND OF WORKSHOPS. 

*breathes into a paper bag*

First up, let me share those details before I clean pass out and then I'm going to reassure you all why it's going to be ok. There will be 3 workshops for anyone looking to improve their writing, photography and social media skills. The dates are 13th-14th May and tickets are selling, now. This is a weekend focusing on making the best of what you put out there in the world whether you're a blogger who really wants to take better photos or a business owner determined that you're going to nail online marketing. I'll be hosted by the good folks at This Is Knit, based in Dublin. I hear there will also be some sort of partying and such. This pleases me enormously. 

Feeling vulnerable online

So now you know the details, let's get back to that paper bag moment. Putting yourself out there, whether it's online or in real life, can be pretty scary. You tell yourself all kinds of lies that one day, it will be easier. You tell yourself a magic number of Instagram followers that will mean you've made it. You tell yourself that when that blogger snaps herself clutching your product, you'll find marketing a complete breeze. Landing a feature article in that magazine you love so much? Oh it will all be so, so much easier to be out there because by then, you will be A Thing. 

I hate to break it to you but that's not a thing really. Some of the most insecure people I've worked with are some of the most prolific, talented, well known and respected people. We are all still working at it and trying to make it through the day without digitally falling flat on our face. Heck, I'd settle for just not spilling coffee down my front most days. 

Coffee

So you know what? I'm saying I'm going to be in a room full of people who feel just like me and my paper bag and that's going to be great for all of us. I'm going to be listening to what really makes people tick and what makes them feel they can't ramp up. In return for that, I'm going to be sharing all my experiences as a blogger but also as a brand manager and freelance journalist. It is hard. We can make it easier to feel less vulnerable when we share online and I'd even say, feel good when we do.  

Just know I'm right there, still working at it too. 

(Then come book those tickets because that helps immensely in getting this feel good out there. Here's those workshops again: Discover Your Writing Style; Telling Your Story Online & Getting to Grips with Visual Storytelling). 

 

New for September!

Busy, busy, busy, busy! Anyone else look up and realise that it was Friday? I forgot just how fast time moves once childcare hours start and work is back in full force. Pass the coffee?

I thought I'd pop in to give a quick update because things are happening. Here's the deal:

Telling Your Story online

Workshops- 

I have TWO confirmed dates for 'Telling Your Story Online', a workshop I run for creatives, bloggers, makers and businesses. This workshop talks you through finding your voice, your people and making your story really shine on social media, blogs and websites. This is about taking the time to reflect on what you want to say and how. Then to do it all in a way that feels authentic but gets the results you need, whether that's traffic or sales. 

Want to join me and plenty of other inspiring people to network with? You can do it here:

The Forge, Bristol- 7th October 2016

A Yarn Story, Bath- 22nd October 2016

Sad you can't make one? I'll come to you. Drop me a line if you have a venue and let's make the internet a more inspiring place to run our businesses on!

APD podcast

Podcast-

Season 3 is almost ready to launch and it's a beast let me tell you. I seem to have collected far more interviews than usual and am bursting with stories to inspire you. Make sure you're subscribed to itunes or your favourite podcast catcher as the first episode goes live 15th September 2016. 

Alex Collins Designs

Maker of the Month- 

Let's say hi to Alex and her incredible work. I first met Alex over a year ago and will confess to giving her project bag some envious side eye. I was utterly delighted to learn she made it by hand and is now selling them for us to enjoy! Alex is all about making handprinted bags for makers who need beautiful bags to keep projects and tools protected and organised. What's more, her commitment to the environment means that they're made with cotton organic and solvent free inks. Caring about people and making the world a cleaner place is kind of the way I think all things should be. 

 

Of course you could have got all this news delivered to your inbox along with some lovely inspiration that I've found to share with you via the monthly newsletter. I'm guessing you're already signed up to that though. Right? Right....?

More soon lovelies! x

Let's Get Together This October?

Announcing a Special Workshop for Bloggers and Creative Business Owners! 

Creative Blogging Workshop

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of chatting to Carmen from local yarn store, A Yarn Story. We were pondering the dilemma of work life balance when you're self employed and how to put your best foot forward online. Whether it's keeping up (or not) with a blog, doing your accounts or growing a real life local community, it can all feel a bit frantic. 

We hatched a plan

On Tuesday 13th October you can join Carmen and I at her store in bath for a 2 hour workshop aimed at Bloggers and Creative Business owners. The focus will be positive and creative (as always), but also provide lots of practical tips and tricks to try afterwards. During the workshop we will cover:

- Finding your voice online

- Branding vs story telling

- How to create an engaged community

- A look at social media platforms: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter (and others if people wish)

- Newsletters for business

- Blogging and working with bloggers

- Collaborating and developing a support network

- Measuring impact 

- Maintaining balance and focus 

Creative Blogging Workshop

The session runs from 5.30- 7.30pm with half an hour Q&A afterwards. The session will be a mix of hands on or worked examples with some information sharing by myself. We've also allowed for a little down time after for some further questions should anyone need. 

This is a ticketed event to help you carve out time to pause and reflect about some of your goals this year.  Tickets cost £25 and can be purchased here. We recommend booking in advance as spaces will be limited for this session. 

If you're wondering about some of my experience as a professional supporting small business owners and creating online, you can find out more on my About page.

 

We hope to see you there!