SOCIAL MEDIA

One year on Instagram, 12 things I wish I had known

One year on Instagram, 12 things I wish I had known

6th October 2018

It’s exactly one year since I first posted to Instagram as @notaboutthekids. I’d been lurking around on the platform since 2012 (kids and holiday photos only), but the past 12 months have been different because I wanted to grow a following. Here are a few things that  I wish I had known when I started…. … Read More

How To Create Beautiful Flat Lay Images

How To Create Beautiful Flat Lay Images

3rd October 2018

Flat lay photography, an image shot from above, is a staple of Instagram and blogging content. How hard can it be, photographing bits and stuff on a flat surface? But as with e v e r y t h i n g creating a killer flat lay is not as easy as it looks. I … Read More

Tickets on sale for the first Elevate workshop

Tickets on sale for the first Elevate workshop

25th September 2018

Honestly, I feel like I know enough interesting, skilled and talented women to run a month’s worth of events. But you have to start somewhere and so I am delighted to announce, with my partner Antonia Taylor, the line up of our first Elevate one day workshop. **This event is now sold out, please sign … Read More

Inside influencing with CJ Brough

Inside influencing with CJ Brough

20th September 2018

The word influencer is a tricky one, isn’t it? It’s used to describe a person with a significant, and therefore influential, social media following. But something in the term suggests they might just be masters of a dark art using sinister powers to manipulate their followers. I can see why even influencers themselves shy away … Read More

Launching Elevate Creative Events

Launching Elevate Creative Events

18th September 2018

I’m happy, and a little nervous, that it’s time to tell you about a project I’ve been working on for the past couple of months. In partnership with my friend Antonia Taylor, I’m really (very) excited to announce the launch of Elevate, a series of creative live events and workshops. We’ll be announcing the date … Read More

What To Do About Free Gifts….

What To Do About Free Gifts….

13th September 2018

When is a gift not really a gift? When it’s given to a blogger or Instagrammer by a hopeful brand. It’s where influencer marketing begins, and the issue of whether or not it is the right kind of work for me has been playing on my mind. So I’m going to bash out my thoughts … Read More

14 Days Of Engaging Instagram Caption Ideas

14 Days Of Engaging Instagram Caption Ideas

9th September 2018

Are you stuck for what to write about on Instagram? Just be yourself they always say, which should be a simple thing to do and yet…blank. I’ve come up with 14 caption prompts that I hope will encourage you to let your followers get to know you better. With a bit of luck it’ll get … Read More

Writing For Instagram, 9 Things To Remember

Writing For Instagram, 9 Things To Remember

27th August 2018

I am quite good at writing Instagram captions. Or more to the point, it doesn’t trouble me. When it comes to blogging, using Instagram and other social media platforms, I’m still learning. Photography makes me stressed and sweary, follower growth can be baffling and SEO blows my mind. As for algorithms…let’s not go there. But … Read More

5 Ways To Shoot Great Video For IGTV, Expert Advice

5 Ways To Shoot Great Video For IGTV, Expert Advice

9th August 2018

I admit this is one of those blog posts that is as much about me, as it is about you. I want to learn how to make short films, but have almost no clue what I am doing. It’s been on my mind for a while, but the launch of Instagram’s brand new video platform … Read More

How To Give Great Instagram When You Are Short On Time

How To Give Great Instagram When You Are Short On Time

26th July 2018

You know, I’m not keen on the phrase winging it (bit girly), but have to admit it’s the one best suited to my school summer holiday strategy this year. It has come piling down on top of me and forced me to re-think my attitude to creating posts for Instagram and my blog over the … Read More

A Game of Instagram Love & Loathe

A Game of Instagram Love & Loathe

6th July 2018

I know that there are different schools of thought when it comes to curated matchy-matchy Instagram feeds vs free form post-whatever-you-damn-well-like ones. I might as well lay my cards on the table, I think that if you are trying to build a strong brand on (or off) Instagram (as I am) then it makes sense … Read More

The Power of One, How to Build an Instagram Following Worth Having

The Power of One, How to Build an Instagram Following Worth Having

28th June 2018

There are now officially 1 billion people actively using Instagram each month. What an unfathomable number, and a mind-blowing amount of content being created. But hey, Instagram is a numbers game, isn’t it? How many followers do you have? A little over 3,000 people have been kind enough to follow me in the past 9 … Read More

My Favourite Apps For Editing Instagram Stories

My Favourite Apps For Editing Instagram Stories

22nd June 2018

I frequently get messages on Instagram asking how I have created a certain border, layout or effect my Instagram Stories. The answer is always “well I have this great app….”.  So I thought that it might be useful to list my current favourites in a single blog post. These 6 apps just scratch the surface … Read More

Why You Should Find Your Niche & Stick To It

Why You Should Find Your Niche & Stick To It

25th May 2018

Ah the magic of having my own website. I can use it to resolve things that are vexing me, and niche is something that has been bothering me for a while. Niche; a position that is very suitable for someone, or especially suitable for a particular group Basically, what am I all about and who … Read More

20 Ideas for Instagram Stories

20 Ideas for Instagram Stories

16th May 2018

Instagram Stories offer such a fun and powerful way to connect with your followers. They allow you to break free from the theme and polish of grid posts, mess about and show what you are all about. I think it’s a common mistake to think that you should only post to Stories when you are … Read More

1,000 – 2,500 Instagram Followers….And What I Have Learnt

1,000 – 2,500 Instagram Followers….And What I Have Learnt

8th May 2018

Another few months, another few followers on Instagram. I’ve decided that the 2,500 milestone is a good time to reflect again on what I have learnt about growing an account on this busiest and most demanding of platforms. There is a lot of speculation about the mysteries of Instagram and it’s (supposedly) menacing algorithm. I’m … Read More

Switching to an Instagram for Business account, and back again

Switching to an Instagram for Business account, and back again

17th April 2018

The extra features offered by Instagram for Business accounts have been on my radar since I started engaging in earnest with the platform almost 6 months ago. By in earnest, I mean that I am intentionally (but not cynically) trying to grow my account. I’d like more followers, and I’d like them to engage lots … Read More

Why You Should Star In Your Own Instagram Stories

Why You Should Star In Your Own Instagram Stories

12th April 2018

I could never be accused of being first to the party. No sooner have I begun getting used to seeing photographs of myself on Instagram, than I realise that video is really where it is at. Everyone is doing it, especially on Instagram Stories. The Stories feature, launched in 2016, is now watched by more … Read More

The Best Apps to Make Your Social Media Content Stand Out

The Best Apps to Make Your Social Media Content Stand Out

9th April 2018

There are a bazillion apps out there to help make your social media content look ultra whizzy. Here are a few that I am using regularly. If I can master them, anyone can. InShot What For: creating posts for Instagram Stories and editing iPhone video Cost: free I love using the InShot app to get … Read More

The ups and downs of working from home

The ups and downs of working from home

24th March 2018

This is a theraputic blog post. I hope it may ease some of the madness brought on by constantly working from home. Alone. I’ve had a week of trying (mostly failing) to resolve some issues with work in my head. I have enjoyed some quite lunatic conversations with myself. Perhaps sending my thoughts out into … Read More

How To Find A Great Social Media Workshop

How To Find A Great Social Media Workshop

18th March 2018

You can workshop anything you fancy. Whether you want to dabble in origami, faff around foraging or try your hand at biscuit decorating, there is an event out there for you. But can workshops offer more than that? Are they just for fun, or can they give meaningful training and insight? I have been hoping … Read More

Ten Steps to Pinterest Success

Ten Steps to Pinterest Success

14th March 2018

In the time BIB, Before I Blogged, I used Pinterest simply as a search engine. Which is exactly what it is. If I want ideas for an outfit or interiors it’s the perfect place to look. But since I started to blog, I have been hooked on the idea that it could also be used … Read More

Tips for iPhone Photographers

Tips for iPhone Photographers

4th March 2018

From time to time on Instagram, I get a message from a friend or follower asking me what camera equipment I use. My slightly embarrassed reply is that 99% of my photographs are taken using my iPhone. I have a nice Canon digital camera that I like to dangle around my neck to look professional. … Read More

My 3 Month Blogiversary

My 3 Month Blogiversary

2nd March 2018

It’s claimed that most people who launch a blog, give up within the first three months. I published my first post on the 1st December 2017, so the fact that I am still here, lifestyle blogging the sh*t out of life, three months and one day later is a small reason to celebrate. I can … Read More

At Home with Interiors Influencer Lisa Dawson

At Home with Interiors Influencer Lisa Dawson

24th February 2018

Whatever your passion, be it cooking or cocker spaniels, you can find your tribe on Instagram. On those little squares, you can connect with thousands of equally committed people, ready and willing to share pictures of what they love. And there seem to be few more active and enthusiastic Instagram gangs than the one devoted … Read More