I love reading but as a business owner and mother it can sometimes be hard to fit it in. At best, it’s when I go to bed and then it’s only ten minutes until I’m too exhausted to turn the page. In 2018, as one of my 18 in 2018 tasks, I’m not exactly trying to read more, but I’ve promised to keep track of all the books I read. From my experience, this tends to make me read more!
Some of the books I read are business books or books otherwise related to blogging and social media; others are the amazing books published by some of my clients and friends, because I’m lucky enough to count quite a few authors among them. And some are simply because I want to! This list will be a big mix of all and I hope you find it interesting, though I’ve got to tell you: it’s really for my own benefit to make sure I do a bit more reading than usual! I’ll be updating it as I go throughout 2018 so check back sometime and see what I’ve added. Continue reading “Books I’ve read in 2018: Business and fun”
Running a Facebook business page has always been about engagement – in other words, getting your followers to react, comment, click through and share your posts – but now it’s more important than ever before. The pages I run both for my social media and blogging business, and for my travel blog, have continued to have good engagement over the years despite the doom and gloom headlines about the end of free Facebook reach, and I’m going to help you figure out some ways to do the same with your own page. Continue reading “How to write Facebook posts that really get people talking (aka it’s all about engagement)”
I get to do all kinds of fun things for my work but this is going straight near the top of my list: I’m running a five-day Blogging in Bali retreat as part of the Creative Living Retreats series run by Anna Kwiecinska!
What? You’re “working” in Bali?
It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. The good thing is that you can join me too. This retreat is running 21-25 June 2018 and is going to be a really intense extra-long-weekend of concentrated work and learning on your blog … along with some eastern Bali-related fun, of course. It will be held at Villa Nilaya which is located on the eastern side of the island, in rather nice surroundings, as you can see in the photo below. Looks a bit beautiful, right? Continue reading “Blogging in Bali: Retreat with me!”
2017 was a great year for me for so many reasons, two of which are the fabulous mastermind groups I ran. My original 2016 mastermind group continued through the year and I added a second group as well. I wasn’t 100% sure how the second group would work out – my first group all had a lot in common, being writers and artists, while the second group had a really diverse range of small businesses – but I needn’t have worried, because they have all ended up helping each other out in ways I never imagined. Magic! Continue reading “Mastermind group fun in Perth in 2018: small business owners, bloggers, creatives and solopreneurs, apply here!”
Like many of my clients, I run a small, solo business, based in a home office in Perth, and I wear pretty much all the hats in it.
And I love it.
But it’s sometimes, of course, difficult to be on top of everything at once. Looking back over 2017, I’m happy to say that I have had a successful business year, my best one yet since starting up this business kind of by accident back in 2010, and yet that I can still see lots of things I can do better in 2018. Continue reading “Business lessons from 2017 and looking forward to 2018”
The New Year is approaching and I’m the kind of person who loves to use that as a fresh start, a blank slate. Yippee!
As a small business owner and sole mortgage-payer, it’s easy to make life all about the work – especially because I love the work I do. Between work and a seven-year-old, I rarely do enough of anything else, but having made a better effort at a well-rounded life in 2017, I can see how doing all kinds of stuff actually makes the work go better! Continue reading “18 things in 2018, across business and life”
It’s exciting for my social media and blogging workshops to be back in North Beach in the lovely new Flowspace venue. (Extra handy for northern suburbs Perth people but not too far for anyone really – and it’s by the beach, great for summer!)
Coming up over November, I’ve got three workshops planned, and broadly speaking they’re about Pinterest, newsletters and Mailchimp, and getting your small business social media and blog ready for 2018. More details below, and email me any time with questions. Continue reading “Term 4 workshops 2017: Pinterest, Mailchimp and preparing for 2018”
One of my favourite business activities last year was running a face-to-face mastermind group for five utterly delightful women here in Perth. I’ve long been a fan of participating in mastermind groups, but this was the first time I ran one as a paid program and it was a huge success – and lots of fun for all of us, too! Continue reading “Perth mastermind groups for blogging and social media help – and fun!”
Heading over to the Gold Coast this month for the Problogger conference gave me the usual massive dose of new knowledge and vital inspiration. I’ve got more to talk about it in future posts but the single most important part was the keynote address from Emilie Wapnick of Puttylike. She pioneered the term multipotentialite and basically I love her for it! Continue reading “Being a multipotentialite: Believing it’s OK to follow multiple passions”
It’s no secret that I have a bit of a love for Twitter. It hasn’t always been that way but I’ve written about the fun of Twitter and how to fall in love with Twitter again and I have been using it more and more over the last few months, again.
So I have a more bite-sized suggestion this time round than my previous posts, and another kind of “gateway” into learning to enjoy Twitter that might work for some of you. And this is: have a look for some good #rocur accounts and interact with them. Continue reading “Fun with Twitter through curated accounts #rocur”