Life on the Go

There has been so much going on in my world the last little while. Between clients updating websites and field trips for me to attend various work-related events, I feel like I haven’t had a moment’s rest the last month. But I love it! It helps to keep my time management skills sharp, not to mention me out of trouble.

Go, go, go! I’ve been to Toronto to see the Green Living Show. A few plays in London were necessary to see for clients I work with. My tree services friends never stop, so I’ve been to a few work sites this spring where trees were removed, trimmed, transplanted, and freshly planted. And I’ve slotted in coffee to discuss changes to client’s web presences too. All with camera round my neck and a trusty notebook at my side. It even has me reflecting on my own web presence as well. Time to tinker.

Definitely spring renewal. Keep it coming world! I can handle it.

A snapshot of my world on the run…
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Spring Fever: It’s Time to Grow

Well, the cold that was threatening a month ago ran over me hard. I went from the flu to bronchitis (or something that involved body-wracking coughs that lasted for several weeks at the least). After being left with little energy and a mound of work to catch up on, my computer decided to get sick too. Ack!

Thankfully we are all now recovered (kids mostly too, minus all our lingering coughs). March Break is behind us and signs of spring are in the air. As much as I am enjoying the warmer temperatures though, I have had my head down and am still playing catch-up with work. I am helping a few clients revamp their images and websites. Another client has a play going on which I am helping to promote. Trade shows are filling another client’s world, which require shout outs to advertise. And I desperately need to see someone else just to touch base with what’s going on in their business’s world and update some pictures.

These are the moments that can get crazy, but what I love about social media work. I like when clients turn to me to help make their companies better. I thrive on full calendars with exciting events to showcase why the people I work with are great. Face to face meetings are often so much more productive and give an opportunity to delve into the important facets of what people’s businesses are all about. The perks come when I meet new people through existing clients, or when word of mouth has potential clients seeking me out.

So as spring slowly begins to bloom around me, I am sticking my head out and looking around. I have a few trade shows of my own I’ll be attending shortly and need to seriously work on polishing up my own social networking sites so that I can properly promote myself more effectively. It’s one thing to critique and improve others, but when meeting others you need to have something to offer as well. Time to brush off the business cards and breathe life into myself again. It’s spring and time to grow!

Like a groundhog in spring, I am sticking my head out and looking around

Spring Cleaning

Birds twitter outside my window. Delicate flowers blossom in the yard. As the temperatures warm, I venture outdoors to soak it all in and sigh. Time to get my hands dirty!

But alas, the yard work has to wait for the weekend. Right now my spring cleaning involves poking through the old detritus in my blogs and other social media accounts. If you haven’t tended your social image for a while, it might be time for you to tackle some spring cleaning too!

Spring Cleaning your Social Media Platforms

Blog

  • Go through old blog posts and check for faulty grammar, accurate meta tags, broken links, poor or broken images, or whether the post is worthwhile being published on your blog at all. Get in there and weed out old posts which are no longer applicable or add value to your overall image.
  • Cluttered pages do nothing, but confuse and deter potential clients and readers. You want people to return, so put your best foot forward. Thin out your widgets. Streamline your sidebars. Simplify your theme and make it congruent with the rest of your online image.
  • Update Gravatar photos, header and background images
  • Ensure your sharing tools are up to date and add missing platforms as necessary
  • Revisit your About Me page and update your profile, making sure you reflect the current image you want to project

Facebook

  • Update your cover image and profile picture
  • Review your About page and ensure your profile is up to date
  • Add links to other social media platforms you are on
  • Review pages you like and add to or purge as necessary
  • Invite friends to like your page
  • Review insights and consider changing up what, when, or how often you post
  • Review your call to action button and edit as necessary

Twitter

  • Update your cover image and profile picture
  • Pin a tweet that draws followers in & reflects your business image
  • Review your profile and ensure it is up to date
  • Review your insights and consider changing what, when and how often you tweet

Google+

  • Update your cover image and profile picture
  • Review your profile and ensure it is up to date
  • Add links to other social media platforms you are on
  • Start a new collection or add to existing collections

Try something new! Is it time you checked out Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, Vine or some other social platform? Would it add anything to your online presence? Do you have time to learn and tend to it, if you do?

Spring is a great time to cut the clutter, get rid of what no longer serves you, and start fresh habits that add to your image and enjoyment of life. When it comes to social, you may not be able to do it all, but if you do it well and enjoy yourself in the process, people will be able to tell. And that should equate to interest, likes, followers, shares, and whatever else you are aiming for. Authenticity is key. Be who you are and be the best you you can be.

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Time for renewal of you and your social image

 

 

Spring Flow

Children; they have been my inspiration for poetry this month. Little ditties have filled my creative blog more than I dare admit to in far too long. Good thing, as it is National Poetry Month!

The welcome sunshine that has finally filled my corner of the world helps as well. It’s amazing what a little vitamin D will do for a soul. That and a favourite pastime that doesn’t get much play in Canada for too many months at a go – gardening. I have pruned, puttered and poked my fingers into the cold soil, and now wait for fresh green shoots to make it all worthwhile.

So as much as I sometimes wonder where the next words will come from, I feel that rebirth in my creativity and relish it. I will take it from the sun, my children, my reawakening garden or my soul. It is a good thing. There has been poetry, short stories, book reviews and more. Can I keep it on a roll? Positive thoughts, breed positive actions. I see more poetry and book reviews in my immediate future, and hope that the story ideas that are jumping about in my brain eventually see the light of day.

What inspires your writing?

I spy a daffodil!
I spy a daffodil!