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Do bloggers need Media Kits?

Do you need a media kit? Kinda depends doesn’t it?

Personally I do. I have a multitude of jobs and tasks I can do. I also approach people a lot looking for work. I need to put myself and the jobs I am capable of doing out there somehow.

There is room for improvement. Although I have 2 images at the bottom, I still like the flow. I want my services right under the ‘Hello’ section. I could do with squeezing in some reviews or brands I have worked with in there, but it is cramped as it is. Also, most people get a good gauge of me from my website.

My price list and complete job list is separate, that thing covers 6 or 7 pages. You can see why when approaching brands, I need something like this to show what I can do.

So do you need one? It depends entirely on what you are trying to achieve in work and with your blog. Do you want to reach out to brands and introduce yourself? A media kit discussing your blog and what you can do for a brand will help. On the odd occasions I get sent a media pack from a blogger asking about a brand, they immediately had my attention. Not only does a media pack make you look serious, but it also tells me most of what I want to know up front.

(Click here for 7 things I look for in bloggers looking for products for review)

On another level entirely, do you want work beyond blogging? Lord knows I do! I love blogging, I love the community and I love reading blogs. But good grief the pay for blogging is awful. 99.99999% of people cannot make a living from blogging alone.

So do you offer other services other than blog posts? If you do, you might also want to make yourself a media kit with a rough list of services you offer on.

If you cannot think of a reason to give anyone a media kit, you don’t need one. Not everyone blogs for the same reason. If you blog as a diary for example, I imagine you would be wasting your time making a media kit.

Something to think about for a lot of you though I am sure. The above media kit was made in Libre Office Word, using an old CV template, with my own images added.

Download my media kit as an example.

Download Link to Sables Media Kit

Pinterest for Small Businesses

One of the 5 Skillshare courses I took for this months to-do list was Pinterest for Small Business by Lisa Rusczyk.

I keep going back to Pinterest, but still have not gotten my teeth into yet, so a course was required to try and get up to speed. The course was pretty good. I do not believe it was planned, but she ended up showing some examples of what not to do on Pinterest and explained why. Its helpful all the same. Shes good over the mic and her explanations are clear.

The project for the course was to create and link to a pin, that was tall, had a picture and some text. Not quite what she had in mind, but I reworked the old Blue Moon Theatre poster, and pinned that.

I would recommend Lisa Rusczyk’s Skillshare Course.

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Click here to take my Skillshare Building a WordPress Following course.

Featured Image from Url

Screenshot from 2016-09-03 15-45-59

Now heres a damned handy plugin.

A featured image usually appears quite large sized across the tops of posts and in sliders. They are also the default image all shares to social media use. It’s handy to hot link an image from Flickr or Photobucket for your featured image due to bandwidth and storage size of large photos if you host your own website. WordPress however does not give you that option.

This plugin does. It gives you a little widget on your add / edit post page where you can paste in an url from anywhere for your featured image.

The only downside is your theme needs to be able to handle them well. In my case I have dicked about with the CSS so much, I get a giant block across the screen when I try to set a featured image heh.

I imagine some of you lot must have a use for this though!

In a bit Ello

I posted the other day that the Ello.com Beta for Android had come about. I was pretty excited, this was the social media platform I wanted to try. However, I cannot leave comments from the Android App. Naff it. Well it is a beta, I am sure that will be fixed in due course. Until then, I will see you in a bit Ello.co.

August

In which shit gets done.

Holy crap I have so much on my to do list for August. I do not believe a life can be lived and an income made easily online, so there’s offline real world stuff I am aiming for not listed below such as making business cards and meeting new contacts.

For my blog, book and odd bits of extra teaching and design though…

5 Threadless Designs
5 etsy listings
2 skillshare courses
Reach 5000 WordPress subscribers (currently 3809)
Create Projects menu
Update Sinnis review
Update tech guides
Log into old blogs and see what’s still be viewed highly and why
Get fit (Note diet and exercise daily)
5 Scribblers Cove pictures
Write 30 Tales of the Blue Moon
Write 30 blog posts

All this works towards self improvement mentally, physically and financially. Posting this to do list so I can hold myself accountable to this at the end of the month. Shall let you know how I get on.