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Creating a Media Kit for your blog

The product announcement will appear properly on the Little Fears tomorrow. For those interested in a video course on creating a media kit for you blog, the course will be free for the first 25 sign ups before going premium, so get in there early!

Click here for the Skillshare course

Now the advert is out of the way, a blog post about synergy.

I am bonkers about keeping some sort of visual synergy. I do a wide variety of posts and pictures on Sableyes.co.uk, but I have always felt the visual style of every post be it a picture, photo, doodle or text has always felt right leading into the next post.

The Little Fears side project has allowed my visual synergy to sync to an incredible level.

The website itself is as stripped down and clean as possible, allowing the focus to be entirely on the little fears images and the accompanying flash fictions. It works. Perfectly.

In 3-4 weeks the blogs already hit 2,500ish subscribers. I am not a stats fan, but thats a heck of a boost. It currently also has a combined following on social media platforms of over 12,000.

I convinced myself the focused visual style helped. So when I set about creating banners for Etsy and Threadless I kept that in mind.

Etsy example in a post.

Threadless example in a post.

They sit nicely nestled into the bottom of the post, discreetly fitting well into the blog. There is a slight problem with discreet. Although they look nice and correct down the bottom of the post, they do not jump out at people. That said, I am fine with that. I would prefer a discreet aesthetically pleasing image at the bottom of the post over a gaudy flashing advert screaming “buy my shit!”

That makes a big difference to the CDO* among us.

One of the things I had wanted to do for a while is go back and try creating another Skillshare class. It’s something I should be good at. I can talk live to audiences no problem. But when I sit in front of a camera and read a script. Eh.

So then it dawns on me, maybe keep that visual style I have been using all month. The Little Fears. I employed my doodles on simple cards, dictated my script into a microphone, and put them all together. It works.

The preview video is free to watch (linky), it has some happy dappy music, my little characters on cards, and it just kinda worked. Its not the best online course in the world. Despite being crap infront of the camera, I like seeing the teacher of classes when taking online courses. But the tiles, characters and fonts worked well to put my point across, which ultimately I guess is the most important thing about teaching online.

By the time I was done, I found the class reinforced what I had said here so many times before.

The Little Fears now have a Etsy and Threadless store along with a Skillshare course along with the doodles and flash fiction on the website. No matter if its a T Shirt, poster, lesson card or scruffy paper doodle, it all works and gels together.

Think about that next time you want to add something to your own blog, or take it in another direction. If a scribbled bird and her companions can make all fiction, doodles, t shirts and classes work together, I am sure you can add a travel post to your beauty blog. Just keep your visual and writing style the same and you can fit almost** anything anywhere.

*CDO Bit like OCD but the letters are in the correct order. As they should be.

**Almost anything. Some square pegs wont fit a round hole no matter how hard you whack it.

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.

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.

Free skillshare class on How I gained 1000 WordPress followers

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For the time being this class is free.

http://skl.sh/22JZKnN

A real bad case of ‘Can do better’. I have been holding audiences and talking over microphones for years online and in real life. I lead, others follow. I talk, others listen. That sounds big headed I know. But it is a skill I have built with years of experience. Usually off the cuff and never scripted.

So when I saw skillshare.com wanting teachers, of course it was an obvious route for me to take.

Fustratingly it did not go well. I did a short course on gaining WordPress followers. I recorded voice overs for a screenshot slideshow.

Once finished I published it and watched it. It wasn’t the worst thing I have ever done, but stone the crows it was awful compared to what I can do.

No personality, bland, not sharp and snappy like everything else I do.

So for the time being I have set this class to free. If it gets some decent reviews I’ll consider putting it up to premium.

A premium account costs as little as $0.99 for 3 months by the way and gives you access to the whole of skillshares premium site, so it’s still a good deal.

On the upside it’s been a good learning experience of using video editing software, audio software, and how to actually make a course. So I will be creating more courses in the next few weeks on other subjects and hopefully bring in my trademark snappyness and humour.