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February

So my dog likes my desk set up. She’s not that helpful at productivity boosting mind.

Man time flies when you work from home. A few updates and thoughts.

First of all, the silence on this blog has been deafening right? Sableyes.co.uk has had under relentless attacks on XMLRPC.php and WP-login. It has been chipping away at my bandwidth, but across January and February its become to expensive. I ended up renaming both to something entirely different, and now I have to change them back to normal to just log into the site to post and reply to comments. Sigh right? So for the time being this blog will be stay quiet, with odd hellos and updates but posting frequently will be a pain in the bottom.

Next up, my friend Phil (of Not Very Deep Thoughts) and I seemed to have a running joke for a while, that if you put a million typewriters with a million monkeys in a room, eventually they will write an erotic novel and spam you on Twitter about it.

Well the same is true for marketers. Eventually they will crap out posts about how to get ahead on social media. I did another video for Skillshare, but this one is free permanently. It’s possibly helpful to some of you, but was for me intended as further video making practice. There are some things in life you should charge for, and there are other things Google can tell you.

I am still getting to grips with video creation and slideshows in my free time. Video is a medium that has always escaped me. I can talk to a live audience, give me a room full of people and I will command the room. But talk to a camera where you get no physical response? I still find that odd.

The Little Fears are going better than ever hoped for. I became a featured illustrator on Ello.co, a top writer in Art on Medium.com and am currently 5th featured Tumblr blog under Fiction.

I mean that is pretty good for a blog that is less than 2 months old right? It has picked me up some work too, from doing the illustrations for someone elses book to designing a poster.

Speaking of books, this week I have been working on my first Little Fears book. I have always been told I should put my doodles and stories into a book, but until the Little Fears it never felt right or focused enough. Now I can combine it all properly.

As another friend, Linda Higgins recently said referring back to when I stopped using newsprint for my doodles.

What could have been a problem for you has been IMHO a great success!

Yeah I would say it has alright. I found my feet doodles and fiction through here on Sableyes.co.uk, but I found my stride with them both on the Little Fears.

The freelance life is not all roses though. I keep developing a habit of working from 8am to 9pm. Don’t laugh, hour for hour, that is still a shorter day than when I was actually at my old job, and less stressful. But it is a life I want to peel back on. I have some passive incomes going now which eases the financial pressure somewhat. I want to spend more time away from the laptop screen and more time with the missus and dogs. I am also going to ruin my eyes sitting a laptop all day. Hey we only get one pair, gotta look after them as best we can aye?

I also want to re adjust the time and social side of my online and real life. The old job destroyed my social life for years to the point where I cannot recover my old social life. Online, I barely speak to anyone at the moment unless its work, and that is quite frankly crap. I used to sit for a whole evening talking on blogs on social media. I stopped doing that. I hope to get back to that in March.

On the upside, I did not have to ride my motorbike to work in the snow or through Storm Doris. That was a plus!

That’s about it for now, so I say thank you for reading, and I leave you with a Little Fears YouTube video.

 

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.

Blog social

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I am a great believer that some people,  sites,  blogs and brands are better suited to a select few social media’s instead of all of them.

Personally I am chatty so Twitter suits me.  I am also about the visual so Ello and Instagram suit me.

I have little to nothing to offer on Pinterest,  G+ or Facebook. That said despite me never visiting G+ and rarely browsing Pinterest I still get clicks from both to my blog.

This has encouraged me to put up my social links and frequent the big 5 on a more personal basis and see if anything grows on any of the platforms. 

You can find me on social media by clicking the little icons to the upper right of this post.  – – >

7 Things I look for in Bloggers wanting products for review

2016

Gonna say it. I feel proper dirty for using a title like that, but its the best description of this post.

As many of you know I do the PR for 3 beauty & style brands. Hair and Beauty posts do not really have a place on this blog (yet), but my experience in PR and social media does. I often see bloggers asking or trying to get brands attention so they can get products for reviews and such. From my perspective, there are a number of things I would suggest on the subject.

What I look for in a blogger asking for products review are :

– A prior review of our products. Do one off your own back as an ice breaker and I am much more likely to send you products later for review.

– A responsive following. The amount of followers varies, but if I see a blog with no comments or interaction, why would a brand send you a free product? What is in it for the brand?

– Regular postings. I ignore requests for free product if the last blog post was 2 years ago.

– Links to sites & social medias. I do not have the time to look for bloggers off an email address. If you contact a brand, include a link to your blog, and your social medias if they are relevant.

– Manners. I never expect anyone to kiss my bum, but if someone is rude online to me, or to others, I do not want a brands PR associated with them.

– Reliability. Life happens. But if I send someone a product, never see a review or hear from them again, I will never deal with them again. If there is a problem, let me know.

– Honesty. This is brand and blogger dependent. A lot of brands want advertorials. I personally despise advertorials. If a products crap, its crap. Give a good polite explanation why, and I can use that as constructive feedback.

I know that dealing with PR people is hard. They are often unresponsive and difficult. But when I get into work on a Monday morning and see 100+ emails asking for free stuff from bloggers, I am going to ignore the majority of them and bookmark the best.