Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Six years ago this week, I launched this blog. Time sure does fly. When I started, blogging was still this weird thing that not many people did. Bloggers were a strange breed who lived in their mother’s basements (that stereotype never gets old eh?). It was all still pretty fresh and new and there was this really cool sense of community around it. I knew when I started this blog that somehow it would change my life. I wanted it to be the launch pad of some sort of career but I had no idea how I’d do it. Over the past six years, I’ve just rolled with the punches and have managed to eek out some sort of living from what I’ve done with this blog. As with all major milestones, being six years deep in the game (a blogging OG, if you will), I thought I’d take time to reflect on what I’ve learned through blogging.
Thursday, April 4th, 2013
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the Bangs Brand Consultancy. Whether you’re new online and floundering about trying to figure out how to get your word out, or you’re a seasoned internetter who wants to take things in a new direction, I’m here to help you do just that. Having been doing this behind the scenes for quite a while, I’ve decided to put it out there and make it one of the main parts of my business. So, if you need some help building your personal brand online and shaping your business identity by upping your social media game, get in touch!
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
I spend a lot of time talking to people about blogging or fitness. I’m often told that my own blogging journey or fitness journey has inspired others. I’ve coached people about their blogs, talked them through how to start one and keep it going. A common theme I encounter from people time and time again in both blogging and fitness is the ‘when’. When I’ve done this, this and this, then I can do that. When I’ve gotten through this really difficult time at work, then I can start getting fit. There are a whole lot of people who live for putting things off. Whether I’m advising people about their blogs or how to get started with fitness, my advice invariably starts out with: JUST DO IT!
Monday, February 4th, 2013
I often get asked how to blog. Beyond simply creating a site, there’s the upkeep, staying organised the constant content creation. When you start out, you think you’ll have loads to say, but guaranteed, every now and then, you’ll fall flat. Well, my good friend and mentor, Jo Gifford, has created an eCourse to help kick start your creativity and set you on the right path to blogging success. I’ve taken the course and can tell you, she has some really great tips to share. Take a look at what the course covers:
Monday, September 3rd, 2012
I wanted to be many things as I was growing up. All of them fell under the creative umbrella – actress, dancer, choreographer (I went through a phase where I thought I’d be the next Liza) and of course, writing always featured heavily. By the time I was 16, I’d nailed it down to writing. That is what I’d do. And so, I went about doing that. I wrote and wrote and wrote a lot. I interned and work experienced. And I somehow now find myself making money from blogging. This here blog brings me revenue through various sources, one of which being advertising. I have seen it said various places on the web that bloggers who have advertising on our sites (or are blogging for money) are ‘sell outs’. Since when does making a living from what you love make you a sell out? Shouldn’t that be the ultimate goal?
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
This coming November, this blog will be five years old. I didn’t know what it would become when I started it, but I knew I wanted it to be the driver behind a career shift for me. It has most definitely been that. I was very clueless to the ways of the blogging world five years ago and was figuring everything out as I went. On reflection, had I have known some bloggers at the time, some advice would’ve been useful. So if you’re just starting out blogging or are fairly new to the scene, here are some things I wish I’d known when I started:
Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
I was recently interviewed by PR Moment blog on the importance of the relationship between PRs and bloggers. As the blogging industry continues to grow, this is an area I continue to take a very keen interest in. Take a listen to my interview here (it’s short, only two minutes or so) and let me know your thoughts.
Monday, January 23rd, 2012
This blogging game is hard work, especially if it’s not just your sideline or hobby, but what you actually do. It’s a constant hustle, there is no ‘off’ time, no office hours. We manage our own editorial and if it goes wrong, there is no buck to pass, it’s all on us. We work tirelessly to peep our heads above the sea of more than 180 million or so blogs there are out there to build an audience and become recognised in our field. It ain’t easy. Now that mainstream media is starting to cotton on to the impact of blogs, they all want a slice of the action. But it’s all coming off a little bit like they’re late to the dance, but acting like they sent the invites. We are still being made to jump through hoops to get mainstream recognition. Surely, we can do better.
Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
I met with a PR last week who regaled me with stories of how she gets bombarded with requests for free product from bloggers. Oh dear. I always feel a little embarrassed as a blogger when I hear that. I’ve written before about the sense of entitlement newer bloggers seem to have, but perhaps it’s time we examined in more detail how the PR/blogger relationship works specifically in relation to free product.
Thursday, November 24th, 2011
Ahh it seems just like yesterday when I was in a cold bedroom in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada plotting out ideas for what was to become Bangs and a Bun. Four years ago today, this blog was launched to a grand audience of two (my mum and dad) and a few people who stumbled across it by accident. I had no idea then what it would become. I knew it would be a springboard to some sort of career for me but I had no idea how. It’s been a hard slog, but four years on, I’m still here, talking to you awesome people, who for some inexplicable reason, keep coming back to read my crazy. This last year in particular has been one helluva ride.