What is a media kit? (Why does a blogger, or writer, need a media kit?)

If you want to build credibility and real connection in the online space build your network of those people who think like you do, are interested in the same things you are, those who aspire to the same lifestyle as you do.

Pinterest What is a media kit

When I first started out as a blogger, back in 2011 (OMG 7 YEARS!) I just wanted to share my journey.

I wanted to take on the internet, embrace social media and chat with friends.

I wanted to show that just because I was old enough to be the mum of most bloggers out there, at that time, I was able to participate.

I had something to say.

I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT! Little did I know how much I needed to learn! At first it was just a few lines, no ads, no. Links. I’d never heard of an affiliate let alone though I’d know how to do online marketing or auto schedule through third party apps. I don’t know if I even knew what apps were back then. Things change quickly in this online space.

After a couple of years I heard about blogging as a career, not just for the Kardashians but actually as a job where people would pay you.

Knickers Ebook cover

The myth is that all bloggers earn millions!

Er NO! They don’t. Well OK so maybe the Kardashians do, but even they don’t earn it just from social media or blogging alone.

Most online workers have multiple streams of income.

They have different work streams, they’ll do promotions, content writing, marketing and a list of other work that would make a good old fashioned CV grow into a small paperback!

That’s why you need a media kit.

It’s basically a CV on one page. It’s a quick reference point for you to supplement your business card and shows people who you are and what you do. Importantly it also shows why people should work with you in your media space, in other words on your blog or You Tube channel and the like.

It says what you offer to them, what you do and who will hear about it.



My social media stats (the number of people who officially follow me on the likes of Twitter and Facebook) are quite humble compared to some, but hard earned.

I’ve not gone down the ‘buying 1000 followers for just $50’ or chasing numbers. I’ve looked for and ‘friended’ people I truly connect with. I’ve checked links and tried to make sure the people in my list are ones I would probably get on with in person. People with similar views or interests. I think I’ve just about managed to stick with the plan and my own business ethics by not carelessly or slavishly obsess over that number at the top of my profile.

Now this isn’t a post about gaining followers, you’ll find loads of those online, however be aware the word is changing.

It’s no longer a mad rush for more and more friends and follows.

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SUPER EXCITED! 5 star reviews!! You can now buy my short story collection!

It’s taken hard work, many hours writing, editing and preparing for publication, and I loved every minute, well almost!

MY SHORT STORY COLLECTION IS OUT! 

Hi, how about having a coffee with me? Too far to travel, well how about spending the coffee coins on my new short story collection instead?

My book ‘Knickers and Other Bitesize Flashes’ is on Amazon, and I’d love it if you bought a copy.

IT’S A BARGAIN!

It’s taken hard work, many hours writing, editing and preparing for publication, and I loved every minute, well almost!

I’d love to get your opinions, hopefully in the form of good reviews! Like actors, writers rely on good reviews to feed their business, and nourish their art.

OK, so basically it feels good to know all those hours poring over a keyboard at midnight were worth the effort.


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If You Change Nothing, Nothing Changes! I’m Stepping Up In 2018, Are You?

It’s been proven that writing and using a creative outlet can reduce stress and improve mental wellbeing.

So another year is here, a week gone already.

CAW Pinterest If you change nothingTime flies! You can look back at 2017, but you can’t change it, it’s passed which is why it’s called the past.

So look forward! I’m really going to push ahead this year. Are you?

— What will you change?

— Where will you go?

— What will you learn?

When 2019 arrives how will you be feeling?

Frustrated, bored, confused, wondering where another year went, same old same old?

OR

Fulfilled, balanced, content, amazed at how much you’ve achieved and how you’ve managed to do so much in just 12 months?

I know I’m unbelievably lucky to work at my passions.

I write books, I write online and anywhere else I can share my words.

I coach people to become the best they can be.

I’ve worked as a mentor and trainer for years, to teenagers and adults. I now focus that attention and passion towards who wish to write, or have aspirations to be more creative. It’s been proven that writing and using a creative outlet can reduce stress and improve mental wellbeing. I know for sure that I feel much more balanced and relaxed since taking up writing in a more structured way. Continue reading “If You Change Nothing, Nothing Changes! I’m Stepping Up In 2018, Are You?”

Singapore – The Gorgeous Green City – Where the happiest people in Asia live!

trees keep the whole place healthy and balanced

Singapore – The Gorgeous Green City – Where the happiest people in Asia live!

Singapore - Raffles fountain

I’ve always wanted to visit Singapore to see the iconic locations for myself.

Singapore - Raffles

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QUICK ‘END OF YEAR’ BOOK GIVEAWAY!!

THESE ARE 5 * BOOKS ON AMAZON!

QUICK ‘END OF YEAR’ BOOK GIVEAWAY!!

I’m making room in my new office to create a video studio (well, at least a humble camera / tripod etc.) So, why I am telling you this? I need some space so I’ll be sending these amazing books to my lucky subscribers!

YES! FOR FREE, YES, FREE BOOKS!!!

You can win a fantastic fiction book by my friends Joynell Schultz or L M Valiram.

THESE ARE 5 * BOOKS ON AMAZON!



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Venice, Italy – So Much More Than Glass and Gondolas!

invoking thoughts of women in masks and powdered wigs roaming through the city after attending yet another outrageous masked ball in the 15th century.

Venice, Italy – So Much More Than Glass and Gondolas!

I’d heard Venice was smelly, damp, expensive, sinking and outdated. Well they got that wrong!

Venice canal
Stupidly big boats are not friends of Venice

OK, maybe it’s sinking, actually it’s tilting and sinking. Yes it’s pricey. However it certainly wasn’t smelly and it was so packed with gorgeous art, stunning architecture, history and irrepressible wow factors that I would have forgiven the city the smell anyway.

Venice - pillar



Venice is awesome, you arrive at the airport and get the boat, yes boat, from the airport to your hotel.

On the island there are no cars, which is no wonder as the pathways wind adventurously between the high and ancient architecture.

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Truly Unique and Unbelievable – Damien Hirst – Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable

Wow. I know it’s in the eye of the beholder but maybe they went to a different show to the rest of us.

Truly Unique and Unbelievable – Damien Hirst – Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable

I’d first of all like to give FULL credit to all the artists and sculptors and workers who alongside Damien Hirst produced such a unique awe inspiring exhibition. (Actually two, in separate locations in Venice.)

Damien Hirst - Gold painted sculpture

You produced work that truly brought the ‘Wow’ factor, to almost every visitor through the doors.

Whilst being lucky enough to visit Venice, I also had chance to see this exhibition spread over two venues in the city.

Damien Hirst - coral

A fantastic contrast to all the historic art and culture which packs the city between canals and waterways.

 



I can’t even contemplate how you achieved it, how you managed to get such huge and outrageous pieces into the country let alone into the galleries.

Amazing!

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How to Recycle Your Wedding Dress (Or Other Piece of Clothing That Holds Memories Within Its Threads)

I paid loads of cash for a frock and then paid to destroy it?

How to Recycle Your Wedding Dress (Or Other Piece of Clothing That Holds Memories Within Its Threads)

You now how it goes.

Gorgeous wedding day, fortune spent on your wedding dress, then after the big day it sits in the suit carrier in the wardrobe.

So, guess what, as part of my streamlining and feeble attempts at leading a more minimal life style I decided to cut it up!

Yes really, you heard me right, CUT IT UP!

Well, to be honest I paid someone else to cut it up.

OK, take a breath. I paid loads of cash for a frock and then paid to destroy it?

Yup!

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My Favourite Five Fiction Books to Take Travelling

…whilst pushing your travel boundaries, push your literary ones too!

If you’ve ever been travelling you probably know that one way to survive long flights, bus trips or delays is to carry a good book.

These are just a few of my favourites, after all I love books and often read one a day if I’m on a beach day!

1. The Motorcycle Diaries – Che Guevara

One of my favourite books, short, easy to read and essential reading before any trip to South America or Cuba.

My Goodreads review

2. The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury

 

This will make you question how you judge a people and a place, so whilst pushing your travel boundaries, push your literary ones too.

My Goodreads review
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How Your ‘5 a Day’ Can Help a Blogger (They’re not all millionaires, despite the rumours!)

You know when you ‘Google’ (other search engines are available) to find a fact, or check an ailment, the responses you find are often written by a blogger.

The headlines about bloggers making millions with no effort are usually fake news, or a sales pitch by someone building their own online business.

Good luck to them, some bloggers do make a great living, they work hard so deserve it.

HOWEVER most bloggers don’t make enough to live on, and never will.

Many bloggers don’t do the work to earn a fortune, most genuinely want to serve, support and help you, their audience.

Blogs exist across the globe for every topic you can imagine.

Self-help, educational study and mutual support groups, hobby groups and that isn’t even mentioning the travel, health, beauty and fashion blogs that you may be familiar with.

You know when you ‘Google’ (other search engines are available) to find a fact, or check an ailment, the responses you find are often written by a blogger.

When you read something online that you find informative, helpful or of value why not support the person who delivered it to you.


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