I’m on the road! Some of the long drives in between Trek America stops are perfect for catching up on all things t’internet, so I thought I’d share a few interesting bits I’ve found. It’s a little more text-heavy, since there’s been so many great articles and handy newsletters. The latter can be a worthy string to add to your bow as a blogger, especially since Instagram is a bit like the fake friend that talks about you behind your back. Your email list is the only thing you own (apart from your blog) and like Blogtacular’s Kat says, it’s a direct line in a world of shrinking reach.
Let me know what you’ve stumbled across too and make sure you follow my trip over on Instagram. So far we’ve narrowly escaped falling trees in Gatlinburg, recorded a country music song in Nashville and eaten a crazy amount of waffles!
Me and Orla – One day I will stop going on about Sara Tasker. Today is not that day. Every month she sends out a mix of up and coming hashtags and it’s a great free resource if some of her courses are out of reach. They’ve really helped me to think beyond plain old #ootd and discover more of the niche tags that will complement my photos.
Blogtacular – This is another creative community you need to be a part of. Not only is there a conference, weekly Twitter chat and private Facebook group but a handy newsletter with articles related to business, blogging and entrepreneurship.
Hannah Gale – I always love Hannah’s openness and ability to translate those thoughts you keep to yourself into blog posts, so her newsletter is a great addition. She rounds up topical posts from the blogosphere, as well as High Street buys and what she’s been up to. Perfect if the various algorithms have been messing up what you’ve been seeing.
Also a special mention has to go to Sophie, Liv and Ella for their newsletter style posts (similar to this one obvs). It’s a great way to broaden your reading lists and see what your Internet faves have been into.
I have a bumper edition for you! I particularly liked the Courier feature on black hair. It’s a great free magazine I discovered in my coworking space, which focuses on London’s start ups and freelancing culture. The cover is gorgeous and they profile a few black-owned businesses trying to take a slice of this massive market (to put things into context, I probably have 3 times as many hair products as my housemate Lucy).
It was also inspiring to see how Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere has progressed her business into a lifestyle brand plus this article about fast fashion just highlights how complicated the answer is. I’ve also snuck in a few videos, because who doesn’t want to hear about Serena Williams’ pregnancy? She’s the only celeb I will open Snapchat for!
I’m really enjoying Note To Self again. It’s perfect for us internetty types as it focuses on the broader issues created during the digital age. There’s stories of offensive face recognition software and an app that will send messages to loved once once you’ve departed. Freaky.
Episodes are short, sweet and super informative. You may want to listen to the episode on single tasking if you (like me) always have a million things going on at once. Apparently it takes us approximately 23 mins to recover from any interruptions, which can affect us for the rest of the day. This is probably why I need to put my phone on airplane mode when I’m working…
Have a great Sunday and let me know if you’ve found anything useful!