This year, I completed a highly sought after social media course called #SMSpouses – a training programme specifically for spouses and partners of British serving personnel. After being selected to be part of the second cohort, I embarked on the 12-week journey not knowing that it would spark a love of creating content and managing social media campaigns on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
During the three-month course, I both expanded on and learnt how to:
Create effective and engaging social media campaigns;
Design social media adverts;
Understand algorithms and analyse engagement statistics;
Capture high-quality images;
Apply graphic design techniques to make eye-catching visual content;
Create professionally edited videos using a smartphone.
If you are a British military spouse or partner and want to find out more, click here.
Photography has always been a passion of mine, even if I’m not very good at it (… yet). So when I was made aware of David Hicks’ recent gallery in which he photographed elephants in Asia, I knew I had to find out more about how he managed to take such unique pictures. I wanted to discover the story behind the photographs.
So, even though it’s only been a few days since I completed WordPress’ 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge, I must admit I have felt somewhat lost. Not having a daily task to look forward to or knowing that I wasn’t part of a community that spanned the entire globe since finishing. I just can’t figure out what sort of blogging challenge to take up next… photography, event biography or even reviews. I just hope that I decide fairly soonish, before 2015 runs out!
#365: Tomorrow is the first day of a brand new year. Tomorrow you get to become anyone in the world that you wish. Who are you? If you decide to stay “you” share your rationale.
I’d still be me – just a healthier, non-ill version! I look forward to the simple things, like eating normal food once again and more than anything, I’ve just realised I’m really looking forward to deciding what I’ll do with my blog for 2015! So far, I’m thinking one of the following:
– taking up a photography challenge;
– writing about the events and opportunities my career takes me to;
– turning it into a bucket list blog;
– writing regular reviews on my favourite things (films, games, restaurants etc).
It would be great to hear from my fellow bloggers on their thoughts or any other ideas.
Thanks to everyone in the blogging community for welcoming me into this incredible world and showing me such overwhelming support – you’ve made 2014 fabulous!
#330: An impending new year gives rise to reflection and goal setting. What will your goals for 2015 be? It’s never to early to start thinking about self improvement!
Good question! Last year, one of my resolutions was to complete WordPress’ 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge, which I think (minus the odd missed days – thanks Norway press trip!) I’ve managed to achieve.
Since I love self improvement, I’ll no doubt set a quite few various resolutions. Amongst them will probably be – to travel abroad at least twice (I’ve never had two holidays in one year); to finally move into London (it’s been a dream ever since I started working in central back in 2012); to progress in my career – whether it be in magazines/publishing, video editing/presenting/producing or even PR; to take part in more video interview/junkets and video projects; and no doubt to learn something new – whether it be mastering photography, finally learning British Sign Language through official tuition or even taking classes on a particular video editing software… I just love being a sponge!
Image of myself with Head of Character Animation for How To Train Your Dragon 2, Simon Otto: Kjersti Veel Krauss
#281: Sometimes, we all need a break from these little glowing boxes. How do you know when it’s time to unplug? What do you do to make it happen?
Hmm… I’m not sure if I do ever leave screens if I’m completely honest. I use them at work, I usually eat dinner in front of one and then I open up my iPad to check emails, spend some time checking my blog stats, Pinterest etc. I guess if the weather’s nice and I feel as if I need to give my eyes a break, I’ll head out – either for a spot of retail therapy or simply for a walk by the river (which then turns into a photography expedition… arguably another screen when instantly reviewing the shots?). The other thing I do when I’ve had enough, is sleep – good ol’ Netflix has now got me hooked on The Good Wife, so I tend to watch an episode before bed anyway.
#187: Are as comfortable in front of a camera as behind one? Being written about, as well as writing?
Interesting prompt, since I believe everyone’s answer would be the same as mine…
One would only feel comfortable if the portrayal of said individual was of a positive nature.
In other words, people only feel comfortable in front of the camera, if they are confident that it will look good or that it could be approved and/or amended before being shared. Likewise with being written about – no one would want to read something horrible about themselves! On the flip side, when something nice is written about you, it fills you with happiness and who doesn’t love feeling good about themselves?!