30-01-12 Love Businesses Weekly Showcase
Whoop Whoop – lovely to meet you all! I was very excited when Annie asked me to do this, but also just a wee bit scared. I’ve only been blogging for about two weeks you see. Barely out of nappies, so it could all get rather messy.
I’m a business owner, part-time analyst-y boring type, mummy, and now blogger. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to fit all that inside my head. Bits of it keep escaping.
I have always been a tad forgetful.
But baby brain seems to have extended into school run senility, and heaven only knows what it’ll be by the time my kids are teenagers – Teenage *complete lack of* Total Recall I imagine.
Put it this way, over the last few weeks I have:
- Forgotten my kids school session on phonics (shame on you, mummy)
- Thought I had left my iPad at someone’s house, then discovered it by the toaster, thankfully not in it, but it was probably a close thing
- Left the bath running and forgotten about it (no floods though – phew, Brad might have got upset about that)
- Missed numerous personal appointments (always remember the business ones, perhaps through some amazing sense of self-preservation)
- Saved a blog post, and forgotten where I put it – it was a good one too…
The list gets even more ridiculous, and probably a bit boring, so I’ll stop there.
Suffice to say. I seem incapable of remembering anything at the moment. Some might say I am trying to do too much. I just think I’m just getting a bit rubbish.
Is this just me? Or is this how we all feel approaching 40 (ahem)….
Please let me know before I have to stop drinking to prevent myself from losing anymore brain cells.
I’ve been me, thank you.
Any comments on this, or indeed advice about blogging appreciated over at my blog or even better, within your own posts in this and other showcases. What would you have done differently if you were starting out again?
Introduction kindly written by Helen from Kiddy Charts.
Toni Hunter’s Superblog – 12 resolutions for 2012
Everyone knows that “to fail to plan, is to plan to fail” and you should have by now reflected on your performance of last year and be making formal written plans for what you need to achieve this year to take a significant step towards, if not achieve your personal and business goals.
Cambridge Mums Business Club – 8 Tips For Radio Interviews
I have been fortunate enough to be interviewed by local radio since I took on the Cambridge Mums Business Club. At first it was a very daunting experience as it was something I had never done before so was way out of my comfort zone.
Since that initial appearance, it has got easier and I find myself looking forward to going in to promote myself and other businesses.
Here are my tips for coping with it:
Business Plus Baby – Guest blogging for business bloggers- where to start!
Question: I have done a few guest blogs which are linked back to my website, but I’m not sure what to blog about. I don’t know how personal to get or whether it should be business related. I also don’t know how to get the backlinks that i need (eg. should it just be in a signature?)
-Charlotte, owner of party bag website http://www.creationsbycharlotte.co.uk.
First of all, here are my tips for guest blogging…
byebyebirdie – brown paper packages
…tied up with string. these are a few of my favourite things.
i do love receiving little brown packages. if i’ve ordered a special treat (especially a handmade one) and it arrives trussed up in an impenetrable polybag i can’t help but feel a little disappointed.
so when i send a special something through the post, i like to try to make the packaging as exciting as the treat hiding inside.
lately i’ve been inspired by a beautiful mess and Mandi’s fabulous recycled kraft packages.
Coombe Mill: Tails from the Farmers Wife – Family Farm Holidays in Cornwall. Magical for Children
Originally a 16th Century water mill, Coombe Mill is now a beautiful and secluded hamlet of picturesque holiday cottages, Scandinavian and riverside lodges set amidst an idyllic 30 acre private estate between Bodmin Moor and the Beach.
Enjoy all the best of farm life, children’s tractor rides 6 days a week to feed and care for the animals supervised and safely managed by Farmer Nick and Ted. A magical outdoor experience for the kids. Watch them learn and grow confidence on the working farm, a real family activity to start the day, no baby too young or grandparent too old!
Money-Making Magic for Enlightened Entrepreneurs – My Inspirations for 2012: Bravery, Heroism, “Ordinariness” and Uncertainty
In our society the hardest thing to be is a do-er. The easiest thing is to be a watcher, an observer, a commenter, a critic, a troll. Doing something and drawing heat from the critics requires bravery. I often stop blogging because I fear the backlash but I will not let the trolls get me down. I shall blog fearlessly. No, that’s not true. I shall feel the fear but I will blog anyway. I wish that feedback made me a better blogger; it doesn’t. All too often it just makes me sad about humankind which then blocks my creativity.
Baby Duck Shop’s Blog – Green Cheeky Monkey Organic Clothing
I was going through our stock the other day and started looking through the Green Cheeky Monkey range, these organic tees and baby grows are wonderfully soft and had it not been so cold in our stock room I probably could have spent a few minutes cuddling them!
At least daddy can cook… – The Birth of StorkUp
It’s safe to say that Fiona and I definitely had enough on our plates already when StorkUp was conceived. But there was never any question in our minds that we wouldn’t do it. As mums of young children, we have both been in the position of every expectant or new mum who asks herself, “What products do I need for my baby and where do I buy them?”
When I was pregnant with my first baby back in 2007, I had no idea what to buy and as a result made some bad choices!
The Book Pond blog – Internships – Are they worth it?
I was watching a feature on BBC News this morning about the exploitation of students by using them as interns. It made me consider my own position as a graduate and how my experience has helped me to progress. I went to university as a mature student. I was 26, which is only 8 years older than most of the other students in my year, but I had a house and mortgage, a husband, and nearly a decade of work experience over pretty much every one of my peers.
Littlesheep Learning – Get Featured
We are hoping to add a series of posts on different activities available to children aged 3-11 that help them learn. If you run a children’s activity and would like to be featured please get in touch – there is no charge for the article about your business but you will need to write the post!
Marketing Wu – 8 simple ways to be a better content marketer!
It goes without saying that content marketing is a business, so it always is best to try and be professional in all that you create and distribute.
Here is a list of eight elements to develop your content marketing mix with.
You can download the A4 PDF version by clicking the image below. Which can be printed out. Enjoy!
Sign and the City – Developing My Business: New Challenges for 2012
It’s been a very different start to the TinyTalk term here in South Nottingham. I have a new partner which has breathed fresh life into the classes and business but I am also delivering a new class to children aged between 18 months and 3 years – TinyTalk Toddlers.
This class has been part of the TinyTalk repetoire for a few years and it’s up to the individual teacher whether or not to train to deliver the class.
Mummy’s Little Stars – Business women starting out: Find that faith in yourself!
Am I a self-effacing wallflower?
Self-effacing – what on earth?!? I know, if anyone reading this actually knows me, they won’t believe I am saying those words about myself. But I am.
Last week I was honoured that KiddyCharts Printable Reward Charts was nominated for the Cambridge Business Mums Conference Best Start Up Award. Someone else (bless them) did the nominating, and I am glad they did.
DaveEndsor.com – Marketing with humour requires considered brand guidelines
From a marketing perspective, it’s always interesting to watch a brand evolve, particularly one founded on guidelines that intend to be effective though amusing content
My Rusty Halos – Social enterprise ideas and plans
Creativity is everywhere though I have come across many people saying to me, “Oh I wish I could do that,” or, “I’m not creative,” then a while later read their thought provoking blog or watch them paint their nails with amazing patterns. To be creative doesn’t have to mean that you are a published writer or a talented artist. Creativity can be found in our everyday actions. I would like to help show people their creative sides and walk alongside them as it grows and develops. People sharing their creative projects can be a big inspiration for others…