Lifestyle - Organisation Blog Finalist1) Write a mission statement: A small paragraph explaining what your blog is about and what it is intending to tell people, then read it whenever you are about to write a new post, then your blog posts will have a focus and direction to stick to. 2) Write about a topic you love: A topic you are interested in will provide much better posts than something you think will be popular. If you aren’t passionate about the blog it will show in your writing. 3) Don’t force it: Attempting to post too often or forcing regular posts will lead to unproductivity and boring blog posts. Taking a break if you cannot write something will help to inspire and more interesting posts. 4) Keep the content interesting: People love a Top 10 of something, or tips on how to do something or even a competition even if it’s for something free or money off a service/information you can provide. Gives people a reason to participate and come back for more. 5) Don’t give up: Even if you think people aren’t interested in what you’re writing you’ll be surprised at how far your message spreads and the amount of people are reading your every word. Adam Burkin: Designer/CAD Technician/3D Visualisation/ Social Media
Food & Drink Finalist1) What came first the chicken or the egg? I sometimes look at how many people read my blog when I first started and even to this day I have no idea what made me carry on, but I did and I’m left flabbergasted everyday at how many people visit us, the moral of this story, keep going and don’t give in! 2) Get some good training on SEO and Social Media, There are lots of websites that will give you conflicting advice, I did all my learning at Salford University in Media City Manchester, evening sessions run once a week, worth every single penny 3) Be quirky, there are millions of blogs out there just like yours, so….., you need to make your’s different, we get TV companies contacting us all the time, we’ve just finished filming with BBC Countryfile and even taught Mary Berry our Yorkshire Pudding recipe last year for BBC2, so what makes us different? Google Yorkshire Pudding Blog and there’s only really one site you’ll want to visit. 4) Think of other ways to get viewers to your site, it’s not all about social media and google rankings, what are you doing PR wise? 5) Monatise your site, Glam Media and Content Click work well for me, it’ll make it all worthwhile, and will almost certainly cover the cost’s associated with running a blog. Christopher Blackburn: Reigning UK Yorkshire Pudding Champion/Food Blogger and Food Writer. I hope you enjoyed reading these tips as much as I did and I would like to wish everyone good luck for the awards. Enjoy! (Gutted I'm missing out)
There was no guarantee that you would see anything on these trips but we were lucky enough to see dolphins, whales and a cheeky sea turtle. As both organised tourist boats and private boats were leaving from the same destination, competition for sales between ticket touts became obvious. This is when I got talking to Mahesh, who looked after our accommodation and booked us onto the tour. He was very keen to show me his Facebook fan page and seemed highly excited when I said I would write a review and upload my video of the dolphins to share with others. Mahesh was also in the early stages of creating a website to advertise the tours and it was great to see how enthusiastic about the plans he was.Video of the beautiful Dolphins Negombo- New Villa Looking For Exposure The Villa Kapuru was a little more luxurious and slightly more expensive than previous rooms I had stayed in but because it was the last stop before a flight to Bangkok , a little relaxation was needed. The villa offered a boutique experience with authentic personal décor in each one of the 12 rooms, a TV, WIFI and a soothing swimming pool. I had actually seen this Villa advertised on Agoda and I booked before arriving. TripAdvisor and Agoda rule the roost right now among backpackers in Sri Lanka (or at least among those with a wifi connection!), and it is amazing how many travellers pre book their accommodation instead of rocking up to a guest house. I must admit, I found this a lot easier and less time consuming. When speaking to the owner of this villa, Nikala Kapuru, he was keen for honest feedback as he wanted to improve the service and provide a more luxurious offering. This was a personal way of involving his customers and something that would probably not happen in the UK where social media is more commonly used. I found it inspiring to hear his story and how much effort had gone into building the business. I came to the simple conclusion that most travellers will look for certain factors when using social apps whilst on the move.