October 26, 2013
About me Writer, blogger, virtual assistant, narrowboater, mother, poet and e-course creator.
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June 17, 2013
Become a Mumpreneur, Blogging
Blogging, Business Blogging, getting traffic, search engine optimisation
If you already understand why your business needs a website and how to attract traffic to your website your next step could be to consider setting up a business blog.
Search engines love it when you regularly add fresh content to your website and readers will keep revisiting your site to hear expert tips and advice, find out more about your team or learn about the latest news and events you are involved with. You can then highlight relevant products or services and link them into current news or other articles. A stand-alone blog will provide incoming links to your main site, but a blog hosted on your main website will provide constant fresh content for the search engines to notice: You may like to have both! Your blog can then automatically post fresh content (article links) to your social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
Two of the most popular free hosting platforms are WordPress and Blogger. You can then buy a more business-like domain name to point to your blog.
Try making a blogging schedule and stick to posting regularly. That way your readers will know when to expect new content. You could also get ideas for new articles by setting up some Google alerts relating to your specific niche.
A low-cost way to get started is to invest in book like Blogging – The Essential Guide
If you need further help get in touch with me. I could set up your new blog, and keep it updated with regular content.
Disclosure: This article is adapted from one I wrote for www.becomeamumpreneur.com
April 10, 2013
boating, brokerage, Business Blogging, clients, getting traffic, sailing
I’m delighted to introduce my newest client: Boatshed – the international boat and yacht brokers. I’ve begun contributing weekly articles to their blog and am assisting in the development of their Facebook page. You may already know I write for Boatshed Essex and Boatshed Grand Union. This new client is the Boatshed head office and the idea is to provide interesting content for anyone interested in boating. Whether you already have a boat or dream of becoming a broker the blog covers everything from galley recipes to money saving tips.
Boatshed is one of the worlds largest yacht brokerage groups with services offered across an international network of over 50 offices.
Visit the Boatshed blog to read things like a day in the life of a yacht broker, a book review of a family boating the French canals, how Boatshed registered their 500,000th customer and the night a carbon monoxide alarm saved my life.
If you like anything related to the boating or sailing lifestyle join us on our Facebook page. Their tag-line is “Life’s better on a boat!” Do you agree?
March 8, 2013
Freelance Writer, Freelance writing, Narrowboating, Newspaper articles, Towpath Talk, writing
Here’s a taster of a recent article I wrote for Towpath Talk.
Boaters Respond to CRT Moorings Consultation
On 24th January the Canal and River Trust invited canal users in the south to comment on some proposed changes to the maximum stay times at popular visitor mooring sites. The consultation ended on 1st March and the Trust hope to begin implementing changes in April.
The new board of Trustees and the Trust Council are seeking to improve the chance of boaters being able to find a visitor mooring space. The proposal refers to 22 specific locations on the Oxford Canal and the Grand Union Canal.
Online canal discussion forums and Facebook groups have been busy with debate, particularly from those living aboard without a home mooring. They raise a variety of concerns, such as how much trade might be lost to popular canal side pubs in Berkhamsted.
Read the full story on page 2 of the March issue of Towpath Talk
February 26, 2013
Freelance Writer, Magazine articles, Narrowboating, Waterways World, writing
“There is something about boats that have history, individuality and have been worked by the hands of different people over many decades.”
Last year I visited Bates Boatyard traditional sideslip and dry dock facilities and spoke to Jem Bates about the unique services his company provides. It was a fascinating interview and I could have written a book about him and his work, but I managed to condense it into this little article for Waterways World. Grab yourself the March issue for only £3.75 and find out why people are attracted to wooden boats, how can you restore a vessel that is over 100 years old, and is Jem the only person doing this work on the inland waterways?
Do you love traditional boats? Would you take on a wooden restoration project?
January 2, 2013
Ace Vie, alternative lifestyles, Guest blogging, writing
My clients at Ace Inspire, Erica and Antonia, have created a new blog called Ace Vie. It’s about health and beauty, life changes, big decisions, writing, money and relationships.
It’s right up my street so I’ve written a couple of guest posts for them.
In Abundance Manifesto I wrote about my friend Star Khechara who wrote a manifesto that gives herself written permission to succeed in business.
In Alternative Lifestyles – life on a boat Erica Douglas interviewed me about my narrowboat home.
The tag line on Ace Vie ‘- everyone else is taken’ is an excellent quote from the gorgeously quotable Oscar Wilde.
If you’d like to contribute check out their submission guidelines here on Ace Vie.