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Social Media Week 2011 #SMWBlogOff!


On Monday I was lucky enough to attend a days worth of events in Glasgow as part of Social Media Week 2011. It was a free event and no invitation was required. I managed to register for four events, one of which was Blog Off! which was by far my favourite event as I felt was really informative and fun.

It was held at the rather fancy Mansion House Bar which has to be one of the fanciest places I've ever been. It has a lovely decor which pink accents and chandliers. Me likey! I didn't manage to try any of the food so cannot give a full review but the decor was just lovely. I did however take a look at the bar menu and was pleased to see a few vegetarian options which were more exciting than just a cheese salad.

Saskia the Style Fairy telling her blog story.

Some recognisable faces!
The event was hosted by Transatlantic Blonde but also featured appearances from Ellen Arnison and Saskia the Style Fairy, who's blog I have followed for some time. And I can confirm that she is also as lovely in real life! And was dressed amazingly that day in a leopard print top, leather trousers with some henna/heiti on her hand. I probabaly sound like such a creep.

Nice To Tweet You
Something that might sound silly to non-internety people is the idea of a "real life Twitter event". Yes, really. You have to find another person to describe yourself to, and then you move onto someone else but within the new conversation you have to "re-tweet" something about the previous individual. A good way to show how Twitter works and also an exercise in listening! All this time however Transatlantic Blonde was walking around listening in, a reminder that unless you use Direct Mail, anyone can follow the conversation you're having.


A small snapshot of where to add your keywords

SEO
That's Search Engine Optimisation for anyone not in the know. ;) This is something I had yet to learn much about so was really excited to gain some knew knowledge. Whilst I'm not exactly going to cry if Mo'Adore doesn't display first when you type in "Scottish girl who like open-source softeware, is vegetarian and takes photos of herself" I am in the process of opening up my own professional blog which means SEO is going to be HELLA important. (Plus, the blog I'm wanting to release my my employer).


The presentataion from Addams Design

Design and Video Blogging
These were the other two sections of the day. Whilst informative for other people I personally didn't feel I took much away, but that's maybe because my interest in the internet was design before it was ever blogging.

Other Events I Attended
I also managed to attend Fashion Blogging 101 which certainly had it perks. Was able to meet some bloggers I had come across before such as Les Garcons de Glasgow whilst discovered some new ones, such as Bee. It wasn't so much a workshop but more a bunch of fashion bloggers getting together and discussing blogging, including an interesting perspective from Sarah about why she doesn't advertise on We Shop Therefore We Are. I also stopped by Yomego's "How Clean Is Your Rep?" but sadly I felt they were pitching their company more than informing anyone else on how to manage their reputation themselves. The hastag for the event was even #SMWYomego rather than #SMWCleanRep. Also took part in a Twitter event (yes, a Twitter event) hosted by SIE about supporting student entreprenuers.

A Small Bit of Networking
Maybe the biggest benefit I took away from this event was the large amount of networking that took place. Since the event I have gained 15 new Twitter followers (I've also been added to another list) whilst my blog has gained a small amount of new followers. (Some stats: the same day my event took place my blog had 42 page views compared to the average ten). I met some lovely like-minded people with whom I was able to speak Twitter and share our favourite bloggers with. I just don't know many people in real life I can connect with like that.

Thank you Social Media Week and Transatlantic Blonde for a lovely event, which was both friendly and informative. I took away so much in terms of both information and a fuzzy feeling.

Morag x
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Things I Love Thursdays #18


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Ahhh, so no blog post in what could easily be close to a month? So what have I been up to? Well, a lot. But importantly because it's a Thursday it's time to talk about what's making me cheery and chirpy.

Meeting Loads of Like-Minded People
On Monday I was lucky enough to attend Social Media Week Glasgow. I have a full blog post on the event itself almost drawn up so for now I'll just say it was awesome! And left me with a fuzzy feeling. I met some fellow bloggers who were lovely in the flesh and also got some all important networking done.

Discovering A New Place
As mentioned I was down in Glasgow on Monday. Glasgow however is the city in Scotland I've probabaly spent least time in. I was brought up in Aberdeen, now live in Dundee, have a close friend in Edinburgh and used to be in a long distance relationship with someone in the Highlands so could always stop in Inverness on route to him. It was an absolutely amazing city! I've been looking seriously at where my work can take me and Glasgow has quite a few social media agencies located there and I could totally imagine living there.

Finally Living by Myself
Despite having a gut feeling that I should have lived myself a year ago. And boy should I have listened. After homelesses, the break down of a friendship and unpaid bills I learnt the hardway that I'm better off living myself. And now? I wouldn't have it any other way. I love it.

Back To A Job I Love
Today I had my first shift back at my university's Career Centre looking after their social media and overall advertising. It was a short shift so it was more or less getting caught up on what was happening soon and tidying up some loose ends. Much better than the waitressing job I had all summer where I was asked to work right after my theory test!

Having a Job Where You Can Expand Your Skills
Today at work I was also allowed to sit in on a meeting between the Students Association and the Careers Department over the upcoming Volunteering Fair. I'm also being allowed to help with some of the events management and workshops even though I'm officially called "Careers Information Assistant". And I've been approached by more departments within my university to do similar projects.

Being Approached For Something and Having The Guts To Do It
The Vice-President of my university's Student Association approached me to help him start up a Cupcake society, knowing that I'd definelty jump about with glee. I was meant to be meeting him further today but unfortunetly the Student Centre has a leaky pipe so that's being suspended until tomorrow. But still? Cupcake Society? That would definetly look interesting on a CV.

Being able to say "I survived that"
Despite all these Glasgow trips, a job I love and Cupcake societies, the main thing I am grateful for right now is that my life is 200% better than it was this time last year. I was homeless, had lost a friendship, my parents had to pay up a lot of money to get me out of the homelessness, my then relationship was breaking down, I wanted to leave university and I had a health scare. It was a dificult time, and admittedly, a very lonely time. Now I have a job I love, amazing friendships, secure financially, an active social life, and know what I want to do with my life. Couldn't be happier.

Morag x

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