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Blog Photography Workshop with Georgie Glass

So last Sunday saw some of us WeBloggers come together for an awesome blog photography workshop, hosted by the wonderful Georgie Glass.

Georgie is a professional photographer, specialising in food photography and her clients include many of the wonderful restaurants in Manchester, as well as Manchester Confidential. Basically, she’s bad ass at taking photos! She, alongside her friend Kate, has also recently started a blog, Ginseng & Thyme, which instantly gave us all photo-lust and envy (we’re happy for you really Georgie!).

We all want our blog photography to be the best it can be and strive to get those enviable instagrammable images don’t we? And we all have equipment like DSLRs that we don’t really know how to use, don’t we? Well, Georgie led a 5 hour workshop that taught us how to get off auto and finally achieve the sorts of photos we can be proud of…

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Stay Strong Manchester – We Love You

(Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images)

WE HOPE THAT EVERYONE IN THIS NETWORK AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE SAFE AFTER MONDAY’S ATROCITIES AND OUR THOUGHTS AND HEARTS GO OUT TO THOSE THAT HAVE SUFFERED AS A RESULT OF IT.

But one thing that I think we’ve all taken from Monday’s horrendous act of evil, is that we live in an amazing city, with such a strong sense of community.

There is so much kind out there and so much good and that has become so apparent after Monday’s events. I know it gives me hope in such a dreadful time.

With community in mind, we come back to a community that we’ve built. A community of bloggers, of vloggers, of content creators. Of creative, talented people, based here in Greater Manchester and even wider.

I think about friends that I’ve made through this community, how I’ve grown being part of this community and how I hope we can always continue to provide that for others.

I am proud to call Manchester my home and I’m proud to know all of you, even if it’s only in a small way or on this crazy thing that we call “social media”.

But we are still here, we are the lucky ones. We are the ones that can stand united, in love, in support and in community.

We love you guys and we look forward to growing together.

#WeBloggers #StayStrongManchester

Holly x

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5 Ways to Increase Social Media Engagement

So most of us write or create content – whether it’s blog, vlog or on social media. But do we all share it enough? Do we make sure our sh*t is actually seen?

Some of you may be saying “hell yeah I do! I always automatically tweet my insta posts or tweet the link to my latest blog”…and that’s great! But tweeting a sole link isn’t always the most engaging thing you’ve ever seen is it? Yes it’s quick and it’s out there, but how many links do you click on that aren’t accompanied by an image, gif or video? Not many I bet…

So how can we make our social media posts more engaging?

Here’s 5 ways…

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What is a Micro-Influencer?

So us bloggers and “social influencers” are constantly bombarded with the pressure to gain more followers. We instantly envy those accounts that seem to just click and gain 100k on their instagram following, or those Facebook accounts that are packed full of comments and messages.

This gives rise to the “influencer” and means “influencer marketing” has turned to the digital world in a big way. There’s no denying it, the more followers you have, the wider your reach! That makes sense. BUT…

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Awesome Blogging Books

Does anyone else still appreciate a good book? I know that even in this digital age, I still love the act of unwrapping an actual book, (preferably hardback) and flicking through the pages, smelling that brand-new-fresh-page smell and skimming the chapters…

I tend to like informational books, guides and hobby-based books. So when I started blogging, naturally I looked at what books I could buy to help me on my blogging journey…blogging books!  (more…)

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5 WordPress Tips for Beginners

A familiar thing that pops-up at every WeBlogMCR event, meet-up and social is WordPress! Most of us use it, some of us don’t, but there’s no denying it’s the most widely used platform for bloggers and has lots of amazing integration potential. But who knows how to use it?! Not all of us, that’s for sure.

So we thought we’d put together some WordPress tips…some essential need-to-knows for WordPress beginners. Hope they help! (more…)

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Top tips for blog content

So you’ve decided you want to write a blog? Or you’ve got one already? Either way, you’re a bit stuck on what to write about or you’re stuck in a rut and just not feeling it anymore…

Don’t worry. It happens to all of us! Creating awesome content is bloody hard work and is totally underestimated by those who are not in the blogging world. So what can you do about it? I thought I’d put together a short post with some of my top tips for blog content – just to get those cogs turning… (more…)

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Social Media for Bloggers

You may or may not have a social media account for your blog, but you probably do have at least one. If you don’t, you should probably think about setting one up as this is going to be your main outlet for sharing your awesome blog content. But what’s the best social media for bloggers?

Unfortunately, you can’t rely on good old Google to show your blog every time someone searches “blogger Manchester”, so the chances of people just stumbling across your blog are pretty slim. So you’ve got to build a following, or tribe, as I like to call them. And the best way to do this, is using social media…

But what channels are out there and which ones should you use? (more…)

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