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Bloggers and writers meetup The Hague


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Bloggers and Writers Meetup
The Hague, The Netherlands
7 February 2015

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Bloggers and writers meetup The Hague

  1. 1. 7 February 2015: The Hague Bloggers & Writers Meetup
  2. 2. Who am I? Renée Veldman-Tentori Dutch Australian Mother of 2 little girls (Freelance) Lecturer at The Hague University of Applied Sciences Social Media Specialist Keen blogger! (with several blogging friends)
  3. 3. Lots! See separate presentation on Slideshare: 013-benefits-of-blogging and covered by Catarina in her motivation section
  4. 4. Dutch Australian Personal blog about my experiences of life between the two countries Regular guest contributions & interviews of the community
  5. 5. Zestee Social media, Marketing & Photography Sub site - Zestee Social Media School (with blog of free tips)
  6. 6. Professional Parents Network Family Work Balance Mixture of personal experiences, events and information
  7. 7. Culture and Kids Art, Books, History, Language, Museums, Music, Theatre Personal experiences but plan on asking for guest posts
  8. 8. My children My daughters also have blogs Some posts are public, others are private
  9. 9. In the past, these were very separate….now generally they are combined
  10. 10. The lines here are also becoming blurred.. every business should have a blog and your personal blog can potentially become a business
  11. 11. Plenty to choose from….
  12. 12. design/best-blogging-platforms-121413634
  13. 13. • Tumblr • Blogger • WordPress
  14. 14. Tumblr Simple and straightforward Post anything from anywhere (e.g. Instagram) Reblogging option
  15. 15. Blogger Owned by Google and you need a Google Account .blogspot URL One of the older platforms but hasn’t changed a lot
  16. 16. WordPress : Free, quick and easy : Self hosted, more customisable One of the most popular platforms and my personal pick
  17. 17. Make life harder for hackers Malware & hacking issues Mostly a concern if you own a website Run regular updates Use security plugins such as BruteForce and WordFence Have secure passwords
  18. 18. Integrate with social media The best blogging is about community - grow this on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram etc Cross promote and post Consider an enewsletter (easy with RSS feeds)
  19. 19. Challenges Overwhelming, so much to know but just remember Frenzy, Fatigue, Focus fatigue-focus-theory-social- media-life/ I don’t blog “regularly enough” in the short term, but this is a long term plan for me and I simply love it. It’s a very individual thing - just go ahead and DO IT!
  20. 20. Come and say hello on any of my blogs :) Or connect on LinkedIn: Renée Veldman-Tentori