Finding Time to Blog

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There are a million posts out there that discuss inspirational topics to blog about, but what about finding the time?

I have struggled for time recently. Or at least that is what I would like to believe. I haven’t really – time has not eluded me or gone quicker over the past month I’ve just prioritised it on different habits, aspects and necessities of my life.

I think there are points in everybody’s life where the elements we do to relax, exercise our creativity or habits become less important. I think there are people everywhere who do not recognise this as a choice.

Since my last post I had a choice on how to prioritise my time.

I have a list of obligations in my life; going to work, cleaning my house, eating, sleeping, bathing etc. And I have a list of things I am motivated to do; roller derby, writing, learning etc. Often these lists are balanced quite fairly and many of my obligatory tasks are completed with minimal effort, such as bathing and sleeping for example.

Last month I looked at these lists, as I added new elements to my life, and crossed some obligation/motivation boundaries with other elements.

The fall out has meant that my writing, and this blog, has taken the bottom priority… Or did at least. I did not put aside time to blog. I did this because, although I could have found the time to blog, prioritising it over another aspect of my life, I felt I shouldn’t; I recognised I shouldn’t and so I didn’t.

I hope this makes sense (perhaps not, and in a couple of months time I’ll look back and shake my head at the lack of my own articulation). But I guess what I’m suggesting is that since my last post I have reflected upon my blog and the role it plays in my life and what role this blog will continue to play.

It wasn’t a deep reflective period but one that came out of necessity and lethargy. A reflection that came from my prioritising my time on learning a new language, looking and planning relocation and job hunting. I’m not sure I have an answer now other than the job search isn’t over, I am still learning a language and relocation is still being planned. But I will be finding the time to blog, if even only sporadically.

As an aside, I do write this blog for my own record, and it is public because I want to share my adventures and here about yours, so… I encourage you to share your blog links with me in whatever format and if you want more up to date and active documentation of my adventures please follow me on Instagram or Twitter.

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Dear Mr. ‘Darling’ Server in Starbucks

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I really don’t want to be one of those people who moans but doesn’t say what they are thinking, but appears this morning that is exactly what I did.

 

After 10 days off I called into Starbucks on my way to work to purchase a Monday motivating coffee and some breakfast, I sighed when I saw it was you serving. You have an annoying habit. You call me ‘darling’ at the end of every sentence and I hate it.

So much so I intensely listened to how you spoke to the gentleman in front of me in the queue. Did you know not once did you say ‘darling’ or even ‘mate’? You just spoke to him in a polite and efficient manner. But you greeted me with ‘hi darling’, took my order and said ‘thanks love’ and even mumbled something that I hope was ‘sweetie’ but sounded a bit like ‘sweet thing’. I’m not okay with any of these terms, even under the disguise of customer service.

See I know these terms are supposed to be harmless, a way of initiating relatable customer service or maybe even trying to brighten my Monday morning, but that’s not the effect they have. Instead it spurs a tiny ball of rage inside me. I don’t want to believe these forms of addressing me are motivated by a strand of culturally accepted sexism, but they are. I also don’t want to be somebody who is uptight about these kinds of things, but this morning it appears I am. I also don’t want to be rude about it and stop interacting with you but actually that’s exactly what I did this morning. I stopped talking to you above and beyond ordering my coffee. For that I’m sorry. But you started it.

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Graduate seeking…

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Employer:
An employer who will facilitate the growth of an ambitious graduate with online and digital marketing experience.

Job Title:
Nothing Fancy Required.

Closing Date:
Ongoing

Salary Range:
Anything 18K+

 

Job Description:
A role for a bright and ambitious graduate with a passion for all things media and marketing and that can help push forward and promote your company’s brand and values.

The job will be a role that will continually push and create challenge from day one. Reporting to the marketing staff and senior members of staff, development will be encouraged, tracked and in keeping with the needs of the business. Tasks will include:

  • Running social media campaigns.
  • Email communications.
  • Liaising with existing contacts and new customers.
  • Sourcing advertising opportunities.
  • Writing and proofreading
  • Contacting media outlets with press releases as required.

To name but a few.

Person Specification:

  • Knowledge of managing multiple campaigns, currently across 16 social media channels.
  • Able to provide concise and accurate copy for online and print.
  • Understanding of the importance of analytics, insights and reports and capable of reporting, deciphering and filtering these as required.
  • Experience liaising with national and regional newspapers and media outlets.
  • Experience in email marketing, including targeted and promotional newsletters.
  • Strong understanding of many content management systems.
  • Knowledge of databases, HTML, and Adobe Creative Programmes.
  • Administrative knowledge, including maintaining customer databases.
  • Excellent ability to build rapport and understand audiences.
  • Able to confidently present ideas to senior members of a team.
  • Educated to degree level, with an Upper Second Class Honours in English Literature.
  • Strong time management skills, juggling many projects in my current employment, alongside volunteering, studying and a competitive sport.
  • Full clean driving license and own transport.
  • Articulate, positive, professional and dedicated.
  • Passionate about online marketing, researching and developing ideas in my free time.
  • Limited proficiency in French.

Location:
London

Working Hours:
Full Time

Contract:
Permanent, ideally.

Contact:
Tonimayskidmore@yahoo.co.uk

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