ANY JOB IS A REAL JOB: DIGITAL MARKETING STRATEGIST

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It’s been a while since I continued with my blogging series, any job is a real job, but that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about it! This week, Poppy Mayy from http://poppymayy.co.uk/ is sharing what her job as a digital marketing strategist is like. It was really interesting to hear about another role in the media industry! The media industry seems to be expanding all the time, and there seems to be lots of opportunities to get into it, and I think it’s the sort of role that a lot of bloggers out there want. I hope you enjoy reading this post, and  I want to say a big thank you to Poppy Mayy for getting involved. You should definitely check out her blog, as she’s a great writer that I think a lot of you would enjoy. 

1. Explain your job title/role…

My official job title is digital marketing strategist at a creative web design and marketing agency. However, I am certainly not limited to just strategising. I take care of all the in-house digital marketing from email campaigns, social media channels, online advertising, content marketing and SEO (search engine optimisation). I am also responsible for various clients’ digital marketing.

2. How did you get into your job?

Funny story, the company I work for actually belongs to the husband of a guest lecturer at my university. So I got my job through a recommendation from her and one other lecturer. Obviously I still had to submit an application and interview for it though. But it turns out it does pay off being teacher’s pet 😉

3. What do you like about your job?

The variety. No day is ever the same as I’ll either be dealing with different clients or different marketing channels so I’m never bored.

4. What do you hate about your job?

The pay. As a recent-ish graduate though, I can’t be picky.

5. Where do you want to be in five years time?

Preferably I’d love to be a marketing freelancer or running my own digital agency. Having a lot of freedom in my career has always been something I’ve wanted.

Do any of you out there do something similar? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below, and as always, let me know if you want to get involved in this blogging series! 

 

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Anglesey- A beautiful Welsh gem

 

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Last weekend I went to Anglesey, which is an island in the North of Wales. I went for three days, and it was lovely. I always had it in my head that Anglesey was a much smaller place than it actually is. I don’t think a lot of people realise that it’s kinda big. Rich’s family own a cottage in Treaddur Bay, right near the beach, and it’s so beautiful. The above picture is a sunset taken on the beach there. We drove down from Manchester on Thursday night after work. We were expecting it to take around two and a half hours, but it actually only took about one and a half, which was pretty good going.

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On our first day, we went up to Chemlyn bay which is on the north of the island. It’s absolutely breathtaking. There’s pebbled beaches, blue sea, and it feels like there’s nothing for miles around. We spent hours just wandering on the beach, taking pictures of the views, and just enjoying being somewhere so relaxing.

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On the second day, we went to Beaumaris, which on the east of the island, right near the Menai bridge. It was such a lovely little town. We spent a few hours going round the little independent shops. Rich bought me a gorgeous handbag for Christmas (I know it’s a while off but you can never start too early), and we also visited lots of galleries, a Chilli shop, and shops full of trinkets. After a few hours of shopping, we went to an amazing fish and chip shop and had a walk down the pier, and walked along the sea front which had views of the Snowdonia national park.

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On the last day we were there, we went to Newborough which is on the south of the island. If you’ve ever been to Formby Beach in Merseyside, it’s quite similar to that. There’s a massive pine forest which borders the beach, and there’s also an island called Llanddwyn Island which is stunning. It has a little lighthouse, a ruined church and lots of little coves. I wish it had been slightly sunnier on the day we went as it would have been perfect for a picnic. It’s quite a walk so you need to take your walking shoes, but it’s definitely worth it.

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It was a fabulous weekend, and I can’t wait to visit again. If you need somewhere relaxing to charge your batteries, then definitely check out Anglesey, as it’s full of hidden gems! How many of you have been to Anglesey before?

 

Wanderlusting: I want to visit…

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Ahh, I’m absolutely loving the heatwave that seems to be hitting the UK this week. I just want to stretch out on a sunlounger, sip on something icy and cold, and read a massive pile of books (they should probably be the ones that I need to read for my dissertation!). Unfortunately I have to work, and on my days off I have silly bits and pieces to do, like make doctors appointments and do bits of shopping. That aside, I will still be dreaming about days on sandy beaches, relaxing with not a care in the world, and that inspired today’s short but sweet post, all about the places and countries around the world that I’d love to visit, especially as today is my one year anniversary on WordPress! Previously, I’ve been to France, Belgium and Italy, and I’m heading to Croatia in September. I’d love to travel more, but I’m definitely not the kind of person who’d enjoy living out of my rucksack and sleeping in hostels. I’m definitely the type of person who likes to spend a long time in one place, relaxing and sightseeing as I go rather than frantically globetrotting. 

I want to visit…. Barcelona, Gibraltar, Bordeaux, Cannes, Amsterdam, Newquay, Isle of Sky, Malta, Sardinia, Krakow, Vienna, Slovenia, Slovakia, Pompei, Naples, Rome, Algarve, Malaga, Madagascar, the Maldives, Dubai, Gold Coast, New Zealand, Swiss Alps, Santorini, LA, New York, Washington DC, Cape Cod, Bora Bora, Mexico, Las Vegas, Great Barrier Reef, Florence, Tokyo, Hawaii, Cape Town, Sydney, Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro, Yellowstone, Budapest, Hong Kong, Cairo, Grand Canyon, British Virgin Islands, San Francisco, Prague, Salar de Uyini (Bolivia), Tianzi Mountains (China), Yosemite Valley, Turkey, Luxembourg, Rhodes, Canada, Chicago, Tanzania, Republic of Seychelles, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Madeira, Crete, Pisa, Puerto Rico, Seattle, Dublin, New Orleans, Boston, Miami, Florida, Easter Island, Havana, Victoria Falls, Igazu Falls, Perth, Norway, Finland, the Dead Sea (Israel), Fiji, Tibet, Buenos Aires, Machu Pichu, St Tropez, St Barts, Marrakech, Galapagos Islands, Reykjavik, Athens, Nuuk, Juneau, Moscow.

Where do you want to visit?

The struggles of learning to drive

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Today I wanted to write about something that’s really getting me down at the moment- learning to drive. I’m 19, and I still can’t do it. A lot of you may be thinking that’s still quite young, and that there’s no need to rush, but the thing is, I’ve been learning to drive since last September and still seem to be getting nowhere with it.

Before I started to learn, I was so excited about it. I’d managed to save up enough money after working long shifts at fast food restaurants and retail stores, and  I was determined that I was going to pass as soon as possible. I signed up with a driving instructor, paid for a block of ten lessons, and thought yay, this is it. I’m going to be driving soon.

The problem was, driving was not as easy as I thought it was going to be. I struggled with everything. It took me about fifteen lessons before I even got on the main road, I struggled with gear changes, roundabouts, EVERYTHING. I lended up having about thirty lessons, which brought me up until the end of April, before I decided it was time to make a change. I felt like my old driving instructor had been ripping me off. He spent hours making me drive around the same loop, not teaching me any manoeuvres and upping the price of my lessons. After discussing it with my family and my boyfriend, I found a new instructor.

Things are going slightly better. The problem is, it’s like learning to drive again from scratch. And I’m still struggling. All I want is to have a car so I can hop in whenever I like and just nip somewhere instead of having to walk miles or having to use public transport.Living in Manchester, it’s really easy to use a tram, but it would be so lovely to be able to visit my family and friends who don’t live here whenever I like.

For now, I’m going to keep persevering. It has crossed my mind to try taking a five day intensive course, or just to give up and start to learn automatic, but I feel like all this effort and money would have been a waste otherwise. I guess one day I’ll eventually pass and look back and be grateful that I did carry on, but for now it’s hard to not get upset that I don’t seem to be making much progress.

Is anyone else going through anything similar/ has been through something similar?

Liebster Award

The other day I woke up to find that I’d been nominated by the lovely https://hamiltonfox.wordpress.com/ for the Liebster Award. Thank you very much! I’m so grateful that you’ve been enjoying my writing and I feel so lucky to have been nominated as when I started this blog, I had no idea that people would actually enjoy what I’d been writing. For me it started off as just a space to share my thoughts and so I’m really grateful that I’ve been recognised like this, and it means a lot.

I think the Liebster Award is such a great idea. It gives a chance for new writers like myself to get more involved in the blogging community, and to get a little boost when they need it the most. It’s given me the initiative to want to grow my blog even more by writing a more diverse range of posts and to keep posting more of what I have been posting.

There are, however, a few rules in accepting this nomination:

So here are the eleven questions that I’ve been asked to answer and the eleven facts about me 🙂

  1. What inspired you to start blogging? I started blogging simply because I love writing. I’ve tried to start a blog before but never really got very into it, but this time I’ve really loved it, I’ve had a tonne of ideas for blog posts, and I can’t wait to keep growing it further.
  2. What’s your idea of a perfect first date? Maybe something completely cheesy like a picnic. To be honest, any opportunity to get to know the other person, to relax, and to eat some nice food.
  3. If you could live anywhere where would it be? I would live near the sea. I currently live in the city so it would be a nice change to be near the water. I feel like it would encourage me to spend more time outdoors .
  4. Nightowl or Day hawk? Definitely day hawk. I’m so sad, I find myself in bed at half eleven every night and up pretty early, even on weekends.
  5. When you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a teacher.
  6. Do you prefer long or short hair? Definitely long on myself, I remember one time I cut my hair up to my shoulders and hated it. It’s quite long now, and I have a bit of a fear of hairdressers just in case they cut it all off again! On my love interest… well my boyfriend has short hair, so probably short, though I’m not really too fussed to be honest.
  7. What’s your favourite Summer Holiday memory? My favourite summer holiday memory has to be in Italy when I went on a gondola ride in Venice. It’s something that was always on my bucket list and I’m so glad I finally got round to doing it.
  8. What’s the movie you’ve watched the most? Love Actually. I know it’s a Christmas film but I’m happy to watch it at any time of year.
  9. What’s your guilty pleasure food? Cake, lots and lots of it. My favourites are coffee cake and walnut cake.
  10. Jedi or Sith? Jedi of course!
  11. What is your biggest pet peeve? Know it alls.

Well I hope you all enjoyed reading that! Now it’s time to share my nominations 🙂 you guys really deserve this, and I hope that those of you who are reading this take a look at these wonderful blogs.

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reevablog

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lifein-glitter

Teenblogs

I hope you guys accept this nomination! My eleven questions are:

  1. If you could hop on a plane right now, where would you go?
  2. Favourite food and why
  3. The worst book you’ve ever read
  4. Best thing to watch on Netflix
  5. How old were you when you had your first kiss?
  6. Who’s your role model?
  7. What is it that you love the most about blogging?
  8. If you could be any Harry Potter character, which would you be?
  9. What’s your favourite flavour of icecream?
  10. Where are you originally from?
  11. Sunset or sunrise?

Thank you so much everyone for reading this!

Lots of love,

Beth x

 

Summer

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Quintessential beauty amid the azure skies, streaked with the bubbles of joy that frequent this time of year. Her lemonade laugh fizzes as it overflows, trickling wildly, naturally. A mellow whisper is soaked up by the others as the honeybee buzzes through the haze. She breezes through the meadow, her giggles mingling with the air that’s heavy with the sighs of the dragonflies that meander gently through the green sea that seems to foam at her feet.

Date Ideas

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First of all, I just want to say thank you to everyone who’s been really supportive as I’ve tried something new out on my blog. As some of you know, I’m a Creative Writing student and for the last few years have been working on improving my prose and poetry writing. Therefore, I thought I’d share some of it on my blog and I was surprised at how well it went down so thank you again!

As for this post, I’ve decided to focus on date ideas. Me and my friends are always asking each other for new date ideas, and so I thought I’d share a few of them with you guys so that you can hopefully try something new.

Cook each other a meal, go for coffee, go on a roadtrip, spend a day at the beach, have a movie night, go dancing, go clubbing, try a fancy new wine bar, go for brunch, go for a picnic, take a hike, go to the theatre, watch a musical, visit a comedy club, go for a swim, visit a brewery, visit a museum, visit an art gallery, have a cheese and wine evening, go to the cinema, go to an outdoor film showing, have a day at a theme park, make homemade pizzas, go bowling, try mini golfing, go to the zoo, take a look on sites such as living social and groupon, go shopping, book a spa day, go for afternoon tea, visit each other’s families, play a sport together, try stargazing, have a water fight (if it’s warm!), have a game night, spend a few hours volunteering, watch a sporting event, go to an aquarium, go see a live band.

Do you have any date ideas? 🙂