Thursday, 22 November 2018

Article 13 and What It Means For Creatives

Article 13 and What It Means For Creatives   #SaveYourInternet


Article 13 and What It Means For Creatives   

So, I came across a video on YouTube about a new European copyright legislation that is currently being decided. Whilst I do think protecting copyright is super important I have to agree that this particular idea would cause serious damage to many creatives and their businesses.

If this legislation gets approved it will dramatically change the way everyone uses the internet (not just for those of us in the Europe). 

I'm a creative. I use the internet to reach an international audience. This is super important to me as I live in Italy but most of my clients/readers/followers are from other countries.

I use YouTube for my video content. You can find my YouTube channel here if you're not already a subscriber. This won't just effect YouTube though. It will effect many forms of user created content uploaded to other platforms across the internet. 

What is Article 13?

If Article 13 goes ahead it will completely change how content is shared on the internet. It could mean that we can no longer share our content. It could also mean that, even if we can, our audience will be limited.

Watch the video for more details about Article 13 and what it means for creatives:

European policymakers are still negotiating Article 13 and so there is still a chance that something can be done to improve on the final version. 

Friday, 16 November 2018

Blogtober Wrap Up and BlogMas Prep

Blogtober Wrap Up and BlogMas Prep

Blogtober Wrap Up

As you may know, I took part in the Blogtober challenge in October. The goal was to post a blog post everyday of the month. 31 posts in 31 days. 

I failed, and I'm OK with that.

I posted a total of 28 blog posts in October, and had my second highest traffic  month ever to my website since I created it. 

Why I failed

This basically comes done to the fact that I didn't plan ahead, and life got in the way. 

Sports season is now fully underway and that means that my kids are training everyday, and have competitions most weekends. 

As I mentioned in my BYOBthon update for week 3, my youngest won gold in the Italian Jiu Jitsu Championships (GI) on 21st October. He also won all his matches at the Italian Jiu Jitsu Championships (NO GI) on 4th November, and brought home yet another gold medal. Yes I am very proud of him 😍

My eldest made his debut with the Italian Swimming Federation (FIN) last weekend competing in the 100m breaststroke race for Trofeo Lanzi. He didn't qualify for the finals but he did an amazing job and is looking forward to the next opportunity to put himself to the test. 

My sporty kids

When I decided to do the challenge I didn't plan ahead. This was largely due to the fact that I decided to take part just a few days before it started. 

Lesson learnt 1: Consistent posting needs an organised schedule. Things come up and you might not be able to get on your computer. This is why it's a good idea to set up at least some of your blog posts in advance. 

Whilst I did get a nice increase in traffic to my website during the challenge, I know I could have done better. 

I didn't fully leverage the opportunity to connect with others during the challenge, and I didn't make good use of the hashtag #Blogtober. 

Lesson Learnt 2: Be more active with the community. A huge part of what makes events like Blogtober such a powerful way to grow your website/blog is the opportunity it provides to reach out to others. This is why you should connect using the hashtag during these challenges. It also lets others know you're participating so they can reach out to you too.

So what now?


BlogMas that's what! 

BlogMas is a challenge, much like Blogtober, where the goal is to post a blog post everyday in December. 

Given that November has been a slow month for me content wise here, and taking into account my results from doing Blogtober, BlogMas sounds like a great idea.

I want to finish this year on a high, and prove to myself that I can do better by taking into consideration the things I learnt from "failing" Blogtober. 

Time to Prep

I'll be taking a more organised approach to BlogMas and scheduling as many posts in advance as possible (see lesson 1 above). 

I'll also be setting up some social media posts in advance using the challenge hashtag #BlogMas (see lesson 2) to make sure I do a better job of promoting my participation.

Did you do Blogtober? Did you succeed or fail in your goal? 
Planning on taking part in BlogMas this year? 

Saturday, 10 November 2018

2019 Releases I Can't Wait To Read

2019 Releases I Can't Wait To Read

2019 Releases I Can't Wait To Read 

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2018 was a good year for books. I read some truly awesome books this year. I discovered new authors, officially joined the Percy Jackson fandom, and got back in touch with some of my favourite authors works. 

2019 is now just around the corner though, and with it more fantastic books to dive into.

Here's a few of the books I can't wait to read in 2019:

2019 Releases I Can't Wait To ReadI Owe You One A Novel by Sophie Kinsella

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