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Check out the Tech Savvy Creatives podcast

podcast Mar 30, 2020
 

Hey and Welcome to my little spot on the web.  The Tech Savvy Creatives Podcast will help you become more Tech Savvy on your journey as a creative.  With a special focus for the Writers, Authors and Bloggers amongst you.

All About Tech Savvy Creatives Podcast

Starting out on your journey with all the tech can be really daunting and cause a lot of frustration and procrastination, especially if you are not a millennial. Which I am not!

Each show I'll explain various tech terms you may not understand, like what really is The Cloud everyone talks about? Plus discuss popular apps, review them and explain how they could be incorporated into your existing workflow.


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Because I also like to make video's and I'll also show you how to use these apps with video demonstrations, quick tips and demonstrate how you could use apps with other apps you already have.

Why re-invent the wheel for the next 'shiny' thing that will make you...

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How I'm Remote Working

 

My new co-workers and I are getting into a 'work from home' routine with some days better than others.

How are you coping?

What does your home office look like?

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A Practical Guide: How I Share a Blog Post 10 different ways

blogging how to Mar 10, 2020

As a Content Creator I’m sure you are across how to repurpose your posts to share multiple different ways, aren’t you?

Re-Purpose for More Eyes on Your Work

It takes a lot of time and effort to write a good solid post and then to only post it once on your website, or social media platform of choice is such a waste.  It won’t be read by as many eyes, plus it might not find the write audience.  So, as so many others have advised, repurposing a single blog post to be used multiple different ways is a creative and efficient use of your content.  Plus it’s great for your SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and you’ll be found by more sources which Google loves.

As an avid listener of Amy Porterfield’s podcast I loved her podcast explaining how to re-purpose a single blog post 10 different ways.  You can find Amy’s Podcast #282: 10 Ways to Repurpose ONE Single Piece of Content here on google podcasts.  You don’t...

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Have you heard of Medium?

#medium Jan 07, 2020

What is Medium?

Medium is a platform all about the words and not about the ads, click-bait and useless pop-ups that interrupt your reading.

It's also another way for writers and bloggers to reach a new audience.

Now, Medium is a paid membership site which I'm happy to spend US $5 per month for ad free news, tips and articles that interest me.  You can find almost all your reading topics covered here.

You can also share you articles with non-Medium members if you choose.

 

Can I Make Money On Medium?

Yes you can!

As a writer and blogger wanting another income stream you really want the Medium members to read and clap for your articles as that is how you get paid for your work.  So converting your fans and gaining more on the site is the key way to earn some extra funds from your writing.

If you'd like to delve deeper into these options, I suggest checking out Medium's help guides and also Shaunta Grimes.  She is a guru with all things Medium and a favourite...

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Celebrate Small Business

I’m proud to celebrate #SmallBusinessSaturday this weekend by shopping small to support other local business owners. Reminder to show your support to the small businesses in your community and #shopsmall!

#QBAmbassador

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How to Use Evernote for Bloggers

 

As a Blogger just starting out it can be confusing how to mange your creation workflow.  This post is one example where Evernote can be your workflow solution.

As a blogger you can brainstorm, research, and write your posts all in one application and then copy/paste into your online blog of choice and take snippets for your favourite social media platforms.

Evernote has the option for free and paid plans and if you’ve never used it before I recommend starting with the basic free plan and testing it out.  What have you got to lose?

 

It is wise to keep a copy of your Creative Content offline

I like to ensure all my creative content is stored where I can get to it anytime, all the time.  If you’ve been around the techie traps for as long as I have you are aware social platforms and online apps come and go, change their rules or you just can’t pay for the privilege of using it any longer — and there goes all your content.  While Evernote...

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Feeling like Technology is Passing You By?

 

Is this you?  Do you rely on your GrandKids for Tech help?

This is my mum and my son. He's been learning to code and fast becoming another 'Tech-Savvy' member of our family.

Don't despair if you feel like this, we all had to learn to walk, talk and read and learning a new skill when you didn't grow up with it can be hard.

Check out some of the tips and tricks (loads are FREE) at TechTools4Authors and you'll get your Tech-Savvy confidence in no time.

Take it a step, or a video, at a time and you'll get there - and NOT have to rely on your grandchild for help!

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Using Aeon Timeline for a Quick and Simple Blogging Content Calendar

 

The day I first came across Aeon timeline I was wrapped.

I’d been searching for a way to record all my character info.  I especially wanted a way to view how the characters related to locations and then how both characters and locations related to the timeline in my story. Three (3) years on and I'm still using Aeon Timeline on a daily basis.

I use it for both my fiction writing and also for planning.  Yep! That’s correct, you can also use Aeon Timeline for planning events, blogs, projects, book launches - loads of other writer and blogger stuff.

Fast Brainstorming

Aeon Timeline is brilliant for brainstorming fast.  The process is to create an 'event' for each blog idea you have and just list them down.

Then you go through them and categorise them to suit your blog and your thought process.  I use these categories:

  • Expert Tips
  • Community
  • Promotion
  • Demo
  • Webinar
  • Case Study
  • Brand Awareness

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Expert Tip: How to Change Evernote Notes to Light Mode

 

Have you recently updated to Mojave on your Mac?

Did you choose the Dark mode when you last updated Evernote to your desktop? 

Did you know you can choose to view the notes section in Light mode with the rest of Evernote set in Dark Mode? 

Yes, you can!

  • Go to Evernote > Preferences
  • Choose General
  • Select the tick box for “Use Light Mode for notes”

To change your settings back, simply unselect the “Use Light Mode for notes” checkbox and it’s all Dark Mode.

 

What is your preference?  Dark Mode or Light Mode?


If you are new to Evernote or would like to discover more, compare your options here.

For me, it depends on the app.  I don’t like the dark background when I have a lot of text to write/read.  I’m trying different options, and curious about what you use?


Drop me a comment on your preferences – let’s see if the majority like Dark mode or a Light mode.

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How to Use Scapple to Quickly Plot Your Next Book

 

There are many brainstorming, plotting, bubble-like, Gantt charts, project management tools out there, but you don’t really need all the bells ’n whistles when you just want to get your next book idea out of your head and onto the page.

Scapple was developed by the same brains that created the holy grail of writing tools - Scrivener, by Literature and Latte.  There was a need for a simple and cost-effective brainstorming/plotting tool and Scapple is the result.

Brainstorm Demo

The video shows a very quick and simple way to start plotting your next novel, no matter if it’s Fiction or Non-Fiction.  It can be any genre or topic.  Simply add your ideas and then organise them later.


Video Summary

  • Scapple was created by the creators of Scrivener.
  • Anytime you have an idea, a thought or a way to mess with your characters, you can quickly and easily add it to a Scapple board.
  • Using a Scapple board and brainstorming is exactly the same type of process you...
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