Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Grow Your Blog or Small Business During Lockdown


Although the world is slowly returning to normal and it has recently been announced that non-essential retail companies can open up once again, the recent lockdown of businesses has had an effect on many. If you’re a blogger or small business owner then you may wish to look at ways you can start to grow your business, ready for when things return to normal completely.

Social Media

With more people at home than ever, it means that the number of people browsing social media each day is growing. As a business, now is a great time to capture this audience and use it to your advantage. Spend some time tidying up your social media and ensuring it looks the best possible. After this, have a look at what hashtags you could use to grow your audience. See what similar businesses are using and what could work for you and your social media. Remember that people will only follow or like your page if you give them content worth following, so ensure you put out high-quality content. Think about what you are putting on your social media channels and how you can encourage people to engage with you and your page!

Newsletter Growing

One great way to connect with people interested in your business is to set-up a newsletter & give them helpful, regular updates. You should ensure that the content you’re putting out there via your newsletter is worthy & something that they want to read – people are likely to then share this with their friends & help your business grow!

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The layout of your newsletter is essential too! Places like Font Bundle offer free fonts which can really help to give your newsletter the edge. You’ll stand out from the crowd if you use some fonts which are clear & eye-catching and Font Bundle makes that really easy to do! Whether you want fancy fonts, large fonts or something else, their design bundles will help you create the perfect newsletter with no hassle!

Connecting Locally

Connecting with people who have an interest in your business is essential too. This could be via hashtags if you’re a blogger or local Facebook groups if you’re a local business. This doesn’t always have to be to directly promote your business or blog. Instead, interact with others, answer questions and get involved. This will put you as an expert in the field you’re in and this will bring your business without even trying.

Spend this time investing in your business. This doesn’t always have to be with direct marketing or advertising. Instead spend some time thinking about what your customers might want, especially in the future. By putting yourself in their shoes you can picture what they really want and help to ensure that your business really caters to their needs. Offering exactly what your customers want is the best way to grow your business, so research this and work out the best way to make that happen!


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Thursday, 14 May 2020

Ways To Pass The Time in Lock-down: Dating Edition

I have been in a fully-functioning, grownup relationship for 20 months now - I know, I can't believe it either! That is a fact that has definitely made lockdown life a little easier for me, so I can understand if this time has led to you considering getting a new partner. 

You might think that being on lockdown and most social places being closed will make dating impossible, but there are definitely some alternative ways you can look for a new mate.

Online Dating

As someone who has done online dating, and found a partner that way it is something I would recommend. Online dating during this time certainly means the pressure is off because you couldn't meet up even if you wanted to. This allows you to make the most of this time and really get to know someone before you take the plunge to meet.



Speed Dating

Websites like DateinaDash are a really fun way to meet someone too! Think speed dating, but from the comfort of your own home. If you have a look at the website you'll see lots of different events taking place, so there should be something to suit you!

Pub Quizzes & Online Socialising

Local pubs are getting more adventurous and many have set up online quiz events. Why not join in with one and see how you get on? Not only will you have fun and pass the time answering questions, but you may find that someone you chat to on the quiz you spark with and you could start to get to know them better! You could even have a go at arranging your own and ask your friends to invite their friends, they could play matchmaker without even knowing!

What tips do you have for passing the time during lock-down?

Debz x

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Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Meeting New People in Lockdown


I don't really want to talk about how tough lockdown is, because I know you can read about that anywhere. We're all living it so we already know what that is like! Instead, I have been giving some thought to how to meet new people.

I moved to Hampshire nearly a year ago now - can you believe it? Although I didn't sign up to The Birmingham Dating Site, I definitely was a girl living in Birmingham using online dating. It's bought me a very happy relationship so how can I not recommend it?

One of the things I found when using online dating is that lots of people were in a rush to meet. They wanted to chat one day and invite you to their house the next day. Now, there is nothing wrong with this if both parties are happy but personally I wanted something a bit slower paced. If there is a benefit to online dating during lockdown it is that everyone has to move at the same pace, and that can online be a good thing!

Getting To Know Someone

Of course, not everyone is home all day, every day currently as many people have to go out to work etc. still. However, this is a great time to get to know people online. There is no pressure to meet because no one can go out dating, so you can take your time and get to know people slowly. Sign up to something such as The Belfast Dating Site (there will be ones local to you) and see who is local and fancies a chat.

Another bonus is that this can be a great distraction. If you are someone that is at home for most of lockdown then finding new ways to spend your time is probably something you’re keen on. Chatting to new people, finding out about their interests and talking about things different to what you would usually do is a great distraction. This is especially true if you meet someone that you get on with and spend a few hours a day chatting – such fun!

Chat, Video & More

One of the things I have learned during these unusual times is how many different ways there are to communicate online. You can video chat, set up quizzes for each other and even watch the same event online if you wish. I know that none of this is a real substitute for the real thing but it is a fantastic and novel way of getting to know someone before you take the plunge to meet them.

It is important to know that there is no right or wrong with all of this. If you’re single don’t feel pressured into talking to lots of people or spending lots of time. The best thing to do is go at your own pace and what you feel comfortable with, as this will mean you enjoy it more!

What tips do you have for people who want to online date?

Debz

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Booking Dinner For Plus Size People


I am quite a sociable person and love getting together with friends and family for dinner and drinks. In the past I have been involved in arranging groups of plus size people to get together and enjoy some social time. It seems like a really easy thing to do, but actually there are some things to take into consideration to ensure as many people are comfortable as possible.

I know a time when we can dine out seems like it might never return, but I have to hold onto the fact it will. I need an all-day breakfast, a Sunday carvery or and a Wetherspoons Curry Club and pronto.

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One of the things I have realised with booking for big groups of people is that it isn't always possible to please everyone and sometimes people will need to make compromises if they wish to attend. Try to think about what is able to be compromised on and what isn't when thinking about what to book and where to book.

Book in Advance

I would always recommend booking in advance if you can. There are websites like Squaremeal that make it really easy, click here to check them out. They have a really handy booking system and show things like hygiene ratings, which makes it much easier when trying to decide where to eat. If you are attending a venue that you have been to before then don't be afraid to ask for seats in a certain area if you know that is what is going to be best.

Think Seating

If you're not plus-size, or are on the smaller end of plus-size then seating might not be something that you give consideration to, but it should be. Remember that larger bodies take up more room, so it is important to consider this when booking. Booths can be tricky and if there are some seats available without arms then this is a bonus too! Google images and company websites are a great way of getting an idea of what type of seating and space is available.

Accessibility

Accessibility is important and make sure you head to places such as Georgina Grogans social media as she is a disabled person that talks openly about this and I have learned lots from her. Discuss the needs of people with them and if they are up to it ask for their help in finding somewhere that works. As a non-disabled person I haven't always got this right and venues aren't always as accessible as they should be. However by thinking about everyone's needs and doing a little research it isn't hard to find somewhere that works.

Comfort

Try to think about the venue if you can and what will make people the most comfortable. Are the toilets up lots of stairs? Is the venue likely to be cramped? Just think about what will make sure everyone can relax and have a nice time as possible. 

Ask!

Don't be afraid to speak to the venue and discuss your needs. Remember you're going to be spending money there, so they should be able to help you and ensure that everyone in your party is as comfortable as possible. They know the venue better than anyone else, so they're in the best possible to answer any questions you have!

What tips do you have for eating out comfortably?

Debz x

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Thursday, 16 April 2020

Moving House - How To Be Organised

Firstly, I hope you're all doing well. I know the world is a little different currently and it is taking some getting used to. Be sure that whatever you're doing to cope, as long as it isn't picnicking in the park with 20 of your closest friends you're doing okay!

I've certainly fallen into the trap of feeling like I'm not doing enough during this time & that is no good for anyone. It's just fine if you're doing nothing and it's just fine if you're doing lots, just don't compare yourself to others and think whatever you're doing to cope is wrong - it isn't.

Moving House

If you're planning to move house in the future, now is the ideal time to get organised if you have the mental capacity and time to do so. Personally, I love writing lists and getting myself organised that way, so that could be a good way to get started.

Why not write a list of the things you'll need to organised before you start. Think about what you want to achieve - packing, moving the stuff, utilities and doing everything cost-effectively. You'll then have a good starting point to get going with - and you'll probably feel better for getting started, one less thing to worry about! Do you need a man and a van? You could spend this time researching the best companies to use and getting some quotes. It's a good idea to know what to expect & how much it will cost so you can start to budget ready for when you do want to move house.

Get Rid of What You Don’t Need

If you are someone that has some unexpected spare time on their hands, could you use this time to declutter? I know I have gotten rid of a few black bags worth of old clothes and clutter from my house over the past few weeks and it feels really good. Now might not be the ideal time to sell things on Facebook or eBay, but there's no harm in keeping them to one side until you're ready to sell them. You might even raise enough money to pay towards your man and van moving costs, which can only be a good thing!

Have A Sort Out

Even if you don't have lots that you want to throw away, there's no harm in having a bit of a sort out ready to move house. For example, if you're planning to move this summer why not pack a few boxes of your winter clothes up? Stack these somewhere out of the way and you'll also free up some room in your house, handy for when moving starts! I bet if you look around your house there are things that you can pack away now that you're not likely to need before you move house so why not start there?

A lot of hints depend on when you're planning to move & how soon that is. That said if you are planning a move when life returns a bit more to normal there is no harm in doing what you can now to get things organised. It is a good way to keep busy if you're stuck at home currently and you're making life easier for future you, which is something that can only be a bonus!

What hints and tips would you share with others for moving house?

Debz

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Monday, 6 April 2020

Virtual Reality Slot Games

Due to intense competition, companies are always trying to find new ways to attract and retain slots customers. And over the past decade or so, we’ve been introduced to innovative new genres like multiple-ways-to-win slots and progressive slots. But make no mistake about it: virtual reality (VR) is the next big thing in slots - click to visit.

What is VR?

VR is a computer-simulated reality experienced through senses such as sight, touch and hearing. And to enter this new world, you need to wear a virtual reality gadget like a headset. Of course, the great thing about VR is you aren’t just a spectator in your new environment; you can interact with it, too. Therefore, it feels real and can be even more fun than real life at times.

Why are Slot Companies All Over It?

Slot companies have no problem attracting Baby Boomers and Generation X players, yet they struggle to attract the more tech-oriented Millennials. So even though business is booming now, the slot industry will shrink in 20 years – when the Boomers start to retire – unless games can appeal to the younger generations. Thus, it’s no surprise that slot companies are investing heavily in VR.

Opportunities for Slots

New Pub Entertainment

Given the popularity of combining boozing and gambling, it wouldn’t be a big surprise if VR emerges as essential pub entertainment. In fact, the BBC suggested as much in 2017 in an article about VR darts. Of course, VR dart games are appealing because they can protect us from stray darts. But if VR slots boast exciting gameplay and great prizes, they could be at the forefront of this revolution as slots have always been one of the most popular forms of entertainment in pubs.

Get Healthy with Slots!

Though it had worse graphics and a slower processor than its rivals,  the Nintendo Wii games console was a game-changer (please excuse the pun) as it introduced motion-sensor gaming to the masses. And VR slots could enjoy similar levels of success by demanding physical activity such as running because you could improve your health as you play.

More Connections

VR slots will not only make it possible for us to play slots with other people, they’ll also allow us to have physical contact with them. In other words, we’ll be able to talk, laugh and even shake people’s hands during a game. Consequently, this should bring us new friends.

Increased Variety of Games

When slot companies start to take advantage of the technology, VR will not only boast existing slot genres; it will also be home to many new genres. Therefore, you’ll be able to play more games than ever.

Final Thoughts


VR offers slot developers a golden opportunity to revolutionize the slots world as we know it. And if they play their cards right, VR slots could become a pub staple, keep us healthy, improve our social lives and give us more games than we could ever dream of. So, get ready for change!

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Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Accessorising to Upgrade Your Look


Nowadays, so many of us are wearing the same outfits as countless other people. This isn’t even
necessarily due to actively following trends. We’re living in an age where fashion companies are
focussing on fast fashion - lower quality products at a low price that are designed to be worn once
for your Instagram photos and then disposed of, resold or simply not looked at again.

They’ll churn out thousands of copies of the same item and ship them out to people around the
country, meaning that no matter where you go, chances are that there’s going to be
someone else wearing the exact same outfit as you.

Now, you don’t necessarily have to completely step away from cheap and affordable options
that are associated with fast fashion (though you may want to consider at least rewearing the
items that you do buy for the sake of sustainability and the environment).

Instead, you can pair whatever items of clothing you’re interested in with accessories. Accessories
are simple additions to any outfit that can help you to stand out from the crowd. They allow
you to put your own individual stamp on whatever outfit you decide to go for - sprucing up
your look and helping you to curate your own unique look.

Here are just a few different things you can do to get started with this!

Jewellery

One of the simplest ways to accessorise is with jewellery. Pieces of jewellery can be incorporated
into multiple looks, meaning you can get a whole lot of wear out of one piece of jewellery -
especially if the piece is relatively subtle and can be matched into multiple looks. Start building
up a collection of simple and multifaceted pieces that will work well no matter what you’re wearing.

There are so many options out there. Plain gold, silver, platinum, rose gold…

Generally speaking, it’s best to invest in precious metals where possible, as these will be good
quality, will stand the test of time, and won’t react with any skin that they come into contact
with, leaving green marks or irritation. You could also start working in stones, ranging from
artificial to semi-precious or even precious. If you feel like brightening things up a little and
being bold, there are also really stand out, statement pieces.

Bright colours, bold prints… there’s bound to be something that ticks all of your boxes.

So, start browsing all sorts of jewellery. Bracelets, bangles, necklaces, earrings, rings.

Your collection can slowly grow!

Glasses

Glasses aren’t always a mere accessory. Many of us need glasses to correct our vision and allow
us to see clearly. Of course, you can get glasses with plain glass if you simply want some to
accessorise. But if you need to wear glasses, why not find a pair that you absolutely adore to
transform them into more than just a tool - they can become an accessory too!

Sure, contact lenses could be a convenient alternative. But glasses can really make a statement!

There are so many different frames out there that it’s a good idea to browse your options and

try on different styles to see what suits your face shape and personality.

Whether that’s cat eye glasses, large and round frames, wire framed glasses, thick and

square glasses, or anything else!

Piercings

Piercings used to have somewhat of a taboo surrounding them. Sure, there are common

piercings, such as simple earlobe piercings (and these can be decorated beautifully with a
wide variety of earrings), but there are also alternative piercings too. These are becoming
increasingly accepted as they’re becoming increasingly popular.

They can have different colours, metals and shapes of jewellery.

So, browse your options and see what could suit you! If you do decide to go ahead and get a

piercing, make sure to use a reputable piercing artist. They should have a clean studio and

all of the correct training. They should also guide you through aftercare to ensure that you look

after your new piercing well and allow it to heal properly. Whether you go for nose piercings,

lip piercings, or more obscure areas, this is a change that could really change up your look!

These are just a few different types of accessories that you might want to try out in order to
switch up or spruce up your overall look! They’ll help you to stand out from the crowd!

Debz x

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