A Masterpiece Made with a Photo of my Sleepwear

You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. ~Maya Angelou

I spent part of Saturday morning trying to figure out how to use my new iPad. I downloaded a drawing app, which was the whole reason I told myself I ‘needed’ an iPad, i.e. so that I could feed my current need for a creative outlet and hopefully use my creations in my business marketing. So while I was having a play with the app, I noticed that it had the ability to take a photo. So, I took a photo of the design on my pyjama pants.

Design on Pyjama Pants

 

I used the watercolour tool to colour in the outlines with a dusky rose colour and some green, went over the black lines with a pencil tool, added some detail to the centre of the flower, and removed the bottom layer, which was my original pyjama pants image. There you have it – a lovely watercolour image! How clever am I?!

Watercolour Flower made with Sketches drawing app by Tayasui

The name of the app is “Sketches” by Tayasui, and it’s free for basic functionality. You can try the Pro version for 1 hour to see if you like it, and if you do, you can get Pro for US$6.99. I think I’ll be getting Pro the next time I go to use this app.

I used Picmonkey to add in the fancy quote text, a museum matte frame and my logo.

What do you think? Please say it’s wonderful. I showed my family, and they just said, “Cool, Mum” and went back to whatever they were doing. They clearly don’t understand what I just did here: I made a masterpiece using a photo of my pyjama bottoms!!

If you like it, here’s a Pinterest-friendly version of the image. You know what to do!

You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. ~ Maya Angelou

How to Upload Images from Instagram to Twitter

Want to learn how to upload a photo from Instagram to Twitter so that people see it right away? This video tip will help!

How to Upload Images from Instagram to TwitterSomething that has been a royal pain in the neck is the fact that when you post images to Twitter from some platforms, it converts the photo into a link instead of showing the actual photo to your followers. This is true for Instagram and because Instagram is all about the visuals, it is frustrating that the photo isn’t being seen unless someone clicks the link. It’s just that one additional step that a lot of people won’t take unless your Instagram caption is really intriguing.

Here’s a little workaround that you can implement, using IFTTT, to make sure that your photo gets seen in your followers’ Twitter feeds immediately.

 

What do you think? Was that a helpful tip? Give it a try and leave a comment to let me know how you went with it!

Meanwhile, Pin this infographic to save the info for later.

How to Upload Images from Instagram to Twitter - Infographic

10 Tips for Publishing and Promoting Your Blog Post

10 Tips for Publishing and Promoting Your Blog Post

You might think that the hardest part of blogging for your small business is finding the inspiration. That may be so, but when your muse finally pays a visit, do you just type in the content, press ‘publish’, throw a couple of links out on Twitter, wipe your hands and be done with it? Well you could, but there are a few other things you could do to make the most of those words that often elude us.

  1. Oh look a pretty picture! – When you’re publishing a blog post, always include an image if possible. Stock photos are okay, but they can be even better if you jazz them up using photo editing software like Picmonkey. Have some fun with it!
  2. Make it easy for sharing – If you’ve got tidbits of tweetable information within your content why not make it easy for people to tweet your stuff with Click to Tweet?
  3. Ask a question – At the end of your blog post, ask a question to encourage your readers to comment. This is one I have often used in personal blogging and it really does give people a reason to engage.
  4. Tweetdeck for uploading images – When you’re promoting a new blog post on Twitter, don’t just send a link out, upload your blog post image using Tweetdeck. I say Tweetdeck because it uploads images directly to pic.twitter.com. That way, your image is immediately visible in your followers’ feeds and makes your tweet stand out in the crowd. Other programs show uploaded images simply as links. Also, if you’re planning ahead, you can schedule your tweet in Tweetdeck.
  5. Hashtags get you noticed – Don’t forget to use one or two hashtags when tweeting about your blog post. Choose something that is relevant to the post and to your audience such as, for this post: #bloggingtips #smallbusiness.
  6. Pin that tweet – Once you’ve tweeted a link to your blog post, with an uploaded image of course, pin that tweet to your Twitter profile, so that it’s the first thing that people see when they’re checking you out on Twitter.
  7. Promote on many different platforms – Twitter isn’t the only platform to promote your blog post obviously; you can share your link on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and a myriad of others. Why not pin that lovely image you created in Tip #1 on Pinterest?
  8. Promote your post two or three times in the first day – You can tweet your blog post link a few times in the first day, but not excessively and pepper your blog post tweets amongst other tweets so that you don’t seem repetitive if someone is viewing your Twitter profile. For other platforms, such as Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn, I wouldn’t promote my blog more than the once as the streams don’t move as quickly on those platforms.
  9. Re-visit old blog posts – After some time has passed, like a few weeks or months, and if it is evergreen content, you can always promote your blog posts again on social media. Post something like “From the Archive: 10 Tips for Publishing and Promoting Your Blog Post…” or because my business name and tagline are about magic, I like to use: “Retro Magic: 10 Tips for…”
  10. Make use of that space after your name – Why not include a link to your latest blog post in your email signature?

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