Blogging: A Smarter Office

Recently my little blog has been ticking away nicely and I have been working with some absolutely fantastic brands. If you had told me 4 months ago that I would have had over 2600 page views, I would have snorted and laughed (yes snorted, I actually do that occasionally when laughing!) This has meant that I have had to re-think a lot of the ways that I manage the emails coming through from companies, other bloggers and even just twitter notifications sometimes.

I recently spotted a company I had never heard of called 4th Office and applied to use their cloud storage system straight away. I love finding a new system that I think will help save me time and gain some sort of control over my life. It basically acts as your online desk where you can store messages, tasks, documents and also see group messages internally and externally. I have used it to email friends to get some blog feedback about what they want to see from my posts and useful comments they have.

I have been able to gather my messages/emails into handy folders like scheduling which means I can put tasks into the folder with a timescale that reminds me to sort blog posts out for a certain time. They are easy to change and amend to fit around me and not put myself under too much pressure.

I also put my Brand/PR emails into a client folder as part of 4th Office as normally I have agreed to collaborate with them on a post and it means I can keep them all in one place and keep them separate to normal day-to-day emails or junk mail that occasionally sneaks its way through to my normal email address.

I haven’t put the storage system to work properly yet but i have noticed that it can be linked to different community apps like Dropbox sync or google drive sync. This is a fantastic idea for a small business or office so that colleagues or other people can drop information in there to be stored for you all to see.

I have been super impressed with the facility to link it to your social media pages like LinkedIn or Facebook. I don’t have a LinkedIn set up currently but it’s on my agenda and as soon as it’s sorted, I’ll link them up together. Best of all about this platform is that it’s free at entry-level, and since my blog is just me!, I think that counts as entry-level.

How do you all keep your blogging life organised? Have you used 4th Office?


Laura x

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My first full month being a blogger


Thank goodness January is over! Not only does it always feel like the longest month but I decided to give up alcohol for the month in order to detox. (always a great idea in my head on Jan 1st but not by Jan 21st!) January has also been the month that I decided to really give my blogging a go and make an effort to try and post regularly and also interact with fellow bloggers. I gave myself 3 main goals to achieve and also maintain not just give up after the first month.

  • My first goal was to try and post more frequently – Done (I managed 16 posts in Jan which is 1 every other day!)
  • My second was to try and participate in blogger chats on twitter as its a platform I only really got into in December – also done. I check every night for the latest blogger chat and if it’s a topic I have an opinion about, then I love to be involved and also find some amazing blog links.
  • My last goal was to put myself out there and be confident with what I am writing. My skin gives me huge problems and although I have great days with makeup and it doesn’t look bad, I hate talking about it with people as I worry they will then stare!!! I wanted to post about it as I thought it would help me with confidence about my skin and also find out new ways to help combat breakouts. I can safely say I have blogged and learnt and feel proud that I haven’t avoided the subject.

I will be keeping you lovely lot updated as I go throughout my blogging journey and if I have managed to stick to my own goals or if I add more to develop my little blog. Thank you to all the wonderful people who have been looking at my posts and have commented, it always spurs me on to provide more posts.

I hope you have enjoyed this short and sweet post, I have some exciting posts which will be coming up this week including some reviews and a tips and tricks post, so keep your eyes peeled.


Laura x

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