Final Chance to Nominate Your Blog Hero and Heroine
“Your industry hero’s are those who develop content for the love of writing, the love of change and the love of sharing their knowledge and experiences.”
Your sparklers are out and you’ve tasted enough pumpkin to last you another 12 months, but the fireworks continue as the UK Blog Awards 2017 nominations process reaches its final days.
With only 9 days remaining until entries and nominations close, the chance to gain recognition for your digital content and to nominate your digital heroes is approaching at rapid digital speed – be sure not to forget the 15th November deadline!
In this newsletter, we share details of the power of a nomination and why taking 2 minutes out of your day to nominate your favourite continue means more than you think.
On the Blog, we also share tips and insight on how to establish yourself as a snapfluencer. As well as catching up with previous travel and arts and culture winners, Backpacker Banter and wiwibloggs and finally, we personally introduce some more of your panel judges.
Many individuals and companies go day to day developing content, with readers passing by without making comment or interacting through social. We are all guilty of the busy bug. Your industry heroes, are those who develop content for the love of writing, the love of change and the love of sharing their knowledge and experiences. The feeling of appreciation or a single comment that your content has made a difference can leave you feeling overwhelmingly warm inside.
Insight: Backpacker Banter UKBA16 Travel Winner | Where are you now?
Chris has the wanderlust life that many of us can only dream of and with nearly 7 years of Travel under his seat-belt, it is no wonder that his content won one of the UK Blog Awards 2016 gongs back in April.
During this interview, you can find out where Chris has travelled since his big win, his opinion on why and not to join the world of online content, as well as his task to dive deeper into the world of SEO!
Snapfluencers often have hoards of followers watching their videos or ‘stories’ day after day. They have in turn, built community and their own Snap Brand and are now leading the way across social media as the millennial vloggers. With more brands choosing to embrace this current advertising trend, it looks like Snapfluencers are here to stay. Afterall, EVERYTHING will be video led in five years time. We all know this stat by now, so now is the time to embrace.
Let’s not lie to ourselves. We all love the guilty pleasure that is, Eurovision. William Lee Adams is the brainchild of, wiwibloggs and has worked hard over the years to not only cover the music genre based event, but has acheived a strong community following. Since wiwibloggs win, the Blog has been featured in worldwide press as well as acheiving 25 million page views on across the site. During this interview, read how wiwibloggs has been motivated to be bigger and how to always focus on the positives and rising above the trolls!
Introducing: Vlogger & Podcast Judge, Simone Partner who has developed her own Blog brand and is a multi award winning and social media personality, Eltoria.
Simone has worked with many brands and is dedicated to not only her YouTube channel but also her own Blog content. Check out Simone’s content and her judging bio. It’s a video, of course.
Introducing: Education Judge, Melanie Osbourne from Ordnance Survey. Melanie is the marketing communication voice from the Ordnance Survey and recently launched the #GetOutside programme to harness the power of social media to encourage people to get active outside. Have you nominated your fave individual and company Education content? Take a look at Melanie’s profile.
Introducing: Lifestyle Jugde, Charlie Lindlar is the Blog Editor at The Huffington Post UK, managing the site’s community of over 15,000 bloggers.
If you are looking for daily inspiration across a multitude of industries, take a look at Charlie’s profile.
Introducing: Travel Judge, Fiona McAuslan who has 15 years’ experience writing for the nationals, including the Telegraph Group and press including Time Out, and is one of Rough Guide’s top-selling authors. She is the co-author of the Rough Guide to Cuba and has worked on various other travel titles. Take a look at Fiona’s profile.
I’m sorry to say I’ve become hooked on the USA election.
This is truly a strange time in US election history. I say ‘truly’ in NICE BIG CAPITALS – TRULY! How has it got to this stage… then again… we had our own little implosion with Brexit – so anything is possible.
I’m sitting on the outside watching in. Man, is it fascinating… this subject is dominating our news feeds. I live in a little remote village on the North East coast of England. For all the US news coverage I’m getting I could well as be smack bang in the heart of Washington DC!
Anyway… my point…. if it all implodes…. the USA, that is…. before it does…. take out a subscription to the District of Wonders Patreon page. So, at least you’ll still be able to wollow in amazing audio fiction when the walls begin to crumble (or get built I should say).
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We’ve had a pretty rough month this month. We lost both Michael Brown, our Four Color Bullet comics columnist, and Vagabond “Tony” Carter, (Robert Hess when not on the air) both to heart attacks within about a week’s time. Michael was 46, and Robert was only 40, and they both died of heart attacks. Two finer men we have never known, and Krypton Radio wouldn’t have grown to be what it is without them. We are saddened, and surprised by the suddenness of it, and confused as to how we’re supposed to go on without these men by our side. It’s just not something you get over. Time shouldn’t heal all wounds. Sometimes you want the people in your life to be a part of you forever, and Robert and Michael always will be.
Also, a minor correction, station owners Susan Fox and Gene Turnbow have been invited to Arisia in Boston in January of 2017 – that’s January, not February – as Radio Guests of Honor.
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Antonios S also looked at to expansions for The Great War board game: the “Tank Expansion,” an almost necessary add-on to the base game, and the “Whippet Tanks” which probably could have been part of the Tank Expansion in the first place.
He also looked at two expansions for the Vudu/Voodoo dice game: “Double Trouble,” which is easy, light, entertaining, and delivers the team experience, and “Ninjas vs Pygmies,” an inexpensive refresher to the base game.
Endzeitgeist rounded out the week with two RPG reviews. First, he looked at “The Outer Presence,” a very rules-light investigative horror game. Next was “Don’t Walk in Winter Wood,” a cooperative, narrative, rules-light horror game set in a vaguely colonial setting in the United States.
Did you ever notice how many gigantic spiders there are to be found in fantasy fiction? Do you ever wonder why they all need to be there? Or where they might have come from? When in doubt, it’s usually fair to blame J.R.R. Tolkien. Or perhaps… to blame the arachnid that bit him when he was a toddler. Emily Asher-Perrin gets to the bottom of fantasy’s spider obsession…
Alasdair Stuart revisits Contact, director Robert Zemeckis’ 1997 adaptation of the Carl Sagan novel-it’s a sci-fi blockbuster, much like the upcoming Arrival , that attempts to ask big questions in a big way. The movie’s combination of ambiguity and clear-eyed pragmatism makes for a fascinating, complex exploration of the concept of first contact, and Jodie Foster’s portrayal of driven lead scientist Ellie Arroway makes the film well worth revisiting and reconsidering.
The same question lurks at the end of every great book: What should I read next? Algorithms and book recommendation lists can help us answer this question, but they still can’t top getting personal advice from other smart, like-minded readers. Tor.com staff writer Emily Asher-Perrin wants to know: “I love funny fantasy, and to me Good Omens [by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett] is the epitome of that. What should I read next?” What do you think, readers?
Author S.J. Kincaid has been a fan of twisty royal court dramas since reading Legacy by Susan Kay in seventh grade. She’s devoured many such books over the years, and now that she’s written her own (set in a sci-fi universe), it’s a great time to focus on some of the awesome court drama offerings of science fiction and fantasy!
Writer and humanitarian worker Malka Older has responded to emergencies and natural disasters in Uganda, Darfur, Indonesia, Japan, and Mali, and studies the way organizations govern during disasters. Her first novel, Infomocracy, looks into the future and posits that global micro-democracies will replace the nation states we now know, and that election campaigns will be run as constant barrages of information about a myriad of candidates. In this thoughtful post, Older ponders the current government of the United States, and asks whether an infomocracy lies in our future.
Robots-and androids, and cyborgs, and artificial intelligence-have become such nuanced characters in science fiction that the notion of questioning whether they deserve rights is ridiculous: of course they do! But what exactly are those rights? We’ve looked at 10 properties across books, movies, and television and pinpointed which rights and liberties ought to be extended to all robots , from Artoo and Threepio to the Iron Giant to Breq, the AI at the center of Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch Trilogy, and more.
In “Reverse Documentary,” Dino is a documentary filmmaker, haunted by the ghost of his ex-girlfriend who was killed in a car crash while with another man. As Dino shoots his latest documentary on the vandalism occurring in the woods of his hometown, he tries to move on from her unexpected death. But when his life starts to look up, the ghost encroaches on his property. The focus of the film begins to blur as the lens of the camera shifts onto Dino, the director succumbing to his ghostly obsession.