The five things every new parent should know and other hilarious columns

Every new parent needs this adviceI’ve written some columns recently that are dear to my heart – after all, who doesn’t enjoy trying to mention vaginas as much as possible in one article?

The first one – Five Thing Every Parent With a New Baby Should Know – goes into unnecessarily graphic detail about the birthing process before sharing my five essential parenting tools for anyone with a newborn. This includes Dunstan’s Baby Language, which is so amazing that I’m still perplexed as to why it’s not more widely known. It’s also got Dr Harvey Karp’s Happiest Baby on the Block technique.

Incidentally, for anyone with a toddler, Dr Karp’s toddler technique is equally awesome – although my friend reports that her toddler has now learned the magic formula and is starting to game the system. Another reminder that we’re basically dealing with tiny sociopaths here.

I also did one about My Favourite Time Saving Tips for New Mothers, which will really blow your mind with quite how far I’ve fallen since bringing humans into this world. Just reading it makes me want to take a shower. Luckily I had one last night.

Parentdish archive classics

Back in the dawn of man 2.0 when I was helping AOL to set up its blogging division, I spent some time as launch editor of Parentdish UK . As luck would have it, I was actually pregnant at the time, so *almost* knew what I was talking about. One thing I did know about was being pregnant. Here are a couple of pieces I wrote back then

10 Weird Pregnancy Symptoms They Don’t Warn You About

Even More Weird Pregnancy Symptoms

I had a LOT of these symptoms – some of which I’d actually forgotten about and am re-living all over again as I read this articles. Brr.

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The newest addition… is already quite old

I was pregnant with my second baby when I wrote that last post, travelling up to Birmingham to spend a very fun day teaching business owners while also sporting an extremely neat bump.

Inevitably the neat bump eventually becomes a totally unwieldy stomach porch, and before you know this arrives:

Arrietty Ellen Milway

But, that all happened quite a while ago. After a while she looked like this:

Hetty Bassett's

And now?

Well, now she’s this little bundle of trouble.

Cecily Hetty Cold Towels

Cecily is cold, hence the face.

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Hello Birmingham!

Social Media Training BirminghamI’m off to run a social media masterclass (fancy!) in Birmingham tomorrow. You can still get tickets for this first event, and there will be another one in August. More info over on the Social Media Studio “About the Day” page.

If you’re looking for social and digital media training for brands up in the West Midlands, this could very well be the answer to your prayers! (Although you might want to look into getting some more exciting prayers).

I’ll be running the classes on Identifying and Engaging your Audience and Engaging with journalists and bloggers online.

Social Media Training, Birmingham

  • The importance of social media strategy
    Creative and expert planning, identifying objectives, setting goals, time saving tools, building strategy
  • How to raise your profile
    Higher engagement levels, improved interaction, more influence
  • How to identify your audience
    Selecting media and tools
  • How to engage with online journalists and bloggers
    The social media press release, targeting the right audience, distribution, maximising coverage
  • How to produce great web content
    How to write for the web, building loyalty, visual and interactive content
  • How to manage your online reputation
    Online monitoring, dealing with negative PR, crisis management
  • How to measure social media success
    Insights, analytics, evaluation, ROI

Come and say hello!

Social Media Studio – Social Media Training in the Midlands

 

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Training and speaking. Any excuse

Katie Lee Training

Blah Blah Blah

I’ve been doing lots of training recently, which is something I really enjoy. Lucky, really, since I’m about to do a whole load more (huzzah!)

I’m currently raining in-house training sessions on using Social and Digital Media to market companies and brands online.

I tend to focus on putting together great strategies; I’m really passionate about companies producing sustainable marketing online and I’m glad to see so much stuff around “Interactive Brand Ecosystems” thanks to the likes of Forrester.

I’ve also helped some local businesses recently, talking to them about the basics of social media, how businesses can use blogging and media activity to become “thought leaders” (another of my favourite topics and – again – very popular right now what with all the “Key Person of Influence” stuff doing the rounds).

Next month, I’ll be heading up to Birmingham to spread the gospel according to Shinykatie to business owners in the West Midlands.

You can find out more about the Katie Lee web media consulting, speaking and training wonderland over on the Miramus Media site (or just scroll down to read more stuff about knitting and crochet).

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Pinterest: more popular with “women” than normal people

mood boardAsk me if I’d like to give my opinion for something and I will free-associate on that theme for the entire afternoon.

So, it’s perhaps lucky that I didn’t get my thoughts over to Hannah in time to get featured in her piece about the popularity of Pinterest for the Guardian. She kindly created an extended cut for her blog, however, adding in some of the other stragglers.

Hannah asked me why I thought Pinterest appealed so much to women. As we all know, I am always more than happy to speak on behalf of my entire sex despite the fact that I am a massive geek who thinks films with swords in are cool.

Here’s what I said:

I think this gender thing is a little bit disingenuous. There would be NO articles about why a social bookmarking site was mainly populated by males…
However, there’s no doubt that the design of the site is geared to be female-friendly, unlike more masculine-looking social curation sites like Digg or Metafilter. The “about” page is also very female-focused (although I’m sure there are plenty of men who quite fancy sharing all the “beautiful things” they find on the web while they “plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes”).
But I would argue that most of the social curation and social bookmarking sites started out as sites created by men for men. I doubt it was a conscious decision for many, of course. But, since so many of them were created to serve particular communities, it often worked out that way.
If the population really is more female than male, it is because Pinterest has been picked up by the craft, design and cookery communities online and because it was in closed Beta for long enough to get a very focused set of communities.
But it won’t be long before there are just as many virtual pinboards filled with cars, technology and whatever other stereotypical things men are supposed to be interested in.
And if that doesn’t happen, so what? It doesn’t make Pinterest freakish if it attracts the other 50%.

Pinterest – why the new social network is gaining so much interest. (Hannah Waldram’s blog)

Pinterest piqued in UK for ‘creative, pretty and completist’ social network (Hannah’s article on the Guardian website)

And here’s my cue to give you a link to my Pinterest boards, which look fairly moth-eaten and aren’t anything like as excellent as my Wists account. Why couldn’t Wists have been Pinterest? That would have saved me a whole heap of effort.

Also: Dork Adore’s Pinterest

Image: JM2C

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