Twitter chat hour from a newbie’s point of view

Blogging has been a steep learning curve; now I am learning to use Twitter.

I have only been Tweeting for two or three months and have already written two posts about my experiences.  The first was Another string to my bow, which alerted my readers to my presence on Twitter.  The second was How not to make a hash of hashtags.  I hope they are both light-hearted looks at social media.

Entering the UK Blog Awards has given me the chance to link up with other hopefuls for up to an hour a week (plus injury time!) in #bloghour or #BlogHour depending on your typing skills.

This was another experience of a fast-moving source of information.  I found that it is useful to have more than one Twitter tab open as well as being logged in to WordPress to be able to provide appropriate links to my blogs and to check my email from time to time.

It is always possible to catch up later, but it is important to find the Tweets, which need replies.  These may be found on the @connect tab or from email notifications.

Tweeting itself is a new skill to learn.  To be an active participant rather than a listener during #bloghour requires Tweets to be composed and sent.  So many decisions to make.  Is #bloghour on its own sufficient?  Should the Tweet be addressed to @UKBlogAwards?  If it is a reply should it be to all the people whose names come up in the reply box?

It took me a little while to understand that there were a number of questions Q1 and so on inviting answers A1 and the like.

Seasoned Tweeters (or Tweeps) will know that red highlighting means the character allowance has been exceeded.  As one of my favourite activities in English lessons was précis, I am not fazed by having to shorten a Tweet!

Then there is the interpretation of hashtags used by #bloghour #bloggers.  No problem so far, but #fbloggers and #bbloggers caused me to do some detective work.  It seems that they are fashion bloggers and beauty bloggers.  How do you manage #bloghour or other chats?

Are you there for the whole time or do you pop in for part of it?  Do you catch up later on what has been Tweeted?


Voting has opened for the UK Blog Awards

Today voting has opened in the UK Blog Awards.

I have entered both my blogs.  This one is entered in two categories, education and lifestyle.  The public vote is being used to create a shortlist for each category.

There are voting buttons on my sidebar on this blog and another in the footer on Sue’s considered trifles, which is entered in the Education category.

May I encourage you to visit the UK Blog Awards website and to vote?  There is a free ebook for voters to download, which has been written by entrants.  I am a contributor to it!

Thank you for your interest and support.


Blog Every Day in November is a challenge hosted by Elizabeth of Rosalilium a lifestyle blog.  Today’s title is

It’s only fashion, Baby!

Fashions come and fashions go.  I’ve seen a few in my lifetime.

I have a fascinating book entitled Fashion.  It was a Christmas present when I was a teenager.  The advice about giving presents, “Choose something you would like to receive!” was taken seriously by my aunt.  She said, “I hope you like it, but if you don’t, I’ll have it!”

It is a history of fashion ending with the mini-skirt and Mary Quant.  That is where my knowledge of fashion really starts.  To wear a mini-skirt the correct length in the 1960’s involved kneeling on the floor and measuring up 4 inches.  This was the bottom of the hem.  It was perfectly OK for skirts, but dresses turned out to behave differently!  A skirt is fixed at the waist.  A dress moves more, particularly if it is worn for ballroom dancing!

Not long afterwards maxi-skirts arrived.  I had a red maxi coat with a long scarf, which I think I made myself.

A pop-song which was all the rage was about “A dedicated follower of fashion”.

I cannot describe myself in that way.  I know what I like.  If I don’t like it, I don’t wear it!  Some years I have walked around clothes shops and not bought anything.

My style of dressing could perhaps be described as classic or conservative.  I dress more for warmth and practicality than to impress.  On occasions I dress up, but there are not many occasions.

On Sundays my clothes are topped by a choir gown, which is a shade of cherry red.  It is a little limiting in what colours look well with it.  Other shades of red, pink, orange and purple may clash.

I dress up for concerts as I am on view.  Even then I do not wear any make-up.

My shoes are mostly practical as I walk a lot and like my feet to be comfortable.  I am already wearing my winter boots, gloves, scarf and hat to go out.  I hardly need to say that they are in addition to my coat!

I enjoy making things and had a great time with making batwing sweaters on my knitting machine, when they were fashionable in the early eighties.

Animal print dress

Animal print dress

I also do some dress-making and have a favourite pattern, which I have used four times now.  I could not find a dress I liked for a family wedding, so I made one.

The dress in the photo was made using this pattern with the largest amount of extra ease.  The printed fabric includes giraffes and leopards as well as trees, flowers and glitter!  I have lost a lot of weight since this photo was taken in June 2009. (See my before and after photos here.)