Periscope from the Views Perspective

Mastering Periscope from the View Perspective

Periscope set social media a blaze over the past year. Social media personalities and brands locked into the latest social media movement with hopes to engage readers, move content, and convert interests into profit. You will find many of the top bloggers and those dominating their niche on Periscope. Those who are mastering the social media outlet are systematic. Mastering Periscope is more than chance, it’s strategy. Even with those strategies readily available, more and more social media personalities are throwing info to the wind and winging it.

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Blog Post Ideas for May

Coming up with engaging blog post ideas can be a daunting task for both the experienced and new blogger. Within the waddle of a creative’s mind is 1 million ideas with an eagerness to place them somewhere. For many niche bloggers, this can be problematic as many wish to stay on brand and keep within the realms of their audiences’ likes. So, whether you’ve gone to a concert, dined out, had a playdate with the new neighbors or trying to get summer in motion, here are a few blog post ideas that will help your May’s Editorial Calendar.

Lifestyle Bloggers

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  • An easy spring DIY Project
  • Transition wardrobe pieces
  • Spring & summer home decor
  • vLog trips to Home Depot, Home Goods, or your favorite discount store
  • a light spring focused recipe or meal
  • Swimwear ideas
  • Target’s new collection
  • Share spring photos of your city

Travel & Leisure Bloggers

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  • recap of winter travels
  • introduce your spring and summer travel itinerary
  • introduce your readers to travel accessories such as cameras, luggage, gear, or clothes (excellent for affiliate marketing)
  • create a photo essay of your previous travels
  • write a restaurant or hotel review
  • create a travel guide for your current city or hometown
  • discuss Cuban travel (hot topic)
  • Give “how to’s” for finding travel deals

Mom Bloggers

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  • Mom rejuvenation after winter
  • mom & dad’s date night
  • “staycation” ideas
  • family friendly restaurants
  • spring concerts at school
  • preparing your child for the end of the school year; testing, field day, saying good-bye to friends
  • summer safety tips for working parents
  • summer reading and visiting the local library

Some of the blog posts ideas are very general. Take a few minutes to research and make it unique to your audience. Don’t forget to link to other posts within your blog which touch on similar topics. As always, share and engage on social media.

Share in the comments about some things that you’ll write about this season. I love visiting new blogs.

“blogging tips” “help for new bloggers” “J. Cordell” “black bloggers” “black travel bloggers”

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Noodle House; Flavors of Southeast Asia

There’s nothing more luxe in Abu Dhabi than looking over the canal with the iconic Sheikh Zayed Mosque in the background. The unbelievable views easily create the perfect ambiance with a hint of romance or coziness with friends. Dining at The Noodle House offers a great escape from  a week’s worth of stress. Delve into luxe at Souk Qaryat Al Beri to be moved by the robust flavors of Southeast Asia and gorgeous backdrops at The Noodle House Abu Dhabi.

The Spread

The beginning

Chicken Siew Mai.

Chicken Siew Maw is a steamed wonton stuffed with lightly seasoned chicken and served with hot chili bean sauce.

His:

Indonesian Nasi Goreng

Indonesian Nasi Goreng is a profusion of foods: chicken satay, prawns, prawn crackers, and sunny fried egg over vegetable fried rice, that bring into existence one entrée with an array of flavors.

Mine:

Black Pepper Beef

Black Pepper Beef is an entrée of savory beef tenderloins, capsicums, onion, then infused with aromatic black pepper sauce.

Thoughts:

The overall dining experience was quite pleasurable. The interior décor reflects the charm of southeast Asia with its rich mahoganies, deep hues of red and black, authentic lighting, with deep aromas floating throughout. Because it was such a lovely day, we initially decided to enjoy the warm weather and views just beyond the patio. However, that was very short lived. New patrons entered, they lit and blew; in other words, smoking is allowed on the patio. For the both of us, this was a huge no-go as well as a turn off, so we headed inside. The interior was quite empty during this time so we had our choice of seats.

However, due to the style of seating, versus the outside, comfort was limited. The bench seating was uninviting and uncomfortable. We trudged through and were more than pleased that we did. From the moment we sat down, well technically the moment we sat down indoors, our interests were aroused and the gastronomic tensions grew. The wait for the food was a bit better than 20 minutes. This seemed a little long based on the number of people in the restaurant. There may have been about six occupied tables. The slow-ish service also caused our appetizer to arrive at the same time as our entrée. We would have preferred to enjoy them separately. Though the service was a bit below par, the presentation and flavor of the food were exceptional. The steamed wontons were moist, the beef was perfectly seasoned, and by the lack of conversation from Habibi once the food arrived, it can be deduced that his food made the cut as well. I often worry about Habibi’s likings because he can be quite a picky eater.

The Noodle House came highly recommended by one of my colleagues as she frequents the area due to the multiple restaurants and Starbucks within the souk.

Overall: Service; below par, Food; exceptional, atmosphere; average because of interior seating and smoking.

“the noddle house” “southeast Asian food” “Asian food in Abu Dhabi”

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Travel & Leisure Favorites

As we move into spring, our travel and leisure activities begin to sprout from the bounds of winter. We move a bit more freely, the loosen the straps of our winter duds.

During this past winter, there was a bit of nesting and some exploration of winter’s leisure. I spent a lot of time on the ‘net curating posts and reading other blogs. Many of my favorite travel bloggers did a lot of winter travels: Spain, UAE, Denmark, and even Argentina. I hopped over the pond to the US for a few weeks, and that was the extent of it during the first travel quarter.

…but my nesting yielded a few favorites.

Here are a list of my travel and leisure favorites during the first quarter:

Travel and leisure posts

  • Oneika the Traveller is indeed one of my favorite traveler bloggers. Her dynamic photographs and detailed social media postings, makes it quite difficult to pull myself away from her experiences. Recently, she and her dear husband made the trek to Russia. Russia, specifically Moscow, is on my list of places to visit before the soles of my shoes wear thin. Head over to her blog and take a peek at her electric experiences from the country of Russia.
  • Making Vicki’s acquaintance was indeed the highlight of March. We share a few common social media and travel groups. Because of this and through social shares, I happened upon Vicki’s Blog; Make Time to Travel. Vicki’s blog stood out because she touches on so many aspects of travel blogging: destinations, experiences, and some not so nice things that can happen on the road. In a recent post, Vicki shared amazing street art from around the world and included some of my flicks from Murals in DC. Not only did she share those pics on her blog, the post was picked up by both HuffPost Travel as well as MSN Travel. I’m still beaming about having my work as well as those of other bloggers on three great travel sites. Thanks again Vicki, I appreciate it more than you know.

Instagram Pages

I think I’ve shared with you all before that most my travel inspiration and gusto comes from Instagram. Instagram inspires many of my leisure choices, dining, and the drive to perfect the perfect square. The #instapeeps below are from a new hashtag that I’ve explored called #moodygrams. Snaps under that hashtag are just nearing perfect. Each hold depth, character, and rectitude.

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Nesting season is almost over, and I will be heading out into the vast land soon. Stay turned to see another great weekend in Dubai, travels to the Netherlands, and my beloved Sicily. I’m also traveling to a place where everything is bigger, Texas.

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Photo Journal | Melbourne, Australia

Visiting Australia is quite an accomplishment for many North Americans.

…it’s a really long ways away

…and it ain’t cheep getting there

but once you’re there, basking in the excitement that is “down under” is beyond thrilling. It’s exceptional travel bliss. Take a little photo stroll with me through Melbourne, Australia.

Flinders Street Station

Melbourne Central Station

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Downtown Melbourne

Luna Park – Melbourne

Beach Cottages

Hosier Lane

Melbourne, Australia is a town for lovers of live music, art, with mixes of quirkiness.

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Women’s History Month | Culture & Literature

Dynamics of impactful women fuels global history. Our contributions to society, within every genre and every field transcends time. As leaders, we guide and influence communities; as innovators, we use our creative, ingenious spirits to push beyond boundaries; and as visionaries, we continuously explore facets of futuristic dimensions.

March, women’s history month, it is a time to highlight the contributions of our mighty sisters and our respective works.

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