Sunday, 29 November 2015

In chronological order, here are this week's happenings:

Monday: house music producers The Freemasons favourited my tweet, which was actually about the fraternal organisation of the same name. I must see them DJ one day.

Tuesday night's #bloghour trending topic is a weekly online discussion organised by the UK Blog Awards. Each week the awards team asks a series of questions relating to the art of blogging, and whoever chooses to join in with the hashtag can contribute suggestions and answers. It's a great way of garnering advice and digitally “meeting” other bloggers. At the end of each Bloghour, the awards team will ask for suggestions for questions to be asked the following week. On Tuesday just gone, my question was included in the discussion.

If you follow the link and see the tweet on Twitter, below it you'll see some of the answers and suggestions. People find their stories in a multitude of ways: talking to knowledgeable friends, working with talented creatives around the world, checking other websites like Pinterest Instagram, Bloglovin, Klout and Stumbleupon, personal experience, requests, and a general sense of intuition: keeping your eyes peeled, one tweeter suggested, will allow the stories will come to you.

Once my question was put out to the trending topic my notifications went wild. It was a lot of info to digest but the feedback has been brilliant and there's loads for me to mull over and digest. If you're into blogging, tune in to #bloghour on Twitter, 9pm GMT on Tuesdays.

Anyone remember season 15 of Celebrity Big Brother? The one before last? Remember Cami Li, the Puerto Rican model finishing in in 8th place? She favourited my tweet (which was actually her tweet) about Lady Colin Campbell, who is currently in the Australian jungle starring in I'm a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here.

Thursday: Manchester readers will be familiar with local radio station Key 103. Each morning they play the Top 10 at 10, from a mystery year. That day the year was 2003, when I was working in Brannigans, so I texted in and told them. They read it out! Woop woop. It's the small things.

Friday night: I met with Manchester Social Group for their monthly Meetup. Slug and Lettuce on Albert Square was apparently- and unsurprisingly- heaving, as it was right next to the Christmas Markets. (I was on my way in when the group decided this.) For the last few years these stalls have been so busy that they aren't even fun to visit any more. So we switched to the Deansgate branch, which reopened last weekend after a refurb. It's smart and tidy inside but the music was too loud for a bar of its type- it's more of a catch-up-with-your-mates place than a showoff place, or we all felt it should be. I still like it though. A good meetup too; a good chance to meet other members of the group and bandy about a few ideas for upcoming events.

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