Thursday 23 June 2016

I TACKLE the accounts head on. Takes me a while, but I get everything up to date. All that’s left to do is archive my 2015/16 papers with a printed summary and ditch the 2009/2010 stuff.

Next on the agenda is the PR/media stuff for my Almost Blue shows in Dundee next weekend (1, 2 & 3 July). The venues and details of my shows have changed a few times. The latest change came in last night. The organisers still haven’t announced the artists/venues/timetable so, with just a week to go, I can’t hold off sending out news releases any longer.

I know I’ll likely have another show on Friday 1, but I just have to go with the info we have… Saturday 2 July (6pm) at Clarks and Sunday 3 July (9pm) at Buskers. I write up a news release and fire it out.

After lunch the sun’s out. Margaret’s away with the car ’til later on so I decide to walk to the village to cast my vote to stay in Europe. I’m rather irritated that the single ‘remain’ sandwich board outside the polling station has been placed behind a wheelie bin and is largely out sight….mmmm…

While walking and listening to various marketing podcasts I take note of a collaboration-cum-project/task management app called Asana, so when I get home I have a quick look. I’ve been using – and singing the praises of – Trello for a while, but on first look, Asana seems a bit more up to the job. I open a (free) account and give it a whirl. Maybe worth switching from Trello…but we need to check it out a bit further…

Margaret gets a message from Almost Blue asking if I can do another show on the Friday (1 July) night…there’s some details we need to check out, but that should be OK. Pity it missed my news release tho’.

I’ve got some stuff to drop off for Barbara so we take a wander along and end up sitting outside and having a couple of pre-dinner drinks. I’ve still got dinner to make so we head back along the road, eat and chill…

Monday 4 April 2016

AFTER breakfast we have our first proper ‘Buzz meeting’ in a while. 

A much slicker affair since we started using Trello – out of date to-do lists on bits of paper are a thing of the past…now we can see what’s needing done and where we are with all our projects/tasks. A lot of folks we’ve mentioned Trello too are finding it’s a great free tool. Check it out here.

I’m busy with a website I’m developing for someone all morning. Int he afternoon I take a bunch of merch down to the village post office then stop in to see Martyn for a coffee and to chat over some ideas.

The chat moves round to Facebook and Martyn suggests I should think about doing some live Facebook video broadcasts. I’ve been blissfully unaware, but he’s seen some from other folks and thought they were pretty good.

Some Facebook users with verified pages (not personal profiles) were invited to try out a new app called Mentions a while back. I accepted the invitation, had a gander and didn’t really see any benefit in using it over Facebook’s Pages app. Mentions has evolved, it seems, and has a feature allowing users to stream live video right onto their Facebook page!

Seems like a good idea so I give it a quick test and it works. I decide to try it out properly tomorrow (Tuesday) evening at 7.30pm with some chat, a bit of a new song and maybe some live Q&A if we can get our heads round how to do that…it’ll be live on my Facebook page at 7.30pm, Be nice to see some folks there!

We have an early dinner then head to the village hall for a planning meeting. Fairly uneventful then we hit the pub…didn’t do too well with my planned alcohol-free day!