July 2018 Review

July 2018 Review

July 2018 Review

Where do I start with what has happened this month! I have hardly had time to draw breath as I’ve been so busy with work, blogging and helping to look after my Dad, and boy has it been hot! So hot in fact that I have spent the last month sleeping downstairs in my garage room which is one of the coolest rooms of the house. If it wasn’t for being able to do that I don’t think I would have coped so well in the incessant heat, and it has been like going glamping, but indoors!

So what has happened since June? My Dad finally got an actual diagnosis, and surprisingly France won the World Cup. England however surprised us all and ended up making it to the semi-finals before they crashed out, sparking World Cup fever even amongst those who hate football. I developed a teensy-weensy crush on Gareth Southgate, the England team manager whose leadership skills were second to none as he led what in the past has been a traditionally poor team into football glory. He deserves a medal for instilling some pride back to the England football team.

Here is my round up of what I’ve been up to this month, and what I have achieved.

Work – Venture Content Marketing | PR | Digital

I am still in the process of nurturing the opportunity that I talked about last month. If everything goes well I expect to be able to announce it in my August review, but until then I’m not going to say any more.

Due to a change of circumstances in another area I decided not to rush into anything opportunities wise and continue my freelance work. This was mainly so I could have some much-needed flexibility to be there for my Dad and help look after him.

I have spent the last month undertaking some telesales campaign work and content marketing work for a handful of clients, but I am mindful of what I can take on and I’ve been careful not to over promise and under deliver in the light of my Dad’s illness.

I am still working on launching my new publishing platform to support all the emerging C-suite roles, this has had to go on hold a bit due to other work but given the summer coming up I’ve adjusted the launch to the first week of September. This will give me time to get as much work done for it as possible and get it looking as good as I can get it.

To house all my business-related projects I have created a new company called Venture Business Services Ltd, and this will be up and running also by the first week of September 2018.

Blogging/Writing

Throughout July I have been able to maintain my blog “Cyber Geek Girl” and write lots of interesting content for it, as well as continue my collaboration with Fat Joe in Staffordshire to host their blogs on my platform. I’m also going to launch a new section very soon – “Inspirational Interviews & Stories”. I want to give a platform to those who are inspiring others, making a positive difference and who are changing the world.

These unsung heroes work tirelessly every day to achieve their goals, help others and make a huge difference in the world, and I want to showcase all the good people out there and what they do to help the lives of others and who raise awareness of causes that are close to their heart.

You might run a business, achieve great personal goals, have overcome great personal tragedy or be an advocate/awareness raiser for a cause that is close to your heart. Whatever it is, I want to feature you.

If you fancy getting involved in this drop me an email to hello@cybergeekgirl.co.uk, I would love to hear from you.

Below are a few of the posts and interviews I’ve done this month:

https://www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk/interview-john-james-author-of-from-the-darkness/

https://www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk/bohemian-rhapsody-film-trailer-bringing-freddie-mercury-to-life-once-again/

https://www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk/world-cup-fever-going-home-or-coming-home/

https://www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk/community-cyber-security-centre/

Personal/Social

I’ve been spending a lot of time in July coming to terms with my diagnosis of autism. I finally feel that I’ve got my head around it now and accepted it, and have continued to write how I feel about it as a contributor to Me Decoded – https://www.medecoded.com, which is a site that celebrates neurodiversity founded by Helen Needham, who was diagnosed as being autistic last year.

My Dad finally got a diagnosis of temporal lobe epilepsy and is now under the care of a dedicated epilepsy team. They are starting the process of taking him off Keppra and getting him back onto epilin, but this is going to take some time and he won’t be fully off Keppra until the first week of September. It is one of the reasons why I have decided to launch Venture CxO Insights and Venture Business Services Ltd then, so it coincides with him being fully off Keppra. We just take each day at a time and as it comes now, but hopefully there will be an end in sight soon.

It has been way too hot to do anything significant, but I did get out to see “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” at the cinema with my friend Juliet which I really enjoyed. It was the first time I had been to the cinema all year!

It was also my Mum’s birthday, but I know that all she wants is for my Dad to be back to full health again. Still, we did the best we could on the day for her and I think she appreciate that.

I loved the new Mamma Mia film so much I saw it at the cinema twice this month! It was such a great film, a lovely feel-good one and I can’t wait for it to come out on DVD/Blu-Ray. Here is a review of it that I wrote for my blog:

https://www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk/review-mamma-mia-2-here-we-go-again/

Other than that I enjoyed some catch ups with my friends and seeing my cousin and her Mum for a catch up this month too. I also enjoyed lots of lovely walks with my dog Poppy and got very excited when the trailer for “Bohemian Rhapsody” was released. As a huge fan of Queen and Freddie Mercury – roll on November when the film is out and I can finally see it, as I can’t wait for it!

The Month Ahead

August is always a reflective month for me as it is usually much quieter work wise, and it gives me a chance to regroup and focus on my achievements to date. I am very proud of what I have achieved so far this year in spite of lots of challenges and curveballs that have been thrown my way.

In August I am looking forward to Fairports Cropredy Convention (I won’t be going but I will follow it online), the Worcester Festival and hopefully visiting the Worcester Cathedral Library for another tour which I love. Fingers crossed  I will be able to have some “me” time in August for a change.

I will also continue to nurse the opportunity I have in the pipeline and carry on with my freelance work.

Until my next monthly review, I hope you all have a very happy and prosperous August, and continue to enjoy this lovely warm weather we’re still having,

Lisa xx

Inspirational Stories and Interviews on my Blog – Coming Soon

Inspirational Stories and Interviews on my Blog – Coming Soon

I’m going to be launching a new section on my blog “Cyber Geek Girl” very soon – “Inspirational Interviews & Stories”. I want to give a platform to those who are inspiring others, making a positive difference and who are changing the world.

These unsung heroes work tirelessly every day to achieve their goals, help others and make a huge difference in the world, and I want to showcase all the good people out there and what they do to help the lives of others and who raise awareness of causes that are close to their heart.

You might run a business, achieve great personal goals, have overcome great personal tragedy or be an advocate/awareness raiser for a cause that is close to your heart. Whatever it is, I want to feature you.

I’ve already featured the author John James,Lindsay Condefer of My name is Lentil fame, Rob Moore the #BlueLightHappy Paramedic, Helen Tweedle Needham of Me.Decoded and Diana Street of Peaceful Harmony to name but a few, and these interviews will move into the new section on my blog.

I hope to kick this new section off with an interview with Gabriel Cat DiFelice of Pet-Unity Pet Services in the USA in the next few days. After this I have interviews coming hopefully with:

Ted Hunstiger
Vincent Roland Simone and Luke Chadwick-jones
Raika Tienert
David John Southall
Suz Winspear
David Morrison
Mel S Finley

I’m very much looking forward to launching this new part of my blog, and connecting with as many inspirational people as possible. For more information and to take part head over to https://www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk/category/interviews/ to see the interviews I’ve done so far.

 

Thank You to RV Digital Marketing Services Ltd

Thank You to RV Digital Marketing Services Ltd

I wanted to give a huge shout out and thanks to my wonderful husband Russell Ventura of RV Digital Marketing Services Ltd for the design of this website and also of my other websites and blog. I am very pleased with the results and the look and feel of my sites, and would highly recommend RV Digital Marketing Services Ltd to anyone who is looking for a website to help promote themselves.

Not only did RV Digital Marketing Services Ltd provide my websites and branding but they also provide SEO services, digital marketing and graphic design to help support my endeavours.

To see the website work that RV Digital Marketing Services Ltd undertood, visit:

www.ventureprmarketing.com
www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk

For a no-obligation quote on any website design, digital marketing services, photography or graphic design services visit www.rvdigitalmarketingservices.co.uk.

June 2018 Review

June 2018 Review

June is finally over, and it sounds daft, but it is only a few short months until Christmas, and as my wonderful Dad says, we can have some nuts!

It is frightening just how quickly time is running away from me, but now I’m 6 months into the year I’ve had a chance to stop, think and reflect on what has happened so far, the challenges I have had and the things I have achieved.

Despite my Dad still being in ill health I have a lot to be thankful for. I’m still here, I’m still healthy and I’m still making the best of what I’ve got.

As I write this the UK is in the grip of an unprecedented heatwave with temperatures of up to 30 degrees centigrade and over in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. It is so hot, stuffy and muggy now, but I am managing to maintain productivity thanks to my JML Arctic Air Cube and sleeping downstairs in my converted garage room where it is really cool, much to the amusement of my dog Poppy.

The World Cup is well underway (Germany have already crashed out and England, surprise surprise, have just gone through to the next round) and Wimbledon is also under way. By the middle of July, we will know who will take home the World Cup, and whether England will bring it home – or not.

Work – Venture Content Marketing | PR | Digital

Despite the challenge of what happened to me last month, I fared quite well in June. I picked up some freelance blogging, content writing and telesales work from a couple of agencies, plus I spent lots of time looking at other opportunities and nursing them. Some came back with a no, which is hard especially when you know it is an opportunity that would suit you, but I’ve learnt to just bounce back and say “next”!

I spent some time updating this website with content (with thanks to RV Digital Marketing Services) for the design and relaunched Venture Content Marketing | PR | Digital (again with thanks to RV Digital Marketing Services). It has a whole new look, and a new logo that is more reflective of it as a brand, and I streamlined the services I offer to focus on content, blogger outreach, PR and digital. I am in discussions with a local cyber security company and a few others about possible work for next month through this.

Then by surprise I was offered a new opportunity. I won’t say too much now, but it is remote so I will still be based from home. I am currently working on and nursing through to hopeful completion, so I will write a more fuller update on this in my next monthly review. 

In addition, I have had an idea to launch a news platform to support all the emerging C-suite roles, not just a few, and I’m getting the infrastructure in place for the website with a view to launching it this month. The site will be called Venture CxO Insights and the website URL will be www.venturecxoinsights.com.

Blogging/Writing

I was very pleased that I was able to keep writing for my blog “Cyber Geek Girl” in June and add lots of new and great content to it. Not only did I keep up my collaboration with outreach agency Fat Joe and host lots of posts for them for a small fee for each one, the traffic on my blog started to increase and I had an increase in offers for the inclusion of sponsored or guest posts. A selection of them are below:

https://www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk/start-marketing-campaign-non-profit-organization/

https://www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk/guest-post-how-my-productivity-increased-when-i-got-my-dog/

https://www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk/mixed-emotions-what-can-we-go-through-when-a-friend-dies/

https://www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk/could-you-transform-your-blog-into-an-ecommerce-venture/

I was absolutely delighted that Paul Eccentric, one half of the steampunk poetry duo “The Antipoet” agreed to give an interview for “Cyber Geek Girl” after I read and reviewed his new book “Does My Bass Look Big in This?”. Huge thanks to Paul for the interview, and to Donna Ray for organising it! The review and the interview can be found here:

https://www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk/interview-paul-eccentric-of-the-antipoet/

https://www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk/review-does-my-bass-look-big-in-this-the-antipoet-the-first-ten-years-by-paul-eccentric/

And for a bit of fun, here is a sketch from 1990’s comedy foursome “The Mary Whitehouse Experience” entitled “The World Cup Experience”:

https://www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk/video-the-mary-whitehouse-experience-world-cup-experience-sketch/

Personal/Social

The biggest thing that happened to me this month was getting a diagnosis that changed my life, and I am not exaggerating when I say that. It came about quite by chance, but it turns out that I am #AcutallyAutistic. All those traits and things about myself which I couldn’t understand, which I have struggled with all my life, all finally made sense to me. All my life I have striven to fit in, to be like everyone else, when due to my being autistic that will never happen, and I am actually 100% okay with that.

Rather than re-write what happened, how I got my diagnosis and how I feel about it I’m delighted and proud to be a contributor to https://www.medecoded.com, which is a site that celebrates neurodiversity founded by Helen Needham, who was diagnosed as being autistic last year.

If any of you reading this would like to read how I got diagnosed and what happened, it can be found here on the Me Decoded website – https://www.medecoded.com/lisa1/. I will be contributing more articles to Me Decoded this month.

The next biggest thing is the ongoing saga of my Dad’s ill health and our struggle to get his neurologist and healthcare professionals to take his condition seriously. As all his test results have come back fine, we need to get him off Keppra and onto something else such as Epilim. Two things could be happening – my Dad’s current ill health and issues are side effects from Keppra, or the severity of the seizures he had were such that they have left him with some brain damage and the way he is now is the best he will be. The only way we will find out is if we get him onto another epilepsy medication.

We did have a good day for his 71st birthday and I was able to take him out to Costa and for a meal at our local carvery, which was nice. I just want my old Dad back.

My Mum is also struggling and I postponed a trip to London and Worthing to see my cousin at the end of June because my Dad had a further small seizure, and I didn’t want to be away in case anything happened to him. In the event the weather was so hot I wouldn’t have enjoyed myself anyway, as I don’t fare too well in hot weather.

I did manage to see some of my friends and have some catch ups with them, particularly my friends Liz, Juliet and Sylvia, and I’ve spent lots of time in the evenings relaxing and watching old episodes of Coronation Street and Dallas. With Dallas I am halfway through series 9 which is the “dream” season, and it won’t be long until Bobby Ewing is back from the dead and it turns out the whole of series 9 was Pam’s dream. You couldn’t make it up!

The Month Ahead

I will continue my freelance work, work to launch Venture CxO Insights and nursing all the opportunities I have on the table as well as being there for my Dad and spending some time with him. Hopefully the medication transition will happen this month for him, so I won’t plan to go away on holiday or to my cousins in Worthing. Worcester Carnival is on July 7 which I hope to go to, and my Mum’s birthday is on July 25, and I plan to catch up with a few more of my friends this month.

And who knows – England may, just may, bring the World Cup home – watch this space!

Until my next monthly review, I hope you all have a very happy and prosperous July, and continue to enjoy this lovely warm weather we’re having.

Lisa xx

Venture Content Marketing | PR | Digital Rebrand and Relaunch

Venture Content Marketing | PR | Digital Rebrand and Relaunch

In 2014, just after I lost my son Frankie to stillbirth, I founded Venture PR and Marketing with the aim of working with and supporting businesses with their PR and marketing needs on a consultancy basis. Venture PR and Marketing has been through a few incarnations, but I’m delighted to announce that it has had a complete rebrand and relaunch and is now known as Venture Content Marketing | PR | Digital.

So why the change?

In the last year or so, especially through my work at Corinium Global Intelligence, I have started to specialise more in content marketing to support business growth, community growth, generate sales leads and raise brand awareness. The marketing and PR landscape is changing, and digital transformation is key to the success of many businesses be they small, medium or large corporate entities.

The services that I offer through Venture Content Marketing | PR | Digital include:

  • Content marketing including blogs, articles, news items, reports, benchmarking reports, white papers, infographics and more.
  • Blogger outreach and link building.
  • PR services including press release writing, press release distribution, liaising with key journalists, product launches, review placement and press conferences.
  • Social media support and management.
  • Website and graphic design.

I will be specialising in working with companies and organisations in data, analytics, cyber security, artificial intelligence, machine learning, internet of things, digital transformation, data security predominantly, but I have strong experience in many other industries including processional services, healthcare, conferences and event management, telecommunications and the third sector to name but a few.

My work at Venture Content Marketing | PR | Digital aims to support the emerging C-suite roles such as:

  • Chief Marketing Officers
  • Chief Cyber Security/Chief Security Officers
  • Chief Data Officers
  • Chief Digital Offiers
  • Chief Analytics Officers
  • Chief Artificial Intelligence Officers
  • Chief Customer Officers
  • Chief Happiness Officers (yes – there is indeed such a role on the emerging C-suite)

In addition, I am working on the launch of a new news and content platform that aims to support the emerging C-suite roles with carefully curated and targeted content that is relevant, timely and useful. As new roles emerge on the C-suite it is important those undertaking these new roles gain access to relevant information that will help them succeed and that is useful to them, and this will be the main aim of this news platform.

Please get in touch with me if you would like to find out more about Venture Content Marketing | PR | Digital can support you and your organisation with strategic and carefully targeted campaigns via lisa@ventureprmarketing.com, I look forward to hearing from you!