Well what can I say about October! I turned 45 on the 14th, I had a great first month at Boost Technology Group and one of the films I had been anticipating for years was finally released – Bohemian Rhapsody – the biopic of Queen and Freddie Mercury. Anyone who knows me well knows how much I love Queen and Freddie Mercury and what they mean to me, so the release of this film was something I had been looking forward to for a very long time. And I wasn’t at all disappointed with it!
I’ll start as I always do with these monthly reviews by talking about how my work is doing and what I did in October.
I have had a great first month with Boost Technology Group. There has been a lot to learn and take in, especially about the two clients I am working with (IT Document Solutions and Changing Social), but I seemed to slot into the team well and very quickly. I had a few trips to London to meet the clients I am working with and get a good understanding of their marketing, content marketing and digital requirements, and what I could do for them.
I had to spend some time understanding what had been done for each client before, what worked and what didn’t work and then I came up with bespoke strategy plans for them for the next few months in terms of demand generation and more longer term marketing activities.
I hit the ground running straight away and here are some of the blogs and content pieces I worked on this month:
On the networking side of things, I managed to attend the Malvern Festival of Innovation on the Cyber Security day. It was great to catch up with some familiar faces and to test the waters about the UK Cyber Security Association. It seems that this is still something that many within cyber security want so I will aim to launch it properly in the new year, along with launching my Venture CxO Insights site. Trouble is, there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do!
In October I was honoured to be approached for Europa Magazine to contribute an article on how to help children stay safe online through my work with the UK Cyber Security Association, and I also wrote a white paper on the cyber security risks faced by financial institutions and services. I will share a link to these when they are launched next month.
I also wrote what I consider to be two of my best blogs and pieces for my “Cyber Geek Girl” blog, which was a review of the film “Bohemian Rhapsody” and an account detailing my memories of Queen and Freddie Mercury, and what they both mean to me:
Some of the other blogs and reviews I wrote include:
I hope to be able to write more blogs, reviews and articles next month, especially as the nights are longer and I will have a bit more time to hopefully do so.
Personal and Social
October was the month of the cinema for me! I went on quite a few occasions last month to see Johnny English Strikes Again, the new Halloween film and Bohemian Rhapsody twice. I’m sure I will go and see Bohemian Rhapsody again in November, and more than once!
Some great films were released this month that I really wanted to see, and the one that I didn’t make it to was “Hunter Killer”, which explored the possibility of Russia’s stockpile of nuclear weapons getting into the wrong hands and triggering World War Three. I’m happy to wait until it comes out on one of the streaming services that we have such as Amazon or Now TV to see it.
I managed to catch up with my friends and I had a lovely birthday on October 14 with a meal out with my parents and husband at our local carvery Manor Farm, even if it did chuck it down with rain all day! Despite the weather I did enjoy myself, and it gave me a chance to take stock of my achievements and what I want to do for the rest of the year.
One thing that is still a blight on my life is the ongoing health situation with my Dad. I am getting extremely frustrated with the NHS and we are still no further forward in getting a proper diagnosis or the various issues that he has sorted out and treated. I hope that there will be come progress in November, but I’m not holding my breath. Meanwhile he is suffering, and it is breaking my heart to see him like that.
The Month Ahead
I’m already looking forward to November, to seeing “Bohemian Rhapsody” at least once more in the cinema if not twice, to attending the International Security Expo at London’s Olympia on 28 and 29 November – https://www.internationalsecurityexpo.com/ – and meeting the team at Boost for a Christmas lunch on November 29.
I also look forward to achieving more with the clients I am working with at Boost, and counting down to my favourite time of year – Christmas!
Until my next monthly review, I hope you all have a very happy and prosperous November!