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A Blog Post About Blogging for Bloggers – WP 4.2, Mobile

I don’t usually blog about blogging but this blog post is about blogging because I have some blog updates to share on my blog.
Bloggiest sentence ever! Blaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhggggggg. (Me typing right now.)

Ok, the new WordPress came out yesterday and this update has some neat things to help you as a blogger, communicate and share, globally. You can watch this quick video or read more about it after scrolling my list of favs from their post. If you blog you should watch it because it will make you a better (WordPress) blogger.

  • Even more embeds: Paste links from Tumblr.com and Kickstarter and watch them magically appear right in the editor. With every release, your publishing and editing experience get closer together.
  • Host of new characters: Native Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters, musical and mathematical symbols, and hieroglyphs.
  • Streamlined plugin updates: Goodbye boring loading screen, hello smooth and simple plugin updates.
  • OMG! Emoji are now available in WordPress! Get creative and decorate your content with 💙, 🐸, 🐒, or🍕!!

IS YOUR BLOG OPTIMIZED FOR MOBILE?

UPDATE IT TODAY. LIKE NOW. Google announced that the Mobile Friendly Update began rolling out YESTERDAY.  This update is going to be the largest Google update ever and if you don’t get on it, you’ll notice a drop in traffic. And it might be huge. Don’t know if your sits is optimized for mobile, check this link to find out google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly.

There’s a good blog post on searchengineland.com from yesterday that states:

Postscript: SEO Clarity’s Ryan Heuser sent me some early data at 1:45pm EDT saying as of this morning they are now seeing “1.7% difference in ranking domains between desktop and mobile versus the previous few days.” He said the big winners thus far are sites like Wikipedia that are mobile friendly, you can see their jump in visibility in the mobile results in the chart below.

I recently switched back to using the WPTouch  plugin and my mobile is experience is waaaaaay cuter. Have you checked? Are you on your phone right now? It’s a free plugin and the WPTouch Pro (paid) version has some fancier features. These screenshots don’t do it justice.

Is your blog optimized for mobile?

It’s insane how much blogging has changed over the years. It did NOT used to be this easy to create, publish, and share. YAY Internet! Ever have a blog question, Tweet me or call me! Here’s me on the news last night w/ the gang, Justin Bieber, PSY, Chris Crocker. Oh, y’know, just a regular day. 

In light of the YouTube 10 Year anniversary yesterday, I’m really inspired to make more vids. Here’s one inspired by something that happened today.  My BF thinks I am so weird but he loves it. 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND GUYS!

<3 CASIE

Name Change, Storia, the visual storytelling app

There’s a new look for the app Storia, formally known as Selfish.  Over the past few months I’ve been in a small group of beta testers helping to improve the app before they launch in the app store. Aside from the name change, they’ve added faster image uploads, more collaboration options and they’re about to release better offline support, and font editing.

For me, the name change is a big thing. Y’all know love sharing and so sharing an app called selfish felt a little backwards. Storia is for collaborating on stories with others and sharing things around a topic. A few things I’ve been documenting in the app are travel adventures, behind the scenes of recent shoots, snippits from the blog, and spring style. My blog and travel stories are authored only by me but a bunch of my others, like spring style have collaborators.

A new look for @storiaapp via @casiestewart A new look for @storiaapp via @casiestewart

Currently the app is only available on iPhone in Canada and Russia. It’ll be on Android soon. It’s been cool working with an app while in beta and then seeing it launch. Our small group has given heaps of feedback and seeing those changes come to life is pretty neat. You can check it out by using the web version at storia.me. Would be cool to collaborate on a story with you. If you wanna join my blog story, you’re welcome! Could use some more peeps in the fashion for sure. :)

TTYL <3 CASIE

    
  

 

I Can Do Anything. I Can.

I wrote this years ago and just found it and that’s why I love having a blog.

I don’t think I’ll ever stop blogging. It’s been 10 years. I’ve written so many things. I can hardly believe so much has happened in that time. I think bloggers have to love their blogs. You spend so much time there, blogging. It’s a collection of stories and photos. Happiness, reminders, lessons, friendships. Trips around the world and my old hometown.

I’m going to blog forever.  It’s the best thing I thing I’ve ever done.

<3 CASIE

Give Your Facebook Page a Checkup!

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Do you know about the Likealyzer? It’s a free service from Meltwater (social analytics) that pulls in data from your Facebook page. I’ve not been using my Facebook page much the last year but it’s a GREAT resource.

This tool with help you know more about what posts your followers like and how to grow your audience .Just thought I’d share this tidbit with you!

Make sure you LIKE my Facebook page while you’re Facebooking. Find me Facebook.com/casiestewart.blog.

<3 CASIE

 

We Won BEST DOCUMENTARY! OMG!

This morning I was welcomed by good news! At December’s Daring Independent Film FestivalIt’s All About Me – Feature Documentary won the AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY 2013! This is pretty exciting as we were also selected for the Ottawa Film Festival in October and won the MADA (Make a Difference) Award at COMMFFEST Global Film Festival in September.

It's All About Me won BEST DOCUMENTARY! Woot! #thisismylife via @casiestewart

Award Winners at Daring Independent Film Festival 2013

It's All About Me won BEST DOCUMENTARY! Woot! #thisismylife via @casiestewart

Here’s Jenie, Mum, BF and I at the premiere in September. Watch the trailer below. I’ve heard it might be turned into a TV doc and we’ve been optioned for a radio show series starting later this month.  I’ll keep you posted for the launch.

It's All About Me won BEST DOCUMENTARY! Woot! #thisismylife via @casiestewart

Always me chuckle that’s it’s called ‘It’s All About Me’ because Mum used to give me the gears that I was ‘all about me’, well Ma, it paid off! Look at me now! Mooohaha. She comes back from NZ today, can’t wait to give her the news. I have laurel leaves guys, me. Gah.

Enjoy the day, stay warm out there!

<3 CASIE

STOP BIRDY BRAGGING, ok?

Saw this from Gary Vaynerchuk earlier today and just thought I would INFORM YOU. HUGE pet peeve on Twitter is people who RT everything nice someone says about them. It’s not necessary! It’s bad party form. You wouldn’t do that in real life so, don’t do it on the internet!

* BTW thinking about cutting my hair like this again? 

Casie Stewart - short hair don't care! #thisismylife

To be honest though, I fav all the nice things people say about me, great for uplifting spirits on a bad day or reminding yourself just how awesome you are! Fav is different than ReTweeting though.

WHAT IS A BIRDY BRAG?

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READ THIS:

BE HUMAN, PEOPLE!

<3 CASIE

MAKE EVERY MOMENT COUNT! #ContikiThai

I'm goin to Thailand with Contiki! #contikithai #thisismylife

I’ve mentioned it here and there around the web but this is my formal post, CONTIKI IS SENDING ME TO THAILAND! I leave on Saturday for 2 weeks away with about a dozen of Canada’s top YouTubers. I’ve never been to Asia and had to get a bunch of shots last week to get me prepped. We have an AMAZING itinerary planned by the great team at Contiki.

I am honestly SO EXCITED. I’ve heard it’s a great time of year to go there and considering we might get snow today, I’m ready for some sunshine. I’ve been tracking the weather in Thailand and it’s been over 25 degrees every single day for the last week. I’ve been pinning photos and articles on a new Thailand – Nov. 2013 board. It’s so beautiful there!

 

I’ve known about Contiki as a great travel company from heaps of my cousins and friends down under. I love their NO REGRETS attitude and all the positive images they post  about travel and exploring the world. Like this one…

I'm goin to Thailand with Contiki! #contikithai #thisismylife

#ContiThai #NOregrets #thisismylife

Some Of the People Going

Most of the peeps are YouTubers! I am stoked to meet them all. Grabbed this screen shot from Andrew Gunnarolla’s video about the trip. I’ve made a Twitter list of everyone going if you want to creep and meet my travel buddies. Former Much VJs Sarah Taylor and Tim Deegan are two you might recognize.

I just got a new GoPro so I’ll be uploading vids to my YouTube channel along the trip. Subscribe here! Follow along our adventures with the #ContikiThai hashtag too.

I'm going to Thailand with Contiki! #contikithai #thisismylife #NOREGRETS

Top 5 things to Do in Thailand

1) Stock up at the night markets

2) Indulge at the spa

3) Hit the beach

4) Chill out at the temples

5) Dance at a Full Moon Party

I'm going to Thailand with Contiki! #contikithai #thisismylife #NOREGRETS

Things from My ACTUAL Itinerary

  • First hotel is in Bangkok, one street over from bustling Khao San Road
  • Wat Po temple to see the famous Reclining Buddha and then head to the exquisite Grand Palace
  • cruise the city’s canals, as we view Bangkok by boat
  • Damnoen Saduak floating markets
  • outdoor spa for a rejuvenating foot & leg massage
  • overnight train to Chiang Mai in an air-conditioned sleeper coach
  • Baan Hongnaul Cookery School
  • Wat Doi Suthep, an ornate golden temple with sweeping views of Chiang Mai
  • Night Bazaar, with shops and stalls that offer the best in Thai artisanal goods
  • short flight to this incredible island paradise of  Koh Samui
  • ferry to Koh Tao (known as Turtle Island, for good reason, in English)
  • hop aboard Jeeps for an exciting safari tour
  • explore Koh Tao’s tropical underwater wildlife on a half-day snorkel cruise
  • rent a bicycle or motorbike to explore different parts of the island
  • Koh Samui for sun, sand and surf

 CAN’T WAIT!

We’ve Been Accepted into Ottawa Film Fest!

Heard this great news this weekend…

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Last time I was in Ottawa I was talking in the closing show with some Canadian celebrities for Ottawa Fashion Week. I’m not sure if I will be attending Ottawa Film Festival next week but it is definitely nice to have our film in there! Hopefully we can make it into a film festival somewhere warm and sunny one day. That one, I will have to attend!

Google+?

I wish I could share posts to other sites like Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, Pinterest. Remember when it first came out? It has changed heaps. I think there’s potential. I use so many other Google products and have  thousands of photos from Picasa web albums that are now Google+ photos.

We shall see…


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FASHION Magazine feature: Social Media Star

Yesterday FASHION Magazine published an interview they did with me this week. It’s the first in their new series on stylish movers and shakers leading the pack in the world of social media. Thanks Renee Tse for the  kind words. If you read it, leave a comment on the post!

Below is their kind intro. Click to read the interview!

FASHION Magazine - Social Media Star

While social media may be just a hobby for some of us, Casie Stewart’s life is all about digital platforms. As the social media director of Community Agency (a circle of artsy and techy people) and a dedicated blogger since 2005, it’s pretty accurate to say social media has taken over Stewart’s life. From documenting her every movement on her blog to conversing with her 15,000+ ‘Tweeters’, she has built relationships across the world via social media. But out of every social media platform she’s on, Twitter is by far her favourite.

Thanks to Twitter, Stewart’s living a whirlwind life she never dreamed possible. She’s partnered with companies like Virgin America, Ted Baker London, Thomas Sabo and Telus (just to name a few) and is currently the host of Coral TV, a platform for ladies who are interested in everything about the internet. Whether you’re looking for opinions on fashion and technology or just some inspiration, Stewart’s sense of humour and positive tone on her blog is sure to make your day. From talking about her social media obsessions to her upcoming partnership with TIFF, we caught up with Casie Stewart for this week’s social media star feature.

<3 CASIE

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