Belgian Girl Geeks

#8BEGG – How to blog – recap

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 0 , , Permalink 0

Last Saturday, we had a session about how to blog at Intracto in Herentals with an amazing view. There, Herman Maes, presented us with the tips and tricks of blogging. Herman, having blogged for about a decade, knows what he’s talking about.

After a tour of the building, and breakfast provided by Floom, we dove into blogging. At this moment there are so many different types of blogs in circulation that you have a ton of different ways you can go when you decide to start blogging. There is a topic for everyone to enjoy and write about, mommy blogs, fashion blogs, shop blogs, movie blogs, music blogs, hobby blogs, vlogs (video blogs)…

Breakfast by Floom @ Intracto in Herentals

Before starting with blogging, think long and hard about which language you want to use. If you go for English, you might get the advantage of the world being able to read the text but you have more competition. When choosing Dutch, the amount of people who will be able to read it might be smaller, but so is the amount of people talking about the same thing.

Where a few years ago, companies were looking for likes on Facebook, they are now stepping over to blogs and getting views there.  Beside big companies, shops are blogging now more and more too. This to give some additional info and user experience news on the items that they have for sale. When doing this though, make sure that the content you are using to post is unique and original.

There are a few different types of content:

  • Original content
  • Curated content – e.g. noting quotes during an event and creating a blogpost based on this
  • Recycled content – updating existing content – good for yearly recurring posts

One rule in getting popularity and more hits is being the first person to blog about something. If you are the first to write about something, especially after an event, if people are looking for information about the event or products that were introduced there, your blog is the first (sometimes only one) where they can find the data.

There was one more thing that we can learn from Herman. He “hustles” people into reading his posts when he knows they are relevant for them. This can be done by mailing, direct messaging (facebook/twitter), sharing the link in specified groups, … This way, you can generate more traffic towards your own blog.

If you are thinking about starting a blog, don’t hesitate. You can search for blogs that are looking for a guest blogger (twitter search for “gast blogger gezocht”). Or find a topic you want to talk about, just start a blog (recommended: WordPress.org + Webhost like combell.com) and even if your layout is not yet 100% just bring the content out there, cause the content is crucial!

I would like to thank Kel for organizing the event and Herman for providing all the useful information about blogging. Also, a big thank you to the following companies for providing items for our goodie bag:  KBC, Bol.comsnoepzoet.be, So Baggy and Bruxx.

Goodies from Bol.com, KBC, Zoet, Bruxx & So Baggy

And as I learned on Saturday and me being a guest blogger on here, if you want to read more of my work, check out my blog.

Useful links:

Picture by @NovaNina

 

Philips is looking for Girl Geeks that want to test Hue

Saturday, October 10, 2015 3 Permalink 0

Philips offers Belgian Girl Geeks 4 cool new products to test:

philips hue bridge with homekit

–          1 x Hue Bridge 2.0 for Apple HomeKit:
package includes 2 Hue White lamps

–          1 x Hue Lightstrip Plus:
important > for this one you already need to have a Hue product installed

–          2 x Hue Go:
this is a lifestyle product so you don’t even need to be a geek to test this one ;-) Ideal if you practice yoga or if you are planning to organise a winter garden party!

The only thing you need to do in return is test the product and write a review for your own blog and/or for the Belgian Girl Geeks blog.

Interested? Drop an email to kel@sobuzzy.be ;-)

 

 

Invitation from The House of Indie for gamers & game lovers

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 0 Permalink 0

Every last Thursday of the month, The House of Indie invites all indie game developers, artists, students, hobbyists and anyone else who is interested in indie game culture to meet up in a bar in Antwerp and talk with other people from the local scene! If you have any recent work, bring it with you – the Indie Game Salon is a unique opportunity to get valuable constructive feedback from fellow developers and experienced veterans. Don’t be afraid to bring unfinished or unpolished work!

The House of Indie

If you don’t have anything to bring to the table, the Indie Game Salon is still a great place to meet new people from the industry and talk about games and game design. There are tables available, and there is ample electricity for those who bring their game on a laptop.

Next edition:

August 27, 20h

Het Bos, Ankerrui 5-7

2000 Antwerpen

More about The House of Indie on http://facebook.com/thehouseofindie or follow them on twitter 

 

Proximus Presents: Swipebox

Monday, August 10, 2015 0 , Permalink 1

I recently shared an invitation from Proximus for the event “Coming soon to your livingroom“. There were a few Girl Geeks present, but for those of you who couldn’t make it here’s a recap so you know what’s coming ;-)

The event was all about something to boost your television and it’s called the Swipebox. It’s a little box that you connect to your current Proximus hardware, and which will transform your TV into a Smart TV.

Proximus Swipebox

It will allow you to showcase photos and videos on your TV directly from your smartphone or tablet, while the TV-program that you were watching keeps playing in the background. Oh and it doesn’t matter from which brand your tablet or smartphone is, pretty important :-) Of course you can also watch TV on your mobile device. Compared to their competitor Telenet you will be able to play films and series you recorded on all your devices and wherever you want, while with Telenet this is currently only possible within their network.

What I really loved was the new look of their navigation. It seems to be extremely user-friendly, and I think a lot of people will throw away the remote and will control their TV from their smartphone. And let’s not forget that Proximus is the only TV supplier in Belgium with a Netflix partnership. So no need for a Chromecast or Wii for Proximus subscribers to become Netflix addicted ;-) They are also looking into expanding their packages with a focus on a stronger sports offer. Next to that it’s very likely that streaming services like Spotify will be added in the future.

Proximus - New Navigation

These Proximus innovations are of course only a first step. I’m pretty sure that on the long term they will integrate the Swipebox in the decoder. In any case, only good news for Proximus clients!