99% Perspiration vs. Juice Festival

Hello, Creatives!  Usually on 99% Perspiration, we’re interviewing other creative professionals to find out what advice they have in store for emerging creatives, and what skills/knowledge they can offer us.  And I must say, it’s nice, and really rather surreal, to have the tables turned.

Ryan Kennedy and Jay Sykes

Ryan’s the one looking goofy on the left, I’m the one with less than cool fashion sense on the right. Who even wears knitted ties?

Juice Festival blog’s Ryan Kennedy decided to catch up with me over lunch and find out what advice I had in store for other creatives; particularly those interested in starting their own podcasts.  Here’s the post (originally posted to the Juice Festival blog website).

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A Day in the Life: Sophie Lisa Beresford, Artist

Following the recent What Next? Sunderland event on Wednesday, the latest and 36th branch of a national campaign to bring together artists and cultural players from grass-roots to those on the top of the trees, I left with a renewed passion.  I’d signed up as social media coordinator to help with the Sunderland effort, and am so excited to see how the community of artists and cultural players can influence arts here, in a city so often overlooked in the shadow of its more “culturally significant” cousin, Newcastle.

Sophie Beresford

Photo: Faith Rutherford

It was there that I met Sophie Lisa Beresford.  She told me about her upcoming art show “Geordie Mackem Magic” at Arts Centre Washington, and I was quickly won over and wanted to check it out; not in the least because she’s one of the most enthusiastic and engaging speakers I’ve ever met. Her work, she explained, explores her identity of “raggie” (a local term for chav (a national term for a downgraded member of working class society)), and how her art reaches past the barriers places on her by society to For more on this topic, I thoroughly recommend you check out Owen Jones’ ridiculously insightful “Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class”.

 

ChavsLong story short, Sophie’s now a member of our 99% Perspiration Facebook group, and was promoting her event.  Meanwhile, another Sophie, our guest blogger and journalism student Sophie Dishman, is searching for a new contributor to her A Day in the Life… blog series.  I introduced Sophie to Sophie and, voila, a connection was made.  That’s why I love the group.

A big thanks to 99% blogger Sophie Dishman for allowing us to reblog her Day in the Life series.  Over to you, Sophie!

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Blogging 101 – Sophie Dishman

Photo: made on Canva.

Sophie Dishman, a young blogger based in Sunderland, is perhaps one of the most persistent, engaged online writers I’ve ever met.  You’ve seen how irregular the posts on the 99% blog are to date, right?  I envy Sophie Dishman.  She is to me as a tommy gun is to a cannon.

Photo: Sophie Dishman’s Instagram, @MusingsOfAJournalismStudent.

But fear not – Sophie’s been kind enough to share some of her insight with us; a veritable “Blogging 101”, which walks you through from idea germination, some of the must-dos and the must-not-dos which I wish someone had taught me, all the way to how to best utilise the features on your blog, and promote it effectively.

Just follow the link below to find her genius how-to.

Source: How I create my blog posts.

NYF Gold Award Jay Sykes - circle cropAnd, as always,
Stay productive, stay awesome!

Jay Sykes
Executive Producer, 99% Perspiration