5 tips for social media success

After two years of investigative research and intensive time wasting I think I’ve nailed the five key elements you need to have in your social media toolkit to do well. Enjoy!

1. Get a cat.
At the risk of committing social media suicide and potentially disenfranchising a number of readers who I know lovvvve their moggies, I’m going to come clean and announce that I don’t like cats. I can tolerate cats with some serious attitude, but the rest of them I can’t stand, especially the ones who invade our garden and eat little native birds. Psssssssssssssssss!!!.  But… if you want to be a social media star and you don’t like cats you must cast aside your aversions and invest in a cat. People go off their nuts about cats on social media. Don’t ask me why.

2. Get a puppy.
If you can’t handle cats, a puppy is your next best bet. People will fall over themselves to oooo and ahhhh over new puppies. But this one comes with a proviso. Puppies turn into dogs so your social media shelf life with a puppy is limited. So if I was heading down the canine route I’d focus on the toys, and frankly the more interbred the better – I’m thinking Schnitzeldoodles, Multipoos and Shityous.  Shityous are particularly popular. Truly you can’t go wrong. I remember years ago when I was working at the uni and Steve came up to visit, he brought our new little puppy with him. I wondered why he kept visiting throughout the week, with puppy in tow. Why? Because on a college campus full of bright young things, nothing, noth-ing has pulling power like a puppy. You may laugh. I have to live with it.

3. Adorable little children.
Refer to Point 2. But ….you do get more mileage out of adorable little children than you do with puppies but as Aunt Patty of The Simpsons put it so beautifully in her raspy, cigarette smoking voice:  “The older they get, the cuter they ain’t.”
Important note: With reference to Point 2, the interbreeding thing … it doesn’t work with kids.

4. Move to Italy or pretend you live there.
Social media is mad about anything Italian. It simply does not matter what photo you take in Italy, people will LIKE and SHARE the madonna out of it.

5. Anything turquoise.
Living in the country, I’m a total sucker for this one. Any coastal fringed shots with glistening, clear, turquoise water gets my holiday juices flowing and everyone else’s apparently.

… so there you have it, five gems that will set you on your way to becoming a social media legend.


Which kind of brings me to my real point.

Because I don’t have a cat, a puppy, adorable little children (with respect Madz and Darce), and I don’t live in Italy or near the coast, I’m going to be spending less time on social media and more time having a life and putting my efforts here.

So… if you find your way here, or if you come already and would like to know when a new post is up.




(That last one’s meant to look garish.)

You can do that in one of two ways.

1. Simply enter your email address in the envelope on the top of the column to the right, press submit and that means you’ll receive an email from me each time I do a new post. Which for newbies, on a good week might be 2 times per week, in a slow period might be once every 10 days. Bottom line is you won’t be inundated. And you can always unsubscribe if I start to Shityou.


2. You can hit the RSS  icon (Really Simple Syndication) (it’s the third icon, the one that looks a bit like radio waves – under the envelope in the top of the right hand column) which will send a notification to your Feed Reader. What’s a Feed Reader? Well it’s like a centralised hub of all the things you subscribe to online. I personally prefer to get emails but I’m sure some of you might be able to enlighten us about Feed Readers, how to set them up, and which ones you prefer. I know Feedly is a popular one.


On another little tangent my 22 year old niece Libby is studying Journalism and International Studies and she’s spending this year in Mexico doing Spanish. She has started a blog called Nacho Libby,  and it’s really lovely. She’s “exploring the colourful culture of Mexico one stag leap at a time”. Watch this girl. She’ll do good things.

Behind the scenes, we’ve had lots of beautiful rain of late so Bathurst is looking a bit like Ireland at the moment. We’ve been picking pomegranates all week and they’re so pretty I don’t want to juice them. Steve and I did some video and sound training with my old cameraman mate Brendan Cooper from Cooper Films during the week and we had a ball so we’re looking forward to doing more little vids around the traps. Very exciting actually. We’ve bought some proper radio mics (that’s tech talk) and it’ll mean we can start getting a lot more playful with it all.

Have a lovely week and I hope those tips are helpful.

Let me know if you think I’ve missed any.

And don’t forget to subscribe! And if you’re already subscribed then please SHARE the Shityou out of it 🙂

lots of love

Marg x

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    1. Posted 6 April 2014 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

      Hahaha. I worked the cute kid one hard on FB. Still doing it. We’re cat lovers but don’t flaunt it.
      My subscription to your fabulousness is so last year or the year before. Because I know what you got is something good. Good luck and I’m so glad to hear you’re moving on into the film. That is the next “thing” dahling.

      • Marg
        Posted 6 April 2014 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

        Dahhling! Air kiss. Air kiss. It’s ok, despite you being a cat owner you’re still welcome here haha. Thanks Shalagh.

    2. Posted 6 April 2014 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

      Hahaha… You had me laughing out loud here earlyn the morning… 🙂 I do have cats… Three ! So I guess I’m rightfully on my way of becoming a legend… Although it’s really the only valid point. Non of the others apply… O well, I’ll follow you anyway. O and I use bloglovin. Which I really like!

      • Marg
        Posted 6 April 2014 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

        Great to hear! I love it when something tickles someone’s funny bone Simone and despite you having a trio of felines I will continue to talk to you but if we find ourselves in The Netherlands we might have to organise alternative accommodation haha. Please tell me they don’t sleep with you. lol Despite my many attempts to wrap my head around RSS and feed readers I confess to being an imbecile in the feed reader department. Can you please enlighten us about bloglovin? Is it the RSS feed reader of choice and how do you use it? Have a lovely Sunday. So glad you enjoyed it.

        • Posted 6 April 2014 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

          Lol.. No they don’t sleep with us as it would not be a lot of sleeping with those three.. 😉 I’m possibly not the best person to tell you about RSS as I am pretty sure I am doing a few things wrong in that area. But Bloglovin seems to be the reader of choice these days and more and more people are using it. It’s fairly simple; you sign up for an account and once you have done so you can claim your own blog. It’s already in the Bloglovin feeds as other people can follow you already. For claiming your blog you will get a code that you enter in your last blogpost (on top of the post) and that should do the trick. Hope that works!

          • Marg
            Posted 6 April 2014 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

            Thanks Simone. I really should look in to it.

    3. Posted 6 April 2014 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

      Ha ha loved this. I have a geriatric cat who has had a nosectomy……definitely has lost the kitten cuteness. I am about as far away from Italy as you can get apart from Antartica, Waipara Valley South Island NZ and live not by coastal turquoise water but in the countryside. So social media success will elude me as well. I will subscribe to you of course……have been reading with much enjoyment your blog for a few months. How could I resist your please subscribe. Gillian Dry Paddocks

      • Marg
        Posted 6 April 2014 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

        Hello Gillian Dry Paddocks! It’s lovely to meet you. So pleased you popped your head up. I often wonder who the people are that are reading in far flung places. Oh your poor old moggy with its nosectomy … sounds very attractive, I’m sure I’d love it (she says wincing) lol. Lovely to have you on board. x We’ll try and send some rain your way.

    4. Posted 6 April 2014 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

      Dogs and cat are dead; children and husband – increasingly annoying ….
      Oh Margaret, my social media success is doomed!!!…

      • Marg
        Posted 6 April 2014 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

        Totally Sophia. But go and buy yourself a kitten first thing tomorrow and all will be well with the world 🙂

    5. Posted 7 April 2014 at 6:29 am | Permalink

      Marg…you’re a freakin riot! I don’t even know what the heck you do (other than make me laugh), but I don’t care. I’m subscribing just to see what’s next! You are a Rockstar!!

      • Marg
        Posted 7 April 2014 at 7:39 am | Permalink

        Nothing like a bit of pressure first thing on a Monday morning April! Lovely comment – thanks for subscribing 🙂

    6. Posted 7 April 2014 at 6:36 am | Permalink

      Hysterical, but you forgot food…..they go haywire for food.

      I have Italy, kids, cats (two now that don’t belong to us), a dog called Black (also doesn’t belong to us) and turquoise waters in the river so I’m set lol xxx

      Oh and share a video of yourself crying to the point of snorting….without a tissue.

      Really people just want to feel like they know you, that they are important to you and that you enjoy sharing with them. I love my fb page and couldn’t imagine life without all the wonderful friends I find each time I open my page xxx

      still going round in circles but working on an ebook and things are starting to make sense xx

      • Posted 7 April 2014 at 6:39 am | Permalink

        Marg you have to get a way for people to easily share to fb, twitter, etc, I think it’s called shareaholic. I don’t see any share buttons that are easy to find and I want to share the shitzou out of everything you post xxx

        • Marg
          Posted 7 April 2014 at 7:44 am | Permalink

          You’ve just alerted me to the fact that they’ve dropped off the site! oops. On to it!

      • Marg
        Posted 7 April 2014 at 7:42 am | Permalink

        You do. You have the full catastrophe! You’re my proof of concept haha!

    7. Posted 7 April 2014 at 8:55 am | Permalink

      Marg you are an asbolute scream and SO right! Must remember all this when I next post… hmm something with cats, dogs, turquoise, adorable little children, Italy. Sorry bum out with Greece and Crete, can only do first three! Keep up the good work – you shuld write a book…now there’s a thought! Fxx

      • Posted 7 April 2014 at 8:57 am | Permalink

        Bugger… should, should have an o! Sorry. Maybe add something about proofreading before sending! Fx

      • Marg
        Posted 7 April 2014 at 9:04 am | Permalink

        I think the Greek Islands – and Paris for that matter – run a very close second Fran so maybe you could get over the line with four. A hell of a lot better than my zero. I might have to borrow some props 🙂

    8. Maggie McLaren
      Posted 7 April 2014 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

      Looking forward to your ‘vlogs’ . You will be good at it for sure.xx

      • Marg
        Posted 7 April 2014 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

        We weren’t really intending to point the camera at ourselves Maggie. But you never know what could happen!

    9. Posted 10 April 2014 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

      Haha, I am contributing to your proof of concept. Found your blog through Lisa’s fantastic ‘Renovating Italy’. No cats here, nor likely to be in the future. Same for cute kids BUT we do live in Italy – Milan counts??? at the moment. And yes, I’m subscribing the old fashioned way. Grazie mille.

      • Marg
        Posted 10 April 2014 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

        Milan definitely counts Jenny P. Steve and I had an all too brief night there in 2010, a lovely meal in Navigli, the morning from hell trying to post things home to Oz consequently nearly missing our plane to Damascus in the process. The most expensive taxi drive to the airport. ahhh! Any friend of Lisa’s is a friend of ours. Welcome Jenny. Hope you like it. xx

    10. Posted 30 May 2014 at 10:14 am | Permalink

      Hello! I’m email subscriptions overloaded right now, but wanted to say Hi anyway. I came over from a comment you left over at Marya Jan’s website, and saw that you’re from B School as well. This post is just hilarious – although do we keep getting new puppies and babies once they grow out of it, just to trend on FB? I don’t have any of your 5 tips / props, but I don’t have an FB account either, so that’s worse than doomed in this world I guess 🙂

      • Marg
        Posted 30 May 2014 at 10:21 am | Permalink

        Hey Saiisha. Thanks for dropping by and saying hello. The world will still keep turning Facebook account or not lol. But share the shityou out of those kids and puppies while you’ve got them haha x

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