Thea’s Top Social Shares (of Late)

So last night, a gentleman made a comment about “weekends” at a networking event I attended last night, to which I replied “you get weekends?” What are those?

Seriously such is the life of an SME. It’s Friday night, firecrackers are going off outside my window (for the third time this week), here I am scouring the Internet – both for content I can share on social media, and for ideas for my Linkedin talk at next week’s New Start Scotland exhibition.

Then I thought it was time I updated a blog. It’s so much easier to tell people WHY they should be blogging for business (to highlight expertise, to help with search engine rankings etc) than it is to actually DO blogging – consistently and well…Thankfully tools like Spundge (which I am writing this in) make things a little easier for me.

In any event, I need to make this brief as I have some Christmas movies to watch on SKY 321, I mean I have a workshop to write before I call it a day. So here was something I found entertaining, it was shared by my friend Mat from Silicon Valley Installation Company and it did make me snigger just a little…

Who remembers those renting those ole video tapes AND having to rewind them before returning them? Classic.

Now I realise this next share is dated just a little (2011) but it was shared to me today (by my dear friend Heather who always shares great content with me) – so it sort of fits in with my “Thea’s Top Social Shares” sort of theme…

There are three videos – this is the first of them (you can find the next in the series on Youtube, I reckon you’re smart that way)…

Then there is a follow up video  2 years later. I recommend you taking the 10 or 15 minutes out and watching all four. I have been inspired by them, and hope you are too.

Wasn’t that great?

It’s been 7 years (exactly) since my biggest adventure ever which was driving solo across the USA meeting my site members from On that journey, I filmed the whole thing as I  called in on family and friends too. This video has definitely got me thinking about my next “adventure” – how about you? What will yours be?

I might just fly to New York and take another road trip to Michigan this time – with my aforementioned friend Heather – who is the best friend I’ve never met!

There have been some other good social shares of late (lots of them), but after the week I’ve had, I just can’t concentrate. Must_try_harder next time! I’ll leave you with this one which, if I recall correctly, was shared by my friend Andrea from Gifts From Fairies….Enjoy it.

10 Life Lessons You Should Unlearn

10 Life Lessons You Should UnlearnOctober 14, 2013 · The Huffington Post · Posted: 10/14/2013 11:09 am EDT Follow: Lessons About Life, Lessons In Life, Lessons Learned, Lessons Of Life, Life Learned Lessons, Life Lessons, Life Lessons To Unlearn, Love Life Lessons, OWN Empower Yourself, OWN Experts, Wrong Life Lessons, OWN News By Martha Beck In the past 10 years, I’ve realized that our culture is rife with ideas that actually inhibit joy. Here are some of the things I’m most grateful to have unlearned: 1. Problems are bad. You spent your school…Open this article

Hope to see some of you at New Start Scotland next week. It’s FREE! (Tickets here).


  1. “Found: Lost Pictures of New York Blizzard” · toddbieber · Jan. 17, 2011 · YouTube
  2. “10 Life Lessons You Should Unlearn” · Joann Pan · Oct. 14, 2013 · The Huffington Post
  3. “Video Stores Explained To Modern Kids” · buzzfeedyellow · Oct. 22, 2013 · YouTube

My Favourite Shares on Social Media This Week

It’s late on a Sunday night (or technically Monday morning now) so I thought it was high time I wrote another, quick blog with some of the best things I’ve come across on social media this last week (or three…)


I’ll start with one I watched this morning (now yesterday!) – when it was shared by my Facebook friend, Scottish singer/songwriter Roddy Hart. This video actually dates back to January, but this morning was the first I’ve seen of it, and, well, it made me laugh so hard, I had tears in my eyes,…so I thought it worthy of a share today.

Was that hilarious or what? As I say, I thought so (and heck, I don’t even like Football!) I should dedicate that video to my ole boss Gary @nsdesign – he loves (American) football, and would probably get a right kick out of it (knowing Gary he’s seen it already!)


Another viral share that’s been making the rounds this weekend was both fun and educational.

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the WorldAugust 18, 2013 · TwistedSifter · Categories: ART, BEST OF, DESIGN, FUNNY, LISTS, NATURE/SPACE, SCI/TECH, STORIES, TRAVEL Tags: · facts, maps, world tour · Leave a Comment If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that. Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some… >>> Open this article

There were some great maps in this collection of 40. I personally liked the one about Mississippi. (Every time I write that word, or even say it, I spell it out in sing-song way – any fellow Americans will do it the same way, I suspect).

Moving on…


This next one is not humorous or entertaining – but it did catch my eye and resonate with me so I thought I’d include it here too. It’s about Facebook, the social media platform that I, personally, have a sort of love/hate sort of relationship with.

Though I am not in the same demographic as was surveyed here (late teens, early twenties), I do believe I agreed with its findings. None of the other social media platforms have the same affect as FB seems to have on me…

Get a life!

Get a life!August 16, 2013 · The Economist · Using the social network seems to make people more miserable THOSE who have resisted the urge to join Facebook will surely feel vindicated when they read the latest research. A study just published by the Public Library of Science, conducted by Ethan Kross of the University of Michigan and Philippe Verduyn of Leuven University in Belgium, has shown that the more someone uses Facebook, the less satisfied he is with life. Past investigations have found that using Facebook is associatedOpen this article


wordpress logoAnyway, as I am in the process of setting up my new One Day, Basic WordPress website training aimed at SMEs who need a little hand-holding, I thought I’d leave you with an infographic showing its popularity.

It appears that one in three adults in the US have heard of WordPress (according to the #WCSF keynote I listened to last week) but for those of you who don’t know, it’s a Content Management System (CMS) for websites.

picture of top of WP infographic 2013Anyway so here is a great WP infographic that I came across – detailing some of its numbers. They have a staggering 59% of the marketshare for websites that use a CMS. Seems this blog right here is just one of 500,000 that get posted daily. Geez with that number how did you find this one? 🙂

They have a staggering future (see their “anticipated growth” section of this infographic!) And some of the biggest websites in the world utilize their platform.

WordPress 2013
August 9, 2013 ·

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Well that’s all I have time for this week. I’ve got some other blogs lined up with other types of social media finds – but that will need to be in a day or so. Until next time…


  1. “40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World” · Aug. 18, 2013 · TwistedSifter
  2. “Get a life!” · Aug. 16, 2013 · The Economist
  3. “wordpress2013.jpg (JPEG Image, 700 × 5475 pixels)” · Aug. 9, 2013 ·
  4. “”THE NFL : A Bad Lip Reading” — A Bad Lip Reading of the NFL” · badlipreading · Jan. 16, 2013 · YouTube

Geez! How Hard is Naming A New Company?

Well it’s been weeks of debating company names, but I think I’ve finally cracked that nut at last! I won’t reveal what it is just yet, but I will say it does sort of embody who I am, and what I stand for – well as much as a word can when it’s made up!

wordpress logoThe core of the new business is Basic WordPress Training – geared at people who need a bit of hand holding as they know next-to-nothing about things like domains, hosting and websites.

But there will be other things on a broader level that I can do under the new company’s banner too so it really needed to be an expansive name. I am not sure if I succeeded in that but quite a few people told me the name wasn’t actually that important. Funny, it FELT important to me!

When you’re naming your company – everyone seems to have an opinion on it which in turn can get quite confusing!

My 5 Quick Tips For Naming Your New (Small) Business:

1) write lots of words down  of the types of things you’ll be doing or words you like
2) say them out loud and get other people to say them out loud too (without hearing it)
3) after that – shortlist your contenders
4) check them out in Google to see what comes up when you search (in quotes)
5) check out the name at Companies House (if you’re in the UK)

You might want to do some Trademark searches while you’re at it – just in case!

Just Pick Something

Don’t over think it too much once you do. You’ll, no doubt, find people that like your name and people who don’t. That’s to be expected. I am sure when the word “Google” was first mooted as a contender – there were a few detractors. Now it’s a global brand!

Incidentally, my word is apparently one Google had once used, but no longer does…I had no idea about it until I was doing my research after I’d picked it! That can, I guess, be either a positive or negative omen. Time will tell huh?

My word doesn’t actually say what I’ll be doing – as some people feel it should. It just generates a bit of a good, positive feeling inside of me and that’s the main thing.

It’s late on a Sunday night so I shall close but leave you with the following bit of “Wisdom” – enjoy. It does remind me a bit of Wear Sunscreen but that’s no bad thing!

Wisdom From Beyond the 23rd Century

Wisdom From Beyond the 23rd CenturyAugust 2, 2013 · The Atlantic · A voice from the future gives a motivational speech on the importance of dance, veggies, and cereal. Paul Rosenfeld Aug 2 2013, 1:32 PM ET Tweet More “Stand up and dance,” commands the voice from the future, “oh and eat more cereal.” It’s not often that we receive motivation from “well after the 23rd century,” but in Sean Pecknold’s short film, a robotic voice gives us some very un-robotic advice. Besides dance and cereal, the voice from the future advises… Open this article (or click the ghetto blaster to view it!)


  1. “Wisdom From Beyond the 23rd Century” · Paul Rosenfeld · Aug. 2, 2013 · The Atlantic

Thea’s Top 2 Ted Talk for a Tuesday

Well earlier today I realised that it’s high time that I wrote another blog about some of the Ted Talks that I’ve been watching lately…I do love Ted Talks.

In general, I am constantly looking for inspiration on how to live a more (dare I say) balanced life. Mostly because it feels like I am always going 100mph. I find it difficult to “switch off”. Maybe I actually suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out).

Lately I’ve been busy leaving one role (at NSDesign) to embark on another (for myself),…I’ve research to do for a radio appearance (tomorrow, rather aptly, is about Outsourcing on Mac and Co on BBC Radio Scotland),…. or content to be written for that client’s website… media links to be posted for these other guys,…and don’t even  get me started on the business start-up tasks that I should be doing right now (instead of blogging)…Things like: Decide on a name, write the Business plan, open the bank account, write the curriculum that I’m teaching etc.

So that all being said, it’s a perfect time to be watching the videos I’ve just been watching as I made and ate my dinner.


The first one was in Australia – presented by author Nigel Marsh. (love his book titles like: Fat, Forty and Fired, Overworked and Underlaid – and Fit, Fifty…).

Nigel Marsh Ted Talk in Sydney AustraliaNigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work

July 30, 2013 · · Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen. (Filmed at TEDxSydney.) Nigel Marsh is the author of “Fat, Forty and Fired” and “Overworked and Underlaid.” Full bio » Open this article


After that talk finished, I typed in something like “work balance” and up came Carl Honore’s talk in England. It’s all about SLOWING DOWN. Something I need to do so enjoyed it too.

Carl Honore Ted Talk - in Praise of SlowCarl Honore: In praise of slowness

July 30, 2013 · · Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world’s emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there’s a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives. Journalist Carl Honore is best known for his advocacy of the Slow Movement. His book In Praise of Slowness dissects our speed-obsessed society and celebrates those who have gotten in touch with their “inner tortoise.” Full bio » Open this article


Enough blogging – back to the research for tomorrow’s BBC segment on outsourcing, followed by more notes on the business plan. Maybe I should be outsourcing my business plan so I can get back to watching the piles of TV shows on Sky+?

Meanwhile did you know I’m now launching a new business to deliver one-to-one bespoke WordPress training (In Glasgow or anywhere in the UK, really)? It’s a full day and will include some basic SEO and Social too. There’s funding available to Scottish companies too. Get in touch via the social icons above or email my name at – to discuss your requirements.


  1. “Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work” · July 30, 2013 ·
  2. “Carl Honore: In praise of slowness” · July 30, 2013 ·

3 Inspirational Shares on Thursday

With so much content getting posted around the world each day, it can be a challenge to separate the wheat from the chaff…So I thought I’d share a few gems I’ve uncovered over the past week or two.

First off, yesterday morning, I started by my day by watching a (Google) Talk by a guy Gary Kunath. It was a full hour long and seldom (if ever) do I sit and watch something from start to finish like that (when it’s not a film or TV show).

But yesterday, I started watching it in bed on the iPad. It then went with me to the kitchen, and I watched it on the TV there, as I had my breakfast. Then I moved onto the computer when I got to my desk, and before you know it, an hour had passed and I’d watched the whole thing! And you know what? I will watch it again and take some notes because there really were some lovely “takeaways” in this. See for yourself…

 I rather loved that this Google Talk had a Ted Talk sandwiched in the middle. And it was a damn good Ted Talk too, wasn’t it? If you haven’t seen it, push play now, I’ll wait…


Today’s my last day working IN NSDesign – though I believe I will continue to work WITH the company in a training capacity. It’s just my last day with the guys in the office. It’s a bittersweet feeling leaving people who have been like family to me for three years to pursue your own thing. I’ve never worked in such a fantastic office – at a great, award-winning company, run by such a talented, fun, creative and inspirational guy — Gary Ennis, that is. (No wonder he won CEO of the Year this Year! He totally deserved it! Truly the best boss, ever!) Ok, enough gushing…

Alas, it’s time to take what I’ve learned over the last three years (and previous twenty or so) and set up yet-another-business.

For weeks now, in my spare time, it’s been the joy of business plans, trying to come up with a name (one that merges my two worlds CA and Glasgow), and pricing structure, meetings, networking to find potential clients…so it seems fitting that I share with you some inspirational business quotes now…

50 Famous Business Quotes!

50 Famous Business Quotes!February 14, 2012 · · by Lee on February 14, 2012 There are times where you are just bored or simply just lack in motivation and enthusiasm and want to check some quotes to keep you going. We all get burnt out, so whenever your thinking to yourself: how can I keep going? Just read some of these quotes from the greatest business men in the world. Here is one to get you started : “A bank is a place which will lend you money…
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And for one more bit of content, I’ll leave you with this article that I came across earlier this week, (or maybe it was last week, days blur together – don’t they?) It totally encapsulates what I think and talk about a lot these days. How our social media lives are taking over our social lives. Digital seems to trump real on every corner. In real company, out in the real world (or even in our own living rooms) we’re staring at our small screens instead of the people in our vicinity. If you find that’s the case too, and it rather irks you, then you may enjoy this…

Turn off, tune out, drop in.

Turn off, tune out, drop in.July 17, 2013 · · What do people want from life? It’s time to realise that the future will be experienced offline. Wed, Jul 17, 2013, 12:11 (Image: Pale Blue Dot) Authentic. Experience. Emotion. These are words that used to mean something, but have long since been co-opted by advertising agencies in order to sell you beer and deodorant. Authenticity is not brand heritage. Experience is not interacting with an app. Emotion is not crying at a YouTube video. Jonathan Safran Foer’s recent thoughts on…
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Also you may enjoy my recent rant Get Off Your Damn Phone too. Let’s re-claim our social lives and spend lives watching what everyone else is doing. Real Life Should Almost Always Trump Digital.

Until next time…


  1. “Gary Kunath: “Mastering Life Balance”, Talks at Google” · atgoogletalks · July 17, 2013 · YouTube
  2. “50 Famous Business Quotes!” · Lee · Feb. 14, 2012 ·
  3. “Turn off, tune out, drop in.” · July 17, 2013 ·