Back in February this year, I decided to begin a new digital challenge by starting a blog about the Lake District.
I had lots of reasons for doing this: I love the Lakes and would like to spend more of my leisure time exploring the things I say I’ll go and see (but usually don’t make time for!), I really love writing, and I wanted an exciting digital project to use as a testing ground for all the new skills I’ve been learning as part of my Diploma in Digital Marketing (with the Chartered Institute of Marketing). It struck me that there are lots of hidden places of interest in the Lakes, and that sometimes it’s just nice to enjoy the small things (I’m not a big mountain walker), and so I chose the name Lake District Gems.
So far I’ve been really pleased with the blog’s progress. The Lakes Gems Twitter account now has nearly 300 followers, some of whom have very kindly got in touch with photos and comments on things they’ve seen and done in the Lakes. The blog is also attracting followers on Facebook and Google+. One of my early posts has, to date, attracted 788 Facebook shares, although this was clearly down to the outstanding photographic exhibition I wrote about rather than the writing itself!
If you’re at all interested in the Lake District, or would simply like to see a bit more of what I’m doing, you can visit me at lakedistrictgems.co.uk. It would be lovely to see you there!