Hema blog academy event & goodiebag fun

Wednesday was all about goodies! It all started in the afternoon. I attended the Hema blog academy event at the HQ of Hema in Amsterdam. I enjoyed my short trip to Amsterdam…really miss that city sometimes.

The event organized by Hema was meant to inform 1000 bloggers about their chance to blog for and about Hema…for free! The pro’s for us as ‘future’ Hema bloggers…that didn’t become really clear during the afternoon. Except for discount, the privileges when you achieve to become part of the professional Hema bloggers and the huge amount of readers they say they have each month.

But before that will happen, you have to survive a screening by the professional team who is going to review all our blogs before they, and if they think it’s appropriate for Hema, decide to publish it! They do give feedback and training, but I guess that will be to adjust our writing style to that of Hema.

I still don’t know what to do. I think they should have thought a little longer about who to invite and the program of this event. There were a lot of experienced bloggers in the audience and the speakers on behalf of the Hema weren’t that professional in answering some basic questions about blogging! But it was fun to see what the headquarters of Hema looks like. And we got some scoops! And most of all, we got a goodiebag filled with Hema stuff 😀

After the blog event I had to rush back to The Hague to be present for the only display of the movie ‘De Overgave’. Den Haag FM made it possible so I got free tickets. Afterwards there was a Q&A with the director and the main character. It was nice that I had to chance to see the movie and have my own opinion about it, but for most of the people it was a bit of a disappointment. At least I got a goodiebag out of it!

Entertainment journalist on the radio

Although I left the radio program ‘Nieuwslicht’ on Den Haag FM, I didn’t stop trying new things for the station. The last few weeks I co-hosted Haagse Avondradio on Sunday nights from 18-21 PM. The show consists of a variety of elements, like ‘today in history’ (what happened on this particular date back in history), news from The Hague, remarkable news, showbizz news and of course a lot of music.

The program is more open to improvisation than ‘Nieuwslicht’ and is completely different in focus. That’s why I can use my knowledge about music, entertainment and artists.

I heard my own voice back for the first time this week. The station manager already told me that I have a great voice for radio but I still had to listen to it myself. At first it was really weird to hear my own voice on audio because it’s quiet different from what I hear myself. But once I got comfortable with it I think it sounded pretty cool! Plus it’s a good way to improve myself. I know some things I have to do better and have to work on that but at least now I know!

You can listen to a short fragment from the show below. I talked about Miley Cyrus, her image, collaborations and her concert at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.

Social media frenzy

Me being at home a lot these days, causes spending much time behind my laptop. I am searching for job openings and networking, having Facebook open all the time. Some day I noticed that Facebook specifically is a major distraction for me during my job hunt. I kept checking it….friends posting all kinds of links, pictures and updates with comments. Facebook is this indescribable addiction of wanting to stay up to date. It’s almost exhausting! So I decided to join the experiment ’99 Days of Freedom’.

I hope the time off of Facebook will give me back my focus on the things I have and want to do and get more productive. Besides that I to have more time to do things I love and spend time with friends. As for the experiment, which is for most people a challenge of course…is an online study on how life without Facebook impacts user happiness.

To complete participation you needed to change your profile picture, which I did. I have a personal count down as well.

So far, I am Facebook-less for more than 27 hours and it’s going pretty well! 😀

 

 

Keep on trying

“You have to keep on trying, do not give up.” That goes for all aspects of my life at this moment. I have to admit; it is really hard to stay motivated sometimes. But I’m not planning on giving up.

I left the radio program on Den Haag FM. It wasn’t really my cup of tea and I didn’t feel at ease about the subjects we talked about. So now I’m trying out different things at the station to see what suits me best.

And of course I’m still looking for a job. Each time I become unemployed, I have to go back to my core and think about what I want. So that’s what I’m doing these days.

On the radio

I can proudly announce that I had my radio debut 2 weeks ago! Mid may I had a meeting with the station manager of Den Haag FM. He had found two other volunteers and wanted to start within 3 weeks! I almost had given up hope that Nieuwslicht (News Light) would ever see the light 😉 I will be presenting twice a month.

Being on air was a bit scary at first, but I start to feel more comfortable. The program focuses on news of the last week and we have a guest in the studio to interview.

It’s good to be busy. I will be unemployed again in two weeks. Then I have the time to improve my interviewing skills!

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