Sunday, July 27, 2014

Guide to Social Media for Bloggers

6 Secrets to our Facebook success:
  1. Study what everyone eles is doing… and then throw it out the window. ---> It just might not work for you!
  2. Start by bringing your personal page to your family page. ---> support from friends and family.
  3. Facebook likes variation. ---> Pictures/Videos/Stats
  4. Find out when is your community engaging? What are your most popular post? (Try posting similar post like that at different times of the day to measure most effective posting times.
  5. Get creative: Post per hour, ask your audience questions, post old post, link to other sites (People love to share info we don’t know).
  6. Know your audience! (i.e. commenters love to have the funniest comment, they like to talk they just don’t like to say mcuh)

Facebook & Sponsored Content:
  • Finding sponsored content that will work on your Facebook will thrive if you do what you love. Don’t jump around topics. It needs to be clear that you are the fit to post this content.
  • Sponsored post 4 times a week = No No. → 1-2 times a week: 👍
  • What makes a sponsored post?
    • Delight the brand
    • Entertain/Inform
    • Build you!
      • Link back to yourself (telling google to dig deeper)
      • Telling a story but incorporating the brand!

Must Have Blogger Assets:
  • Professional blog design
    • Your blog is a store window. If I’m knocking and no one comes I’m leaving. If it’s not pretty I’m not going in.
    • Plug ins may be slowing you down.
    • Small header!
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter: 1,000+ followers
  • Google+ is the future!
    • Achieve authorship!
    • Resubmit your blog post
    • Videos!
    • Children in sports is a hot trend (random Spring/Summer 2014 fact)
  • Networking must haves:

What I know about SEO:
  • Place best words in first 100 words of blog post.
  • Link back to your facebook and twitter
  • Lol…. teach me!  

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope that my notes on social media at the SITS invisalign talk and various social media conferences helped you. Share one of your social media successes!

Start a conversation on what we as bloggers could do better? Or do you frequently read blogs and wished a blogger would stop doing something..what is it?

Grammarly yours, Semirah

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Balance Girls' Night Out

This summer New Balance has launched, Girls' Night Out, a new kind of "night on the town" to help active, social women connect with each other and achieve personal fitness goals together. This past July meet up attendees were able to pick either a MetCon class at Equinox, 3 mile run or Flywheel class. The theme of the night was 'Self-Expression' and fitness blogger Rachel (@Healthy_Chicks) catered the nights activities to fit that.

When I arrived to the New Balance Back Bay store I immediately signed up for the Equinox class and sipped on some Zoos peach tea. Everyone arrived and mingled until we headed to the gym. Equinox accommodated our workout on their quaint rooftop and gave us quite an experience. We did a MetCon class with Equinox trainer, Maryanne, don't underestimate her because of her small size. Maryanne hopped, ran, jumped and stretched across the roof keeping us in motion the entire time. Being amongst so many like minded individuals motivated me to fight through the workout and luckily we did it, we did it! (Just to say that we did it!) 
Girls’ Night Out is offering women the opportunity to redefine what a “night out” with their girlfriends means to them. GNO MeetUp will allow women across the country to plan their perfect girls’ night out by finding group runs, creating new running routes, discovering new hangouts, and inviting friends to meet up for a run. To celebrate a night on the town, women are encouraged to share their experiences using #NBGNO on Twitter and Instagram.

“Girls’ Night Out is inspired by women doing what they love — connecting with friends and sharing a night out,” said Norma Delaney, Senior Manager of Global Advertising and Brand Strategy for New Balance. "The program is designed to provide easy-to-use tools to enrich women’s busy lives so that they and their friends can be challenged, rewarded, educated, entertained, pampered, and most importantly, connected, to experience what they enjoy most — fitness and friends."


Grammarly yours, Semirah D (ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!)

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Restaurant Review: Chopps American Bar and Grill

The home of 5 course beer/steak dinners and adjacent to the Burlington Boston Marriott hotel is Chopps American Bar and Grill. The summer is the perfect time for leisure brunch dates and soirees with old friends. I recently visited Chopps with BlogandTweetBos and a selected group of Boston bloggers to try out their lunch menu. We were treated to a beautiful lunch at the chefs table right in front of the kitchen (what an experience!).

To start off our lunch we had Yellowfin Tuna TartarFlash Fried Scallop and ShrimpMelon and Prosciutto, and Lamb Lollichops. I don't know if being a seafood lover is a New England stereotype but I have come to love trying out different chef's tuna tartar. The amazing Chefs, Chef David and Chef Daniel, definitely prepared each dish to perfection. Each dish had something unique and beautiful about it. I was very excited to taste Lamb for the first time and was not disappointed at all. 

 Tuna Tartar via

Melon and Prosciutto
Chopps take great pride in their locally supplied ingredients from nearby farms and New England neighbors. Great assurance to know that regional dishes, seafood, and steak are all fresh!

The next course brought on: East Coast HalibutSesame Soba NoodlesLine-caught CodFlat Iron SteakKurobuta Pork Chop, and Tomahawk Ribeye Chop. Chopps offers a balance between seafood and steak dishes so you aren't stuck eating the 'run of the mill' grill meats, Chopps offers tasty variety. Before last year I did not consider myself a steak eater because that is a title that my brother firmly held in my family. However after branching out and trying gourmet restaurants throughout New England I can't help but fall in love with it. Chopps serves steak at almost any cut you can think of and their flat iron cut is juicy and succulant (never had anything like it before.

All Steaks are Hormone-Free, Organic Beef; Grilled and Seasoned
Served with French Fries and Jumbo Asparagus

Chopps handmade tater tots!
 Frozen Dark Chocolate and Espresso SoufflĂ© via
Out of all the desserts I can't confess to having just one favorite... However at the moment as I type this post out on the yard in this warm Boston weather I would really like to re-experience the divine taste of the Frozen Dark Chocolate and Espresso SoufflĂ©.

Grammarly yours, Semirah

Chopps American Bar and Grill
Burlington Boston Marriott
One Mall Burlington Mall Road
Burlington, MA 01803
Mon - Sunday: 10.30 AM to 10 PM
(781) 221-6643

P.S. Make sure you google maps this first! Just saying because the iphone GPS was not so helpful ;p
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Book Review: I Just Graduated... Now What? by Katherine Schwarzenegger

For those of you that know me are aware that I just graduated and will be moving on to a four year public university. I and many other graduates are gladly accepting advice on how to make the next step in our lives. 

However... be careful! Everyone wants to bring the new neighbors a homemade pie but unfortunately everyone can't cook. Lol what I mean to say is that you should pick and choose what advice you accept into your life and what advice ends up in your trash bin. 

When I heard about Katherine Schwarnegger's new book I Just Graduated... Now What? I was wicked excited to get my hands on it and be overtaken with tons of valuable advice on how to be successful.. on surviving the transition after graduation... basically a ton of questions that usually bother the millennial graduate. 

I open the book and there is the introduction, you know the author giving a story about how her mom let her stay home and ponder about life post-grad because she didn't know what to do to make her happy... Okayy wow your parents are nice. I would've had to get a job and you know earn my place in society. So I skimmed over the mushy parts and kept a keen eye out for the part where she interviews influential people about how to make it and recommended steps post-graduation. Well uhhh the mushy details never ended and the interviews never started.

The first few chapters began to start sounding like casual conversations or essays that the celebrities sent to Katherine to be included in her book. And it became quite obvious that this book was for the first class, 1%, came from influence family. Oh you know the other 99% of graduates who have worries about finances and merely surviving post grad can just read about a life that they could have if they didn't have to get jobs.

Don't get me wrong I did find some cool ideas I could emulate from Blake Mycoskie but, that is only because I met him last year at the Massachusetts' Conference for Women and hearing more details about his post-grad life intrigued me.
If you haven't figured out by now Katherine Schwarzenegger's father is THE Arnold Schwarzenegger. This being said Katherine did achieve her goal AND she did not just sit at home wasting away. No.. far from it. She sat at home with her parent's phonebook paving a way for her own life with a slight (*huge) shadow of her parent's influence. 

The book's hardcover is beautiful quality, the colors are pretty, and the idea of creating a transition book for post-grads is genius. But Ms. Katherine did not provide valuable content in my opinion (none of it is her content it's just curated stories) either way, me no recomiendo. 

Grammarly yours, Semirah

*Disclaimer: I was provided this book compliemntary in return for an honest review, all opinions are my own and I would have been disappointed if I had of invested in this on my own*

Friday, July 4, 2014

Visit Atlanta: Mint Julep, The Cookout, Latino Flea Market


Latino Flea Market

7 years ago when I first heard the term ‘Flea Market’ I recall imagining the actual flea bug but, I couldn't figure out how that correlated with markets. Soon later visiting flea markets all over the states became a family ritual and I now enjoy finding and resisting the urge to buy hidden treasures.

Today: I visited the flea market for discounted household items but my alternative motive was to find a foreign ‘wonder’ (some clothing/item neither found nor sold in USA).

Found: Delicious cups of fruit and frozen shaved fruit (they shaved an entire frozen mango in front of you!) --- Totally worth $2.50. Lol of course the only thing I care to leave with and purchase is food. (Yummm… when I travel the world I am going to be that tourists that eats every (reasonable) meal).

Productivity level: Snoop Dogg high porque I got the chance to practice my spanish for major deals and stellar negotiation opportunities. (And if you don’t know Snoop Dogg is a man famous for his public displays of the effects of marijuana so, ‘Snoop Dogg high’ is pretty far up there on the scale).

My first visit to Mint Julip a Lilly Pulitzer signature boutique

I have been obsessed with Lilly Pulitzer for a mere 2-3 years and have not had the chance to transform my wardrobe into a Lilly Pulitzer haven (unlike many LP fanatics I’ve met). There is a Lilly Pulitzer store in Boston and it is lovely. However I feel like the Atlanta location is just more rooted, native, and established. Basically Lilly seems more like a Southern trend and therefor the ladies at the Atlanta Mint Julep will be able to understand my adoration for the designer. I walk into the boutique and of course the southern hospitality doesn't fail me and I am graciously welcomed inside. The sales clerk are all in the back tea party style helping out another Northern belle (from Maine) become accustomed to their ways with a Lilly transformation. I am asked something along the lines of if I am looking for anything specific and I comment, “Hi I’m from Boston and when I seen this store I kind of stopped breathing and had to come in!”. One of the sales clerk reply, “Honey I completely understand. My dogs name is Lilly Pulitzer!” Me inside my head: Lol well whew we are definitely on the same page of uniqueness (slash oddness, slash slightly weird).

I may be a newbie to the Lilly love fest but, I am not a freshie to the value ($$$) of LP pieces. I hit a b-line towards the glowing 50% off sales rack because, “Who can resist a sale?” …. Right none of you so st-ahp pretending. Let’s rewind this conversation *rewind* I said FIFTY percent off…. Yes I still can not breathe. Mind you there is a rack of bathing suits outside the door on sale for 30-40% off as well. The only thing that could make this experience anymore heavenly would have been a platter of assorted pastries and some sweet tea or lemonade.

Actually since I’m describing a heavenly scenario the perfect scene would be if they engaged in conversation with me and some how the notion of me being a lifestyle blogger came up. Then they were just so infatuated with how ambitious and resourceful I am that they send me home with a package of clothing to style and share on my blog. Yep that would have been the perfect scenario. Boston lifestyle blogger Semirah Dolan recruited as a Lilly Pulitzer ambassador, yes… I can see the headlines now and the business emails just flowing in. As you can tell this little vacation I am on has me missing my blog business more than ever. Did I mention I don’t have internet connection unless I take a walk to Starbucks? The struggle is completely real.

Grammarly yours, Semirah

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I visited/experience the above on my own. All opinions are honest and mine.*

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