Beirut Blast: A Snapshot of the first 24 Hours

NOTE: I am a Lebanese citizen based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The following is a snapshot of a sleepless 24 hours where I, along with fellow expats in the country, attempt to understand and process the senseless tragedy that erupted in the afternoon of Tuesday, August 4, 2020. I have made every attempt to treat this ongoing disaster with sensitivity, but there may be depictions … Continue reading Beirut Blast: A Snapshot of the first 24 Hours

Stop Posting Into The Void

Tell me if either of these sound familiar: Scenario A You don’t focus on your social media accounts; posting randomly or irregularly, often with an image or quote card that you hurriedly put together when you realise it’s been ages since your followers have heard from you. Then you wonder why you’re barely getting any engagement, if any. Scenario B You post regularly, using high … Continue reading Stop Posting Into The Void

3 simple steps to uplift your social media account today

Unsure about how to get started on social media? Want to level up your content? Then read on! HAVE A TOPIC LIST Create a list that has up to five subjects that you can rotate among so you’ll never run out of content. Here’s my suggested list: expertise (professional, personal or both), lifestyle (such as your hobbies), your aspirations/goals and what you’re doing to achieve … Continue reading 3 simple steps to uplift your social media account today

Instagram’s Done It Again – New Feature Alert

Instagram’s done it again – it’s silently rolled out a new feature – this time it’s an update to its “Instagram Shopping”, which was originally launched in 2018 . The platform’s risking user fatigue since this comes hot on the heels of other recent feature announcements that I’ve highlighted in an earlier blog post. I came across news about this on Twitter where users expressed … Continue reading Instagram’s Done It Again – New Feature Alert

Twitter Hints At Subscription Model

There have been mixed reactions since it was revealed that Twitter is exploring a subscription-based model. Some corners of the platform cheered the news while others bemoaned that this could be the end of free and easy access to information and conversations. It all started when news broke of a new job listing that revealed Twitter’s new internal team, codenamed “Gryphon,” that is “building a subscription … Continue reading Twitter Hints At Subscription Model

Is this start of TikTok’s end?

India’s ban of TikTok last week cause quite a stir across the world. The social media platform allows users to upload short, entertaining videos set to music. Owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based tech company, TikTok’s popularity has exploded over the past year with a spike of users signing up as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, it has been downloaded more than 2 … Continue reading Is this start of TikTok’s end?

Instagram addict? Check out these three new features!

There’s been a flurry of social media announcements recently, some exciting; some potentially troubling. The platforms in the news: Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and Byte. I’m going to focus on each one separately – starting with Instagram since it’s got not one, not two but three updates coming soon! Reels In 2016, Instagram made news when it launched Stories as a direct competitor to Snapchat. It … Continue reading Instagram addict? Check out these three new features!

Kick-start lasting change

Tip of the week: Pick up ‘Atomic Habits’ by James Clear if you’re looking for something full of a-ha moments starting from Chapter 1. Literally. I’ve just started the audiobook and the key takeaways so far: 💥 Patience and Compounding. It takes time to start seeing results so we need to be patient. It’s also important to set easy, micro goals that can be achievable … Continue reading Kick-start lasting change

Reflections in Kindness

Quarantine life is a double-edged sword. I’m a natural introvert so I’m very comfortable with having a home-based routine. The problem is having enough work to keep me distracted so that the dark clouds are forced back. I’ve worked on a few projects over the past four month. While each project was fun, motivating, and fulfilling in its own way, the fact that I haven’t … Continue reading Reflections in Kindness