Annie Boyd | annie boyd blogger
Words frequently pour from our mouths with no thought or imagination, and no awareness of the influence they have. Choose yours wisely. Blogging and social media strategy services by Annie Boyd, a Glasgow based social media consultant with clients UK wide.
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Words are powerful enough to build or burn bridges, encourage endeavors or crush confidence, intimidate individuals or motivate the masses. Words frequently pour from our mouths with no thought or imagination, and no awareness of the influence they have. Choose yours wisely.

Discover interviews, opinion, news and inspiration in these pages which I write purely for my own enjoyment. If you find something of interest hit the ‘share’ buttons and spread the word. Get in touch if I can help creating copy for your business.

This tweet from Laura’s Little Bakery caught my eye today as it’s doing the rounds and two days after it was posted has attracted over 3.5k retweets, 8.4 likes and 336 comments. So what’s the fuss about? Read the tweet below to find out. I will never bow down to this kind of stuff and I feel sorry for the poor company that did. Just pay for people's services for gods sake!👎🏻🙄 pic.twitter.com/RIrvSEp30G— Lauras Little Bakery (@LaurasBakery) June 20, 2017 Is it a surprise that an organisation / business / company that clearly has large budgets to employ celebrities and produce television shows can’t find money to pay for a cake? I don’t know, my knowledge of TV production is non-existent but...

Coinneach MacLeod, or Kenny to his non Gaelic speaking friends is an erudite and well traveled gent working with top sporting organisations around the world.  He's also the best person to dance with at a ceilidh, if you're not afraid of your feet being lifted off the floor. ‘Seven’ is a snapshot into Kenny's life collated from seven random sentences which I invited him to complete. Growing up in the Outer Hebrides and looking out at the Atlantic Ocean every day, I think I was destined to travel the world. By six years old I could recite every capital city and I told my friends when I was 11 that I was putting my birthday money in the bank to save...

Passing the joggers and rollerbladers in Hyde Park we arrived just as the doors were opening at the Serpentine Gallery, keen to see ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!’ showcasing Grayson Perry’s latest work. We saw him the day before, leaving Buckingham Palace in his pale blue dress and pink hat. Towering above the crowds he was easy to spot, even in the distance, it’s hard not to notice Grayson Perry. We’d enjoyed his thought provoking documentaries, the first entitled ‘All Man’ which explored masculinity and identity (below), and then his most recent programme about Brexit, his art a reflection of both sides of the argument.    Inside the gallery stark white walls and staff dressed in jet black are the backdrop to...

The NSPCC have recently launched a fantastic campaign to help parents talk to their kids about what they share online. The campaign #ShareAware first caught my attention on twitter as celebrities and TV personalities got involved encouraging people to visit the website and watch the videos. I shared the link on social media and emailed it to all of the community sports hubs, active schools and governing bodies I work with to play  my part and help others be 'share aware'. The NSPCC website is full of handy videos and tips. I particularly like the 'Family Agreement' and the fact that they've teamed up with O2 to offer a free advice service where expert advice on social media settings and how...

In 2011 experienced journalist Dominic Ryan left behind the bustling Glasgow newsroom of the Herald & Times to enjoy a calmer pace of life in the seaside village of Carradale, where he founded his business Words HQ. His great loves include his collie dog Star, travel, test driving supercars and music. Funk to be exact. A gentleman with a hippy philosophy, his alter ego comes alive on a Saturday night when he plays guitar with his band motherfunk. ‘Seven’ is a snapshot into Dominic's life collated from seven random sentences which I invited him to complete.  Entrepreneurial spirit is enjoying getting one more hour, maybe two, from your work when everyone else has packed up for the night. It’s also appreciating...

In my current role I regularly speak at conferences and carry out training or strategy workshops with teams of adults across the UK. At one point in the randomness that is my career I trained to be a primary school teacher and stood up in front of a classroom full of fidgety, mischievous, easily bored 8 year olds. When I was a trolley dolly I had to ‘present’ the safety demonstration to 195 equally fidgety and easily bored passengers. I’ve presented in plush five star hotels and in porta cabins at the side of Loch Lomond. Once at a conference in the Highlands the door burst open mid presentation and a black Labrador daundered in and joined me on stage. In other...

Driving home from work I listen to the football phone in on the radio. I can’t pretend to be a football fan and I definitely couldn't explain the offside rule to you so perhaps it’s a little odd that I enjoy the show so much. What I like the most is the passion in the voices of the pundits and callers as they mull over the same issues week in week out.  I love listening to the male voices talking with such belief or disdain at what happened on the pitch and the colourful analogies used to get their point across. I like that there’s no swearing and that people have to ‘agree to disagree’ and toe the line to stay on air. The...

In April 2009 I was one year in to my first ever business, an online dating agency which hosted offline events - which was quite a novel idea to the Scottish singles market in those days, we were miles behind London. Everyone thought I was crazy and frequently laughed in my face but I was determined and rolled with the punches. Like every first time business owner I was hugely inexperienced and had no idea what I’d let myself in for. Did I mention that I was completely skint? The kind of skint that keeps you awake at night and involves wearing an extra jumper and surviving on a diet of cereal and spaghetti hoops on toast. I had ploughed...

Maggie Ritchie is an award-winning author and journalist who grew up in Zambia, Spain and Venezuela and lives in Glasgow with her husband, Michael, and their son. Her second novel, Looking for Evelyn, (Saraband) is published on June 22. Her first novel, Paris Kiss, won the Curtis Brown Prize and was well received in the UK and topped the bestseller list in Germany.  ‘Seven’ is a snapshot into Maggie's life collated from seven random sentences which I invited her to complete. Growing up in the bush in Zambia had a big influence on me because it  was such an adventure, and was the inspiration for my latest novel, Looking for Evelyn, about a forbidden inter-racial love affair set against political turmoil in Southern Africa. Books are...

Keith Richards, Hugh Bonneville, Lily Allen, Alex Crawford and Berry Gordy have been keeping me company lately. On long car journeys to visit clients or when I’m working from home. Mainly after a long day whilst I’m soaking in the bath, face mask on, eyes closed. 45 minutes of music and conversation on the BBC iPlayer with people who really have something to say. Or perhaps it’s not that they have something to say, it’s just that they are worth listening to. Desert Island Discs has been around forever, since 1942 to be exact but until recently I’d never paid attention. Now I find myself addicted. I need my fix at least twice weekly, more if I make the time. Time to...