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Life Update: Becoming a Full-time Blogger and Social Media Consultant

Linda Hoang - Edmonton Blogger & Social Media Consultant

BIG LIFE UPDATE!  As some of you may know, I have been on a personal leave from my work as a Digital Strategist at marketing & communications agency Calder Bateman (ZGM) since January (2019). This leave was an attempt by Mike and I to see whether some time off of a fairly hectic day-to-day schedule would help our Unexplained Infertility and journey to have a baby. The life update today…

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10 Vietnamese Edmonton Entrepreneurs Worth Following

Vietnamese Entrepreneurs Edmonton Small Business Owners

There are some very talented people doing very awesome things in Edmonton. That’s a narrative that’s gotten much more attention and has become much truer in recent years—increasingly, young business owners and entrepreneurs are committing to the city and chasing their dreams. Among those young entrepreneurs are Vietnamese Edmontonians who are carving their own path by starting their own businesses—a daunting enough task without the added pressures of bucking more traditional,…

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8 Must-Take Photos at the Edmonton Ice Castle (2019)

Explore Edmonton Ice Castle Hawrelak Park Winter City YEG

Edmontonians are so lucky to live where we do for a lot of reasons, but especially because January through March, Edmonton is the only city in Canada to feature an Ice Castle!  It’s become a huge attraction for locals and tourists alike. I know I look forward to visiting the Edmonton Ice Castle every year—primarily to take some awesome winter photos! The Ice Castle is so Instagrammable. The Edmonton Ice Castle,…

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Businesses, please read this before agreeing to work with a social media influencer

Social Media Influencers

Welcome to my TED Talk! (lol, just kidding. But this is a topic I’m passionate about it and this is a bit of a read so do settle in!) Too often today, people are starting up Instagram accounts, throwing “DM for collaborations” in their bio, and sending messages to businesses asking for free stuff in exchange for social media posts promoting the business. And too often today, businesses are agreeing…

Instagrammable Walls Social Media Things to Do

Photo Walk: Instagrammable Walls of Edmonton (Alberta Avenue 118th Ave) – June 23, 2018

Instagrammable Walls of Edmonton Alberta Avenue

I’m excited to announce the first Instagrammable Walls of Edmonton Photo Walk of the 2018 season returns Saturday, June 23, 2018 along Alberta Avenue (118th Ave!) Join me and co-host Brittney Le Blanc (@britl) on this fun photo walk – where we’ll take Edmontonians to some of the best Instagrammable Walls of Alberta Avenue (118th Ave) from approximately 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Meet in front of the Alberta Avenue Community Centre at 9210…

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Introducing: The Instagram Husbands’ Conference

Instagram Husbands Conference

As a serious Instagram enthusiast (I’d love it if you followed me @lindork!), I have found myself wondering why—after so many years of practice—does my husband, Mike, still not take good Instagram photos?  I know I’m not the only one whose thought this!   And that’s really how the idea for the Instagram Husbands’ Conference came to be.    Inspired by the 2015 ‘Instagram Husband’ video by The Mystery Hour, and my all-too…

Podcasts Social Media

Social Media Podcast: Don’t Call Me A Guru

Dont Call Me A Guru Tyler Butler Linda Hoang Social Media Podcast Edmonton

Photo Credit: @BriVideoGuy This November 2017, my good friend and fellow social media strategist / community manager Tyler Butler and I are celebrating our social media podcast’s one-year anniversary. Don’t Call Me A Guru is a podcast about social media strategy, from social media strategists. We release this podcast monthly, and just shared our 12th episode a couple weeks ago. (To be honest, we didn’t realize it should have been…

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DIY: Social Media Halloween Costume Idea: R.I.P. Vine

Vine Halloween Costume

A few years ago I made a social media frame costume that I’ve been updating each year to reflect a current social network at the time. A couple years ago I was Instagram (see that costume here), last year I was a Snapchat filter (see that costume here), and this year (after a great suggestion from my pal @ChrisHenderson) I decided to go as… VINE. DEAD VINE.  On Jan. 17,…

Instagrammable Walls Social Media Things to Do

Photo Walk: Instagrammable Walls of Edmonton (Downtown) – September 16, 2017

Instagrammable Walls of Edmonton - Michael Phair Park

I’m excited to announce the fourth Instagrammable Walls of Edmonton Photo Walk taking place Saturday, September 16, 2017 in Downtown Edmonton!  This time, my friend Brittney Le Blanc (@britl) will be co-hosting the photo walk – where we’ll take Edmontonians to some of the best Instagrammable Walls of the Downtown area from approximately 1 to 4 p.m. Meet at the Fountains at Churchill Square (in front of Edmonton City Hall).  The #IGWallsofYEG…

Instagrammable Walls Social Media Things to Do

Photo Walk: Instagrammable Walls of Edmonton (Chinatown/Downtown) – August 12, 2017

Instagrammable-Walls-of-Edmonton-Thunder-Bird-Alley-Chinatown

I’m excited to announce the third Instagrammable Walls of Edmonton Photo Walk taking place Saturday, August 12, 2017 in Chinatown/East Downtown!  This time, my friend Brittney Le Blanc (@britl) will be co-hosting the photo walk – where we’ll take Edmontonians to some of the best Instagrammable Walls in the Chinatown/East Downtown area from approximately 1 to 4 p.m. Meet at 97 Street and 107 Avenue (in the Lucky 97 Parking Lot)!  The…

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  • I just love the @brownbuttercafe! 💛💛💛 Pictured 📸 is their Sunny Day bowl with runny egg (🙌🏻), potato, kale, tomatoes avocado, cucumbers and yogurt. My favourite bowl here though is the Crispy Chicken on rice. 🤤 And today I also tried their housemade kettle chips and bacon jalapeño “mak & cheese” which were both soooo good (and so affordable at $2 and $2.75 each). THE BEST!
Also the best? You guys, for your very kind and supportive comments about my Big. Life. Update on the previous post. THANK YOU! 💛💛💛
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  • BIG LIFE UPDATE! 🥳
As some of you know, I’ve been on a personal leave from my work as a Digital Strategist at marketing & comms agency @calderbateman @zgm_marketing since January as @mikethyking & I explored whether some time off would help our #UnexplainedInfertility & journey to have a baby. 👶🏻 (It hasn’t. 😞 But we are still hopeful 🤞🏻)
My leave ends this month and I’ve decided I will not be returning to the agency, and will instead go full-time with my blog & personal social media + my own freelance social media strategy & consulting business! 🎉
Going out on my own is something I’ve wanted to do for many, many years. It’s something I thought I would do naturally after taking a maternity leave but that timeline kept getting pushed because I’ve never been able to get pregnant. The leave was just what I needed to reassess and make the decision to finally be my own boss!
I’m so grateful for the time I was able to take off from full-time agency work (though I am aware I was still pretty busy with personal projects 😅 lol). I’m also truly grateful for an employer that was kind & understanding enough to give me personal time off. 💗 I’ll miss working with the talented team, but am so excited for this next step in my life! 🙌🏻
Over the next few months I’ll be updating my blog with a new look & feel + better categorization, putting out (hopefully lol) even better & more useful content for followers & readers, getting some presence up for my new business & throwing myself into organizing @yegcatfest! 😸
I’m also taking new social media strategy, consulting & training clients and am so grateful for all who have been referring clients my way already (unsolicited, which I’m pretty excited about now that I am soliciting lol). 🎉
Thanks to my incredibly supportive husband & best friend @mikethyking. 💗 And thanks to all of YOU for following and engaging with me. 🙏🏻 I feel so lucky & happy that I’ve been able to turn my longtime hobby (social media 🤓) into a career, in such different ways, and now based at home with my furkids 🐶🐶🐱🐱 Read my full update at the link in my bio!
📸 credit: @sethmvc
#yeg #yegmarketing #yegblogger #edmonton #exploreedmonton
  • Ugh. I LOVE Korean food and this was a good one. 😍 In between #JasperPJParty & mountain adventures, we checked out the Kimchi House in the town of Jasper this weekend. This japchae glass noodle dish with beef was delicious! Along with their bulgogi and army stew (budae jjigae). (The stew broth was so good and extra spicy. But why is there never enough broth? lol) I was sad the Kimchi House didn’t serve banchan (side dishes typically provided with a Korean meal) but was happy with the rest of the meal! 🤤 #lindorktravels
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  • A weekend in the mountains 🏔 is not complete without a mountain photoshoot! 😊📸 Thanks to the @fairmontJPL for inviting me to teach some Instagram / phone photography & editing workshops for #JasperPJParty!! 💕 Thanks to everyone who came to my sessions!! 🙏🏻 Thanks to @britl for being my session helper & mountain photog!! 📸 And thanks to @theporkgirl for lending me her hat!! 😍 I have been itching for a mountain road photo for a long time so am happy to check this off my list! ✔️✔️✔️ (We were very safe about it!) #lindorktravels #fairmontJPL #myjasper
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  • Ahhh it was two years ago this weekend that I got a photo at this iconic Instagrammable #PaulSmithPinkWall 💕 in Los Angeles, California and shortly after I started making Instagrammable Wall Guides to cities, organizing wall photo walks, and searching for these walls wherever I travel. 😍💗 This is still one of my favourite walls and I wish more buildings were painted bright, uninterrupted colours like this it makes me immensely happy. 💕 #InstagrammableWalls #Instagrammable #IGwallsofLA #lindorktravels
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  • ** GIVEAWAY + NEW BLOG POST! **
The Edmonton Home 🏡 + Garden 🌸 Show returns March 21-24 and I’m giving away tickets to the show! 🎉 There’s lots of awesome features to check out including Cooking Stage demos from local chefs and  @masterchefonfox Season 7 winner @chefshaunoneale! This week I made one of his recipes, delicious lemon zesty blueberry cream cheese danishes (pictured here 💕) and I look forward to seeing what he cooks up at @yeghomeshows! Head over to the link in my bio to see what other features you should visit at #EHGS19 and enter below for a chance to win tickets to the show! 🎉
HOW TO ENTER:
1. Follow me + @yeghomeshows
2. Leave a comment telling me what home renos, updates or projects you think you might work on this spring/summer! Also tag a friend to spread the word about the show + giveaway.
I’ll randomly select two winners from all entries received across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter by March 18. Each winner will get a pair of tickets to the show! 💚💛
Thanks to @yeghomeshows for partnering with me to promote the show! (my blog and this post are sponsored). 😊
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  • I always feel SO lucky that I get to meet the coolest cats on the Internet (and their pawrents) through the work I do with @yegcatfest! 😸 This summer, #YEGCatFest is bringing @sukiicat and her pawrent @enchanted.forest to Edmonton to meet festival attendees!!! 😻😻😻 Suki the Adventure Cat is a gorgeous bengal cat who loves adventure! 🏔🛶 Suki is definitely one of my favourite travel Instagrammers 😹, I’m one of her 1.3 MILLION Instagram followers!! 💕 And perhaps the coolest thing about Suki? She lives in Alberta!!! 🇨🇦🙌🏻 Head to the link in my bio or Story to learn more about Suki and be sure to pre-purrchase your Cat Fest tickets! Meet & greets are included with your festival ticket. ♥️ Thanks to @fairmontmac our Celebpurrty Cat Hotel Sponsor!!
Photo Credit 📸: @enchanted.forest @sukiicat
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  • Thanks @imedia_yeg for having me back as an emcee (with @tylerjackbutler) and speaker over the weekend! ☺️ I’m always up to talk anyone’s ear off about social media & influencer marketing. 💕🤓 And always love learning from talented digital marketers! 🙌🏻 Stay tuned now for a @dontcallmeaguru #iMEDIA19 recap podcast with the special return of Tyler, pictured here looking like a gangsta! 🎙
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  • Made ginger sesame ground beef with green beans and a runny egg on rice for lunch on this very slow-moving Sunday. 🤤💕 #lindorkcooks
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#yeghomecooking #yeg #yegfood #yegfoodie #yegfoodie #yeggers #yegger #exploreedmonton #edmonton #fbcigers #edmontonalberta #sprucegrovealberta #sprucegrove #gingerbeef #sesameginger #asiancooking #asianfoodporn #runnyyolk #yolkporn #googlepixel3 #shotonpixel
  • 💛 Happy International Women’s Day! 💛 Today and every day, let’s #BalanceForBetter. Challenge gender stereotypes and bias. Insist on gender parity. Celebrate women’s achievements. Lift each other up. 💛 If you’re looking for a specific way to celebrate #IWD2019 today, consider supporting one of many women-owned or co-owned @edmontonmade businesses! 🙌🏻 NEW ON THE BLOG (link in bio), I’ve started a Guide to Women-Owned Businesses in Edmonton & Area!! There’s SO many wonderful businesses in a range of industries being led by women. Thanks to my friend (also a woman lol)  @argenplath for helping me compile this initial directory, which includes over 70 businesses!! 🎉🎉 Do check it out and I *know* I’m missing many more great ones so please comment and let me know who else should be highlighting and I’ll keep adding to the list! ☺️💛 #InternationalWomensDay2019
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  • So thrilled to have found @banhcuonyeg through Instagram! 🤤 Bánh cuốn is a delicious Vietnamese steamed rice roll filled with ground pork, mushrooms and shallots. It’s one of my dad’s favourite Vietnamese dishes and something I used to eat a lot with him! When I found out the Khau family was offering made-to-order, fresh bánh cuốn for pick-up in North Edmonton, I *had* to try! 😄 They’re so good! And bring back great memories. 😍 @banhcuonyeg is charging $6 for a dozen rolls (one order). This week I got four orders and have been having some for breakfast, lunch and dinner! 😂🤤 My parents were so happy with the flavour and quality of the rolls (they hold up really well!) that they got the Khau phone number to make their own future orders (they’re not on Instagram lol) 💕 Also it’s always wise to have a bánh cuốn maker on speed dial lol. The rolls are best with Vietnamese ham (cha) but you need to get that separately.
VIETNAMESE FOOD IS THE BEST. ☺️
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#yeg #yegfood #yegfoodblogger #yegfoodie #yegblog #yegblogger #edmonton #exploreedmonton #edmontonfood #banhcuon #ricerolls #steamedricerolls #vietnamesefood #vietfood #banhcuonyeg
  • ** NEW BLOG POST + GIVEAWAY! **
I love Date Night! And while @mikethyking & I have done lots of different things for Date Night over the years, there’s one tried and true outing that always delivers: dinner and a movie! ♥️ If @therecroomca is part of our Date Night, we also love playing games too! ☺️ Read my sponsored blog post (link in bio) for the Ultimate Foodie Date Night inspiration which includes great food, games and entertainment! 🎉
& ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A $100 GIFT CARD FOR YOUR OWN REC ROOM DATE NIGHT!
1. Be sure you’re following @therecroomca
2. Tag who you’d take to Date Night in the comments below! (one tag per comment. unlimited entries)
See the blog for more ways to enter and watch a Date Night promo video Mike and I did with The Rec Room! ☺️ I’ll randomly select a winner from all entries received on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter by March 17. Good luck!! ♥️
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