Without any financial input from CSHQ we are growing slowly yet reaching far. It takes awhile to start gaining analytical insights however everything is in motion behind the scenes to provide accurate performance reporting.
Once again, I can’t stress enough how helpful the WordPress courses are, even though they are no longer managed and up to date. Even if you’re a blogging vet, there’s bound to be a nugget of information there that will help you produce your best site and inspire you to create valuable content.
Mine are 99% all complete in just 3 weeks of dedicating time to delve into each topic and it’s daily lesson and I feel it’s made a difference to how I blog as opposed to previous sites I had.
It’s motivated me to keep going in a realistic time-frame and help me schedule time to work on this site, whether it’s back office stuff or writing.
In my consultancy world, I’ve been spending time drawing up a programme of information which I will soon be live for anyone who could use a resource on behaviour within interpersonal relationships.
As for comedy, last Sunday saw my return to stand-up albeit under lockdown conditions. Appearing on Awkward Question Time for the third time as its fun.
You can view it here in case you missed it. Be aware; we discuss adult themes and includes profanities.
It’s the third time I’ve appeared on this show and I thoroughly enjoy it because you never know what’s going to happen next. It’s completely live with no way of knowing what may happen so whilst it’s not on a stage with a mic to a live audience it’s still in principle very much like a comedy night as you never know what the crowd will be like, if you’re heckled and so on.
In Lu’s world, we had a return to school for one day and now I’ll have my son home over Easter Break until April 12th, pending Government guidance. I’m in awe of my son! His resilience is admirable, how he’s adapted to life during a pandemic, how he’s continued his studies with homeschooling. He rarely asks me for help now he gets his head down and gets it done and I can see the sense of achievement when he appears to tell me he’s handed in anything due and the sense of pride when his work is marked with positive comments from his teachers.
Whilst on the subject of Education, I’m also getting ready to return to University to complete the first step toward a MSc so I’m excited, focused and ready to tackle these new challenges that I’ll face.
My BSc was anticlimactic. Four years of hard work and no Graduation Ceremony saddened me. Of course, I can graduate virtually or attend a ceremony in the future BUT I finished in Summer 2020. To have a ceremony in 2020 would be more appropriate than waiting til later in 2021 and beyond.
Hoping after two years of Postgraduate study, the World will return to a modicum of normalcy where I can don cap and gown in front of my son.
If you’ve been following along, you’ll know I’ve been ‘studying’ the BloggingU courses.
Day 14 of Learning the Fundamentals prompted me to create my own feature so at the beginning of March I started the ‘Friday Feels’ series which is a weekly reflection of the week I’ve had whilst working through BloggingU, my Consulting/Writing/Comedy work and my general day to day.
Now as Day 11 of Finding Everyday Inspiration suggests another way of regular blog posting, I’m thinking will my ‘Friday Feels’ series clash with a coffee share post?
So I decided to keep ‘Friday Feels’ going every Friday and that will be geared toward my business and then run a ‘Virtual Coffee Date’ once a week that will be more personal and social, less reflective and more spontaneous.
So I’ll get the kettle on and I look forward to a virtual coffee date with you all very soon!
It is a little uncomfortable when it has been neglected, as I collect what I can into a McDonald’s paper bag destined for the bin. The seatbelt restricts me no matter what height level it is set at and I notice it’s always worse when the weather is warmer. The gentle breeze slips in through the window as I wait, engine off in the car park. Ooh peace.
As I wait enjoying the silence before the schoolyard screams as the concrete block releases its people, before the stereotypical dad comes swerving in, in his souped-up tinpot of a car that’s unnecessary to rev as much when he lives within walking distance of the school. As I wait for his glare which I meet confidently every day until he looks down defeated again. I laugh inwardly, remembering the only time he mouths off is when he drives away. Ooh big man.
The field surrounding the greying concrete block pops its greenery, birds flocking looking for worms or dropped crusts from packed lunches. The gauge reads 17 Degrees Celsius yet it feels warmer. Ooh it’s hot.
We texted earlier, I know how his day went up until lunchtime. I’m nervous now, silently praying nothing happened in the last hour.
The heavy black metal doors swing open and out pour the uniformed souls of varying ages, heights, genders, races, creeds. Some race to their parent’s cars with big smiles, some skulk off to the bus stop. Some just mill around looking lost while others play fight and chase each other. Ooh banter.
The minutes pass by, where is he?
We’re all looking for our kids, but what do we really see? Do other parents feel the pang of nostalgia at their bygone schooldays? Do they look at other parents in silent judgement? Does anyone notice the irony in a big girl calling an even bigger girl “a fat bitch” for no apparent reason? Why doesn’t anyone call out that sly little sod tripping people over? Am I parallel parked in a parallel universe here ? Ooh it makes me mad!
And then, I see him. His eyes meet mine over his mask through my windshield. I see him. Tall, smart, purposeful in his stride. Wary of crossing moving cars to get to me. His discreet wave. He opens the passenger door, greets me cheerfully and puts his bag in the footwell. I greet him back and we hug in the car. I don’t want to let him go but I can’t sit there all night. He fills me in on the blanks of his day, as people drive off towards home for the evening. Ooh what’s for dinner?
Course, I haven’t seen them… I was too focused on him. It’s only evident it people left as we are the last car in the car park.
Well what a week it’s been! Amongst everyday life, all but two WordPress BloggingU courses are complete.
They’ve been invaluable to refresh my (self-taught) skills and taught me some new things, I genuinely didn’t know. Unfortunately, even feedback links are dead so I can’t tell BloggingU how grateful I am for the content available on each Topic covered.
Some of the things I picked up are what enabled me to achieve a reach across the World which I never thought I’d hit so quickly as my old site which had money thrown at it didn’t perform as well in such a short time.
So now I’m looking to collaborate with other bloggers and readers. Please visit here for details.
I felt it was time to write you a letter as you’ve happened so often, you deserve acknowledgment.
Rejection is the natural course of things
Being on the receiving end of you, Rejection, well, it can be testing. It can get to a point where I feel like you’re challenging me to give up.
I couldn’t tell you the ratio, but probably for every job you see me do, there would be 20 rejections.
Looks like I’m not the only one that feels challenged. But here’s the deal, Rejection:
I guess what I’m trying to say to you, Rejection, is while there are many obstacles in my way, I won’t stop navigating that path. I don’t mean to be so hard on you, Rejection, I know you are seen in such a negative light. In many ways you can be a great thing.
You come with Disappointment, both of you bringing the feeling of failure yet I wonder if you’ve been misunderstood, Rejection. But the invite didn’t say +1 you just brought Disappointment without asking so naturally I was miffed.
So yeah, you do appear at the most inconvenient times and you can cause bad feelings and I can’t change you…
Today’s lesson provides five Tweets as a blog post prompt. The idea is to choose one that elicits a response. I’m not on Twitter anymore nor do I intend to return to it, however this is the tweet I chose from the lesson:
We’ve all wondered why certain things are taught in schools when other things aren’t. There’s so many memes and posts that state as much. Here is a great example:
Whilst I can’t be 100% certain of the original context Koh tweeted that post, my take on it is that you can be academic but not streetwise or you can be resourceful in many ways, yet not academic.
In the U.K. the Curriculum hasn’t evolved much from when I left school to now as I watch my son homeschooling. Yes the tasks are more relevant and fun than what I remember and are certainly more engaging. Yet still I wonder if English is a core subject, why aren’t we learning in school how to write a CV and cover letter? Maths is a core subject, why aren’t we learning basic book-keeping and budgeting/bill management in school? Science is a core subject so why aren’t we learning about reducing our carbon footprint for example.
PSHE/PSE, Science and Religious Studies touch on Reproduction and Sexual Education yet don’t touch on subjects like all forms of contraception, dealing with emotions, how to protect yourself from Domestic Abuse, how much weddings cost, the implications of divorce…
Geography doesn’t touch on entry requirements to other lands, vaccinations needed in certain countries, currency converting. Even booking a holiday, applying for passports etc. All that are things we do as adults that we never learned to do as young people. Why doesn’t PE cover eating disorders and body dysmorphia? Why doesn’t Home Economics & Food cover household matters, menu planning, shopping and budget?
For a minimum of 13 years, you’re in school and when you leave what have you really learned? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below
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Where I write
Wherever I have the ability to write, then write I shall. For studying and work, I write at the University library and at home. For comedy and as a hobby, pretty much anywhere I have a lightbulb moment.
These days I write a lot more digitally, on standard Microsoft Office products however there are some apps I use as I do a lot of writing on my phone. The basic Notes app on my phone is my go to when I lm on the go or don’t have a pen to hand.
On here, for example I’m using the WordPress app. For comedy, I use a dedicated app called Bitbook that I can arrange my set-lists in and I use Teleprompter to practice my sets.
My ideal writing space
Living in a 2-bedroom council house, I don’t have the luxury of a study, office or conservatory. It’s either up at the dining table that doubles as a desk or it’ll be on my sofa spot in the corner.
One thing I’ve noticed is I cannot work at all if the housework hasn’t been done. Even if I can’t see the washing-up in the kitchen, I know it’s there and it bugs me thus blocking me. Promoting clarity helps me work.
In an ideal world, a roaring fireplace warming me from Alaskan snow in a quaint log cabin will suffice, though.