2021 · bloggers · blogging101 · community · random stuff · writing

Fall in love with: more blogs I follow!

The following list is not an in-depth review of the mentioned blogs, nor is CSHQ in anyway affiliated with them.

From the original post here, here are more great blogs I’m discovering. If you have any recommendations, please do link them in the comments below and share the blogloving!

The first step in blogging is not writing them but reading them.

Jeff Jarvis

The following list is not an in-depth review of the mentioned blogs, nor is CSHQ in anyway affiliated with them.

In no particular order, I love all these blogs for various reasons so go give them a follow and tell them I sent you!

Blogs I’m loving right now:

Grace Fifteen Ten

Perfect Manifesto

Pretty Plus and Proud

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

2021 · blogging101 · friday feels · series

Friday Feels #2

Hiya HQ-ers,

This past week here on the Bloggersphere, I noticed the overlap between WordPress courses in the sense that fundamentals already covered some of the branding and growth topics, for example. So I was actually ahead of the schedule and able to review anything I was unsure of.

I’ve completed Learning the fundamentals which is a 14-day course and completed the 5-day Commenting Basics course so I’m continuing on with the others.

It has been a great exercise in refreshing and developing my WordPress skills. It has also helped me prioritise the way I want to post as in timing, topics and how I’ll deliver my posts going forwards.

Going to put Developing your eye I and II on the back burner til I finish the rest of the courses and then go back over each task to produce another series pertaining to these photography programmes BUT I’m going to put my spin on them so they fit in with the Consulting Writing and Comedy pages.

Sadly, I also noticed that a lot of the resources links all land on pages that no longer exist or have been listed as private. Also the comments sections have all been closed so you can’t connect easily with others nor find support. And I noticed that all the courses seem to have ceased being active, vibrant online communities since March 2015.

Such a shame that no one is updating BloggingU anymore. Please do let me know your thoughts on this below especially if you’re currently studying too.

Have a great weekend, see you next Friday

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Friday Feels #1

Hiya HQ-ers,

As this site is just 13 days old, let’s kick off this series with a look back over its time on the Bloggersphere.

My Insights Map

Its been a productive fortnight here at CS HQ as well as surprising.

Firstly, I’m in awe of how far around the World my visitors are. My site has been viewed in countries I’ve not even visited (yet)!

Where my readers are.

I’ve never achieved this with any other WordPress site I’ve had in such a short timeframe!

Genuinely fascinated with the power of the Interwebs and truly humbled at the Reach that Beyond the CSHQ has achieved. So I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for visiting the site and reading the blog.

Now; in terms of my WordPress proficiency, I’m completely self-taught. Only through actually using the platform and learning from other bloggers, reading their advice, tips and tricks, researching help topics, subscribing to other’s email lists and (gratefully) utilising their free/downloadable content, did I actually become au fait with WordPress and blogging.

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2021 · bloggers · blogging101 · community · random stuff · series · writing

The ‘Friday Feels’ Weekly

Hello HQ-ers,

In this Series; each, Friday I’ll endeavour to tell you about my week on the Bloggersphere!

Having been a loyal WordPress user, it made sense to edit my account and rebrand myself on WordPress. I’m no expert on it mind, though I know the basics of creating a site, customising, editing etc so after a long hiatus from life in general due to a global pandemic, I began to emerge from under my rock and plan my Blogging future.

This time around though, I am approaching my site with clearer goals than I ever had before.

  • Create a brand for CSHQ
  • Advertise myself as a Consultant
  • Promote my writing
  • Return to stand-up comedy
  • Have fun
  • Be creative
  • Grow my network and following

How did I do towards reaching said goals in the last 2 weeks? The following links might help answer that.

My Homepage

My Consulting page

My Writing page

My Comedy page

Having fun



Til the next time…

2021 · bloggers · blogging101 · community · random stuff · writing

Fall in love with blogs I follow!

Every time you post something online, you have a choice. You can either make it something that adds to the happiness levels in the world—or you can make it something that takes away.


Not too long ago, I was avidly using the Bloglovin app to save all the wonderful/helpful/useful online content I’d found either by recommendation, by mistake or off the back of other stuff I was Googling.

I recently discovered Bloglovin in its original form is no longer with us so tried various others. I preferred Bloglovin for its ease of use and original features and trying to import the sheer amount I was following into a new reader wasn’t easy and way more laborious than necessary!

That, and the fact that many blogs had ceased to exist. I’m actually still going through the list to see if they still exist and are WordPress ones, that I can follow here and enjoy through the Reader.

Anyway, the next bit of this post is going to be the bit that will be edited often, as I find those blogs that I believe should be storming ahead with thousands of followers. Of course, if you have any recommendations, please do link them in the comments below and share the blogloving!

The following list is not an in-depth review of the mentioned blogs, nor is CSHQ in anyway affiliated with them.

I love all these blogs for various reasons so go give them a follow and tell them I sent you!

Blogs I’m loving right now:

The Lighthouse

A Cup of Jo

Boys Don’t Cry

The first step in blogging is not writing them but reading them.

Jeff Jarvis
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Open Letter: Dear Fellow Blogger…

Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I write to you now as I want to acknowledge your work that I stumbled across.

You blog about topics that matter (to me)

You write in a way that resonates (with me)

You advise in a way that’s easy to follow (for me)

You inspire my gratitude

Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone.

Gertrude Stein

You fuel my creativity

You motivate my productivity

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.

Alfred North Whitehead

Six things you’ve done for a complete stranger (me)

Regardless of how you came to be here, doing what you do, please accept this letter as a token of praise, appreciation and gratitude.

Accept this letter as the genuine compliment it is, because you; yes YOU, rock🤘🏼

Who would you send this to?

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

William Arthur Ward

Start a conversation that matters

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The Postman always knocks… loudly

As mentioned on my At Home with Lu page, there are a few things I’ve “bought” into that have helped me personally in various ways.

These “treats” have improved my image, confidence, well-being, creativity levels and have saved me money all while contributing to various causes, such as mental health and the environment.

Firstly, did you stumble across this while browsing online? Do you want to blog? If you don’t have a WordPress account yet, click here to get started.

Want to earn some extra pennies just for answering a few questions? click here

Here are some of my favourites!

For those needing to focus: stay focused with me and let’s turn out focused time into adorable trees! Download Forest using the link below and enter 3WKYMPSSG


Imagine you decide to donate £7.50 per month to a worthwhile cause; now imagine as a token of gratitude and commitment to helping everyone, you’re sent a chance to take a moment to pause…

According to the charity MIND, every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. Does that one in four get the support and respect they deserve? Well maybe a monthly donation will help ensure no one has to face a mental health problem alone. For more information, click the link below:

Pause for Mind

Unless you’ve been living in a cave since November 2019, globally we have all been restricted in one way or another. As an avid wanderluster always looking for something ‘different’ I share with you my referral link should you be looking to have a stay/vacation somewhere:


Money Matters: especially now in tough economic times and with the constant threat of online fraud. Keep all your cards safe with Curve.


Sticking with money for anyone looking into Cryptocurrency: now there is so much information when it comes to Cryptocurrency however in doing my own research, I’ve found Wirex to cover all my crypto needs in one place.


For creatives and stationery lovers: I found these subscription box services which send monthly boxes created in collaboration with guest artists containing exclusive items. Not only does that put the artist in the spotlight, for every 4 boxes sold, a tree is planted as part of the Tree Aid initiative!

The referral links:



For those who want to help their community and minimise food waste: As a Volunteer Digital Ambassador for Olio, of course I have to mention their app, where you can safely share food, essential household items and more with your neighbours, all for free! Interested? Click the link below:


For those who want to make some money on a de-clutter or find a bargain: check out my referral link below.


For those who want a pamper or beauty treat: my not-so-little sister referred me to Glossybox as she thought her big sister could use a “pick me up”

I actually felt guilty initially for trying it out which in itself just showed how much of a “pick me up” I really needed. So I’m paying it forward with my referral link below:


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Missed opportunity or Blessing in disguise?

Warning: It’s a long one!

I look at my 12 year old and I love watching him learn, helping him understand, encouraging him to try his best when suddenly, I’m hurled back in my minds eye to being his age.

I remember the influences I had growing up, those who cared, those who didn’t.

I remember mostly draconian teachers, all the school bullies, the countless times I was promised “dad will help you with your maths homework after dinner” just to eat dinner and wait for dad who’d ask “what do you need to do?”

I’d look at him wide-eyed, jubilant!

Finally, some time with dad… just for him to say “work it out yourself.”

Well if I knew how to work it out, I wouldn’t be asking for help now, would I?

And typical teenager me, would say “forget it” and stomp off to my room frustrated with GCSE maths which may as well have been Heiroglyphic writing.

To be honest, I’d probably have understood hieroglyphs better!

In just a few years, my 12 year old will be studying for his GCSE’s. He will be using whatever careers advice services are in place in his school just like I did.

The difference is, he’s going into it sort of knowing what he’d like to do one day and he has a realistic back-up in case he doesn’t make it.

I haven’t pushed him, I just knew if he was going to stand any chance of leaving education with any career goal he needed a lot more positive input than I was ever afforded.

I’ll give you an example of a conversation with him when he was 5:

Son: mummy, I’m going to be a racing driver

Me: (I know how much this costs, God help me) oh right, well you’ll be a really good racing driver if you learn to like the loud engine noises

Son: can I have a quiet engine?

Me: I’m not sure, but if you be really good in school and learn maths and science and design especially, one day you could build one!

Son: I like maths

Me: You certainly didn’t get that from me

A couple of years later…

Son: mum, do you think I could win the Monaco GP?

Me: with the right training and car I probably could! Listen mate, I’m not going to say yes or no because no one knows what the future holds.

Realistically, your fear of loud noises has stopped you practicing in Go-Karts but it’s ok. It doesn’t mean it’s too late. The best advice I can give you is if you want to do something that badly but for whatever reason you can’t? Do the next best thing to it…

Without the financial backing to enrol him into competitions where he could indeed find a way into F1, let’s face it: it’s not going to happen.

But there’s nothing stopping him now, getting good enough grades to progress onto mechanical engineering.

There’s nothing stopping him now to get his head down, and become qualified and experienced enough to apply to F1 teams to become part of their team.

Even if you’re given an apprenticeship or internship that’s a way in where you can be part of something you adore. You may not be the next Sebastian Vettel (his hero) but you could be part of the next generation of F1 in some capacity.

Will you win the Monaco GP?

Maybe not directly, maybe not at all or maybe the next time you’re in Monte Carlo you’ll not be the 7 year old in a taxi with your mum who negotiated with a fabulous taxi driver that was willing to drive the circuit in a possibly-maybe-very-slightlyover-thespeedlimitty way whilst pretending to race and declaring you the winner.

And when you get there, don’t forget your ol’ mum!