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