It’s Official – I am the UK Blog Trainer


Hi everyone
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Today is the official launch of my new blog trainer business and my new http;//www.blogtrainer.co.uk site.

Teaching Blogging as an aid to recovery – How to start a WordPress.com blog, has been successful, and I thoroughly enjoy teaching it so much, that I now offer to teach blogging as a business.

I have been blogging for 4 years this year, and like a lot of you, I can’t get enough of it. I am still learning and evolving as a blogger and I always will be.

Including this blog, I currently have 4 blogs that I blog to as frequently as possible. Although this blog is always my priority because it’s my first love, I value your loyalty and like to give back to you.

I provide inspirational blog posts at http://www.beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com

I blog to give help, advice and inspiration, to people who have been made redundant on my http://www.beatredundancyblues.co.uk site.

I blog about events I have been to, about my interests, passions and businesses at http://www.sandrabellamy.co.uk

Two of my blogs are WordPress.com blogs, the others are self hosted WordPress.org blogs, so I can teach both, but the person I am teaching, would need their own WordPress.org site to do so. I can also create WordPress.org sites, using templates, widgets and plugins.

If I can take a business on a deep and meaningful journey to connect with its customers, I will be filled with joy. If I can help make just one more person’s life so much happier and more rewarding through blogging, I will be ecstatic

If you know of anyone who could benefit from me teaching them, please spread the word. I can teach one-to-one, or as part of a workshop for up to 8 people. As one-to-one teaching is bespoke, prices can vary, they start from £30 an hour, in the Exeter area, in the UK. If they quote this post on this blog, they save 10% off an hour, or on a workshop.

For anyone living outside the UK who wants training via Google Hangouts or Skype, please contact me using email in the first instance.

My business number is 01392 434202 for a free 20 minute consultation, or they can email me at blogtrainer@blogtrainerUK.

Catch me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/blogtrainerUK or Facebook http://www.facebook.com/BlogtrainerUK

Thanks for your continued support. I couldn’t do it without you.

Write soon
Sandra

Blogging as an aid to recovery – Their journey has just begun


Hi everyone

As you know, I teach Blogging as an aid to recovery. Check out one of my student’s “about me” page and show them some blogging love. Click the “About” link below.

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David studied journalism and has 8, plus another 3, kids. That’s a lot of kids. Click on the link to read more.

It’s my last teaching session on Monday 10th March for this term, and it has gone very well. Better than last time. The students ask me lots of questions, I am learning more about WordPress and I love the interaction. I am blessed to be able to teach and empower others and to learn from them.

Write soon
Sandra

Blog of the Year 2013 – Twice more


Hi everyone

I know I said I would most likely not be making any more award nominations until February next year, but since this is a 2013 award, I feel I must do this post.

I have been nominated twice by Al from http://kattermonran.com for Blog of the Year 2013. Taking my total up to 3 stars. Thanks Al.

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The blogs that I have nominated for the first Blog of the Year Award are:

  1. http://suewestwood.wordpress.com
  2. http://utesmile.wordpress.com
  3. http://babyjill7.wordpress.com
  4. http://sherrimatthewsblog.com
  5. http://friendlyfairytales.com
  6. http://carolynhughesthehurthealer.com
  7. http://marthareynoldswrites.com

The blogs I have nominated for the second Blog of the Year Award are:

  1. http://sheridegrom.wordpress.com
  2. http://mischez2001.wordpress.com
  3. http://transcendingbordersblog.wordpress.com
  4. http://playfulkitty.wordpress.com

The instructions for this award are simple:

1-Select the blog(s) you think deserve the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.

2-Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3-Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4-Come over and say hello to the originator of the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award via this link: http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5-You can now also join the Blog Of The Year Award Facebook Page.Click the link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear

Share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6-And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award-and then proudly display the award on your blog- and start collecting stars!

Stars

Yes-That’s right-There are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once-this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ’1 star’ award- and every time you are given the award by another blog- you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs- and even if they have already been given the award by someone else- you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum of 6 stars! You can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award- or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award 6 times!

You can find all the badges and banners and information you need via this link: ‘Blog of The Year 2013′ Award Badges.

Congratulations to all the nominees. Enjoy your award.

Please note, that any other type of awards I may gratefully receive, I will not be able to make my nominations for, until February next year, due to having to finish my book.

Write as soon as I am able to.

Sandra

Sunshine and Versatile Blog Awards


Hi everyone
Well, it isn’t Snuggles this time, but me, that has been a naughty little girl.
Fortunately I have received a number of blog awards in the last week but unfortunately I haven’t made my nominations for other blog awards I received a long time ago.
Please don’t laugh. When I say a long time ago, I mean a long time ago. Okay – June 2013. ( Well, at least I said 2013.)
I am going to start with the Sunshine and Versatile Blog awards that I received from Gabriel Lucatero on 2nd of June 2013. His blog is inspirational so check it out.
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Sunshine Blog Award
Versatile Blogger Award
Versatile Blogger Award

The Rules:

  1. Post the logo above
  2. Accept the nomination and link back to the blog that nominated you
  3. Answer the questions
  4. Nominate blogs and inform them of the nomination

I accept these nominations and would also like to pass both of them on to the list of bloggers below:

  1. http://bbanublog.wordpress.com
  2. http://sherrimatthewsblog.com
  3. http://babyjill7.wordpress.com
  4. http://walkingrunningstumbling.wordpress.com
  5. http://utesmile.wordpress.com
  6. http://darlenecraviotto.com
  7. http://jlroeder.wordpress.com
  8. http://thetruthwarrior.wordpress.com
  9. http://friendlyfairytales.com
  10. http://carolynhughesthehurthealer.com

Congratulations to all of you and don’t forget to put both awards on your blog, you deserve them.

Favorite color: Orange, although not in clothes.

Favorite animal: Guineapig – I have four.

Favorite number(s): 6 – Lucky number is 8.

Favorite (non-alcoholic drink): Pineapple Juice.

Favorite (alcoholic drink): I don’t drink any alcohol. If I am in a pub I have orange or pineapple juice or Appletiser.

Facebook or Twitter: I use both but have more followers on Twitter.

My passions: Writing, helping people, guineapigs, family, friends and films. I love visiting aquariums and zoos.

Giving or receiving gifts: I enjoy both equally.

Favorite city: London and Exeter.

Favorite TV show: I don’t watch much TV but like watching soaps. Neighbours, Emmerdale and Coronation Street. I watch Eastenders sometimes too. I like the X-Factor.

For the second award, apart from making my nominations, I need to share seven things about myself.

Seven facts about me:

1. I believe people can achieve their dreams, if they take action.

2. I teach Blogging as an aid to recovery – How to start a WordPress.com blog for the Recovery Learning Community on a self-employed basis.

3. I work full-time as the Fitted Bedroom Specialist in John Lewis.

4. I have visited London 4 times this year.

5. I met HM the Queen at St James’s Palace In July this year.

6. I am a night owl and prefer to write at night as I can focus more.

7. I love going on courses to improve myself.

Enjoy your awards and I look forward to reading more about you.

Write soon

Sandra

Blogging as an aid to recovery – How has it helped you?


Hi everyone

I published this post recently but it would seem that it has posted in the month that I first started to write it in draft form. This may have caused you to miss it in your reader and so here it is again.

( A huge thanks to Ralph, from bluefish way.com who left a comment on the original post. It will be a huge help to my learners.)

It’s official, amongst everything else I do, I am a Tutor for the RLC (Recovery Learning Community).

I will be teaching my first course, “Blogging as an aid to recovery” on the 18th and 25th of November and 2nd of December.
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The RLC provides a range of educational, practical and creative courses, for students with mental health difficulties and their family and friends who support them.

I will be teaching students how to start a WordPress.com blog of their own, that they can continue to use after the course has finished.

I will be teaching students how blogging can make them to feel better and improve their quality of life through:

  • Building online relationships and friendships.
  • Communicating with like-minded people.
  • Improving communication skills.
  • Building confidence and self-esteem.
  • Giving them something to focus on.
  • Giving them a sense of purpose and a reason to get up in the morning.

Plus loads more fantastic reasons.

I would love for my students to know how blogging has aided your recovery. Please leave a message in the comments section so that I can share your story with them.

Thanks in advance.

Stay positive.

Sandra  Bellamy

3 year Blogging Anniversary of quirkybooks.wordpress.com


Hi everyone

Fantastic news. I got Daisy’s test results yesterday, her lumps were fatty tissues, not cancer. I am over the moon with joy.

Second piece of good news, it’s my 3 year blogging anniversary today.

3 Year Blogging Anniversary of quirkybooks.wordpress.com

Write soon

Sandra

 

quirkybooks has over 200 Followers – Thank you


Hi Everyone

I am pleased to announce that this quirkybooks blog has 201 followers.

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Thanks to each and every one of you for your loyalty, support and contribution to this blog. It feels great to get to know you and your quirks.

Write soon

Sandra

♥ Bloggers and Awards ♥


Hi everyone

I met a fellow blogger recently, Ute, from http://utesmile.wordpress.com and she has done a post including a bit about our meet-up.

Ute is a wonderful woman with a great zest for life . She is bubbly too and very fun to be with.

Thanks Ute.

Write soon,

Sandra

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How wonderful

I met another blogger last week. ♥

It is Sandra from Quirkybooks.

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Sorry the picture is rather dark, but it was at night in front of a theatre in London.

It was lovely to meet Sandra, we had a great chat over a meal and got to know each other. She is such a bubbly, enthusiastic, busy lady and “quirky” in a “surprising” way as her blog name says. She is doing some fantastic work, so do checkout her blog.

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And now we have a drum roll for more awards!

A beautiful Shine on Award from Lyn

I thank Lyn so much for nominating me and her lovely and kind words about me and my blog.

Here are the rules of the award:

1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.

2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog, and link back.

3. Share at least…

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