Yeeeeeeeehahhhhhhh! Yippppeeeeee!! Whoooohooooooooo! I am a bit excited to say the least. Finally, after weeks and painstaking hours of work, learning how to use more of WordPress.org’s tools, namely widgets and plugins, I have launched my all singing, all dancing, newly designed beatredundancyblues.com site. I was thrilled that my web host technician said it looks amazing, and I probably know more than him about using WordPress.org to design my site. Please check it out and tell me what you think.
This is my first post on that site:-
Welcome to the launch of the newly designed beatredundancyblues.com, taking your job seeking to another level entirely.
Here you will find access to multiple job sites, recruitment sites and course sites, from within the one site. All from your home page, in a sleek and easy to use layout.
No longer do you have to trawl through hundreds of sites to get to what you want, it’s right here for you at the click of a mouse.
Beat redundancy blues, takes the hunt out of your job hunting, by researching the web for you, leaving you more time to concentrate on what matters most; applying for jobs, joining recruitment agencies, and enroling on a course to expand your skillset and your chances of landing a new career.
Bookmark this site, and get your job hunt off to a flying start right now!
If you read my last post, you will know that while I was in London last month, for the Success 2014 Seminar, I went to the Digital Revolution Exhibition.
I have more amazing videos to share with you.
Sometimes you may wonder how my activities relate to writing. Almost everything I do, I can connect to writing in some way. Some directly and others indirectly. I also feel it’s important for any reader to be able to understand what makes a particular writer tick, in order to better understand their writing and their nature.
From my own experience, this is how the Digital Revolution Exhibition, can help inspire you to write.
● Unlimited writing prompts
A good example of this, was seeing the original Altair and Mac designs. These can inspire you to write a drama set in the period they were produced. Alternatively, what’s the story behind those specifically. Why did someone buy each of them? What work is saved on them and why?
● The feeling of magic
The music, the atmosphere, things moving by sensor, touchscreen, special effects, create a feeling of magic. Can inspire you to create fairytales.
●Taking a behind the scenes look at films; Inception, Gravity and How to train your dragon 2.
Helps you to understand how a script can be brought to life.
●Fantasy becoming reality
Seeing things move by themselves and come to life. Such as a lamp like the one in the Pixar shorts, can get your creative juices flowing.
● Not believing your own eyes
Seeing yourself on screen; one minute with smoke coming from your face, the next stage, seeing yourself with wings and birds eating your body. Conjures up stories of illusion and fantasy.
● Future technologies
There is a solar powered dress on display which lights up. Couple that with the information that clothes in our future will be used to charge our mobile phone, makes you think up future Sci-fi adventures.
The Digital Revolution Exhibition, is at the Barbican in London until 14th September 2014.
If you have been wondering why I haven’t been blogging on here quite as much lately, I am currently working on my new design www.beatredundancyblues.com site. As my web host no longer services the site builder I used to build the site on, I have to create a new site using WordPress.org. This has to be done before I finish the final formatting of my Break through the barriers of redundancy book, because I cannot update the site and it is advertised on the front cover of my book. Thankfully, I love designing and creating. To create a new one is hard work and very time consuming, but pleasurable at the same time.
I am back from my trip to the Success Seminar in London. While I was up there, I also visited London Zoo, I saw the film Anomaly and I went to the Digital Revolution Exhibition, that blew my mind.
On the day I came back, I had 4 hours sleep, then taught the Introduction to blogging course. I took so many photos and that much video footage of the Digital Revolution Exhibition, that my phone stopped working and I couldn’t call or do anything with my phone, until I got it fixed in the EE shop after teaching on Monday 7th.
On Tuesday 8th, I had an admin day. I also cleaned, tidied and cleared out some bottles of stuff from underneath my kitchen sink.
I have been working in my day job every day since, and trying to catch up with social media, emails and blogging.
As you know, I am a deep thinker and my brain never stops thinking. Sometimes it’s good not to think. I have so much to do that if I sat down and did the sensible thing of writing everything down that I have to, it would overwhelm me. Yes, I make written lists of things to do and set myself tasks and goals each day, but if I become too rigid and ‘work-like’ with everything I have to do, it doesn’t feel good. Instead of enjoying what I do, the opposite happens and I become unproductive. Yes, I have an overview of what must be done, but I have to do it the quirky way. If I schedule too much, it becomes a chore and that shows. Does that happen to you?
Things I need to do:
I have to create a new website for http://www.beatredundancyblues.com as my web host no longer services RV Sitebuilder that I used to build it. I have been unable to access my admin panel for at least a couple of months and now I can get into it, I can’t make any amendments due to constant Java script errors. This site is currently more popular than my http:// http://www.beatredundancyblues.co.uk site that is built using WordPress. I have no choice but to change it.
After making a few amendments to my Break through the barriers of redundancy book, I need to re-index and paginate it, within the interior CreateSpace template.
After being asked by businesses about training staff in blogging, I thought it best to set up a website to build a professional brand for my blog training. I have bought the domain name http://www.BlogTrainer.co.uk and have yet to build the site. I have a new @blogtrainerUK Twitter account and now need to grow my followers. Thanks to those of you who have already joined me on that account.
I haven’t forgotten that I still have blog awards to officially accept in future posts. Thanks to all of you who have given me awards. I very much appreciate them.
I managed to track down my English teacher from college. She edits manuscripts. I sent her a copy of my Break through the barriers of redundancy book manuscript so she could give it a quick scan. Her feedback was encouraging. She said it’s interesting, well thought out and there are not many books like it on the market. I was thrilled with those comments. As she is very critical, I know it must be a good book.
Because my Break through the barriers of redundancy book advertises my http://www.beatredundancyblues.com site on the front cover, updating that site, must be a priority.
I have to not think too much and just get on with it.
I currently teach Blogging as an aid to recovery for the Recovery Learning Community, for the NHS, as a self-employed person. Tomorrow I have an interview to work for the NHS Staff Bank as an employed person. This means I will have two employed jobs and still be self-employed. In effect, I am applying for my own job, but as an employed person. I had to fill out a 15 page application form and provide 12 pages of supporting information. It took me about a week and a half to do this because of working at my full-time day job.
There are 4 key ingredients to having a successful interview, the 4 Ps as I call them. Learn what they are in this video.
If you found this video helpful and you would like to see more videos you can subscribe to my YouTube quirkybooksTV channel by going to http://www.youtube.com/user/quirkybooksTV and hitting the subscribe button. I have 6 subscribers so far, 5 of whom are followers of this blog, thanks so much to Al, Ste, Mike, Mr Lattimer and Ralph. You rock!
Don’t worry if video is not your thing, I will still be writing lots of posts and sharing other bloggers’ fantastic posts.
Don’t miss my written post on Monday 26th of May, I have a treat in store for you, an Author interview with Ian Kane.
While this post should simply be called ‘The Blog Tour’, I couldn’t help include a little quirky in there, and yes, I know I used a lower case ‘q’.
Thanks to Carolyn Huges from The Hurt Healer, I have the opportunity to share some exclusive insights into my Break through the barriers of the redundancy book, as part of The Blog Tour.
As a Freelance Writer Carolyn’s work can be vast, in her blog tour post, I believe she has captured the essence of why her blog and writing are so popular:
“Although there are lots of blogs of a similar genre to mine, I think what makes The Hurt Healer different is the amount of sharing of myself that is included in each post. When you read my blog, you read the work of my authentic self and not just the facts of the subject.”
The Blog Tour asks 4 questions, that I can’t wait to answer.
1. What am I working on?
I am still working on the final amendments of my book: Break through the barriers of redundancy to get back into work: An A-Z ‘How to’ guide. I keep saying final amendments because I keep finding things to amend, although some of my latest amendments are not needed because the original work is better. That is how I know it is almost ready for publishing. At the moment it is indexed for the 131 A4 pages, but once it’s uploaded to CreateSpace on Amazon, it will be almost twice the number of pages in booklet format and therefore I will need to re-index and repaginate it beforehand. A writer’s work is never done!
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
It is different because it takes a holistic view of redundancy, treating the inner being before treating the outer being. It’s about dealing with the initial grief and depression of redundancy, going back to the roots of what you were born to do, before family and other commitments took priority and finding out what you really want to do with your life and career. It’s about exploring what your dream job would be, how to get it in 6 simple steps, how to work out if self-employment would be right for you or not. Then it deals with the practicalities of getting back into paid employment, the insider secrets of creating an irresistible CV and cover letter that gets results. In a nutshell, it provides a complete system for getting back into work. It covers 26 aspects of redundancy and provides eighty benefits to you, the reader.
It is unique because it combines two genres. The technical know-how of a how-to book, with the simplicity of an A-Z guide. That’s what makes it a quirky book.
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I love reading non-fiction, how-to business books, because I can learn so much from them. I discovered that I have a lot of knowledge from both sides of the redundancy fence that would prove invaluable to others. The recruitment side, whilst managing, and the applying for jobs and being interviewed side, whilst redundant. It is from both points of view that I have been able to create a complete A-Z system for breaking down your barriers of redundancy, to get back into work. It is written from my own life experience in order to help others.
4. How does your writing/creating process work?
As usual, it started with a creative explosion, a brainstorm if you like. That in this case was for an A-Z of redundancy, which started with the first few letters in posts on my http://www.beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com blog, and I have adapted for the final book. Once I had written an A-Z of redundancy, I then had to go through every letter and write a how-to for it. I wrote the front and back matter after finishing the main contents of the book. It was tricky to get the font size right and to distinguish the headings from the sub headings in the index. To my knowledge, combining an A-Z guide with a How-to book, has not been done before, and it has been a huge challenge for me to combine them into an easy to read, palatable style, but the challenge has been well worth it.
Now to tag three others to continue to keep the blog tour going on Monday 19th of May:
Al from http://kattermonran.com is multi-talented. He writes flash fiction, is an awesome photographer and a fantastic poet. He is also a great guy. He speaks from the heart. Al uses descriptive, yet simple language, that is elegant and easy to understand. Check out his blog and follow it. You won’t be disappointed.
Rohan from http://rohan7things.wordpress.com. Rohan is a jack of all trades. He is a musician, songwriter, author, professional sound engineer and music producer. He specialises in writing about Stoic philosophy and his blog is titled after his second book “The 7 Things That Made Me Genuinely & Irreversibly Happy: and how they can do the same for you”. The e-book is available to purchase from Amazon for $5.87.
I look forward to reading your answers in a blog post on the 19th of May, and to see who you tag. Thank you guys for taking part, much appreciated.
My break through the barriers of redundancy book, will be out soon to buy on Amazon. As always, thank you for your continued interest and support.
I just had to share this uplifting post with you. I was in a dark place years ago, not liking my life, or who I was, so I changed it. I changed my circumstances and my environment automatically changed as a result. I changed and developed myself until I was happy with the best version of me that there could be, and I am still evolving now. Nowadays I am happy with who I am, and comfortable in my own skin. I enjoy being quirky and pride myself on not being normal – If I can help it. Even though my life can still be up and down sometimes, I am the happiest I have ever been.
Be true to who you are. If you don’t like who you are, then make changes and become the greatest version of yourself that you were born to be.
If you love this post from Carolyn Hughes, you should enjoy reading “L is for Love Yourself” in my Break through the barriers of redundancy book – Coming soon to Amazon.
“A new day: Be open enough to see opportunities. Be wise enough to be grateful. Be courageous enough to be happy.” ~ Steve Maraboli
Life can be tough. And if you’ve ever had one of those days, that turns into one of those weeks it can be to hard embrace the new day and be happy. Everyone has difficult times and whilst it’s essential to your overall well-being to feel your emotions, but it’s also crucial to have some balance. You have to love your life too.
I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself. ~ Maya Angelou.
I spent many years battling the depression and addiction that defined my existence. Whilst my circumstances had a huge part to play in how I felt, the fundamental issue was that I didn’t know how to enjoy my life because I didn’t…
I am still working on the final edit of my book and it is taking longer than I expected, but it will be worth the wait.
After a short break, I am working back in my day job again, and I start teaching Blogging as an aid to recovery on Monday 24th of February. I had planned to publish my book in February, depending on how long it took to edit it to a standard that I am happy with. Although I have people waiting to buy my book, I won’t compromise on quality, and I know they wouldn’t want me to. It looks likely I will publish it in March rather than February.
I now own the copyright of the book cover illustration and design, although credit still goes to my illustrator Victoria Warby for creating it. I think she has done a fantastic job.
Please note that the entire book cover is copyrighted and will be revealed in the future – For now, I can exclusively reveal the Book Blurb.
Break Through The Barriers of Redundancy Book Blurb: Copyright Sandra Bellamy/quirkybooks – Cover Illustration created by Victoria Warby
Coming soon to Amazon: My new book – Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy To Get Back Into Work: – An A-Z ‘How to’ guide.
I am honoured to have had a post written about me, my writing and my efforts to help people who are redundant to get back into work, by Al from http://kattermonran.com.
I am so thrilled, it is such a great write-up and Al is very popular in the blogging community. He is a genuinely a nice guy who isn’t afraid of being himself and sharing his experiences to help others.
Thanks for your lovely comforting comments during my time of illness. I will get around to replying to each one them when I can. I am still poorly but managed to write a post and publish it on my beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com blog site.
Despite being ill for a while now, in the post, I have focused on both my personal and professional successes for 2013. This includes writing successes.
As you are a huge part of my success, I thought you would like to read it so we can celebrate together. Here it is:
I would like to thank you all for your continued support during 2013.
Not only have I accomplished a lot personally but professionally too.
Personal highlights include:
Receiving a Good Citizens Award from the police.
Meeting and speaking to HM the Queen at St James’s Palace.
Becoming a self-employed Tutor and teaching my first Blogging as an aid to recovery course – How to start a WordPress.com blog.
Professional highlights include:
beatredundancyblues won a Special Recognition FT4G Business Award in February.
beatredundancyblues published a redundancy success story in December about Sherri Matthews fulfilling her writing dreams after the age of 50: Read Sherri’s success story
I couldn’t have done it without you.
I would like to wish each and every one of you a Happy Christmas and a hugely successful 2014.
I would like to reiterate my thanks to you.
As I still have lots of work to do on my book over the next few days and need to get some sleep and rest, I won’t be able to comment, like or post as much. I will write as soon as I am able to, keep smiling, you are awesome.
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.
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.