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

Calling all bloggers – A great opportunity for you – facebook.com/BlogtrainerUK


Hi everyone Sandra Bellamy Blog Trainer UK A huge thanks to all of you who have left comments and stuck with me through these busy times when I haven’t been able to comment or like much lately. I want to thank each and every one of you with this fantastic opportunity. I love blogging and I love bloggers. I want to show you some blogging love: I have a new Facebook page for my Blog Training business. If you have a blog, feel free to share your posts to this page. http://www.facebook.com/BlogtrainerUK The Rules Are – You need to Like this page from your personal profile so that it shows up on the Like counter, before posting your first post, and your like must not be removed. Posts must not be libel, offensive, no swearing or nudity. Any concerns and I shall remove the post. Any questions, please message me before posting, thanks.

quirky book writing – The Blog Tour – Break through the barriers of redundancy book – Exclusive


Hi everyone
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’.
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Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy Book Blurb
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.
Mike from http://mikesfilmtalk.com. Mike is a fantastic blogger and an extremely talented guy. He works as the Deputy Managing Editor of Entertainment for Guardian Liberty Voice. He is also an actor.
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.
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.

About.

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

Grab a little Sunshine and Shine On!


Hi everyone

I am still wading through the wonderful amount of awards I have been fortunate enough to receive.

These next two awards were given to me by Sharla Shults on 5th July 2013, from http://catnipoflife.wordpress.com. Check out her amazing blog.

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The RULES that apply here are the usual question/answer typical questions.

I have answered some of these questions before.

Favourite colour? In clothes, Black and white or blue.

Favourite animal? My 4 guineapigs and Peaches who I sadly lost this year.

Favourite number? 6 but lucky number is 8.

Favourite non-alcoholic drink? In terms of tea, peppermint is my favourite.

My passion? Writing, writing and more writing.

Prefer getting or giving presents? I like both equally.

Favourite days of the week? Any days that I have off from my day job so I can spend more time writing.

Favourite flower? A rose – Red is my favourite colour.

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The Shine On Award.

THE RULES ARE:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. State 7 things about yourself

4. Nominate 15 (more or less) other bloggers for this award and link to them.

5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award requirements.

7 Things About Me

  1. When I look back at photos of when I was a little girl, my hair appeared to be almost white in colour.
  2. My mum would not let me grow my hair long when I was young.
  3. I love having long hair now.
  4. I enjoy writing poems in greetings cards for my family and friends.
  5. I have two identical glittery santa decorations that hand on my Christmas Tree.
  6. I love hanging tinsel around each room in my flat at Christmas time.
  7. I have a Winnie the Pooh and Piglet bedside table lamp.

Blogs I Am Nominating for both awards are as follows:

  1. http://authorstephaniethomas.wordpress.com 
  2. http://eyedancers.wordpress.com
  3. http://kindnessblog.com
  4. http://simplyilka.com
  5. http://inigobautista.wordpress.com
  6. http://adoptingjames.wordpress.com
  7. http://transcendingbordersblog.wordpress.com
  8. http://turquoisecompass.com
  9. http://propelsteps.wordpress.com
  10. http://reconstructingchristina.com
  11. http://writingstraight.com
  12. http://marthareynoldswrites.com
  13. http://liveblissful.wordpress.com
  14. http://simplymejustbe.wordpress.com
  15. http://stuffitellmysister.me

I hope you embrace your awards with open arms because you deserve them both. I look forward to reading more about you.

Write soon

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