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Blogging Freshman’s – Hi Five!!


Well here it is my first post for New Bloggers!!

I clearly remember how I felt when writing my first post.  There was a mixture of excitement and uncertainty.  Being able to publish something I wrote to a global audience was such a new experience.

It was a huge learning curve as there was so much to learn, and still is. So as I journey through the myriads of blogs out there in WordPress I will post a list each month of new bloggers who have created their blogs in the last 12 months or less, and hopefully direct some new friendly traffic their way:-)

Like, Follow and comment as it is always great reading someone’s response.

So today’s list is:-


The following blog is WordPress’s and great for Newbies or Seasoned bloggers a like.


Until next months post:-)




Blogging – A Whole New World!

My two-year anniversary is fast approaching and I cannot believe I am still blogging!


I remember being both excited and uncertain all at the same time, as I looked into ‘Starting my own blog’ oh so many months ago.   I did some research and being me of course I also did do some planning.  In fact, it was a goal to be achieved and that is how I approached the whole concept of ‘Blogging.’

Some of the best advice I found was to choose an area of blogging that you could write about for a long time, in other words you could sustain.  You didn’t want to start something and then find four months in say, – you no longer had anything to say.  This made me step back slightly, as I considered what on earth would that area be? In the end I decided it would be in the area I did throughout my life, encouragement!

You didn’t want to start something and then find four months in say, – you no longer had anything to say!

The next consideration was what platform to use as there were so many avenues to choose from i.e. via your own business website etc., but as you can see I decided on WordPress simply because I found it relatively straight forward to use and I liked the numerous free template options it gave and the fact that you could change this easily if you wished.

One of my go-to guy’s or sites was ‘Pro-Blogger‘ I found it very helpful, but there is a wealth of information out there and within WordPress to assist ‘newbies.’ Don’t get overwhelmed by it all. I say approach blogging like a cake and break it down into whats manageable to you.  There are some seriously impressive sites and bloggers out their but at the end of the day you can only do you. People follow out of interests to themselves.  Either your posts or blog has connected with them or they simply just want to build their own blogging world, their is always self interest at play:-)

‘ Don’t get overwhelmed by it all’

In the early days I decided to hand write a number of posts in a book first, so that I could have a ‘library of work so to speak,’ to draw on when posting.  I think this was a tip I picked up on, as at the time, I had no idea how much inspiration I would have nor how many posts I could realistically do. Could I do more than one post per day or not? How inspired would I be? who knows but I would just capture whatever thoughts came to mind in a book because I knew I wouldn’t necessarily have my laptop all the time.  Off course you can do this kind of management within WordPress, but at the time, I neither new this nor did I understand WordPress enough to use it so sensibly:-}

My very first post was at 1:04 am on the 2nd October 2013:-) Yep inspiration to write for me can happen any time of the day or night. It is called “6 Good Habits That Equal Change’ and I remember when I hit the publish button I wondered who would read it? It was such a stupid time of the night, but I was so pleased at writing something, that I knew could be seen by someone else.  You see most of my past writings were in note books and besides one or two close friends no one saw them.

I was so shocked that within about 10 minutes of publishing someone liked my post, in fact they re-blogged it! I had no idea what re-blogging was, but this person was on the other side of the world and to know someone so far away read and liked something I wrote was the biggest encouragement I could ever of had.

they re-blogged it! I had no idea what re-blogging was

Do you remember your first post and how it felt?

Over the months WordPress was an absolute learning curve, trying to get my page to look how I wanted and to reflect me.  Blogging 101 was great and I learnt so much during the weeks it ran, and its a great place for anyone who wants to improve their blog and their blogging skills.

In support of new bloggers I thought I would start a ‘Freshman’s Blog Page’  as I know there are absolutely thousands of bloggers within the WordPress community all with a voice to be heard.

I love blogging, and its a great way to connect with other writers and their world.  I find it absolutely fascinating when I see the different countries my posts have reached, places I know I would never see.  So happy blogging people!

Be the change you want to be! Until next time.



Heads Up: Interesting Blogs

Hi everyone,

This is my review of discoveries for ‘Heads Up!’

My five discoveries of blogs I liked for a variety of reasons are listed here each fortnight.  My choices are totally on a personal basis because they resonated with me on some level.  Either they made me think, made me laugh, gave me an idea for a post, or I simply loved their creativity. Some blogs I have come across through my other blog which connects with a different audience to this one.

Posts I feel should be in Blogging Life Line will not be mentioned here.

1. J Regis This blog belongs to a young lady who has been successful at many things but always felt there was a need to write a book. This post reflects some of the challenges she faces as she decides to follow what God says in her life rather than what her situation is saying to her. Interesting for anyone desiring to write their first book based on their own life.

2. PI Photography & Fine Art Melissa takes some truly beautiful photos. A visual feast.

3.  Damyanti   Damyanti has been writing for many years, but I find her posts engaging, hope you do too.

4.  ThePublicBlogger I just like how this guy writes, what can I say:-)

5.  The Retireediary  More beauty for the eyes.  When there are so many amazing places in the world to see – photographs are such a great window, capturing a moment in time, giving you a glimpse of something different.  Michael is retired and based in Hong Kong but he has a great eye for photos.

Hope you find these blogs as interesting as I have. Do let me know?

Until next time, Be the change you want to be!


Quote: Your future is more powerful than your past.  Your power sits in your future! Dr Myles Monroe


Aquene7 = Peace






Thank You Readers!!

Well I am amazed that my posts have been viewed in 57 different countries over the past year! Who knew:-)  Some of these wonderful places I have never even heard of, WordPress is truly an amazing platform when it comes to global reach. I am really pleased I challenged myself by taking on Blogging 101 as I have seen a real improvement since September and a change in myself regarding the things I write about.  Blogging would never be the same with those who have read, followed, liked or commented on my blog, so I just wanted to say a massive ‘thank you!’ to each and everyone who has taken time out to read or view something I have written.


From Creative Common – Google Image

Another wonderful bit of statistical information from me is that  I posted my 75th post last Saturday and once again who knew when I first started with my first post on 2nd October 2013 I would have been able to write that number of posts!

Needless to say I am really grateful to God for every bit of inspiration he has given me and for the things I have done so far as I was so unsure when I first started, having no idea where my thoughts would come from.  Here’s to another year with WordPress!!!

These are a few of my past posts which I like for different reasons hope you like them too:-

1. Being The Catalyst

2.  Light Bulb Moments!

3.  What Are You Feeding Your Mind?

4.  The Wisdom Of Naomi

5.  Football – ‘The Beautiful Game’

6.  Inspiring Words – A Wind Of Change

Happy writing everyone and be encouraged to be the change you want to be.  Until the next post.

Aquene7 = Peace

Blogging 101: Prompts – Leveraging My Productivity!

Photo – Alan Cleaver Flikr via Creative Commons


Prompts….never considered the word or the meaning before today’s challenge but once again, it has made me think differently about how to write. It has moved me outside of my comfortable and familiar box of how I think creatively, and brought me into a new space.

Prompts? “What are they for me?, “How can I?’ and “How will I use them?”

The word itself has a number of meanings depending on the context of how it’s used, but my focus is on the following definition of the word:-

  • To move, to act; to spur; incite
  • To give rise to; inspire
  • To assist; To cue, To remind


Blogging 101 has certainly be ‘a spur’ in my writing,which has made such a difference. It has increased my productivity and in so doing raised the number of Followers and hits received.  This has, in fact been my most productive month in every way. Which has shown me that I can do more than I thought I could, even with a busy working day and all the other norms I have going on, making demands in my life at various levels. Just by being more flexible – waking up earlier and using my a.m. time differently or using my lunchtime not just for eating.  Makes me think of that wonderful bit of wisdom people throw out at times as an encouragement , which depending on its timing is either welcomed or frowned up.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

A prompt is anything you see it as for yourself, that cause you to do something.  It’s the ‘opportunity’ you see. The more prompts I see and recognise as a reason to respond back to in my writings, can only be a good thing. Because it widens the topics I can cover and broadens me as a person and a writer.

Prompts can apply to anything in your life really. “What would increase your productivity in work?” “In your business?”, etc.

The key is, that its inspiring. It takes you into something new, but as pointed out for blogging, you need to anchor it somehow, so you don’t go off in a tangent. Prompts are good, but don’t lose sight or focus of what’s fundamental to you. (Note to self 🙂

So now, I will be look at things differently for the purpose of my writing. If something jumps out at me, I will ask myself why? ‘What has it triggered in me? And instead of just leaving it there as a thought, I will explore the fact of writing something.

I hope you are encouraged as I am in my writing, exploring change and being the change you want to be in this world.


Until next time.



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