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Acorn Oak

From little acorns to great oaks – my blogging life-cycle

This blog began life way back in the dim and distant t’Internet past of 2006, that’s 9 years ago! Over that time it has gone through many different iterations and taken several different turns; in short it’s ‘lived’ a life that is as full of vagaries as that of the average human bean.

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Which flavour do you prefer? or

WordPress is the ice-cream of website development software with two different flavours to choose from. The vanilla, if you like is the free and hosted version you’ll find at (like this particular blog); the strawberry is the self hosted version you download and host yourself that you can pick up for … well … nothing … at

Over the last couple of months I’ve noticed a number of my compatriots with popular blogs moving away from in order to have more ‘freedom’ on their self hosted WordPress website. And, I’ve wanted to scream … “NOOOOOOO, stop and think about this first”.

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Please help me to help you get your message and writing to a wider audience

I’m going to make a huge assumption here and that is that you are hoping that your writing will eventually pay off in some way and that you aren’t doing this just for the love of writing. I could be wrong but writing for the sake of writing, without any sort of recognition of ‘success’ (whatever that may mean to you) will eventually pale alongside the need to do other things that are considered more important.

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5 top tips to help me blog more effectively

The kind people at have just sent me a link to my ‘Year of Blogging 2011‘.  An opportunity to review my activities on my blog, Woman on the Edge of Reality. When I read through them I must admit to be a little disappointed in myself and then I realised that I could easily do better. I haven’t been as active on my blog as I could have been and I have regularly posted about ‘doing better’ or ‘writing more’ and have yet to achieve both of these aims. So why promise something if I’m unable to deliver?

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The art of social organisation …

I titled this blog post (very loosely) the art of social organisation, not because I’m about to preach on about how everyone can get on the social networking bandwagon and create an amazing organisation for themselves and their businesses (which I do believe they can); but because I needed to get my own social networking (read blogging in particular) under some sort of control.  It’s not easy I have to say.  Those that know me, will know that I …..

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The Business Case for WordPress

I was sent an email earlier this week about an intensive weekend workshop I’m running with a colleague (Steve Graham) on installing, setting up, using and maintaining WordPress software.   The email said “Thanks for this. Seems a good thorough programme – certainly we’re interested, however we aren’t sure what the business benefits of wordpress are?“.

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The Final Day of the 30 Day Challenge

Well what a 30 days it’s been.  To say that I have been seriously challenged myself would be an understatement and I have learnt an amazing amount about a great many different things, some of them are personal and some of them are business and marketing focused.  I have however, not managed to reach my target of £400,000 in 30 days, in fact I’m just a shade short of it …. by just about £399,660 🙂

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