Brand and Growth and Links I Liked.

Small Girl was right. The sun has come out. The sky is blue all over, all the way round, a perfect shimmering sky blue.

So that’s why they call it sky blue, eh? I had almost forgotten.

Brand and growth blogging course, set three goals, blogging 201, #bloggingbranding,

Down to business.

I have signed up for the wordpress Brand and Growth blogging course. Is anybody else having a go? It will be ten days of tasks to complete by the end of which I shall be transformed into a seriously influential blogger, a proper mover and a shaker.

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Okay then, being realistic, I will hopefully get some guidance about what I’m supposed to be doing here. I am supposed to answer these questions:

Why do I blog? 

I ask myself this all the time and the only true answer is this; because it feels good. I’ve always been a writer of letters and this is my writing comfort zone. I’m sending a letter into the universe and hoping that a few like-minded souls will, at least, send up a smoke signal in reply. It makes me feel that, even if I am isolated here in my quiet house, there are people just like me, out there, beyond the wide blue fence.

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If my blog exceeded my wildest dreams what would it look like?

A woman on the other side of the world sits in a coffee shop reading an obscure and unfashionable book. Her friend arrives, drops her bag and takes a seat.

‘What’s that you’re reading?’ asks the newcomer.
‘Oh, you’d love it,’ says the woman,’Sultanabun recommended it’. 
‘Really? Then I must read it’.

Something like that 🙂

I would also really like to find a way of making money from this blog so that I can keep doing it forever and never stop because I love it.

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Set three concrete goals for your blog.

  1. Followers. I would be lying if I claimed not to care how many followers I have. Of course I do and I want more! So far, I have a total of 150 which is paltrey compared to others. I would claim that mine are high calibre followers; they read and comment and care. I’m going to set a goal of reaching 200 followers by September 1st. I have no clue how to make that happen but I guess that’s what this course is for.
  2. The first regular feature, which I began yesterday, will be a monthly garden update. I’ll let you know what’s growing, what’s blooming, what we are eating from the garden and what the slugs got first. I’m making a vow to be completely mostly honest with absolutely no very little selective cropping of pictures.
  3. The next regular feature, which I will begin today, will be a selection of my favourite links and tidbits from around the web. Let me know what you think.

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Right. Let’s do that.

Drumroll please…..ta daah:

Links I Liked This Week.

Well, that was a bit underwhelming.

Get a free t-shirt from Bookwitty.com

I came across this site by chance. It is a book-selling, book-loving, book-talking site. They have a hub in Toronto and a new office in Dublin. If I have understood correctly, they are selling books worldwide through a network of independent bookshops. That seems like a great idea. I buy lots of books from Amazon but I do feel traitorous as I one-click a book.

Bookwitty also feature a wealth of bookish articles and conversations and they encourage users to contribute. I liked this article by Dr. Ken Beatty about fostering a love of reading in children.  I have linked some of my reviews to the relevant topics so, if you come across them, I would be grateful if you could give me a like. They call it a wit.

I signed up on wednesday night and received an email yesterday to tell me that I am one of the first 1000 followers which wins me a free t-shirt. If you get in there quickly you might get lucky.

Just to be clear, I am not affiliated to Bookwitty but I would like to contribute to the site.

Give up dieting. 

This is a great article. When I was in college I had an option to study nutrition. I regret having dismissed it in favour of food chemistry and I’m fascinated by the subject now.

While I remain a lazy, lardy lump, I have been making an effort to walk the dog more often and a little farther.

Watch James Cordon.

Am I the last person on the planet to watch the James Cordon youtube channel ? Just in case I’m not, link to it here.

I’m sorry to rush you, my friends, but I need to get out there with a trowel, or maybe just an iced coffee. Have a great weekend.

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19 thoughts on “Brand and Growth and Links I Liked.

  1. Great, will be good to hear how it goes. BTW, I may not bee on the other side of the world and I may be more likely to be in a pub than a coffee shop but I am the woman reading the books you recommend!

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  2. Yes to everything!
    I haven’t heard of the course but I shall click on the link to find out more. I honestly don’t know what the secret is. Some claim there isn’t one but you see some newer bloggers pop up and all of a sudden they have hundreds (or thousands) of followers! Not that that is most important thing but it does make me wonder if they’re doing something I’m not. I comment regularly on the blogs I enjoy (apart from the bigguns- still intimidated :/) and I make comments on new ones I’ve found. I feel like we’re somehow not allowed to talk about this sort of thing… I look forward to hearing what you make of it all from the course.
    Also, I shall be singing songs from Annie all afternoon now.

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  3. It’s always good to have goals! I would love to read your feedback on the course – and to see what’s growing in your garden…and to read your reviews on books and just ‘catch up’ with you! I read your blog like you’re a close friend 🙂 🙂

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  4. I like your style. I found that by visiting and following other bloggers, my numbers grew when they did the same. I think when you take a genuine interest in them, other people are attracted to your blog. Thanks for taking an interest in my blog. As you can tell, I like yours too!

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  5. I’ve been mulling this post over for a while. I love your blog – it makes me laugh and think – and your posts come across as very personal and passionate which I like. The trouble with ‘branding’ and ‘growth’ is that it can dilute what is special and different. I definitely have a problem with the seemingly unswerving juggernaut of ‘growth’ and I hate ‘branding’. Shame we can’t sit down and discuss over a g&t! Sam x

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    1. 🙂 fear not, Sam. There is no chance you’ll find me writing ’17 ways to make your bed’ style posts. I am, however, technically inept. I’m just trying to learn the language and be sure I’m not doing something completely stupid.
      I’ve been taken aback by how much I enjoy writing this blog and may be searching for a way to justify the crazy amount of time I spend on it.
      Thank you for those kind words. The blog would be pointless were it not for the genuine interaction with like-minded readers.
      Now, where’s my G&T ?
      Cheers. L.

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