New Year. New Theme.

Why not?! I’m feeling a general dissatisfaction with the blog, how it looks, what it says etc. etc. So bear with me while I go through the process of finding a new theme that will assist in my efforts to get back on track and reinvigorate the blog ūüėÄ

Things I can share with you about the new theme: it will support all formats and be free (insert eye roll emoji here!).

Blogging ABOUT school # 01

So back in 2013, I was sitting in the classroom and wrote this post about blogging! Fast forward to 2017 and I was once again in a blogging workshop, although for a different course. This time, I thought I’d put my time to good use and update the blog that I started at the beginning of the course (back in September of last year) and post a few things.

One big adjustment was to invite myself to be an administrator for the school blog. I thought at the time I should set it up as a different user, then I found out that the WordPress app does not handle that – as in I couldn’t sign out as myself and sign in again as my other self! So now user Kanvera has rights to post on the school blog I’ve set up – and shortly will usurp the existing ‘owner’ of the blog so that all of my blogs will be under the one roof / user id!

There is an associated Facebook page as well (of course) which is also getting plenty of attention from me – I’ll be using that to ‘check in’ to places when the class out in the field.

Blogging from school!

Today I’m sitting in room 302 at Helmi-Liiketalousopisto taking part in a blogging class. So far I am a little ahead of my classmates, if only for the fact¬† that I already have a WordPress account and an active blog. My neighbour just asked why I am here, to which I answered that I am always looking to learn new things!

I’ve just created a new blog, however I’m not ready to share it with you just yet.

In the meantime, let’s examine my spam that has arrived in the recent days:

In response to my tongue-in-cheek Hat post came this little gem: Wow! This can be one particular of the most useful blogs We‚Äôve ever arrive across on this subject. Basically Wonderful. I am also a specialist in this topic so I can understand your hard work. Glad to know that I’m not the only specialist in this area!

I’m thankful for the wonderful people who visit my blog and return, again and again and again! You make it all worthwhile. THANK YOU!

Now to why I am participating in this particular challenge. Well, I need to stretch my photography talents! To date, the majority of the photos that appear on my blogs have been taken with my phone or the tough little ‘point and shoot’ that loiters in the bottom of my bag. They are not always the most clear, and often fail to get the big picture across (pun fully intended!).

So while I ponder the many different models and brands of cameras out there, I’ll start trying to get in the frame of mind required to take better pictures and follow The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge. No time like the present to get started…

PS: I hope screenshots count as photos…

A better blog reader… perhaps

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There’s a new widget in town! See below at the foot of the page. I’ve been busy adding my followers and blogroll entries to Bloglovin (love the idea, hate the name). So now I’ll never miss another post again.

WordPress reader hasn’t been doing it for me, neither google reader or RSS. So if you noticed that I posted on old posts today, it was me catching up on things buried deep in the bottom of the email!

My blogging life… or how did it get like this?

I love Pink¬†and Raise your glass¬†(better known to me as Why so serious)¬†is as good a song for today as any. The first thing I remember hearing this morning was¬†Cher¬†and Turn back time, and that fits today’s theme of what I’ve learnt about blogging so far.

If I could go back in time, I would know NOT to click the notify by email button for more comments after commenting on a freshly pressed page. ¬†I often read my mails on the go, and after commenting on a post that had me laughing out loud from start to finish I commented (as you do and should after something¬†good comes into your life). Now, I’m a pretty modern woman and much of my life (with the exception of actually writing a blog) is done via my phone.

I use my phone for pretty much everything and life would grind to a¬†halt fairly quickly if I was to lose¬†it. What I wasn’t ready for (as¬†I’m quite sure neither was¬†Sweet Mother) was the total deluge of comments and subsequent mails.¬†For at least three days after my post, every time I opened the mail icon the unread message count climbed and climbed.¬†I’ve since found that there¬†is link to comments I’ve made so I don’t have to subscribe for comments anymore and can go¬†back and see if the host answered¬†/ noted ¬†my¬† comment. What’s more, the comments still keep coming. Bravo Sweet Mother for answering us all!

When I started this it was¬†practice for my setting up the business blog, which does¬†still exist¬†and where I’ll be heading just as soon as this gets posted. This blog¬†has a life now that has taken me totally¬†by surprise. (I’ve also noted that my English¬†can do with the practice. I’ve just edited a couple of¬†sentences above that were very Finnish in their construction!) I have regular readers who comment and it’s not surprising to see the same names & faces pop up here and there on other blogs I follow. The Word Press world is not so large after all!

As much as I would like to post everyday, even with the publishing later option, it’s just not¬†always possible, plus I can’t honestly¬†write something today to post later. I did it once, and it felt so weird and false that I’m not heading down that track again. Also, I’m a little old-fashioned in that if someone takes the time to comment then that effort deserves at least an acknowledgement,¬† and I know that my current¬†daily routine doesn’t allow me the luxury of having¬†word press open ready to¬†comment back. The¬†email option works, provided I get to¬†through the daily flood in good time… or¬†I don’t get sidetracked into reading a new blog…

I’m not a huge¬†stats follower, as I¬†presume if I visit a¬†page today, and have to go back tomorrow to finish reading¬†that will count as two visits. The page I like the most¬†is the map¬†highlighting (top of this page)¬†where you, the¬†reader are. The¬†little winking dots make me think of those¬†night-time pictures of earth and all the big cities spread out.

This is not the¬†post I¬†had planned for today.¬†It is lurking in the back¬†awaiting some editing. I’m on¬†anoppi’s computer and it’s a Mac and I’m having a heap of problems working out how to use it.¬†¬†Adding links and pretty pictures¬†seems to be a task equivalent to launching the next mission to Mars so I’ll wait until I’m in front of my own machine.

Hyvää pääsiäistä / Happy Easter

editing question here: why is Finnish the word always tagged in my spell check?!?!

Ugly presumptions

The other side of my life ūüôā

Helsinki Buy Design

My circles have expanded somewhat in recent months. I’ve made more of an effort to get out there and meet people and do stuff and be involved generally.

When you meet new people quite often the initial conversation will go along the lines of ‚Äėwhat do you¬†do?‚Äô¬† or ‚Äėwhere do you work?‚Äô Subsequently I‚Äôve been saying well I‚Äôm working for this company until the end of the month and then I‚Äôm going off to DO MY OWN THING!¬† The key word here of course being OWN.

So why do people insist on throwing business ideas at me? Three times in as many weeks I’ve had new acquaintances mention that they have a really great idea for my business. Despite my earlier explanations of tourism, visitors to Helsinki and similar clues. So thanks but no thanks. I am not interested in being a distributor of all-natural products from a scheme that seems to…

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My internet presence

or am I spreading myself too thin? Or worse still, repeating myself and boring the pants off everybody?! Is this every bloggers nightmare? Or typical newbie blogger paranoia? Is it possible to have too many pies on the go? I have to ask this, as¬†I’ve seen some¬†twitter accounts incessantly tweeting the most ridiculous and inane guff.¬† Their Facebook accounts aren’t much better, and¬† if there is too much repetition why to look any further.

I’m pondering this¬†as I¬†toy with the idea of creating a new blog for my culinary endeavours of 2012 and then yet another blog for a once in a lifetime trip that is coming up¬†very soon..

So, I’ll¬†throw caution to the wind and share a little bit more of me here…¬† yes I’m on Facebook (FB), although I haven’t shared this blog with my FB friends just yet. I’m still finding my voice a little… My FB account is (with the exception of a couple that I ‘connected’ with long the way – we clicked in the right way :)) strictly for those that I’ve met in the flesh.

I have a LinkedIn account, which I call my FB for grownups. There is some overlap with FB, old work colleagues etc, although many of my more recent connections have been based¬†purely on email contacts. I’m not so active updating the information, although lately I’ve made a concerted¬†effort to add or update at least one¬†detail each¬†¬†week.

Twitter I have… you can see at the bottom of the page (I hope it’s there anyway!) and I try to use this as a mix of¬†personal,¬†work, and the blog.

So, crunch time! Two new blogs or a series of postings under this blog? On one hand a series makes it easy to categorise, tag etc. On the other hand, these other subjects are not at the crux of being a Taswegian in Finland. To bore or not to bore, that is the question. My future is in your hands!

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