I’m back… after a long break from Blogging… Why was I gone so long I hear you asking? Well I will outline just that has changed and what caused my lack of posting here on ThatBlogger…
As some of you may know I was working for a local marketing agency close to where I live. After working there for about 4 years I decided it was time to take the plunge and setup my own marketing company.
This wouldn’t be my first company, as I had already been running a first aid training company on the side to my normal job, so had already got the basics of business.
So in September 2014 I handed in my notice, got an office at a new enterprise park near where I live and started on my own. Running the two companies became very time-consuming working on client projects and sorting all the tax and accounts meant that I lost the free time I had to blog. 10 months later I am still going having secured enough work to keep me going. You can check out my company website here. Let me know in the comments what you think!
Having just told you I have started my own company, I also now have another job!
For a long time now I have been trying to work my way up and gain experience with the view to join the Ambulance Service here in the UK. After years of doing just that, I found myself applying for jobs at my local NHS Trust not really thinking much about it other than filling in the application form as I had been doing for months before. However one day after coming back into the office after a meeting, to my surprise I had been asked to attend an assessment day for a chance to be selected to work in my dream job. I went to the assessment day thinking it was worth a go and if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work but the closer it got to that day the more I wanted it.
About a week after passing all the assessment tests and interview I was waiting to see if I had been selected for a space of 200 from a list of 3000 people. Then that call came! I had got that job!
A few months on with the paperwork coming along I am not just waiting for my course to start in July. Wait… What about my companies…? Well I am still going to run those companies. Just on more of a part-time basis.
New Blog Theme
Now I am back blogging I thought it was about time I updated the ThatBlogger theme. I took a few hours our of working on client projects to quickly code up a new theme. Which is the theme you are seeing now! Let me know in the comments that you think about it?
Yep… It’s that time of year when people start to go away on their summer holidays! That is exactly what me and my girlfriend are doing. On Tuesday next week (10 June) we are off to Mexico for 2 weeks so the blogging well slow down slightly while I am away but I will make sure I upload some photo blogs so you guys can see what I am up too!
So What Now?…
I am going to try to blog now as much as I can and keep you updated with the goings on in my life, code, reviews and general day-to-day stuff.
If anyone has anything they would like to send me for review or anything please let me know via the contact page.
As you might have been ThatBlogger has been quite quiet recently. This is because since the start of the year I have been extremely busy working on new projects, a new business venture and general life events.
I recently took some time to redesign That Blogger to give it a fresh new look and to finally get round to blogging again!
The New Theme
Having spent some time looking around the net for a theme to fork, saving me time designing and building a new theme. I stumbled upon a theme I really liked. It was clean, simple and used Post Formats, something I had wanted to use for a while to give my posts a facelift. This theme was Sorbet by Automattic. I knew I would have to fork a theme and adapt the code to work the way I wanted and take out the code I didn’t need for That Blogger. However after forking the code I decided to work from the ground up and build a Sorbet based theme using the Bootstrap Framework. What you see now if my finished product.
Take a look at what the theme looks like if you downloaded it right from WordPress.org and you’ll see the difference.
What else has changed?
I have been through and fixed broken links in posts so you don’t need to worry about clicking a link and the website behind it has gone! The next thing to be removed is adverts, I decided to ditch all adverts, this was simply because I want the website to be as clean as it can be to really focus on the content.
I have also made some minor speed improvements in the new theme.
Let me know what you think about the new look in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Over the past few days I have been fining blogging hard. Not the actual technical side of blogging more the coming up with topics to write about…
Some of you may well know I am a big fan of John Saddington a former owner of 8BIT and WPDaily who I worked with when I contributed to WPDaily. His expertise and advice has gotten me to this point today and have allowed me to keep blogging for nearly a year now!
People can’t lie to you, blogging is hard work – getting readers and keeping readers isn’t easy. However one of John’s posts really helped me out. In it John said blog at least 3 times a week, to gain more traffic to your blog or website. My aim is to hit 250 unique visits per day. Hopefully with a bit of work I can achieve this target.
Totally random post but its one down for this week!
Blogging plays a big part of my day to day life. I gain knowledge, learn new tips and tricks and keep up with ever moving WordPress news. Well news in general really.
Because of this I wanted to share with you 6 blogs that I check nearly every day. Starting off with WPMU.
A WordPress news and tips blog ran side by side with the WPMU Premium network. Featuring +140 plugins and 160+ themes.
A blog ran by Manage WP, a WordPress management solution. This blog features tips on blogging, productivity, WordPress tips and tricks and more. Its also worth checking out there monthly theme and plugin posts.
Leaving Work Behind is owned by Tom Ewer, a freelance writer who writes for ManageWP and many more company’s. One thing I like most about his blog is that he publishes his monthy income from freelance writing. His story is also very interesting as he left his full time job to become a full time freelance blogger. Well worth a look if you are unsure on making the jump.
If your into technology, including gadgets like mobile phone, tech company’s, computers, websites… well anything tech. This is the blog for you!
This blog is a must if you are a freelancer in the creative industry at all. This blog provides vital information on the world of freelance including tips and trick and everything in between!
Torque took over from WP Daily a few weeks ago now – when it was WP Daily I used to browse the blog every day and even contributed to the content been posted. However 8BIT who were the former owners of WP Daily decided to call it a day and sell WP Daily. Now it has been purchased by WP Engine I do still check this blog but not as often as I used to. Sad really.
And that’s my 6 blogs I check daily. Do you have blogs that you check often? I’d love to hear them in the comments.
Photo by: oatsy40
WP Engine’s new Torque Mag has successfully taken over WP Daily’s archives for an undisclosed sum. All the posts from WP Daily now resolve in an archive form on the Torque website.
You can read more about the Torque take over here on the 8BIT blog. And find all of my posts from WP Daily here.
This website is a personal project of mine – with set goals on teaching myself, not always the easy way how to successfully set-up, run and grow a blog on the internet.
This blog has been around for approximately 3 months now and so far the traffic is going the right direction month by month. However one fact I have seen from my stats is that in those 3 months a large 86.5% of people are new unique visitors. While there is nothing wrong with that, my ultimate aim is to build traffic and build a group of returning visitors. People who check my blog once, twice or maybe more in a month to build an active community of visitors commenting.
This is why I have decided to bring a month by month list of what are my top blog articles from blogs all over the internet for you to checkout. Starting off with the month just gone July.
July 2013’s Top 10 Blog Articles
- WPMUorg – State of the Word: WordPress 3.7 and 3.8 Out Soon
- Chris Lema – How to choose a WooCommerce consultant
- ManageWP – How I Created an Authority Site From the Ground Up [Part 1]
- The Next Web – IE9 falls below 10% market share
- 8BIT – Introducing Required
- Net Tuts+ – Developing Google Chrome Extensions
- WP Tuts+ – How to Customize Your WordPress Theme With a Child Theme
- Pressgram – Success! Now, We Wait…
- 8BIT – WP Daily: In Good Hands
- Torque – Torque and The WP Daily Archives
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