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Is Blogging dead

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6 January 2016 This evening I got an email from an old WordPress plugin  to tell me that my blog was under attack.  Since the evolution of social media I moved away from blogging.  As an experiment, whoever you are, whenever you are from…. If you see this post, please comment.  I expect nobody will as nobody comes here anymore.  Or do they?

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Blogging again…

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…very soon.

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Bruges 2013

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Lille 2013

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Reflections on outsourcing the corporate website

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As I write this, I look out onto our garden. Our garden is overgrown, and needs a serious weeding session. A tin of paint stands near the patio, rusting.  For weeks I’ve been meaning to throw it away.  I’m not sure what are flowers, and what are weeds… and I’m sure a Winnie the Pooh ornament lives somewhere in one of the flowerbeds. One day I’ll venture out, and cut the lawn, throw the tin, and do a pretty rubbish job at weeding. It’ll look OK, it won’t look great, but it’ll look OK, it’ll do…. and I’ll leave it to grow again… This is sadly one of the things I’ve learned in the past few months…. and relevant too in business marketing and growth. When it comes to doing something with your own business…. the natural approach is to have a pop at doing it yourself first, rather than getting in the professional (in the case of the garden, a gardener) who will do a proper job…. and charge royally for his or her time. Take the wall to my right, as i write…. It is red, it looks OK, but it would not be a great advert to advertise this house for sale. A professional painter will have done a better job than I did, and if a couple were walking round our house right now, and comparing it with another house similar in size and layout, which had been decorated by a professional (and not me) they might pick that house over ours.  Silly little analogy, but put that into context when marketing a business… Why on earth would you ‘paint your own website’ for customers to compare it with competitors who got in a professional painter (web designer)? I’m waffling… But essentially I’m throwing down words with reflect on the experience of bringing in a professional painter/gardener/designer to do our corporate websites, rather than doing them ourselves…. because for the first time ever, this is what we’ve done…. we’ve brought in outsiders to look at our business, reflect on our marketing, and design our web strategy and presence for us…. and help us….. And quite simply, wow. What an experience it has been…. our business is growing. To add more background… Before I was at Creative Learning Systems, I was at Cleveratom (2007 – 2011).  Before Cleveratom, I was at Ultralab (2000 – 2006). At Cleveratom we would never have got in external help with our site. We always did our own website, involved our own people, did our own writing, did all our own stuff. At Ultralab (before Cleveratom) self sufficiency was burned into the ethos of the place… “we’re web people, we do our own website!”… and we did…. the sites looked ok as places to find research and reflect on the past, but I’d argue that they did not actively promote what we as teams could do… and quite frankly, were able to do brilliantly…. and I wonder just how many people who surfed on in,  then surfed on out…. probably confused… probably thinking ‘what was that all about?’…. I think it fair to say, in the case of Ultralab the phone rang because of the existing reputation. I don’t remember once someone phoning in and saying “I’ve just seen your website,...

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WordPress.com Experimentation

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After reading a weblog about the new WordPress.com free blogging, I’ve decided to expriment with the service, initially by setting up a free blog for the company I work for, to experiment with the themes. I’ve written an initial post about our Learning Management System, which is bespoke to the needs of the organisations that use it, I’m interested in how the plugins work in WordPress.com, and hopefully will use this service more to play with plugins before deploying them on our live WordPress servers. Visit the experiment here: http://creativelearningsystems.wordpress.com/ I plan to develop the site and trial the plugins...

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New website theme

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Am currently working on a new theme for my website, the old one was good, but was very very slow.  How fast did this page load?  Is it working OK for you? Appreciate any feedback! Work in progress…

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Creative Learning Systems

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Creative Learning Systems

Since 2011: BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR. I am Business Development Director  of Creative Learning Systems Ltd. I bring to the business 18 years of experience in eLearning system analysis, design and implementation in projects around the world. Creative Learning Systems core business is Online Learning. CLS designs, builds, refines, hosts, delivers, and embeds bespoke elearning solutions. In summary, the company does four things: Design, build and support bespoke eLearning Systems Design, build and support bespoke eLearning Courses Sell and support our own Learning Management System Resell and supports the Composica eLearning Authoring Tool CLS is a Government Procurement Supplier, providing systems and support to Government Departments and Local Authorities all over the UK. Our solutions, systems and services are used in business, education, broadcasters, government and charities across the planet. To find out more about Creative Learning Systems, click this link to visit the UK website....

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