Dreams can come true
This is my last post about female blogging conference, Cybher. The last session I am going to share with you was called: How to get what you want. It was not technically about blogging but about how to achieve your dreams. Presented by business coach, Cathy Presland.
Cathy started this presentation by describing how trying new experiences keeps us young and will work the old reptile part of the brain. Change keeps us young physically and emotionally, we just need to know how to do it.
It was good to hear Cathy say that entrepreneurs think differently to corporate types. Entrepreneurs, apparently, are more adaptable, flexible and respond to circumstances. Using the SMART method of setting objectives will jar with entrepreneurs. At this point in my notebook I have written: “hell yeah”, this was music to my ears.
Cathy then went on to describe her seven principles for achieving your dream here they are:
Be specific, clear and bold about what you want.
It is OK not to fully believe it at this stage. It is OK to have an idea that an idea is bigger than us.
Translate ambition to how it would feel. For example if you want to feel satisfaction of helping people. What will that do for you, what is the internal feeling.
Say it loud.
Or write it down. You are less likely to achieve something if you don’t say it.
Make your achievement a gradual progress, write down all the small milestones and write down what you are going to achieve this week.
Prove it to believe it
No one does it alone
Celebrate every stepWrite down the things that you did today towards your goal and celebrate them.
Here is my second blog post about female blogging conference, Cybher. I know that a lot of Fe-line Women blog using WordPress as I do. I learnt some very practical hints and tips about WordPress from Julie Hall, aka Women Unlimited, and Peggy Poyser, aka Perfectly Happy Mum, that I am now going to share with you.
Ask a WordPress geek with Julie Hall
Julie’s presentation was mainly around what WordPress Plugins you need to download to make your blog/website look better and optimising it for search engines. These are her recommendations:
- WP Google Font – so that you can have pretty fonts on your blog/website
- WP Touch – to make your site mobile ready
- Contact for 7 – to add a contact form to your site
- Lightbox gallery – to show off your photos in gallery form
- Poll Daddy – to get some opinions on your site
- Track your stats – an alternative stat counter to Google Analytics
- XML Sitemap – to create a site map, good for SEO
- All in one SEO – to optimise your site for search engines
- WP super cache – for SEO
What you need:
- WordPress – Free
- Hosting Account – approx £40 per year
- Atahualph WordPress theme
- Gimp – free editing software
- Create a mood board for what you want your blog to look like and help you to choose colours and fonts. Use a Pinterest board to help you.
- Choose a colour palette for your blog that will speak your language. Two main colours and a selection of secondary colours. Use Design Seeds to help you.
- Choose a font for your header and logo. Top websites to find free fonts, Search Free Fonts, Font Squirrel, Urban Fonts.
- Create a blog header using Gimp. Free alternative to photoshop.
- Create your own logo using Gimp using graphics that you can download from iStock.
I think it is really empowering that you can build a website for £50 and do it all yourself. Why not give it a go or try out Julie’s online course.
Tomorrow my last post about Cybher, how to get what you want!