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Four Years On

March 5, 2017 — 106 Comments

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This week is the fourth anniversary of my blog, and I feel so fortunate to be a part of the wider blogging community.

For any newcomers to my blog, when I began my goal was to improve my writing. As part of my first year as an Undergraduate, I was struggling to answer questions for the critical writing module within the word count allowed, which was often as short as 500 words long. The discipline of writing my blog posts helped, forcing me to be more concise. At that time writing for me was difficult and not something that I found enjoyable. But accessing the knowledge and receiving the assistance of some great wordsmiths through reading their blogs and them kindly commenting on mine changed my opinion and helped me to increase my enjoyment of writing.

Over the years I have met many people from all over the world, through their blogs and other social media ( Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube and more lately Instagram ) I have seen the world through their eyes and come to appreciate the vast amount that we all have in common. Blogging has become a celebration of what we share and allowed me to broaden my knowledge through the diverse interests of my friends within this enlarged community.

I hope that in return through my love of classical singing and opera I have helped introduce a few more people to this beautiful art form that means so much to me.

I don’t know where the next four years will take me, but I can’t wait to share them with you all.

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This last week has been a been a proper whirlwind for me and has absolutely flown by. The end of term is approaching at break neck speed and I cannot believe how quickly the last three months have disappeared.  I have so many things on my “to do list” and I am trying to get through them in an orderly manner.

Over the Christmas break I was hoping to put a little time aside to update the look of my website and blog.  It feels a little overwhelming to be honest as there are so many WordPress themes to consider.  I have a list of things that I would like to change and several more that I would like to keep the same.

When I started out I set up my blog using a WordPress hosted site, which as you all know can be a little limiting as you can’t use many of the wonderful plugins that are available. But my site has grown over the years and the thought of moving it now makes me nervous so I will probably stick with what I know. 

It would be really helpful to me if you have any tips that you have picked up over the years that you feel able to pass on, anything that may help me to improve the look and feel of my blog and bring it up to date.  I have checked out some of the themes available from WordPress and I like the look of “Arcane” but I need to check out some of the others before making my final choice which is why I would appreciate your help if you’ve experienced this site or know a better fit.

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It’s a big day tomorrow, my end of year exam recital so just a short update tonight 🙂

My Dad is helping me to try and integrate my website and blog so that they’re a little easier for me to manage. Well that was the idea but nothing is ever as easy as I want it to be.

He has said that I need the site to be “Responsive” and “easy to use”, I just want something that I can change quickly without having to wait weeks. My website is so hard to change that it always seems out of date 😦

He sent me a screen shot of the work that he has done so far and assures me that the images below the header will be animated (flip over to a different banner about five different ones to view) when it is finished.

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I would love it if you could take a look and let me know what you think, it is a work in progress but I need to know if we are on the right lines.

The idea is to use the website to provide details of my upcoming events and snippets of news and use my blog just as I do now. He has asked if any of you know of a good event planner/calendar that works in wordpress but does not take an age to load. He has tried “Events Calendar Pro” but it slows down the page loading times far too much 😦

Dad has set up a test site at http://www.choathertest.co.uk/

I would also like your help with the style of text that I use in the header. He has used a Photoshop Typeface to give me an idea but he suggested using a scan of my signature to make it more personal, what do you think?

Anyway I must dash and go and get some sleep 🙂