My First Post

My First Post.

Life – but not as we know it

So, blogging is the new ‘it’. I’ve never blogged in my life before but may as well have a go – lots of other people seem to do it. It feels a bit like ‘dear diary’ but without the pen!

I am about to embark on a new stage of my life and having read lots of articles about blogging thought I might record my progress (or not!) here for the benefit of others (or not!).

For the whole of my life I’ve had regular jobs with regular wages and regular hours, but never quite enough for my wants, if you know what I mean.  I’ve seen lots of things stating how much money people have made from home using the internet in various ways.  I have tried a few myself, been in that place that many of you will recognise, having bought ‘the ultimate guide to making money on the internet’ (or similar texts) and been left out of pocket having failed miserably at the ‘fool-proof’ technique, even though I’ve followed every step diligently.

However, as I said before, I am about to embark on a new stage of my life.  I recently signed up for a course to become a life coach.  I am a qualified youth worker (degree level) and thought at the very least I might learn something new to use with my young charges, even if I don’t make it as a life coach.  When I received the HUGE parcel with the training manuals and dvd’s etc. I realised, actually, I already know a lot of this stuff.

It was good for me as it made me think about all the knowledge and experience I have, where I’ve been in my life and how that can be passed on to others.  I am a great reader and indulge in books constantly, most are people writing about themselves, their experiences, their lives.  Why can’t I do that too?  But writing a book?  Well, that is another matter.  Starting on a smaller scale seems the right move.

Last week I started a course about getting the stuff I write marketed via the web. I already have a million and one ideas for topics to talk about but how do I get it out there and see if anyone wants to buy it?  Well, I’m about to learn, and I am going to write down my whole experience as I go along.  I’m hopeless on the computer (I’m surprised I’ve managed to get this far!) so if you are like me and seriously know nothing and are starting from scratch maybe it will inspire you and make you realise we are all capable of fulfilling our dreams.  We just have to BELIEVE we can do it!

18 Comments

  • Monna Ellithorpe
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    Reply Reply January 22, 2014

    Hi Mandy,

    Interesting to see how far you have come since that first post. I think I will take a look at my first one and see what it’s about.

    By the way, good advice you gave for your first post.

    Have a great day. Monna
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 23, 2014

      Hi Monna, Did you find your first post and write a catch up post? If you didn’t then you should, I’d love to read that!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Merle
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    Reply Reply January 22, 2014

    Brilliant Mandy will have to see if I can find my first post. AND – look at your now. Thanks for sharing.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 23, 2014

      Hi Merle, thanks for visiting. Did you find your first post? I look forward to reading your catch up post when you do!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • George Nieves
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    Reply Reply January 22, 2014

    Hi Mandy,
    I did something similar a while back. It really makes you see how far you’ve come — doesn’t it!? It also kind of give you one of those “if I only knew then what I know now…” type of moments. Thanks for sharing!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 23, 2014

      Hi George, thanks for visiting. I think we have all been able to learn so much from the journey we’ve taken, and if we knew it all at the beginning we would not have had such a great journey!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Nate

    Reply Reply January 23, 2014

    I think it’s pretty darn cool to see where you were back then and then compare yourself to now. It just shows how much you grown as a person as well as a blogger. Awesome share!

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 23, 2014

      Hi Nate, thanks for visiting. I agree, it is a great idea to look back from time to time and see where we were and how far we have come.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Sherman Smith
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    Reply Reply January 25, 2014

    Hey Mandy,

    this is a nice write about your first blog post. I wish I would’ve thought of this when I first started blogging some 4 years ago LOL. But it’s amazing how much we grow since we first started and I’m sure you grew a lot since 2009. Thanks for sharing Mandy!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 23, 2014

      Hi Sherman, thanks for visiting. I’m sure you can look back and find your first blog post, and maybe you can write a catch up post too!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Lesly Federici
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    Reply Reply January 25, 2014

    Mandy,
    I love the fact that you embarked on something new at the time when you wrote this. It shows a beginning and knowing you personally, you have come so far in your online work. Life is forever changing…we are always morphing into something else and better along the way. I so look forward to reading about what you’re up too now. I know you have some adventures coming!!! Much love …
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  • Erika Mohssen-Beyk
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    Reply Reply January 25, 2014

    I like your first post ,Mandy
    I remember me starting not long ago ,
    but already see a big change ,
    lets grow 🙂
    Thank you for sharing 🙂
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 23, 2014

      Hi Erika, thanks for visiting. I agree, things move on so quickly at first, don’t they. Keep growing, that’s my motto!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Merle
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    Reply Reply February 24, 2014

    HI Mandy, just had a look and they were terrible my first ones. I had no signatures or anything at the bottom. All my videos don’t work where YouTube shut me down !!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 25, 2014

      Hi Merle, thanks for visiting. It’s really interesting to look back and see where we came from, don’t you think? Just look at all the lessons you’ve learned since then. You could write a really good post about all that you’ve just told me, expanding on how much you’ve learned!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Merle
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    Reply Reply February 25, 2014

    Thanks Mandy, you have given me an idea now !!
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  • Edward Thorpe
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    Reply Reply January 7, 2017

    Hi Mandy,

    Really happy I decided to read your 1st post.

    Whether by intent, or not, you reveal yourself as unassumingly accessible, slightly venerable, yet with a strong will and self-belief.

    I like that…
    Edward
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply January 7, 2017

      Hi Edward, thanks for visiting. I re-read my first post every so often just to revisit where I came from and how far I have come! The whole excitement about having a blog has never left me, although the course was really great I didn’t achieve what I set out, in fact I diverted onto other things and have thoroughly enjoyed my time exploring a lot of different avenues. I think I’m ready to get back to my original goal now!

      Enjoy the journey!
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