Have you being blogging much?

I’m not sure if you are like me, but do you often get asked about your blogs?

For me, I’m asked fairly often about my blogs and where I write them, so hence, I decided to help my audience out with this blog on my blogs….

If you’d ask me a couple of years ago, I’d have said I’ve been playing at (and I admit this, as in the early days I didn’t have much faith in whether blogging works or not) blogging but that was until around 18 months ago, when I stepped it up and started writing a lot more – not just for myself, but on behalf of other people & companies under their names too.

Thus, more and more people have asked me if they could see my blogs, so, to make things easier, on this site, I’ve created a section called “Read My Story” (in the menu at the top of this page) where you can learn about my blogs and see them all listed. Therefore, in this section, you can see all my blogs, listed per year covering 2012, 2013, 2014 and this year – 2015. (I have also done a page listing all my blogs but this needs updating and I will get around to doing this soon – my apologies for not keeping this up to date).

So, I thought as we are around seven weeks from the end of 2015, I would write this blog on all my blogs and give you the opportunity to catch up on my blogs from this year (in case you have missed any or just wanting to re-read them) and/or open up for discussion with you, any points on any of these articles that you may want to discuss. (Note – some blogs I can’t share due to some of my clients asking that I do not disclose that I’ve written their blogs).

With over 60 articles written across various websites, LinkedIn and Medium this year alone, I am sure there are some that you will find interesting, disagree with and want to discuss/debate further.

I’m sure that many more will appear before 2015 ends, but in the meantime, I hope you have enjoyed my blogs this year and you’ll continue to read my articles and blogs in 2016 as well as sharing them with your audience too.

So, I do hope that you have found this blog of interest and should you wish to comment on this blog, ask to submit a Guest Blog for sharing with my audience, would like me to write blogs for you/your company or want just me to help you with your blogging/blogging strategy, then please complete the form below:-


Is blogging or video something passing you by?

Are you or your company a Blogger?

Do you or your company post videos?

Online Blog

Do you blog or do you video?

How often do you do this?

What should I write or film about?

Whilst the above may be the questions that are going through your head and maybe making you hold back on the amount you do or putting you off starting, what you need to think about is more important than many may tell you…

Many Marketeers, Experts, Trainers or Advisors will say that you have to blog and you must put out videos to promote and sell yourself – if you don’t you will get left behind…

In my honest opinion, these people are really leading you down a potential one way street that doesn’t even always allow you to make a U-Turn to turn around and start again! Too many of these people are so stuck in the past of 2010 and 2012 – but making a living by telling you should be doing this – well fair play to them!

If they are making money, should they be making money at your expense and keeping you behind where you should be, so they can come back later move you slightly forward but never up to date or in to the future?

I guess the above may be OK for many or if are just wanting to tick along, but the many thing you should think about, is do I want to be a success and move forward and ahead of others instead?

If you actually look back, there was adverts here, there and everywhere, celebrities on or in every advert, constant promotions etc, etc but where are they now? The question you should be asking yourself is what am I seeing now?

Adverts have actually seen a decline in celebrities and a rise in members of the public talking about products, been shown the products or seeing them been demonstrated, offered to test or taste them – why? because people don’t want to be sold to anymore – hence the rise of asking to to be removed from mailing and telephoning lists. People want to learn. They want to be educated. They want to engage. Does this sound familiar to how you want to see and receive things?

So, think about how you want to see and receive things. Or, if you are really brave and forward thinking…..ask your children (and if you have them, ask your grandchildren)….this will be a real eye opener for you…

If you are brave enough to look at your business, how future generations to see your business and what they want, they you can start to market your business by laying foundations…..

Which takes us back to the beginning for this article…..

With your blogs and videos – think of them as your library. A reference library if you wish to think that way. Also, having a secondary channel for your videos as well a blog/page section which you can keep up dating, you then also have an area for testimonials too….

By having sections of education and client feedback, you are allowing people to learn more about your knowledge and how your knowledge has helped others, thus creating trusted path for your new prospective clients to take to use you or business….


To learn more about bringing the future into your business today and setting you on the correct path for your future, as well as understanding the forward thinking and the views & opinions of Ian Calvert, the research for other companies that he is looking into and undertaking for companies or just to learn more about Ian Calvert and how he can help you further, you can visit his website here

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So are you a Facebook, Google+ or Yahoo person? Is Social Media becoming a three horse race?

Interesting announcement on the acquisition of New York based Tumblr by Silicon Valley based Yahoo for $1.1Billion via the BBC – is this good? “Internet giant / trailblazer (well it used to be) adding Tumblr to its current stable of its mail service and Flickr” equals a more “hip mini Google facility to the teen market”?

If you look at the current market environment, the younger market (of teenagers and twenty something’s) are leaving Facebook and avoiding Google Plus because it doesn’t suit their requirement – quick announcement facility, where have we heard this before? Oh, short burst messaging….

So, is this younger (well the real next generation of influencers’) voice happy with this? It would seem that they are not happy but all they are doing is voicing their concerns (remember that Google Plus slipped in these without many people voicing their objections) and will this make a difference? Mashable shows how opinion is divided on this matter, yet will it make a difference?

So we have Facebook with Instagram with no mail or blogging, Yahoo with their mail and Flickr” now has blogging via Tumblr all to rival the giant that is becoming Google+ which all ready contains mail, video and has Blogger but no real photo App!

Where does this leave WordPress and AOL vulnerable to Facebook? What does this mean for Pinterest too? If this did happen, that would leave a three-way street between Facebook, Google Plus and Yahoo – so are you covered on them all or have you chosen your desired platform only using this one method?

This year is going to be exciting with much more happening in 2014 – so are you ready?

Catch up on the week that was……..

So here we are on a late Saturday afternoon with time to reflect on the week that was but how do I reflect? Do I just say what I feel or should I be open or play it safe……

One thing I wonder, is if I should scream and shout more? I feel that people take you for being you and what you want people to believe you are! One thing I do is work – why do I work?

Well, it is simple, I was educated through school, college, some university and my working career by various companies and some amazing individuals. I was able to attend some top courses, seminars, talks, launches and dinners which have had management, Peer’s, Industry Leaders, Business Owner’s & Leaders together with celebrities, sports stars and inspirational speakers/motivators and oh some top sales trainers too. Why do I mention this? Putting it simply, I have done or experienced more than most, whilst I hear and see others sing, dance, shout whilst also getting others to sing their praises when they have done nothing like I have, experienced what I have or been in a room where you experience the vibes, energy and motivation that these events generate!

On reflection, am I jealous or annoyed that these people are considered more successful than myself because they have more ‘likes’, friends or followers than myself? No, why should I be! If they want to spend all their time reading books, reading the internet or watching videos, YouTube or Hangouts – then fair play to them but wanting to do this and be one-dimensional as they say….let them walk the walk & talk the talk…..

Actually, I feel sorry for their so-called fans, followers, tribes, supporters or what ever you want call them! Why, well it is simple, I have worked and experienced what I talk about and provide – these people haven’t! Does this remind you of the saying….

“Those that can – can! And those that can’t – teach!’

So I will leave you one this one thought or should I say contemplation……

You are ill, poorly, hurt or injured – so you go to a nurse, doctor, surgeon at a Doctor’s Surgery or a Hospital because you need the best to treat you as after all they have been trained and allowed to practice because they are not self-taught!!! So if they can’t be self-taught to look after and treat you, your partner, your family…………

Why do you let self-taught people tell you how to run or advise you about your business………….