Writing 201: Acrostic – Hugo Reyes / Bellerophon


Today’s word is trust: write a poem in which you address, reflect on, or tell a story about the feeling of trusting or being trusted by another (person, animal, object, potted plant…). Or about distrusting them (or not being trusted yourself).

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Blogging 201: Smiley’s People


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And so Blogging 201 has come to an end. It was an excellent follow on from Blogging 101 and I feel ready to move forward with my writing and blogging. Continue reading

Blogging 201: My week of tweak


So I’ve spent most of this week on Blogging 201 checking changing and tweaking my site and making layout decisions. Continue reading

What Say You?


Hi readers,

Thanks for following, liking and commenting. You guys are the wind beneath my wings and you’re helping me get better as a a writer and blogger every day.

With that in mind I need to ask you something. Like a suit or a pair of jeans on a body a blog’s theme and style needs to fit it’s subject and it’s writer. I’m thinking of making some changes to the blog but I’ve got kind of comfortable with this look which has come about over a period of months. Some features by design, some by accident, some by experiment,

So please let me know if you like the way the blog has been laid out. Do you like the colour? Do you like the feel and style? Is there anything I should get rid of or something you looked for and found was missing.

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Let me know and I’ll take into account. I’m either going with a completely different theme or I will tinker with this one.

Thanks, Smiley 🙂

Blogging 201: The Why of Smiley?


I’m blogging because I’ve returned to my love of writing after many years neglecting it and I would like to make a career of it. I’m tired of living for the evening, for the weekend, for the holidays. When you work for someone else you are selling your time, your efforts. Your life. I went through film school and came out with a degree I never had an opportunity to use. I have skills and I want to live on them.  I want to pay the bills doing what I love. I want to be able to look anyone in the eye and say my skills pay the bills.

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Blogging 101, Blogging 201, and Writing 201 start soon; ready to register?


Who’s joining me for Blogging 201? Come on now it’s fun and free!

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Note: Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 are the same courses previously offered by Blogging U. Feel free to take them again, but be aware that we will cover the same topics.

Blogging U. courses are a great way to work toward your blogging goals in a supportive community. This February, we’re offering three:

  • Blogging 101: Zero to Hero (February 2 – 27): four weeks of bite-size blogging assignments to help you publish posts, customize your blog, and engage with the community.
  • Blogging 201: Branding and Growth (February 2 – 13): a two-week challenge to help you define your brand, build your audience, use your stats to grow your traffic, and bring your older posts fresh attention.
  • Writing 201: Poetry (February 16 – 27): our first poetry-focused course! Another two-week course, we’ll offer daily doses of inspiration and explore poetic devices and forms.

I enjoyed this so much, and made a bunch of new cyber-friends! Thank you for putting this together, and…

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1st things first


New blog up and running. I have switched from my hosted WordPress site to a native WordPress site mainly so I can use some of the functionality I didn’t previously have access to. Going this will make things easier in the future to start up to date.

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