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Do you know how to increase followers on WordPress? Part 2

This is the continuation of my earlier blog. 

Another thing that is recommended to increase followers is social media. I don’t have Facebook or Instagram. But I do have Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest. They are linked to my WordPress account so all my posts get shared there automatically.

When I was running my business, word- of- mouth was how I got my clients. I also went businesses networking. Meeting people face- to- face and doing voluntary jobs got me clients. As a single mum, I wanted to make effective use of my time. So when I met someone I would let them know about my business. I didn’t let shyness stop me. I would ask them if they could make use of my services. Some said ‘yes’ some said ‘no’.

I wasn’t shy, but I was authentic.
It is the same with social media. Building an authentic relationship with people will help you reduce the amount of hours you spend on social media.
You are not going to become viral in one article. It takes dedication, patience and authenticity.

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How to recycle wine bottles

I am not a big drinker of alcohol, but I love to have a nice glass of red or white wine (depending on what meal I am eating.) So I don’t normally have many empty bottles around. But there are occasions when I throw quite big parties and have guests (before the lockdown) and I end up with a lot of ’empties’.

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Often, I will wash the bottles and use them as candle holders, but there are only so many candle holders you need and so much space you have to put them.

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However, in the spirit of wanting to save the planet earth, I came up with this solution. I wash the bottles and then pour dry grains into them: rice, semolina, lentils, couscous, popcorn (yes, we will count popcorn as a dry grain). It works really well. The bottles look nice, they keep the contents clean and free from creepy-crawlies and I have done my bit for the environment.

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Do you know how to increase followers on WordPress? Part 1

With so many people blogging nowadays and so much amazing content out there, how can a new blogger on WordPress get followers?

I’m still learning and I would like to get more followers, but how? I like to write my own thoughts. Original content is important to me. From my recent research on blogging it seems you need to post regularly at first in order to be  successful. This worried me because I didn’t want my followers to be overwhelmed by my blogs in their inbox.

I thought about the problem and decided that the way forward was to post short content and publish it twice a week.

That way my followers were not snowed-under, and it gave me time to think about my blogs. A win-win situation. So, if you are new to blogging you might like to consider that.

The second piece of advice which I think is worthwhile is use your own images and photos. WordPress does have some free-to-use images,

and I have used them occasionally, but I think it is far more interesting for your followers if you use your own. That way your followers are tasting something of your life and experiences.

And then you have to decide the title of your post. This is a difficult one. You don’t have to decide straight away. Read through your post and think what title would reach out to me if this was some one else’s blog?  The answer will come to you. My answer usually comes when I have left the article for a while.

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Homemade Pesto

In February I started attending a cookery school and learned to make fresh pasta and two different types of sauces. I now feel very confident in making them. My kids love their pasta with green pesto so I stock up with the ingredients every time I go to the supermarket. I have basil growing on my kitchen windowsill so I can always grab a handful of leaves, but the rest is stored away carefully. If you have never made your own pesto and want to have a bash here’s what I remember from the cookery school. This may not be exactly as the teacher did it, but it is near enough. I wish I had recorded it. 😂, I have shared it with some friends and nobody has complained. In fact, I keep getting asked about it so I am posting it here.

This is what you need:

Small pinch of powdered garlic (my teacher used 1/3 fresh garlic)
Pine Nuts (I don’t weigh the amount, I just eyeball it) so use your judgment on this
Handful basil (sometimes I use parsley, the first time was by accident)
Fresh lemon juice ( one small lemon)
Virgin olive oil
Salt
Pepper ( I don’t use it, but you can if you want)
Pesto mortar
Frying pan

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This is what I do:
Prepare the ingredients including washing the basil and leaving it to dry
Place the frying pan on the stove and heat it to medium heat.

Place the pine nuts in the pan; stir until it starts to reach a golden colour.

Remove from the heat and leave to cool down

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Place the cooked pine nuts in the mortar and start gently crushing them. Add the other ingredients one by one.

Then place in an airtight container. If I remember right it can last for about a month in the fridge.

I’m sure once my cooking teacher gets to read this blog post, he may correct me on some stuff, but until then I will continue to do it this way. I hope you will enjoy the experience too.

 

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