Much as I detest self-referential blogs that only ever talk about the “art of blogging”, and how hard it is, their social media stats, bounce rates, comment ratios etc, I’m going to go ahead and write one now.  Forgive me.

I’ve been writing running and contributing to blogs for a couple of years, but only started this personal blog in January this year.  The content of which could be described as pretty random – but mostly with a direct or tenuous link to recruitment.  I do it mainly for the act of writing down my thoughts, rather than as a device to promote myself or my business interests.  My writing frequency is random, as I write when it suits me – which is usually around midnight.

Much more than my own blog, I am particularly interested in how other people use theirs as a vehicle for their own message; be it social, political, commercial, or a combination.  I’ve been involved in setting up WordPress blog websites for many people and companies, and am fascinated by the community of developers who are producing spectacular and beautiful WordPress themes and innovative plugins.  WordPress themes are the overlay of design and structure on all basic WordPress website platforms.  Plugins are additional patches of code, which give a website enhanced functionality, like adding an online shop, displaying video or playing audio files, showing your Twitterstream, and collating the website statistics.  There are even plugins which add job board functionality.

It is now possible for anyone to build and customise a very professional site for their own personal use, or for a commercial concern, with almost no knowledge of HTML whatsoever.  Whilst not an expert by any means, I would be more than happy to help anyone who would like to know more.

Stephen O'Donnell is a lifelong recruiter, internet enthusiast, fadgadget and peripatetic writer.

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