Thanks To My Comment Authors in March 2015

easter-px-medHappy Easter

In the UK, our Easter break is – theoretically – longer than the official 2 day Christmas break, although the latter seems to have stretched to 2 weeks for various reasons.

Last weekend in the UK our clocks had to be moved forward and, while it's a nuisance to lose an hour (especially as I was on holiday), it's a good feeling to get that symbolic indication that spring is on the way – even if the weather hasn't noticed it yet.

Whether you celebrate Easter, or New Life and spring, or whether you are in the southern hemisphere and moving “the other way” I wish you a happy “new quarter”.

Reviewing The First Quarter of 2015

Gosh – a quarter of the year gone already. How are the goals you set at the beginning of the year? I have to confess I haven't done as much as I hoped to do, but I have made some big strides and decisions in my business. Some of them as a result of comments and experiences shared by my blogging community.

“Things” are moving in the right direction for me, but it all takes time and patience – neither of which are in plentiful supply for me. But as my plans progress I'll keep you posted.

Round Up of March 2015 Posts

In case you missed any of my posts, here's a chance to catch up:

My first post was a review of James McAllister's new book “The Young Entrepreneurs Guide To Business, Finance and Life”. This is a “must-read” for anyone deciding whether they, or a family member, will be taking on student debt to go to university.

Here in the UK it's approaching the time of year when these sort of decisions are being made. So if you know anyone facing this choice, do them a favor and give this book as a gift. My review explains how to do this. I also pointed out that “young” can mean a young / start-up business, not just a person who is young in years, so that's another audience for the book.

Actually the review generated the most excitement I've ever had on my blog as an anonymous visitor was very critical of James's opinions. But James had excellent answers to every point!

My second post was a guest article by Ali Brown, who wrote an excellent article on networking tips for business. This was explaining how to get the best out of time spent attending local business groups to find new clients. Putting Ali's tips into practice when I attend my own networking groups has been very helpful for me.

My third post found me doing some soul searching about getting the best out of my time spent blogging. There's so much more to blogging than just writing the article, as almost every one of my readers will know. I got some very encouraging comments that have helped shape the way I will be running my business for the next few months, so thanks to everyone for your support.

My fourth post was a quick “public service announcement” and pooling of knowledge on how to keep your blog safe from hackers. This was triggered, as you might imagine, by something of an “attack” on my blog. If YOUR blog isn't already protected, pop over and learn how I, and other bloggers, protect our blogs.

How Has Your Business Progressed in 2015?

Finger-pxI'd love to hear how your business has moved on in the first quarter of the year. Please share your thoughts in the comments box.

Hopefully you found value from some of my offerings. To those of you who took the time to share your own valuable experiences, I say my usual heartfelt “thank you”.

Without YOU, my blog would be a very lonely place.

Thanks to My Comment Authors

Total Comments on this blog in March 2015

Hi, My name is James McAllister.
I made 12 awesome comments.
Hi, My name is Jan Kearney.
I made 6 awesome comments.
Hello, My name is Sandy.
I dropped 5 awesome comments.
Hi, My name is Donna Merrill.
I made 4 awesome comments.


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Harleena Singh - April 2, 2015

Hi Joy,

We meet again ๐Ÿ™‚

Yes, love these roundup posts and a nice way to interact with each other at the start of the month.

It’s been a busy month for me too, with more people joining in the ABC, so one’s got to keep things going to the best of one’s ability!

Good to be here, whenever I could, and you know me, I’d come in whenever I get a little time away from there. Happy Easter to you and yours as well ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

    Joy - April 2, 2015

    Hi Harleena

    Lovely to see you here again – I so wish there were more hours in the day. So many fantastic blog posts to read at ABC, but less pleasant jobs to be done that pay the bills!

    Anyway – have a wonderful Easter. I’m planning to use it to “get on top of things”, plus a few treats too.

    Catch up again soon, Joy

Donna Merrill - April 2, 2015

Hi Joy,

Yes Spring is here (although it is pretty cold here in Maine) and Easter is something I do celebrate.

So far so good on my first quarter. I did put a shorter time line than expected for myself on productivity. But that’s OK I had to put more “stuff” into my business strategy. In the long run it will be worth it.

I did try to use those cold winter days to roll up my sleeves and do most of my work, so I could have things in place to enjoy the Summer. I live on the beach and want to savor moments every day.

Wishing you a Happy Spring!


    Joy - April 3, 2015

    Hi Donna

    I’ve been working on “business stuff” behind the scenes too. Not much to show for it short term, but plans are moving on slowly.

    No doubt I’ll have something to say here when what I’ve done starts showing results (and is more presentable than it is now). Like you, work-in-progress to bear long-term rewards.

    Oooh I’d love to live on the beach. I was brought up within 100yards of the beach but as I was usually working in my parents’ shop I didn’t see much of the beach except at night when we paddled in the sea to ease our aching feet – magical ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yes, I’d better make that my long-term goal! A move to the seaside. Keep you posted ๐Ÿ™‚

    It’s still mighty chilly here, but we live in hopes. Happy spring to you and David.


Edward Thorpe - April 4, 2015

Hi Joy,

When you put that way, you’ve had a busy month!

All for good, though.

Can’t believe I missed your post examining coaching programs, something I’m quite interested in now.

Thanks for all your help, I appreciate it.

Off to read the post I missed,

    Joy - April 5, 2015

    Hi Edward

    Funnily enough I rather surprised myself with how busy I’d been!

    Yes, all progress in the right direction, although a few detours along the way.

    Great to catch up again here.

    Happy Easter, Joy

Pinki Chaurasia - April 6, 2015


Great article. I so agree with what you said. After reading your post, I “liked” your Round Up of the March 2015 Posts. Thanks for sharing this post with us.

Pinki Chaurasia

Kimsea Sok - April 13, 2015

Joy, I am here again on your blog.

Well, this is nice report of growing. I have to say congrats for that..! ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, actually during this first quarter I feel like nothing big changed on my blog. However, it was a better progress.

My blog traffic was not so different, but I found that organic traffic increased.

I got more comments on my blog – a sign of better engagement.

Anyway, I have to do some guest blogging but I didn’t since I did some traveling and there were some issues. However, I plan to do some during this months.

Also, I love round up posts. I found that a lot of pro bloggers are talking about it.

    Joy - April 13, 2015

    Hi Kimsea

    Good to see you here again.

    I’m pleased you’re seeing improvements in your traffic and engagement – both positive signs. Especially encouraging if you’ve been travelling and mayve had less time to devote to your blog.

    Glad you enjoyed my round-up post, and thanks for your visit.

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