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  • Freelance writing, content strategy, birding, wildlife and more
    marketers and bloggers rolling their own sites How much is having some of the world s best professional WordPress templates at your fingertips worth More than US 250 that s for sure One project and it s more than paid for itself If you re a web designer building sites using WordPress day in day out and you re not already using Genesis then you d be crazy to pass this offer up It s an incredible deal Likewise if you re an online marketer or affiliate and create your own sites to promote online products Genesis gives you all the tools you need saving you time and money Even if you just maintain your own WordPress blog and create occasional sites for for family friends or colleagues it makes sense just for the time it will save you I ve used the Genesis framework on a few client websites now and just built my own pet project the Ireland s Wildlife website using it It really is wonderfully easy to work with simple to customise highly flexible and stable it just ticks all the boxes I guess that s why it s used by some of the world s highest profile bloggers like CopyBlogger Brian Clark ProBlogger Darren Rowse and the inimitable Chris Brogan at Chrisbrogan com Support when it s needed which isn t often is available via a dedicated online forum on the Studiopress site and the answer to every question I ve had so far has been there already a quick search and the solution s at hand Check out the Genesis Pro Plus Package if you re into WordPress I d highly recommend it Posted by Calvin at 17 50 Tagged with Genesis offers themes Wordpress Ireland s Wildlife Blog Site Finally Live Animals Birding Blog Environment My Sites News Web Wildlife No Responses May 04 2011 After much deliberation and procrastination I ve finally set the Ireland s Wildlife Website free into the wilds of cyberspace It s still very early days and it s a bit thin on content I m working on it so please bear with me but I think there s a great foundation to build an online wildlife hub and resource for everyone who s interested in Ireland s wildlife the places they live and the people who work with the Take a look and let me have your feedback thoughts ideas and suggestions Related articles Ireland s Wildlife 1 000 fans and counting cjwriting com Posted by Calvin at 15 46 Woodchat Shrike in Rosscarbery amazing Animals Birding West Cork Wildlife 1 Response Apr 20 2011 Today was an amazing day You know those balmy April days that practically taste of the promise of summer the vanilla citrus scent of gorse blossom hanging in the unseasonably warm air Well this was one of those I had a meeting in the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery this afternoon after which the plan was a leisurely stroll across the causeway

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  • About Freelance Writer Calvin Jones | Writing, life and other animals
    23 July 2007 at 15 59 Thanks Vinny Glad to hear you enjoy the blog Apologies for not responding sooner been a bit hectic around here lately so what s new Interesting site you have I m really into wildlife myself and studied Marine Biology at Liverpool Used to write for Wild Ireland before its untimely demise and I write a weekly wildlife profile for the back page of Ireland s Own I recently acquired http www irelandswildlife com and http www irelandsnature com nothing on them yet but time permitting there will be soon Cheers Calvin Ruth Street says 10 November 2007 at 15 58 Hello Calvin It s just a shot in the dark but I wondered if your Dad s name is Calvin and you have an Aunt Margaret I have a friend who is looking for her cousins in Wales and she hasn t been in touch since she moved to Canada Thanks Ruth Calvin says 20 November 2007 at 12 25 Hi Ruth Wrong Calvin I m afraid Sorry I couldn t be more help and best of luck in your search Cheers Calvin john dickinson says 17 August 2010 at 11 56 my wife and i will be in dublin from 04 10 2010 to 08 10 2010 we would like to go out on a boat to see seals whales if possible also dolfins if possible we can be iat cork railway station by 12noon and need to leave cork rail station by 1830 is this possible Calvin says 17 August 2010 at 14 03 Hi John Try contacting Colin Barnes and or Nick Slocum who both operate whale and dolphin trips off West Cork You ll find all the details on their websites You can also check the whale and dolphin sightings database on the IWDG website for details of what s being seen where around the Irish coastline Have a wonderful trip to Ireland David Rory O Neill says 18 October 2010 at 12 25 Hi Clavin I ve just found your blog and will take a little time to explore As someone who is also struggling to make a crust from words I feel for some of your concerns and rants I m not far away either near Coachford Cork I shall stop by and share your rants All the best David David Rory O Neill says 18 October 2010 at 12 26 Hi Calvin I ve just found your blog and will take a little time to explore As someone who is also struggling to make a crust from words I feel for some of your concerns and rants I m not far away either near Coachford Cork I shall stop by and share your rants All the best David David Rory O Neill says 18 October 2010 at 12 28 Oh dear me what a gaff Got your name wrong sorry David red faced Calvin says 18 October 2010 at 12 53 I wouldn t be too concerned

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  • Contact Freelance Writer Calvin Jones | Writing, life and other animals
    this blog please navigate to that post and use the comment feature provided to share your views If you d like to contact me about anything else just drop me a line by filling in the contact form below I look forward to hearing from you Cheers Calvin Your Name required Your Email required Subject Your Message Be Sociable Share Tweet Posted by Calvin at 11 18 3 Responses to Contact me Author Biographies Uncut Digital Marketing Success says 30 September 2008 at 16 07 can contact Calvin through his blog Technorati Tags Calvin Jones Damian Ryan Understanding Digital Marketing Authors Enjoy this Published author seeks literary agent publisher for fantasy novel Writing for life says 20 April 2009 at 18 19 Contact me Ireland s wildlife page on Facebook Writing for life says 10 July 2009 at 12 30 Contact me Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature Read Calvin s writing on Ireland s leading Wildlife and Nature blog Ireland s Wildlife on Facebook Recent Posts Empire it s finally out there Ireland s Wildlife sails past 4 000 likes on Facebook Web content help limited time

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  • freelance copywriter Ireland, writing, editing, proofreading | Writing, life and other animals
    in the right place Use the contact form below to e mail me a brief outline of your proposed project and we can take things from there Whether it s writing for print writing for the web or e mail marketing producing results focused marketing material training documentation or technical manuals ghost writing an article a book or even your writing blog posts get in touch today and lets start putting words to work for you Your Name required Your Email required Subject Your Message Be Sociable Share Tweet Posted by Calvin at 12 15 6 Responses to Writer for hire Writing for life Blogging for business says 29 March 2007 at 15 40 Writer for hire Writing for life Ghostwriter putting your best ideas into words says 30 March 2007 at 10 00 Writer for hire Write in English people Writing for life says 18 November 2008 at 23 52 Writer for hire Freelance columnist available for online or offline column Writing for life says 2 February 2010 at 12 21 on make me an offer Copywriters Vlad s Blog says 19 September 2012 at 16 04 http blog cjwriting com writer for hire Copywriters Vlad s Blog says 19 September 2012 at 16 04 http blog cjwriting com writer for hire Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Name required E mail required URI Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature Read Calvin s writing on Ireland s leading Wildlife and Nature blog

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  • Birding | Writing, life and other animals
    east and west along the Cork coast which makes me think there must be at least one or two lurking on nearby headlands too Galley Toe Head or along the coast in between I ll be keeping my eyes peeled or failing that will monitor CorkBirdNews on Twitter and let a more competent dedicated single child free retired birders find one for me Posted by Calvin at 15 40 Tagged with Choughs Galley Head Peregrine Raven Wood Warbler Mealy Redpoll Lesser Redpoll spot the difference Animals Birding Wildlife No Responses Mar 31 2011 The mealy redpoll that spent the winter hanging around my garden is still making regular appearances at the feeders During the recent spell of decent weather I managed to get these shots of first a lesser followed a few seconds later by the mealy on the same station at the seed feeder Identical light identical camera settings etc make for an interesting comparison It highlights the significant differences between two birds that in Ireland are still considered sub species of the common redpoll but in the UK are split into different species The Lesser Redpoll Carduelis flammea cabaret Carduelis cabare t is on the top the Mealy Redpoll Carduelis flammea flammea is on the bottom Click on the pic to see a larger version Related articles Mealy Redpoll Carduelis flammea flammea in West Cork cjwriting com Tips for saving Britain s birds guardian co uk Great Backyard Bird Count 2011 Takes On More Serious Tone Following Mass Animal Deaths huffingtonpost com Posted by Calvin at 12 06 Tagged with birding birds Ireland lesser redpoll mealy redpoll Redpoll ID This is not a birding blog honest Birding Blog Environment West Cork Wildlife Writing No Responses Feb 22 2011 No really it isn t although in all fairness you could be forgiven for thinking it was morphing into one of late That s just a reflection of me rekindling an interest that s been there since I was a wee nipper Inevitably life gets busy and things fall by the wayside but they re always there to be picked up again when time allows That s what s happening now I m enjoying re acquainting myself with the common and not so common birds around me brushing up very rusty fieldcraft and ID skills and generally re calibrating the bird radar It s also seems to be rekindling my enthusiasm for this blog which is no bad thing Where am I finding the time for this real life stuff To be honest I m mostly slotting it in around all the other stuff It s amazing what you can do with a spare ten minutes here quarter of an hour there So I hope you re enjoying the wildlife and birding related posts and I will get back to writing about other things soon Posted by Calvin at 0 08 Tagged with birding birds blogging Ducking out Animals Birding Patch West Cork Wildlife No Responses Feb 21 2011 Damn

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  • Books | Writing, life and other animals
    support develop and build on the book We re hoping to build a dynamic and constantly evolving community driven digital marketing resource It should be quite an adventure will keep you posted here and over on Digital Marketing Success Technorati Tags Books Understanding Digital Marketing Kogan Page Calvin Jones Damian Ryan online marketing internet marketing Posted by Calvin at 12 11 Actions speak louder than words Books Career Moves Column Evening Echo Column Rant No Responses Feb 21 2008 Working it column published in the Career Moves section of The Evening Echo on 11 02 2008 I m a natural sceptic and nothing triggers that scepticism more than the swathe of self help books that seem to weigh down the shelves of the business section in every book shop I venture in to How many of the people who invest in these tomes actually use them to bring about real change Self help is an enormous industry and has spawned some of the most successful self styled gurus on the planet With their audio programmes seminars books courses and coaching services these people have become successful and wealthy beyond belief by offering others the hope that they too can achieve their own form of greatness both in their careers and in their personal lives But how effective are they If these programmes books tools and philosophies are so great then why aren t there a a million Anthony Robbins or insert the name of your preferred self help guru here clones out there harnessing their Personal Power to achieve unlimited success Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 16 38 What s the story Books Children Evening Echo Column Parenting Writing No Responses Apr 27 2007 Published in the WOW supplement of the Evening Echo 25 04 2007 I used to dread the approach of night Not because of fear of the dark hidden demons or any imagined evil No my apprehension stemmed from something altogether more innocent the children s bedtime stories Every night I d sit next to the twins beds in silent hope and every night out would come the same old picture books My heart would sink I d read stories about witches and broomsticks singing sheep koalas dinosaurs It was tantamount to torture Granted first time around one or two of the books were diverting enough to pique my interest â but believe me by the time you read them for the fifteenth time even the best of them starts to sap your enthusiasm Not so for the girls of course They d sit in eager anticipation of these tired old tales books they know word for word page by page â all the suspense in a word suspended I can â œreadâ half of them with my eyes closed I know repetition and familiarity are comforting for children but come on give me a break I ve been trying for ages to get the girls into meatier books â books without pictures books with more

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  • Business | Writing, life and other animals
    the notion of fixed appointments morphs into something extraordinarily convoluted and apparently unmanageable Why I m writing this sitting in a doctors waiting room My appointment was at 12 00pm I arrived at 11 50am it s now 12 15pm and I m still sitting here surrounded by sick people breathing in a noxious cocktail of contagious pathogens I have a business appointment at a hotel down the road at 12 30 I figured that half an hour would be plenty of time to check out a lingering pulled shoulder muscle with the doctor How wrong can you be In business if I make an appointment for 12 00 I d better be ready to meet that person at 12 00 otherwise I can kiss their business goodbye But somehow that logic manages to evade the medical mindset Rather than a discrete and accurate sliver of time appointments in the medical sense tend to be more of a fuzzy guideline indicating that you ll probably get to see a doctor sometime that day They re designed from what I can see to keep self important medical receptionists of questionable competence in work The reality is that regardless of your appointment time you ll be seen on a first come first served basis and frankly that s simply not good enough Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 17 19 Tagged with Appointments Business Doctor Healthcare Medicine Losing your job could this cloud have a silver lining Business Career Moves Column Careers 1 Response Apr 14 2009 Image by Sergio One via Flickr Losing your job can be one of the most traumatic experiences in your working life Conflicting waves of emotion race through you anger frustration disbelief acceptance even relief You relive things in your mind was it something you did or perhaps didn t do Could you have changed something that would have spared your job Most of all there s the uncertainty and doubt about what to do next where will you turn how will you pay the mortgage There s no doubt that losing your job is an incredibly trying experience I know it s happened to me twice in my career and when you re living through it it s not fun But looking back now I have to say that on both occasions being made redundant was categorically the best thing that could have happened to me spawning a new chapter in a career that s been interesting diverse and rewarding The last time back in 2001 I was working as a project manager for a start up technology company Being suddenly made redundant led me to take the plunge into self employment as a freelance writer Since then I have become a columnist feature writer marketing copywriter and most recently an internationally published author My first book Understanding Digital Marketing co authored with Damian Ryan was release in January by publishers Kogan Page in Ireland the UK and the USA Things are looking exceedingly positive for 2009 there s another book deal in the pipeline and several other projects that will keep me busy well into next year and beyond And the catalyst to all of this was losing my job If you find yourself caught in the cross fire as companies battle to survive the recession try not to despair Yes on the one hand losing your job is a potentially devastating blow but only if you allow it to be The first and perhaps the most important thing to remember is that it s your role rather than you as a person that s being made redundant The fact that your position is no longer required by the organisation isn t a reflection on your ability to do your job Secondly remember that at the end of the day the only thing you ve lost is a job Unlike your family your friends or your health your job is a disposable commodity that can be replaced often by something better Top tips for coping with redundancy Take stock redundancy gives you a great chance to re assess your career your life and what s important to you Look at it as a potential catalyst to bigger and better things something to force you outside your comfort zone and prompt you to take action Talk to other people talking to people you know who ve been through the experience will help You ll be surprised by how many of them look back at their redundancy in a positive light Get what you can many companies only offer the statutory redundancy packages they re obliged to under Irish law Don t let that stop you from negotiating for more the more you get the easier the transition between jobs will be If you re affiliated to a trade union see if they have negotiated preferential redundancy rates for members Sign on immediately this is important to maintain your PRSI contributions and the money every week will help supplement your savings while you look for work Start job hunting finding a new job can take a while so start looking immediately Your employer is obliged to give you time off during your notice period to look for work Tighten the belt cutting back on unnecessary spending and sticking to a strict budget while your income is suppressed will help reduce financial pressure Most of all try to stay positive and look at your redundancy as a stepping stone to the next stage of your varied and interesting career Posted by Calvin at 17 13 Tagged with Business Employment Ireland Redundancy Meeting the recession head on Business Careers Children Evening Echo Column Multi Tasking Parenting Technology Time management Writing 4 Responses Mar 19 2009 Image via Wikipedia It s difficult to think of anything that wastes your precious time more than attending meetings Working parents around the country lament the fact that they don t have enough time to spend with their children But if you add

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  • Career Moves Column | Writing, life and other animals
    Responses Jun 07 2008 It s amazing how often small seemingly innocuous words in the English language can be harbingers of much bigger things Death for example there s a small word with potentially huge implications Change is another one small unassuming and for a lot of people utterly terrifying We tend to be comfortable with constants they re safe and predictable when things stay the same we feel secure it s the unknown that scares us and venturing into the unknown is all part and parcel of change In today s dynamic high paced workplace change is often the only real constant you ll find With the internet connectivity collaboration and interaction disrupting the accepted norms across a wide array of industries and sectors nothing in business today seems to stay the same for very long The pace of change can be daunting Sometimes it seems that no sooner have you acquired a new skill than it s becoming obsolete But I ll let you into a little secret this rapid pace of change is good for your career as long as you re ready to embrace it With every change comes opportunity to learn something new do something different or develop in some way If you re willing to grab those opportunities with both hands and you can adapt quickly to changing circumstances then organisational change can be one of your biggest allies when it comes to career development As usual there are lessons to be learned from nature Charles Darwin the father of evolutionary theory hit the nail on the head when he observed It is not the strongest of the species that survives nor the most intelligent that survives It is the one that is the most adaptable to change His biological insight makes a seamless transition to the workplace if there s one thing that will help your career to flourish then it s your ability to embrace and adapt to change Yes your suite of skills is important your experience invaluable and your education indispensable and I m not trying to belittle any of those things but all other things being equal your ability to adapt to the changing dynamics of the modern workplace is often the defining characteristic for career success Look at some of the most successful people in the world today are they the brightest the most talented the best educated Some maybe but many of them aren t While wealth shouldn t really be used as a measure of success in this instance it serves to illustrate a point A few weeks ago the Sunday Times published its annual Rich List Flicking through the pages reveals a wide array of people from all walks of life Some of them are undoubtedly bright talented and well educated individuals but that s probably not what propelled them into the rich list Pick a random selection and scratch the surface and what you ll find that they have in common is unwavering tenacity and self belief coupled with an amazing capacity to embrace adapt to and thrive on change Take a leaf out of their book condition yourself to embrace change step outside of your comfort zones regularly and explore the unknown When the wind of change blows and opportunity knocks you ll be there ready and waiting Technorati Tags Careers Career Moves Change Opportunity Photo Credit All change by Elsie esq Posted by Calvin at 20 21 Apprentice you re fired Business Career Moves Column Reviews TV No Responses May 26 2008 Published in The Evening Echo on 26 05 2008 You ve got to feel a bit sorry for Sir Alan Sugar Why feel sorry for a man who s managed to accumulate a fortune of more than GB 800 million over his chequered career A man who s ferried around in a chauffeur driven Bentley A man who flies around in his own Lear jet Not a lot feel sorry for you might think apart perhaps from the fact that he supports Tottenham Hotspur But then you remember that Sir Alan has signed up with the BBC to do The Apprentice which is now in the middle of its fourth series And the poor man must be ruing the day he signed on the dotted line Sure the programme has made Alan Sugar a household name but at what cost and does someone that successful really need to raise his profile anyway Never mind the fact that he comes across as an acerbic megalomaniacal tyrant or the fact that he s forced to jab an accusatory finger at one hapless candidate after another as he delivers his You re fired catch phrase every week apparently it s written into his contract a legacy from the original American show format featuring the equally megalomaniacal but frankly much more ridiculous looking Donald Trump No the real blow must be that he has to actually hire one of these buffoons at the end of the series Why on earth would a man who obviously doesn t need the money and who doesn t suffer fools gladly decide to lumber himself with such a motley assortment of corporate misfits Worst of all he s actually obliged to give one of them a job at the end of it and based on their performance on the tasks to date you can t help but wonder at the wisdom of that Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 22 35 Is your desk job killing you Career Moves Column Careers No Responses May 20 2008 Published in The Evening Echo 20 05 2008 There s no getting around it some jobs are just plain dangerous Working high up work involving heavy lifting working with machinery working underground working with dangerous animals working in hostile environments even dealing with the general public can have elevated risk levels But what about your bog standard run of the mill office job For the risk averse out there surely that s

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