I started my blog all by myself with a lot of help from Google! I had no idea what I was doing & I made a lot of mistakes. I eventually got it up & running & realized a whole new host of mistakes. I fixed them & a few months later realized I should be sizing my images & had to go through & change every image which was torture. I’ve had several more issues pop up that made me go through & change things on every post. Starting my own blog has been a real learning process, to say the least.

I always thought it’d be great to sit down with someone who knows what they are doing & have them check to see if things look ok. And to see if I have any crazy plugins or anything organized in a way that’s totally wrong or even worse damaging to my site. I also have a list of questions I’ve generated over the year that I can’t get answered via Google or through my theme’s support page. So what is a blogger to do? I didn’t know who I could turn to or if a service like this even existed.

I met Micheal Reilly from Educated Machine at an Into The West Blogger Network talk about blogging for business. Micheal spoke about SEO, plugins, hosting, google analytics & additional techy stuff. It was obvious that he knows his business & that he’d be a great person to check over Cuddle Fairy for me.

Educated Machine is located in Galway city on Merchants Road, just off Eyre Square. Educated Machine offer a wide variety of services & courses. Educated Machine in conjunction with ITWBN runs a blog school where you show up in the morning blogless & leave with a fully set up blog! I wish I had known about this last year! Educated Machine also offers web & app development & one on one sessions where they will help you with your particular website needs.

I arranged a two-hour consultation with Micheal & arrived with my laptop & list of questions. I can’t believe how much Micheal accomplished in two hours! He was typing on my laptop, his laptop & had all sorts of screens opened on my blog that I have never seen before (code & other unrecognizable bits). It was impressive to watch.

Micheal set up a child theme for me – something I had heard of but hadn’t done because it sounded too complicated. He also went through & fixed up some niggly things I’d wanted to change but didn’t know how. It was a relief to have someone who knows WordPress have a look at my blog & give the all clear. And, to have someone fix those things that have been driving me crazy.

 

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The master at work!

 

Educated Machine is available for appointments face to face in Galway & around the country as they are will be visiting different counties over the coming months. They are also available for consultation via skype or email (info@educatedmachine.com). If you create login details for Micheal he can work on a blog from anywhere in the world.

I’m really delighted to host a giveaway for Educated Machine! One lucky winner will receive a two-hour consultation with Micheal either in person or via skype, valued at 140 euros! So get your questions ready! Good luck everyone!

There are plenty of ways to enter the giveaway via the Gleam app below. You may enter as many options as you like & may send a tweet every day.

 

Two Hour Consultation with Educated Machine

Note: Educated machine specializes in WordPress & app development. This giveaway is best suited to bloggers using WordPress, those who are thinking of moving to WordPress or those interested in app development. Micheal can also assist with general website questions.

Terms: This giveaway is open worldwide. Giveaway closes on 9 May 2016 at 9pm GMT. The winner will be selected randomly via the Gleam app & will be contacted by email. The winner has two weeks to claim their prize. If the winner does not reply in that time, a new winner will be selected in their place. Must be over 18 to enter.

Disclosure: My session with Micheal was complimentary, all opinions as always are my own. 

Read more about our trip to Galway: Dinner at the Dáil Bar | Brasserie on the Corner | Brasserie on the Corner

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