Introducing My New Co-Blogger Suzie Cheel

Do you ever notice, when you find the solution to a vexing question, that it comes through helping someone else to solve a problem?

That’s happened for me just this week.

My question was, how can I best re-focus and get back into posting more regularly on this blog, with the supplementary but still very important question of identifying what I might be able to do to provide more value for readers.

Part of the context was that, while still posting here, I have been posting also on Des Walsh dot Com, an important element in marketing my services as a social media consultant and coach for business. I’d like to think I was one of those people who can produce multiple posts on multiple blogs, day after day, but it’s not me.

I have also been very engaged with some exciting new business partnerships, including the partnership with WordFrame and a couple more I hope to be able to announce soon.

But I do feel very attached to Thinking Home Business, which after all has been my main avenue for blogging for the better part of four years now.

What to do?

Suzie Cheel In a conversation during the week my partner Suzie Cheel, whose blog The Abundance Highway is fast catching up on or even overtaking Thinking Home Business in the rankings stakes (no, I’m not jealous, I’m delighted) was talking about a concept for a blog about solo home business and wondering about how to fit that into an already busy schedule.

“Why don’t you write for Thinking Home Business?” I asked.

“Are you serious?” Suzie replied (she knows how precious I am about this blog).

“Yes” I said. “I think it would be great.”

And we talked about the possibility that, with two of us working on it, there would be scope to provide some more reference resources for “professionals working from home in a networked world” as the tagline of the blog says.

Just so there is no misunderstanding, even though we are a couple this is not going to turn into a “couple blog”. It will remain focused on business.

I should probably mention that (as anyone who knows Suzie and me would surely attest) it would be totally unrealistic to expect a single editorial “line”.

Suzie is very well placed to write about being a professional working from home. She built a flourishing business from home, as an artist creating decorative works and “art to wear” under her label Suzie Cheel Handpainted Originals. She earned her chops as an online navigator in the mid 90s while completing her postgraduate degree of Master of Applied Science (Social Ecology). She has been blogging since 2006 and “seriously” (her word) for the better part of a year now.  

Welcome Suzie!

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I show business owners and other professionals how to navigate the social media maze and use LinkedIn effectively. I'm an author, speaker, business coach, social media strategist and LinkedIn specialist. Connect with me on LinkedIn, Google Plus and Twitter. And to stay in the loop, get my weekly Social Business Bites.


  1. Lightening says:

    Sounds like a dynamic partnership. 🙂

  2. @ Duncan
    Thank you for the vote of confidence.

    @ Kathie. I am sure we all have some hidden aspects that eventually surface the longer we are online
    RMIT has great art courses if i remember correctly

    @ George don’t worry I’ll be calling on you soon and thankyou

    @Shirley, thank you. It seems like a good solution for now and maybe I will even get my art site going

  3. Welcome Suzie and good luck. You do know that “one (I) is glad to be of service” whenever needed and with whatever I (one) can :):) !

  4. I also have the task of multiple blogs. I think you plan should work well. I hope to get a chance to read your feed. I like your style of writing.

  5. Solo Business Marketing says:


    I’m thrilled that you’ll join Des in this space, and I look forward to reading your ideas.


  6. @Kathie: I didn’t even mention that she had a previous successful career in Australia, the UK and Nigeria as an early childhood teacher and training other early childhood teachers. Multi-talented!

  7. A double dose of Suzie: my daily reading just got better.

  8. Kathie M. Thomas says:

    Interesting to read about Suzie’s background. I didn’t know that. I have a daughter interested in pursuing art as a career and I’d love to know more to pass on the details to her. Seems I need to do some research on what Suzie does.


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