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Meet NYIP Graduate Peter Behlen

I just enrolled in NYIP's sister school, the New York Institute of Career Development, because twenty years ago I learned photography at NYIP and loved it. I assumed (correctly) that NYICD's Complete Course in Professional Blogging would be the same type of course. I love the three tier approach: reading, listening, and doing.

I grew up, and still live, on a 1,200-acre corn and soybean farm in western Minnesota. I'm a fourth generation farmer and have farmed for 38 years, first with my dad and now on my own. My dad farmed for 70 years, so I guess I've got it in my blood. I've been married for four years to Amie, who is from the Philippines and loves the country life. While explaining farming to her, I realized that there are many Americans who know even less about farming in the United States than she did, and yet they are very interested in knowing where their food comes from. That's when my idea for a blog came about. With eight chickens and a dog, I won't be able to talk much about livestock farming, but I can address concerns people have about pesticides, commercial fertilizers, and other modern crop farming methods. I'm not as interested in being an advocate as I am in fostering understanding. Farmers are not faceless corporations. We're the first ones to suffer if we do something wrong because our work and our lives are one.

I live fifteen minutes from the nearest town and probably resemble the stereotypical farmer more than I'd care to admit. Solitude and quiet, nature, and the small-town life are what I love. The concepts of urban and rural are becoming more and more separate, and I hope I can do a little bit to bring them back together. I'm hoping to concentrate on the little things, not the big policy issues. Items like how we plant corn, how we harvest, and what is a typical day is like on the farm. I've also seen huge changes in agriculture in my life, going from what many consider the "better days" of fewer pesticides and less technology to the use of computers and tractors that steer themselves. Maybe I can explain why some of the "good old days" weren't so good, and why and how the new technology came about.


Peter Behlen is a graduate of NYIP and is now a student in the Complete Course of Professional Blogging. He's currently working on building his blog, Rows Upon Rows.

Want to learn more about blogging, and how you can turn an online hobby into a money-making career and put your photographic skills to great use? Explore The Complete Course in Professional Blogging from NYICD.


Our Sister's School's New Blog ... About Blogging

We invite all our NYIP blog readers to visit our sister school's blog - and it's all about blogging. The New York Institute of Career Development just launched, and its Complete Course in Professional Blogging has just launched, too. Check out the NYICD blog, with great posts each week about blogging, from experts in the field. They're here to help your message reach a wider audience.

We know that all photographers benefit mightily from having a great blog. A professional online presence is a wonderful marketing boon for every creative professional. Thanks for checking out the NYICD blog today, and checking back each week for the latest tips to help your blog connect with future customers.


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New York Institute of Career Development Launches with New Professional Blogging Course

Distance Education Co., owners of popular home-study schools New York Institute of Photography and Sheffield School, launches the New York Institute of Career Development to help students all over the world learn new skills and earn more money.

New York, NY – June 25, 2012.

The New York Institute of Career Development (NYICD) is a new home-study school providing an opportunity for students all over the world to learn new skills from the comfort of their own homes. NYICD’s initial course offering is the Complete Course in Professional Blogging, designed to provide students with a hands-on approach to blogging success.

NYICD teamed with professional bloggers around the world to put together a learn-from-home blogging course that is perfect for people new to the blogging world or those that have been blogging for years and are looking to create real growth. NYICD students can study at their own pace from anywhere in the world, but they will all have access to professional bloggers as their advisors and teachers via phone and email.

“Our train and mentor style of teaching provides students with the real-life support that it takes to succeed in this growing field,” said Chuck DeLaney, NYICD Director. “Our students are not left on their own to figure out how to succeed, we show them tried and true methods for improving their writing style, gaining readers, and making money with their blogs.”

New York Institute of Career Development has partnered with Squarespace to offer students access to a state-of-the-art website publishing platform that is easy to use and highly customizable. Every student registered in the course will be a given a free yearlong membership with Squarespace, where they can build a professional website complete with blogs, galleries, analytics, custom domains, social media integration and more.

"Our mission at Squarespace is to empower anyone to create exceptional websites regardless of technical ability," said Jesse Hertzberg, SVP of Operations & Business Development for Squarspace. "We're thrilled to partner with NYICD and help students express themselves more creatively in the digital space."