A Closer Look …

with Anthony Newcombe 

published with permission from

Topic: What skill did you learn/ are you learning during the extended “home-based” Covid-19 period?  

Personal note: Like you, I noticed plenty of people getting in on the new “mask production craze.”  

The new “mask makers (as seen on YouTube)

What new skills have YOU acquired during the Covid shutdown?  

However, decided to do something a bit different. I took some time to learn a new digital design skill. Since I began self-learning coding in late 2014, I’ve always tinkered with Photoshop, but, only learned enough to make a mess for the most part! So, with some extra time on my hands (not having to drop off the kids at school for a while) I dug into the progam GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program). 

Since its free, open source software, I knew I could simply dabble at my pace without worrying about an forthcoming “expired trial period” to deal with. Also, I knew if I got distracted by something else unforeseen, I could easily move on without worry likewise.  

Anyhow, with all that is going on in the U.S.A. and around the world, I just thought it might be a good time reach and ask our social media and site followers:  

What skill have you developed (or are currently in the midst of) that you most likely would never have done were it not for the Covid-19 quarantines/ shutdowns/ interruptions? 

We look forward to hearing about it! 

Be well all! 



Anthony Newcombe is a 4-time entrepreneur, published author & narrator, and full-stack web developer. He can be reached directly for appearance requests via our CONTACT PAGE.