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Readers, likes and comments

Mostly the articles placed on this and our other platforms are not so much placed to open a debate, or better said are no part of a “forum”.

that does not mean we do not like to receive reactions like “likes” or some comments. You can imagine that it takes time to create a post and when we can notice in the statistics that they are read. That may be a stimulant to continue, but also to see a reaction brought by the reader, either by clicking on the “like” or “share” button, this last one giving us the opportunity to receive more readers for that particular article.

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Reader comments aren’t only a little boost to the blogger that spent hours crafting a post, although they certainly help! They’re also important for search engine optimisation and for letting the blogger know what his or her readers value in terms of content. A good comment can be integral to generating leads, and the commenter may also benefit by directing other readers to his or her own content or blog, since they can usually click your username to be taken directly to your site. It’s an all-round score.

On this site you may find a.o. news articles which discusses current events or recent news of either general interest. Bringing such headlines or talking about recent incidents we do want to bring up some thoughts around those affairs. They are used to focus the reader’s attention on a particular (or main) part of the article or that what we think is important for people who want to make something of our society. At the same time looking at what we think may be a major event we also try to give facts and detailed information following answers to general questions like the Five W’s: who, what, when, where, why and how.

Our intention is also to offer some encyclopedia articles or reference works, offering a more in-depth informative article with a primary division of content. For this we are still looking for more contributors, willing to share their knowledge around specific subjects like ‘life’, ‘living’, ‘history’, ‘culture’.

This Blog as such may have blog articles which are like magazine or newspaper articles whilst others may be written more like entries in a personal journal. More important as lifestyle magazine we do hope we may offer some different opinions about several important life issues, of which the religious and spiritual aspects are not gone out of the way.

Being aware that today not many people have lots of time to read serious articles, we do love to present on this site an overview of articles we think would be interesting to read. Therefore we offer next to our own articles a selection of reblogged posts. We may not bring a Listicle or a specific article whose primary content is a list, but at the end of the postings presented over here we also do try to offer a listing of other additional readings or related articles we could select from the blogging world. We also do hope to bring here a sort of Readers Digest and are still hoping some more writers would join us to help us to succeed in those efforts.
Concerning the “Related articles” service we offer, we regularly do get some irritated bloggers who ask us to take their writing of the list. This discourages us a lot for doing all that research work, checking all those posts, looking for them of being of interest. Therefore we reduces already the time for searching and reading so many blogs, to look for something to share. We also can use more people to help us looking for interesting writers, photographers, to present their articles or work to our readers.
Normally we would think there must be enough people who read several blogs and would be able to find something worth reblogging, this being an extra place to do so, next to their own blog, and at the same time giving them the opportunity to link to their own articles. As such we can offer additional readers to those who are willing to join this effort of sharing information and promoting a multicultural and multicoloured world.

In our articles we talked already a lot about how we use are time and on what we are willing to spend time in our time limited day and world. Being aware that not enough people do take time to retreat and to take some time to look at things, wondering how everything is going good or bad and why certain things evolve a certain way, we are trying to bring some balance and are willing to give some material for thought. Having only certain moments a day for ourselves or to do something else than our job, being limited in time we sincerely do hope to be able to offering some interesting material. If not so let us know.

The small thoughts or quotes we offer a day, we do hope can give something to think and are a welcome meditation for the day. Perhaps they can bring you to some daydreaming or musing.

In 2014 we started and reached 1847 visitors with 3124 views offering us 263 likes. Last year we got 5018 visitors fetching 6888 views willing to give us 486 likes. We are pleased to find 279 WordPress followers and only 2 e-mail followers, making us not such a popular blog it seems. Or do you find we do not do enough our best as a team? What can we do more?
Comparing with my personal (political) site I generate 256 WordPress followers and 9 e-mail followers. It is also not so much but there I bring very personal views and spend not so much time as on my other (religious and lifestyle magazine) blogs.

Looking at the statistics it may give the impression we are not doing well or it may be very discouraging. So what can we do to make it better?

Steve Hayes also may have a similar feeling like me. He writes

Speaking for myself now, one of the reasons that I write blog posts is that I have some half-baked ideas floating around, and I’m hoping that others will read them and help me to bake them. So it’s pretty discouraging when there are no comments at all. {The importance of blog comments}

WordPress does a wonderful job diverting spam from the inbox.

For me the talking we do bring here on certain matters and bringing comments on some expressions of others or on certain blogwritings is giving comments on the quoted blog, though most often nothing of our comments is quoted on the discussed page or no link to the article is mentioned. When we get some feed back it is mostly somebody who is angry that he is quoted or that we dared to link to his article. Most often when we get such reply we are asked to delete the link or the mentioning of that person’s name. For that reason it can be that after some time you come to read an article again some related articles may not appear any more in the list. Those negative reactions concerning the links to related articles made us also to decide to reduce this service we thought would be productive for both sides. What surprises us that several blog writers do forget that when they with writing on the net and not making their blog private, have the possibility that from everywhere  all sorts of people may come to see and read what they have written and should as such also not be surprised when people react on their site (what we also do, but not have it appreciated all the time – certainly not on the religious front.)
One big problem is also that we daily get in a lot of spam or ridiculous mail nothing to do with the article or articles. Spam luckily enough gets straight in the Spambox to be deleted.

Spending hours moderating comments and determining what is or isn’t spam can be extremely frustrating.

I do agree this blog and my ‘personal’ blog are not really blogs about me or an other person his personality. when I look at some very popular blogs I notice that most often they are about the person himself or herself or really commercial blogs without the followers noticing it or being aware of it that it is a blog full of advertisements or promotional articles. Dominic Sceski (Aul) a sixteen year-old home-schooled student formulates it this way

You might have a huge following, but if you don’t have a sense of personality, people will stop treating you like a blogger.  They’ll see your blog posts, they’ll Like them, hopefully they’ll read them…but if you are only putting your writing forward, or whatever you’re trying to promote, people won’t care about you.  They won’t know YOU.

People might like your blog, but they aren’t going to comment unless they like you.

Think about it.

If your blog, your writing, lacks a sense of YOU, what will people be seeing?   Just words.  They might be some good words.  But if they aren’t able to attribute them to you, then why would they comment?  Who are they commenting to?  Not a person.   Just words.  And no one praises or converses with random words, however good they are.

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Of course, maybe you ARE putting yourself into what you write…but maybe it’s too much of yourself.  I see this sooooo often.  Those bloggers who get big and popular and then all they do is blog about themselves and their own personal endeavors.  The titles of their posts are eternally:

“Hey, check out my new book”

“PLEASE buy my new book”

“Hey, guess what?  My new book is out”

“Update on my story”

You get the picture.

I’ve said this multiple times and I’ll say it again.  If you want followers and an active audience, blog about things people CARE about.  Blog about things that HELP people.  Make them WANT or NEED you.

Are we according to you then not blogging about matters that can help you or others? We do agree we talk more than once about God and the way of life according His rules, and not so many people are interested in that. Is that a reason why we have so few followers? Is that what we try to offer our readers not something some people want?

Voxate comments

Although time is scarce and we’re often reading other blogs between other must-do’s on our daily schedule, making the time to comment is important – both for the link it may allow you to include to your own blog or site, and to the blogger.

I take the liberty to reproduce the result of Voxate his inquiries posed in his article Why Reader Comments Are The Cat’s Pajamas concerning

 

  • reader comments that meant the most to them (I’ve included them as written and submitted):

    Gaynor from Tulips and Phoenixes said:

    The comments on this blog post of mine have been the most special to me because of the wonderful feedback I received from various people. It showed just how fond people were about the area of Tsitsikamma and how willing they were to share the love for it. This is why I blog – I love seeing comments like these!

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    Steve, who blogs at Khanya, said:

    The comment by Nomtha Gawe on this post. It gives a complementary experience to that described in the blog, and thus a different persective on it, while remaining on topic. She immediately grasps what the post is saying, relates it to her own experience, which is similar in some ways but different in others, and explains it lucidly.

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    Luchae, from My Spreadsheet Brain, added:

    Marcolene’s comment really meant a lot to me. It feels good knowing my oversharing brought some sort of peace to someone else’s crazy thoughts…

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    Lizna, from With Elizabeth H, shared a candid post about her weight struggles.

    She really appreciated Ilona Fourie’s comment, which read, “What a awesome post. Whilst I was reading it so much rang true to me. I have been on a roller coaster with my weight. I have lost 26kg but have not been able to move any more in the last year. I have tried and tried and are failing miserably. It has made me so negative and I keep asking myself whats wrong with me. This is a war that few people understand and I am so grateful to have read your post!” Lizna said:

    It meant a lot to me because I am not alone, me and her became such great friends that we are actually living together now, you find best friends when you least expect it. 
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    JustEllaBella also shares some really personal stuff. Ella says:

    Over there years I’ve opened up about losing my son. Sometimes it felt a little self indulgent and that people would surely be rolling their eyes at me BUT I speak about him because of comments like these. People who can relate, I have somehow told them it’s okay not to be okay and for that I am grateful. This one particularly struck a chord, “i simply love this blog. lost my baby girl also two days after she was born in hospital 7 February 2017 and to this day she is a big part of our lives. This is the first time i ever spoke about her to anyone besides my husband.God decided he needs her more and she is now one of heavens angels im just glad to have had the opportunity to meet her. i also hope that the best part of her 48 hours on earth was meeting mom&dad.
    -Forever Gianni Hendricks-“
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    In Africa and Beyond is one of my favourite travel blogs. Sara shares some of the reader comments that touched her the most:

    On my post about “30 Photos of South Africa That Will Fuel Your Wanderlust” Erika said, “I was tearing up looking at these photos. Going to South Africa has always been a dream of mine. I loved seeing it through your eyes and hope to see it through mine one day soon.”

    Jonelle, from Tyranny of Pink, had an understandably tough time:

    I’ve narrowed it down to this post, but I can’t choose a specific comment. A lot of comments are also sent to me privately because my blog is so raw and personal but each and every comment on my blog is a reminder of why I blog. The sense of community, that feeling of not being alone. The understanding that it’s okay to not be okay. The affirmations from other women who are in the same position as me. I treasure every comment, many of them moving me to tears because other women GET me and other women feel what I feel and in many cases, it’s a rawness that they share with me about their own experience with loss, grief, parenting and just being. Comments remind me in the times that blogging feels like too much that this is my tribe, these are my people and I’m never alone!

    In this article, Zena posted a comment that was meanginful to me. She said, ” Jonelle you have such courage to have written this great story, a tribute to your hero. You have inspired me. I work everyday for a foundation in memory of Hassan and its been 8 yrs since his passing and 4 years working here, and still have not had your courage to even speak or write a sentence, I believe the time will come.”

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    Shante Hutton of Rose For Thorns shared a very personal post, and valued this comment:

    Beautiful Shante, your story touched me so deeply that I found it difficult not only to find words, but to actually find my voice. You told your story in such a delicate yet profound way and I’m in awe of you right now. Reading your story, your pain and then how the birth of your daughter opened your heart to this incredible love again is wonderful. And isn’t it amazing how the opening of your womb caused an opening of the heart! Like a flower you have opened and become even more beautiful than you already were.
    I also lost my brother 34 years ago. I was 23 and he was 26 and because we were the last two of 8 kids, we were very close. So one sunny morning 34 years ago, I kissed him goodbye as I dropped him at work, not knowing that as I watched him walk away I would never see him again. For many years I would search for him on a crowded street or shop or anywhere thinking, it was just a mistake and that he was alive somewhere and I suppose that was how I coped.
    So thank you for your story, we all need to be reminded of how God, in His infinite wisdom can bring us out of darkness and into His beautiful light.
    Never forget how strong, courageous and breathtaking beautiful you are.
    love n blessings
    Connie

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    For the Bloggers

    To encourage your readers to comment more on your posts, you could:

    • Ask open-ended questions that prompt them to answer in the comments
    • Have a numbered list (e.g. 9 Ways To Clean Your Ears) and then ask them to add to this number
    • Write a controversial post; this often leaves readers chomping at the bit to include their pro or anti opinion
    • Reply to the existing comments – this starts a conversation
    • Comment on other blogs
    • Encourage commenting on your social media platforms

    To Wrap It Up

    Don’t underestimate the power and reach of your comments on the blogs and posts of others. By using this powerful tool, you play a big part in SEO and engagement – both for the post on which you’re commenting and on your own site.

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Now we come to the end of this article, we dare to ask you some questions and perhaps you would not mind to answer some of them or to give us some advice.

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Questions you are welcome to answer

  1. Are the articles we present over here stuff nobody or not many are interested in?
  2. Is a sense of personality lacking or really necessary?
  3. Are we wrong to think our words are not just random words? Or are our words not of any interest to the present generation?
  4. Would you still like to see a “Listicle” of “Additional Reading” and of  “Related articles”?
  5. What do you find of such selection we like to present our readers?
  6. Looking at the statistics it may give the impression we are not doing well. So what can we do to make it better?
  7. Do you like us to regularly to search for interesting blogs to Reblog them or to discuss them over here?
  8. Do you like the small thoughts, quotes or musings for the day. Would you appreciate it to have them regularly?
  9. Are there any subjects you want to see covered more?
  10. Would you not be willing to share some readings you liked or did find interesting or important to read?
  11. When you love your job, would it not be interesting for you to share some thoughts about it with our readers?
  12. When you are a historian, a psychologist or a philosopher would you not mind writing some articles about historic facts, human evolution and human activities, ways of life, human manners and events, crimes against humanity, a.o.?
  13. Do you belong to the people who have no comment on the state of our society?
  14. would you not appreciate an extra place where you now and then can share some thoughts which would be interesting for others to hear?
  15. When it is considered so easy to click a like button why does it not happen more? Why can we not have more “Likes”?

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Preceding articles

From Guestwriters 2015 in review

From Guestwriters 2016 in review

Be realistic, do not pretend

The Culture of Excesses- Losing Humanity

Thoughts and reflections taking only a few minutes

The Scensual World – Mission & Vision

Awards, prizes, Peace and Working together

Again nominated for the same award

Do you have a writer or presenter in you?

1000 articles placed on From Guestwriters

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Additional reading

  1. My blogs 2014 in review
  2. A new voice calling for peace
  3. Americans wrongly informed about situation in Europe

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  5. The Awkward Duty and Ecstatic Joy of Comments // The Blogging Life
  6. Kan du kommentera min sida / Can you comment on my page
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Openingswoord voor Nederlandstaligen

Op 26 maart 2014 verscheen hier het eerste artikel, in het Engels. Wij stelden dit nieuwe Levensstijl magazine voor en verwezen naar ons andere levensstijl magazine waar wij wel eens tegen de schenen durven stampen of “op de tenen trappen”. In tegenstelling tot “Stepping Toes” willen wij hier in dit ‘lifestyle magazine‘ het leven van een positieve kant trachten te benaderen en willen wij hier hoofdzakelijk de mooie dingen van het leven voorleggen.

In eerste instantie zou dit hoofdzakelijk Engelstalige teksten over elementen in het leven brengen en de ‘muzings’ of de poëtische gedachten voorleggen van verschillende schrijvers. Alsook hoopten wij op beeldvlak mensen te kunnen vinden die hun fotografisch talent ter beschikking zouden willen stellen om anderen mooi beelden van onze wereld voor te stellen.

Graag hadden wij jonge schrijvers hier ook de gelegenheid gegeven om hun talenten bot te vieren, en wensten wij een aangename selectie te brengen van boeiende lectuur welk er op het internet en in de boekhandel te verkrijgen is.

De hele bedoeling is dat u in “From Guestwriters” betrouwbare geschriften zal kunnen vinden van verschillende auteurs. De hier voorgestelde auteurs kunnen van allerlei strekkingen zijn en uit verschillende lagen van de bevolking over geheel de wereld. De selectie van het materiaal gebeurt wel van uit onze christelijke visie. De meerdere teksten die door de ‘Gastspreker’ of ‘Guestspeaker’ zullen geplaatst worden, zullen wel hoofdzakelijk van gedoopte Christadelphians zijn, maar kunnen ook van leden zijn die in de Christadelphians geïnteresseerd zijn of behoren tot een gelijkaardige beweging of tot een geassocieerd groep. Wij drukken ten stelligste de hoop uit dat meerdere mensen zich hier op dit Blog zullen kunnen vinden en hun gedachten op een vredevolle manier willen delen. Betreft de herbloggingen of ‘reblogs’ zullen de teksten vrij gekozen zijn van wat er op het internet te vinden is. Hierbij kan het gerust voorvallen dat wij de geloofsvoorkeur van de auteur zelfs niet kennen, maar wijzen wij er op dat onze selectie hoofdzakelijk gebaseerd is op de tekst van het voorgestelde artikel. De auteurs wiens werken wij hier als een “Readers Digest” zullen plaatsen hoeven helemaal niet tot onze geloofsgemeenschap te behoren of zelfs gelovig te zijn in een goddelijk wezen. Wat voor ons belangrijk is, is dat ze iets interessants te zeggen hebben.

In tegenstelling tot “Op de Tenen trappen” of “Stepping Toes” wordt hier niet specifiek uitgegaan van een geestelijk onderwerp of speelt niet altijd de geestelijke benadering zulk een rol. Op deze site verwelkomen wij ook andere schrijvers, die over zeer  verschillende onderwerpen willen schrijven, die niets te maken hebben met het materiaal gepresenteerd in het Stepping Toes Lifestyle tijdschrift. Hier voorzien wij een heel andere aanpak en willen wij ook meer oog hebben voor de menselijke kant en voor de algemene schoonheden van het leven en de leefomgeving. De natuur en hoe wij als mens ons in die natuur willen gedragen zullen wij dan ook meer op het voorplan brengen dan in Stepping Toes.

Het belangrijkste doel van “From Guestwriters” is dat iedereen dier hier een tekst presenteert, dit ook vanuit zijn of haar eigen standpunt doet. Dit kan betekenen dat een schrijver kan kiezen voor iets op een bepaalde wijze te bekijken en er een oordeel kan over geven, terwijl een ander juist het tegenovergestelde kan zeggen. Wij vinden het niet erg verschillende meningen over een en hetzelfde thema of evenement hier tegenover elkaar voor te stellen, en vinden zelfs dat het verrijkend kan zijn om verschillende benaderingen naast elkaar te plaatsen.
Wij hopen dat in de toekomst verschillende auteurs zullen bereid zijn om een aantal van hun ideeën, artikelen, gedichten, verhalen hier te presenteren, om een ​​verscheidenheid van bezoekers, uit verschillende culturen en religies ook te verkrijgen en om de verschillende culturen een inzicht te geven van de verschillende denkwijzen en verscheidenheid van culturen. (Na een half jaar hebben zich spijtig genoeg nog niet veel kandidaten voorgesteld.)

De in dit platform gepresenteerde geschriften zullen hier dus ook niet noodzakelijkerwijs volledig in lijn moeten liggen met onze denkwijze. Wij willen open staan voor andere denkwijzen en die in alle openheid hier ook presenteren. Iedereen mag een eigen mening hebben en zal hier ook de vrijheid van meningsuiting op deze site kunnen vinden. daarvoor nodigen wij ook onze lezers uit om indien zij wensen hun commentaren te plaatsen of aanvullende informatie weer te geven.

De wereld is niet ‘zwart wit’ en wij willen hier die kleurenvariëteit ook voorleggen ter verrijking van iedereen. Omdat wij hier verschillende meningen naast elkaar zullen durven presenteren, hopen wij de lezers de kans te geven om te vergelijken met de pro’s en contra’s en zelf een eigen beeld te vormen.

We zouden graag meer schrijvers vinden die bereid zijn om hun gedachten te delen op dit forum, maar we willen dat de lezer weet dat de meerderheid van de schrijvers zich misschien wel het meest zouden kunnen toeleggen op hun eigen persoonlijke sites. Hun meeste geschriften zullen dan ook daar kunnen gevonden worden of op de site van de Stepping Toes Lifestyle magazine.

Het is niet de bedoeling dat de voor dit blog schrijvende auteurs enkel voor hun eigen websites reclame zouden gaan voeren, maar iedereen, die zich geroepen voelt om hier samen te werken aan dit platvorm van positieve nieuwsvoering, is welkom om ook naar hun eigen blog en artikelen op andere websites te verwijzen. Het bekend maken van eigen materiaal of beter bekend maken aan anderen van zelf interessant gevonden materiaal, zal op deze site worden toegestaan​​.
We adverteren niet echt op deze pagina’s, maar iedereen mag zijn steentje bijdragen om ander boeiend werk kenbaar te maken, door er naar te verwijzen en er zelfs linken naar te plaatsen, omdat we onze lezers kansen willen aanbieden om vele andere gerelateerde artikelen te vinden.

Mogen wij u daarom uitnodigen om onze geassocieerde ‘Gast auteurs’ te vinden op hun eigen persoonlijke blog, welk in de zij marge ook vermeld wordt met hun laatst geplaatste artikels.

Wij wensen u veel leesgenot.

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Nota: In België wordt het Nederlands makkelijk terzijde geschoven ten voordele van het Engels waarmee meer mensen bereikt kunnen worden en waarmee het makkelijker is de multiculturele maatschappij in eigen land te benaderen. Maar wij moeten er ook toe bijdragen dat men zich ook blijft uitdrukken in het Nederlands en die taal levendig houdt. De taal is ook rijk aan pareltjes in de literatuur. Wij hopen dat zo enkele mooie Nederlandse gedichten onder de aandacht zullen mogen geplaatst worden. Gehuisvest in Vlaams-Brabant is het ook een kwestie van respect en erkentelijkheid naar de plaatselijke bevolking om hen ook in hun eigen taal toe te spreken. Van hen vragen wij ook begrip dat hun landstaal niet door velen gesproken wordt en omdat wij veel meer buitenlandse  en anderstaligen bereiken is er voor dit blog de voorkeur gegeven aan de handelstaal Engels.

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Wij maken deel uit van de “Bloggers voor Vrede” beweging.
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Lees ook onze inleiding: Wat te vinden

English readers may find to read:

About From Guestwriters

 

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Do you have a writer or presenter in you?

It is incredible how computer technology evolved and how much easier internet became. Lots of people are not any more surprised they can find the world at their fingertip. People go online for a number of reasons. They go online to research a potential purchase, to seek solutions for a problem they’re having and to be entertained.

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The old way to get thoughts from one mind to the other, by writing it down, getting it brought to someone else by a courier, and waiting for sometime to get a reply or feedback. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many say that if the blog provides all three; products, information, and entertainment then it is in tip top shape.To be honest; we do not want to sell the loved articles or present the newest assets. We only want to sell ‘positive news‘, ‘love‘ and the ‘Word of God‘. That last bit most often frightens people so much they turn it off straight ahead. Us using the Name of God and mentioning about His Works makes us less beloved. Not being ashamed to openly tell people Who we love and worship makes it even more difficult to get people working together with us or willing to come along with us on this project of bringing the positive Good News.

On the 26th of March we wrote our first message: Guestwriters for you and did send a message in the world inviting writers to join us. Up till now we did not get many answers, no negative and no positive ones.

At the beginning of the new year, we would like to repeat our invitation. In case you as reader do find you may contribute something positive and would not mind sharing your thoughts to uplift others, you are welcome. This site has no intention to become a religious blog, so you do not have to talk always about God. But you may not mind He will be mentioned now and then, because this blog wants to present to the reader the important things in life. We would like to offer those things which can make life easier, more bearable, giving more joy to people around us. We agree also that we intend also to present stories of people which can give an impression of how they see life, their relation to others, their relation to nature. We also are convinced we are part of the universe and should be in a good relation with nature; Therefore we would love to find writers who also can tell about the urgency of taking care of that precious nature.

Living in this world of thriving economy, hard labour and harsh reality we have to find ways to survive, to feel ourselves good, to find ways to succeed but also to find ways to relax. When you have some good ideas which can help others with it, why not sharing it? If you can write about ways to meditate, relax, to find the self, why not offering your help to those who come along the internet to find answers for making their life easier?

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We would love to find more authors who can bring some articles at regular time about ‘lifestyle‘, ‘fashion’, ‘culture‘, ‘entertainment‘, ‘parenting’, ‘family matters’, ‘relationships’, ‘marriage’, ‘environment’, ‘crafts’, ‘arts’, ‘food’, ‘economics’ and also visual elements like cartoons, drawings and photographs. If you are good in one of them, why not react and act! Why not present yourself and let your work be seen to many more people. Together on one platform you can reach much more people than each can reach on his or her own personal blog. Having a say over here you as co-author also shall be able to promote your own personal blog and be able to guide those who are willing to find more of your work, also coming to look at your personal site. It is a win-win situation. Having your work presented over here you can get more people to know your work.

At the beginning of this new year we would love to send out our call for writers. In case you do not feel ready for it, but perhaps do know somebody who might be interested, why not speak to him or her and get him or her in contact with us?

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‘‘Various Selections,’’ a packet of news articles culled from the Internet by the ‘‘Qaeda Media Committee.’’ Original caption: :The cover page of ‘‘Various Selections,’’ a packet of news articles culled from the Internet by the ‘‘Qaeda Media Committee.’’ The March 2001 cover page promotes articles with headlines like ‘‘Barak Kills a Muslim,’’ ‘‘Taliban Halt Production of Opium,’’ and ‘‘Russian and Indian Weapons Go to Opposition.’’ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Everybody who has something to tell or who finds something worth reading is welcome. The contributor, if he or she is not really a writer does not have to write all the articles him or herself. We also look for people who come across interesting articles and do find it worthwhile to share them with others. Our intention is to bring a readers digest, offering our readers a selection of interesting reading material which was/is published on the worldwide internet. Anybody who spend time reading and looking at several websites, who think he or she found something interesting for others, might share it with our readers. Be it a poem, a story, a study, review or article of interest, why not reblog it on this site? We are convinced it should be possible for you to find at least two or three article a year which you find interesting enough that others should read it. In case ten volunteers present themselves and would reblog two articles in a year, we would be able to present nearly every week an article to get us and our visitors a good taste.

It should not be so difficult to find something interesting once or twice a year. Writing just a few thoughts once or twice a year is perhaps more difficult, but when you consider it like writing a letter to some one you like, it becomes perhaps easier.

We love to find more stories and poems which can inspire people or take their mind of the daily problems. In case you feel you might give your itchy fingers the opportunity to try out it scribbles, why not take the chance to present your first poetic adventures here?

The good news is your content can provide both the information and the entertainment and when written well, can also inspire purchases or clicks to your newsletter, your personal blog, or affiliate links.

Do you have to tell a story, are able to talk about general shared human experiences, perhaps do have a sense of enlightenment and humour, have reason to believe you may give good advice and know how to solve some problems, when you have something to write which can change the reader’s life, you should contact us and be ready to help others by presenting your thoughts on the internet on this site.

Here are a few ideas to provide value for ‘your customers’ and prospects:

* How to articles, videos, and audio
* Tips articles, videos, and audio
* Case studies
* Workbooks and reports
* Interviews with experts
* Product reviews

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A Love Story, painting, oil on canvas, 101.8 x 152.7 cm, by E. Phillips Fox (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Guestwriters“, as the name indicates wants to bring several guest-writers together. It wants to be an online human concious community and resource committed to helping Christian but also other and non-religious bloggers finding their place online with faith in humanity as their foundation. We want to bring the Good News of a world where it shall be possible to live in peace with many people from different nations and cultures. If you can bring such a peace message you are the one we are looking for.

If you are not afraid to direct your voice so as to be heard clearly at a distance, not afraid for undertaking requiring concerted effort, and to  convey an impression of to an audience or to others, you are the man or woman we need.

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Do not hesitate, come out, do the step forward, take up the courage to write and to share your ideas with others.

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Find out our aims for this lifestyle magazine and how you too can be one of the Helping Ones with Helping Words.

When you are convinced more people should be more positive and enjoy more the beauty of this world, find out how you too can contribute to build more gateways and to find more pleasure in life achieving fulfilment and success: Spark of Positivism.

When you think you have nothing to say or to show read this.

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  4. Putting your feelings into words and sharing them

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  3. 20 Ways to Skyrocket Your Reader Engagement
  4. Blogger Applications Are Open!

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  • How to Create Clickable Headlines (getresponse.com)
    No one writes in a vacuum and when your content is posted and shared it’ll appear in amongst loads of other headlines. Yours must stand out regardless of where it ends up. Online readers have a vast library at their fingertips, so ensure that your headline is convincing and pulls them in.
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    This is obviously subjective but if you’re honest with your writing you’ll find that you have a unique voice. Use it and devise headlines that stand out and make online denizens want to read more. Make sure that your piece has a clear goal and relate everything to that. Add your article keyword (usually frontloaded) to your headline and you’ll make it more easily searchable.Whatever subject you’re writing about you’ll find that many other writers have been there before. This is why the headline is so important. Everyone writes lists online and regardless of the niche the format often remains the same.
  • Copywriting 101: How to Create Words That Persuade and Sell (getresponse.com)
    Write every single sentence with the intent of getting the next one read, and the one after, and so on .. That’s the job of your headline. To get your readers to read the first sentence. Your headlines don’t have to be sleazy.Remember you are writing headlines for a people who are most likely to be interested in what you have to say. When you are writing to a warm traffic, you don’t have to worry about converting that extra 0.01% of your traffic. It won’t make or break you. Your headline’s job is to get your first sentence read. It doesn’t have to scream in your reader’s face.
  • Happiness (magdalenaperks.wordpress.com)
    Joy is not just happiness. Happiness can be as fleeting as eating an ice cream cone on a hot, sunny day. Happiness can be the mere moments we lose our concerns and worry while watching a comedy or reading an exciting book. There is nothing wrong with that kind of happiness, as long as we don’t think that is all the happiness we need. That kind of happiness becomes addictive, and we need more and more to even begin to feel happy in it. True happiness never takes from others, or puts our own pleasure above theirs. Mere pleasurable happiness is not going to lead to joy.
  • Keeping Your Audience Reading with Breathless Anticipation (getresponse.com)
    Good writing begins with a question: what are you really writing about? Without a clear answer, your writing will wander around, and your readers will wander away.So define a premise — a guiding idea. The thriller Jurassic Park pits the smartest animals ever (human beings) in a battle against the biggest (dinosaurs). Can brains compete with brawn…  and wicked teeth?Your business story may not have the mass appeal of a dinosaur attack. But readers who need you most will be spellbound. After all, it’s about them: a problem that keeps them awake at night, a problem you can solve.
  • How Non-Writers Can Craft Business Blogs (kissmetrics.com)
    Knowing what to write about is just as important as how you write it. Posting to a business blog every day is possible but not worth the effort if no one reads it. Luckily, hunting down topics isn’t too difficult:

    • Stay up to date on what competitors are blogging about. Write a response or approach the subject from your own perspective.
    • Search through comments your readers leave on social media and blogs. These “clues” can lead to increased interaction with followers and help you leverage the content that works.
    • Research trending subjects on Google and news outlets. Is there some industry trend or social event in progress that can be recycled as a topic?

    Not every topic needs to cover a major controversy or explore groundbreaking research. Business bloggers should take the “one for me, one for them” approach. This means that some topics can be focused on you, your business, and new things you’re doing and how they apply to readers.

  • Drawn to the Dark Side (psychologytoday.com)
    No one would describe me as all doom and gloom. I’m hyper-social. I laugh a lot. I practice yoga and believe in brightening a stranger’s day with a small act of kindness. But if you put me in the vicinity of someone preternaturally happy, I’m suspicious. What are they hiding? What’s really going on? What do they have to convince themselves is true in order to maintain this constant cheeriness? I believe you can be extremely self-aware and cheerful. But “happiness” as behavior in our culture is often a shield against truths we don’t want to admit.
  • The 7 Golden Rules of Blogging (cristianmihai.net)
    I was quite sure that I would never become a successful blogger. I created some blogs on various platforms, but I never had the patience to build an audience. The thing is that I never asked myself whether I had something worth writing about on an almost daily basis. I think this is something a lot of bloggers struggle with. What’s worth sharing? What’s considered useful information? Also, I believe that a lot of writers simply focus too much on trying to come up with an original idea for a blog, a new approach, a new angle.I believe passion is the key element in any creative endeavor.
  • The Empathy Library (kasiajames.wordpress.com)
    Founded by School of Life member Roman Krznaric, it’s a fabulous new on-line resource to help us to walk in mile in someone elses shoes. It seems an idea very much in the footsteps of what the School of Life has been pioneering: a new and more considered way of thinking about the big issues of life, free from the traditional ways of teaching. If you’ve read any of the books by the philosophers and writers involved, you’ll know just what I mean. In an increasingly ‘blip-vert’ society (extra points if you get the reference! 🙂 ), their work is refreshingly well considered.

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When you think you have nothing to say or to show

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We spoke already about the magnitude of material that can get in front of our eyes to read. The internet may offer lots of interesting but also less or not interesting material. It all depends on what you might like or on what you find interesting, or not. What you might not think to be interesting lots of others may find very interesting. That’s one of the beauties of the internet; it helps connect people with similar interests who might otherwise never find one another.

On this platform we would love to find different people with different interests, but with some connection between all those fields of interests. We would love to find people who do not mind sharing their pen to bring something what might interest our readers or gets to the point which we would like to have internet visitors to have a look at.

As not everything published on the internet is a precious pearl of wisdom that shines a light on eternal truths, on this site we also know we are not able to present all beautiful pearls. But we do hope we can find some hidden treasures and to show little beauties. It does not all have to be masterpieces or very high literature pieces. Just some poems or scribbles, little interesting notes, from some one somewhere in the world, which might be interesting for an other eye somewhere else on this earth.

Some stuff presented here may be very serious or wanting to tackle some serious subject. But life does not have to be all that serious. We would like to put things in perspective, present dreams and hopes, but also look at our universe from the bright site of life.

Lots of people go to the internet for entertainment and are just looking for some fun, or something offbeat, and that’s fine; we can turn to the internet for entertainment as often as we do for education.

It’s okay to write something niche-y. It’s okay to write something light, or to post a photo or two. It’s okay to rant, and it’s also okay to celebrate. No matter what you have to put out there, there’s someone online ready to receive it.

Those who are not sure yet if they can contribute to this site, should not worry if they are interested in trying to create a nicer world for those around him or her. You live, so you are, and you have something that moves you and touches you.  On this site we are mainly interested in things that can touch people, in matters which can concern many, in matters of which many should take consideration, like what we are doing with our environment, what we do with this world, where we want to go in this world.

Just write. Don’t worry about a larger narrative. Don’t worry about engaging readers. Don’t even worry about your spelling. Just write — start describing and experience or sharing an opinion. You can edit or reshape later.

If you doubt you have something to tell, or when you think you could have something to tell but do not know how to start. Do not worry. A cohesive story might start to emerge as you write. Articulating your thoughts might lead to a lightbulb moment that takes you in another direction. You might just tell a good story, no larger point attached. Start writing, and don’t think about publishing. Just get your fingers moving.

And if you do not want to write as such, you do not have to think you can not contribute. Perhaps you like reading more. That’s very fine. But when you like reading more, for sure you shall be able to encounter interesting bits to read. So why keeping them all for yourself? Why not sharing those articles you like, with us? Why would you not reblog a good article. Here we offer you a place to do so.

You read blogs because you’re drawn to the personalities behind them, and that’s why others read your blog. If you publish something that’s a real reflection of you — whether it’s an in-depth analysis of a political issue or a series of haiku about your bicycle — your fans will read and like it. Give yourself some credit — people like you, they really do.

Others are also curious of what you might think or how you might feel. We are living on this earth with so many different people, that it is interesting to get to know how they think and how they act and react. Many may think there are many differences, but they would be surprised how much similarity there might be.

When you think you have nothing to say or to show, start believing more in yourself and not only trust yourself, but also trust those who want to hear from you and who want to read what is on your mind.

In case you are interested in social or environmental issues, relationships and peace-movements, our way of living, cultural affairs, the way we look at things, beautiful nature, language, pictures, than you are at the right address. Here you can find a place where you may ad your thoughts.

Let us hear from you.

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Being a Light in the World Award

We for sure can use some more people who would like to bring some sunshine in this grim world. Lovely that we can see more people trying to spread some Light in this world full of jealousy and hate.

It would also be nice to find those bloggers who would love to bring messages of inner peace, brotherly love, and unity between people and different cultures and religions, together sharing their ideas and notifying others of their readings and writings. Hopefully many will let others know of such blogs which try to make the world a little nicer one day at the time.

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And the nominees for the

the very first nominees for Being a Light in the World Award
are:

  1. Dr. Rex
  2. Shaun
  3. HuntForTruth
  4. Inavukic
  5. Dear Kitty
  6. Mungai and the Goa Constrictor
  7. Quiall
  8. BusyMindThinking
  9. SeaAngel4444
  10. PurpleRaysblog
  11. Al
  12. The Libertarian Hippie
  13. Moorbey
  14. The Unity of Souls
  15. Crowing Crone Joss
  16. CravesAdventure
  17. Cassidy Fraezee
  18. Ivonprefontaine
  19. SueDreamwalker
  20. OldPoet56
  21. Michael Lai
  22. Willowdot21
  23. HitandRun1964
  24. Professions for Peace
  25. ViewsSplash
  26. Blackbutterfly7
  27. Amaezed
  28. Tanveer rauf
  29. PetiteMagique
  30. Joe Bradshaw
  31. Terry1954
  32. Lilmisspoutine
  33. a star on the forehead
  34. Andy1076
  35. iithinks

Followed by:.

  1. Marlyn http://kintal.wordpress.com/
  2. Sheri http://theothersideofugly.com/  
  3. Kindness Blog http://kindnessblog.com/ 
  4. Brother Murf http://brothermurf.wordpress.com/
  5. Tom Huff http://tomhuff.wordpress.com/ 
  6. Eve http://sathyasaimemories.wordpress.com/ 
  7. Jerry http://jerry792.wordpress.com/
  8. VWoods http://vwoods1212.wordpress.com/
  9. Suz http://suzjones.wordpress.com/
  10. CeeLee http://swimintheadultpool.com/
  11. Michele http://lifeasagarden.wordpress.com/
  12. Sherri http://sherriofpalmsprings.com/
  13. Stephanie http://happinessheals.wordpress.com/
  14. Brooke http://kundalinidotorg.wordpress.com/
  15. Nadine http://soulofagypsy.me/
  16. Gede Prama http://gedepramascompassion.com/
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Being A Light In The World – awarded by Barbara Mattio at Idealist Rebel

Thank you Barbara. 

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Wonderful people in the World spread Light, and love, hope and peace.  At WordPress, there are bloggers that consistently promote these qualities and work to be a force for peace and light in our world.

My friend Barbara is diligent in posting on topics in the areas of creativity, women’s issues, and spirituality. Her blog is making the world a little nicer, one day at a time.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who gives you the award
  2. Spread this award around to the people who you know who are doing this work, so that the work continues and the light is spread
  3. Let your nominees know
  4. Never give up on your fellow human beings

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