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THE PRODIGY OF IDEAS

Punctuation is very strange as I see it. The ellipsis make me anxious, yet I use them a lot, they give me that feeling of indefinite, of something to leave pending. The two points are used to define and explain precisely, but I remain with the idea that you cannot always explain everything and, you know, to define is to limit. The exclamation points are overbearing, like a cry, a firework, when they explode they make a lot of noise. The question marks? Sore point, they are very dangerous. They leave you with only doubts and uncertainties. There is the point. Definitely too final, it is always difficult to put a period, not to mention that sometimes you have to go to the head or even turn the page. And then there are commas, I love commas. After a comma, everything can change, or nothing can change. Each comma is…

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Do you feel or lover writing about Food

From today onwards we added next to the tag Food, the Category Food. (For this, we went looking at our previous postings to see what could be related to Food.)

It would be great if we could find someone who would not mind writing for us and our readers a regular blog about food, cooking and our way to treat or handle cereals, vegetables and fruit. In case you feel the bug in your hand for writing about the goods we may eat and how we may eat them, you are welcome to show your kitchen talent in writing.

Are you a person who would love to show other people the value of plants for food and medicine to help keep our world and ourselves in good health?

Why would you not be one of those who puts herself or himself at the site at the service for others, bringing forwards ideas for having a better environment and for enjoying lovely meals?

Are you the suitable writer we are looking for?

> Writer wanted

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  3. A charter for a truly free world and why we need it
  4. Looking at man’s closest friend

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Have your words to share with us and our readers

For some time now From Guestwriters is trying to bring some interesting articles which appeared on the net, by different bloggers as well from our own community.

Today we are still looking for writers who would not mind joining us to inspire people. Perfection is not required of anyone, but we would love to give a platform for remembering the power of your words and actions which is a must. We are convinced there are enough readers here who also could have some words on the tip of their tongue. They just should know that here there is a place where they can let those words roll from their pen or typewriter in a welcoming surrounding.

We’d be honoured to have you write for our site and interact with our great audience. We are convinced that such action, of you taking part in our guest-writing, will not only enrich this blog, but also enable you to spread the treasure trove of knowledge and life experiences that you possess, through your ideas. You also should know that what can be interesting to talk about could also be interesting for someone else to read about. Our blog will amplify your thoughts for readers within our reach and also give our website a boost.

Preferred Topics and Subjects ~

Lifestyle, humanity, life-lessons, wisdom, morality, family, kindness, compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, forgiveness, love, parenting, friendship, homelessness, gentleness, non-violence, humility, loss, grief, meditation,  physical and mental health.

May we all be an inspiration to someone else to give them hope and to teach them to be loving to themselves and others.

Also, when you have already a WordPress-blog and would not mind having certain articles re-blogged, please, let yourself known.

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Anxiety Management During Pandemic Days~

When living in Lockdown places, even in cities when still able to go some kilometres away from home, even if it has now become more limited in several places, those not limited by (1-1-1 or 1 person 1 meter from home at a time) may be happy to count themselves to the lucky ones who may still move around and should be enjoying to see all those things for which they previously had not taken enough time to notice them.

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To remember:

  • shrieking headlines > increasing anxiety, worry, sleep disruption, feelings of helplessness, panic, and/or depression.
  • some ideas that can help:
    • a customized anxiety toolbox to pick and choose
    • looking at positive images = objective + powerful anxiety reducer.
    • Self Talk Reframing (Cognitive Therapy)
    • Guided Imagination/Visualization
    • Exposure Management
    • Progressive Relaxation
    • Distraction in Action
    • Self Soothing
    • Spiritual Meditation/Prayer
    • Second Voice
    • Exercise, Diet & Good Health Practices
    • stay well informed + safe >> constant media onslaught = psychologically overwhelming + add to an unhealthy level of anxiety => reduce exposure to news.
    • Look for positive imagery +  Write blogs + stories.

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Continue reading: Hope on the Horizon: Pandemic Anxiety Management II~

Preceding

CoViD-19 warnings

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  4. The unseen enemy

Many of us are experiencing emotional distress from the pandemic which can affect each of us in different ways, but often presents as increasing anxiety, worry, sleep disruption, feelings of helplessness, panic, and/or depression.

The shrieking headlines don’t help do they? So what can we do to manage these feelings and feel stronger emotionally and psychologically as we prepare ourselves to face the difficult days ahead?

As a psychotherapist who has practiced for many decades, I have some ideas that can help. So if you are interested, read on.

We are going to make a customized anxiety toolbox. One approach doesn’t work for everyone, pick and choose what feels right for you. Of course I’m including relaxing photos intermixed in this post because looking at positive images is an objective and powerful anxiety reducer. What you perceive influences how you think and feel.

ANXIETY TOOLBOX:

Self Talk Reframing (Cognitive Therapy)

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Where to Begin and What to say Next about OCD

Today’s guestwriter is working on overcoming the mental disorder where people feel the need to check things repeatedly, perform certain routines repeatedly (called “rituals”), or have certain thoughts repeatedly (called “obsessions”), Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) disorder (also called obsessivecompulsive neurosis) by all means possible.
She decided to learn new ways to deal with her OCD and it has brought great satisfaction to her finding out through this trial the comfort and satisfaction it gives her to express herself in writing to reach out to others and let them know… they are Not Alone.

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To remember

Writing has proven to be therapeutic > not liking to take NO for an answer => keeps trying

much work to do in educating people about OCD and what is really is

> rising through the humiliation is a large dose of humility {The Big 3 (OCD, Anxiety, Panic) Bully}

Find also: Answers, Help, and a Sense of Belonging

Logically Illogical with OCD

It has been so great to learn how much I enjoy writing!  It is great to get some stuff out of my mind and on to the page.  But as with everything my OCD and perfectionism has to come along for the ride.  So I am stuck inside my mind trying to decide what to blog about.  I have so many things I want to say and share, yet the question I continually have is Where to Begin and What to say Next about OCD. 

I just came back from the OCD conference in Chicago.  It was fantastic!  Any my mind is telling me that I shouldn’t write about anything else until I have properly written about the conference and shared all the wonderful information that I received.  However, while I want to share all of the information…it just isn’t what I feel like sharing now.  While my OCD tells…

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Writer wanted

Are you the suitable writer we are looking for?

We are looking for people who are skilled on scientific issues and are interested to talk about nature and to help to bring the necessary warning to people to take attention to and to come up for their environment.

Are you convinced that plants and animals need a voice to defend them and do you think you can help a bit to get more people conscious about the situation of our world that is plagued by the carelessness and by /or not by human involvement?

In human terms, there are also quite a few things on which any sensitive man should respond to it. If you are someone who is willing to add to the awareness making and finds that we as it that we as humans need to see to it that we live together in peace in an environment in which everyone takes up to protect the other, plant, human and animal.

If you find that it is not an issue which background someone has, from where he or she comes, what colour the skin the person may have or what religious background a person may have, you are welcome to join us and share your opinion with others, also to call on everyone to want to feel with those who are oppressed or are in difficulties.

It would be fine on this platform if could still find people who like to write about nature, space, our environment or how we can make our surroundings liveable for everyone.

Are you concerned about the viability of the community and do you not mind helping to contribute to it than this could be a good place to do it. Many facets are eligible for to be written about. Therefore we are still looking for writers would find that they too could shed a light on the very wide range of subjects we as human beings should look at.

The Human Use of Human Beings

The Human Use of Human Beings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are you interested in humanity and would you like to help to do your part to contribute to achieve a change in mentality? Are you easy at your pen in the Dutch, English, French, German or Afrikaans? Why not join us and contribute in one or more languages, to the construction of a community that is open to all and is willing to life in a positive way.

Even if you do not so much are interested in writing your own full articles but would like to write about many articles or books you have read, a short review and links to those articles would be welcome. Also when you are convinced others should read certain articles, you’ve come to the right place to share that data and to let others also come to know those texts. Many will be delighted if you would not mind to re-blogging some of the featured articles, with some notes.

Let us know if you feel to share some of your reading experiences or if you would like to share some of your thoughts with our readers.

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US Navy 100531-N-7676W-111 Lauren Gates, left, from the Office of Naval Research, and Greg Trafton, right, cognitive scientist with the Naval Research Laboratory, introduce Octavia to visitors during Fleet Week New York 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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October 2016 New academic year and Start for inspirers

Yesterday, after some silence, the Sumer-holiday, the new academic year started with a weekend, i.e. for many giving an extra free 2 days and brought again some writings on this site.

on his Your success inspirer WordPress.com site at his 2016/09/30/ Solidarity-support-challenge asks his members to keep going in the belief that

As time goes on, we who are serious will stand out of the crowd.

Like on this site at his are different blogwriters presented, though only in a listing and not with some of their articles. In future we shall have a closer look at the presented websites there and make a selection for you to look at. As such we do hope, like Romanus to crusade for a more connected world of people willing to share the hope for a peaceful world. We do hope we’ll be able to find enough writers trying to build up an excellent world in a beautiful environment where positive thoughts are shared.

You will find ‘good will messages’; ‘messages of love’, ‘messages of kindness, solidarity, tolerance, understanding’, etc. But we also want to share poems, songs, articles, and much more all aimed at helping make the world an excellent place for all.

If you feel inspired to join us or to join ‘Your success inspirer‘ let your e-mail address be known, so that we can send you an invitation to become a contributor or co-author.

This weekend is a “Meet and Greet” week-end, where we give ourselves the opportunity to dream big.

Dream Big Dream Often

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It’s the Meet and Greet weekend everyone!!

Let not everything just turn out a dream. Be sure it does not have to turn out to be a dream, when you are willing to make things happen they can happen. You just have to go for it. And going for it with more than one person, more is possible.

When “Great inspirers”, people “Passionate about inspiring others” are willing to “bring out the best in themselves” and “like to write posts to inspire, or to post anything inspiring”, this with Success inspirer’s World is a place to join.

Tell us in the comment box below
You are in;
Then send us an email
To confirm you want to join the team.
Be the star you were meant to be;
Join us and shine with us!

Together we can accomplish so much more!

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Give Peace a chance

Give peace a chance to inspire many in this world of materialism and let them see that there is so much more important stuff and such a more interesting world in reach of us all.

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I Missed These Years

Aubrey's Arch

and I don’t know how to say
because you can’t get time back
so I’ma write these words down to
do justice the reverberated tact
because I don’t know what to
do, I’m a beautiful wreck
just like you and I still
don’t have the right words to say
but this here sentiment I relay
in hopes you come to terms
with the heart of motives
this here page turns

8.9.15 

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Sharing for pleasure and for love

Do you have something on your mind? Do you have something to tell? Are you convinced someone would like to listen to you? are you willing to share your knowledge to others?

We do have a give-away. It does not cost you any dime. It will cost you only some time.

Will it bring in money for you? We can only tell you not everything turns around money. We believe there are higher values in live.

Why not share something with others just for fun, for love?

We are still looking for interested writers, who want to tell their end of the story. Those who feel inspired by what is going on in the world, enjoy seeing things in nature, capturing the beauties of this world, are welcome to share their positive experience.

Are you the one we are looking for?

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Two young girls sharing a plate of spaghetti. Original caption: “I’m not sure Mina knew what she was in for when Viola wanted to share.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Why not becoming one of the peace bloggers, sharing positive thoughts and sending out Good News to the world?

Become a Peaceblogger Click on the picture to know more

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  • World is abstract… or is that art? (fairychamber.blogspot.com)
    I started to fulfill my new artjournal with abstract art.
    Rubber stamps/ acrylics/ watercolors experimenting the first two pages.
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    For me purpose of art is to raise thougths
    As it’s best art can be inspirational  not neccesarily to create new art but inspire you to be more curious and observing about the world
  • Sharing Week Connects Dutch Sharers through National Event (shareable.net)
    Sharing Week is in full-swing in the Netherlands. Running until October 15th, with events throughout the country, primarily at Seats2meet coworking locations, it’s an opportunity to celebrate sharing, discuss challenges and opportunities, and envision sharing’s bright future. This is the second Sharing Week, which comes hot on the heels of the first one held in June.
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    The sharing economy is a very popular issue. With all the fuss in the media around initiatives such as Airbnb and Uber you could almost forget the actual value of the sharing economy. To show the value of the sharing economy, ambassadors organized the national Sharing Week where attention is paid to many sharing initiatives that are active in the Netherlands.Throughout the week, there have been events at seven locations through the Netherlands. What’s the importance of scheduling it this way? How do the various locations differ?

    The importance is to spread knowledge about the topic of sharing economy throughout the country. Because every city is a hub on its own, with several spokes around it, who differ in specific knowledge and expertise and who can create relevant connections in the city and around it. So this way, connections which are already there between initiatives become stronger and new ones will be made.

  • Microsoft Announces New Yammer Share Button For Websites (wmpoweruser.com)
    Just like how we have Facebook Share buttons, Microsoft has announced Yammer Share buttons for websites. With the Yammer Share Button, you can share useful web content directly into your network to help your colleagues get the most out of Yammer.
  • Microsoft Announces New Yammer Share Button For Websites (microsoft-news.com)

    Want to use the Share Button on your own sites? We’ve made the code available on the Yammer Developer Center, so you can easily embed the Yammer Share Button within your own sites for simple Yammer sharing. For developers, the Share Button is our most lightweight tool yet, requiring no developer application registration so users can share quickly and easily.

    Get the code here.

  • The absolute best photo extensions for iOS8 (blogs.timesofisrael.com)
    photos do more than capture moments – they allow us to share pieces of our life. With the introduction of extensions for iOS8, there’s good news for photo lovers – we’ve seen some of the coolest editing options yet. We’ve collected our favorite so you can download the absolute best photo extensions for iOS8 – enjoy!
  • Guidance: Civil Service employee policy: guide to job sharing (gov.uk)
    The Civil Service promotes job sharing as a flexible working option, aiming to develop as a modern workplace that embraces smarter working.The aim of the guide is to provide information to both job sharers and managers about the process for recruiting and selecting job sharers and the day to day practicalities of managing a job share arrangement.
  • Suppository preaching (onedaringjew.wordpress.com)
    Much preaching today does not attempt to relate the Old Testament to Jesus but to their narcissistic audience: Get rid of the frogs in your life, purge yourself of poverty, find your purpose, live your  dream, reach your po-tential. What they don’t do is expository preaching, that is, preach the Bible, verse by verse and connect it to Jesus. We should, writes Sinclair Ferguson, “develop an instinctive mindset and, corresponding to that, such a passion for Jesus Christ himself, that we will find our way to him in a natural and realistic way rather than a merely formulaic way.

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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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Fashion Blogger, Marquis of Fashion for Fashion Blog. http://www.fashionblogblogger.com/ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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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Join us and share positive thoughts with the world.- Click on the image to connect with other Bloggers for peace. – 

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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  1. Blogging and Readability: Writing for the Web
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  3. 20 Ways to Skyrocket Your Reader Engagement
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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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