JANUARY 2013

The Origins of Your Blog Success

by: TJ Philpott (reading – 3.12. - 9.12.)

Blog success originates not from the fancy layouts or nifty widgets but rather from the unique content found on the blogging platform! If what the site administrator offers viewers continues to be interesting and relevant reading material people will continue to return! It all boils down to the personal commitment of the individual blogger insofar as to the success of the blogging platform itself!

Here are 5 things any individual will need to supply if they intend to become a popular blogger!

Idea

The starting point for any blog is the „seed“ or idea behind it's purpose and what the reading material contained within will be based upon! The theme is crucial from the standpoint that you want to be sure there is an audience for it and most especially if you intend to make money! The theme you decide upon gives you a way in which to direct your efforts since you want to maintain a certain focus when composing updates.

Motivation

Ideas are merely thoughts or dreams until you decide to take a definitive action towards making them a reality! Taking the first step is typically the hardest when entering into anything new and when launching a blogging platform it is recommended to compose a series of posts! The point here is you want visitors to have more than one update to view or they may not take your site serious enough to even return. The more posts you display the greater the commitment you will reflect to visitors!

Focus

This helps you to coordinate your efforts for the best results but just as importantly your focus will help you stay consistent with the theme of your site. It will do little good if you continue to veer away from the theme since it will confuse readers and even discourage them from returning! The main objective is to create unique content that is relevant to the theme so you can attract visitors and then develop their loyalty!

Patience

This supplies the persistence you need while you wait for the results you want while also helping you beat back any feelings of frustration! Remember a successful blogging platform is one that has a loyal following but viewer loyalty does not occur overnight, it takes time!

Curiosity

Without a deeply rooted curiosity or passion it will make both your research and writing efforts more difficult! People expect to see high quality and unique content when they land on your site and it is up to you to create it but if you lack the inner drive to do so the platform will fade from existence! It is always highly recommended to consider your own level of interest when selecting a theme for just these reasons!

Blog success is much more a product of the unique content found on the blogging platform itself and not the fancy designs or widgets being used. It all comes down to people wanting reading material of interest to them and finding a source they feel is reliable. Once this occurs, reader loyalty begins to develop, but only after a period of time! This is why the origin and success of the blogging platform is wholly dependent upon the initiative and commitment of the site administrator! After all the use of fancy designs or widgets are no substitute for the 5 things only a blogger can supply as discussed here today!

About The Author

To learn more about what it takes to achieve blog success and to also receive a free instructional manual that teaches valuable niche research techniques for your online marketing needs simply visit: www.blogbrawn.com



A Road Trip To Jamaica

by: Karen Thompson (reading – 10.12. - 16.12.)

If you are planning a holiday to Jamaica, know that there is more to the beautiful Caribbean country than simply its beaches and the spectacular shoreline. Beyond the usual tourist traps there is much on offer and so if you want to experience the real Jamaica, you can go off the beaten track.

Jamaica is known for its friendly people and warm hospitality and there is no better way to experience it than by staying in your private Jamaica villas, cottages and apartments that are your home away from home. Offering the best of comfort, privacy, space and services these Jamaica accommodation rentals are more affordable than hotels and provide you the perfect opportunity to explore the island at your own leisure and pace.

Once you have settled in your Jamaica villas, you can take to the roads literally. Indeed there is no better way to appreciate the scenic beauty of the island, savour the local delicacies, and browse through the best craft markets than by journeying on the 17000 kilometers of road meandering its way through mountains, circling the stunning coastline and zigzagging through the forests and woodlands.

Talk to the staff of your Jamaica accommodation rentals and they will arrange a vehicle and an experienced driver who will drive you through the highways and byways and point out the places of interest on the way.

You can try out the ride between Ocho Rios and Port Antonio that will open up amazing vistas of the beautiful surroundings. The roads are dotted with stalls selling sumptuous Jamaican delicacies especially jerked meat. In fact, jerked meat is Jamaica's speciality and there is no better place to savour it than at the Portland's Boston Jerk Centre or Buff Bay's Blueberry Hill Jerk Stop.

If it is sea food that catches your fancy, there is no better place to savour it than in the fishing villages between Negril to the south coast. If you are interested in unique beachfront dining experience, you can stop at the Alligator Pond's Little Ochie, where you can enjoy your meals on a boat on stilts under a thatched roof overlooking the sea.

Along the roadsides, you'll notice farmers selling fresh produce and fruits such as jackfruits, sour sops, mangos and coconuts. You can also check out the local drinks such as the ice-cold jelly made from coconut or root wine made from various indigenous herbs and roots boiled in molasses or honey.

Then there are various craft markets along the roads where you can shop for souvenirs such as hand-painted woodcarvings, bamboo shakers, quirky t-shirts and live Dancehall compilation tapes.

About The Author

To discover more about vacations in Jamaica when staying in self-catering accommodation like Silver Sands villas, go to mysilversands.com. There you will find all you need to know about Jamaica villas, cottages, and apartments by the sea. The author invites you to visit: www.mysilversands.com



This Christmas, Be Nice To Yourself

by: Amy Twain (reading – 17.12. - 23.12.)

It's Christmas season once again, and it's time for a breather since the past 11 months you've been working hard. It's the season to be merry and gift-giving. And speaking of gifts, you give your family, friends and loved ones gifts in the spirit of Christmas.

But have you ever realized that you might be giving some gifts to others that you forgot to give one yourself? This holiday season, give yourself something effortless - the gift of being nice to yourself, what else?

Think of some of the nice things to do for yourself.

1) You can choose to live a healthy lifestyle by watching what you eat and that includes going easy on the junk food, or removing it completely off your system. Instead, just eat some healthful stuff like fruits and veggies (if you want your veggies tasty, bring some mayo dips to go with it).

Then, drink more water as much as you can. If you want to be nice to yourself, you know that your health always comes first.

2) Cheer yourself up - buy some flowers for yourself. Yes, you read it right - why wait for other people to buy you flowers? Any bunch of flowers brighten up someone's day, so don't forget yourself. Instead of waiting for others to cheer you up, you can have the initiative of having a quick fix-me-up.

3) In connection with this, enjoy a spa day. Yes, this is the ultimate "me-time" wherein you get to pamper and relax yourself at the hands of the experts.

There, it's just you, yourself, and well, the masseuse to bring you some rejuvenating glory.

4) Maintain your journal. Now, you have more time off work and more time partying and relaxing, you can record all your activities in your journal. There, you can be yourself, uninhibited and revealing, you have all the liberty to edit, censor or disclose all your personal thoughts and feelings.

In the end, you know that the best Christmas gift is to be nice to yourself.

Enjoy your happy holidays everyone!

About The Author

Amy Twain is a Self Improvement Coach who has been successfully coaching and guiding clients for many years. Amy recently published a new home study course on how to boost your Self Esteem. Click here to get more info about her Quick-Action Plan for A More Confident You.

The author invites you to visit: www.innerzine.com



Amusing And Intriguing Christmas Facts You Might Not Be Aware Of

by: Jo Alelsto (reading – 24.12. - 30.12.)

There is no doubt that Christmas is one of the most awaited holidays in the world. Besides being the birthday of Jesus Christ, we know that this season would mean gift giving, lots of food and drinks, colorful streets and houses, Christmas carols, and so on. Countries may have different ways of celebrating the season, but if there is one thing that is true for all, it is that the season puts us in a very happy and festive mood. And this is one reason why we just love Christmas.

But as much as you know that the season is a time for sharing, for getting together, and for stuffs like Christmas trees, cards, carols, Santa Claus, and other things associated with Christmas, do you know the stories behind them?

Christmas Tree

Did you know that the custom of setting up a Christmas tree originated from Germany? This custom can be traced to 16th century Germany, when devout Christians had decorated trees into their homes. Moreover, it is believed that Martin Luther, a 16th century Protestant reformer, was the one who first added lighted candles to a tree.

Christmas Card

Did you know that the first Christmas card was made and posted in 1843? It was designed by John Callcott Horsley, a British artist. The making of the first Christmas card would have not been credited to him if a British business man did not commission him to do so. The British businessman was Sir Henry Cole, who did not have enough time to write all of his friends and professional acquaintances to greet them a merry Christmas. The card showed a picture of a family drinking wine together. Each of the two side panels showed an act of charity: clothing the naked and feeding the hungry.

Christmas Carol

Did you know that one of the oldest Christmas carols was put together in the 300s? It is believed, on the other hand, that the first recorded Christmas carol was written by Aurelius Prudentius, and it was entitled ‘Of The Father’s Love Begotten.” And with the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg, Christmas carols became more popular. It is because the machine made it possible for copies of the carols to be reproduced easily. Furthermore, the ‘Messiah,’ which is one of the most popular carols of all time, was created by George Frederich Handel. He first performed the song in 1742, as a fundraiser for charities. Of course, who would forget the very famous ‘Silent Night, Holy Night.’ It was written in 1818, by a priest in Austria named Joseph Mohr.

Santa Claus or Father Christmas

Did you know that Santa Claus was based on a real person? He was Saint Nicholas, a Christian leader from Myra (in modern-day Turkey) in the 4th century AD. He was known for his generosity. The belief that Santa Claus comes down the chimney and puts presents in stockings is said to be based on one of the notable things that Saint Nicholas did. Because he wanted to give money to poor people without them knowing about it, what he did was climb the roof of a house and dropped a purse of money down the chimney. And, it so happened that the purse landed in the stocking, which a girl had placed to dry by the fire.

Yes, Christmas and the things we associate with Christmas have interesting stories behind them. Isn’t it nice to know the story behind the birth of the every Christmas card or the man behind the jovial and generous fellow we know as Santa Claus?

About The Author

Jo is a content writer for ‘Festive Collection’ (www.festivecollection.co.uk ), the leading business Christmas card collection of Qubic Print Direct. Festive Collection offers one of the most extensive selections of made to order business Christmas cards in the UK. If you wish to send out to your customers and colleagues these exclusive and made to order Christmas cards they’ll remember or if you like to go one step further and construct a completely customized card, feature your own company logo, and name at a negligible additional price then you ought to have a look at Festive Collection.

The author invites you to visit: www.festivecollection.co.uk



Soluble New Years Resolutions

by: Martine Pullen (reading – 31.12. - 6.1.)

As Big Ben chimes at midnight on 31st December we toast in the New Year and make all those decisions about what we want for the next year, and talk about all the great things we will achieve. Then what? By the end of January or possibly, if we are lucky, February our resolve has ‘dissolved’ and life carries on as normal until the next time Big Ben chimes out a new year.

Does this sound familiar? If so you are one of the millions of people who make (and subsequently break!) their New Years resolutions year after year.

So why do we do it? What makes January the first such a special time to make a change to our lives and why is it then so difficult to maintain that change?

The answer to this may never be fully known and understood but in my experience there are a number of key reasons that apply to some, if not all, of the broken resolutions.

- We are not at our most sober or ‘clear thinking’ when we make the commitment.

- Everyone breaks New Years Resolutions so why shouldn’t we?

- January is wet, miserable and cold (or hot and sunny depending on where you live) and the weather affects our mood and desire to achieve.

- The friends we tell our resolutions to on NYE either can’t remember or are too busy breaking their own to be motivational.

So how can we make changes that are lasting in our lives? These are a few of the positive steps that we can all take to help us make lasting changes in our lives.

- Choose a day and time in the very near future and make that your ‘change my life plan’ day – don’t wait for New Year.

- Tell as many people as you can about your plan and tell them you want to stick to it. It is much easier keeping a commitment you have made to others than just to yourself.

- Set your goal or plan in achievable, measurable steps – try and change the world in a day and you are destined to fail!

- Choose a looking forward plan where you focus on what you want to achieve, not what you want to avoid.

So as we head towards, or away from the New Year lets just enjoy the celebrations and make today the day to make lasting change.

About The Author

Martine Pullen is a Qualified Life Coach, NLP Practitioner and Partner in 'Divergent Thinking' a Coaching and Therapy Practice. More information can be found at www.divergent-thinking.org.uk .