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Why Can Blogs Be Helpful?

Why Can Blogs Be Helpful?

Why should I start a Blog?

Blogging can get laborious and a longer term objective based site is more common. You want to write as much as a team of writers can, but you just can’t, so you have someone else do it. This is where it gets hard, but mostly people blog alone. Blogging can be therapeutic, and fun. You find perspective and happiness when you craft your world, or body of work. Sharing the creative expression of our personal thoughts has always been a desire, what better way to do it than write it down?

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    Whats the difference?

    The difference is, that’s the only time you will see the word “I”. Some novels are written from the first perspective of self, but this article won’t be, Blogs are like diaries, and vlogs are like a long movies about your life. There must be an objective of your blog, right? Whether you have one specific area of interest, or like to document the intricacies of your everyday life, blogging is the most personal creative writing you can do.

    Everyone does it

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      Industry specific blogs are so popular everyone has one on their site. Here are a List of 50 Successful blogs. There are more than enough people on the internet to drive a significant amount of traffic to your blog, and plenty of ways to do it. You can join communities of bloggers and social media groups, or why not make your own profiles dedicated to Blogging?

      My own experience with blogging

      The first day I started my blog was the most exciting. My followers on Twitter and Facebook wanted a first glance at the site they knew I would be posting about. You can check in my bio to view some of my recent posts. This fledgling blog is still in it’s infancy, but there are so many well established blogs out there with enough staying power for their creator’s to make money. During my own experiences with blogging I’ve found it can be challenging, but who doesn’t enjoy a challenge?

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      Blogging can be therapy for a broken heart, or a way to express a non amorous interest with creative expression, and devotion to certain things. Your cat may have a funny way of telling you that you shouldn’t have glasses that aren’t tipped over, or maybe you enjoy hot yoga. If more than two people enjoy something, you can be assured that there is someone out there blogging about it. If you can’t find a blog about something it is either highly illegal or no one else likes that. If you’re problem is the latter you need to get out more.

      You might be able to help someone special

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        All around the world people are logging in, and kids are growing up with computers now. A young Googler is taking his or her first steps into the web and typing their first words into a search engine. They would like it if they could find something helpful or personally meaningful to them. Kids might not be too mature in some ways but you would be surprised how well they can operate computers, or read your blog. Some of the older generations didn’t have the luxury advancing technology provides our children. Building our world wide networks and massive stores of information is time consuming, but there are billions of people inputting things into sites and your site could find many of them.

        It can be simple

        Blogging can be as short as a poem or as long as you want it to be. It doesn’t have to be something that consumes all of your time, but it can rewarding even if it’s just sharing your hobby with the world.

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        The Gentle Art of Saying No

        The Gentle Art of Saying No

        No!

        It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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        But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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        What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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        But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

        1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
        2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
        3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
        4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
        5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
        6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
        7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
        8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
        9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
        10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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