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How to Stand out as a Blogger

How to Stand out as a Blogger

It seems that virtually everybody today is running a blog, whether they have something to say or not. The share of those who achieve any degree of success in this enterprise, however, is much smaller. So what differentiates famous bloggers from those who are forever doomed to trail along in the back? How does one join the leaders? Let us take a look at some ways.

1. Awesome Content

When all is said and done, there is no other way around it. To become a famous blogger, you simply have to offer your readers something they won’t find anywhere else – and make them love it, share it, bring you new visitors just to take a look at that awesome article you’ve written. If you have nothing to offer but rearranged content from other sources, you will never achieve much in this industry.

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2. Guest Posting

Guest posting has been a popular element of blogger outreach activities for a long time; however, it underwent serious alterations over the last few years due to changes in Google policies. Nevertheless, it remains as important a method of growing readership, increasing visibility and establishing contacts in the industry as ever. You, however, should take into account the fact that it is very time- and effort-intensive activity oriented towards long-term results. Don’t expect it to start working overnight, give it time to hit stride.

3. Definite Purpose

Just like in any other business, the best way to achieve success in blogging is to choose a niche (a purpose, an idea), stick to it and get really good at it. Fuzzy, vague blogs about everything and nothing in particular very rarely get considerable readership – and if they do, it is usually because they have something else unique to offer, like unusual persona of the author.

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4. Using Your Personal Strengths

When you choose a niche to cover, don’t let your decision be influenced by popularity of the subject or potential readership. You should be genuinely interested in your chosen field, you should have experience in it you can share with others, you should be able to generate content about it without forcing yourself to do so.

5. Using Social Media

No matter how outstanding your content is, you won’t go far without leveraging social media. Include buttons of as many relevant social media on your blog as you can think of: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, Google+, whatever you may think of – any and all of them can make a priceless contribution to increasing your blog’s visibility and bringing you new subscribers.

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6. Being Useful

Fascinating isn’t everything ideal content should be. There are many other places on the Internet where people can spend time amusing themselves. The best way to tie them to you and your blog is to be useful, solve their problems with your content, make it actionable. If you want to make your readers loyal, bring them direct benefits.

7. Learning SEO

SEO is too complicated a subject to learn all its intricacies, and too unstable to constantly keep ahead of the game without dedicating all your time to it. However, learning the basics is a must – and for the rest you can hire a specialist to keep an eye on technical side of things or consult you about them.

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Blogging may be an interesting, fun and fascinating pastime, and it can be a lucrative business. If you want it to be both, you should make special efforts to move into this direction. We hope our tips will help you both to decide whether you want to try it out and, if you do, how you should go about doing so.

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Last Updated on June 20, 2019

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

Conclusion

While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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