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4 Reasons Why Blogging is a Noble Passion

4 Reasons Why Blogging is a Noble Passion

4 Reasons Why Blogging is a Noble Passion

    I initially began the blog with a 20% desire to help others, and 80% to cynically make the kind of money the A-list bloggers are making.
    – Urban Monk.net

    I stumbled upon an interesting blog, Urban Monk, several days ago. As I read the brief history of the blog, I felt harmony with the passion and motivation that the author, Albert, has for the blogging.

    I began blogging four months ago with the intention to share my success in life with others and, of course, to earn residual income from the content creation. As I reflect on this short journey, I realize that blogging is more of a noble passion than merely a tool to earn income. I’ve been in business for a while but I’ve never had a passion that kindled my heart as intensely until I began blogging. Being an engineer by education and hotelier as an entrepreneur, I have a passion for people and for enhancing human values that make life a memorable voyage.

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    Here, then, are four reasons I’ve come to see blogging as a noble pursuit.

    Reason # 1: Competitors are friends.

    As a businessman, I’ve been taught to view competition as a “holy war” of business. I’ve attended training to sharpen my skills as a warrior to snatch every possible customer from the jaws of the competition. Needless to say, I’m conditioned to view competition with cynicism.

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    In the world of blogging, though, I see fellow bloggers doing all they can to inspire and motivate other journeyman blogs. It was a shocking revelation at first. How can my competitor ever want to invest in my success? I can think of several names at the blink of eye — Joel Falconer, Barbara Swafford, Peter Clemens, Tina Su, Jay White, and countless others — who selflessly do all they can to ensure success of up-and-coming bloggers like me.

    Reason # 2: Blogging transcends race, gender and religious barriers.

    With the advent of the Internet, the world certainly has shrunk. I refer to the obvious power of the Internet to connect the citizens of the world to exchange products, services, and ideas. A blogger writes from his or her personal, life-enriching experiences to share knowledge that an Ivy League school can’t offer. Life is more than the knowledge that we acquire in the four walls of a college campus. With a blog, I can share my knowledge and experience with people around the world without barriers. I get visitors and comments from people of all backgrounds. I firmly believe that blogging makes our world a better place to live, one life a time.

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    Reason # 3 Blogging creates emotional bond among bloggers.

    As our world has become ever-changing, our lives have become more stress-ridden with the burden of goals to achieve and income to earn to get food on the table. In this reletntless quest, we lose track of our intentions to care for others. My friend Joel sent me this message last night, to my surprise, “Hi mate, just wanted to check in with you and see if you’re all right. Haven’t seen you around the web at all for a few days.” This means the world to me. It’s food for my soul to rekindle my passion to write with clarity, so I can connect with all of those who echo Joel’s sentiment. I’m both humbled and honored to have such an emotional bond from fellow bloggers.

    Reason # 4 Blogging is an honest exchange of life-enriching ideas.

    Much of what we see in the media is a filtered version of what those media moguls want us to hear. It’s a self-professed medium of mass brainwashing. Needless to say, media always has its own interests ahead of the goodwill of the world. Media propagates stories of negativity and pessimism to hold the masses of the world hostage. Well, a Robin Hood has arrived in the form of the noble crusaders, my fellow bloggers, who now counterbalance every drive-by story with honest assessment of facts. This itself is a noble aspect of blogging, one which money cannot buy.

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    Blogging proves that old ancient adage; “We aren’t human beings with spiritual experience but rather spiritual beings with human experience.” When I write from my heart, with unyielding passion and love for other human beings, I instantly connect with millions of people across the world who can share and feel same passion and love for the noble ideas that make our world a remarkable place to live.

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    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

    Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

    Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

    So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

    Joe’s Goals

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      Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

      Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

      Daytum

        Daytum

        is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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        Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

        Excel or Numbers

          If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

          What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

          Evernote

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            I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

            Evernote is free with a premium version available.

            Access or Bento

              If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

              Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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              You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

              Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

              All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

              Conclusion

              I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

              What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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