How To Write A Blog Post

how to write a blog post - wine and captionsThis is how to write a blog post, according to me: First I start with stream of consciousness writing and see where that leads me, I ultimately make sure I have enough words, I edit my blog post several times, I come up with 2 or 3 links to other blog posts that have their own information, and then I try to find a picture that relates, usually a picture I have taken or one of my family after I get their permission.

Stream of Consciousness Writing

How do I describe what stream of consciousness writing is?  Well, I just write stuff.  Good or bad, right or wrong, I just put down my thoughts as I think them.  Often the best writing is done as you think of stuff, and if not you will edit later.  Write and write and write, if you think about flying a kite, write about flying a kite.  If the weather is good and you wish you were outside, write about it.  Get those flying thoughts down.

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How To Avoid The Spin

avoid the spin - que sera, seraSometimes online marketing is like gambling.  No matter what you do you cannot get ahead.  Get some activity and you are looking for more.  Not getting enough activity makes you fearful.  This is similar to winning and losing at gambling.  Win and you want to go back and gamble your winnings.  Lose and you think you are due a win. Either way you go back and try again.  This is a spin.  Doing the same thing over and over, when it really makes no sense.  How do we avoid the spin?

Good question… but there is hope.  Consider what you do that is productive and what you do that is not productive.  Going into Google Analytics 6 times a day is not productive.  Posting your link on a new website is.  Looking for a new lead every 10 minutes is not productive.  Writing a new blog post is.  Do you see the difference?

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The Advertising Onion – An Explanation

advertising onion - cubs and state farmThe advertising onion is something I just made up.  But it can be so true.  Advertising is like an onion.  Either you only make use of the surface, or you make use of additional layers.

For instance, Goodyear can advertise the features and benefits of their tire, or they can advertise how their tire works on the newest Corvette.  Perhaps they can talk Chevrolet into co-paying the advertisement so that each pays for half.  So Goodyear just spent half the amount on the ad to get the full benefit, perhaps even more than they would normally get.

In the above example, Goodyear also gets more benefit from the advertisement because they show it working on the new Corvette. It shows the product demonstrated in an exciting way rather than just showing a tire and describing its benefits.

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What Is Independence?

what is independenceIndependence is “freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others” (from Dictionary.com).  So independence is freedom from something. Children become independent when they are no longer under their parents’ control or funding.  You may be independent from a boss when you start your own business.  But the ultimate independence is when you answer to no one and you are financially capable of supporting yourself with no help at all.  So what is independence?  It is your next step to being capable without the help of others.

Having a Job and a Place of Your Own

Your first independence is when you get your first job or jobs and you are able to move out and have a place of your own.  This is independence from your parents.  You will be of legal age to be on your own and you will no longer need to take money from mom and dad, at least not on a regular basis.  At this point you are still dependent on your job for an income but you are able to make a lot of your own decisions – live where you want, date who you want, not date, possibly have a few drinks, or do what you want when you want… except when that interferes with your job.

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You Already Have Abundance

abundance - of snow - elgin, il

Do you want to abandon snow?

You have a goal for the way things should be in your life.  Perhaps financial.  Unless you believe you already have financial abundance, you will never have it.  Because the truth of the matter is, you are already being taken care of very well.  How do I know? Somehow you have internet access so that you can read this.

Our problem often is, we want things we think are beyond our reach. Things that money can buy, more money than we have available today.  So how do we get the money or things we want? The first step in the process is being grateful for what we already have.

Be Grateful For Your Current Abundance

Take a look around you.  Are you able to eat, shelter, and clothe yourself?  Be grateful for all that you have!  Detail the things you have that you are grateful for and put them onto paper.  Thank God for all you have.  Feel the joy of knowing you have plenty of abundance right now.  Of course you want more, we all do, but how are you ever going to be satisfied with things if you cannot be happy with what you have now?

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Why Recruit Other Network Marketers?

recruit other network marketers - make friendsYou are a network marketer and you want to recruit other network marketers into your network marketing business.  It seems counter intuitive to market your offer to other network marketers, and that would be the wrong thing to do.  Think about it: If somebody comes to you trying to recruit you into their network marketing program because you are in network marketing, that would be repulsive.  But there is nothing wrong with making friends of other network marketers, and even helping them with their own program.

This can seem like a waste of time.  After all, shouldn’t you be going after somebody unconnected so that they can join your program? Here are some very good reasons why network marketers are your best target market.

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How To Come Up With A Product Idea

product idea - shock top dallas, txSo you want to make money from your own business?  If you are in business, you are mainly selling a product for a profit.  A product could be a physical product, a digital product such as software, an intellectual product such as information, a service, or any number of other things where you exchange something you have for cash.  How do you come up with a product idea?

For somebody in tuned, opportunities pass by every day.  Mainly you are looking for a problem to be solved, that can be solved by your product.  Here are some ideas on where to start.

Something You Know

You can start with your own special knowledge or skills.  What do you do now for a job?  Are there opportunities for improvement that a product or service could help?  Could you use your skill to service your own customers?  Think about any opportunities you come up with and make sure that your product idea can be sold for a profit.

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Forgiveness And Healing

forgiveness and healingI am not a doctor.  Nor am I a priest or a minister.  But I do know that people sometimes have a hard time forgiving themselves.  That is really the first person you must forgive.  If you cannot forgive yourself, take your case to God and ask for His forgiveness.  Ultimately you must get beyond the pain you are inflicting on yourself by forgiving yourself.  Without personal forgiveness and healing it is hard to achieve success.

Forgive Others Privately

The next person or persons you must forgive is anybody who has done harm to you.  This does not mean that you tell the person you forgive them unless they are asking for it, you just need to forgive them privately, to yourself, and let it go if possible.  Similarly to not forgiving yourself, not forgiving others does you more harm than you imagine.  Go through the process of forgiving others.  If God can forgive, why can’t you?

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Meaning Of Memorial Day

meaning of memorial dayMemorial Day in the United States for 2017 is May 29.  Memorial Day originated as “…Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic… established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.” (Wikipedia) Memorial Day became the last Monday in May with the passage of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968.  The meaning of Memorial Day in the United States varies by age group, locale, and service in the armed forces, but generally it is a day to honor fallen soldiers from past wars.

Traditionally Memorial Day is mean to honor war dead and decorate their graves, but also marks the unofficial start of summer with Labor Day marking the end.  Memorial Day is also the first widely observed holiday in the United States following New Year’s Day, although there are several minor holidays, often called banking holidays, in between.

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How To Calm Your Mind

how to calm your mind - with beer i guessMy mind is busy today with all kinds of things so I thought I would write.  By write, I mean something a little more interesting than some of the dribble I have been publishing lately.  So today, grasshopper, I am going to teach you how to calm your mind.

As always, I like to write about things I have problems with myself.  Quieting my mind so I can focus is one of them.  But I know some things that work for me and perhaps they will work for you too.

Stop and Stare

Often busy work gets overwhelming, especially if it is not productive busy work.  Reading email, checking out social media, surfing the web, or interrupting myself with a random thought that leads to more busy work.  The best thing to do when you need to regain your focus is to stop and do nothing.  I usually stare at my computer until I can regain my composure.

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