In this article I am going to give you some great articles on blogging and business that I have found interesting during the past week. Be sure to check both sets of articles, there is often relevant overlap!

For Bloggers

1.    Bloggers often do giveaways in order to get good quality products into the hands of their readers. This article from 3 Boys and a Dog gives some good tips on how to find sponsors for giveaways and products to review. http://3boysandadog.com/2013/04/how-to-find-giveaway-sponsors-products-to-review-and-advertisers-for-your-blog-learntoblog/

2. One thing many bloggers pay attention to is Google Analytics. This article from Robyn’s Online World has great instructions for using Google Analytics to figure out what day of the week is most popular with readers. http://www.robynsonlineworld.com/2013/04/create-custom-google-analytics-report-for-best-day-of-week-on-your-blog/

3.   Photographs are extremely important to many bloggers. This article from Sally’s Baking Addition was created for food bloggers, but has many tips that will work for all kinds of photographers. http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/01/20/bites-for-growing-your-blog-food-photography-basics/ More »

It is sensational to use a love of books to cure xenophobia. Books have superpowers. They can change minds, create heroes and push people forward towards their dreams. Over the course of my life I have read books about people from all over the world. I have learned to appreciate cultures that at one time seemed foreign and strange to me because of the books I read. By reading books I learned about people in countries around the world. I have learned about religions diametrically opposed to my own. Through books, I have learned about people who live halfway around the world. With books, I have seen the world through the eyes of misogynist. Through it all, books have helped me to become a person who has compassion for other people rather than as a hater of other people. The books I have read throughout my life have kept me from becoming a person who suffers from xenophobia.

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In this article I am going to give you some great articles on blogging and business that I have found interesting during the past week. Be sure to check both sets of articles, there is often relevant overlap!

For Bloggers

1.    Bloggers are learning that Google+ is becoming an increasingly popular is a social networking site to be mastered. This article from Amy Lynn Andrews  boasts many tips to help with Google+. http://bloggingwithamy.com/google-plus-tips/

2.    Being able to tell a story in a way that grabs attention and engages readers is an important skill for bloggers to develop. This article from Jessica Ann Media gives 10 tips to tell better stories. http://www.jessicaannmedia.com/10-tips-to-tell-better-stories/

3.   Bloggers must be able to write good copy. This article from the people at Copy Blogger gives information on how to write good copy. http://www.copyblogger.com/short-guide-to-good-copy/

4.    Bloggers often guest post on other blogs or accept guest post on their own blogs. This article from the people at Social Media School gives some of the benefits of guest blogging. http://www.socialmediaschoolny.com/guest-blogging/

5.    Bloggers are writers and as such must pay attention to the quality of their work. This article from Lit Reactor gives a list of 20 common grammar mistakes and explains how to avoid them. http://litreactor.com/columns/20-common-grammar-mistakes-that-almost-everyone-gets-wrong

 

 

For Entrepreneurs

1.     Entrepreneurs are aware of the benefits of the social media site LinkedIn. This article from Virtual Social Media gives tips on effectively managing a company’s LinkedIn page.

2.    Entrepreneurs must pay attention to social media. This article from She Owns It gives advice on how to protect one’s self on social media. http://sheownsit.com/how-entrepreneurs-gamble-their-social-media-presence-ways-protect-yourself-by-prosperitygal/

3.    Due to the importance and popularity of LinkedIn, entrepreneurs are increasingly using LinkedIn. This article from DashBurst  gives five tips on making a better LinkedIn profile. http://dashburst.com/linkedin-profile-tips/

4.    Along with all their other duties, many entrprenuers write newsletters and send them to customers, contacts and interested parties. This article from Design Web Kit  gives advice on the best practices for newsletter and email design. http://designwebkit.com/web-and-trends/email-newsletter-design-best-practices-infographic/

5.    Business is increasingly being done virtually. This article from Passion for Business  gives a list of items that should be included in a welcome email to customers. http://www.passionforbusiness.com/blog/what-to-put-in-your-welcome-email/

If you come across an interesting article for bloggers or business people you would like me to highlight here, please email it to me at: janeanedavis@janeane’s world.com. It is sensational to get better at what you do. So, the question for you this sensational day is what steps are you taking to make your blog and business better?

 

It is sensational to develop a love of reading at a young age and to nurture it throughout life. Books can both be friends and help you make friends. Books can be something to love and teach you how to love. I love to read because books offer endless possibilities.

I love to read for too many reasons to count, so I shall share just a few of them. I like to read because books have always given me:

  • adventure
  • company
  • education
  • opportunity
  • pleasure

 

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When I was a child, children’s television shows taught me that reading is fundamental. Today, Dora the Explorer teaches my children that if they want to learn something, they should “take a look in a book.”  I have always found books to be a source of adventure. The first adventure story I remember from my childhood was Dr. Seuss’ And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street. I liked hearing the story the child created about wondrous adventures on the way home from school. As a teenager I fell in love with The Bourne Identity and  its sequels. When I become a young woman and moved into my own apartment, I lived alone for the first time in my life. Things were so quiet. I read books then because they kept me company. The characters in the books sometimes became friends that kept me company and made living alone seem not quite as scary

 

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As a student in college and law school, most of my reading was for educational purposes. I read to learn about organizational behavior, managerial economics, torts and contracts law. My reading had a purpose, a point. There were definite things I had to get out of each book I read. There was information I needed to obtain so that I could pass tests, write papers, draft briefs. I read in order to learn, to be educated. As a sole practitioner attorney and entrepreneur most of my reading was for opportunity. I tried to find opportunities for my law practice, my clients and their businesses. I looked for internal and external opportunities.

Now, I am at a stage in life where I still read for adventure, education and opportunity, but I make sure to make time to read for pleasure. I read things for the sheer pleasure of having the words roll around in my mind, creating pictures that only I see and appreciate. I enjoy reading or pleasure because it is relaxing, enjoyable and just plain nice.  This is really my favorite time in my life for reading because I can read for pleasure more than I was ever able to do as a younger woman. At the same time, because I am older and more experienced, there are more things that give me pleasure when I read them.
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I developed my love of reading as a young child and have spent the past 42 years since nurturing my love of books. So, the question for you this sensational day is why do you love to read?

What is more sensational 3,000 books in your purse or the smell of a new paperback?

Let’s start off with a basic fact. I truly enjoy words and books. I love to read. My Kindle 3G reader holds 3,000 books and there are another 1000 or so I own in the cloud. My library at home has about 1,000 hard copy books. I really like to read. I really like books. I like the look of them, the feel of them, the smell of them.
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