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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Stay Positive

It's impossible to stay positive in my situation, a few mumbled. The mounting bills, alone, drives-out that idea. I know from experience that, sometimes, you have to dig within for a thread of positivity. Or, a pessimistic thread could ravel you.

1. You owe it to yourself.
2. A thread of positivity holds the key to new ventures.
3. New ideas and opportunities will show-up.

The positive or pessimistic thought process weaves your health into it. Martin Seligman, University of Pennsylvania, has done research on the subject. Your attitude plays a role in possible illnesses that would invite themselves in. 

1. A positive attitude strengthens your immune system.
2. A positive person is happier.
3. Depression runs pass a positive person.

Settle down. Take a deep breath. Slowly, let it out. Allow your thoughts to roam over to a happier time or moment in your life. Negative thoughts drag you down. They find fault with you, making you feel worse. Let them go.

1. Hold onto, even, a thread of "that" happy moment. 
2. The negative buzz is slowed.
3. You're able to think with a clearer mind.

This action helps you toward a brighter tomorrow. Or, you'll handle problems better and move on. Take your time with choices. Ask questions. How will this choice help me? Is this the best choice for me? Determine if another choice suits you. Continue asking questions until you're satisfied.

1. Don't rush.
2. Surround yourself with positive people.
3. Beware of people who don't have your best interest in mind.

It's wise to think twice about anyone pushing you to accept Plan A, for example, when you're considering Plan B. It's possible Plan A is the better direction to move toward. The point is that you make the choice

1. You figure out the best plan.
2. Be suspicious of someone hammering his/her agenda.
3. It may not be right for you.

Be grateful for reaching a goal in life, happy to have certain people in your life or find that "joy" moment. Why? Gratitude brings happiness. It's a good feeling. Pass it forward. Be the light for someone as you glow in your moment.

1. Happiness helps you stay positive.
2. You're, possibly, a happy memory for someone.
3. Pessimistic thoughts are spun into options.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Critique and Write

Critique and write are required for poems, articles to biographies. It's a two-step process for writers before displaying the finished work. The order depends on the writer. Often, writers poo-poo the thought of any encounter with a critique. Why? The process drains energy, if you allow it to.

1. Put the work aside.
2. You get an emotional rest as you leave the project alone.
3. Spin the critiquing portion into a game.

How long of a break is needed from a writing project? The more involved a writing project is, more time away is suggested. You'll come-back refreshed and with new ideas. So, less time is needed between you and the critiquing process when it comes to short writing projects. There're other factors like the number of projects being worked on, deadlines and the writer's life.

1. Calendar in what has to be critiqued.
2. Shuffle-out stress.
3. Focus on a funny or happy memory.

The determination has been made about which writing project to critique. Some may feel that the most difficult part is over. Still others run close to panic. Think positive. At least, a goal has been met. This is a moment to calm down.

1. Take a deep breath.
2. Relax.
3. Bring along an apple for a reward, for example.

You're ready to critique and write. At this second, you're the editor. You, too, can treat the writing project as a friend's work. The point is to be objective. Use a composition book or some means of note-taking. Jot down notes on how to make improvements after reading it out-loud.

1. Check the grammar.
2. How is your sentence structure?
3. Syntax?

The critiquing game begins. Drag stress to the waste-basket. Giggle at your mistakes. Did you really make that error? Did you use "bear" instead of "bare?" Remember, shorter paragraphs are more effective. 

1. Make notes on to use verbs, for example.
2. Note-taking exposes what you need to work on.
3. Writing is a continuous learning process.

A goal is to have clear, strong and interesting writing. Writers want readers to have learned, laughed and/or displayed some emotion. You don't want a reader to find "their" in your writing where "there" was meant.

1. Comb through your work relaxed. 
2. Provide yourself enough time to critique.
3. Find humor in your mistakes, but learn from them.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

What You Need to Know about SEO

What you need to know about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is that it's the beacon for potential customers to find your web site or product/service. The goal is to to have a high ranking when a user is looking for a web site offering Professional Resumes, for example. How do you access the the process?

1. The web content shared by you.
2. Articles.
3. Keywords.

SEO showers Google, Bing, Yahoo, MSN, Ask, etc. with information. The search engines supply users with content. The proper mix of SEO within your content can help get a high ranking. A high ranking means your web site, product/service, is sitting on page one of a search.

1. A high rank for a web site, product/service, brings potential customers. 
2. Many users, according to the experts, tend not to look pass the first page.
3. Keywords are important in getting a high ranking.

A keyword is the word or phrase a user taps into a search engine as he/she looks-up information, product/service. A user may want to know what exactly is it that a web site or what you're offering can do for him/her. Let's go to the Professional Resumes example.

1. A web site promoting Professional Resumes should list keywords.
2. Select the best keywords for the web site, product service.
3. The keywords are cover letter and resumes for a Professional Resumes web site.

Articles, web content and meta tags rally to get your web site noticed. Meta tags cheer the loudest for your web site, product/service. It's the title tag search engines seek-out. Search engines view meta tags as the most important keyword, phrase. 

1. Titles wear keywords that appeal to the largest market or group.
2. The title should be unique and no longer than sixty characters.
3. Title tags are spread throughout the web site.

The above information is written to help you understand, apply and benefit from SEO.

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Marcella Glenn is a freelance writer who has written news reports, worked in an office, reviewed movies, published a newsletter and had her novel, "Grave Street House," published. She, too, is a Writing Consultant as well as a Personal Coach.

She has tried to go down some of life's other paths. A few paths were a mail-order business, the publishing of a pen-pal newsletter and selling plastic-ware. Only, she was back writing before realizing what she was doing.

She'd critique titles, paragraphs, news reports, that no one submitted to her. She'd stop herself, eventually. Marcella Glenn seemed to be enjoying the act of writing. This is how she knew writing was more than a hobby.

Let it be a lesson in your life too. Is writing calling your name? Or, acting? Teaching? Are you interested in engineering? Have the courage to go for your dreams. Simply, believe in yourself.

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