17 June 2016

5 Tips to Overcome Writer's Block

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5 Tips to Overcome Writer's Block
Most times it comes to a point in blogging when a blogger actually lacks idea about what to write or lacks the creativity to write. This is most times referred to as writer's block.

According to wikipedia, writer's block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author or a writer loses the ability to produce a new write up. The condition ranges from difficulty in coming up with original ideas to been able to write about the little ideas gathered.

Writer's block can also manifest when a writer views his or her work as inferior or unsuitable.
I t was first described in 1947 by psychoanalyst Edmund Bergler. Another Author, Mike Rose, defined writer's block as an inability to begin or continue writing for reasons other than lack of basic skills or commitment.


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When a writer enters this stage, writing becomes a very difficult because it's as if he or she is new to writing and finds it difficult to put words together and even when he or she does, the piece will actually look incomplete and does not really make sense to the writer.

Causes of Writer's Block

1. Lack of Inspiration/Motivation - This is actually a very big problem for writers. when they do not get that inspiration or motivation to write, it just looks as if their whole world is crumbling and this can actually lead to most bloggers just copying posts from other blogs.

2. Distraction - Been distracted while writing can also lead to writer's block. Most times when am writing and probably chatting with friend's on social medias, i get blocked temporarily and it would actually take a while for that inspiration to start flowing again and in most cases it doesn't come at all.

3. Fear of Reader's satisfaction - The fear that comes with writing an article that your readers would love can be sometimes be troubling. You may not be satisfied after writing an article hence you will conclude that it won't please your readers so you will end up not writing or publishing the article just because you feel it will be heavily criticized by your blog readers and do not not want to publish a sub-standard article.

4. Adverse circumstances in a writer's life such as physical illness, depression, emotional traumas, financial pressures and sense of failure; All these can lead to writer's block. It is very hard, for a writer to write well under these circumstances.
5. Inability to incubate ideas - Most times you might just go through this stage of not been able to incubate ideas that flow in and when this happens, you can not write them down.

It has been suggested by some doctor's that writer's block is more than just a mentality. Under stress, a human brain will shift control from the cerebral cortex to the limbic system. The limbic system is associated with the instinctual processes, such as "fight or flight" response; and behavior that is based on deeply engrained training.

The limited input from the cerebral cortex hinders a person's creative processes, which are replaced by the behaviors associated with the limbic system. The person is unaware of this change which may lead them to believe they are creatively blocked.


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8 June 2016

How to Fully Secure and Take Control of Your Data

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Whether you run your own business or not, you need to take active steps every day to keep your sensitive data fully secure. But taking control of that data can be a daunting process if you do not know where to begin, so check out the helpful tips below to get started and to ensure your information will not be left vulnerable to attacks from hackers.

Have a Backup in Place at All Times

First off, you want to begin by always having at least one method by which you can constantly back up your data as it is updated. You can invest in cloud server technology, which ensures your data will be secure even if your computer and hard drive backup fail, but you should also have other copies of your data. In fact, the more copies you can create, the more of a backup you will have. So in addition to saving your data on your computer, you can back it up using a hard drive and the cloud, and you can also enlist the help of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) so you can get back on your feet right away and continue working even after disaster strikes.

Always Encrypt Your Data

Another way to fully secure and take control of all of your data is by using data encryption technology. This will make it impossible for anyone else to read and steal your information from any of your devices. There are many tools available that allow anyone to easily encrypt information, including emails and files.

Install Anti-Malware Protection

You have many options today when it comes to anti-malware software that will fully protect your computer from malicious software that could steal your data. Malware includes worms, viruses, spyware, and more. With so many threats out there that you can fall victim to every time you log onto the Internet, visit websites, and check your email, this is an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to keeping all of your important information and data as secure as possible.
Install a high quality anti-malware piece of software from a reputable developer, and make sure to scan your computer regularly. Keep your operating system and apps up-to-date as well in order to reduce the risk of someone hacking into your system. And don’t forget to install and enable a firewall for extra protection at all times.

Be Careful When Sharing Your Information

When working online, you always have to beware of impersonators that are hoping to steal your financial information and other personal data. To stay safe, never freely give out any of your personal information over the phone, via email, through the mail, or on the Internet. Unless you have initiated the contact with the person or company, or you can verify that you are certainly dealing with a legitimate individual, you should never give out any information that could be stolen and used to steal your identity.

Be Careful When Clicking Links in Emails

Today’s hackers are very clever, and they are not above sending out phishing scams via email in order to trick people into giving them their personal information. You may receive what looks like a legitimate email from a company that you do business with, such as your bank, when, in reality, it is actually an email meant to impersonate that entity and get you to click on a link that will download malware onto your system or encourage you to share personal information that can then be stolen.
To stay safe, never click on any links in emails, no matter how legitimate they may seem. Always go directly to the website of the company that is writing to you, log in, and see if what is in the email is true. You can even contact customer service to verify the authenticity of the email, or you can hover your mouse over any links to see a preview of the URL that it will take you to. If it looks at all suspicious, block the email sender with your spam filter and report the email to the entity that is being impersonated.

These are just a few of the many ways that you can keep your information secure and private today. Remember to be careful whenever you go online, as there are many threats that could compromise your sensitive data. With the right tools and strategies in place, you should find that your data is completely secure and that you are in total control over it.
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1 June 2016

Outfitting Your Home Office for Maximum Productivity

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If you are a professional blogger, programmer or other telecommuting worker, you may enjoy bragging to your friends about how you can work absolutely anywhere.  Yes, we “could” sit on a tropical beach, with a laptop, sipping a drink with a little umbrella, to do our work. In reality, that doesn’t happen all that often, for most of us.  Actually,, that is probably not the most realistic place to get work done. The bright sun would make it hard to see your screen and noise from other people would bother you. ADHD would kick in and you would stop working and say, “Look! A seagull!” (Or perhaps an attractive person in a bathing suit.) At least that work fantasy is nice to dream about. Truly, most of the work you do will probably be in your own home office.  The key to getting real, productive work done is to make your environment comfortable and a bit less distracting than that imaginary beach.  Here are some tips to set up your office for maximum productivity.

     Ergonomics

Many of us these days work on a laptop. The problem with “laptops” is right in their name. You shouldn’t work on a laptop with it in your lap, for long periods of time. That position puts your head down at an unnatural angle and causes neck strain. It puts your arms in a bad position and can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. You will tend to slump over and have bad posture.  Whether you have a laptop of a desktop, it is best to sit at an actual table or desk.  Try to get your screen up to eye level. If you have a monitor and it is too low, stick it on a riser or even put a couple thick books under it. Sit in a decent chair where your arms can reach the keyboard with a 90 degree bend to your elbow. Using an ergonomic split keyboard, such as the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 model, will put your hands, wrists and forearms at a proper angle. It will prevent or relieve the pain from carpal tunnel syndrome.  If you can have a desk with a separate keyboard and monitor that is great. You can even plug your laptop into that setup, then pull the cables and go, when it is time to hit that beach.

     Minimize distractions

Other people are the worst distraction. Try to get a private place to work. If you can’t, try to put your back to the source of distraction and put on some headphones. If you don’t work well with music, try using white noise or ASMR recordings, that you can find on Youtube. If you have a window, use shades that let in natural light, but block visual distractions from outside. Select Blinds in partnership with Groupon Coupons has a great selection to match any decor.

     Have good lighting

Bad lighting can cause such problems as depression, headaches and drowsiness. Try to use bright white lights with a color temperature that is close to natural sunlight. Replacing an old yellowish incandescent bulb with a new-style white LED bulb can make a world of difference in your productivity and mood. You will save electricity as well.

     Get out of the chair sometimes

Sitting for many hours at your desk seems like the best way to get work done, but sometimes it is not. Take a short break, at least once an hour. Get up and walk around or do a short workout. When you go back to work, the quality will be better.

So until you can find that perfect distraction-free beach to work on, try to spend the bulk of your work time in a good environment. If you are yearning for that beach, just reward yourself with with that tropical drink after 
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Tech tools and apps that freelance Hairstylists and makeup artists should use

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Being a successful freelancer requires a lot of discipline and business knowledge in order to stay organized and motivated. Freelance hair stylists and makeup artists face unique challenges in their industry. However, there are many tools at their disposal that can help them maintain and Market their business.  Here is a list of helpful Tech tools and applications that freelance hair stylist and makeup artist can use in order to grow their business and maintain success.

  • Evernote

 Evernote is more than just a shared workspace, it also allows you to take pictures of people's business cards and information and turn it immediately into contacts.  This can be helpful for a freelance hair stylist and makeup artist not only to keep track of their potential clients but also business contacts as well.
  • Style Seat

This app helps Professionals in the beauty industry to keep track of their appointment books, client lists, post a menu of their services as well as post pictures of their work.  Your customers can email you right through the application you could also set up reminders for appointments. In addition, there are some straightforward client revenue sheets for you to track your earnings through this application as well.  Of course, this application gives your clients an easy way to book your services.
  • A mobile pay app like Square Cash

 Mobile payment applications such as square cash gives freelance hair stylists and makeup artists a way to receive payment from their clients that are quick reliable and secure. It's also an excellent way to track your earnings so you can successfully file your taxes at the end of the year.



Now that you know some tech tools that can help you run a successful freelance hair stylist, or makeup artist business, be sure to use these tools to grow your client base and improve your customer service.  And to see examples of thriving Salons in your local area that feature freelance hair stylist and makeup artist be sure to visit Groupon Pages.
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15 May 2016

How to Schedule Your Post in Wordpress

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How to Schedule Your Post in Wordpress
Time they say is a very important factor in anything you do and we do not have all the time in the world. It is very necessary to schedule posts so that you do not have to miss that very important meeting just because you have to write a post. All you have to do is write the post early and schedule it to publish at anytime you wish.

Some days back we showed you How to Schedule your blogger posts and this time we have decided to show you how to do the same thing in wordpress.

You can only Schedule a post to appear in the future, you can not schedule a post to appear in the past for example you can not schedule a post to appear that it was published on 1/1/2011, that is impossible, unless you have a time traveling device or you are a magician.


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Why schedule posts in WordPress ?


There are many reasons why you would want schedule some posts instead of publishing them immediately, including consistency for your readers and SEO, emulating regularity even when you are not available to publish your content, or being able to have content published just in time to match a specific event.

One of the keys to building an audience for your blog is consistency. This is also a factor for SEO, which makes it two good reasons to care about it.

It doesn’t matter whether you publish one post per day, one every tuesday or one per month: your audience will get used to that rythm and will expect that you stick with it.

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