Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Credit

The idea of being a blogger and being private doesn’t sound right. To stand out from the crowd, you have to be real and relatable and to do that you need to be a person of the people. Faceless corporations can’t appeal to the same base because they aren’t living in the real world according to consumers. The problem is that blogging is a personal platform which puts your details, as well as your thoughts and feelings, out into the public domain. Now, you won’t be totally off the grid, but the following tips can limit your exposure. Here’s what to do if you’re a privacy-conscious person.

Contact Details

Don’t feel as if you have to list every contact detail known to the human race. Yes, it’s better to have a variety of mediums on a site, yet it’s down to the individual. Usually, an email address will suffice because followers don’t need to phone or text to get in touch. Plus, you can converse via the comments section or online through social media. Just be sure to separate the blog’s accounts from your personal ones. Too many bloggers use their real names, and that makes it easier to identify an individual.

Business Address

A second option is to forego using individual details altogether. Instead, you can opt for a virtual mail address which uses a business street name and zip code. It’s perfectly legal, by the way. The benefits include making the blog seem more professional than using a Gmail account, for example. However, the best advantage is the buffer between you and the audience as they will only be able to get in touch via mail. Seen as everything gets scanned and forwarded to you, it’s easy to operate from anywhere in the world, too.

Pen Name

There isn’t a law which says you have to publish material under your birth name. Plenty of authors, actors and musicians use pen or stage personas to guard their privacy. Granted, it also adds to the mystery, but that is a by-product. All you have to do is think of a cool and completely unrelated title that lures in readers. If you want to commit fully, the blog can center on the theme and the content can link also. Look at the way Anonymous gained a huge following and compare it to the trouble Julian Assange is in at the moment.

Plea Bargain

Na├»ve though it may be, you shouldn’t dismiss a proper conversation with your followers as an option. The fact that they are interested in you is a sign of their loyalty and dedication. Still, it doesn’t mean they won’t back off if the attention gets too much. The internet isn’t renowned for being a vehicle for well-rounded people with pertinent ideas. But, they do exist even on the Web and they will listen. Just ask for a little extra privacy and explain the reasons why and the heat should die down.

As a blogger, how do you segregate your personal life from your professional one?

Posted by LadyJava On Tuesday, February 27, 2018 No comments READ FULL POST

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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Everybody has a smartphone of some kind now. While people might go to digital war (keyboard warriors, and all that) about whether Apple, Samsung, Huawei, or any other brand is superior to the others, one thing we can all agree on is that our phones have become a sort of safety blanket when we find ourselves alone in public.

The question is, why though? What did we do while waiting in public or sitting on the bus or even just relaxing at home before we had our smartphones? It seems like a long, long time ago that anyone didn’t whip their phone out at the first sign of boredom, but is this a good thing or a bad thing?

GOOD!

If you are someone who hates strangers striking up conversation with you, then having your phone is a great way of signalling that you are not to be spoken to. This doesn’t always work, of course, but it certainly gives you a bit of a buffer when in public.

Furthermore, those of us with busy lives (all of us, then) might want to take this time alone in public or even at home by catching up on anything you’ve missed during the day. Whether you want to check the group chat or scroll Facebook or keep informed on what’s been going on in the world. You might even need to update your blog or answer some work emails, getting this time to yourself and fixating on your screen will help you know what’s going on all over the world.

BAD!

But why would you want to be on your phone when you have the whole world in front of you? If this is something you have heard before, you understand that moment of clarity when you think ‘Oh yeah.’

Being on your phone constantly does seem just a bit too antisocial, especially when surrounded by friends and family. Furthermore, playing games or browsing absently can quickly turn minutes into hours, and you run the risk of missing your bus or train or perhaps more importantly, life itself.

A BIT OF BOTH?

There are positives and negatives associated with being on your phone when you feel like you have nothing to do. For some, it might be that you want to complete the new Final Fantasy for mobile, which can be downloaded here: finalfantasyxvapp.com/company-info. However, picking the right time and place is most essential to not looking rude or ignorant.

These messages you get sent are not going to go away anytime soon. If you can give yourself a quick update here and there, but not get sucked into the screen, then you will start finding yourself with less and less dependence on your phone when in uncomfortable situations. Who knows, you might just see something you won’t forget.

JUST PASSING TIME

Perhaps we do rely too much on our smartphones as a safety blanket in some situations, but this is okay. It only becomes a problem when you start gripping to this blanket even when you are around people you love and trust and like. While you don’t need to bin your phone now, consider if you need to check this email or message right now. You’d be surprised what you miss in the real world when you’re too busy worrying about what you will miss online.

Posted by LadyJava On Wednesday, February 21, 2018 No comments READ FULL POST

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


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Everybody wants to be heard, but it can be challenging to get people to listen. For bloggers, this can be a nightmare if you are wanting to get your content out into the world and start building up an extensive portfolio of knowledge. The world of blogging has become oversaturated, with everyone and their dog seemingly creating content and publishing it in online. It is just the minority that is heard.

If you are a blogger, whether it be text or video, how are you able to ensure that your content rises to the top? How can you ensure that people will click on your links over the one thousand or so other blogs with exactly the same subject matter?

It can be difficult to find a niche that sets you apart from others. The phrase ‘one in a million’ doesn’t seem so unique when there are seven and a half billion of us in the world, and so it is only natural to find at least one person that shares similar interests and experiences to you.

ENGAGE

The key to any blogging success is to engage the reader early on. This is the first thing that writing students learn about when crafting their first novel or short story. If the initial interaction from outside doesn’t inspire interest, then it is unlikely that anything else will.

For this reason, it is vital to have an eye-catching website. In the past, launching a website was a tricky and sometimes expensive process, but in recent years it has become possible for anybody to have their own website.

Website builders allow users to forego employing web developers and programmers and instead give you all the power right there at the tips of your fingers. The process is simple, straightforward and will leave your readers’ feeling that you know what you’re doing. It’s a cliche that first impressions matter, but it’s a cliche for a reason.

KNOW YOURSELF AND YOUR AUDIENCE

Knowing both why you are writing and who you are writing for will give your blog posts more of a purpose. It can be all too convenient just to throw whatever you feel like it onto a webpage and click publish if it makes sense to you. But for your readers, particularly new readers, this can bring about confusion, along with feelings that perhaps this is not the right place to be looking.

To tackle these sorts of problems, settle on your niche early on. If this is is a bit of a struggle, consider what it is you are passionate about. While your passion may not be what you decide to blog about eventually, it can be a good start to figuring out how you want to present yourself online.

Like most new hobbies, these things take time. It will be a while before everything is fine-tuned the way you want it, so consider these early days practice; a learning curve of sorts. You might be enormously passionate about a new TV show, but if there isn’t enough to write about, then you will soon run into some problems.

Furthermore, these early posts will allow you to get to know your audience. This is especially true if you have a commenting feature on your website, where readers can voice their likes and dislikes, as well as adding suggestions for future blog posts. This will give an immediate idea of the type of audience you are attracting and allow you to cultivate your content to suit that.

SAY SOMETHING

Of course, that isn’t to say you should let your audience dictate your content. Hopefully, many of them will have similar interests to you, and so much of what is written and suggested will keep in line with the vision you have in mind.

One of the major mistakes of many bloggers is blogging for the sake of blogging. There are simply too many people writing the same sort of thing over and over and over again that in the end it just looks like one blog has stolen from another and so on along with a long chain of content.

If you want to stand out, you need to discuss topics and ideas that haven’t been covered extensively. This might be hard, but for a professional blogger, creating compelling content is what you do. Nobody wants to read what has already been written before, and rehashing the same old knowledge will do nothing but put readers off and drive them away.

BE SOCIABLE

It is not enough to simply have a blog. For new bloggers, you might wonder how exactly anyone else will find it. This is where the joys of social media come in. Back in the day, all there we had was MySpace, a very early Facebook and forums if you wanted to promote your web content.

But now, the world of social media has changed. There are so many different platforms for you to promote yourself that it would take up too much room to list them all. The obvious ones, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram are a great place to start as you more than likely already have a solid following of friends, family, and strangers that will be intrigued by any promotion you post.

From here, you can begin to build a user base. Friends will tell other friends, strangers will tell other strangers, and after a while, you will soon see more traffic, more likes, and more shares than you’ll know what to do with. Once this is established, it is up to you to keep hold of these readers.

COLLABORATE

Even in a world as competitive as blogging, it still pays to collaborate with other bloggers to further promote your brand. Working with like-minded people through giveaways, co-authoring posts, and guest appearances will unveil you to a brand new audience.

These collaborations can be with friends who also blog, as well as bloggers who you’ve been reading for some time and already admire. Sharing content can lead to a broader audience base and hopefully propel your blog towards more and more visitors as the chain of collaboration stretches.

By choosing to work alongside established bloggers, you will not only be getting more views but also be able to learn from those who already have experience in working towards more readers. This kind of advice can be invaluable if you want to spread your brand further than just a few friends on the internet and can give you the opportunity to make a name for yourself in the blogging world.

It can be a difficult start to your blogging career. All those previous worries about not having anything interesting to say will soon seem to become a reality once you find that there is little to no traffic on your blog. During this time, it is essential not to get discouraged and keep pushing on. But also, you need to take a look at what sort of content you are posting, as simple words on a webpage are not enough. There needs to be a level of engagement for the reader. Topics like ‘Winter Style Ideas’, or ‘Quick and Cutesy DIY Projects’ have been done to death.

Instead, go further out there. Find something that people aren’t talking about and just write. It may be complicated at first to find something unique in a world where a new blog post is seemingly made every five seconds, but once that first post is out you will find yourself flush with inspiration. Who knows, perhaps the very idea of looking for interesting content can inspire a blog post in the future.

Posted by LadyJava On Wednesday, December 20, 2017 No comments READ FULL POST
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