Blogging: Then and Now

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I began my blogging journey a long time ago, back when I was so stressed out at work I didn’t know any other way to get it all out of my system. I discovered building sites and transforming it into a digital journal. I enjoyed that so much that I began exploring blogging more.

Then, I discovered Blogger.com where I realized blogging is a passion of mine. I began taking it seriously, cultivating a reputation for being one of the bloggers to beat that time. I cultivated friendships all over the world. Blogging became an outlet for all the frustrations, stress and disappointments in my life. It also became the platform where I celebrated all my successes and achievements. Blogging became a lifestyle for me.

I’ve blogged regularly, almost daily, for nine years straight. I begun as a regular blogger who just wanted to engage her audience on the daily happenings in my life and theirs, too. I would write an entry, engage my blogger-friends who would leave comments, and would hop onto their blogs to leave my two cents on whatever was the drama in their lives then. And then I met a blogger who introduced me to pro-blogging.

From a regular blogger, I became a pro-blogger. Not in the leagues of those big ones but just a small pro-blogger who wanted to make a buck off what I am enjoying doing. I blog and earn at the same time. That’s a good thing! Right? Not everyone think so. I remember losing so many of my blogger-friends. They were disappointed that I joined the bandwagon. But I couldn’t care less. I am earning money from something I enjoy the most! Eventually, those who turned their backs on me approached me to ask how to monetized their own blogs. I taught some and became friends with them again.

Blogging has evolved. That much I can say. I don’t know if I still like the old way of blogging versus the style right now. What I can definitely tell you is that blogging will continue to become a lifestyle to me.

Now and forever.

5 Things You Need to Work From Home

Setting up a business at home isn’t easy. There are plenty of distractions and it can take time to build up an income that you can actually survive on. Having said that, you need to invest much money when you start a business from your own home. You don’t need to pay rent for another building, you have no extra electricity or internet costs and most people already have the essentials for setting up. So, what are the essential things you need to work from home?

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Laptop
If you’re working from home, you can’t survive without access to the internet. You’ll need to set up social media pages, websites, blogs and have quick access to customer e-mails. It’s impossible to do everything you need to on a smaller device, like a tablet, without affecting the quality of your work or communications. A laptop is the ideal way of doing everything you need to do on a decent sized screen and with a large enough amount of memory and data.

iPhone
Having an iPhone means you can talk your work on the go with you. If you have to leave your house for a while but you want to be reachable, an iPhone is the perfect option. You can answer e-mails, answer calls, reply to social media messages and if your clients have iPhones, you can even make use of FaceTime. Luckily, if you drop your phone, iPhone screen replacement is easily found. When you work from home, you need to encourage the sale of your services as quickly as possible. Waiting too long to reply can mean you miss out on potential income.

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Inspiration
Building any kind of business from scratch can be tough work. You may find there are times when you feel like giving up, but working from home can be rewarding and flexible. Stick to it by learning how to inspire yourself when you need it most. Put up inspirational pictures in your home office, search for success stories about similar people in similar situations and take a breather when you need to. Do whatever’s necessary to keep yourself going. It’s worth it!

Webcam
Depending on what type of business you’re setting up, a webcam is usually beneficial. You may need to talk to clients via Skype to establish some details. It’s often better than talking by phone because you can show each other visual ideas via webcam, rather than relying on descriptions. If you work with other people who are always at their computers, it’s often easier to get hold of them via a webcam than it is to e-mail or text.

Printer/Scanner
There will always be times when a printer or scanner comes in handy. One of those times will be when you need to do your taxes. It’s wise to keep digital and paper copies of your sales for your own peace of mind. You may also need to print out copies of your portfolio for potential clients or scan in drafted work to send for approval.

How To Make Your Home Life Easier With Gadgets

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If you’re wondering why you’re struggling with the basic chores and duties at home, it may be because you’re missing out on these gadgets…

Dishwasher
Did you know that you can buy a dishwasher that actually dries your things after too? – Well, you can, and this saves so much time than having to do them all by hand. If you only have a few plates to do, then sure, it doesn’t take long to wash them. But what about when you invite people round for dinner parties – think of all them plates, bowls, cutlery and glasses you have to clean! Why do that when you can get a machine to do it for you?

Vacuum
If you don’t already have a vacuum, then you should get one – especially if you have a carpet. There are so many different brands to choose from, so it would be a good idea to have a browse through the top 10 best vacuum cleaners for a dust-free life. Remember you can use them on any floor you have whether it be laminate, tiles or even wood. Just pay extra care not to scratch the surface. You will want something that has enough power and suction to pull up anything, regardless of the size.

If you get one that has different attachments to it, you can even get right between the sofa and clear away all them crumbs that have been hiding there for years.

Alarm clock
If you have a job or need to be somewhere, having an alarm clock is absolutely a must-have item. Yes, we all have phones now, but sometimes they can’t be relied upon. What if the battery dies through the night? Or it’s trapped under your pillow and you can’t hear it ring?

Investing in a proper alarm clock to put on your bedside table will ensure you are never late again. You can decide if you want the noise to increase over time, if you want the option to snooze, how regular it should go off, and you can activate all these features with your own voice.

Second freezer
You may be thinking why to get a second freezer when you already have one. Well, it could end up saving you a lot of money in the long run, as well as being super handy.

Have you ever been to the supermarket and there has been an amazing offer on some great meat? An offer that would be crazy to miss out on, but you had to because you didn’t have the room. -With a second freezer, you can take advantage of all the great deals, and keep them stored away until you’re ready to use them.

Air conditioning
It gets hot in the summer, and sometimes it’s just not enough to open all of the windows and doors. – This is where air conditioner comes in. No matter how hot the temperature is, you can keep yourself and the family cool, without breaking a sweat at all. You’ll end up having a house full as soon as your neighbors and friends realize you’ve installed the AC! So you may want to keep it on the down-low until summer passes…

Changing Hairstyles With Hair Extensions

Choosing the right hairstyle is so important. Sometimes, when we chose a hairstyle that doesn’t suit our face, we either cut it shorter or restyle it again. But what happens if the hairstyle is already too short to make any changes? We will just have to bear with it until the hair grew longer. That was what happened to women before hair extensions came into existence.

For most modern day women, changing hairstyles is very common. They could go to a hair salon to get it done by a hair stylist. The easiest way is to pay and get it done by the hairstylist. For others, they will do their own hair styling. Some are really good at it and they can style their own hair as beautifully as a hairstylist. Practice makes perfect.

As you can see, there are many uploaded videos on youtube by young women showing how they styled their hair with hair extensions. Some of the more common type of hair extensions are clip in, tape in, micro loop and fusion hair extensions. Hair extensions come in different lengths, from straight, wavy, curly or afro style, etc.

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If you are a regular user of hair extensions, then it is more profitable to invest in the best hair extensions. They are made of 100 % human hair and are more durable and easier to style. Even with regular use, the hair extensions can last to about a year if proper care is taken to clean and handle it.

Clip in hair extensions usually come in packs of 7 or 9 or 11 pieces with clips attached. Clip in hair extension is one way to make your hair fuller. Clip in hair extensions are attached with clips section by section.

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Besides clip in hair extensions, there are also tape in extensions? These usually come in packs of 20 pieces. Tape in hair extensions are becoming more popular due to easy attachment. For the step by step instructions and ways to attach the different types of hair extensions, you can view some very good videos on youtube.

Choosing The Right Tech For You

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When it comes time to buying a new piece of technological equipment, there is often a lot that needs considering. This is the case no matter what you are buying, from phones to computers and tablets. But something we can all agree on is that technology is best when it suits us as individuals and works as well as possible. In this article, we are going to look at some of the aspects you should consider when you are on the market for a new piece of tech for yourself or a loved one. Knowing these will help you to make the right choice every time.

Appropriate For Usage

Whatever it is that you are in need of, it goes without saying that you need to make sure it is appropriate for your usage. In other words, are you actually looking for the right item, or do you need another piece of technology altogether? People make this kind of mistake more frequently than you might think. It can sometimes be difficult discerning between different kinds of tech, particularly if you are not really in the know. People quite often buy laptops, for example, when really for their usage all they need is a tablet – or the exact opposite might happen. Whatever you are going to achieve, try to ensure you find the ideal piece of equipment for that specific task or series of tasks. Ask a professional consultant if you need it to be a little clearer for you.

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Suits Your Accessibility Level

One of the great things about technology is the way in which it enables people to do things which would otherwise be impossible. However, just as often it can appear to be restrictive, rather than accessible. When you are on the lookout, if you have any particular needs, you should look out for models and items which suit those needs. Increasingly, you can get more and more in the way of high-accessibility technology. So if you are elderly and you’re looking for a phone, look up the best smartphone for seniors. If you are blind and you need a tablet you can use, you can find a range of blind-friendly options to choose from. Whatever your situation, there is bound to be a piece of equipment which is designed exactly for you.

Cost-Effective

It can sometimes seem as though we need to pay a lot of money for some of the most basic items. It is definitely in your interest to try and find tech solutions which are not going to cost you too much. But it’s not just about the upfront cost. You also need to be sure on the long-term cost effectiveness of the product that you choose. This can be hard to know for sure before you have actually had a chance to test the product out, of course. This is why it is always wise to look up the reviews for the product you have your eye on, just to be sure that it is likely to be a good buy. You should red reviews from as many different sources as possible – the Internet is great for this, so you might as well make the most of it.

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Tightening Your Belt Gradually!

What does it take to repair your broken finances? Is it all about getting a big loan to pay the whole thing off in one lump sum, and then find yourself owing much more than you originally intended? Or is it about getting financially savvy and penny-pinching whenever possible, which will make you miserable because you’re effectively going without? Well, the answer is all about striking a delicate balance between the two. The answer is not about depriving yourself or digging yourself a bigger hole, the trick is to identify the biggest habits you have, and altering them.

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What’s the best way to start new money habits? It’s all about making gradual changes. If you decided to make a drastic overhaul to your spending, you would feel like you’re depriving yourself, so what you need to do is address the outgoings that cost you the most. Look at your bank statement and begin to identify any trends in your spending, and make swaps that are cheaper. If you buy a coffee on the way to the office every day, can you swap it for something that is just as nice that you can make at home? Because if that is one big regular spend that you can eradicate, it will go the distance. We all need our morning coffee, so I’m not saying to go without! But if you can make those swaps to something a lot more affordable, it will have a fantastic effect on your bank balance.

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The issue of reliability is one that crops up when you’re looking to borrow money or start a new contract, so after you are able to make cheaper swaps, it will take some time for your bank balance to appear more reliable in the eyes of money lenders. So, if you have other essentials that you need to alter, there are things like utility providers that charge a fixed rate every month. Or you could get a phone contract for bad credit, which takes the stress out of the impact on your credit score. Once you appear much more reliable, the lending terms of things like loans will be more manageable. A bad credit score is like a blotch on your record, and if you do have bad credit right now, you can still get the essentials for a good price.

If you still find yourself in financial difficulties when you’ve made these changes, then you can start to make swaps in your staples. Looking at your coffee on the way to the office as a treat and your breakfast, lunch, and evening meals as essentials, you can start to make swaps for cheaper brands, which can be a shock to the system for many. But it’s important to remember that there are discount stores that sell good brands for cheap, you just have to look harder for them. Again, getting into the habit of locating online vouchers or seeing where your favorite items are on offer currently makes a big difference in your wallet.

Seasonal Backdrops For Photography

Have you noticed that time flies really fast these days? I remembered when I was young, I long for the time to finish my studies and go out to work. Then I long for my kids to grow up and after working for more than 30 years, I long for the time to retire. Then just prior to my retirement, I started to feel that the time has no brake. I started to wish for the time to slow down a bit but no, it didn’t. Now that I am retired, the day passes by so quickly that I still have so many unfinished projects.

We have just bid the month of May goodbye and have stepped into the first week of June. It seemed like we have just celebrated the Chinese New Year but 6 months have already passed by. It was only recently, that my friends from overseas have just posted their grandchild’s photos to us. They have just celebrated their little granddaughter’s 1st birthday. They took her to a photo studio recently for some photo shoots. The photographer used some Easter spring backdrops for photography to take snapshots of the little girl cutting her 1st birthday cake. The rest were group photos with family members.

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So far we have only seen photos of their granddaughter. In fact, they were planning to make a trip back to their hometown if everything works out well for them by the end of the year. They look forward to spending Christmas with their extended family members in their hometown. They have been away for many years and they feel that it is time to make a trip back to the place they were born and have grown up.

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Last Christmas, the granddaughter was only 6 months old and not convenient to travel long distance. What they did was, they took the granddaughter to the photo studio. Initially, the 6 months old baby made a fuss and they almost gave up taking any photos. Thankfully, after a few minutes of soft and comforting words from the grandmother, the baby quieten down and even managed a few smile for the camera. The photos were taken against a few beautiful Christmas backdrops for photography chosen by the photography. Those were some lovely Christmas photos for sweet memories.

Participating In A Salon And Hair Stylist Cooperation.

I know of a few men friends who are mostly bald on their head. Most of them are already in the sixties and they have grown accustomed to their baldness. All of them are now retired and many are now grandfathers. Many have accepted their baldness as common for aging men.

Lately, I noticed that baldness also affects much younger men. Could it be due to the types of hair shampoos used or the food consumed by these men? Or could it be due to the work stress and pressure these men go through in their life? It might even be due to the health condition of the scalp. There are many could be’s but no one really know the actual reasons why younger men are going bald too.

I know of a young man who started to lose his hair during the university years. By the time he graduated, he had quite a bad case of residing hairline on his forehead. The residing hairline caused him to look very matured and older than his age. He went through some very embarrassing experiences. Many times he was mistaken for an older person even in his work place and this has caused him to be very conscious of his residing hairline.

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One day, he came across an article on wholesale toupee and hair systems for men. He became interested and wanted to find out whether it is suitable for his hair condition. He did some online searching and finally contacted a hairstylist. To cut the story short, one day this young man walked out of the hair salon with a new hairstyle. It was a bit awkward in the beginning with his friends, colleagues and clients noticing him for the first time with the new look. After some time, everyone got used to his new look. He began to like his new image and there was no regrets.

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Being a regular client of the hair salon, the hairstylist once approached him to ask whether he will be willing to participate in a salon and hair stylist cooperation with Newhairline. After hearing what the hairstylist had said, he agreed to the win-win situation for himself, hairstylist and the wholesale supplier. From that day, he enjoys a discounted rate for every appointment and for every product that he buys from the hair salon.

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