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Hi Folks, One Of The Fam Needs Help!

The Mexican earthquake has seen approximately 230 die and a rescue operation mounted to extricate children trapped in the rubble of their schools. 500 army members and 200 police officers are working to free people they can see with thermal scanners still trapped under collapsed buildings. It is said to be Mexico’s worst earthquake in 30 years.

Some of you might have seen or chatted to Equinoxio, (Brian) on The Editor’s Journal, a deeply cool guy that I enjoy much silly and equally deep banter with on the regular. He lives in Mexico. He is right smack in the middle of it all with buildings collapsed nearby. Fortunately he appears to be fine along with his family but is no doubt in a weird place owing to the shock of it all and everything is in ‘chaos’ as he describes it. There is still fear of aftershocks, gas leaks, more buildings on the brink of collapse…

He is currently babysitting his 15 month grandson Gonzalo so his rather wonderful daughter who is an MD can be out there at the coal face treating the sick.

If you are able to help:

He has given a link on his blog to send funds if you can here.

Thanks guys.

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Some Joy From all The Naziness!

Hello folks! You know I wouldn’t let you down in these WTF?! times.

Here are some great responses when those ‘fine people on both sides’ go out on a walkathon for a day. Enjoy.

 

  1. See what some folk did in response to a march held every year to celebrate the ‘dead loser’ (Arnold Schwarzeneggers words) Rudolf Hess.

 

2. See what some folks came up with for another march featuring 2 sets of clowns.

Originally featured on The Good Reverend then Neatorama

3. He he! Possibly my favourite….although the clown one is up there. This guy turned up with a sousaphone to play these fine people along in their march with suitable lumbering music for the slow witted.

 

What Say You?

Do you have a favourite?

Do you think these are better responses than fighting?

What are your views on Trump’s response to the Charlottesville rally and should the sousaphone man be hired to follow him around the world…or not?

How Long Does It Take For A Blog To Be Successful?

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Depends.
On so many things.

Depends on what you mean by successful.
Lots of readers?
Income?
A place to let off steam?

If you are looking at blogging for a possible income then you have to treat your blog like a business. Invest in it. Both time, passion and money if and when appropriate.
That applies if you are using your blog to springboard something else such as a book release or training videos e.g. yoga, makeup or cooking.

If that is the case then take the example of Victoria Beckham. People have derided her fashion business because at Companies House (the UK business registry) it was shown to be losing money year on year and being bailed out by her ex footballer husband’s money.

Well, only someone who doesn’t understand business would deride this. Her company is still fairly young. Businesses can take up to 5 to 10 years to turn things around and show a profit. That also depends on the type of business you get into. Money moves through businesses in many different ways depending on each individual set up.

Blogging (seriously, as opposed to a hobby) is much the same. You have to give it the time it needs to establish itself and that too may vary based on your topic and how hard you push it yourself.

I have seen blogs get established in literally months (I’ve seen a few quirks where they were established in a matter of days with huge traffic!) and I have also seen them climb real slowly for 3 to 4 years and then suddenly WHOOSH! A catalyst pushes it to the stratosphere… and of course  there are also those that continue to climb slowly but surely.

So the answer to How Long Does It Take For A Blog To Be Successful is ‘X’.

And X very much depends on the blogger, their choices and sometimes a fair sampling of old fashioned luck.

The one thing that IS guaranteed is that if you are not open to change where change is required, A/B test out the different paths to your goal to find what works for you, rest and reinvigorate your passion for blogging regularly, treat marketing seriously and most important stick at it, it definitely won’t be successful at any point. As with most things in life, with blogging you get back what you put in.

 

How ‘Bout You?

Are you happy with your blog growth or concerned that your visitor numbers are not increasing?

Do you know where you want to go with your blog or are you quite relaxed about wherever it takes you?

 

Wanna ask a blog question specifically about YOUR situation?

Make sure you come to Blog Surgery, free 1-2-1 blog tuition and advice.
Get your question ahead of the queue HERE.

Shocking Video

the insanity of humanity lg

 

The video depicts what appears to be a re-occurring theme of the typical treatment of African maids who are forced to work in the Gulf States.

WARNING! NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED.

The video can be seen here.

 

When / if you view it, let me know what it makes you think or feel, because whilst it’s shocking I’m not surprised by it…which is not a good thing.

And just so you know, the dialogue is something along the lines of

‘Help me! Help me!’

‘Get up you crazy woman.’

What Say You?

Where do we file this one?

Cute Dog Helps Young Boy Find His Swagger!

This is Carter Blanchard from Arkansas USA. He developed vitiligo, a skin condition that gradually makes the skin lose pigment. He is 8 years old and his skin started changing whilst at school. The young ‘in was feeling very bad about himself and had told his mother that he hated his face and hated the way he looked.

That was until he met…Rowdy!

Rowdy was rocking the same look! He developed vitiligo the same year as Carter and the two met up and became the best of buds. Rowdy is a thirteen year old pure black labrador who showed Carter that 1. he was no longer isolated and 2. the vitiligo thing… it ain’t no big deal!

Carter’s mother says that no one else could have got this message through to her son to make him feel better about himself but Rowdy. 🙂

Rowdy for president!

This Little Guy Dares You Not To Fall In Love With Him…

…So I’m minding my own business surfing on the net when I came across something very special.

It contained tiny balls of fur falling about, rolling, standing in their food, wrassling and scuttling everywhere… I started watching and as time was ticking by I resized the page and stuck it in the right hand corner of the desktop 27 incher…so I could (conceivably) carry on working…that seems like weeks or months ago now…and I’m still watching!

My new addiction is called Kitten Academy. A 24 hour live streaming of a cat foster home where you can watch kittens get born and grow into fine young kitten men and women and ‘graduate’ from the Academy once adopted.
Trust me when I say no description can do it justice. You have to go there for yourself and have your tiny hearts broken by these blessed creatures.

Tell them The Ed sent you! 🙂

You will arrive at a good time where a Superstar Kitten called Charlie was recently adopted (so you missed his graduation – a very beautiful bittersweet affair!) but a Momcat named Angel has just given birth to ‘the fishes.’ Fishes? You’ll understand eventually!

I decided to seek out the headmaster of the scholarly establishment to get some behind the scenes information…

See the whole story HERE.

5 Ways To Boost Your Blog Audience Right Now

HNTSO edit top imageIf you are chugging along, not happy with your audience numbers and you want to change that I’m going to give you 5 things to do right now that have worked for me in the past when I was actively growing my audience.

1. Use Twitter.

Go to Twitter put in the hashtag (keyword) that best describes what you do.
You will find a bunch of people in your niche. Follow them and start up a convo.

Don’t know how to use Twitter?
I have a post coming up just for you!

 

2. Use WordPress

Find a blog that is arguing a point that you are passionate about and has a lot of comments. Join in the conversation, talking to both the blogger AND their commenters. Write your own side / version of the argument / discussion on your blog. Then go mention it to the original blogger and invite them to give their point of view.
If you make a great argument or have an interesting alternate view they may mention it in their existing related post or a new post. If they do they will likely mention YOU and link to your post. Bingo!

If they don’t link to you, drop them a line and ask if they wouldn’t mind adding your link seeing as they have mentioned you anyway.

You might have to have a few goes to connect with someone of impact, but it’ll be worth it, because achieving this is fabulous in 3 ways:

1. SEO if they are a large blog.

2. It introduces you to a new (big) blogger.

3. It’s great for audience-pull generally.

 

Don’t know about SEO? See no. 6 below.

 

3. Use Google

Go to Google or use WordPress.com to find a big blog in your niche. Is there something that you can offer them by way of assistance?
I always stress that one of the biggest things people get wrong in blogging (or life!) is they come with a ‘take’ mindset instead of a ‘give’ one.

eg ‘How can I add something worthwhile to the conversation here,’ instead of ‘Support me! Do this for me! Retweet me! Give me a shout out!’

One example is where a big blogger has made a video, could you offer to type up the transcript of the video for them? This gets you onside, noticed and could serve as an unbelievable platform for you if your relationship grows. I cannot overstate how important relationships are in this game folks!

Have they made a mistake in their facts or spelling that you could (kindly) point out?

‘Hi, xxx I was just enjoying your post on xxxx. I hope you don’t mind but I saw an error and wanted to give you a heads up…’

Is there anything else you could do for someone else BEFORE you ask that THEY help you?

Maybe suggest some stuff in the comments for others if you have some ideas.

 

4. Set Targets

Set yourself a target number for a week. Then go meet and greet that number of people WITHOUT FAIL.
Pat yourself on the back if you manage to stick to it then repeat or admonish and clarify why you missed your goal and promise yourself you will do better next week.

 

5. Blog Surgery Cometh!

Book your seat for my next Blog Surgery where you can come and ask anything about your blog that might help your unique situation.
I’ll be doing an hour or so surgery, so please feel free to ask anything techie, writer-y, SEO-ey, design-ey, traffic-ey, money-ey….you get the drill!

You are invited! It’s free! Never had an unhappy customer yet!  🙂

It’ll be in about a week, so stay tuned for the solid date.

 

 

6. Join A Family To Grow A Family

(Yes I know I said 5!)

Forget all the stuff I’ve just said and cut to the chase. The The Karma Army (part of The Blogging Caucus family) can do all of that for you and more. As part of a self-encouraging network you will be helped and encouraged to get there and because most of the back-end slog is done for you it can take literally seconds to start building your own family or network!

Have a say in stating what YOU want to learn about blogging, get introduced to new supportive friends. The aim is to keep blogging and social networking fun…but very productive!

Ever tried growing a family all by yourself?! – Is it even medically possible!!? 😯

For those of you already signed up. Thank you. Sit tight. It is going to be amazing.

Get your free karma HERE

Back Soon!

eyesSorry guys…having mucho problems with my eyes  at the moment and can’t answer comments or visit my fave bloggers. I have some great blogging posts coming up including borrowing me for an upcoming Blog Surgery to ask any question about blogging or your specific blog in particular that might help you, all coming soon, eyes permitting!

See you all hopefully soon.