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Writing Skills: Writing A Successful And Profitable Blog

Writers are always looking for new and profitable writing jobs. So here's a job you may not have considered: blogging.

To get blog jobs, you need one thing: a blog. This "sample" blog not only shows your expertise at writing, but will also make money for you.

Here's how to create your first profitable blog, which will also get you hired as a blogger.

1. Plan - find a focus for your blog

Your first step is to plan your blog. This is the most important step, because it determines the success or failure of your blog.

If you just want to get blog jobs from your sample blog you may not think that creating a successful blog is important, but look at it this way - if your blog is successful, it has the potential to earn you fantastic income (top blogs earn $1000 a day and more), so planning for success is just common sense.

You must find a focus for your blog - a topic to blog about. Your topic can be anything at all: sport, entertainment, a celebrity, pets... Choose a topic. Focusing your blog is vital, so you can attract readers.

2. Write articles for your blog

Your blog must have content, to attract readers in its own right, and also to attract people who want to hire you to blog for them.

Write some articles on your blog's topic to provide that content. Remember your focus, and stay focused on your topic. Your blog is NOT an "online journal", it's a tool which will get you writing jobs, and which may even turn into a fully fledged business.

3. Add information about yourself and your writing skills

As your blog becomes popular, you'll get readers, and some of those readers will be looking for bloggers. Therefore you need to ensure that everyone who visits your blog knows that they can hire you to blog for them.

Create an "About" page, which focuses on your writing skills, and lets people know that they can hire you to write for them. Your About page MUST include your contact details - your email address, Skype address, and IM address too. Make it easy for people to contact you. You can also add a small "Hire Me" graphic in your sidebar.

It's vital that you let people know that you're available to write. I coach writers, so I know that if a writer tells me that his blog hasn't won him any blog jobs, I know it's because he's hiding the fact that he's available to write for others.

People skim Web pages. They don't think, and they don't know you. Unless you tell them, they have no way of knowing that you're available to write for them - so you must advertise it as much as possible on your blog.

So not only should you have an "About" page which tells people you're available, you need a note in your sidebar, and you should also add a sentence about your availability at the bottom of each blog post.

The sentence can say something like: "Need a blogger? I'm available to blog for you. Contact me for further information."

4. Get readers by joining blog directories

There are dozens of blog directories. Join one or two. They'll help you to become part of the blogosphere, the community of bloggers. Other bloggers will read your blog, and will point you in the direction of blog jobs.

So there you have a brief outline of how to write a successful and profitable blog, which will get you blog jobs.


Italian Desserts -Just Can't Wait

I have been wondering about desserts the last few days. The irresistible charm that these rich combination of ingredients offer is truly amazing. I surely can't seem to stay away from the charisma that pulls me so strongly towards them whichever corner of the room I may be.

I have this friend who is real far from the world of sweets and desserts. In fact, she just doesn't even feel the urge to try out any desserts even at a party once a while. The pains the hostess has taken to create this visual marvel too doesn't move my friend here in any way. Kudos to her!!I guess it is great being like this because then you are not running on the treadmill to loose all those sinful calories nor do you have a weight problem that makes you sulk at times.

Here on the other hand, I have reached the stage of being obsessed with my craving for sweets. Just can't seem to resist all the delicious desserts, ice creams, cakes and cookies that come my way at every gathering. It is hard to say no to a generous helping of such great looking divine delicacies. In fact, they all seem to be inviting me to dig into this sugary world that provides such a wonderful experience.

For me a meal is not complete without a dessert-the more exotic the better -that's the general rule. I believe that these are life's little pleasures and how can you keep away from it just thinking of the calories or the extra pound. The treadmill and the gym is always there. And believe me even with a sweet tooth I do manage to keep a great figure with a combination of a balanced diet and some exercise.

Italian desserts are what particularly catch my fancy and the "tiramisu" to be more specific. The "tiramisu" in Italian means "pick me up" and I guess rightly so considering the absolutely irresistible delight it is. To put it in simple terms, the tiramisu is a layered cake. It is a combination of delicious mouthwatering ingredients like the ladyfingers, mascarpone cream and yes, coffee. The ladyfingers are soaked in coffee combined with liqueur (optional), layered with mascarpone and topped with chocolate.

The origin of the tiramisu is not exactly known as there are several stories that try to explain the birth of the wonderful delight. A slice of this beautiful creation and you are sure to be transported to a new world and then I guess its past does not make any difference , it's only the present and future bite into this creamy creation that you are looking forward to.

The Tiramisu is one of the most popular Italian desserts and its popularity has made it an inseparable part of the Italian cuisine. With several versions of the tiramisu doing the rounds on the internet, this recipe in particular is one that is my favorite. It is my never fail excuse to a visit to the wonderful world of desserts.


Expressing Gratitude Is More Than Saying Thank You

Gratitude is many things to many people. It is wonder; it is appreciation; it is looking at the bright side of things; it is abundance; it is thanking someone; it is "counting blessings." It is savoring; it is not taking things for granted; it is present-oriented. The average person often associates gratitude with saying thank you for something they received or a kind gesture. However, gratitude is much broader. I invite you to consider its numerous benefits and how you can regularly incorporate the practice of gratitude in your life.

Practicing gratitude can easily transform the way you think and feel about your life. In fact, it is a tool for happiness that has been causally linked to emotional, relational, and physical benefits. Those who are consistently grateful have been found to be more optimistic and satisfied with their lives, happier, more energetic, more hopeful, more helpful and empathic, more forgiving, and they report experiencing more frequent positive emotions. Furthermore, the more a person is inclined to practice gratitude, the less likely he or she is to be depressed, anxious, fearful, lonely, or jealous and more likely he or she is to experience greater self-worth and self-esteem. Gratitude can also help build social bonds by strengthening existing relationships and nurturing new ones. Not only are there emotional and relational benefits to gratitude, physical health is also elevated through the act of gratitude.

Although we may acknowledge gratitude's many benefits, we have a tendency to focus on the negative and what is NOT working well in our lives. For gratitude to meet its full healing potential, it needs to become more than just a practice we engage in during the season of Thanksgiving. We have to learn a new way of perceiving our circumstances.

When we practice giving thanks for what we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the opportunity to see all of life as a blessing. Let's now talk about some of the ways in which you can choose to practice gratitude.

Some Ways to Practice Gratitude

1. Keep a gratitude journal and list 3-5 things for which you are currently thankful. From the simple (e.g., colorful fall leaves, a fresh cup of coffee, a warm jacket with matching mittens, etc.) to the exciting (e.g., the kiss your child planted on your cheek while exclaiming that he/she loves you, the colleague at work who genuinely listened to your concerns, getting a full 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, etc.).

2. Ask your significant other and/or children to be a gratitude partner with whom you can share your list. This way you can discuss your revelations around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime family routine. Also, your gratitude partner can help prompt and encourage you if you lose motivation to continue your practice or simply forget.

3. Express your gratitude to others for the impact and influence they have made in your life. The expression of gratitude may be particularly effective when done by phone, letter, or face-to-face. Describe in detail what he or she did for you and exactly how it positively impacted your life.

4. Make a gratitude collage. Paste pictures of everything that represents what you are grateful for in your life. Hang it in a location where it is plainly visible for you to see each and every day.

5. When you are feeling down and having a difficult time seeing the good in your life, make a gratitude list instead. You will be amazed by how much better you feel right at that moment.

Regardless of which gratitude strategy you choose to implement, select a time of day when you have a few minutes to step outside your busy life and reflect. For some working moms this is first thing in the morning before the children are awake, during their lunch break at work, or the last thing in the evening before falling asleep.

At some point in your life, you have probably been told to engage in your gratitude practice every day. However, I would encourage you to rethink this. If you count your blessings each day and in the exact same way, you may get bored, view your practice as a chore, and extract less meaning from it. As such once a week works great, which is great news for us busy working moms!

As you practice gratitude, you will notice an inner shift begin to occur. You will delight in discovering how content, hopeful, and fulfilled you feel. That, my friends, is gratitude at work. It is life-changing.


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