“There are too many of us and we are all too far apart.” ― Kurt Vonnegut
I’m writing these words knowing that people from all over the world are going to read them. People of all ages, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, of different religious beliefs. Most of them, I’ll never get a chance to meet. Most of them, I don’t know how they look like, what’s the thing they want most in this world, or what is it that they’re afraid of… most of them are perfect strangers to me.
Yet, simply by writing these words with these strangers in my mind, having the certainty that my words will reach them, they become a little bit more than strangers. They become human beings, just like myself, and that is one of life’s greatest achievements. Continue reading
“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” — Steven Furtick
One of the sad truths of today is that technology consumes us. It’s not just about the time, but how we use that time.
Social media, for instance, provides us with both an escape and a way of searching for a certain kind of validation from others.
We want the approval and admiration of others and we edit our lives to appear better than they really are.
Traffic! It’s one of those words that I do not like much, for it almost begs us to forget that those stats represent actual people.
But… but… I know that one of the main reasons we blog is to be read by other people, so this makes it important to gain more followers, to receive feedback, to feel as if what you blog about truly matters to other people.
That’s why I compiled a list of the eight best ways to increase traffic and gain more followers for your blog.
First, I’d like to say that there is no how-to guide or recipe for writing a brilliant post. That being said, I’d also like to point out the fact that some posts seem to perform better than others. Lists and guides usually receive more comments and likes than “normal” blogs.
So this is not a how to guide. We’re just going to talk about the major components of a blog post. Continue reading
150 days. That’s how much it took to earn my first money through Amazon’s Affiliate Program. Five to eight posts a day on irevuo. Lots and lots of hours spent reading books, writing reviews, watching movies, writing reviews on them…
A hundred and fifty days.
Let that sink in a bit. Especially if you believe that blogging and social media are some sort of shortcut to earning a ton of money easily. Unless 24 cents are a great deal of money for you, then they’re not.
But… this got me excited. Why? Continue reading
Once every two days someone almost bumps into me because they’re too busy staring down at their smartphone’s screen.
If I go out with a group of people, at least one person spends more time on their phone.
Any mediocre evening can be “enhanced” by taking a few pictures and posting them on social media.
I believe there’s a fine line between the fantastic advantage of being able to reach people easily and becoming so seduced by this new technology that you lose touch with the outside world.
But, then again, balance is not a word we can easily use to define ourselves.
I am curious to know your thoughts on this. Is social media good? Bad? How much time and why should we spend checking out Facebook, Twitter, and such.
Let me know in the comments section bellow.
Here is an interview I did with a man whom I admire tremendously for his mission and the way he dedicates his time and energy to said mission.
1. First of all, tell us a bit about yourself.
Born in Douglas, Georgia in 1950. The one sibling I had passed away due to a heart attack. 6 years in the United States Navy. Two children, a son and a daughter. Divorced for 11 years and we are friends. 24/7 caregiver for my 89 year old mom.
2. You state your mission as “raising awareness concerning Alzheimer’s.” Why?
I raise awareness because my dad died with Alzheimer’s in 2001. I know that before the government will spend the dollars that “experts” think is needed, they need to know about the problem.
3. What would you like the government to know? Continue reading