Blogging is Dumb, Here’s Why

More than once I have been advised that the way to have a popular blog is to narrow the focus, and craft your writing for a more immediate takeaway.

This is true. Mostly.

People are drawn to read something by the promise of what’s in it for them. People share with their friends because they believe it will be of benefit to them.

That might be to make them laugh. Sometimes it’s to make them think but usually? It’s to inform them.

What’s so wrong with that? Informative is but one style of writing. While I can accept that blogging is a different practice than writing, I cannot so easily toss out so many other great styles and approaches.

Many people who are serious about their writing start a blog as a way to build their platform and reach a wider audience. However, after putting in the time and content many writers become discouraged and hasten to find solutions.

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6 Weak Leadership Styles and 6 Antidotes for Positive Outcomes

In part 1 and 2 of this series we collectively looked at the Incompetent, Know it All, Intimidating, and the Unorganized weak leadership styles.

5. The “Micro-Manager” Leader

We all know the Micro-Manager. This is the manager who has to be involved in everything you do.  These leaders are very detailed oriented, take ownership, have solid memories and a strong ability to multi-task. What they don’t get is that their success as a manager is dependent on their ability to empower their team – which to me, is a prime.

“Micro-Managers” lead by holding hands, not by: providing concrete direction, empowerment, and making good decisions.  This is a leadership style that is purely innate, and nearly impossible for one who possesses these natural traits to change.

Everyone doesn’t dislike the leadership style of the “micro-manager”, but I do.  While I appreciate their ability to assist when needed, I thrive on having the ability to take complete ownership of my responsibilities, operating as my own entity within a larger corporation.  Working under a “micro-manager” makes that difficult because they have to have their hands in everything; minimizing one’s ability to be creative and sometimes efficient.

The Micro-Manager Antidote

In all honesty, this type of leader doesn’t come jam-packed with negative attributes. To me, they are more annoying than weak.  If you are a mediocre performer, then you will consistently face the wrath of their annoyances.  Although I’m a high performer, their constant presence is enough to get in my way.

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What Are The Best Ways to Prepare for Job Hunting

Job hunting is not so easy in the present economic scenario. You could search for the job in any place but the fact is the job you want has become a difficult industry which converts the job hunter to stand out above the rest. If you want to land into the job that you dream then you have to gear up the best resume and cover letter for the company you are seeking. Now, let’s proceeds to take a close look at the subject of cover letter and resume.

Skills

Writing for a cover letter is a part of job seeking and this is not as easy as it seems to look. In order to get the outplacement, you can write a letter that would attract and invites your possible employer to read into your resume. If your cover letter doesn’t sell to the reader then you could be sure that your job hunting might head to vain. If you want your reader to look at your resume then you would succeed them over first. Always make sure that you must not have any grammatical mistake in your cover letter and resume. Also, keep note to keep your cover letter brief and clear.

Check Your Background:

Establishing an utmost resume is not a plain task. Always make certain that your resume is not about your former company but it is only about YOU. You have to make them understand about yourself and to do this the best way is to familiarize with the lifestyle and needs of the company that you are applying for. You need to cover your resume around those points once you have determined the points. Be sure to specify the job faculties and write according to that. Just stay focused!

How to fit a job

What happens if you got a perfect job but you don’t feel good about it? As a child your elders have always taught you to be adaptable and cope up with any situation, isn’t it? Many people have negative attitudes towards their work fields. However, they have no option other than joining a company. If you are one of them you will have to change your attitude. Other than the work you do, your promotion and related things depend on your attitude towards the company, to your colleagues etc. Try to maintain a positive attitude and fit into whatever role has been assigned to you.

Take your new job as an exciting new challenge. Be happy about the fact that you will get new friends and come to know many people. Don’t get a negative reputation for being arrogant. A negative attitude can affect your job. So better save it to apply somewhere else. Figuring out your place in the hierarchy will also help you to stay within your limits.

After trying hard if you fail to fit in just avoid all conflicts whether personal or professional. Just do your work and go home. But being friendly with people will only help you in the long run.

 

How to Increase your own productivity

I run a blog about a blog, and it keeps me really busy so I often hear my friends saying that there’s not enough time available to do everything they truly want to do: to start that dream project, to get a better degree, to research the possibility of changing a job. If I said to them: “You can have that, but you need to stop reading feeds and outsource comment moderation,” most people would respond: “It’s not that simple.”

But it is. If you can eliminate three hours of the inessential from your week, and doing your dream takes three hours a week, you can have it. I’m not suggesting that you do all the below, but I’d like you to ask yourself each question and consider the pros and cons of your answer. How much time would you save? What’s the trade-off? A mental exercise rather than a prescriptive list, I want you to start thinking about where elimination fits in your routine.

What if you stopped moderating comments?
Here’s an experiment to conduct for a week: note down the number of comments you moderate over a week, then write down the number of comments you had to mark as spam or delete. If the number of offending comments is very small, you could consider turning off comment moderation. You’ll probably be reading the comments on posts anyway, and can delete any spam you see at that point.

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Never do this: Student Educational Loan Consolidation!

 

As a student, you may have taken out various student loans but are unable to pay them now. If debt management has become a problem, then you can opt for student educational loan consolidation. In this case, you take out a loan that pays off all your multiple student loans and thus, you need to pay only towards the student educational loan rather than paying your multiple creditors. It also offers lower rates of interest as compared to your current loans and thus, reduces the total amount that you needed to pay.

This process surely has many advantages, but it also has many disadvantages. Some of the disadvantages of student educational loan consolidation are as follows.

1. Can not predict future rates: When you opt for an educational student consolidation loan you are not sure what the interest rates will be in future. As you can not predict these future rates you may end up paying much more than what you were supposed to pay originally. The interest rates in future may fall, and you may pay more than necessary. However, those rates may rise as well and in that case, you benefit. Predicting the future is impossible and thus, consolidating your student loans could not be beneficial at all.

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Take a school trip to a foreign country!

One of the most exciting things about taking a language at my high school was always that every other year they took a trip to a country that spoke the respective language. Spanish learners went to Spain, Punjabi learners went to India, German learners went to Germany.

For the kids who went on these, they were a ton of fun. I had the pleasure of going to Germany in the summer of 2010, and I would fully recommend making a similar trip. If you’re unsure if you want to go or not, maybe I can convince you.

If your family doesn’t travel much, this might be one of the only opportunities you have to travel, let alone leave your home country.

The best way to decide if you want to go on the trip is to consider who else is going. As I said, my high school goes every other year, and I knew originally that I could go either in 2013 or in 2014. While going in 2014 would have been a great reward for graduating high school.

Don’t think like that! I opted instead to go in 2013 because I had far more good friends going, and I’m very glad I went when I did. My friends who didn’t go the first time ended up regretting it, most didn’t go at all. Going with friends makes it far more enjoyable and means when you come back, you’ll have someone to share your inside jokes with.

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