Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Twelve Effective Methods To Get You Comfortable With Blogging

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Unfortunately, there are a lot of bloggers in the blogosphere who are not comfortable with blogging (They are usually the newcomers who have decided to test out the proverbial blogging waters and have some doubts in their minds of whether or not, they are capable of making it as a blogger).

The bad thing about not being comfortable as a blogger is, that it causes the person doing the blogging to be overly self-conscious and too much energy is wasted on their fears and overanalyzing everything, instead of using the time of theirs wisely to produce content for their blog.

Therefore, if you happen to be one of those people who are not comfortable with blogging, these tips should help to put you at ease.

1.) Display Your Unique Style

Now, you are probably wondering where I am going with this; when I advised that you "Display your unique style," I am actually pinpointing that you need to be you; there is no other person on the planet with a personality like yours and being yourself will definitely work in your favour.

You, dear friend, are an original by universal design and you would be wasting your innate gifts by forcing yourself to be an imitation of someone else (Even though you may have a favourite writer or blogger, do not fall into the trap of emulating them).

Be comfortable with who you are, knowing that there are people online who would accept you for being yourself (And, most people are comfortable being themselves anyway).

2.) Stop Worrying If People Would Like You Or Not

A lot of newcomers to blogging have wondered if people would like them or not (They are obsessed with that very thought).

In most cases, people blog, because they have a message that they would like to put across; they do not do it with the intentions of being liked (If people happen to like them and their message, all is well and if people do not like them or their message, all is still well).

The reality is, there are people who would like you and of course, there would be those who would hate you (That is the nature of human beings, my friend).

So, worrying whether or not people would like you is, a waste of your time and energy (For your own good, remove that thought about people liking you or not from your mind; doing that would certainly put you at ease).

3.) Never Be Afraid Of The Spotlight

If you are blogging, you would want people to pay attention to you and your blog (If no one paid you and your blog any attention, your blog would be a virtual ghost town and I do not think that you would like it or appreciate that).

So, make up your mind in regards to accepting being in the spotlight; for without it, you would not be able to put your message across.

Now, I am aware of the fact that there are shy, introverted people on the planet and if they are to make any leeway in the blogosphere, they need to develop the habit of being comfortable with being in the spotlight.

Being in the spotlight is not reserved for those that have narcissistic tendencies; it is there for any blogger to be in.

4.) Remain Calm

Anxiety is your worst enemy in the blogosphere; which is why it would be in your best interest to remain calm.

Besides, anxiety is what causes one to be overly self-conscious.

Do some breathing exercises or engage yourself in some meditation before blogging (It would provide you with a state of comfort and mental clarity; which dear friend, will be one of your best assets — an asset that would help you greatly in the area of blogging).

5.) A Little Proofreading Would Not Hurt

Bloggers are supposed to proofread their work before pressing the publish button anyway.

Also, proofreading your articles helps you to discover any error (or errors) that you have made; whether it is an issue with grammar or a case of a misspelled word (or words); most bloggers are comfortable doing this, because they do not want the world to see those types if mistakes — the kind of mistakes that would make them appear sloppy and unprofessional.

6.) Accept The Fact That You Are Not Perfect

As a human being, you are going to have flaws of your own (If you were perfect, you would not be on this physical plane of existence; it is a spiritual belief among many religious people and those who are not religious, but are spiritual nonetheless, that they are striving for perfection).

So, there is no such thing as, a perfect blog or a perfect blogger; although our aim is, to be as close to perfection as possible.

7.) Associate Yourself With Supportive Bloggers

Knowing that there are bloggers out there who are willing to support you in the blogosphere is indeed a very comforting thought.

You can find supportive bloggers by joining groups that are designed for that sole purpose; they can be located on Facebook, Google+ and Bloglovin', to name a few.

And, an important factor being: once you have worked on building your blogging community, you will eventually end up having the full support of your fellow bloggers (And, that dear friend, works in your favour).

8.) Never Be Ashamed Of Telling People That You Are A Blogger

Now, I am not insinuating that you should tell everyone who comes across your path that you are a blogger. I am hinting that if someone were to ask, "What it is that you do?" Your answer could be something like this:

"I am a technician at a phone company and I am also a blogger," and if you wish, you can go a step further by telling them the name of your blog and its URL.

A lot of bloggers do not disclose the fact that they are bloggers when they are asked by others, "What is it that you do?"

Do not be afraid to tell people that you are a blogger (Unless, there is a hatred for bloggers in the country that your are in).

9.) You Have To Creep Before You Learn To Walk

This, dear friend, is an analogy about the fact that, before any one can become proficient at blogging, they would have to start off by learning about it and that it is not an overnight process; but one that takes time.

So, if you have recently started blogging or you have been blogging for a short period of time, you will make many mistakes along the way (And hopefully, you are going to learn from those mistakes and not make them again in the future).

In the meantime, enjoy your blogging journey. I want you to be comfortable with the idea that, as time goes along, you are going to get better at blogging (And, the more often that you do it, is the better you get at it).

Most bloggers would admit that they are way better at blogging today than when they first started blogging (Knowing this fact, should help you to become comfortable with blogging).

10.) Make The Blogging Process A Fun One For You

I can never emphasize enough about making the blogging process a fun one for yourself; because if blogging feels like a chore to you, you may end up developing an aversion to it; which could lead to you doing it less or not at all.

Can you think of ways of making the blogging process a fun one for you? Come on, I am sure that you can.

If blogging is fun for you, you will most likely be very comfortable engaging yourself in it (And, that, dear friend, would be a plus for you).

11.) Make An Effort To Learn From The Blogging Experts

There are blogging experts on the world wide web who give their knowledge freely; because, they want other bloggers other than themselves to excel at blogging.

For the record, not everyone is capable of giving good blogging advice.

On a positive note, there are authority figures like Kevin Duncan and Adrienne Smith; highly experienced bloggers who would be in a better position to lead you on the right track.

12.) No One Is Going To Jump Out Of The Screen Of Your Computer And Bite You

From a logical standpoint, you are quite safe being in front of your computer; no one is going to jump out of the monitor and bite you on your jugular vain like a voracious, bloodthirsty vampire if they are not in agreement with your article; however, they will either dismiss it from their mind or express their displeasure about what they read via the comment section of your blog.

As a matter of fact, everyone is entitled to their opinion and of course, there would be those people who would disagree with you (Whether or not, if they have chosen to disagree politely or impolitely, is another story and you can always moderate your comments).

Knowing quite well that no one can do you any sort of harm through your computer's monitor, the screen of your smartphone or the screen of your tablet, should be enough to make you feel comfortable blogging.

The Conclusion

It is a genuine desire of mines for all bloggers around the world to be comfortable blogging; which is why I came up with these twelve methods.

Best of luck to all of those bloggers who are not yet comfortable with blogging and have within them a deep desire to attain a high level of comfort blogging and may the implementation of these twelve methods work for every single one of them.

Monday, 26 January 2015

A Beautiful Track From Ellie Goulding

English: Ellie Goulding by Brandon Cornwell li...
English: Ellie Goulding by Brandon Cornwell live at the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles on September 28, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Those of us who are lovers of good music are aware of the fact that the 28-year-old British singer and songwriter, does not fall short in the area of music (She has lots of hits under her figurative belt).

Her new song, Love Me Like You Do, is a beautiful song; it was recorded specifically for the Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack.

I am predicting that song of hers is going to do rather well (And, I genuinely wish her all the best with it).

I hereby dedicate this video to all of the Ellie Goulding fans on the world wide web. Enjoy!

The Younger Folks Exercise At A Later Hour

Children Exercising
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I have been getting up three o'clock in the morning for some years now; it gives me enough time to bush my teeth, have breakfast, bathe and to put on my exercise gear; so I could go jogging or have myself a brisk walk at approximately 4 o'clock in the morning (And, I am fine with that routine).

At the exercise grounds in Bon Air Gardens, Arouca. I have noticed that it is mainly the older folks that get up very early in the morning and exercise.

The younger folks would come out at evening-time to play a game of football, engage themselves in a game of basketball, use the exercise equipment, do some stretches and a bit of running and jogging.

Now, I am very happy to know that many of the youths are getting themselves some outdoor exercise; because these days, there are young people who are only interested in playing games on their computer; therefore, I cannot be displeased by the fact that the younger folks have chosen a later hour to exercise; because they are engaging themselves in physical activities (When I was a teenager, I used to exercise on evenings too and there was no way that I would have entertained the thought of getting up very early in the morning to exercise).

As we grow older, some of us would no doubt, develop the habit of getting up early on mornings and instead of doing nothing until it is time to go to work, we go outdoors, exercise, return to our homes, bathe and prepare ourselves for work.

However, I have noticed that it is the habit of many youngsters to sleep late during the morning period; which is why they would prefer to exercise on evenings.

This goes to show, that the younger folks would prefer to exercise at a time that is convenient to them (And, that is usually in the evening period).

Sunday, 25 January 2015

One Of My Favourite Songs From La Roux

Elly Jackson of the band La Roux
Elly Jackson of the band La Roux (Photo
credit: Facebook)
The British band La Roux has a unique sound and their singer, Elly Jackson stands out from the others; her unique sense of style and her singing voice makes a positive impression on you.

One of my favourite songs from them is, Bulletproof (I remembered quite clearly that the song was huge back in 2010 and that it was at the number one position on the UK Singles Chart).

Without further ado, here is La Roux's hit song: Bulletproof. Enjoy!

Going Back And Forth With Browsers

Popular Browsers
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One of the nice things about Blogger's dashboard is, that I get to observe which browsers were used the most by those people who visited my blog.

And, guess what? Most of the time, Mozilla Firefox is at the top of the list (The first runner up is usually Google Chrome).

However, I am not at all surprised by the fact that a lot of people have chosen Mozilla Firefox; after all, it is an excellent browser; it is one of the most secured browsers that one could ever come across.

The biggest irony of all is, that I hardly use it; but I used it frequently in the early part of 2014 and I stopped; the reason for this being: that I started using Google Chrome again (And, it is not because it is better than Mozilla Firefox; I merely missed utilizing the Google Chrome browser; in the past, it used to crash a lot; but since I sent Google a Crash Report, Google Chrome, has not crashed and it is working way better than yesteryear).

Now, if Mozilla Firefox works great, logic would dictate that it would be the browser of my choice; but Google Chrome has regained my respect.

For quite sometime, I have been considering reinstalling the Opera browser on my computer; I uninstalled it in the past, because I thought that I had too many browsers on my computer and at the time, I wanted to keep things simple by only using Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.

If you use your computer a lot, you would no doubt find yourself using a particular browser for a particular task (So, even though it is not mandatory to use numerous browsers on your computer, they do come in very handy).

Besides, Opera is really fast; it would be an asset and it would come in very handy for special projects (Opera is one of those browsers that I have missed using and in the past, it used to be the default browser on my computer).

Many of us have our favourite browsers (And, there is nothing wrong in that).

Maybe, I will try using different browsers on certain days of the week with the intentions of giving them equal usage.

No offence intended to those people who only use Internet Explorer; but I think that sticking to only one browser is a method of shielding oneself from technological infinite possibilities.

What are your views on this? Do you use many browsers? Or, do you stick to only using one browser on your computer?

I would love to read your opinion on that via the comment section of my blog; so do not be afraid to share them with me.

My Dog Is A Lizard Murderer

My Dog Princess Photographed By Renard Moreau
(A photograph of my dog, Princess.)
My dog, Princess has a reputation for killing lizards; if she happens to see lizards walking or running in the yard, she would go after them.

There was a time when she killed two lizards and left them in my walkway (I was a bit annoyed that she had killed them; I did not have much of a choice in regards to disposing of them).

I remembered telling my friends on WordPress about the incident and they mentioned to me that she wanted to honour me by leaving two dead lizards for me (Hey, that is one honour that I can do without).

Recently, she murdered a much larger lizard — an iguana and left it for me to dispose of (And again, I was annoyed because I had to carry out the funeral rites for the late Mr. Iguana).

I think that my dog should have an idea by now that I hate those kinds of gifts.

I can bet my last dollar that she is going to murder another lizard whenever one of them crosses her path.

Maybe, I should have asked the Universe for a Buddhist dog — a dog that is at peace with everything and everyone (But unfortunately, it is a bit too late for that now).

I will just have to live with the fact that my dog, Princess, is a lizard murderer and that she likes to honour me by leaving dead lizards for me to find.

What would you have done if you were in my shoes? Would you have called the Dog Whisperer? Or, would you simply let things be?

By the way, if you ever choose to visit me, do not come by dressed in a lizard costume; because my dog would personally see to it that you meet your maker.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

I Love Knife Party's "EDM Trend Machine"

Knife Party Logo
Knife Party Logo (Photo credit:
Wikipedia)
One thing that I know for sure is, that I can always count on the Australian DJ/Producer duo, Knife Party for great dance music.

I have to admit that they really caught my attention with, EDM Trend Machine; because it is bit different from what they usually do and this time, they surprised their fans by dabbling in the deep house subgenre (Hey, I have no problem whatsoever with the change; I think that it makes them sound more professional and that they are showing everyone worldwide that they are very versatile).

EDM Trend Machine is the fourth track on their new album, Abandon Ship; it was released by Earstorm Records and Big Beat Records.

There Is No Dancing Around The Issue Of Mobile Devices

Smartphone And Tablets
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In this modern era, lots of people are using their smartphones and their tablets to surf the word wide web; which is why we have to make sure that our blogs are mobile-friendly.

For the record, the integration of mobile devices into the world wide web is not a bad thing at all; it is just that some of the technological masterminds are forcing us to go that way.

Let it be known, that I do not have any hatred towards mobile devices, since I own a few of them and I use them to browse the internet occasionally.

However, I am left with the impression, that the so-called technological innovators have plans of their own — plans that include the gradual phasing out of the desktop computers and the laptop computers.

Recently, I placed WordPress under the proverbial microscope and discovered that their upgrades were really designed with the intentions of making their user interface user-friendly for those people who use smartphones and tablets, thus stressing out those who are in the habit of using their desktop computers and their laptop computers to find their way around on that blog site (Thank goodness, Blogger did not follow in the footsteps of WordPress, because I would have been pissed).

It is okay for engineers to make the user's experience an easy and an enjoyable one where the usage of mobile devices are concerned; but do not do it at the expense of those who have grown accustomed to navigating websites via their desktop computers and their laptop computers; any smart engineer would know that the website that they are putting together (or upgrading) should accommodate all devices (And, that is the main reason why website designers have made their themes and their user interface, responsive).

Are there less people using their desktop computers and their laptop computers to browse the internet? Well, I would say, "No!"

I would agree with the fact that more people are using their mobile devices to browse the internet; but that number has not surpassed those that use desktop computers and laptop computers to surf the world wide web.

Therefore, those of us who use desktop computers and laptop computers should not be neglected or hampered in the process of so-called modernization.

If I want to use a desktop computer or a laptop computer to browse the internet, I should be able to do that without any sort of technological issues.

Friday, 23 January 2015

The Beauty Of Blogging On Blogger

Blogger Logo
Blogger Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I genuinely believe that a lot of people have underestimated the true power of Blogger; it is indeed a very strong force to battle against and even though WordPress is at the top of people's lists when it comes to blogging, people should not make the mistake of underestimating it.

From my personal experience, I can clearly state, without a doubt that Blogger is worth blogging on and once you have worked feverishly at building your blogging community, your blog on Blogger is guaranteed to succeed.

I have done some serious experimenting with Blogger via my blog, The Chronicles Of Renard and I found out from first hand experience, that it is possible to be a successful blogger on Blogger.

As I have mentioned in a past post, it takes a lot of hard work in order to acquire a readership on Blogger (A lot more effort in comparison to what you would usually put out on WordPress).

However, I saw the figurative fruits of my labour (And, the harvest was indeed plentiful).

Would I recommend Blogger to anyone? Of course I would! But, I would only recommend it to those people who have more patience than the average individual; because they are not going to see the results overnight.

The road to successful blogging on Blogger can be a very long one; it would tempt you to ask yourself, "What the hell am I doing on Blogger?"

Many people tried Blogger and left elsewhere to blog, because they were not seeing the desired results (They probably abandoned their blog on Blogger before they could actually see it blossom into something beautiful).

Your blog on Blogger might be the proverbial ghost town in the beginning; but if you stick with it, you are going to acquire a readership (There is no ifs or buts about that).

Besides, if you believed in yourself as a blogger, you would not make the mistake of abandoning your blog on Blogger.

If I can blog successfully on Blogger, you can do it too (Now, I am not discouragingly you from starting a new blog on an entirely new blog site; I am merely encouraging you to stick with your blog on Blogger).

I will also admit that I have been way too hard on Blogger in the past and as time went along, I discovered that Blogger is filled with pleasant surprises.

How is your blog on Blogger coming along? Are you noticing any progress with it? Or, is at a standstill? If you have seen the signs of progress in regards to blogging on Blogger, I am happy for you and if your blog on Blogger is at a standstill, it simply means that you need to continue to work hard at it.

Trust me, dear friend, when I say to you, "It is all worth it in the end and you would look back and laugh at yourself for having second thoughts about blogging on Blogger."

Five Reasons Why I Like Blogger

Five
(Photo credit: Pixabay)
Blogger is indeed a unique blog site; it might not be as sophisticated as WordPress, but it is a blog site that is worthy of blogging on.

There are people who have chosen to blog only on Blogger and the only way they may start another blog on another blog site is, if you held a loaded gun to their head and said, "Set up a WordPress blog or else your brain is going to be splattered all over the wall!"

Now, I want my readers to know upfront that I do not hate WordPress; it happens to be my favourite blog site and even though I adore WordPress, I have a deep appreciation for Blogger (I believe that if you were genuinely interested in finding out this blog site's mysteries, you would have an appreciation for Blogger too).

The funny thing is, it actually took me quite a while to acquire an appreciation for Blogger, because the first time I joined it (which was many years ago), I thought that it was a total waste of time and I migrated my blog to WordPress.

The second time that I joined it (which was out of sheer curiosity to see if Blogger had made any major improvements and also to see if this blog site was worth blogging on), I developed an appreciation for Blogger (Which goes to show that at times, things can be better the second time around).

And, here are the reasons why I like Blogger:

1.) A Blog Can Be Set Up In A Few Minutes

Believe it or not, a person can set up a blog on Blogger in a very short space of time and they do not have to be tech-savvy in order to do so; anyone can do it; including grandma.

Setting up a blog on other blog sites may cause you to pull your hair out; but you can remain cool and not ruin your hairdo while you are going through the process of setting up your blog on Blogger, because its user interface is an easy one to decipher.

2.) Blogger Is Easy To Use

Blogger is so easy to use, that a newcomer who is not tech-savvy can start blogging as soon as they have chosen a template to blog on.

Finding one's way around the dashboard is child's play for them, since the user interface is simple and intuitive.

As a matter of fact, those people who love simplicity would appreciate blogging on Blogger and it is perfect for those who are newcomers to the blogosphere.

3.) One Is Granted The Freedom To Customize Their Blog To Their Heart's Desire

If a person does not like Blogger's default templates, they are free to upload their own (Unfortunately, the same cannot be done on the free version of WordPress).

You do not want your blog looking like everyone else's blog; therefore, you would want to customize it; you would want it to look unique.

Also, I like the idea that a person can upload various commenting plugins like Disqus, Commentluv and the Facebook commenting system on their blog (Now, that is freedom in the true sense of the word).

4.) Blogger Does Not Put Unwanted Advertisements On Their Blogs

The only way that a person on Blogger is going to have advertisements on their blog is, if they signed up for AdSense; other than that, blogs are free of advertisements.

Unfortunately, a lot of people that use the free version of WordPress, currently have unwanted advertisements on their blog (And, a lot of bloggers hate that).

I really do not make a big fuss about it, because I am using the free version of WordPress and Automattic (which is the company that owns WordPress) needs to bring in the revenue in order to keep their blog site afloat.

However, I do understand the concerns of all those bloggers on WordPress who hate having those unwanted advertisements on their blog.

Thankfully, the people on Blogger do not have to undergo that kind of ordeal.

5.) Blogger Does Not Annoy Their Users With Constant Upgrades

When I returned to Blogger in November, 2013, I was surprised when I saw that Blogger's user interface was almost the same; it had not changed much (And, I do not think that Google's engineers are going to upgrade Blogger in a hurry).

Many of my friends over on WordPress hate it when the Happy Engineers perform upgrades to the blog site that they are on (And, WordPress is always doing regular upgrades; it has gotten so ridiculous that a lot of people have no choice, but to learn to find themselves around their dashboard; which by the way is very time-consuming and highly annoying for a large percentage of their users).

Thankfully, the people on Blogger would not have that kind of problem; because of the fact that Google's engineers are not in the habit of changing the look of Blogger's user interface regularly.

The Conclusion

Blogger is a very simple blog site that enables its user to go through the blogging process in a very short time period; which is perfect for those who are busy and also for those who do not like the unnecessary headache of finding their way around their dashboard.

Blogger is not everyone's favourite; however, there are those people who love Blogger and are most loyal to that blog site; they could not care if WordPress is the number one blog site; because Blogger meets their blogging needs (And, a satisfied blogger, is usually a happy one).

Thursday, 22 January 2015

I Love The Bob Sinclair And The CeCe Rogers Collaboration!

Bob Sinclar
Bob Sinclar (Photo credit: Facebook)
My goodness, I cannot seem to get enough of Bob Sinclar's, I Want You; which features the smooth, sexy vocals of the American singer, songwriter, musician and producer, CeCe Rogers.

What I like about this track is that it is within the mid-tempo bpm range and CeCe Roger's tonal quality is quite close to that of the legendary American singer, Isaac Hayes.

I am hoping that there is a clean version of this song (a version without the cussing), so my good friend and DJ, Nigel "Sicky" Kinsale could play this on the radio (Anyway, if there is not a clean version of this song available, DJ Nigel "Sicky" Kinsale is innovative enough to create one).

I must say that this dance track is perfect for the clubs!

A Very Beautiful Song From Bread

Bread
"Bread 1971" by Elektra Records - eBay item  photo frontphoto back.
 Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bread_1971.JPG#mediaviewer/File:Bread_1971.JPG
The American soft rock band, Bread were fabulous back in the seventies; one of my favourite songs from them is, If.

Back in 1971, that song of theirs was at the number one position on the Easy Listening chart (Which is known today as the Adult Contemporary chart).

If sounds just as wonderful today as it did back in 1971 (And, it happens to be one of those songs that I do not mind listening to on a regular basis).

Without further ado, here is the video for Bread's, If. Enjoy!

Eight Things That You Can Accomplish Without Internet Access

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(Photo credit: Pixabay)
The God's truth is: the internet is a tool; one that enables us to educate and to entertain ourselves. But unfortunately, a large number of people have given the internet priority over their lives; some actually see it more important than food or sex; the experience is one that is akin to becoming hooked on some kind of drug (Whether it is the legal or the illegal kind).

Therefore, from a logical perspective, we internet users need to create some kind of balance — a balance that enables us to live our lives fully and not to be tethered by the internet; because, when we become slaves to the internet, exploring the world wide web is all that we think about and unfortunately we end up pushing everything else by the wayside.

So, here are eight things that people could be doing more of if they did not have any internet access available to them.

1.) Getting More Sleep

Yes, believe it or not, a lot of us would be able to get our quota of sleep (This might appear as a joke to some; but a lot of people do deprive themselves of sleep in order to be on the internet).

Think of it this way:

You are up a few hours earlier with the intentions of surfing the world wide web, because you know that you cannot get up the same time that you awake daily to prepare yourself for work; because if you went on the internet the same time that you usually prepare yourself for work, there is a chance that you might end up going to your place of employment late (And, you do not want that to happen).

Instead of being on the internet a few hours earlier, you could have been asleep (And, people are known to spend countless hours on their computer after a hard day's work also and that time that they devoted to the internet could have been spent getting that much needed rest).

2.) Getting More Physical Exercise

If we spent less time on the computer, we would without a doubt have way more time to engage ourselves in some type of physical exercise; but unfortunately, many of us are always finding things to do on the internet (And, most of the times, those things are related to social media).

3.) Socializing More

Since a large percentage of us are hooked on the internet, we do not socialize as much as we should (And, that is bad; because it is absolutely unhealthy to substitute a virtual life for the real thing).

So, without internet access, we would have no choice, but to talk with people face to face (And, that dear friend, is a good thing).

4.) You Have More Time To Get In Touch With Your Spiritual Side

If people were not hooked on the internet, they would have more time to pray, meditate and contemplate.

Unfortunately, we have allowed the internet to take priority over our lives (And, that in itself is a form of madness; one which causes us to lose touch with the spiritual side of ourselves and neglecting the spiritual side of ourselves is a form of imbalance).

5.) You Get The Opportunity To Read More Books

Although we read a lot when we are on the internet, there is no experience in the world like actually holding an actual book and reading the printed words on those pages and the pleasure of turning those pages until the book comes to an end (I love to read; so that would not be a hard thing for me to do).

A lot of us have old novels on our bookshelf collecting dust and the last time that we read them was probably the first time that we bought them; if we can watch movies over and over, we are capable of doing the same with our books; we can read them over and over.

Reading books are fun and you can read more of those old-fashioned books (the ones that you can actually hold with your hands) if you were not caught up with the internet.

And, if you do not have books, I would politely suggest that you purchase a few of them; which will come in handy for you to read in your spare time.

6.) You Get The Opportunity To Write More In Your Journal

If you are a blogger, you would have typed lots of words; but, there is no experience that comes close to actually writing things down in your journal; this enables you to improve on your spelling; since a lot of people have relied on the spell check feature on the computer to correct misspelled words and by writing in your journal would also grant you the opportunity to see if your handwriting is still legible (And, if your handwriting was never legible in the first place, you are granted with the opportunity of improving on your calligraphy skills).

The bad part about being on the internet all of the time is, that most people do not make the time to write things down via the usage of pen and paper.

When was the last time that you actually wrote something down?

I am proud to admit that I actually write on a regular basis (And, thank God for that).

7.) You Will Have More Time To Explore Your Innate Talents

Instead of using our talents, we stifle them by being on the internet all of the time; we end up taking those talents of ours for granted.

The truth is, we are all talented at something; some of us are good at arts and craft, others are good at playing a musical instrument, some people have the natural talent for singing and dancing; the list of talents are actually endless.

8.) You Get To Do The Things That You Have Always Wanted To Do

As human beings, you would have a lot on your to do list; things that you have been constantly putting off doing, because you thought that the time was not right to do them and if you did not spend so much time on the internet, you would have had the opportunity to make the first step in getting the things on your to do list done.

Some people had the desire to find themselves a new job (and even though they could have applied for the job by filling out an internet application, they failed to do so; instead, they played a whole lot of internet games or they indulged themselves in the juicy details of the contents of social media; they did everything online except apply for the job that they wanted.

And, then there are those jobs that you have to apply for the old-fashioned way; you have to take the time out to prepare your resume and send it in to the company of your choice (But unfortunately, you were hypnotized by the internet; which caused you not to take the appropriate action).

Maybe, you wanted to find that special someone; but, you did not do that, because you were so deeply engrossed in your internet activities (Which is, truly sad, because you gave up the chance of finding that special person).

Maybe, you wanted to go on a vacation abroad; but you inadvertently postponed it, because you liked being on the internet more and the thought of being on the internet was more appealing than the thought of being in a foreign country (Which is a pity, because you missed out on the opportunity to set foot on a foreign land; you also missed the opportunity to talk in person with one (or a few of the native people of that foreign continent) and it might be one of those opportunities that you might not get again in life, or it might be one of those opportunities that may not come your way in a very long time to come).

If you were not so addicted to the internet you would have gotten a lot of things that you always wanted to do done.

The biggest irony of all is, if you did not have any sort of internet access available to you, chances are, you would have more than likely gotten those things done.

The Conclusion

As I have mentioned, the internet is a tool; one that can be used to educate and entertain ourselves; but for some unknown reason, many of us find ourselves becoming highly addicted to it and as a result of our addiction to the internet, we find ourselves losing interest in the other aspects of our life (And, that life of ours, ends up being an imbalanced one).

Being away from the internet helps us to recalibrate our own life, rediscovering the things that are truly important to us.

It is a pity that many of us find ourselves addicted to the internet; but the good news is, that it is possible to sever that internet addiction by curtailing our internet access and by engaging in other activities in the real world.

Whether we have realized it or not, there was life on Earth before the invention of the internet and if some technical mishap were to cause the internet to crash, life will go on; therefore, it is an unwise decision to base your life solely on the internet.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Five Reasons Why I Hate Staying Away From Blogging

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When one truly loves blogging, they would no doubt want to do it on a regular basis; it is something that becomes part of them and when they are unable to blog, they feel very uncomfortable and restless.

I know what it is like to stay away from blogging (And, I did not do it wilfully; it was due to technical difficulties).

And, here are the reasons why I hate to stay away from blogging:

1.) Being Away From Blogging Creates A Huge Backlog Of Notifications

When I finally returned to blogging, I was faced with a humongous amount of notifications; it took me many hours to go through them; I felt overwhelmed and I wanted the notifications to come to an end; which is why I despise backlogged notifications; I like to check them out as soon as they come in.

2.) I Would Miss Interacting With Others

Interacting with my fellow bloggers via the comments section of my blog is a lot of fun for me; since it enables both sides to put their perspectives across (And, everyone learns something new when the conversation is over).

3.) I Would Miss Visiting The Blogs Of Others

One of my favourite aspects of blogging is, visiting the blogs of others; I enjoy reading their posts and commenting on them (And, I cannot do that when I am away from blogging).

4.) I Would Miss Updating My Blog

I love posting articles regularly on my blog (And, when I am away from blogging, I cannot do that either).

My viewers have grown accustomed seeing multiple posts from me on a daily basis (And, once they do not see that, they can bet their last dollar that something of a technological nature, like a problematic PC or issues with my internet feed has transpired).

5.) I Would Miss Tweaking My Template

I have to admit that I enjoy tweaking my template every so often (And, being away from blogging would definitely deny me that pleasure).

I am sure of the fact that there are other bloggers in the blogosphere who like to tweak their templates too; almost everyone enjoys customizing their template.

The Conclusion

Being away from blogging is certainly no fun at all (Especially, when that hiatus is a forced one).

When one returns to the blogosphere, they are usually left with a lot of catching up to do (And, that takes a very long time to accomplish).

I Am Unimpressed With Flow's Service

Flow's Logo
(Flow's Logo)
My weekend started off rather interesting; Saturday I turned on my computer and I realized that I was not getting any internet.

Today, the service technician came and rectified the problem; the issue was not the grey box outside of my house as the customer service representative had suggested; the service technician immediately recognized that the modem was one of the earlier versions and that it was outdated and that it needed to be replaced with the new updated version (He removed the old modem and replaced it with the new updated version).

Now, although the problem was rectified, I was told that I had to wait a while before I receive the internet, because the serial number of the modem needed to be registered back at the head office and that someone from Flow (my internet service provider) would give me a phone call to let me know that I am back online.

You could imagine that I was not at all too happy about the extra wait for getting back an internet feed.

From now on, I am not going to believe everything that I am being told by Flow's customer service representatives (even though they are supposed to know their job); the service technician is really the one who is trained to know what the issue really is and that the customer service representatives are educated guessers (I felt as though I should have kept my big mouth shut and not blurt out what I was told by the customer service representative to the service technician).

I also believe that the customer service representatives will tell their customers anything in order to placate them.

For the record, when the customer service representative told me that the issue was the grey box outside of my house, I asked him, "Are you sure?" And, he told me, "Yes, because that is what the system had pointed out."

Anyway, Flow (my internet service provider) has a weird way of doing business and that I should not have to wait so damn long to get my new modem activated (It is just plain ridiculous and that if you were in my shoes, you would have been annoyed too).

My internet was down for the entire weekend and the only time a service technician was available was Wednesday.

Honestly, I thought that my internet would have been restored right away; but, I was very wrong about that.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Another Forced Hiatus

You would not believe what happened to me today; my internet said, "Goodbye!"

At first, I thought it was my laptop computer acting up again; but thankfully, that was not the case.

Then, I thought it was probably my router or modem kicking up hell; but it turned out that they were fine too.

When I was unable to take the stress of having no internet, I rang my internet service provider and I explained everything to the customer service representative in a very detailed manner; he placed me on hold for a brief moment, so he could find out what the issue was on his end and then he told me that the problem was the little grey box outside of my house; the one that contains the wires for the phone, cable and the internet (I was shocked when I heard that and I asked him to repeat himself; he did so politely).

My internet chose the worst time to vacate me (It went on a Saturday and the service technicians do not work on a Sunday).

I asked the customer service representative when a service technician would be able to sort out the problem; he placed me on hold again for a brief moment and then he told me that one would be available on Wednesday (I gasped, because that meant, no internet access on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and for a short or lengthy period on Wednesday).

I thought to myself, "This sort of thing only happens in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago."

I highly doubt that if someone's internet went down on a Saturday in the United Kingdom or in the United States of America, a customer would have to wait until Wednesday for a service technician to show up at their house.

For the record, I am not angry; I am just in a state of shock (Almost five days without internet is like taking things a bit too far; I expected better results from my internet service provider).

Anyway, that is life and a hiatus from blogging would not be all that bad (I am hoping that I do not suffer any severe withdrawal symptoms).

Blogger Continues To Pique My Interest

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Although Blogger is not the number one blog site, I am still deeply intrigued by it and I will continue to blog here. Why? Because I have developed a deep appreciation for Blogger (Now, that does not mean that I am going to give up my blog on my favourite blog site; which by the way is, WordPress).

I have noticed that there is more information about mastering WordPress on the internet than there is information about a person excelling at Blogger.

It is as though there is a greater interest in WordPress and Blogger is the underdog (I always had a thing for the underdog).

I know a whole lot about WordPress (which is a good thing) and I want to figure out the mysteries of Blogger.

Am I the only one on Blogger who has the desire to learn all that they can about doing extraordinary well on this blog site? Well, I have a feeling that other bloggers on Blogger have the desire to do the best that they can on this blog site.

Blogger has definitely piqued my interest and that there are a lot of figurative stones unturned that I need to explore.

Blogger is filled with secrets and I intend to find out what those secrets are.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Would You Go Back To Using A BlackBerry?

BlackBerry Z 10
"BlackBerry Z10" by Enrique Dans - Flickr: BlackBerry Z10.
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Many of us know that BlackBerry has been trying their best to lure new customers in (But, it has not worked out as expected for the Canadian electronics giant).

People are somewhat sceptical and I cannot blame them for their scepticism; because BlackBerry smartphones were in a mess in the past (Both the low end and the high end devices froze a lot).

Now, I have not tried any of the handsets that they released recently; but, I would want to believe that they made some major improvements to their handheld devices.

At the moment, a lot of the BlackBerry fans are talking about getting themselves the BlackBerry Passport (The features of that smartphone are impressive; but at the moment, many dealers of electronic items are selling it at an exorbitant price and for that kind of money, I would prefer to purchase an iPhone or another Android smartphone).

BlackBerry's problem is, that they waited too long to launch their new handsets on the market and as a result of their tardiness, people have fallen in love with the various other smartphones from their competitors.

Although BlackBerry might have a horrible past, it is time that we gave them a second chance (But, that does not say that I am going to put myself out of the way to purchase a new BlackBerry handset; however, I will accept it if I am getting it free).

In December of 2014, BlackBerry launched the BlackBerry Classic and some of the people who missed using those smartphones jumped back on the BlackBerry bandwagon (Some people like the smartphone, while others do not like it at all).

One thing that I know is, that BlackBerry would have to come very good in order to steal people away from their smartphones that work on the very reliable Windows, Android and iOS operating systems.

One Of My Favourite Songs From The Four Seasons

December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)
December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Four Seasons have been in the music business since 1960 (And, they do perform once in a while for the crowds at their concerts).

One of my favourite songs from this famous American band is: December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night); the most unusual aspect of this song is, that their drummer, Gerry Polci did the lead vocals for this track, while the band's world famous lead singer, Frankie Valli and their bass guitarist, Don Ciccone sang back up vocals (Anyway, it all worked out fabulously).

I know for a fact that there are a lot of people around the world who enjoy listening to the music of The Four Seasons; this is dedicated to them!

Could My Blog On Blogger Do Better Than My Blog On WordPress?

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I will admit that my blog on Blogger has been doing rather well lately (And, at times, I am left dumbfounded by the large numbers of views that it receives on a daily basis; it has been getting way more views than my other blog on WordPress).

Does this mean that Blogger is better than WordPress? No, by all means, it is not. WordPress is more sophisticated, modern and SEO-Friendly.

Blogger on the other hand, is simple and not as modern; but yet, very effective.

So, I would not give Blogger the upper hand in regards to being the most appropriate or the best blog site to blog on.

So, have I been lucky? No, I do not think that luck has anything to do with my blog on Blogger getting a very large amount of views.

Well, what is it then? I would say that it has a lot to do with me working on building my own blogging community combined with the help of Google+; most people have underestimated the true power of Google+ (And, as my friend, Ray, rightly pointed out, it does more for him in the area of getting his blog exposed than what Facebook currently offers and he has a loyal blogging community too; which makes it perfect for him).

So, with the combined efforts of the expansion of my blogging community and Google+, The Chronicles Of Renard has the potential of surpassing Renard Moreau Presents.

What are your views on this?

Thursday, 15 January 2015

One Of My Favourite Songs From El DeBarge

Who's Johnny
Who's Johnny (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
El DeBarge was one of those singers who were really big back in the eighties; one of my favourite songs from this American singer is: Who's Johnny.

Back in 1986, El DeBarge's, Who Is Jonny, was at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and it was also at number one on the Hot R&B Singles chart.

Now, let us checkout the video for one of the most popular songs from, El DeBarge; the one entitled: Who's Johnny. Enjoy!

One Of My Favourite Songs From Wheatus

Teenage Dirtbag
Teenage Dirtbag (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I happen to like Wheatus and one of my favourite songs from them is: Teenage Dirtbag (Hey, I am a sucker for a good love-story).

That song of theirs was really big back in 2000 (And, a lot of the teenagers related well to the track).

Here is the heart-wrenching video for  Wheatus', Teenage Dirtbag. Enjoy!

A Classic Jam From Michael Jackson

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English: Michael Jackson 2nd June 1988. "Wiener Stadion" venue in Vienna, Austria. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The late Michael Jackson will always be remembered for his unique-sounding singing voice and his impressive dance moves.

One of my favourite songs from him is: Rock With You.

Back in 1980, Michael Jackson's, Rock With You sky-rocketed to the number one position on both the R&B and Pop charts of Billboard (He was really that good).

Without further ado, here is the vidoe for Michael Jackson's, Rock With You. Enjoy!

The Stress That Comes Along With Blogging Templates

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Yesterday, was the day that I chose to do a bit of blog maintenance (Blog maintenance on the whole is very time-consuming and at times, it can be a bit stressful).

I noticed that there was some leftover coding from the previous templates that I uploaded to my blog (I got rid of a large portion of them, but not all of the unwanted code).

I tried reverting the template back to the default settings, hoping that it would flush out the unwanted code; but that did not work; I had to go in and manually edit (in this case, edit as in delete) the code in my template (And, I still have not gotten rid of all of the unwanted code).

There are times when I wished that I had a friend who was tech-savvy with Blogger templates (I would have asked him or her to permanently delete the unwanted code in my template).

Unfortunately, not all Blogger templates are one hundred percent satisfactory; you would upload a new one unto your blog and realize that you do not like it. So, what do you do when you have realized that you hate the new one? You go back to the old one of course!

When I went back to the template that I am accustomed using, some code from the new template made its way over to the one that I went back to (I was very displeased when I found extra features in my sidebar; which I had to manually throwout).

Could a programmer explain to me why is it that the code from a template that I uploaded to my blog and removed ended up in the template that I am currently using?

Here is an example of what I have experienced:

When I was not pleased with the new template, I uploaded the one that I was using before and I saw some unwanted changes to it, even though I had backed up my template. There was an added blog roll, an extra category cloud and some navigational pages in my sidebar. Why does that sort of thing happen? Why does a template leave some of its residual code behind?

It is as though my template has been hybridized; it has become a fusion of the old one and the new one that I got rid of.

Hmm. Maybe, my friend, Ray, could help me out with this one and if he does not have an answer, my friend, Lucie, should know, because she does a bit of programming.

As a matter of fact, this is not the first time that this sort of thing has happened to me; it happens every time I upload a new template on my blog.

Next time (provided that there is a next time), I would leave that sort of thing to the professionals.

To those of you who are in the habit of changing your templates regularly on Blogger, have you ever experienced what I went through?

By the way, if you are reading this and you can provide me with a solution, please feel free to leave me a comment on my blog.

If I am unable to find a solution to this problem, I am going to delete my blog on Blogger and only deal with WordPress; because I cannot handle this sort of stress.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

One Of My Favourite Songs From Taylor Dayne

Single By Taylor Dayne
Single by Taylor Dayne (Photo credit: Arista Records)
One of my favourite songs from Taylor Dyne is: Tell It To My Heart (Oh, that was one steamy track).

Back in 1987, Taylor Dayne's, Tell It To my Heart, made it all the way to number thirty-nine on the Billboard Hot 100.

Without further ado, here is the video for her hit song, Tell It To My Heart. Enjoy!


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

A Beautiful Song From One Direction

Single By One Direction
Single by One Direction (Photo credit: Columbia Records)
A lot of ladies around the world are huge fans of the British group, One Direction; many of them scream aloud (and even faint) just by the very sight of them.

One of the songs from them that their fans like to sing along to is, Night Changes (I have a very strong feeling that this song of theirs is going to do well internationally).

Without further ado, here is the video for One Direction's,  Night Changes. Enjoy!

The Power Of United Bloggers

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I believe that there is no power on the face of the Earth that is capable of holding back the momentum of bloggers who are united for a single cause (In this case, that cause is, they (bloggers) seeing to it that they are supportive of each other).

As a matter of fact, the blogging community that you have created (or is still trying to create) would be one where all the members of the blogging community are going to be supportive of each other.

A Blog That Has The Support Of Others Does Well


Those blogs that are supported by those within their own blogging community are known to do rather well (That should not come as much of a surprise to you).

Have you ever noticed the manner in which fashion bloggers support each other?  They visit various blogs that are within the same niche as theirs and comment on them (I have to admit that fashion is one of the niches that receives lots of support from a large number of bloggers in the blogosphere).

Now, I am in no way insinuating that you need to jump on the fashion-bandwagon in order to have a very successful blog; I am pointing out the fact that support is an important factor when it comes to getting any type of blog (whether it deals with miscellaneous topics, or is niche-related) successful.

One Of The Reasons Why WordPress Is So Successful


If you have a blog on WordPress, you already know that the members of the WordPress community are highly supportive of each other; they like checking out the blogs of their fellow bloggers, reading each others posts, pressing the Like button on each other's blog and leaving comments on the blogs of their fellow bloggers.

Most bloggers like blogging on WordPress, because they do not feel as though they are blogging in No Man's Land; a place where they are all alone without anyone to support them.

There Are Well-Supported Blogs On Blogger Too


I have witnessed with my own eyes, blogs on Blogger that are capable of getting bloggers from other blogging platforms a bit envious.

Those blogs, have developed a large following and a highly supportive blogging community (It would be nice if all blogs on Blogger had this same level of support; but unfortunately, that is a rare sight on Blogger).

It Is Not Impossible For Your Blog To Get Lots Of Support


The first thing that you would have to do is: to work hard at building your own blogging community (And, a nice way to do that is to start giving your full support to your fellow bloggers; this can be done by reading their posts and commenting on them).

It is imperative that you work on building your blogging community, because if you fail to do that, your blog will have very little success.

Remember, that the most successful blogs on the world wide web, are the ones that have taken the time to build their own blogging community.

How are you coming along in regards to building your own blogging community? For your sake (and for the sake of your blog), I hope you are doing rather well at it.

The Bloggers On Weebly Really Need To Support Each Other


Some of you may know that I like to peruse blogs on Weebly in my free-time. And, what I have noticed is, that most of the blogs on Weebly get very little support from those within their own Weebly community (And, that is bad; because those blogs on Weebly will never take that proverbial flight if they do not get the kind of needed support from others).

Practicing What I Preach


One of the things that I had set out to do for the year 2015 was to read more blogs and to comment on those blogs that I have read (And, I am doing rather well in that area).

Bloggers (especially the new ones) need to know that there are other bloggers out there who care about the things that they post.

Why have I chosen to do such a thing? Because, there are bloggers that lose hope when they have discovered that no one read any of their articles and that no one commented on them (Those types of bloggers are the ones who run the high risk of abandoning their own blogs and as many of you know, I dislike the idea of bloggers abandoning their blogs).

When I started The Chronicles Of Renard on Blogger, it was like a virtual ghost town and the people who really supported this blog of mines in the beginning were my friends on WordPress; they were familiar with my blog, Renard Moreau Presents and they wanted to know what The Chronicles Of Renard was all about.

I want you to always remember, that there is always some blogger out there who is struggling to keep their blog afloat and that you can give them some hope by visiting their blog, by reading their posts and by commenting on them.

No blogger deserves to be alone in the blogosphere.

Be An Inspiration To Others


The truth is, that there are countless bloggers around the world who lack the inspiration to blog and some of your posts may inspire them to carry on blogging.

If you have been blogging for quite a while, there is a strong chance of someone (or some people) coming across your blog; they may have found it while they were casually browsing the internet and if they liked what they saw, they would have made it their priority to revisit your blog with the intentions of being inspired by your writings; an example of that would be you posting ways in which people can improve their blogs and they having that strong desire to improve their own blog, would have chosen to follow your blog.

Or, their computer is always acting up and your blog deals with ways in which to keep computers safe from viruses and spyware.

Those are just a few examples in which bloggers are inspired by other bloggers.

And, if any of those bloggers made the effort to communicate with you via your comments thread, it would be rather nice of you to pay their blog a surprise visit, read their posts and comment on them (They would be blown away by the fact that you actually made the time to visit their blog).

Those types of bloggers do make loyal supporters and they would give you their unwavering support once they know that you genuinely care about them.

By the way, part of becoming a united blogger is, by having a genuine interest in other bloggers and by having a genuine interest in their blogs too.

Are You Struggling With Getting People To Visit Your Blog?


If you are one of those people who are struggling like hell to get people to check out your blog, I strongly suggest that you start by building your own blogging community from the ground up (It is going to take a lot of your time and effort; but it is worth it).

Some Bloggers Have The Wrong Idea About Blogging


There are some bloggers who think that blogging is only about publishing their own posts online; but as many of us know, blogging is more than that; it actually involves being fully active in the blogosphere; which entails, visiting the blogs of other people from around the globe, reading their posts and commenting on them; which by the way, is a wonderful way to show your fellow bloggers that they are supported by you (And, guess what? Everyone loves support).

As Bloggers We Can Take Support As We Know It To A Higher Level


Bloggers on WordPress can go a step further by supporting bloggers on Blogger and the bloggers on Blogger can be supportive of those who blog on WordPress (As a matter of fact, any blogger from any blog site can support those people who blog on a different blog site and that is another way in which we can all become united bloggers).

I am in the habit of supporting bloggers from all over the blogosphere; which is why they pay my blog numerous visits.

You should try it too and see what happens (I guarantee you that only good will come out if it).

Why Should We Be Supportive Of Each Other In The Blogosphere?


We should be highly supportive of each other in the blogosphere, because it is the right thing to do.

Would you like to have more visitors to your blog? Well, of course you do (And, that can be accomplished by visiting the blogs of your fellow bloggers and giving them your full support).

Also, remember the old adage that states, "What goes around, comes around."

The first step in becoming a united blogger is, by supporting each other's blog and, you can make that first step now.

The Conclusion


I will admit that the concept of bloggers supporting each other is a lovely one.

Also, never pass up the opportunity of creating your own blogging community; because if you do not do that, your blog is going to be so quiet that you would be able to hear a pin drop.

All bloggers like it when other bloggers start visiting their blogs; so, take it upon yourself to read at least three articles by bloggers whom you do not know and let them know what you thought of their post via the comments thread of their blog (Friendships are also created that way).

And, I want you to remember, that we bloggers have the power within us to shape a better future for everyone in the blogosphere and that can be accomplished by bloggers becoming united.

Monday, 12 January 2015

I Love Mary J. Blige's "Whole Damn Year"

Single By Mary J. Blige
Single by Mary J. Blige (Photo credit: Capitol Records)
American singer, Mary J. Blige is one of those singers that is guaranteed to move you (And, that is simply done by listening to her music).

Recently, her track, Whole Damn Year caught my attention (And, I have to admit that I am liking it a whole lot); I will be paying close attention to the Billboard charts with the intentions of seeing how well this track of hers does; as many of us know, the world loves Mary J. Blige's Music.

Without further ado, here is the video for Mary J. Blige's, Whole Damn Year. Enjoy!

Starting Over Is Hard: The Issue Of Creating A New Facebook Profile

Facebook Logo
Facebook Logo (Photo credit: Facebook)
Approximately two years ago, my first Facebook profile was got phished; it was something that took me a while to get over since I had no choice in the matter of leaving thousands of friends from all over the world.

Recently, when I created a Facebook Page for The Chronicles Of Renard, the Facebook system made me create a new Facebook Profile; which you can read about in my article entitled: I Hereby Invite You To Join My New Facebook Page.

So, instead of just having that new Facebook Profile being unused, I decided that I would utilize it and continue from where I left off.

Anyone else would have forgotten all about Facebook.

As I have stated in a past post, "I am no big fan of Facebook," and, if you wish, you can find out why by reading, I Am Angry With Facebook.

I may not have the zeal to be on Facebook as before, but I have decided to start all over again (And, those first steps are hard ones).

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Hoodie Allen And Ed Sheeran Team Up For "All About It"

Album By Hoodie Allen
Album by Hoodie Allen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
American rapper, Hoodie Allen has teamed up with the British singer and songwriter, Ed Sheeran, with the intentions of making good music together (And, they certainly did a great job at it).

The track that I love from those two talented music artistes is: All About It; which is taken from Hoodie Allen's debut studio album, People Are Talking.

All About It is one hot track (And, I am predicting that it is going to do rather well on the music charts).

Without further ado, here is the video for, Hoddie Allen's All About It; which features the cameo appearance and the guest vocals of Ed Sheeran. Enjoy!

What Are Your Weekend Blogging Plans?

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I like observing the blogosphere on the weekends; I have discovered that blogs that deal with the genres of news, entertainment news and fashion tend to do well on weekends (Despite the fact that the weekends are very slow for most bloggers).

And, since the weekends move at a snail-like pace for a large number of bloggers on the world wide web, they tend to use those days as their days off (And, that is fine with me; since it is imperative that all bloggers get themselves adequate rest; for without it, they would end up burning themselves out).

People Are Always Looking For Something To Read


If I had the intentions of taking the weekend off, I would see to it that I scheduled a post or two for those who have subscribed to my blog (The only issue with that is, that your comments would have to remain unattended to until I logged back in).

But, one the bright side, my viewers would have an article or two to peruse on the weekend.

When it comes to browsing the internet, people are on it around the clock and I have made it a priority of mines, to keep them entertained, educated and well-informed.

And, thank God that the the internet does not come to a standstill on the weekend.

However, it would be nice if more blogs received more traffic on the weekend.

I am one of those people who enjoy checking out the blogs of my fellow bloggers on the weekend.

Do you like visiting the blogs of your fellow bloggers on the weekends?

I Am Yet To Figure Out Why Blogger Is Slow On The Weekend


Now, Blogger's limited activity on weekends is indeed a mystery (It gives me the impression that many of the people on Blogger have purposely chosen not to blog on Blogger on the weekends because of their awareness of the fact that the weekends are usually slow).

Well, one thing that I do know for sure is, that you cannot force anyone to blog on a weekend; that is something that they must do on their own volition.

There Is Always A High Volume Of Traffic On WordPress


Yes, believe it or not, there is always a high volume of traffic on WordPress (And, even though the traffic that WordPress receives on a weekend may not be as high as weekdays, the traffic it receives on the weekends is still humongous in comparison to the traffic that other blog sites receive within the same time-period; which is probably one of reasons why WordPress is the number one choice for a large percentage of bloggers on the world wide web.

I also blog on WordPress and I like the fact that it is always busy and that I do not have to worry about getting a reasonable amount of views on weekends.

Is It Possible To Encourage More People To Blog On The Weekends?


Yes, I genuinely believe that it is possible to encourage people to blog on the weekends (I would have to convince them that they could take a day or two off sometime during the week).

I would also have to convince them of the fact that a lot of blogs do not get a large amount of traffic on weekends; especially those blogs that are on the Blogger platform and that the bloggers on Blogger would appreciate having their blogs supported on the weekends.

Do Let Others Know That You Update Your Blog On Weekends


It might appear as a very simple solution; but it really works. Once people are aware that they can read an article from you on the weekend, they will visit your blog on weekends (I think that one of the reasons why the bloggers on WordPress do so well is, because the people who follow their blogs are aware of those bloggers' posting routines; so, it does not really matter if those bloggers on WordPress blogged on the weekends or not; because, the bloggers on WordPress really do get that level of support from those who follow them).

Ask Your Readers To Subscribe To Your Blog


The truth is: those readers who subscribed to your blog whether through email, RSS (or by any reader of their choice) would be fully aware of whether or not you update your blog on weekends; so, entice your readers to subscribe to your blog.

You Can Experiment By Having "Giveaways" On The Weekends


If your readers knew that they could get something on your blog for free on the weekends, the traffic to your blog could increase a hundredfold (The type of prizes that you wish to give those winners of yours is entirety up to you).

Posting Great Content On Your Blog On Weekends Will Attract Readers To Your Blog The On Weekends


Well, this one should not be too much of a hard concept to fathom, because you would not only receive views from those who have subscribed to your  blog; but also by those other people who are looking for something uplifting to read on the weekend.

The Conclusion


Not everyone likes to blog on the weekend (And, that is understandable).

However, if you are one of the many bloggers who have chosen to blog on weekends, you would have a fair chance of making it work out well for you if you had some sort of blogging plan in place.

Also, it is quite possible to have your readership significantly increased on the weekends.

With the right type of attitude combined with proper planning, a person on Blogger can have an increased level of readership on the weekends (And, they do not have to become jealous, or highly envious of those bloggers on WordPress).

I want you to remember, that once your content is impressive, people will check out your blog and once you have created the reputation for for having superb content on your blog, people will not hesitate to visit it on the weekend.