Blogging Is Beautiful!

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Workspace (Photo credit: Pixabay)

“Shannon, I would like your opinion on something,” Ashley said.

“Sure, Ashley. What it is exactly that you would like my opinion on?” Shannon asked.

“Well, I know that you are a blogger and I have been thinking about getting into blogging myself. I would like to know which blogging platform to use?” Ashley asked.

“Oh, it doesn’t really matter,” Shannon said.

“Huh?” Ashley blurted out loudly; she donned the facial expression of a woman who was confused.

“It doesn’t really matter, because it is all about publishing quality content,” Shannon said in a very confident tone of voice.

“But, if my memory serves me correctly, I believe that you have a blog on WordPress, right?” Ashley uttered.

“Yes, Ashley. You are right. I do have a WordPress blog,” Shannon said.

“Well, in that case, I am going to go with WordPress,” Ashley said.

“Good choice, Ashley,” Shannon said. “So, have you made up your mind as to what your blog is going to be about?”

“Yes, Shannon,” Ashley said with a wide grin on her face. “It is going to be based on book reviews!”

Both women laughed.

Shannon got up from the chair that she was sitting on and said, “Please follow me, Ashley. I am taking you to my computer room right down the hall.”

Ashley looked at a few of the beautiful paintings that hung majestically on Shannon’s white-coloured wall while she followed her friend, Shannon to the computer room.

Shannon opened the door for her friend, Ashley and said, “After you,” stating politely that she would like Ashley to be the first one to enter the computer room.

Ashley nodded and entered Shannon’s computer room. “Wow! This is amazing!” Ashley said looking at the three high-end computers in their respective workstations.

“Pick anyone,” Shannon said. “The computer to the right-hand side of the room is an Apple iMac with the latest macOS, the computer in the middle of the room is a Dell desktop computer with the latest version of Windows on it and to the left-hand side of the room, there is a HP desktop computer with Linux; it has the latest version of Linux Mint installed on it.”

“I will go with the HP desktop with the latest version of Linux Mint on it,” Ashley said.

“What?” Shannon said; she was pleasantly surprised by Ashley’s choice of computer and operating system. “We have been friends since kindergarten times and you never once mentioned to me that you use Linux.”

Ashley laughed and said, “Well, that is because you never asked. I started using Linux about three years ago. I have Linux installed on my computer at home — Ubuntu to be precise, and I chose to use Linux Mint, because it is based on Ubuntu.”

Shannon showed her friend, Ashley, how to set up a free blog on WordPress and she even went as far as helping her choose a lovely-looking theme for her blog.

“Thank you, Shannon,” Ashley said. “I will add a blog post to my new blog as soon as I find a new book to review.”

“You are welcome, Ashley,” Shannon said with a happy-looking facial expression on her face. “I have a strong feeling that you are going to be a very good book blogger and you are going to see for yourself how wonderful blogging really is!”

Ashley got up from the workstation and said, “Thanks for everything, Shannon. I will send you a text message as soon as I publish my first book review on my blog.”

“Good! I will be looking out for that text message, Ashley!” Shannon said. Continue reading “Blogging Is Beautiful!”

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I Finally Deactivated My Facebook Account

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Facebook (Photo credit: Pixabay)

On Saturday the 21st of July, 2018, I made the decision to deactivate my Facebook account (They said that it would be permanently deleted if I do not log in to my Facebook account within the period of 14 days).

People around the world are getting fed up of Facebook and they are deleting their Facebook accounts too!

At the moment, Facebook’s main goal is to make money and they are mostly concerned with those major corporations that pay their money to advertise their businesses on their social media platform.

Facebook has lost its zeal for the average user.

People are more interested in the following social media networks:

  • Pinterest
  • Instagram (Which ironically is owned by Facebook)
  • SnapChat

In most instances, it is the younger folks who call all of the shots in regards to the popularity of social media networks. If they stood up on the pulpit and said loudly, “Facebook is outdated — Facebook is old-school; Facebook had its time,” people will listen.

And, come to think of it, the majority of the people on Facebook are approximately around their mid-thirties and older.

Facebook, I had enough of you! Continue reading “I Finally Deactivated My Facebook Account”

6 Things To Do When Your Internet Speed Slows Down

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We all know that technology is not reliable one hundred percent of the time; it works well in some instances and at other times, it either functions poorly or not at all.

On Friday the 20th of July, 2018, my internet access was compromised; some of the websites that I tried to access either loaded slowly and there were those websites that refused to load (To be quite honest, that did not go down well with me).

This was not the first Friday that the internet was problematic; it misbehaved on a vast number of Fridays in the past.

The problem is usually resolved within a few hours or within half a day’s time.

“Why did my internet have to go at a snail’s pace at the same time that I wanted to do a bit of blogging?” I asked myself.

And, one of the biggest ironies is, that this sort of thing tends to happen a lot when the internet bill is paid.

I might have accepted the throttling of my internet service if the bill was overdue. But, my account was up-to-date; therefore my internet should have been moving at the speed of lightning.

I gave a loud sigh and turned off my computer; I would turn it back on when I believed that the problem was resolved.

I instinctively knew that my Internet Service Provider was having some major technical issues on their end and as a result of it, all of their customers were severely affected.

When one is experiencing internet-related issues, they have to find innovative methods to spend their time (And, I am going to highlight a few suggestions). Continue reading “6 Things To Do When Your Internet Speed Slows Down”

5 Reasons Why I Need To Blog

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I have been blogging longer than I could actually remember (It all started many years ago when I was on Blogger).

I remembered seeing a blog online and saying to myself, “I can do that!”

Okay, back then blogging was not as sophisticated as it is today. The average blog post many years ago, was basically an online diary — it was a blogger’s space to post what they did on a specific day (And, those blog posts back then, were very short in comparison to the word count of the blog posts that bloggers publish today).

Now, I am very happy that blogging has evolved; it is more than an online diary.

Bloggers can use their blogs to entertain and educate the masses.

So, one should not underestimate the power and the influence that blogging has.

Blogging has grown on me; it is hard to imagine myself not blogging.

I can also picture in my mind’s eye, a whole set of bloggers who also find it very hard to imagine themselves not blogging.

And, I am going to share with you my five reasons for needing to blog. Continue reading “5 Reasons Why I Need To Blog”

6 Things To Do On Slow Blogging Days

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Many people have complained about the decrease in their blog’s views during the Summer period.

But, in reality, a decrease in one’s incoming traffic to their blog could happen at any period of the year.

Some people have accepted that sort of thing as the norm, while others have stressed themselves out.

Dear friend, there is no need to stress yourself out, because whenever the proverbial tide goes out, it comes back in.

So, never stress yourself out because of a decrease in the incoming traffic to your blog (The decrease in your blog’s incoming traffic is only for a period; it will not last forever).

In the meantime, you can engage in your usual blogging activities (It would help to keep your mind off of what is currently transpiring with your blog’s incoming traffic). Continue reading “6 Things To Do On Slow Blogging Days”