The blogosphere is under assault from social media forces such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+. If you were to believe even just half the hype, legions of bloggers are calling it quits and moving their online efforts to one or more social media platforms.

Hype is just that: it is based on conjecture, usually without solid facts.

The reality is that some weblogs are shutting down with former bloggers moving to one or more social media sites, perhaps seeking a more sustainable engagement with their readers. Facebook, of course, is their chief destination, one where roughly one in seven earthly inhabitants is now registered.

Facebook may be the darling of more than one billion people, but it is most certainly a time-suck for the intrepid blogger.

Allow me to explain… Read more…

Magic tricks are an excellent way to entertain dinner guests – and what item is more common at a typical dinner party than a tablecloth? Because they are so close at hand, they make a useful prop for all sorts of tricks.

Here are 3 simple magic tricks you can have fun with:

1 – Remove a Tablecloth without Breaking Anything

Once you’ve got the hang of this very simple trick, you can start doing it in complex scenarios – it’s all about practice and getting a feel for it.

If you follow these tips you can get started straight away, no dexterity or co-ordination required!

A. Pull down, not out.

This is the key to the trick.

Pull out and everything will move with the cloth.

Pull down and the cloth should always slide out from underneath the items, especially if you follow the rest of these instructions. Read more…

Having a dispute with your neighbor is not an uncommon occurrence. Disagreements with your neighbors can happen. They can turn into arguments and, later on, into disputes.

During this time, some people often do crazy and stupid things, such as verbally assaulting the other party or even destroying some of their property. Note though that you can get your reputation ruined by doing so. You can get charged with a criminal case or two, depending on what stunt you pulled off.

For this reason, here are a few things that you will need to remember to keep your reputation safe during a domestic dispute: Read more…

As the number of older Americans balloons, so too does the proportion of the population they comprise. According to the 2010 US Census, over 40 million Americans – 13% – are 65 or older. In comparison with 2000 data, “the population grew at a faster rate in the older ages than in the younger ages.”

This trend is expected to continue and accelerate. As a result, issues surrounding the care of the elderly will become increasingly important.

Many aspects of dealing with aging, such as the need for assisted living facilities, have a social stigma attached. This need not be the case. With a change in perspective on aging and caring for the elderly, people can realize that assisted living can be enhanced living. Read more…

According to Wikipedia, an entrepreneur is defined as “an enterprising individual who builds capital through risk and/or innovation”. Over the years, energetic, innovative and forward-thinking individuals have driven their companies from humble beginnings to global success.

Here are ten of the most influential and successful entrepreneurs in recent history:

1 – Steve Jobs (Apple)

Steve Jobs epitomized the modern entrepreneur. He led Apple into a market-leading position with products such as the iPad and iPhone. An unconventional soul, Steve Jobs’ attitude was always one of arrogance. He was renowned for not conducting market research, once implying that it is the manufacturer who tells the consumer what they want, not the other way around.

2 – Bill Gates (Microsoft)

Bill Gates is among the few business people who can claim they have changed the world twice in a single lifetime. First there was the introduction of the personal computer. Second came global health and public education initiatives. Microsoft’s founder is renowned for his attitude towards using small teams of smart people. Read more…

Just about everyone at some point in their life will consider playing a musical instrument of some sort. This is because the desire to make music is inherent in human nature.

If you don’t believe that just try and think of someone you know who does not hum, sing in the shower, play faux drums when listening to music or who does not try and sing along with every song that comes on the radio. It’s hard isn’t it? That’s because people love music and that is a given, period.

Stop Dreaming and Get Busy

There is a distinct difference between someone who dreams of playing guitar and someone who actually does it. You can sit around and talk about the fact that you wish you knew how to play the guitar or you can do something about it, the choice is yours. If you are serious then the first thing you are going to want to do is choose the best guitar for beginners.

Think about what kind of guitar you would like to end up playing. Will you ultimately want to play rhythm, lead, bass, classical etc.? This is a pretty important decision and having a goal in the beginning is always helpful. Remember, you can always switch later. Read more…

Visitors are the lifeblood of your blog, people you probably will never meet unless they’re your relatives or you attend conferences where you cross each other’s paths. The former may take pity on you and make the occasional visit to help brighten your day. The latter may smile to your face, but secretly wish your blog was more user-friendly.

If people were honest, they would tell you what is wrong with your blog. Then again, if you were to ask them, you might find the following shortcomings are contributing to your blog’s high bounce rate:

1 – You talk too much about yourself.

Yes, it is true: you are the hype king, a self-promotional type of person who talks all about himself and forgets that he has an audience.

Guess what? Blogging isn’t about you: it is about them – your readers. Lose the first person voice and write in the third person. Talk about people besides yourself and generously link out to quality websites.

Self-promoting has its limits. Unfortunately, you’ve pushed this boundary a bit too far and too often here. Read more…

So, you are interested in launching a real estate blog or website. Once you’ve successfully determined your business objectives, your target markets and voice and tone of your blog, next you should figure out ways in which you will manage all this once it is up and running.

First, you will need a robust Content Management System (CMS), which will help you simplify all activities associated with plugins, managing edits, ascertaining site structure, SEO, and tons of other useful things that will simplify blog management.

Many real estate agents and realtors often ask whether they should have a blog, a website, or both. Well, it’s best if you can have both as they are inclusive, and by combining them you can have a powerful comprehensive solution. Read more…

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