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A Year of Discovery. I’ve got an amazing friend who has been heavy on my heart lately.

A Year of Discovery

We’ve been friends for nearly my entire life, and as is to be expected as we get older and build our lives nearly 1,000 miles apart, it’s been a few weeks since we’ve been able to catch each other and talk. We’ve swapped texts and other brief messages as we always do, but there’s nothing quite like hearing the sound of a friends voice as you swap stories of life and love. Today we connected — albeit briefly — and I was filled with love and happiness and reminded just how blessed that I am to have people like her in my life. Over the course of our quick conversation she said to me, “… it seemed like I’ve had a lot of different friends over the years, and sometimes felt like I had no friends at all… but you were always my friend, and I think that’s how I made it through so well.” The crazy thing about hearing this from one of my oldest friends is that earlier this morning, I shared nearly the exact same thought.

15 things I wish my 18 year old self would have known. For a number of reasons, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reflecting over the past several weeks, and this piece has been a work in progress for a seemingly endless number of days now.

15 things I wish my 18 year old self would have known.

Without sharing too much detail or background (and without really needing to), I’ve come up with this — a short start to a list of things I wish I had known sooner in life. Some of these would have served me well in high school, others are certainly better suited for my college self. Because sometimes, you can’t find the right words. Blogging Best Practices from Jesus and Albert Einstein.

One day, Jesus was teaching and a large group of people had gathered around.

Blogging Best Practices from Jesus and Albert Einstein

It was one of the largest groups to listen to him to date, and even local religious leaders were there to hear what he had to say. Toward the end of his sermon, Jesus asked a curious question. He said, "Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 4 Good Places to Find Content (Where You Might Not Think to Look) How to Grow Traffic to Your Blog. Of all topics, this is one of the perennials.

How to Grow Traffic to Your Blog

People want more traffic, more attention, more awareness to their blog. It’s fair. We work hard on our blogs. We want more attention and traffic. If your business depends on volume, this is especially important (for instance, if you’re using ads). Great Titles Help The first few seconds of someone’s attention are the hardest to pass. A Q&A with Mr. Potter, a story commenter with attitude. August 30th, 2010 I can say with confidence that every site on the Web that enables comments has a few commenters who … let’s just say they come off as a bit cold.

A Q&A with Mr. Potter, a story commenter with attitude

Statesman.com has a few of its own, including a strongly opinionated guy who speaks from behind an anonymous handle and a movie character’s mask. His name is “Roadgeek,” and his avatar is Mr. Potter, the heartless villain from “It’s a Wonderful Life.” 7 Great Places to Register Your Blog RSS Feed. Do you have an RSS feed on your blog?

7 Great Places to Register Your Blog RSS Feed

My web and graphic designer, Ryan Briggs, insisted I put an RSS feed on both my news items and my blog. I didn’t think I needed one in either place but I took his advice. Or I should say, I didn’t make a noise about it and he implemented his own recommendation. I’m really glad he did. It took me awhile to figure out the power behind the feed. PerthWIND has news and opinion from all sources in the digest. 10 Resources & 50 Tips for Better Blogging. Each day this week, prTini.com will feature lists of resources to help small businesses navigate social media and the changing business landscape.

10 Resources & 50 Tips for Better Blogging

First up, blogging. 15 Excellent Corporate Blogs to Learn From. Sharing. The 7 Secrets of Running a Wildly Popular Blog. 40 Elegant, Minimal And Clean WordPress Themes For Free Download. Blogging has now become a regulation for many, mostly college going folks have entered this profession that is extremely powerful today.

40 Elegant, Minimal And Clean WordPress Themes For Free Download

There are many platforms that allow you to start a blog, one such good platform is WordPress, and if you are looking to minimize your setup cost for self-hosted WordPress, then you need a theme that is yet attractive and not heavy on your pocket. To make sure your pocket doesn’t get lighter, This article is for you, where we present 75 free WordPress themes that will win over your visitors with design, simplicity, responsiveness and minimalist approach. So, if you are looking to setup your WordPress blog without paying for a designer or coder, you can easily choose one of the themes from the following collection. All the images are linked to download pages or theme information page. With large screenshots, we have made it possible for you to see how will the design look after activating the theme.

SEE ALSO – 20+ Top WordPress Photography Themes 1. 2. 4. 10 Tips for Corporate Blogging. This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.

10 Tips for Corporate Blogging

In a world where small businesses with corporate blogs receive 55 percent more traffic than small businesses that don't blog, companies should be taking note on how to improve their blogs, attract more readers and get more results. But still, a lot of companies with corporate blogs seem to be bogged down in uniformed policies and simply aren't thinking outside the box. Afraid to take on colorful personalities or step a bit outside of their company's happenings, many corporate blogs employ an official tone announcing the play-by-play updates of company news.

This is just one mistake that businesses are making in the blogging world. There is a laundry list of issues that need to be addressed when it comes to improving corporate blogs, but here we've narrowed down the key elements that companies should focus on. 1. 2. Why You Need An Editorial Calendar For Your Blog. I have a confession to make.

Why You Need An Editorial Calendar For Your Blog

My name is Lisa and I used to be a really bad blogger. I used to wake up every morning in a panic about what I was going to write about. I had nightmares of going three days without a fresh post. There were anxiety tears, writers block headaches, and even worse, horribly unpolished posts being let loose into the wild. It was a scary, scary time. How to create your own blog. Adobe Blogger Challenges Apple's 'Great Man' Adobe blogger John Dowdell wants Apple to start communicating openly about its actions rather than through comments relayed by unattributed sources. In an Adobe blog post on Saturday, John Dowdell, who who works in customer relations for the company, challenged Apple to be more forthright in the way it communicates. "Get your CEO to either talk, or not," he said. Three Training Tips to Become a Better Blogger. How to Write an Article That Draws Thousands of New Readers.

6 PR-Boosting Topics for Your Company Blog. Getting Intimate On Twitter? « Jeffbullas's Blog. I have enjoyed and toyed with Twitter since I first signed up in December 2008, not expecting the journey to be so transformational. For the first few months I sent the occasional tweet and connected with a few friends and watched the stream pass by. In March 2009 I started my blog inspired by the content, search engine optimisation, social media inspiration and evangelism provided by Hubspot. Stop thinking, stop worrying, stop planning, and start writing y. Stop thinking, stop worrying, stop planning, and start writing your online legacy Recently I’ve written about maintaining your blogging focus, I frequently advocate smart time management and why you should plan things out (even though sometimes the best plan is not having one), and a couple weeks ago I passionately shared my advocacy for the blogging platform as a means to (literally) “change your life“.

Serious shit people. The Ten Myths of Creating Web Content - mediabistro.com: PRNewse. The PR industry has been in the business of “content creation” for quite some time, and the demands for content creation will likely continue unabated. Brands want custom, compelling content, and they want it to spread to their targeted audience. Can you deliver? College Humor founder Ricky Van Veen — a man who knows a thing or two about web content — presented his “Ten Myths of Web Content” today at the Mashable Media Summit in New York.

Van Veen also recently launched a web/TV production company, Notional, funded by InterActiveCorp (IAC). See our video interview with him at the company’s launch party. Myth #1: People Will Watch Your Branded Content. How to Write a Succinct and Effective “About Me” Page — Samantha. Blogging Tips: 52 Different Ideas.