How To Increase Your Blog Readership

You have finally done it – you’ve started a blog of your own. Maybe you are using this blog to share your thoughts on business. Maybe you will use this blog to muse about life. Maybe it simply explores your thoughts on different books or movies. Regardless of what your blog covers, you are now beginning to wonder: What do I have to do to get some readers here? While a blog can be fun, it is not very useful (and not very fun) if no one is reading it! Here are a few easy ways to go about adding readers to your blog.

1) Become an active reader of other blogs: Oftentimes, bloggers become very loyal to other bloggers. Usually, this loyalty is rooted in similar interests or ideas, but the loyalty is planted when one blogger begins to visit another blogger’s page. Take the time to look around and find blogs that catch your attention, blogs that are a lot like yours. Spend time reading these blogs, commenting on them, and even sending an email or two to the author of the blog, telling them about particular posts you enjoyed. These bloggers will eventually become a fan of yours as well, as they start to visit your page in turn.

2) Know what your blog is about: Although this seems obvious, you will find that the temptation arises for you to spread your blog over too many areas. Instead, you should aim to start with a small focus, and over time you can grow this focus. With a blog focus that is too broad from the start, you will have a very hard time attracting regular readers. Make sure readers can know what to expect when they visit your page.

3) Make sure readers can expect new posts: This is the area that kills more bloggers than any other! Although a lot of bloggers start out strong, blogging consistently, they start to fade after a couple weeks, because their readership has not yet reached the thousands. You need to be aware that it often takes months of consistent writing, of mostly-unread posts, before your blog can gain traction. But eventually, more readers will trickle in, and as more trickle in, more will decide to stick around. In order for you to reach this point, however, you have to keep blogging regularly.

A sizable blog readership can be both fun and beneficial. While it can take a lot of work to reach that point, once you have arrived at last, you will have loyal followers, focused content, and consistent posts.


Tips For Maintaining A Cichlid Tank

If you are thinking about setting up a cichlid tank, you are in for a real treat! Cichlids are known for their beauty and for the great entertainment they provide. Cichlids are among the most interactive fish you can buy as well, as each cichlid has its own unique personality. At the same time, however, some people find that cichlids are not easy to take care of, and that cichlids are very temperamental. Your cichlid tank will be in danger of failing if you do not know what you are doing. If, on the other hand, you know how to take care of your cichlids, you will find that it is a rewarding experience.

When you purchase cichlids, it is absolutely vital that you know where they came from. Cichlids come from a number of different regions, and each one of these regions is slightly different from the other regions. The biggest difference is the type of water that each region has. Consequently, it will be impossible for you to keep the water just right for your cichlids if they are all from different regions. Instead, you have to make sure that the cichlids you buy all require the same type of water.

Cichlids are territorial fish, which is another important consideration when you are making purchasing decisions. Put too many cichlids in a tank together, and you will find that you have a disaster on your hands! You need to make sure that there is enough space in the tank for each cichlid to mark out their territory. Furthermore, you need to make sure that the tank has plenty of distinct areas. There should be a lot of hiding places and foliage in the tank, instead of a lot of open area at the bottom of the tank. This makes cichlids feel more comfortable in their surroundings, and it helps them set up boundaries.

You also need to make sure you are careful to understand cichlid maintenance. For instance, water in a cichlid tank needs to be closely monitored. Cichlids also require a regular feeding schedule, and must be fed three times each day. If you do not know how to maintain your cichlid tank, your beautiful, engaging fish will not have a very long life expectancy.

If you know what you are doing, taking care of cichlids can be both fun and rewarding. But you must make sure you know how to do things correctly, before you ever start your cichlid tank!


Should You Spend the Extra Money to Buy Organic Free-Range Eggs?


Why are organic, free-range eggs so expensive? Is there some sort of taste improvement in the eggs? Are they better for you? They certainly cost a heck of a lot more. Are you paying double the price just so the chickens have better lives?

If you read the packages, you’ll probably find these three phrases on each: organic, free-range, and hormone-free. You need to understand what these qualifiers mean to understand why the eggs cost more.

If the chickens are fed organic feed, this means they are not fed feed that may contain pesticides and therefore pass down unwanted chemical residue through their eggs. If you buy eggs from chickens who have been fed organic feed, you’re paying to avoid the risk of pesticides.

If they are hormone-free, the chickens were not given hormones that cause them to become super fat or super-egg producers, but rather, they are allowed to be natural chickens. This is considered a bonus because then you aren’t taking the risk that the hormones given to the chicken may now be given to you (through you eating the eggs), which may or may not cause you and your children problems.

If you buy a package of eggs that is labeled free-range, you are buying eggs produced by chickens raised in an environment where they can stretch their legs a bit, instead of one of those hen houses where thousands of chickens are crammed into cages and never see the light of day. Chickens who live in these mega-henhouses are often unhealthy, since they are stacked one on top of another, unable to move even to eat, drink, or defecate. The bottom line is you are paying for the chickens to live good lives if you pay for free-range eggs, but you’re also paying for eggs produced by healthier chickens.

But down to the question we all want the answer to: Do these healthier eggs taste better? The taste difference is imperceptible to most. The bottom line is this: buy the pricier eggs if you care about avoiding hormones, chemicals, and if you care about the quality of chicken lives.



How To Know If You Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome affects roughly one million US adults, and it can be very disruptive to one’s life. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (commonly known as CFS) is largely described by its name, but it takes a bit more than this to diagnose CFS. You can use this handy guide to tell whether you might be suffereing from CFS if you have been unusually tired for reasons not related to lack of sleep or over-exertion.

If you are consistently feeling tired or fatigued for no specific reason, this is one of the first signs of CFS. This fatigue would be extreme enough to reduce your regular activity levels. You should begin to look for additional signs of CFS if this is the case.

Among the additional signs of CFS are the following: headaches that occur more frequently or last longer than what you have ever been used to; joint and muscle pain; sleep that doesn’t seem like it happened at all; a soar throat that won’t seem to go away; and decreased memory and/or concentration. If you find that a combination of these symptoms is persisting for around six months or longer, you should plan to see a physician so they can test you for CFS. CFS is defined and diagnosed in a variety of ways, and so, this diagnosis from a doctor is likely to come from process of elimination. If you visit a physician and they are unable to find any other causes for your symptoms, you just might be classified as having CFS.

Although there are a number of “cures” for CFS, none of them have been proven to work consistently among all CFS patients. Two things that come into play here are the instigating factors and the severity of the CFS. For instance, if you are deemed to be experiencing CFS as a result of depression, this might be solved by taking antidepressants. Furthermore, dietary adjustments and regular exercise can help some people combat their bouts with CFS. If you find that you have CFS, search for a doctor who has dealt with CFS patients before. Such a doctor will be better-equipped to help you with the nuances of this terrible affliction.

If you find that you have been excessively tired lately for no explainable reason, your best bet is to cross your fingers and hope it goes away. But if these symptoms do not just simply go away, you may be dealing with CFS; if this is the case, you should begin combatting it right away.


Tools For time Management

Many people suffer from poor time management in their lives. Poor time management not only causes stress for you but also for everyone around you. When you are constantly on the run and loosing track of things you need to get done, your stress levels increase. You’re going to get further behind the more unorganized you are. You have no time for your family or yourself any more. What do you do? Here are a few tools that may help you.

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It can be hard to plan out your life when your family also has time management issues.  It seems like we are being pulled five different directions at once. One way to combat this is to have a @@AMAZONTEXT;B003V8RRC2;yearly wall calendar @@ placed in an easy to see sight in your house. This is a way to have a very broad view of schedules and plans in order not to find yourself having to be in two places in one time. Another route to consider is either a smart phone application or even a @@AMAZONTEXT;B0013FBFG4;compact agenda notepads@@ that fits easily into a purse.

Some people need something a bit larger with more options.  In this case a computer version of a day planner may be great for you.  One such product is @@AMAZONTEXT;B0013FBFG4;Anytime Organizer@@. All of these tools are great ways to really get your time and life in order and take back some sanity.

By even trying one of these tools you may find that your life simplifies. You want to drop your stress levelsn not increase them so find what works for you. It may take a little bit of time to get used to using these tools, but be persistent! Don’t be afraid to organize your life!