It was an act that was meant to get a few laughs from his friends, instead it costed Alex Desalis his life. The 16-year-old was driving home with friends, when witnesses say he crawled on the car’s hood. Shortly after, he fell off the hood of the jeep onto his head. His friend, who was driving, ran over him. According to Georgia State Patrol Troopers, Desalis was most likely car-surfing. After the accident, he was immediately airlifted to an Atlanta hospital, where he was placed in critical care. Medical records show that the teen suffered from serious injuries that included extensive brain damage and two punctured lungs. As he suffered on life support, his parents made the difficult decision to pull the plug. Desalis passed away the next evening. [Read more…] about Georgia Teen Dies After “Twerking” On Car
Starting a blog can be both exciting and intimidating. It is a lot like designing a business card and then not being certain what to do with the business card once the box of cards has been delivered to your home or office. Even experienced bloggers run into serious problems with trying to maintain their blog. This often occurs when they start to run out of things to write about. For some bloggers, this can happen in the matter of a week or even after a couple of months. Just when they are starting to get a steady readership, the well runs dry, and the last thing they want is to leave their regular readers hanging. Some bloggers try again and again to overcome the problem of the dead end blogging process, but cannot seem to figure out how to move beyond this particular rut. Each time they fail to produce new content to keep their blog alive, they are forced to watch their readership dwindle to nothing before their very eyes. [Read more…] about Avoiding the Dead End Blog
Japan and China have long been in conflict owing to various unresolved political issues. Although they continue to maintain economic ties up to this day, the political tensions have created a sour relationship between the two Asian nations. It is sad to think that a country’s economic and cultural ties with another nation can easily be so threatened due to politics, territorial issues and the desire to be a military super power in the region.
Among the notable disputes the two countries are involved in for years now pertain to the ownership of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in East China Sea. While the area is nearer Japan’s southernmost portion, China has been claiming it to be theirs adding that it has been long been used as a fishing ground of the Chinese since the ancient times.
Owing to these disputes, tensions between the two nations have been high in recent years. In a recent security forum in Singapore wherein Chinese Lieutenant General Wang Guanzhong, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the People’s Liberation army accused Japan and the U.S. for criticizing China in their speeches. Japan answered back and through Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, denied the allegation stressing that it was in fact China that defamed Japan by making erroneous claims.
Amid their conflicts, though, there are signs that prove both Asian nations still want to maintain their economic ties. In recent months, delegations from each country have made efforts towards meeting with government officials to discuss various important issues.
In May this year, a Japanese delegation went to Beijing to renew ties with China. The delegation composed of senior lawmakers from Japan headed to China for a three-day visit.
The main purpose of the visit was to arrange a summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe which failed to push through earlier due to the territorial disputes involving the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. The members of the delegation also met with other important government officials.
For its part, China may still be angered by Japan’s past and wartime blunders but analysts see hope that the two nations will be able to rescue their ties in the future. The signs are there that it’s still not too late to improve their relationship.
Proof of this is the visit to Tokyo last April by Hu Deping who is the son of the late Hu Yaobang and close confidante of President Xi Jinping. Hu met with Japan’s Foreign Ministry officials and Prime Minister Abe Shinzo although in an informal meeting. He also echoed his late father’s urgent call for improved ties between Japan and China during their talks.
Another meeting took place in the same month but between Tokyo’s governor and Beijing’s mayor. The talk centered on managing the Olympic Games and solving air pollution. In November last year, China declared an air defense zone over the Senkaku islands insisting that aircrafts flying there should ask permission first.
Incidentally, 2014 marks the 120th anniversary of China’s defeat by Japan in the First Sino-Japanese War. The war was to gain control over Korea.
WordPress has become the content management system of choice for many bloggers and business owners. Once you start getting traction with your content strategy, new and repeat visitors will likely post comments to your blog.
Such being the case, you’ll need to keep a few things in mind while running your blog. Here are some comment management tips to help you handle that new and engaged audience like a pro.
First things first: You need to get the Akismet plugin installed on your WordPress blog. This is an absolutely integral tool for comment management, and it will save you significant amounts of time.
Akismet automatically filters comments that might be spam, and places them into a special, pending “Spam” section, so you have the ability either to post or remove them from your blog. If you find comments that aren’t actually spam, you can simply click on “Not Spam” to approve it. [Read more…] about WordPress Comment Management 101
Writing on paper isn’t just a romantic ideal. The act of using a pen or typewriter can activate different areas of your brain, promoting better focus and creativity. There’s a reason why these sheets of thin wood pulp have endured thousands of years of use. Studies published in Psychological Science demonstrate that writing things down by hand help you retain and understand information better than if you type it out. So how can you reintroduce paper into your blogging workflow? Take a look at some of these techniques. [Read more…] about Brainstorm Blog Posts the Old School Way with Paper
If you run a self-hosted blog through WordPress, you’ve probably seen mentions of Jetpack knocking around on your Dashboard or even in blogging forums. Jetpack is a multifaceted plug in that gives you significantly greater control over your blog content, statistics, subscriptions, activity monitoring, and a wide host of other features. Previously, these tools were only available to blogs hosted directly on WordPress.com. Jetpack broke the mold, bringing these premium features to self-hosted users for the grand total of free. Here’s why you should definitely consider adding the Jetpack plugin to your self-hosted WordPress blog.
Articles are the building blocks to a truly excellent blog. The bulk of a blogger’s time is used in creating the perfect content strategy. Jetpack features like Stats, Spelling and Grammar, and Photon can really hone the quality and overall aesthetic of your content. Stats can give you a firm grasp of your blog’s traffic analytics, allowing you to see exactly which blog posts receive the most attention. This tool is instrumental in establishing your SEO keyword and linking strategies, since you can also view search engine terms and referrers as well. This tool helps you understand the ebb and flow of your readership, so that you continually create blog posts that cater to the needs of your audience demographics. [Read more…] about Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate Jetpack for WordPress
Moving into a new city or state can be extremely intimidating, especially if you’ve left behind most of your friends and colleagues. The transition can be harder if the culture is unlike home, even in just small details like food or driving habits. While most bloggers consider writing a solitary experience, you can actually use a blog as an excuse to get out there, start meeting new people, and discover your way around town. Here are a few tips to get you started on your local explorations.
Think Like a Reporter
It can be difficult to approach strangers, even while you’re attending community events and celebrations. So think about using events as topics for your blog posts. It can be a lot less awkward to introduce yourself as a writer and ask for an interview. You will probably discover that organizations and attendees are very excited about sharing their stories and experiences. As you explore the new terrain, take a notebook with you. A potential story might be just around the corner. [Read more…] about Blogging to Learn More about Your New Neighborhood
Bloggers can quickly get swept up in the ocean of Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus. These platforms give us the potential to connect with thousands of potential readers. But are we really paying attention to the audiences that matter? When was the last time you made a concerted effort to connect with your local audiences, the individuals and businesses in your hometown or city? Chances are, you have valuable content to offer local readers. In fact, these audiences can become some of your strongest advocates online. Take a look at how to build stronger audience relationships by incorporating you local community. [Read more…] about Using Your Blog to Build Stronger Local Communities
Blogging for the real estate market is one of the most powerful ways for agents to make a wealth of information available for both seasoned and first-time home buyers.
People who are looking for a new home always have a lot of questions. An agent who can maintain a real estate blog has the perfect opportunity to answer the common and the more unusual questions that home buyers will have.
For their part, people who are hunting for a house might find the home of their dreams through a well-written real estate blog.
Establishing trust with potential clients
By establishing yourself as a knowledgeable authority on the current trends in the real estate industry and being able to answer some of the many questions that home buyers have, you will gradually but inevitably earn people’s trust, according to the IDX Central blog.
People will appreciate the fact that you are providing them with timely information about how to be a smart house hunter, as well as specific homes that are on the market in their area.
Answers that buyers need
A real estate professional who’s receptive to the needs of buyers can often anticipate their questions in advance. Below are some of the issues that will really impress home buyers if they’re covered in a blog.
1. Knowing in advance the amount they’ll have to set aside for the down payment and what other expenses are applicable in addition to the down payment. This is a good opportunity for the Realtor to describe the entire buying process in detail.
2. The types of mortgages that are available, and mortgage calculators that are available for potential clients to work out different scenarios for mortgage payments. If a real estate agent has a suitable blog for a forum, providing information from a guest mortgage broker is a good way to let home buyers know what options are available.
3. The pros and cons of buying a new home as opposed to an older one are a lively subject. Although many people prefer newer homes that are more energy-efficient and offer larger living spaces for the family to enjoy, others prefer the aesthetics of older homes in charming neighborhoods where each house has its own distinct character. Discussing the pros and cons of each will help potential home buyers to make an informed decision.
Advantages of blogging for real estate agents
According to Dal Sohal, a real estate investor who blogs, one of the best ways to build credibility as an expert is to blog. Adding a blog to your site can increase your sales.
It can also help to increase your rankings with the search engines, because they crawl the type of information that appears in a blog on a regular basis. Using a blog to advertise your services can give you an edge over competitors that advertise in more conventional ways.
A blog enables you to provide more depth about your expertise as an experienced real estate agent and the advantages of using your services. You can build personal relationships with clients even before you meet them, and they’ll come to trust you from reading the information on your blog.
As you build a reputation with local home buyers, your business will increase.
The Internet has become the new meeting place for savvy Realtors. From websites to social media accounts, it’s become a fairly easy matter to locate a qualified professional for a home-buying or selling situation.
Blogging, or online journaling, offers Realtors a way to communicate with hundreds, even thousands, of existing and potential customers. From home-buying tips to decorating ideas, there’s room for all kinds of information.
However, it’s also too easy to offend some readers, which reduces your blog’s effectiveness for cultivating future clientele. Try to avoid these common blogging mistakes and keep your real estate business flowing.
Forgetting to include images
Don’t let a real estate blog turn into a wall of text. Although readers want pertinent information, they also want to see property pictures.
Place some photos on the page, but don’t overwhelm the text. Too much data will slow your blog’s download times. To make more pictures available to clients that are interested without slowing down your site, link a picture website such as Pinterest to your blog.
Users can use that link to see as many images as they like for one or more properties. Pictures play a huge role, and drive real estate sales every day.
Boring the reader
Real estate blogs are soon left behind if they bore the reader. You should avoid blogging about sales all the time.
Keep the information fresh with homeownership tips. Blog about patio gardening or garbage disposal care tips.
This information can be useful and interesting, and if the Realtor is passionate about property care, that impresses clients. Readers may visit more often if you supply such tips, and gives you a platform to slide in occasional commentaries about new properties up for sale.
Clients know that Realtors are in the business to sell, but you don’t need to overwhelm them with a sales pitch every day.
According to Zilbert.com it’s possible to add a live feed for new properties listed on MLS in real time. Realtors may regard their blog as just a diary, but a resourceful blog can get people to come back to the site on a regular basis.
For example, they might look for the MLS live feed, but stumble upon a blog about their desired neighborhood’s amenities. They’ll read the blog and check the live feed, and possibly contact you about buying opportunities.
Staying resourceful and noteworthy is a strategy for lucrative sales.
Overlooking the community effect
Engage blog readers rather than speaking at them. Consider adding in comments or “likes” to the page to generate conversation.
You can even add invitations to upcoming real estate events, such as open houses, to create a bond with clients. Although not every client interaction is a sale, don’t overlook the value of community and personal trust.
When clients are ready to start hunting for a home, they’ll think of their trusted blogging Realtor to help them out. Relationship building is critical to real estate businesses everywhere.
Read over each of your blog posts before uploading to make sure the content is appropriate. A second look can make a huge difference and save you from possible embarrassment.