Literature

Books I’ve loved this year

Hello, September! I can not believe it is the ninth month of the year 2016 already, the year is passing so quickly. During the year, I read a total of 30 books. I have read some remarkable books this year. So, I made this blog post to share the books I have loved this year.
Of course, this list will not be in any particular order of favorite, because it’s too hard to pick which one is the best. I’ll save that for later.

Instead, let me just start with the books I read since January until now.

Books I’ve loved this year
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I am not sure what I believed the book was about. however, it wasn’t like what I imagined it to be. I liked it so even more than I hoped and it is such an amazing story. It gave me flashback of The Notebook as it was written like memory flashbacks from one old man recollecting his days as a vet doctor for a circus. I actually preferred it to “The Notebook”since I liked the entire detail and setting about the circus, it completely takes you into a different world.

The night circus
This is another book I’ve been recommending to others and even convinced all my friends to read! I was eager when I was reading the book and knew when I started that it would be special. The book, The Night Circus, is quite different since it follows two young individuals who are a part of an enchanted circus and the way their paths cross and interweave. I love all the descriptions as well as the romance of it.

Not my father’s son
I do not read a lot of non-fiction books. I’m not a fan of autobiography usually. However, I would recommend the book one to anybody who loves reading. I love Alan Cummings and his book is such an honest write-up, it’s written with humor and warmth despite having a few heartbreaking moments. The author’s charm shines all through the story as he expresses himself openly you cannot help but become swept off with it.

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Of mice and menofmiceandmen
I have just read this book recently and it is certainly one of the classics you should read. It is rather short and my friends bought one copy so I wanted to try it. I took a few hours to read up and it is such a simple story and it’s stayed with me. Another thing I love is how you’re thrown into the story as well as the characters, there is no unnecessary story it is just like a snapshot of 2 people’s lives but it is beautifully written.

A year of living Danish
My love for this book was no secret as I was moved to tell a few friends about it. I began to make plans to run away to Denmark as well. The book follows twelve months in the Brit’s life, Helen Russell as well as her husband as they start their big move to Denmark. It’s sweet, funny, enlightening and will definitely make you want to munch on cinnamon buns.

Blogging

My Thoughts on Making Money From Blogging

If you’ve ever dreamed of making money as a blogger, look no further. While it’s not rocket science to make money from a blog, it certainly doesn’t seem easy in the beginning, mostly due to all the misinformation out there. Keep these 5 simple points in mind if you want get started now making money with your blog.

 

1. Create a Big, Popular Blog

Creating a blog that is very big and popular in its niche is certainly the most rewarding way to make money as a blogger but it’s also the most difficult. Creating a big blog requires marketing, networking, and niche knowledge. It’s a good route to take if you have the skills and know-how it requires. Most big bloggers make money from direct advertising and a variety of other monetization options. Promotion becomes practically unnecessary once a big blog achieves a certain level of fame. However, creating a big blog is very time-consuming and it’s never certain that your efforts to build a blog will be fruitful.

2. Sell Advertising

If you build a blog in a profitable niche such as mortgage, real estate, or credit and then utilize SEO to achieve a good page rank, you can sell advertising spaces to webmasters and businesses. Webmasters and businesses are interested in buying text links from blogs with good rankings in order to improve their own site rankings. To get started in this biz, all you have to do is buy a domain with an existing page rank or build your own blog with sponsored posts. It is easy to find advertising buyers at webmaster forums like Digital Point and Warrior. Keep in mind that Google doesn’t like websites selling do follow links. You should always use the no follow tag in all your advertising spaces to comply with Google Webmaster Guidelines.

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3. Create a Niche Blog Made for Adsense or Affiliate Programs

In order to go this route, you simply have to set up a free blog with approximately 25-30 keyword-rich articles in your niche to start and then monetize it with affiliate programs or Google Adsense. Of course it’s also important to work on your blog’s SEO to improve its ranking so people searching for your target keyword terms can find it. You will only need to update the blog on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. However, profitable niches are usually saturated with blogs of this nature so in order to make a worthwhile profit you may have to make a dozen or so of these blogs across various niches.

4. Become a Contract Blogger

Rather than starting your own blog, you can also join a blog network and create content for these blogs. Some blog networks pay a base fee while others may only pay per page-view. There are also blog networks that pay a base fee in addition to revenue share. The payment methods vary from network to network. Being a contract blogger can provide you with a steady income but it is generally more lucrative in the long run to start your own blog and monetize it so you can keep all of the profits.

5. Submitting Your Blogs to “Get Paid to Blog” Websites

This method involves creating a number of niche blogs, adding content to them for a while to improve their ranking, and then submitting them to “get paid to blog” websites, which will pay you a flat fee per post. One of the perks of this method is that you aren’t even required to have large amounts of traffic coming to your blog posts to make money. However, you will receive no passive income and will have to put a lot of work into updating your blogs.

As you can see, there are numerous ways to make money as a blogger. Whether you decide to focus on just one of these methods or you want to test out each one, remember that success only comes when you invest a substantial amount of time and effort into your blogs. The bloggers who are most successful at making money also have to adapt to the changing internet landscape on a constant basis in order to continue monetizing their blogs effectively

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Work Tools

Music for Working

Listening to music is always a soothing activity to do; sometimes it relaxes you to the point where it puts you to sleep and at other times, you can rely on it to increase your work productivity. Surprised? It is true. Listening to music as you work and choosing a genre of music you can call “my favorite working music” can really push those energy packets in your body right where you need them to be. There are always mentions of playing Mozart to increase brain activity and hence, boost memory and coordination. But, further research has shown that you need not restrict yourself to just classical music to get those brain juices flowing, but in fact different genres of music yield out different results for different workforces.

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Studies show that 9 of 10 people, who are strapped onto their jobs, find an increase in accuracy and productivity of work when plugged in with their favorite music. Studies further show that there are 5 such favorite music genres that aid in different functionalities and features. Be it the new age music or the golden olden, it is important that you recognize music to be one of the most efficient management tools to get employees belt out their best work ever! It essentially can be the reason your business succeeds.

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Genres

Each genre produces different kinds of results for its worker audiences; here’s a slight breakdown of the different music genres and what they can essentially cater to:

· Classical Music – Financial and accounting workers will benefit a lot from this genre. Even if you are working with minute details, this can be your best bet.

· Dance Music – Upbeat and fast, this genre happens to be perfect for time-based jobs such as proofreading, time sensitive problem-solving, and more in that area.

· Electronic Instrumental Music – Mathematicians pay close attention, if you want to solve those long equations, this is the genre of music that will help you immensely.

· Pop Music – Deadline-based jobs and quick data entry job workers will enjoy the company of pop music as it improves the notion of maintaining the beat.

· Nature Music – Nature sounds is one of the most prominent genres of music that enables the mind, at any job, reach its penultimate stage and stay focused and accurate for a long time. With the music that nature belts out, it can get very soothing for you and calm you down during office stress. Also, slight instrumental songs accompanying nature sounds can be your best bet at achieving great and boosted productivity.

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Music in the workplace

Most of this applies to those who are working from home (like me). While alot of offices allow employees to hear music while they work, it is often done discreetly with the use of personal earphones. There are very few organizations that take advantage of music increasing productivity to the very end. Google is one such organization. While they do have spontaneous bursts of music on the work floor, as is the culture followed in most corporate offices nowadays, Google goes a step further and create a separate music room for employees to go and chill in those rooms. There are many other prominent companies daring to go into the music world and expose their businesses to it.