Fitbit Flex Activity And Sleep Wrist Band For Activity Tracking

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Activity trackers are becoming more and more popular nowadays. In this post, I am sharing my experience using one of the Fitbit product, the Fitbit Flex Activity and Sleep Wrist Band-Black.

Product Details

Unlike the other versions of fitness trackers, this one looks elegant as it is small enough to give the look of a typical wristband when you wear on your hand. The product comes in three colours black, slate and pink, and I prefer the black one because it may suit better for anyone who wear it irrespective of their gender or skin colour. It helps you to monitor your fitness with respect to your daily activities, as well as sleep patterns.

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How to use it?

Once you buy the product, follow the steps to register with fitbit.com so that you can access your dashboard online for monitoring your activities. Alternatively, you can use their free app for registering.

Once  your registration is over, all you need to do is to charge the battery of the tracker by placing it in the charger until the indication shows that it is fully charged.  Insert the tracker inside the band before wearing it. While you keep wearing the wristband, it records all your activities as it syncs with your account.

The tracker syncs with your iPhone, Android and Windows phones wirelessly using the dongle provided along with it.The Flex syncs with your account when it is in a distance of about twenty feet from the wireless  dongle provided.It also syncs with your smartphone if it supports Bluetooth Low Energy (4.0).

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The synchronized data you get in your dashboard provide you the details of an activity tracking chart. In simple terms, it records the number of steps you made in a day and the corresponding distance you covered. Hence calculating the amount of calories that you used for all your activities.

When you log into your account, you have the options to enter the details of the food you have taken in a day. This makes it easier to analyse your fitness level in regard to the amount of food intake and make changes accordingly. The overall information from the chart makes you plan your next course of action towards reaching any particular fitness target.

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Activity measurements while you sleep.

Do you know whether you slept well yesterday? How many time do you wake up in between? Don’t worry about those things when you wear the Flex. Your fitness tracker will take that burden from you and give you a detailed pattern of your sleep pattern that make it easier to plan your routine in accordance with a healthy lifestyle.

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Why may it be useful for you?

It may be of much interest to those who are the fitness freak. When you can monitor your performance in a chart format, it makes it easier to make any changes in your activities, as well as your food habits.

Those who are beauty conscious and looking for weight loss or weight gain, it will help you alter your activities in order to move towards your pre-set target for weight loss or weight gain.

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Another important feature that I like about it is its light weight and water resistant material that make us wear it even when we walk in the rain or  taking a shower.

Good to note that the tracker battery last for about five days once we charge it. That sounds good too as most of us are too busy due to our hectic schedules in life.

Disadvantages compared to other similar products

One minor complaint from few of its users is the unlocking of band from our hand without we unstrapping it. Also, it is costlier when compared to other similar products.

Conclusion

Your health is more important than anything else. Having a fitness tracker of your own may make you more curious about your health and beauty. Are you a fitness freak? Do you worry about your figure? If your answer is ‘Yes’ to those questions, then this fitness activity tracking  product seems to be a good choice.

 

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Five popular and free instant messaging apps

Instant messaging applications are now becoming the first choice for millions of people worldwide instead of the SMS text messaging service. In this article, I am sharing five instant messaging apps that I find useful for me in my daily life as a blogger.

1. Facebook Messenger

This app helps anyone to send messages to their friends who also have a Facebook account. I find this app useful to network with fellow bloggers and friends.

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2.Viber

I have been using Viber for a while now. The app is available for Android and i-phones and is one of the best for sending messages, as well as photos even to international destinations. The free HD video calls make it more attractive.

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3. Rounds

I came to notice this app recently when one of my cousins send an invitation to add me in his friend list. Since then I had been using this app to make video calls to India for free.

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4. Whatsapp

I know that most of those reading this post are fans of this app. I am pretty sure that some of you are even waking up in the morning reading Whatsapp messages from your close friends who may be thousands of miles away in a different country. Even though I have this app in my mobile, I don’t use it much like the other apps.

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5. Google Hangout

This app is handier for anyone as most of our friends, and loved ones have a Google account. Even though I have the Android version in my phone, I use the desktop version frequently to connect with others.

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Those who are interested in reading the above post may like to read similar posts from my main blog, few of them are listed below.

1.Six must-have android apps for any blogger

2.Five useful free i-phone apps for you

3.Eighteen must-have free i-phone apps

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Top nine reasons why you should attend a blogger’s meet

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Blogging is not complete without networking with fellow bloggers. I would say that you can’t be a blogger without networking with fellow bloggers.Blogger’s conferences are becoming more and more popular in the recent years as the number of new bloggers kept increasing day by day.

I realised the importance of bloggers conference when I attended one recently, and here are the reasons why you should attend such conference regularly.

#Meeting new people

By attending such meets, you will get in touch with people from different walks of life and culture. Even though you may be in touch with your fellow bloggers through social media, it is entirely a different experience to see them in real life. You may get to know more about someone from a popular blog. Through a blogger’s meet, I got the opportunity to meet Matt Brown from londonist.com, which is a popular blog with a page view of 2.5 million per month.

#Escape from the boredom of working alone

Many of the bloggers feel bored of what they do at some point in their life. It is not because of the reason that they don’t like what they do. The main reason is the boredom of working alone and most of the time working from home. Attending a bloggers conference will give you a feeling of relief from such boredom when interact with others having the same feeling.

#Establish yourself as an authority

If you are a knowledgeable speaker, you will have the opportunity to show your skills and knowledge to an audience interested in hearing what you say and what you suggest. It may help you to establish yourself as an authority.

#Expose yourself and your blog to more people

When you talk with more bloggers, they try to find out your blog, as well as your social media profiles. It may lead to more exposure to your blog as well as for you.

#Chances of getting hired for a new job or start a new business venture

When you attend a blogging conference, there are chances that you may come to know about some social media influencers as well as other such personalities. You may get in touch with people who can help you land with a new career opportunity or start a new business venture.

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#Improve your knowledge

All successful bloggers need to update their knowledge and skills in order to maintain the quality of contents they provide.
You may get valuable information and tips from other bloggers that make your blogging life easier than before.

#Gaining more confidence in your ability

You will gain more self-confidence to continue your blogging journey when you hear the experience of more successful and experienced bloggers. Their success stories and tips will influence your way of thinking and attitude.

#Motivate yourself as a blogger

You might have started your blogging journey with full of enthusiasm and interest. Do you have the same enthusiasm now? I bet some of you are not having that same motivation and inspiration once you had. If you are undergoing a similar situation, it is good for you to attend a blogger’s meet that may motivate you to go forward.

#Build a new community

Are you a good organiser? Do you have the spare time to manage and co-ordinate a community of bloggers? If your answer is ‘Yes’, there is a possibility that you may start thinking of starting a community of like-minded bloggers. Building a community of bloggers may lead you to achieve more success as a professional blogger.

Bottom line

If you would like to be a professional blogger, make sure that you make it a habit of attending bloggers conference regularly for attaining more success as a professional blogger. Thank you very much for spending your precious time with Digital Dimensions. Don’t forget to have your views about bloggers conference in the comments column. Have a great day.

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An interview with Charlene Baker from charlenebakerspeaks.com

Welcome to the first interview in this blog. Today I am proud and happy to introduce Charlene Baker, who is a versatile blogger, online marketer, entrepreneur and mentor. She is currently the owner of Charlenebakerspeaks.com

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1.Can you please introduce yourself in case some of my readers don’t know you?

Certainly. First and foremost I am a wife and mom of two beautiful toddler boys. I love God and seek to live a fulfilled and purposeful life while inspiring others to do the same! I am a Professional Blogger and Internet Marketer as well as a consultant in a popular network marketing opportunity. I truly love what I do because I know that I am making a difference by educating and training others how to build a business online through blogging and online marketing techniques. It’s awesome to be able to work from home, be there for your family, do what you enjoy all while creating income online!

2.How did you get into blogging for the first time and what was your inspiration?

I started blogging in 2010 and realized that if I was to grow my business and brand, having my own self-hosted blog was essential. I was inspired and continue to be inspired by Tracey Walker, the Blogging Queen, who, at the time, created a product called “Be Blog Savvy”. It was exactly the push I needed to begin my blogging career, to impact those who were following me, and to create a presence online.

Blogging has positioned me to earn more income in one day than I did working full-time in a cubicle. I have met people from all over the world through my blog and am grateful for the lives I touch. It is truly an amazing experience.

3.What was your most challenging situation that you’ve come across during your journey as a blogger?

Probably when I created my first self-hosted blog back in 2010. I am not a technical person yet I had to build my blog from the ground up. I knew nothing about coding, plugins, themes…I had to figure it out. It was frustrating when I set it up then it somehow disappeared. Oh, what agony!!

Thankfully it has become easier over the years to set up your self-hosted blog!

4.Tell me about one of the happiest moment in your blogging career.

When I experienced my first $1625 day as a result of being consistent and building my brand through blogging.

Also, I love getting emails on how my content has created many “ah ha” moments for my followers. It’s all about making a difference, and I feel that my blog content is doing that. It’s an honor!

5.What would you prioritize? Traffic? Readers? Content? SEO?

They are all important, yet, each has its place. Initially, you want to focus on your readers and target market because this is what your content will be based around. You must know what your audience likes as well as their pains and problems. This way you can address these in your blog content, which would be the next thing to focus.

Next, I would focus on driving traffic to your content. There are various syndication strategies you can do to get visitors to your content such as social media, video marketing, blog syndication groups, etc. In the meanwhile, I would study and perfect SEO techniques to implement it in your content to boost your ranking.

6.Can you please explain few of your strategies that worked well for creating visibility for yourself and your blog?

I use video marketing to promote my blog as well as various syndication tools that posts my blog to different social media networking sites in one click. My two favorites are Onlywire and Social Buzz Club.

Here is a video from her YouTube channel where she is giving tips on blogging.

7.What networking do you do that you feel helps your blogging business?

Each day my goal is to reach out to 5 people in my target market on Facebook just to network. No selling or pitching my business, just to network. Additionally, I share my blog post content to specific Facebook groups where my market is buzzing. This piques interest leads them to my blog and creates instant following.

Additionally, I am also part of a blogging community filled with entrepreneurs passionate about building their business through blogging. This network (Empower Network) is perhaps the best networking opportunity because I can leverage the knowledge of multi-millionaires to grow my business. It is the best I’ve seen online…and I’ve been on the Internet blogging for almost five years!

8.Could you explain the best traffic generating strategy using social media that works better for you?

In regards to social media, the best traffic sources for me has been Facebook and Twitter. With Facebook, I target groups that are interested in the content I am sharing. My goal is to solve a common problem them are experiencing in their business, and provide the solution with my blog content.

With Twitter, I share my post URL link about six times throughout the day on automation. With each tweet, I either ask a problem question then give my link, or I share a valuable nugget from my post where they will learn more info when they click on the link.

9.A lot of people think that blogging is an easy way to make money. Do you have some tips for those people who are interested in making money from their blog?

Blogging is definitely a long-term strategy. It will not make you money overnight, I promise you that! Blogging will test your true character as to whether you’re in it to build a long sustainable business or if you’re just looking to get rich quick. Those who are in it for the latter, tend to leave blogging quickly!

Here are some tips I would offer to those who do want to make money blogging in their business:

• Do product reviews and share your link three times throughout the post
• Master SEO techniques
• Always focus on delivering value to your audience
• Talk about the problems in your market and how your product or business is the solution
• Capture leads by giving away cool offers your target market would enjoy
• Use compelling banners within your blog post to grab attention immediately

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10.Name some of the bloggers whom you look up to and why?

• Tracey Walker (traceywalkerspeaks.com) because this chic became a millionaire by blogging!

• Forbes (forbes.com) because it keeps me abreast of what’s going on in the arena of business. I love learning from the contributors who share their knowledge here. Great source!

• Social Media Examiner (socialmediaexaminer.com) because these experts share what’s working now in the Internet marketing world.

• Brian Cain (briancain.com). because this guy is a master when it comes to SEO and blogging techniques.

11.Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years from now as a Problogger?

I see myself speaking at Blogger & Internet marketing conventions sharing tips that will help business owners excel in their online marketing efforts.

12.What would be your suggestions for those who are interested in becoming a professional blogger?

Anyone who has a business should have a blog, period! It is the best way to brand and promote yourself in your niche. It’s pretty much your home on the World Wide Web…and your goal is to get as many visitors to your party as possible!!!

For those who want to become a professional blogger, I would suggest becoming a guest blogger and also inviting people to be a contributor to your blog (better idea, in fact). Also, blog daily and connect with other bloggers to learn and grow from each other.There are many blogging communities available that will not only help hone your skills, but grow your network too. Finally, invest in your blogging education! Pay for training that will teach you how to master blogging and promoting your content. No need to reinvent the wheel when someone out there knows how to do it better than you! Learn from the best then implement what you learn!

Thank you very much, Charlene for finding time for sharing your experience with us despite having a busy schedule as an entrepreneur. I hope you all enjoyed the post.

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20 Awesome people I came across while blogging

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We all know that blogging is not just about writing articles, reviews or whatever. In fact, blogging is more of a networking. Without networking with fellow bloggers, it is not easy to make a success in blogging. For example, if you are involved in blogging for at least few months of time, you will definitely develop a network of friends. You will come in touch with fellow bloggers through their comments. Then the involvements in social media sites make it easier for you to do the rest of the networking with fellow bloggers.

Don’t think that I am trying to write a post on networking among bloggers. Here I am trying to list some of the bloggers that I came across after I started this blog. The list of bloggers that I am posting now is not based on any rating, rank or order. For the convenience, I am just following the alphabetical order of their names.

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If someone ask me the above question, my answer is “I could have never met or sometimes even heard of few of these people in my whole life without myself being a blogger”. You may come across people like Amit Agarwal, Neil Patel, John Chow as well as other bloggers with similar kind of reputation from sources like a popular magazine or TV show. But you may not be interested in whatever things they do in real life or virtual world if you are not a blogger by yourself.

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It is a human tendency that like-minded people always like to interact with each other. For this reason, I am pretty sure that you will be interested in hearing about other bloggers as they are doing  something creative  similar to what you are trying to establish. Hence, here is the list of awesome people I came across while indulging in blogging related activities.

1.Amit Agarwal

If you are new to blogging and from India, the first name you may come across from the blogging world will be Amit Agarwal. He is  an Engineering degree holder in computer science who quit his high profile job to become India’s first professional blogger. His blog ‘Digital Expressions’ can be listed as one among the best technical blogs in the world. Thanks for his technical expertise and awesome tips he shares through his truly valuable blog.

2.Alice De Sturler

It is always great to see lawyers blogging because we are almost sure that the contents in their blog will contain something valuable to us. Alice is a lawyer who runs two impressive blogs named ‘Defrosting Cold Cases’ and ‘Your Blog Coach.’ ‘In the first blog, she showcases her ability as a crime blogger narrating instances of cold cases. The second blog gives us some valuable tips and inspiration for blogging together with contents related to crime fiction.

3.Anna Cull

When I was writing an article explaining the advantages of blogging, I came across this awesome blogger who is an artist. Actually I was trying to explain the importance of blog as a portfolio for an artist and hence  I used the link to her blog to explain the things in an easy way. Access her blog here if you would like to  see her excellent artwork.

4.Ananya Kiran

Ananya is an Engineer by education living in Seattle with her roots from India. She is a blogger and freelance writer who also like connecting with people, issues and ideas together to create new opportunities(as ‘about’ of her blog says). I first noticed her writings in a community of bloggers called the Indiblogger. She expresses herself unapologetically at ANANYA TALES!

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5.Beeb Ashcroft

She is a London- born journalist and blogger now living in the North Oregon Coast, U.S.A. She has been blogging since 2008 added with her seventeen years of experience in journalism. I came to know about this friendly and supportive blogger through the website called the Bloggers London that she founded for connecting U.K based bloggers with brands.

6.Darren Rowse

Even though I never had any interactions with this blogger from Australia, I am a great fan of his writing style. I spend a lot of time reading his articles as I find impressive and informative. The blog also provides us with the opportunity to search and apply for some writing related job. He also runs a blog on photography along with his ‘main blog‘.

7.Gaurab Mukherjee

His about column describes this engineer as a writer, blogger, avid reader, traveller and researcher. He has his own style of describing things around his life. I find this blogger and his blog interesting, so I believe some of you reading this blog may like it too.  His blog ‘Processing the life‘ will take you to a different reading experience.

8.Harsh Agrawal

Another young and big name in blogging from India. His blog ‘Shoutmeloud‘ has the power of a real shout around the blogging world. He usually writes very long  (at least 1500 words) blog posts and cover immense amount of valuable information. If you are looking for relevant, informative content on topics like WordPress, blogging or web-hosting, this blog is one of the best choices that I had come across ever.

9.Harleena Singh

In spite of being an established and reputed professional writer, she finds time to reply to his friends, followers and fans. She runs an online community along with her blog Aha-now. If you are a blogger, you may definitely know the importance of joining online communities that will improve the traffic, as well as other prospects of your blog. Joining online communities like the Aha-now blog community is a good move for any blogger, especially those who are naive.

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10.Harshda Mangal

Harshda Mangal is an awesome blogger who is a law student from the capital city of India and runs a humour blog. Creating humour in your writing is not an easy task  and Harshda does that well through her blog Creatigentt. She can bring out laughter from the dead. According to her “anything around us can make us laugh, what is required is the right amount of tickle. She is the first blogger to like the about column in my blog and also the first blogger friend in Facebook.

11.John Chow

This amazing person runs a blog called the Johnchow.com where he gives valuable information regarding making money online. He does that by explaining how he make money online. It is not surprising that this Dotcom Moghuls blog is having more than 200000 active daily visitors and readers. Truly, I am a fan of this man as he is not only a blogger but also an impressive speaker and entrepreneur. I am quite sure that if you go through his blog once, you will definitely like this person. Don’t forget to go through few of the videos in his blog where he try to provide us with valuable information for any blogger to follow.

12.Jane Sheeba

A Ph.D. holder in Medical Physics from Lancaster University, U.K., She is an immensely gifted, talented and hardworking writer and blogger. Her different blogs proved that she has the potential to write about various number topics ranging from healthcare to technology. One of her main blog called ‘The Problogging Success‘ is a great source of valuable tips and information for those who are dreaming to make any achievements through blogging.

13.Marion Ueckermann

Marion Ueckermann is a novelist and blogger. Her first novel ‘Helsinki Sunrise’ was released on August 22, 2014 through White Rose Publishing, a Pelican Group imprint. Her second novelette in this series, Oslo Overtures, will be released soon in 2015. She is currently working on more inspirational romances, some of which are under consideration. One of her blog ‘Foreign Affaire’ showcases an author and a book for a month, covering character interviews, location of the story and author interviews that have a foreign flair to them. More details can be accessed from her website marionueckermann.com

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14.Muralee Mukundan

After I had started this blog, I was actually curious to find out whether there are any bloggers of Indian origin blogging from London. Even though I was able to find out a few from the entire U.K., I find it strange that there are only very few Indian bloggers in London. (If there are more, please let me know about you in the comments column). Muralee Mukundan, a magician cum blogger, is one among those people that I find in London who blog about anything he see and hear in London in a humorous way through his blog called ‘Bhilathipattanam‘. The blog is written in an Indian language called Malayalam. For those who know the language, it is a must read, especially if you live in and around London.

15.Margaret Rose Stringer

She is one of the frequent commenters of my blog posts. Her comments are always a source of inspiration for me to write more. Her blog, Margaretrosestringer.com is a fascinating read for anyone who follow it.

16.Mi Muba

Although I never had many interactions with this blogger, his blog posts are really informative for anyone aiming to start a career in blogging. His blog ‘Be a money blogger’ will definitely provide you with more knowledge about blogging that may motivate you to involve more in blogging related things. If you never read his blog, I suggest you to go through it once today and let’s see the importance of it.

17.Neil Patel

A London-born entrepreneur, blogger and analytics expert. He currently lives in Seattle, U.S.A. Few sentences are not enough to describe this great internet marketer. U.S. President Obama honoured him as one of the top hundred entrepreneurs among  people who are less than 30.His blog Quicksprout.com is a must read for anyone interested in content marketing related topics.Definitely we need to have one lengthy blog post to describe this young achiever.

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18.Neel Kanth

This blogger from India who writes about various topics through his blog Uppermost.me.He received award for excellence twice from a freelance journalist association in India.The style of writing he follows allow him to write about any subject under the sun.

19.Prakash K.R.

One of the guest bloggers in this blog Mr.Prakash K.R was a friend of mine from India while I was in Bangalore during the year 2004. I lost touch with this friend after I relocated to London. Thanks to the networking opportunities of blogging, I met this friend again through a web portal called Indiblogger which is actually a community of bloggers from India.

20.Richa Badola

This blogger from India is the first to write a guest post on my blog. She is a teacher by profession and had published a collection of poems in the form of a book called ‘The Vagrant’ published @smashwords.com and her blog can be accessed from the link given below.
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Conclusion

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Blogging and networking with fellow bloggers is a never ending process so I hope this blog post may become a never ending post as I am planning to keep updating the number of bloggers in this list time and again. If anyone reading this post feel that you are not mentioned in this post, please note that you will get added soon when I get enough time to do so.

Your comments and suggestions on this post are most welcome. Please remember the value of comments in building relationship with a fellow blogger. Blog commenting not only add value to a blog post but also lead to better networking with fellow bloggers.

Hope you enjoyed the post and thank you very much for spending your precious time with Digital Dimensions.

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Out of niche topics in a niche blog

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We all as a blogger definitely like to share our opinion and views on diverse amount of subjects that can’t be included in our niche blog. Do you ever feel like that? It is not uncommon that a niche blogger gets frustrated when he or she is not able to express their views on particular issues or topics with others as they are too much involved in their niche blog. I am experiencing a similar situation now. I like to write about a diverse number of topics, but you know that even a single post describing out of niche topic may ruin your follower count and readership.

Do you feel the same problem? Are you getting frustrated of not penning down few things about your favourite subjects other than those you write in your niche blog? If you are feeling the same problem, it is better to start a personal blog where you are more flexible to choose your subjects. Therefore, your will never miss your any topic you may like to share with others.

You may argue that it is better to do guest posts on non-niche related topics on other authors blog. Well, definitely that is a great idea too. But the satisfaction, you get from writing on your own blog and guest posting, is different if you are not seriously behind monetization of your blog.

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I know you people have very less time to spare even for a single blog. Then how can you find time for two? I find it hard to spare more time with my blog because of my day job and other family commitments. I started a new personal blog where I am planning to write anything that fascinates me. You will definitely say that you don’t have the sufficient time to run both.

Even I am not sure whether I may get time to another blog and your case may not be different. For me, I am not bothered about the traffic and other such parameters about the blog. Frequency of posting is also not a matter of concern for me. Here, the only important thing, I am looking forward, is to write about what I like to write at whatever time and whichever topic.

Please feel free to go through the first and only one post so far on my new personal blog that I started on the 12th of January 2015. Also, I just put a link to 35 articles from this blog in the same post for anyone who likes to have a quick glance at those articles.

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I am looking forward to your opinions,suggestions and well wishes in the comments column for continuing the new blog alongside this one. I can’t be able to do anything big without the support of all those people like you.Thank you and have an incredible fresh start for all my readers in the year 2015.

 

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Nine steps to avoid blogging addiction from your life

 

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A lot has been written about blogging addiction. There is a percentage of people existing in the blogosphere whom we may call as blog addicts. It may seem strange to some people because they considered blogging only as a hobby so far. But if you are deeply interested and get involved in blogging, chances are there that you might get addicted to it.

Do you feel like getting addicted to blogging?

We come across people who are addicted to Social Media sites like Facebook and Instagram. Some of you may be experiencing the same problem while engaging in blogging activities. When you start a blog, you will undoubtedly involve yourself with different social media sites. Definitely, Social media have its addiction effects and you may not be a different person in such a situation.

After starting this blog which is my first one, I see myself indulging in things like those I list below.

1.I am checking the status of the blog frequently starting as a first thing that I do in the morning. Later I do the same so many times in a day that appears to be taking so much of my precious time. Do you do the same?

2.Others are thinking that I am chatting online with my friends for long hours. This may happen to you also.Do your loved ones believe that you are not interacting much with them like you did before?

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3.Thinking about post ideas in awkward situations like driving your car or crossing the road.

4.Did you lose your interest in watching movies and favourite TV shows that once you gave much importance? Maybe your answer is “No” but my response is “Yes.” I just wonder if there are someone who has the same feeling.

5.My reading habit is confined to a particular area and that too only those matters related to blogging.

6.Do you think you are spending less time with your family members and children? I have a similar feeling and I believe some of you have the same.

7.Are you interacting more with the virtual friends that you met after starting your blog? I have a feeling that I am communicating less with my real friends that I had even before I begun to run a blog.

8.I am trying to see the status of my blog or reading a blog post while I am having dinner with my family. They feel like I am neglecting them.

I believe some of you reading this post may also be going through similar situations like me. If you follow the nine steps given below, you may find it fruitful for you.

Nine steps to avoid blogging addiction

  1. Try to have best time-management skills for all your daily activities so that you should not neglect any other important things due to your blogging activities.
  2. Set out a regular time table for at least one full week to follow.
  3. Finding some time for doing  exercises is a must for any blogger as he or she may get health issues due to lack of proper exercise.
  4. Make a firm decision that you check your blog status only three to four times a day.
  5. Occasionally try to meet or telephone those friends of you who are not bloggers. This makes them feel that they are not neglected by you.

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6.Do your most important things first. For example, if you are a student, try to do anything important related to your studies and then carry out your blogging tasks. Similarly, make sure that you never forget doing important things like paying your utility bills or other such stuff like that when you get too much involved with blogging.

7.Take one day off from all your blogging activities. Forget about it entirely so that you live in the real world not the virtual world you created through blogging or social media activities. Normally I do that on Sundays.

8.Don’t neglect your morning newspaper reading habit. If you don’t get time, try to have a quick glance at the headlines at least once.

9.Try to have your lunch or dinner properly with your family and children by switching off your gadgets on such occasions.

Bottom line

Every one of us are different and our blogging habits or style may be different. If you had experienced or currently experiencing anything similar to blogging addiction and taken any steps to avoid it, I would like to hear from you. Please try to share your experience here in the comments column so that it will benefit all of us to get better time management ideas for running our blogs.

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Relaxation Technique for bloggers and writers

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Do you think you are stressed? You may find the hectic schedules of life make your mind disturbed and you are not in a state of mind that allow you to concentrate on your writing. Are you undergoing something similar to what we call as the ‘Writer’s block?’   If you are facing such situation, it is better for you to start thinking of using some relaxation techniques.

A fresh and relaxed mind is essential for anyone to carry out their daily tasks in a successful way. If you are stressed your mind may not work correctly and whatever, you do with your body will be affected by that. In this article, I am sharing my experience with you about the relaxation CD: Untangle Your Mind-Relax Your Body that I used recently and found to be good to relieve our stress.

Tension, worries and depression has increased globally in a dimension more than ever before. Most systems of medicine promote practice of relaxation techniques of their own. One system may provide you with medicines for relaxation and yet another may prescribe a combination of medications and relaxation techniques.

The contents of the relaxation CD mentioned here are created by Antonio Boyle, who is an expert NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) practitioner based in the United Kingdom. She is also the founder director of Alpha Waves International PDS. I am sure that many of you reading this may not be familiar with NLP. For those who are not familiar with NLP, it will sound impressive to know that NLP techniques utilizes psychological principles and theories to get control of problems people face in their real life.

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NLP techniques can help you find solutions for a numerous number of problems people face like anxiety, stress, depression, panic attacks, negative beliefs, emotional and physical traumas, phobias, fears, addictions, etc. Also, it can suggest you methods for controlling your weight, improving self-confidence, career progression and much more.

How can you practise relaxation using the CD?

After hearing the introduction in the CD that last for 10 minutes, the practitioner will guide you through a three-step relaxation course.

Step1: You will be guided through a session that last for 20 minute’s duration. You need to practise the 20 minutes session for two week’s time.

Step2: After two weeks of practising the 20 minutes session, you can start exercising the 10-minute session.

Step3: After you become proficient in doing the relaxation technique in the most efficient manner, you will be able to start attempting the 2-minute session that can provide you instant relaxation.

What make it useful for bloggers and writers?

The mind of a toddler is never under stress. You might have noticed how small children roam around in the house when we are busy doing some important thing. As an adult, we will definitely have a lot of stressful thoughts in our mind. Some of you may have issues in your relationship. Few of us may be worried about the career of their children. Added to all these, there may be your job related issues. You might have had an argument with your manager yesterday and you are stressed.

You may be one among those skilled and gifted writer. You may have hundreds of ideas in your mind to write a blog post. But I firmly believe that if you are under stress, you may not be hundred percent creative. You may not be able to express your ideas in its full perfection. This is a situation where it will be worthy if you practise some relaxation techniques to relieve stress and get yourself more focussed on what you are doing.

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The two-minute relaxation technique mentioned in the CD will be really useful for anyone with a busy schedule in life. Also, when you are busy, you may not have sufficient time to go out to attend a training Therefore, I suggest you to use the benefits of the relaxation CD: Untangle Your Mind-Relax Your Body and enjoy the benefits.

You will understand the importance of this CD when you know the fact that it is not created by someone with a business motive in mind. The relaxation technique explained in the CD is prepared by Antonio Boyle, who is a versatile professional in the field of Yoga, Meditation, Relaxation and health. She has been teaching Yoga professionally for more than thirty-five years where she is also involved in teaching Yoga teachers. Her clients include individuals, corporate bodies and the National Health Service.

If you think that you have a need to practise the relaxation technique, you can download it from Alpha Waves. It would cost you £10 for the CD and £8 if you chose to download it. Please let me know your opinions on this post in the comments column so that I can come up with more ideas for the forthcoming posts. Also, feel free to let me know your experience when anyone of you start using the CD.

 

 

 

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Tabtor Math- The best companion for your children to study mathematics in an easy way.

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Maths is not an attractive subject for most of the children. If taught in the wrong way, it can be a nightmare to youngsters and that may lead them to lose all the interest in the subject.How can you teach maths in a proper way? I was not happy with the way my five-year-old daughter approached mathematics as a topic in her curriculum. She was least interested in doing her maths lessons and always tried to skip homework especially in maths.

Although I knew that the apathy towards maths is not a matter of concern for my daughter alone, I was worried about her approach towards her studies. I remember I had a similar situation when I was young until my father found out a personal tutor for me during those days when internet and mobile phone were part of fantasy stories.

While I was searching for a private tutor for my little daughter Stacey, I found out the Tabtor tablet tutoring system accidently.I dropped the idea of finding a private tutor and started to have a go at the two weeks free trial with Tabtor Math.When I started to use the Tabtor application for teaching maths, I found out that my daughter’s enthusiasm for studying maths has increased a lot in few days time.The outcome was really astonishing.

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How does it work?

The app actually consists of a student interface through which assignments are submitted for feedback from an assigned tutor. All the students using the interface will be gone through a diagnostic test to analyse their skill level. Based on the skill level of each student, more assignments are sent to them. Once an assignment is submitted, they will get the feedback from their professional tutor. In other words, a student can do only one assignment at a time. While carrying out their tasks, the students have the option to ask help from their tutors through the interface. Rewards in the form of badges and gift card make the children try hard to excel in their studies. A weekly interaction with a tutor using Facetime call is also provided that let the parents know more about the progress of their children.

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Why should you use Tabtor Math?

If someone teach mathematics in a proper way, it could be one of the easiest and interesting subject.Otherwise, it may give anyone the impression that it is one of the toughest subject  for following.The method of approach used in this application makes the subject feel enjoyable and easier even for those children who completely hate maths.

Even when you pay for an app for your children, remember that you are avoiding few disadvantages of sending your child to a traditional tuition centre. You are now free from the hassle of waiting for the public transport carrying big books and other accessories in your bag. Happy to say that the iPad replaces your pen and paper.

Do you have the time to take your children regularly to the tuition centre? Are you too busy with your work or business? When you have a hectic schedule to follow, it is not easy managing time to take your children to a tuition centre. Here comes the importance of applications like the Tabtor Math.

See what my little daughter Stacey has to say about Tabtor Math.

Do you have small children? Are they struggling with maths? Do they have difficulty in finding solutions for some of the arithmetical questions they are asked to solve? If your answer is ‘yes’ to the above questions, I suggest you to try this app as early as possible. You can do that now by visiting their site www.tabtor.com or from the app store.

If you download it from the above website, you have the option to use it for a two-week free trial.If you are not satisfied with the application, you can choose to discontinue using it. But I am quite sure that once you use it, you will definitely continue to use it by making the necessary but worthy payment.

From my personal experience, I request you to try the free two-week trial and see how it changes the attitude of your children for solving arithmetical problems. I hope it will never dissatisfy you in any way.

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I would like to hear your  opinion on this app if you are currently using it. So please feel free to have your views in the comments column. Thank you for spending your precious time with Digital Dimensions.

 

 

 

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6 Must-have free android apps for a blogger

Nearly two months from now I changed my contract with ‘Apple’ and switched over to Samsung Galaxy S5, hence started using android apps. In this article, I am sharing six android apps that I find useful for blogging. I am sure that I can write a list of more than twenty apps in this category. But I believe that even if you download more apps in your mobile, you may be using only a few of them for any kind of task.So here is the list of six must-have apps assuming that you already have apps like WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, etc. in your mobile.

1.Evernote

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This app was referred to me by one of my journalist friends. Even though I don’t do much blogging related tasks in my mobile, this app seems to a perfect fit for those who are in need of doing some writing assignments in their mobile phones especially when there is no access to any other gadget of your choice.This app helps you to write a
note or an article and save, make audio files and also to take photos. What more you need to write an appealing article? Since Evernote syncs the contents among all other devices you use, make sure you download Evernote on your desktop or laptop so that you can access the same documents anywhere with your username and password. I would say ‘Evernote’ is a perfect fit for journalists, writers and travel bloggers.

2.Google docs

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To be frank, I started using google docs accidently when the Microsoft word on my computer was not working for few days as I lost the product key to reinstall it. To my surprise I find it really awesome to use google docs to write my articles. Even now, I am using google docs to carry out most of my writing tasks related to blogging.

3.Google Drive

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Using this app in your mobile makes it easier to access your documents time and again to make changes or for proofreading. You may feel it more worthy when you need to access your images for editing. When you access your google drive, you can also access your google docs and vice versa as both use the same google account.

4.Photo Editor

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As a blogger, I am sure that you take a lot of pictures on your mobile or on your camera. You will definitely need to edit your images before uploading it in your blog post. Why can’t you spend some time for editing your pictures while you travel on a bus or train? It may save some of your precious time. So don’t think twice about installing your photo editor app now.

5.Tape-a-talk

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Interviewing people is a must for running a successful blog. It is always better to have a separate application ready in your mobile to record interviews. Tape-a-talk will do that job efficiently for you.

6.Skype

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This is an app every other friend in your circle has in their mobile.From a blogger’s point of view, it is a must for networking with fellow bloggers. You cannot take chances of missing an interview or getting hired for a job because someone may not be able to contact you as there is no skype on your mobile.

Why can’t you download skype and add my skype id reji.stephenson1 now if you are interested in contacting me for sharing your views regarding this post and blog. Thank you very much for spending your time with Digital Dimensions.

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