Want To Enter The World Of Blogging? Here’s How To Get Started

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Blogging has never been so popular. It’s a way to share your thoughts and interests with the world, explore your passions, and engage with other like-minded people. Whether you’re writing about tech, food, makeup, or movies, blogging is a great platform to express yourself. There are some blogging pitfalls to avoid, however, and setting up a successful blog takes time (and these tips!)…

Where To Start?

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The first place to start with a blog is the big idea. It doesn’t have to be an original interest or hobby but always start with what you want the blog to be about. Most people choose to blog about what they’re passionate about or opinionated about. Before you go live it’s a good idea to come up with some content for your blog. Most viewers are put off by patchy content which isn’t regularly updated. Choose your categories and get creating. Creating is the key word here. If you’re not much of a wordsmith but are a dab hand with a camera, photos can be the main part of your posts. Similarly, artwork, quotes, and any other creative nuggets can be used in place of lengthier content.

Generating Traffic

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For some having a blog is a hobby and they don’t mind about how much exposure they get. Others want to grow their blogs so their opinion reaches more people or they can monetize it. Beginner WordPress SEO is a good place to start if you’re looking to expand. SEO stand for search engine optimization, it’s about creating searchable content that search engines put to the top of their lists. You can do this by using keywords that you think your target audience will be searching for. Another good way to promote your blog is to link to it on other social media platforms. Try and convert your Instagram following, for instance, into a blog following too. The more footfall you get on your site the better.

Key Things To Keep In Mind

You should update your content regularly to keep people coming back. You should also make sure that you write about things which are important to you. Don’t just follow the trends, content which you care about will do much better. Blogging is also supposed to be fun. Try not to become too bogged down with the details. Lots of bloggers find the experience to be cathartic and relaxing, so enjoy what you do first and foremost. Most blogging sites have comment sections, these are a great way to interact with your readers and hear their thoughts. These are the best places to start a dialogue and create interest around a post.

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They’ll Be Pawsitively Best Friends

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The bond a child can grow to have with a puppy is one of the most magical bonds there is, and part of this is because puppies and kids have so many things in common. They’re curious, inquisitive, excitable, impatient, caring, investigative and chock full of energy. But while these personality traits will no doubt see them become the best of friends, each cherishing their bond as much as the other, it is also these personality traits that you have to be cautious of, at least to begin with.

Bringing a new puppy into your home requires careful consideration, and everything should be questioned and planned. You need to think about the age of your kids, the breed of dog you go for, and whether you will be able to supervise their first encounters together; absolutely everything. But trust us, this little bit of work at the beginning will be totally worth it because the rewards are so wonderful, so beautiful, so heartwarming.

To help you achieve this bond, we have come up with a set of tips and tricks, little bits of advice to use a guideline and help your puppy and your kid embark on a happy relationship together. Like we said above, it will be more worth it than you can ever imagine.

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  1. Be There At The Beginning

This is possibly the most important thing, for both of them. But until you are absolutely sure that your new puppy and your little one know how to behave with one another, know how to enjoy one another and just be with one another, you need to be present. You don’t have to be right there in the middle separating them. In fact, we would urge you not to do that. Just linger in the background. Let them get comfortable, let them play and inquire, while you observe from a distance. Just make sure you are ready to step in should you need to.

  1. A One Way Street

This can be quite a tricky thing for a child to understand because, well, they are just a child, but only let your puppy be the one to make the approach. Let them nuzzle into your child’s body, or nose their cheek, not the other way around. You see, kids are excitable, we have already ascertained that which means when they see your new puppy they will want to see them desperately. They will want to rush to them as fast as their body will let them. That’s the problem because puppies can be a bit on edge, and if something rushes them they can react. So just let your puppy come to your child, that way they will become used to them.

  1. The 3 Zones Of A Dog

Puppies – and dogs for that matter – have three zones: public, social and intimate. The first two zones are perfectly okay. The latter is not. The intimate zone should not be breached unless your puppy has, well, indicated that is cool with them. What we mean by intimate is the immediate space around them. This is something that you really need to teach your child about because it will help them build a bond with your dog and learn how to approach other people’s dogs.

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  1. Patience Is A Virtue

Unfortunately, there is what dog experts call a fearful period in a puppy’s life. This is wholly natural and lasts about eight to ten weeks while they explore the world and all that is new to them, and it can be quite the daunting prospect. That is why you should really encourage your kid to have some patience with your puppy. We get it, this may not be the easiest thing to do, but try you must because it will make them happy and healthy. The reason you should try is because of the natural personality trait they both possess; excitement. Mutual excitement can result in a misunderstanding where both puppy and child can become a little defensive, and that is where patience will help. It will allow them to understand each other a bit more, work out how they interact and what both of them see is enjoyable and safe and fun. Yup, patience really is a virtue.

  1. Your Child The Ring Master

Just about everyone learns by doing, but this is especially true for children and puppies. That is why it is such a great idea to get your kid involved in the whole training process, and helping them to understand some of the top dog tips. These simple training tasks include things like gently patting your thighs to get them to come. The reason this is such a great training step to start with is because you can get an understanding of what your puppy’s temperament is like, which is exactly how professional dog trainer’s do it. It is a sort of personality test. If they immediately run, they are likely to be a dominant dog. If they are shy but slowly warm to you, then they are likely to hold a gentler disposition.

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Another great way to increase that bond between child and canine is to get your toddler involved in the care of your puppy. That’s one of the huge benefits of having a dog; you can use them as a way of teaching your kid about rules and responsibilities and use them to set out guidelines that they should adhere to. Of course, if your kid is still very young, then they may not be able to take on many – or any -of these responsibilities, but if they are a little bit older then get them into a habit of feeding, walking and cleaning up after the puppy. The walking thing is a great exercise to include your kid in. They will get used to each other, both in presence and in calls and commands, and that will serve to strengthen their bond, and also help both of them to mature.

By following these six little tips, you will be laying the foundations down of a healthy and happy relationship, one where they love and trust each other totally, and always will.

Tammie~
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Traditional Vs Contemporary: Gifts For Milestone Occasions

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Every birthday, anniversary, and holiday is a cause for celebration, but truly special occasions only occur every once in a while. Silver wedding anniversaries, christenings, graduations, and twenty-first birthdays are big milestones in everyone’s life and they deserve to be honored in a special way. As these milestones have been celebrated for at least 100 years, there are traditional gifts associated with the occasion that can still make wonderful presents. However, depending on your budget, or what you think the recipient will appreciate more, there are contemporary gifts that still celebrate the event.

Christening

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The phrase “born with a silver spoon in his mouth” comes from the tradition of gifting silver spoons on a Christening day. In the sixteenth century, any child receiving such a Christening gift would have to come from a wealthy background and were also blessed with a bit of luck. By the mid nineteenth century the Christening gift of a spoon was common amongst the middle and upper classes.

Today, an appropriate christening gift would be a rattle, a soft toy for the baby to sleep with, or a soft, fleece blanket. Anything the parents can use to entertain and comfort their child is usually appreciated.

Wedding Anniversaries

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Each wedding anniversary is traditionally associated with a theme, and the gifts exchanged are usually in line with the theme. The theme for the first year is paper, the fifth is wood, the tenth is tin, and the twenty-fifth is silver. Couple can give gifts with the theme in mind, but contemporary gifts have taken the form of holidays, dinners out, or hosting a party for the big milestones such as ten year, twenty-five year, or even fifty year anniversary.

Graduation

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The graduation ceremony dates back to the twelfth century, and has traditionally been marked with by wearing caps and gowns, with class rings making an appearance in the early 1900s. There are no official gifts to present to the graduate, but recently proud parents have rewarded their child’s hard work with holidays, cars, or expensive watches. However, you don’t have to buy them anything costly. Grateful graduates will be happy to receive any of these gifts, or just a free drink once the ceremony is over.

Recently, young children have been getting a taste of the graduation excitement with their own kindergarten graduation ceremonies. They also deserve some recognition, so find them some unique presents to mark the occasion. It’ll be years before they have another one.

Coming Of Age

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The official age of adulthood varies between countries, but usually it coincides with the day they can legally drink. As a result, traditional gifts are related to alcohol, which can including buying them their first drink, or presenting them with various drinking paraphernalia. However, you could get creative and find them something they will still enjoy the next morning. Help them buy new furniture for the apartment, buy them new gadget that will help them sort out their busy schedule, or organize a group experience they will never forget.

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