Why I Started Writing A Bolg

I don’t claim to be a professional blogger.  But then what is a professional blogger?

  I found an interesting article by professional blogger John Saddington titled The Definition of a ‘Professional Blogger’ or ‘Full Time Blogger’ In this post he explains a few different viewpoints.  

There are a number of differing viewpoints and not one of them is necessarily incorrect; in fact, anyone has the full right to call themselves a ‘Full Time Blogger‘ or ‘Professional Blogger’ regardless of any outside opinion. But, there seems to be an understanding, both cultural and nuanced, about what it means to be ‘Pro.’

Just think about it for a moment, especially as it relates to professions and jobs in other areas – What do you think of when you say that so and so is a Professional? You probably assume a number of things, right?

I started my blog a few years ago just to voice my opinion about things going on in my life I am passionate about.   Learning how to fine tune, hone in, really dig deeper into the fine art of blogging came from meeting Lesly Federici owner and expert author of The Power Affiliate Club.  The PAC is a community of bloggers helping each other and offering advice.

I needed to have a voice 

Writing my thoughts down and sharing with my readers gives me joy.  Mind you not all comments I receive are nice and thank you’s.  However for the most part people get interested and comment back.  Having your followers comment on any posted article is an honor.  I must be doing something right.

When I first started out my posts were short, not alot allot to read and I didn’t really post many images.   My  very first blog article Creating Your Brand looks absolutely pathetic now.

  What was the point I was trying to convey to anyone?

 How do you create more leads, more people to talk to when you’ve gone through your list and heard all the excuses and all the “NO’s” so many times?

Create a brand for yourself. What ??? What I mean is one must be willing to create a brand of themselves on the internet to attract the people they want into their business.”

That’s the jest of it.  No instructions given, no real helpful advice.   Not so much as even a link to another resource for help.  

My main goal

For you , my readers to like what you’re reading and hopefully learn something new along the way.

My personal goal is to continue growing and learning about ways to improve my writing as well as my mindset for success.

I hope you found this enlightening and as always, 

Gain The Advantage. 

Alicia Osmera 

 

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For A Single Moment We Forgot Hate

On August 21, 2017 something amazing happened. 

 Most of you are probably aware that there was a phenomena in the sky called a sloar eclipse.  The solar eclipse encapsulated the United States of America and the world for a few shinning moments. 

When I saw this meme on Facebook posted by Damien Von Dunn I knew it spoke volumes.  

Frederick R Barnard first wrote the phrase, ” One look is worth a thousand words“, in Printer’s Ink, December 1921.”

 If one look is worth a thousand words then I found a picture worth a million.

Where were you during the solar eclipse?

Many people traveled across the country to catch a glimpse of totality while other’s stayed home, went to work or school.   

Where was I?   I was at work in my office.  However one of my colleges brought in a pair of glasses to share with anyone who wanted to take a peek.   If you missed it click this link to see NASA’s Solar Eclipse Photos.  

And for a single moment, our nation stopped, and looked up at the sky and forgot about hate

Lately I’ve been ashamed of the ugliness, hatred and bigotry gripping the United States of America.   What has happened to getting along with each other? Settling our differences in a calm and collective manner?  

I’m not going to get on a soapbox here, however I am disgusted at the actions some people choose to participate in this past weekend. 

Can we just all get along?

Where is the love?

Has love escaped us?  Has common sense left the world? Every man, women and child should be reaching deep into their hearts, finding the love, pulling it out and spreading it around.  

Enough with wars, violence and hate.   Waylon Jennings said it best when he sang “Let’s get back to the basics of love”.

So another eclipse has come and gone.  The world stood silent in amazement for just a few moments in time forgetting all it’s cares and worries to bring peace.  I wonder when soldiers are fighting in war and on Christmas Eve if at one point they stop everything and listen for the peace?

I hope you found this inspiring and as always I welcome your feedback. 

Gain The Advantage, 

Alicia Osmera 

Too Quiet 

I will admit it!

 I’ve been a little to quiet lately.   Due to my husband’s health issues finding time to write about anything has been difficult for me.  I love writing!  

Why am I feeling like a failure right now?  I feel like I am letting my readers down and all the wonderful members and expert authors of the  Power Affilate Club as well.


I  am reminding myself that I need to breathe.

I can only find solutions for the problems that arise which I know how to solve.

I am learning to be quiet in the midst of this storm and listen to my spirit being.

Sometimes finding the right article to right about comes easily.  During the fog a light needs to show the way home.

My promise to YOU 

I will stay strong!

I will still read your blogs and reciprocate. 

I will try to write often as I can.

Thank you for reading.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera 

Damaging Self Talk 

There is power in the tounge! 

 Think about that statement for just a moment.  

Proverbs 15:1

 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Now that the United States of America’s election is over I’ve heard and seen more anger and hatred that ever before.   What is the point of it all?Running ones mouth, speaking of hate and violence is not what America was founded upon.  

Martin Luther King Jr

was one of the most outspoken and influential people of his time .   Are we as a nation forgetting the most important message he shared with the world ?  

His speeches were not those of “go riot into the streets because you don’t like the outcome of a vote, go forth and beat each other up because you have different values and beliefs “


Oh I’m sure we have all heard or read his “I Have A Dream” speech.  In The 60’s he was ridiculed by his peers for things he said and made fun of.  It was the power of his words that began to change his life and the lives of those that followed him.

The I Have I Dream speech was his most famous; however there were other quotes which are fitting for today’s times.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. Martin Luther King, Jr


These are just a few.

Damaging Words

You have power in your words. 

The words we speak bring love, hate, healing, irreparable damage, illnesses, unforgiveness, and forgiveness.

When was the last time you yourself made a positive statement about yourself ?   

Do you tell yourself these things everyday ?   

I am strong ! I am beautiful! 

I show love and receive love!

When we confess positive statements out of our mouth they come to pass.  We may not see them come to forwichen right away.  Years, months or days later we start to believe what we say.  We stand a little taller, push our chest out a little more and walk with confidence knowing we are speaking positive things into the universe, which will come back to us.

Affirmations

Affirmations are one way to train your mind into positive thinking while speaking them out loud . 

I found a great little gem on my Google search.  

What Are Positive Affirmations

Great ideas for you to get started with improving your self talk.

Will you agree to join me in this pledge?  If so please comment I pledge below and feel free to copy this image and share it . 

Gain The Advantage, 

Alicia Osmera 

Have You Published A Book

If you are an avid reader of my blog then you already know that I wrote a book.  

Terror In The North Tower came from my background as a respiratory therapist.  This is a suspenseful fictional thriller with more twist than Grey’s Anatomy . 
The Challenge To Edit And Publish

After much searching, phone calls and email I was starting to realize publishing wasn’t going to be so easy.  Through the Power Affiliate Club I met Monna Ellithorpe.  Known as The Blue Jean Writer, she helps other author’s edit and publish wonderful works of words.

Once she was done with editing and I approved it we set out sites on self publishing through Amazon.

Purchase Terror In The North Tower here.

Publishing hasn’t come without it’s challenges. 

1. Marketing – self marketing is hard work .  Researching places that may or may not put your book in their businesses . 

2. Social Media – getting the word out on social media is a time saber and huge benefit.  According to Search engine land

Social media marketing refers to the process of gaining traffic or attention through social media sites.

 The Hubspot shows marketing statistics 

  • 61% of global Internet users research products online. (Interconnected World: Shopping and Personal Finance, 2012) Click to Tweet
  • Using this blog is one way of using social media.  Your reading this post right now.  Is it making you think?
  • Lastly blogging

Blogging gives the writer a chance to express themselves, showcases thoughts and ideas .  Yes I’ve published my first book and I’m working hard to market it.

Have you ever published a book?

Gain The Advantage, 

Alicia Osmera 

 

Why Would You Ever Want A Mentor


What Is Mentorship?

According to Wikipedia

 “Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.”

What Are The Benefits To Having A Mentor?

A good mentor is willing to encourage, uplift, help set career goals, business goals, learn a new set of skills to further your career or personal goals… and honors your dreams …

On June 13, 2015, I wrote an article on my personal blog titled “Advice Of Your Mentor(s)”.  One of my favorite mentors is Eric Worre (and still is). He has a great collection of  CDs and his popular book  “GO Pro” is available here , all worth a look if you’re interested.

Here’s why I like Eric Worre. He’s been in network marketing for over twenty years.  At one convention he had an ‘aha’ moment that changed his life forever. At that event he made the decision to Go Pro and become a Network Marketing expert.   Since that time he has done just that by encouraging other network marketers to challenge themselves with obtaining each and every goal set.  Through his book and CD’s thousands of people learn methods and techniques which they can use to see change the way they market themselves and companies they represent.

I admire this man for speaking out and wanting to help struggling network marketers.  He coaches people on the “seven steps” it takes to go pro.  Eric’s wish is for you to make the decision to become a Network Marketing Professional. For you to truly Go Pro. Because it is a stone-cold fact that Network Marketing is a better way for generating financial security.

Lesly Federici, RN  amazes me each and every day.  She’s a Registered Nurse and the CEO and  owner of the Power Affiliate Club .

She is warm and encouraging, yet stern and challenges each and every PAC member to be the very best they can be with their blogging skills.  Weather a newbie or experienced blogger, Lesly Federici makes people feel welcomed and comfortable to ask questions about blogging. She coaches members to develop professional skills in writing, and blog presentation.

So What’s In It For Them?

The answer I would hope is to help other’s succeed with whatever they are trying to achieve.  Some mentors just believe that they are truly helping people and want to see them succeed.

Think of it as leaving a legacy for others.  As a mentor you get to leave a lasting mark on society with the knowledge and wisdom that you have passed down to another person or group of people. Mentors have a great advantage to change the world around them for the better.

Finding The Right Mentor

  1. Find the teacher who has achieved what you want.  No matter what you’re trying to accomplish a good mentor can assist you with getting the end results.
  2. Check out more than one person.  Some people just don’t click.  Just because one person said, “Hey how are you, I can mentor you”, doesn’t mean they are the right fit for you.  Be persistent  in your search for the right  mentors.   If your mentor isn’t open and communicating with you after several attempts go find someone else that is willing to take the time to appreciate you and your goals.

Be Prepared

Be a teachable!  There is nothing worse than someone who says they want help from a mentor and then they aren’t willing to do what it takes to achieve their main goals.

Be willing to try over and over again if that ‘s what it takes to create your visions  and dreams into a reality.

Offer value to the person you want to mentor you.  Show them that you are teachable, willing to work together in a partnership and learn from them.

Well I hope this article has helped you in some way.  Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.

 

Gain The Advantage,
Alicia Osmera

Competing  In A Traffic Challenge

During the last four weeks I have been involved in the Power Affiliate Club  (PAC)  traffic challenge. 

During this challenge we were assigned certain tasks.  Such as finding issues effecting other bloggers then write an article abd publish it on Tuesday.  Share this writing  and comment on other sites.

This leads me to comment hunting.

What Is Comment hunting?

This is where as a blogger you visit other sites, read an article, post a comment  and share.   Participating in this action helps drive traffic to your site because other bloggers may comment back and visit your site.  

For example while doing research for this article I came across an article titled,  How to Get Influencers by Brian Dean.

After reading this and leaving a comment I have now enteracted with someone I didn’t know.

The Purpose 

The purpose of participating in this challenge has been to increase my skills as a professional blogger.  To assist with increasing traffic flow to my blog site as well as reciprocating others. 

Links are important Using Blog Links is a great article instructing you how to link blogs together. 

Linking blog sites means that now when I publish a new post, my followers will get notifications  (if they’ve choosen that options)  in a much quicker time.

Has this traffic challenge worked? 

YES, Yes it has! My Alexa rankings have improved as well as I’ve had the opportunity to meet other bloggers.

 

I wrote about the Power Affiliate Club all the time.  I’m excited to have meet so many other bloggers, authors and writers which want to see other people succeed.  

During these last four weeks my blog site has attracted seven new followers,  increased my Alexia rankings and has been a while whole lot of fun.

Connect and engage with other bloggers.   Be adventurous,  go out on a limb, get out of the box. 

Has this been helpful to You?

Gain The Advantage, 

Alicia Osmera 
 

What Happened To Connecting With Other Bloggers?

The past few weeks I’ve been connecting with other bloggers, commenting on their sites and searching the world wide web for articles that spark my interest. 

Meeting new bloggers has been exciting and challenging. 

Robert Sutherland shares his thoughts on riding motorcycles and writing.  In this article he makes some valid points.  

  • Get started – The hardest part of riding a motorcycle or writing is getting started.
  • Keep moving – The hardest stuff to read is the prose that … just … inches … along … and doesn’t seem … to move … or make any progress … or go anywhere. Lose your balance on a bike and you crash. Lose your balance in your story and you’ll lose your readers.
  • The hardest parts of riding & writing – Think of the word: transitions.
  • All good things must come to an end – As an author, you choose where and when to end your story. Live it up! (We don’t have much control in life. That’s why we write.)
  • Stop 

It’s a great read you should take a trip to his article. 

Find and join other blogging communities. 

I wrote alot about PAC that’s because making the connections has improved my blog style, writing style and not to mention meeting new friends.

Another community I really like is Blogging Syndication Tribe on Facebook.   This community helps home business entrepreneurs with support and communication. 

How will you connect? 

Have you given thought to making connections with other bloggers?

Search the internet, find what interests you and remember in order to be a successful writer/blogger we need fellowship with others like us.

Here’s to connecting with you.

Gain The Advantage, 

Alicia Osmera 

 



Are You Driving Traffic To Your Blog Or Sitting In A Traffic Jam?

I’ve been blogging for over three years now.  It wasn’t until a year ago that I started to become more serious. Getting noticed was hard.  Was it the content in my articles?  Was it the boaring words putting potential new readers to sleep? 

Pinpointing the problems wasn’t easy as a new blogger until I found a group called the Power Affiliate Club Becoming A PAC Expert Author has given me the opportunities to explore more topics, gain a better understanding of using certain techniques to gain more followers.

An article by PAC Founder and Expert Author Lesly Frederic, RN It’s Not Enough To Just Have A Blog brings things into focus for writing your blog.  In it she writes; 

You Already Have An Audience 

Surround yourself with the audience you develop because they like you and LIKE your personality.

I’ve learned alot from Lesly Frederic and the Power Affiliate Club authors and social media communities. Plugging into other blogging communities has changed my perspective on using long tail keywords as explained in this article by Robin Khokhar.  Another blogger who is making a difference. 

Plugging In

Plug yourself into other writing social media groups.  I know I talk alot about PAC, I must because of know one spreads the word how can a community grow. 

Another group is the Blogging Syndication Tribe on Facebook. 

This is a closed group and you must ask to join.  

In closing seek those who want to see you achieve success.  Hang with like minded people.  You’re not going to be liked by everyone.  I’m not liked by everyone.  That’s alright with me! 

I’d rather attract traffic to my site with people seeking to be coached infamy areas then be the top and biggest thing on the internet. 

Has this post helped you?

Please leave a comment. 

As always GAIN THE ADVANTAGE, 

Alicia Osmera 

 

Reflections

How often do you take time to reflect on your life?

Reflecting back on progress that one has made in business,  personal growth,  love life in general can be a healthy thing to do.

It allows one to take a look back and see how far they’ve come toward obtaining their goals.

As I’ve been looking back on the past articles I’ve posted putting forth the effort, hard work and connecting with other bloggers has lead to huge improvements with my site.

For Example:

Let’s take a look at my very first post Creating Your Brand written on June 8, 2015.  One hundred and seven words, short and to the point!

No comments from any visitors.   No engagement whatsoever!  I started receiving comments and more engagement as the articles improved.  Finding the right “wording” to attract and engage others has been a learning process.

It’s All About Connections

It’s all about making connections with other like minded people. Weather they’re a constant reader, a guest blogger or just passing by.

What are you offering to the readers? Is it something to challenge their thinking? Advise on certain subjects?  Challenge your readers to engage more with you, to make those connections that matter.   Each comment,  each visit to your site boosts your confidence as a writer; as well as your blog site ratings.

Victory Is Contagious 

Have you noticed when your attending a sporting event, watching your favorite game or even olympic event on TV when the team you’re touting for wins the happiness and joy you feel from the thrill of victory?

It’s contagious!

Look around at everyone.  There laughing, smiling, just having fun engaging with the comrodare of the victory.

Well I hope reading this will help you to reflect on things in your life.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera