Striking Up Conversations Form Business Alliances

Oh My Gosh!   Here is it week number five of the PAC Blogging Carnival.  

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I have never had a problem talking to people.  You could consider me being a social butterfly.  I love to move around the room at a party or get together and meet and greet people.  Connecting with people is fascinating to me .  Finding out where they’re from, what they do, how much did she pay for those shoes all goes through my mind.  Getting the first word in gives me an edge on building a trusting relationship, if even only for a few minutes.

Once I made up my mind to become a serious blogger I started making connections with other bloggers who shared the same values, provided their readers with integrity and honest articles.  

One of my  PAC fellow authors Barrie Evans writes about developing alliances and value with cooperation in business.  Relationships help us to build a solid  foundation in our business practices.

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Sometimes I myself forget that I too am able to obtain all of my goals.  Meeting and connecting with the Power Affiliate Club has given me a new edge on blogging and learning from some of the best in the business.

For Example

 Claudia Peevy is great with showing others attraction marketing.  Check out her site I think you will be impressed.

 Emi Koulev I really admire her style of writing. Recently she published her first book The Cake Decorating Series Of Sugarcraft is informative and gives great details into working with fondant and cake decorating. 

Building these relationships has been fun and exciting for me.  I am meeting new people from all walks of life.  I haven’t met each one of the personally and who knows if I ever will, the one thing I can testify to is that because of building these alliances I am becoming a better communicator, writer and friend.

I cherish each and every person I meet along the way. Listening, smiling and taking advice as well as dishing it out.  My journey is still on going and I am by far an expert on blogging.  Continue to read on with me and I write away to new things.

GAIN THE ADVANTAGE!

Alicia Osmera

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Free Blog Sites vs. WordPress.org

I am fairly new to the blogging community.  I have two sites one  (www.connectwithalicia.wordpress.com) the one your currently reading and  (www.tradingdimesfortime.gblogger.com) after setting up both of these sites it was brought to my attention that there are paid blog sites.  Having a paid site makes a “true blogging guru” seen as a serious writer with a WordPress.org behind the name or any other paid blog site. 

 

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What is WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com?  

According to WordPress.com, Word Press was founded in 2003 and Word Press has grown to become the largest self-hosted blogging site in the world.  It is used by millions of people all over the world.   

What are the options one can use with the WordPress.com? 

This site is a free service which offers a beginning blogger ( like me) a chance to develop a site you can design on your own, and all with the added convince of being able to avoid paying the fees to having someone else build your blog site for you. 

Being a new blogger I have had challenges as I am sure you have too.   When you first establish your   name then you can proceed forward with developing your site.  The difference between a blog address   and a blog domain name gives you an edge in the development of the site with strategic solutions to meet your needs.   

WordPress.com gives you;  

Ecommerce, a Custom Site Address, Space, No Ads, Custom Design, Video Press, Premium Themes , Google Analytics, Support, 3 GB and it’s Free for Life. 

WordPress.com Premium gives you all of the above and 13GB, Direct email.   Costs $99 per year. 

 WordPress.com Business gives you all of the above with Unlimited Features, Live chat.  Costs $299 per year.

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Allows the blogger to set up a more professional website blog and have it hosted; which in turn gives the blogger more freedom to be creative with their content allowing them control what is being published. 

Features with WordPress.org include: 

 You’re the owner of your blog domain, Content Management System (CMS) software for free.  A CMS is a computer application that allows publishing, editing, modifying, and organizing, deleting, and maintaining content from a central interface (per Wikipedia). 

 Of course with the software comes the responsibility of hosting your site. 

 1 A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server owned or leased for use by clients, as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data center

Word Press has its own hosting site called Blue host.   Blue host is one of the largest and most trusted web hosting service providers.  

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Of course then you will need to set up your theme, your plugin’s, how a reader can contact you, email list (if you choose to do one).  With WordPress.org the author has full control over what they are publishing and creating.  With WordPress.com you are limited and they monitor the content that can be published.  You can’t use third-party advertising, you’re limited on storage space and no FTP access to your files. 

  Which Word Press should you use? 

 First I recommend looking at the layout you want to create and then decide if you’re writing more for pleasure, to attract business, marketing a product, or more for informational purposes. 

 The one thing I have found with WordPress.com is that I can upgrade to WordPress.org at any time and still design the site the way I choose.  

Secondly choosing how to write your blog depends on your style.  Are you a colorful person?  Photographs make your articles pop and stand out to the readers. Be creative with it, don’t  follow what other people are doing.   

 My final thought.  —- Do what’s best for you and not what other people are telling you to do This is your project!  

 Gain The Advantage! 

 

 

Leap Day, Year & Why

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Every four years an extra day is added to the Gregorian calendar.  This is the calendar that most of us use on a daily basis.  I was curious as to the history of adding a day and why it is necessary every four years.

Who Invented Leap Years? 

Roman General Julius Caesar introduced the idea over 2000 years ago.  During the Roman Empire the Julian Calendar was the only one used and he added one rule to it.    Julian calendar had only one rule: any year evenly divisible by four would be a leap year. 

This formula produced way too many leap years, but was not corrected until the introduction of the Gregorian calendar more than 1500 years later.

Why Are Leap Days Important?

Leap years are added to keep our modern day calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolution around the sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365.242189 days 365 days, or  5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds – to circle once around the Sun. This is called a tropical year, and is measured from the March equinox.

However, the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, so if we didn’t add a leap day on February 29 nearly every four years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by around 24 days!  The next Leap Day is February 29, 2016

Leap Day Traditions

A few fun traditions;

  • Women Propose To Their MenOn leap day it has been an Irish tradition that the Women propose to men for marriage.
  • Some area’s call it “Bachelor Days” – If a man rejects the women’s marriage proposal on a leap day he is expected to “pay a penalty” such a s a gown or money.  In European countries, especially in the upper class communities it is tradition that if the man rejects the women’s proposal he must buy her twelve pairs of gloves to hide her shame and embarrassment of not wearing an engagement ring.
  • Leap Day Baby’s – For those baby’s born on this day their birthday’s are celebrated either February 28 or March 1.   

The Jewish Leap Year – is referred to as  Shanah Me’uberet, has 13 months and occurs seven times in a 19-year cycle. 

Adar – The Lucky Month

An extra month, Adar I, is added after the month of Shevat and before the month of Adar in a leap year. The month is also known as Adar Rishon or Adar Alef. According to Jewish tradition, Adar is a lucky and happy month.

The Chinese Calendar  – Adds a whole leap month to correlate with the traditional Gregorian calendar.

When is the Leap Month?

To determine a leap year, find the number of new moons between the 11th month in one year and the 11th month in the following year.

A leap month is inserted if there are 13 moons from the start of the 11th month in the first year to the start of the 11th month in the next year.

The Chinese calendar uses a solar term system that has 12 principal terms to indicate when the Sun’s longitudes is a multiple of 30 degrees. Unlike all other months, the leap month does not contain a principal term (Zhongqi).

Hope you found this informative as I have.

 

** Information taken from http://www.timeandate.com  http://www.timeanddate.com/date/leap-day.html