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Passing the Time On Your Phone: Good or Bad?

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Everybody has a smartphone of some kind now. While people might go to digital war (keyboard warriors, and all that) about whether Apple, Samsung, Huawei, or any other brand is superior to the others, one thing we can all agree on is that our phones have become a sort of safety blanket when we find ourselves alone in public.

The question is, why though? What did we do while waiting in public or sitting on the bus or even just relaxing at home before we had our smartphones? It seems like a long, long time ago that anyone didn’t whip their phone out at the first sign of boredom, but is this a good thing or a bad thing?

GOOD!

If you are someone who hates strangers striking up conversation with you, then having your phone is a great way of signalling that you are not to be spoken to. This doesn’t always work, of course, but it certainly gives you a bit of a buffer when in public.

Furthermore, those of us with busy lives (all of us, then) might want to take this time alone in public or even at home by catching up on anything you’ve missed during the day. Whether you want to check the group chat or scroll Facebook or keep informed on what’s been going on in the world. You might even need to update your blog or answer some work emails, getting this time to yourself and fixating on your screen will help you know what’s going on all over the world.

BAD!

But why would you want to be on your phone when you have the whole world in front of you? If this is something you have heard before, you understand that moment of clarity when you think ‘Oh yeah.’

Being on your phone constantly does seem just a bit too antisocial, especially when surrounded by friends and family. Furthermore, playing games or browsing absently can quickly turn minutes into hours, and you run the risk of missing your bus or train or perhaps more importantly, life itself.

A BIT OF BOTH?

There are positives and negatives associated with being on your phone when you feel like you have nothing to do. For some, it might be that you want to complete the new Final Fantasy for mobile, which can be downloaded here: finalfantasyxvapp.com/company-info. However, picking the right time and place is most essential to not looking rude or ignorant.

These messages you get sent are not going to go away anytime soon. If you can give yourself a quick update here and there, but not get sucked into the screen, then you will start finding yourself with less and less dependence on your phone when in uncomfortable situations. Who knows, you might just see something you won’t forget.

JUST PASSING TIME

Perhaps we do rely too much on our smartphones as a safety blanket in some situations, but this is okay. It only becomes a problem when you start gripping to this blanket even when you are around people you love and trust and like. While you don’t need to bin your phone now, consider if you need to check this email or message right now. You’d be surprised what you miss in the real world when you’re too busy worrying about what you will miss online.

Got Something to Say but Nobody’s Listening?


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Everybody wants to be heard, but it can be challenging to get people to listen. For bloggers, this can be a nightmare if you are wanting to get your content out into the world and start building up an extensive portfolio of knowledge. The world of blogging has become oversaturated, with everyone and their dog seemingly creating content and publishing it in online. It is just the minority that is heard.

If you are a blogger, whether it be text or video, how are you able to ensure that your content rises to the top? How can you ensure that people will click on your links over the one thousand or so other blogs with exactly the same subject matter?

It can be difficult to find a niche that sets you apart from others. The phrase ‘one in a million’ doesn’t seem so unique when there are seven and a half billion of us in the world, and so it is only natural to find at least one person that shares similar interests and experiences to you.

ENGAGE

The key to any blogging success is to engage the reader early on. This is the first thing that writing students learn about when crafting their first novel or short story. If the initial interaction from outside doesn’t inspire interest, then it is unlikely that anything else will.

For this reason, it is vital to have an eye-catching website. In the past, launching a website was a tricky and sometimes expensive process, but in recent years it has become possible for anybody to have their own website.

Website builders allow users to forego employing web developers and programmers and instead give you all the power right there at the tips of your fingers. The process is simple, straightforward and will leave your readers’ feeling that you know what you’re doing. It’s a cliche that first impressions matter, but it’s a cliche for a reason.

KNOW YOURSELF AND YOUR AUDIENCE

Knowing both why you are writing and who you are writing for will give your blog posts more of a purpose. It can be all too convenient just to throw whatever you feel like it onto a webpage and click publish if it makes sense to you. But for your readers, particularly new readers, this can bring about confusion, along with feelings that perhaps this is not the right place to be looking.

To tackle these sorts of problems, settle on your niche early on. If this is is a bit of a struggle, consider what it is you are passionate about. While your passion may not be what you decide to blog about eventually, it can be a good start to figuring out how you want to present yourself online.

Like most new hobbies, these things take time. It will be a while before everything is fine-tuned the way you want it, so consider these early days practice; a learning curve of sorts. You might be enormously passionate about a new TV show, but if there isn’t enough to write about, then you will soon run into some problems.

Furthermore, these early posts will allow you to get to know your audience. This is especially true if you have a commenting feature on your website, where readers can voice their likes and dislikes, as well as adding suggestions for future blog posts. This will give an immediate idea of the type of audience you are attracting and allow you to cultivate your content to suit that.

SAY SOMETHING

Of course, that isn’t to say you should let your audience dictate your content. Hopefully, many of them will have similar interests to you, and so much of what is written and suggested will keep in line with the vision you have in mind.

One of the major mistakes of many bloggers is blogging for the sake of blogging. There are simply too many people writing the same sort of thing over and over and over again that in the end it just looks like one blog has stolen from another and so on along with a long chain of content.

If you want to stand out, you need to discuss topics and ideas that haven’t been covered extensively. This might be hard, but for a professional blogger, creating compelling content is what you do. Nobody wants to read what has already been written before, and rehashing the same old knowledge will do nothing but put readers off and drive them away.

BE SOCIABLE

It is not enough to simply have a blog. For new bloggers, you might wonder how exactly anyone else will find it. This is where the joys of social media come in. Back in the day, all there we had was MySpace, a very early Facebook and forums if you wanted to promote your web content.

But now, the world of social media has changed. There are so many different platforms for you to promote yourself that it would take up too much room to list them all. The obvious ones, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram are a great place to start as you more than likely already have a solid following of friends, family, and strangers that will be intrigued by any promotion you post.

From here, you can begin to build a user base. Friends will tell other friends, strangers will tell other strangers, and after a while, you will soon see more traffic, more likes, and more shares than you’ll know what to do with. Once this is established, it is up to you to keep hold of these readers.

COLLABORATE

Even in a world as competitive as blogging, it still pays to collaborate with other bloggers to further promote your brand. Working with like-minded people through giveaways, co-authoring posts, and guest appearances will unveil you to a brand new audience.

These collaborations can be with friends who also blog, as well as bloggers who you’ve been reading for some time and already admire. Sharing content can lead to a broader audience base and hopefully propel your blog towards more and more visitors as the chain of collaboration stretches.

By choosing to work alongside established bloggers, you will not only be getting more views but also be able to learn from those who already have experience in working towards more readers. This kind of advice can be invaluable if you want to spread your brand further than just a few friends on the internet and can give you the opportunity to make a name for yourself in the blogging world.

It can be a difficult start to your blogging career. All those previous worries about not having anything interesting to say will soon seem to become a reality once you find that there is little to no traffic on your blog. During this time, it is essential not to get discouraged and keep pushing on. But also, you need to take a look at what sort of content you are posting, as simple words on a webpage are not enough. There needs to be a level of engagement for the reader. Topics like ‘Winter Style Ideas’, or ‘Quick and Cutesy DIY Projects’ have been done to death.

Instead, go further out there. Find something that people aren’t talking about and just write. It may be complicated at first to find something unique in a world where a new blog post is seemingly made every five seconds, but once that first post is out you will find yourself flush with inspiration. Who knows, perhaps the very idea of looking for interesting content can inspire a blog post in the future.

10 Reasons To Give Flowers

Giving flowers have always been part of our social fabric since time in memorial. Flowers are often the best choice of gift for many occasions. They are beautiful to look at and gives good fragrance. In many ways, flowers soothe the soul and offers that unexplained calm and happiness within.

There are well known occasions to give flowers.

  1. Chinese New Year – Flowers and plants like the pussy-willow and the orange mandarin trees are much sought after during this season.
  2. Valentine’s Day – A very important day for lovers for both the young and the young at heart. Roses are undisputed best choice and popular pick for this day. Although in recent times, more unique flowers such as baby’s breath, cotton, lavender, wheat flower bouquets have made their way into the choice of many millennials.
  3. White Day – observed by girls and women presenting chocolate gifts to their guys. This day is more commonly practiced in Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China on 14 March 1, a month after valentine’s day to reciprocate their partners’ gifts.
  4. Mother’s day – A day to celebrate mom’s unconditional love for us and the many sacrifices she has made to bring us up. A popular choice of flower for mother’s day is carnation.
  5. Graduation day – to celebrate this once a life time achievement, hand bouquets are often a popular choice of gift coupled with soft toys. Capturing this moment with flowers has always been a traditions.
  6. Secretary’s day – now known as Administrative Professionals’ Day. Typical a day their bosses will treat their secretaries with lunches and bouquets of flowers.
  7. Teacher’s Day – to celebrate teacher’s day, students often present a stalk of flower eg. Gerberas or roses or carnations to their favourite teachers.
  8. Hari Raya AidilFitri – flowers in the form of table arrangements form an alternative gift for this important celebration.
  9. Deepavali – known too as the festival of light where giving of flowers in the form of table arrangements is fairly common too.
  10. Christmas – Christmas hampers and floral gift baskets are often an alternative choice of gift. Table arrangements with Christmas themes are also popular. Christmas wreaths though not as popular as in the west but not uncommon as part of Christmas giving.

Choose an international flower delivery like 24hrscityflorist.com for all your flower delivery needs to any cities in the world. A Singapore based florist, 24hrsCityFlorist.fom has a reputation for their 24hr delivery flower delivery service together with their 9am to next day 6am flower shop operating hours as well as their unique character bouquets and design-your-own bouquet platform.

Gifting flowers is like giving someone a beautiful part what nature provides. Flowers are always the best and most special and caring gift for anyone. They are perfect for any kind of occasion. Besides the events mentioned above, flowers or floral gifts are also given in weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and funerals. Every flower has its own unique symbol and carries their own meanings and significances. Choosing the best flower delivery service is as important to ensure your floral gift reaches the recipient in good time.

Better Presents with A Better Florist

If you haven’t heard of A Better Florist so far, you’re definitely missing out. Luckily, it’s never too late to jump on the flower bandwagon. Flower shopping is something that we often resort to when we’re in a rush and have an important event, date, birthday, or want to express ourselves with a beautiful gesture. But we don’t often think about whether our flower shopping adventures could be better or more special.

Without A Better Florist, we would have to settle for our old-fashioned florists, that we had to chase around town in the hope that they have something we’re looking for. And if by some chance we were able to find the flowers of our dreams, we would have to ask ourselves whether they are able to deliver in time.

These are the most common issues when it comes to flower shopping, issues that A Better Florist decided to fix and that’s how this entire business was developed. They didn’t want to just be the cheapest florist Singapore has ever seen, they wanted to take the entire service to the next level.

Once you step onto their website or into one of their multiple flower shops around Singapore, you’ll be greeted by a gentle scent of flowers waiting to bloom just about any second. All of the flowers are delivered from a flower nursery on Cameron Highlands, and they reach their peak once they arrive into your hands.

The website offers some of their best seasonal flowers and favorites of their customers. Each and every arrangement has its own name, price point and a short description that tells you more about what the bouquet is supposed to represent. Apart from cruising through the options listed on the website, you can also talk to them and request custom orders. Apart from making cheap bouquet Singapore‘s most popular choice, they also do an amazing job at creating a beautiful fruit basket.

Besides having the variety and options for customization, what used to be the cutest flower stand Singapore has seen, also works wonders when it comes to delivery. They offer the best flower delivery in Singapore simply because they’ve worked out every single detail of the delivery system so that they are as fast as possible. What constitutes as fast for the best florist in Singapore is the ability to deliver on the same day within only 90 minutes. Imagine having a flower emergency. You forgot your best friend’s baby’s 1st birthday and you need flowers ASAP. A Better Florist understands that these kinds of this happen often. That’s why you get to choose one of their flowers immediately, click the order button and have it delivered within only 90 minutes.

The best florist in Singapore aka A Better Florist makes this possible every single time, because they have a flower shop in every single area of Singapore. You might be on one end of Singapore, and the recipient might be on the other. It doesn’t matter!

This efficient delivery system, along with a very convenient price point and outstanding creations led them to expand, and once we started digging deeper for more information, we found out that even after you leave Singapore, you can’t escape a Better Florist. We consider this a good sign.

Not only have they swept Singaporean’s off their feet, but their skills led them to be recognized as the best florist in Hong Kong and best florist in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Their revolution started out right here in Singapore, but it has been heard about so many other people. A Better Florist managed to recognize what the people need and continue to be the best of the best in Singapore, but also to offer the best Dubai flower delivery and Hong Kong flower delivery.

Even if they weren’t the best flower delivery in Hong Kong, we still appreciate the immense changes a Better Florist brought to Singapore. They completely changed the way we perceive flower shops. Although many will undoubtedly try to follow in their footsteps, they are the revolutionary that we will remember.

Glasses Hack for Specky People Like Me

These tips are really handy. I’ve used some of them before, like using the camera feature of my phone to magnify stuff and locate my specs after I take them off.

I also use my camera phone’s feature to “see” stuff when I can’t use my glasses, like when I am at the hairdresser. I took my phone out and use the camera feature and point to the mirror using the rear camera. My hairdresser asked me if I was taking pictures but I told her no and that I was just watching her work. I explained that I was blind as a bat without my glasses and by doing this I can see exactly what she was doing!

I’m excited to use more of the tips here. I’m hopeful the hack for scratches works.

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