5 Things To Remember Before You Blog About Your Personal Life.

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1. Make Your Own Expectations. In any aspect of life, humans tend to be the most understanding to the vulnerability that comes with putting yourself out there. They respect those who are willing to open up; and that can range from speaking of your latest anxiety attack in the grocery store to how you spent your past weekend. Never feel obligated to share something beyond your comfort level.

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2. Names. From a personal perspective : readers have a a harder time connecting to the names of people, taken directly from your life. They don’t know them and frankly, they probably don’t care. From a safety perspective : limit the use of names, change them, or if including them is necessary – ask permission from the people themselves.

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3. Personal Information. This is nothing knew. This is what we’ve been taught our whole lives. Do not put your private information on the World Wide Web. You cannot take it back and you cannot control who’s hands it gets into. This means, keep your address, phone number, credit cards and social insurance numbers to yourself.

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4. Family Balance. I myself am not a parent but I’m aware of the importance of your child’s online safety. The reputation you’re building for yourself – can truly affect your child, long term.  If you’re looking for more information on how to keep your child safe, do your research or take a look at the section : “2. Finding Balance: Family & Work” on this article : How to Start a Successful Mom Blog.

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5. Don’t Talk About Things You Don’t Want To Talk About. By putting something on the Internet, you’re welcoming further discussions (or even arguments). This could be from friends, families, strangers, past employers, even future employers. Remember that once the computer turns off – you’re once again living amongst these people in day-to-day life.

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It’s your life. Your blog, and your decision to share what you want. However, blog with respect toward the people of your past, present & future. Blog with respect towards yourself and don’t ever feel the need to emotionally surrender yourself,  just to create a good piece.

This topic is important and needs to be discussed. Do you have any of your own tips or advice? Let’s talk in the comments!


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Old Habits Defeat Happiness.

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@christineharada

He bought me fries and beer, you bought me a three-course dinner.

He showed me his parents’ basement, you showed me the city skyline.

He told me about his night with the bros, you asked me about my day at work.

He made me walk home, alone at 4 am, you walked me to my door.

And when you took me home, released my hand and said goodnight, I couldn’t keep a smile off my face.

And wearing the same grin you gave me, and reliving the night we had, I picked up my phone, and told him I missed him.

Too often do old habits defeat happiness.

A Different Kind Of Problem.

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I’d be nice if we could put a pair of shoes on every homeless person and put every animal from the pound, into loving arms instead. I’d be nice to find families for lost children and a direction for lost souls. To find peace for those in the heart of war and peace for those with a war in their heart. I’d be nice if money could lose meaning and the future to lose fear. For voices to rise and crime to subside. For society to look ahead, and just once, not close it’s eyes.

I’d be nice – for real life gives us real problems. Different kinds of problems. Different than our soul reflection. Because once you’re opened up to the world in front of you, your problems will no longer feel like problems. In fact, as you grow, they may very well become the solution.

 

I’m An Entrepreneur, Bitch.

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@imanentrepreneurbitch

It’s hard being an entrepreneur. It’s hard knowing an entrepreneur. And unfortunately, it’s even harder paving your way as a woman entrepreneur. I love this shirt and the message behind it. It’s simple. It’s perfect.

I live in a one-industry city,

where the first thing people want to know is

who you are

and

what you do.

Sometimes I just want to say:

“I’m an entrepreneur, bitch.”

Who are you?

Support the woman behind the message and get your own shirt at imanentrepreneurbitch.com

This Time Could Be Different.

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@inkystain

You wait for someone to come into your life and tell you you’re perfect. Tell you they can’t live without you. You’re always on their mind. But when those feelings are foreign and you hear them with a meaningless ring, you panic.

You can’t believe someone’s pushing your hair back to better look into your eyes. You can’t believe they’re holding your hand despite your nail-biting habit and horribly dry skin. You can’t believe they sacrificed their Saturday night to find the shiny pieces of your shattered self.

You can’t believe it. So you don’t. Your sheets are tangled from your own distress. Your past is hiding your ache to love. You’re running and you’re running, from the possibility – that this time could be different.

The 5 Most Important Things To Look For In A Web Host.

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1. Price. It doesn’t matter how much a Web Host can offer or what you can get if you’re going to exit the screen once you see the cost in the Checkout anyways. Do your research prior and find something that can fit into your budget but is still worth your while. This Guide to Low Cost Hosting Guide  mentioned a great point:

So how cheap is cheap by today’s standard?

QUICK ANSWER: Below $5/mo, with adequate features.”

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2. Basic Features. With my curiosity towards iPage, I read the iPage Review on WHSR . An easy scroll and a chart of simplified information is the way I like to find what I need. I put an emphasis on reading reviews as opposed to just a Web Host’s page as there is so, so much more you will learn and with a more honest perspective.

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3. Email. Very important! Basic Email services such as Google or Hotmail may not be able to hold your emails or offer the security measures that you’d like. Most Web Host’s come with an add-on email option which will give you a better messaging system and an address like : jennifer@youngandtwenty.com as opposed to youngandtwenty.com.

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4. Money Back. To myself (and probably most) committing to anything that costs money can be intimidating. Maybe running a website isn’t for you. Maybe you’re suddenly too busy to keep up. Maybe you made a mistake with your decision. Whatever the reason, make sure there’s a Full Refund Trial or Anytime Money Back Guarantee available.

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5. Other. The rest of what you look for in your Web Host is dependent on you,  the extent of your knowledge and the long-term goals of your website. Look into storage space, upgrade options, domain availability etc.


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We Can Meet Again.

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@bonjour!lauraj

 I wasn’t ready to love you when I met you. There wasn’t anything you could’ve said, or anything you could’ve done. You gave me chances to have you. Opportunities to miss you. Night’s alone looking at my bed without you there. You gave me time to decide. Time to open my arms, and for that I learned, love promised time to no one.

We were lost. Our chance was missed. Our hands untied. Because, if timing is everything than time worked against us and too often I look at the door and hope you’ll walk in; so we can meet again.

The Idea of Someone.

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@aallthisbadblood

You don’t want to breakdown because you don’t want to challenge the love of the people around you. You don’t want to see who would be there. You just want to believe they would all be. Unfortunately, you know the truth. You know no one’s life stops when yours does.
You want them to push you, comfort you, convince you there’s good you can’t see. But, maybe they can’t keep telling you things will be okay. They can’t visit every lunchtime or call every dinner, just to soothe your pain.

They can’t give you expectations that they’ll always be there, because sometimes they won’t be. Sometimes your call will go unanswered and your mind will be left to wander. You’ll question who cares and you’ll question the motive of those who do.

Peace of mind will come as the ones you need are always there, but – you don’t want to breakdown because you know, sometimes the idea of someone has to be enough.

The Power of Hindsight.

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Your life is playing out in the way it’s meant to. The people, the places, and the choices. They were all meant to happen. Every mistake you made was a stepping stone. Every fork in the road was explored off a self-made decision.

If you look at where you are – whether it’s good or bad – it’s where you’re supposed to be. Your accomplishments – be they big or small – are you. They are milestones in your life. A trophy for your concurs. Proof of your potential.

Although, if your life has gone wrong and disappointment is constant, realization is the bittersweet battle. You now have the power of hindsight. The ability to use your past to revise the future. The ability to use the challenges that lay behind you, to take on the ones that lay ahead.

14 Things I Learned Before Turning 24.

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@moirafuller

1. Life speaks in whispers. Listen close.

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2. Put yourself first or it will be you that comes in last.

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3. Most fights aren’t worth fighting. Just remembering.

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4. It’s a waste to wait on wishes.

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5.  For a still unknown reason, not a lot of people want to make things easy for you.

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6. There can be beauty found in the way love turns to loved.

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7. If everyone were on the same page as you, they’d be writing your book. Not theirs.

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8. It takes a lot more work to hide your feelings than it does just to feel them.

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9. Sometimes good karma comes in the form of bad, just to remind you there’s worse.

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10. Don’t expect someone to fight your monsters if they can’t even face their own.

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11. It all comes down to what you see as happiness. What’s a welcome home to some, is a reason to leave for others.

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12. The best way to have a breakdown is to have it.

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13. This world needs more heroes and less expectations that one will save us.

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14. Pain is temporary. That doesn’t mean you won’t hurt for weeks. That doesn’t mean you won’t hurt for months. That means you won’t hurt forever.