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BAD MANAGEMENT OR BULLYING

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A few years ago now, I was about 19 years old, I used to work in a manufacturing company, this company was of medium size, and their management structure was standard for the day. Initially, I was happy working there, I kept myself to myself, and I wasn’t really bothered much, this went on for a couple of years, and then I started to progress in the company, this was something I was very proud of.

My first managerial position was a team leader of a production line in the company, and I threw myself into trying to impress, do a good job all the sort of things you do when you start something new. At first, things were going great, I was getting all the help I needed from my supervisors, I was getting on well with the lads on the line, my home life had improved because I was earning more money, and I wasn’t under so much pressure anymore.

My relationship with the managing director was very good in the early days, he always used to say to me “Stick by me, and you will be rewarded, I need people like you, you are the cornerstone of the company” and this made me feel really proud and needed, important even, but I suppose with hindsight he was just saying what he thought I needed to hear, there was no truth in it, I was being used. We used to call this whisper a few sweet nothings in his ear, and he will be alright.”

“This started to increase on a daily basis, and I got to the point where I would dread the morning meetings because all I could think of was what were they going to pick on me today with.”

This went on for a while, but slowly and surely they started to leave me to my own devices, this was fine at first, but then small things started to happen. We had a production meeting every morning involving senior management and team leaders, were you would discuss an individual’s responsibilities and how they are doing that day, and I started to notice that I seemed to be getting a lot more attention than the others, and they seemed to be picking fault with me that they wouldn’t be doing with the other team leaders. This started to increase on a daily basis, and I got to the point where I would dread the morning meetings because all I could think of was what were they going to pick on me today with.

I tried my hardest to do the right thing, but nothing seemed to work. Things started to get worse, the picking at me progressed from the morning meetings to the shop floor, and it was at this point that things really started to affect me. there was never any physical bullying, it was always the type where you want to humiliate someone, to keep eating away at their confidence, make them think that no matter what they did it was wrong, ultimately this made me scared to make any decision, in fact things got so bad i found myself in the staff toilet almost crying, but I couldn’t understand what I was doing wrong, I knew I was good at my job so why was i being treated like this.

Things came to a head, when one night I got home after a really bad day at work, and my wife just asked how things went, and out of nowhere I just burst into tears, I couldn’t take anymore because I am a strong proud man and that company destroyed my soul and really did make me quivering wreck in front of my wife, but that was my wake up call, and I just quit, maybe I should have done something about it, but nobody should have to go through that, and it has affected my relationship, my confidence, and my belief

Roll forward 35 years and it’s still going on in businesses across the globe, people of all ages are being bullied under the guise of management. I am not saying all managers are bad, but it only takes one bully to make somebody’s life a living hell.

HOW TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL BLOGGER

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HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL BLOGGER

As bloggers, we all dream of being successful with what we write about, we all want thousands of people to read our blog posts, we all want great reviews and comments, but achieving that goal is the hard part. Many years ago when I started my first blog I kept starting one and then deleting it, and I did these hundreds of times because I just didn’t know enough about it to make it work, so today I am going to tell you how to make it work, and the rest is up to you.

STARTING YOUR BLOG

To start a blog you must first decide what it is you want to write about, you have to ask yourself the question, “What do people want to read about”

“Picking a topic that you have a lot of knowledge about will really help you write, and depending on what audience you are trying to target you must choose a topic that is popular, but I must stress that less popular specialized topics can be very successful.”

Now we have chosen our topic the next step is to decide where your blog is going to live, so picking a hosting company is very important. This is where you spend a couple of hours doing your research, choose an established host, look at what features they offer, look at how easy their site builders are to use, and most important of all, look at the price, are you getting good value for money? Once you have chosen your host you are ready to start building a successful blog.

THEME-CONTENT-LAYOUT

Picking a theme for your blog is important, after all, you want your blog to be attractive to the viewer, most site builders offer hundreds of themed templates, so picking the right one shouldn’t be too difficult.

Now you have your theme in place you must fill it with content, and your content are your blog posts and images, keep your content true, by this I mean relevant to your blog niche, keep your content original, don’t use others work unless you have their permission, and keep your content fresh, by this I mean don’t keep rehashing old posts, keep it evergreen. When you use images, keep them relevant to your post, don’t use too many, this can have an adverse effect, and make sure they are your own or that you have permission to use them.

When placing content on your site the layout is crucial to the success of your blog, I have been on some blogs where I have just got lost, it is very easy to put a reader off if you don’t create pages that are easy to follow with well-placed content, take some time to get this right, a good idea is to visit other blogs to see how they do it. Remember, easy navigation is the key.

GETTING YOUR BLOG SEO READY

You can be a fantastic writing talent, but if you haven’t set up the SEO on your blog, how is anyone going to know that you are there? This is where things can get tricky, you need to have some knowledge of things like key-words, title length, alt images, structure, page name etc…etc. I could go on forever, what I am saying is if you get your SEO right, that is half the battle. It could be a good idea to hire somebody to do your site SEO or better still if you know of a friend who knows about SEO, the important thing is, make sure you get this part right. This subject is too big for a small part in a post, so you really do have to research this yourself.

MARKETING YOUR BLOG

Marketing your blog is another important thing as a blogger you have to go through, most of us use social media to do this as it has the capability to reach millions of potential readers., but how we use social media is the important factor. All social platforms use algorithms, and they are for ever-changing and you are constantly battling against that, but basically you have to take into account when sharing your posts on social media geographical location, targeted audience, paid advertising, and where on social media you are going to post, where will you get the best engagement rate, and what is the longevity of that post.

“You must post and share daily, and keep your posts varied, this will help you build up a social media following, give your blog a sustainable reputation, in other words, get your name out there.”

WHAT DO I MEAN BY THE WORD SUCCESSFUL

Now I have been going on about attracting thousands of readers to your blog, or getting lots of revenue through advertising on your blog, and if you do that is successful, but on the other side of the coin, if you only attract 50 readers a week, but you really enjoy what you are doing, then that is also successful. Success is an individual thing, and if you deem it successful, then it is.

CONTENT IS KING

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You have heard this phrase many times, and I live by it but added to that you do have to cayout that content to maximize the effect your post has on the reader.consider how you write that content, what images you use with that content, and how you l

The primary objective of any writer is to get people to read what they have written, there are a few exceptions to this, but in general, as writers that is what we all want. You want what you write to have a positive effect on the reader, so itis important what we say and how we say it.

“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”

— Stephen King

Having great content is not enough, how you use great content is what counts, don’t keep content in just to fill out a story, although this may look good it is the wrong thing to do. You want to tell a story, you want to deliver a message, do this without the excess wording, it’s not needed so get rid of them.

A little while ago I posted on facebook a thread asking to get to know people in my group a little bit better, and a group member commented back “just read our profile” and she is right if I was researching other members to get to know them, but the point of the thread was to create engagement, and without that engagement you can not progress forward. Creating engagement with the reader on a professional level is essential, you can create leads and sales as well as establish credible business relationships which is important to help protect and progress your business, and this is what I mean when I talk about how you use your content and not how much great content you have, it’s all about timing and what you write.

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”

— Anne Frank

Writing is what I do, so it is important to do the very best I can, but our best is a unique attribute to every single one of us, we can all follow guidelines as I have written, but we all see the words in different ways, and they all mean different things to us, the most important thing is you can write good or bad, but always enjoy what you write.

ARE YOU A GOOD BOSS?

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Being a good boss means that you lead from the front and inspire others to go above and beyond what they feel they are capable of, in other words you get the best out of your employees while'st at the same time creating a happy and productive working environment.

Being the boss isn't always easy, but the buck stops at you and you are responsible for the physical and mental welfare of your employees, you may not get it right all the time but you must make sure that any decision you make is in the best interest of the employee and the business because if the business suffers so does the employee, so not all decisions will be popular but you are the one in the driving seat and you have to take responsibility.

The role of a manager is to run the business efficiently, productively, and make a profit, but all the tasks that you need to complete as the boss to achieve that remit can be daunting to say the least, but self belief in your own ability, confidence, and being able to think out of the box are essential quality's to have in your locker, but having those quality's alone will be useless if you haven't got the goodwill and support of your work force. Trust is a keyword in any business, but how do you gain that trust? just giving everyone a pay-rise won't work you have to bee seen to be in control of everything connected with the business, sometimes you have to be firm with your employees to keep control of the shop floor, you have to praise and give rewards when it is merited, and you have to show an interest in your employees on a more personal level to make sure everything is OK with them, because a happy employee is a productive employee and that can only be good for business.

Being a boss is not an easy job, but if you get it right you will increase your profit margin, so it's not just about being a nice person, but it makes good business sense. Now what I have written is a very simplistic view of it and there is so much more to running a successful business, but get the basics right and you are halfway there.

Andy (Global Bloggers)

Just for a Moment (SOLO POR UN INSTANTE – Tylko na chwilę) / Poem by Eliza Segiet

Galaktika Poetike "ATUNIS"

Poem by Eliza Segiet
 
 
Just for a Moment
 
If the world stopped for a moment,
I could sit,
listen to the silence that becomes,
watch how
a river stops flowing,
how the trees congeal into motionlessness.
 
If the world stopped for a moment,
and I with it?
I would not see
flowering meadows,
where a river becomes just a line,
and the still trees
look like sculptures,
I would not hear the ubiquitous silence.
 
If the world stopped
even for one day
then people –
could not hurt people.
 
Translated by Artur Komoter
 
 
SOLO POR UN INSTANTE
 
Si el mundo se detuviera por un instante,
podría sentarme,
percibir el silencio
que se convierte.
Contemplar cómo
un río deja de fluir,
cómo los árboles
se congelan paulatinamente.
 
Si el mundo se detuviera por un instante,
y yo con él,
no…

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Death Is Not Evil

Gothic Bite Magazine

Okay.
So I want to apologize to our subscribers. Not only have I not written an
article in a while. Sorry, life happened! But also I’m about to go into a
death-related rant. I apologize. On with the rant!

The Death Expert Is Back

Now, as our usual readers know, I am Gothic Bite Magazine‘s Death Expert, which means I write articles about death and whatnot. However, it has come to my attention that the media: television, movies, books, among other platforms, love to make anything related to death, evil. 

And, as a Death Positivity Advocate, this irritates me. These platforms and services are why people in this part of the world, i.e., Western society, have death anxiety. 


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Inverted Time (Odwrócony czas) – Eliza Segiet / Translated by Artur Komoter

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Poem by Eliza Segiet
 
 
Inverted Time
 
What am I doing here?
Am I amusing myself?
I’m looking for youth
among young people.
Mental mirages are like
flights between good and evil.
I listen to stories
about the wonders of the future.
 
What am I doing here?
Am I taking my time?
I’m looking for old age
among old people.
 
Life is not a pendulum
and never comes back.
Remains
the motion of memory and oblivion.
 
And I,
listen to
what is still left –
inverted time.
 
Translated by Artur Komoter
 
 
 
Odwrócony czas
 
Co ja tutaj robię?
Zajmuję sobie czas?
Szukam młodości
wśród młodych ludzi.
Myślne miraże są jak
awiacje w dobro i zło.
Słucham opowieści
o cudach przyszłości.
 
Co ja tutaj robię?
Zajmuję sobą czas?
Szukam starości
wśród starych ludzi.
 
Życie to nie wahadło
i nigdy nie…

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Interview with one of the top Irish travel bloggers

La Travel Mama

@janetnewenham check out her latest YouTube video

When did you start blogging?

10 years ago after finishing my journalism degree in Dublin. I left for Canada and started my blog. At first it was just something very small just like a personal diary, a hobby. I would write about expat life. It wasn’t until 4 years that I really made it my full-time job and I started making money from it. I said to myself it’s now or never and I poured all my energy into it. I worked really hard. I would have my day job and then write articles for my blog late into the night. Now I have 3 blogs. ( My main one 150k subscribers, an Irish one 35k, and one that I just started 1 k) Instagram 50k and an YouTube channel 1,5 k subscribers.

Wow so I imagine that is a lot of…

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Introducing The Ultimate Fall Icons & Clipart Set | My First Digital Product

New Lune

I don’t even know how to start this post since it feels so surreal to me. I can’t believe I’m launching my first digital product and I’m sharing all the details with you! I’ve always said that blogging is my passion but alongside blogging, graphic & web design is another passion of mine. I’ve mentioned it in one of my blog posts but I’ve always wanted to create my own creative studio to help bloggers and small businesses – and it just felt the right time to go for it.

For those of you who don’t know, I studied computing so I have a fair amount of knowledge in this category but nevertheless I’ve had to teach myself most of the things because they didn’t really specialise the creative side of IT and focused more on the technical side at uni.

I’m literally so happy that I get to combine…

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7 Deadly Sins of Blogging

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If you are guilty of committing these blogging sins and do
not repent of them in time, you will go straight to blogging hell*.

*Blogging hell – a barren digital landscape where
visitors seldom wander, where views are scarce, and engagement quickly fades
into indifference.

1.
Indifference – Not following other blogs and
commenting on them

Blogging is a conversation, not a monologue. You’re not likely to get others interested in your blog if you don’t become interested in other blogs yourself. WordPress.com makes it easy to discover other bloggers through the built-in content stream but look beyond to blogs across platforms.

Also, don’t be a silent reader but an active participant –
comment, like, and share.

Staying connected to other bloggers is one of the most
challenging aspects of blogging, but it’s also one of the most rewarding.

2.
Slothfulness – Not posting at least once or
twice a…

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