Tuesday, May 4, 2021

My Journey as a Blogger for the last 16 years and Counting

Wow, who would have thought that I’d become a blogger or an online content maker / influencer this long? The past 16 years have been fun, tiring but fruitful if I may say and I certainly have no regrets in hopping or creating my path in this online thingy.

As I slowly squeeze myself in the online world in 2004, meeting friends from my country and even those from other nations through social media made me excited. Back in the days where I am still novice, I find it very amusing that I was able to interact with people through my computer in the comfort of my home.

One day, while I’m on Yahoo messenger talking to a friend, she happened to talk about her blog. Not sure what she was talking about so I asked her more details about it. It turns out that it was like a diary where we can write anything about our life or ideas and the only difference is that it is written or published online. Few more conversations about that topic, I found myself asking her to teach me how to set up my own.  She happily guided me and in no time my 1st ever blog – Simply Jen was born. 

It was in January 7, 2005 when my 1st blog post  was published in Bravenet (bravejournal). Too bad, I wasn’t able to take a screenshot of it because I can’t access it anymore. Not wanting to pay the premium account after few years of using their service, they deleted it and I have no choice but to let it go. 

Not long after, I decided to open a new blog: A Slice of Life in January 2, 2007 at Blogger (dot)com, a free hosted blog platform where I etched my online presence more. The interface was blogger friendly and blog entries are time (date) stamped unlike at my 1st blog. It made my blogging blissful as I was able to write more posts not just about my life but some interesting topics about what was happening in my country or world during those days. It is indeed refreshing to have found another venue to share my thoughts and partly it became my hobby at that time. 


Time passed by and while I was enjoying my days publishing entries from time to time at my blog, another friend of my mine introduced me to the world of paid blogging. Curiosity sparked and of course thrill surfaced upon me after hearing that. At first, I never believed it was true until she showed some payment proofs. Thoughts that it is too good to be true entered my mind but hey, I was wrong. I signed up to give it a try and I was dumbfounded that I can truly be compensated for publishing a blog post about a certain product or service. Without a doubt, a blogger can work hand-in-hand with companies to market their product or service.

As a blogger, year 2007 was a great time for me for I have created multiple posts and blogs. It’s like enjoying what I love to do and in the end I was also compensated through numerous paid blogging works. I assume it was also the time when a lot of companies wanted online presence. Not only they have created their websites but they also contacted bloggers simply because they wanted to reach more to their customers or would be clients as part of their marketing strategy.  This scenario is where marketing agencies and bloggers played an important part.   

Getting the opportunity to create an article to be published on my blog is not that simple since a lot of marketing agencies have some standards or criteria to qualify for a job. With that in mind, every blogger needs to be sure that their blogs are a perfect fit for the campaign. High or good page rank, alexa, domain authority, hosted or blogs with domain names are just some of the requirements to be able to get the job.

To keep up with the phase, I decided to create more blogs with different niche and this blog Scraps and Shots was also born.  I’ve created some on free hosted blog platform and those with hosting services as well. It was a lot of effort and I remember staying up late just to polish my blogs to make sure that they are presentable enough for agencies to consider them to be approved in their marketing campaigns. Bloggers often times spent a lot of time interacting with each other to improve our backlinks and ranking. Joining viral linking, tags, memes, Alexa hopping, blog contests and entrecards are just some of the ways that I did as a blogger to improve my blog’s standing. Whew, it was often tiring but that doesn’t stop me as I was determined to improve my ranking.

Signing up to a lot of sites kept me busy and made blogging a full time career aside from the fact that I was also a digital graphic designer during those days. Equipped with a desire to earn while still loving or doing what I love by writing posts or articles, I bravely immersed myself in the blogging world. Even though, my grammar missed a point or two and my thoughts about the topic sometimes swerve a little, I believe I was able to pull it off. I think that you don’t need to be an excellent writer as long as you can clearly relay the message to your readers. Brilliant writers with well made articles will definitely be prioritized by agencies to have more work and high compensation.  Aside from article writing, some companies can require side bar linking of their sites, social media sharing, infographic postings or even just a copy-paste of pre-written articles type of work on your blog.

There are great content writers and influencers that I was able to come across and it made me more inspired. That alone, helped me to keep writing and somewhat made me realize that in those 16 years (and counting) of blogging, I can say that I also did a good if not a great job.

These days, we have seen the rise of various social media formats like Instagram, Twitter, Tiktok, Youtube and Snapchat just to name a few where anyone can just freely sign up and post to their heart’s content. Quite a lot of people have become instant celebrities and great influencers / content creators when their videos or posts become viral. Moreover, this sets online influencers as a great tool to promote products that’s why companies collab with them in exchange of products or monetary. More especially when you have heaps of followers, advertisers will surely contact you.

As a blogger, I always hope that my readers can learn from my posts or enjoy reading them. Recently, I also tried being a vlogger by creating my own Youtube channel: Tita Jen. It’s another medium to share my shopping finds, traveling adventures and more in video format this time. With only 10 months of vlogging, I am certainly still learning and trying to improve my skills in talking in front of a camera. A dream that one day, advertisers will directly contact me for collaboration just like those popular influencers excites me. If that day will come, it’ll be a dream come true.

Blogging is still popular, however, it is not like in those days when I first started. Maintaining several blogs or posting quite often maybe a little tasking but I’m certainly not letting go of my blogs anytime soon. As long as there are stories to tell, experiences to share and products/services to promote, I’ll be keeping my blogging fingers on my keyboard. 

Friday, April 2, 2021

Flying With Your Dog

Putting a dog on an airplane can be a harrowing experience for you and your pup. It’s best to find another way to travel; however, if flying is your only option, take these ideas into account.

Flight Times

It’s important to make reservations for your dog and yourself at the same time. Most airlines have special pages on their websites to explain exactly what the rules are for flying with your dog. Read them carefully and leave enough time to visit a vet if necessary. Consider when the plane is scheduled to take off and arrive. If you’re flying across the country with your new certified German Shepherd puppies, for example, you will want to avoid flying in the heat of the day for the dogs’ comfort and safety.

Crates

Whether your fur baby is a teacup poodle or a Great Dane, it will need to be in an airline-approved crate or carrier. Small dogs can sometimes ride in their carrier under the seat in front of you. Larger dogs, obviously, will need to go in the cargo hold. Carefully label the carrier with all your contact information, the dog’s name and arrows pointing up. Write the words “live animal” in permanent marker on all sides.

Vaccinations

Check the airline rules on vaccinations and leave yourself plenty of time to visit the vet. Make sure you get copies of all shot records. While at the vet, ask about whether a tranquilizer for your dog would be appropriate. Not all airlines allow it, but some vets recommend it because of the stress that goes along with flying.

Quarantine

Finally, check the animal quarantine rules for the state you are flying into. Hawaii’s extremely stringent quarantine policy, for example, makes getting your dog released to you directly at the airport possible but improbable. A year in advance of your travel date is not too early to investigate the restrictions at your destination.

Driving across country with a dog in the backseat can be challenging, but it may be preferable to putting your dog on a plane. Consider the hassle before proceeding.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Jewelry Trends

Just like home design and clothing, jewelry also has seasons and trends. Before spending your money on giant silver hoops or a diamond tennis bracelet, check out the emerging runway trends in jewelry design to make sure your look is in style.

Pearls

Pearls aren’t just for your grandmother anymore. It’s hard to believe that something akin to getting sand in your eye to a human creates such a beautiful object inside an oyster, mussel or clam. Those little irritants harden and beautify until they are harvested and made into the necklaces, bracelets and rings seen on this year’s runways. Because pearls are sensitive, they should be kept on velvet liners or soft pouches to maintain their luster.

The New Locket

The new locket isn’t a locket at all but a cute little bag just big enough for a lipstick. These bag necklaces can be long or short, made of leather, metal or fabric. They can stand out or blend into your outfit just as you like.

Earrings as Statement Pieces

Wearing a statement necklace may be a thing of the past (unless it’s one of the trendy bag necklaces). Shoulder length earrings are the new statement pieces. These ornaments can get so long, you will need to be careful when you throw a bag over your shoulder for fear of catching on one.

Textured Metal

Imagine the jewelry Athena or another Greek goddess might wear, and you’ll be spot on for the new textured metal craze. Chunky bracelets in crushed gold or silver are in. Smooth metals are out. Keep pieces shiny by cleaning with a soft cloth.

Beachy Keen

Why give up that vacation feel just because you must work? Bright colorful beads made of clay, shells or glass interspersed with feathers or charms are a runway hit. Add texture by layering a choker with longer strands.

Keep your jewelry wardrobe up to date by adding in a few trendy pieces. Whether you go high fashion with pearls or keep it casual with beads, you’re sure to turn heads with your stylish look.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

3 Exciting Ways to Spend Family Night at Home

Are you planning a family night and looking for something exciting to do? While going out may be a challenge, there are plenty of exciting ways to pass the hours. Follow this guide for three of the best ideas for a family night. 

Beach Vacation  

If you are like many, your coastal trip was canceled. Fortunately, there are plenty of beach cams out there to help you. To get you started, go to the grocery store and find yourself some fruits and beverages from your target beach area. Then, pull out the towels and set up your relaxation area in front of your TV.  You can build your own beach vacation at home, without ever going anywhere.  

Movie Night  

Movie theaters and production companies have taken a new approach to lockdown orders changing how movies are released. To get you started, make sure you have your satellite TV Yuma AZ set up. Then, heat the popcorn and put out your comfy pillows to create the perfect luxury theatrical experience. Once you have selected your film and set up the room, bring your family in and dim the lights for a family movie night unlike any other.   

Zoo Trip  

For the families of animal lovers, getting to a zoo or aquarium has been a challenge this year. Fortunately, there are a variety of live streams set up to help your kids get the experience without going outside. As you plan, take the time to schedule for what is happening to add some excitement to your day. Finally, be sure to include some fun snack ideas to help bring a feeling of realism to your at-home day at the zoo. 

Staying at home doesn’t mean you have to lose out on having fun. Take the time to do some preparation to create the ideal at-home vacation. 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

How To Get Fast Money for an Emergency

Even though you do your best to budget your finances perfectly, emergencies still happen. Maybe your car broke down or you had a medical emergency, and now you're coming up short on money for your regular expenses. If you find yourself in a money bind, here are several ways you can get the funds you need quickly.

Take Out a Short-Term Loan

Many times the easiest way to get a lump sum of cash is to take out short term loans Mississippi. This type of loan works well if you can pay it back quickly. Although you'll have only a minimum amount due, if you can pay the entire amount sooner, it'll keep you in good graces with the lender and make it easier for you to apply again in the future if necessary.

Negotiate Other Bills

If you have good credit and have never missed a payment, there's a good chance your other creditors might delay a payment due date for you or create a temporary payment plan. They may even go as far as to let you skip the payment altogether, which will get you back on track sooner. It never hurts to call and ask.

Sell Something You Don't Need

You can make fast money by selling online a belonging that's in good shape and you no longer want or need. This could be a bicycle, brand-name clothing, electronics or even unused gift cards. Listing your items with high-quality pictures can get cash in your hands before the day's end.

Find a Reasonable Solution

Financial emergencies happen to everyone at one time or another. The amount of money you need tells you which strategy is right for you. If you keep your cool and look for a reasonable solution, you'll be amazed at the resources available to get the cash you need now.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Safety Tips for Home

The safety and security of your family should be important to you. You never know what could happen, and you should always be prepared for anything. Your home especially should be a safe haven for them, and in order to do so, make a plan to help you in case there was an emergency. Here are some ways to help ensure you all feel safe while at home.

Cameras

A great way to see what is happening in and around your home at all times is a camera system. You can view the recordings while at home or when you are away. If anything happens, you can see it on film. This can be useful when no one is home. Being able to see outside can also help you monitor for any suspicious activity in your neighborhood.

Fence

Having a fence around your property can work as a deterrent. Most people will think twice when they see a large fence around someone’s place. It can also give you privacy from neighbors and people who may be watching what you are doing. Knowing that there is a barrier between you and someone walking into your yard or home can really help one feel safe.

Weapon

You may be at home while an intruder breaks in, and if this were to happen, having a weapon could protect your family. You can have a blunt force object or knife close by, or you may choose to have different types of Glocks in your home. A handgun can be a deadly force and would be able to protect you until help arrives.

Bunker

Having a spot where everyone goes during a state of emergency is important. Not all emergencies involve criminal activity. Storms and nature may cause a natural disaster. A meeting spot without windows and in a secure part of the home can protect you from injury.

No one wants to have an emergency occur, but everyone should be prepared just in case. Some of these tips can help you get through various ones that could happen.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Dining Room D├ęcor on a Budget

A dining room doesn’t need to have exorbitantly priced furniture or china to impress your guests. Here are some examples of a few simple touches that can make a great impression on your company.

Get Chair Covers

If your dining room chairs have seen better days, you might want to consider dressing them up. Getting some chair covers` can be an affordable alternative to replacing a set.

Choose a Fantastic Centerpiece

An inexpensive but eye-catching centerpiece can bring everyone’s attention to the center of the table and really brighten up a sparsely decorated area. You can get discount centerpieces in a variety of styles to complement any type of room or celebrate any occasion.

Celebrate an Occasion With a Decorative Table Cloth

In addition to a centerpiece, a table cloth can make your table look festive. Holidays such as Thanksgiving or Easter can be celebrated with bright or patterned prints.

Set Your Table With Cloth Napkins

Most people don’t eat their nightly dinners with cloth napkins; they typically use them only at a restaurant that offers fine dining. Cloth napkins will make your table look well-appointed.

Add Long Stem Candles

Candles can make any table look elegant. Also, they’ll add a pleasant lighting quality that can enhance a dimly lit room.

Make Drinkware a Priority

While you may not be able to replace all of your place ware, the item that you should prioritize is drinkware. People will be touching their drinkware more than any other item, and it will be in direct contact with their mouths. Since it’s typically clear, it will show flaws prominently. Drinkware doesn’t have to be expensive; it just has to be in good condition and very clean.

Some small and simple touches can help you create a great dining ambiance. You don’t need to spend a lot to impress; you just need to show off great style.

 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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3 Things To Do After Bringing Your Horse Home

Bringing a new horse home is exciting whether you are an experienced or first-time owner. Experienced owners have a better idea of what to do after bringing their new animal home, but if you are new to the horse world, you may not know what to do next because being a responsible owner involves a lot more than just riding your pet. Here are three things you should do after bringing your horse home.

Spend Time Bonding With Your New Pet

Horses often share special bonds with their owners but you have to spend time developing that bond if you want it to grow. Spending time with your new horse is the best way to cultivate a positive relationship. You can start by simply spending a lot of time near your pet. You can also perform long, relaxing grooming sessions while you talk to your horse. Building this relationship will help you become a better riding partner.

Prepare for Unexpected Expenses

Horses are expensive. Not only will you need to provide grain and hay for your companion to eat, but you also need to be prepared for unexpected medical expenses. You could be facing an astronomical vet bill if your horse gets sick or injured and you want to provide the best care possible so you may want to purchase horse medical insurance to be prepared if something happens.

Inspect Your Property Regularly

Horses can get injured if your property isn’t properly maintained so you should make it a habit to inspect your property regularly. Invest in proper fencing for horses and make sure it doesn’t fall or become damaged during storms. You should also inspect the terrain so you know there isn’t anything in the pasture that could injure your pet.

Bringing a new horse home can be both exciting and overwhelming if you are a first-time horse owner. Use these three tips to settle into your new routine so you can give your companion his or her best life.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

In-Home Business Ideas

If you are a stay at home wife or mom, you may be wondering if there’s anything you could do to make some extra money. While some consider what they enjoy doing a hobby, you could take that fun and turn it into your own business. Here are three popular things you could do to help you bring in some extra income.

Sewing

If you know how to sew, your in-home business could sky-rocket because of the potential you have. Not only could you make a variety of clothing and fabric made needs, but you could also create and take custom orders. This helps make sure you are not bound to doing only one thing. You could even shop from an online craft store to minimize your going out and allows you to purchase whatever supplies you may need.

Cooking

For those who know how to cook or bake, there is a market out there for it. Everyone wants to eat well, so if you have something special you are known for making, give the world a chance to taste it. Bakers are often looked for more than cooks because most are looking for someone who can create cakes or desserts for their events. No matter what you are though, you should give it a try.  

Scrubbing

Starting your own cleaning business is one of the easiest ways to make some money from home. You are able to make your schedule and decide on how much work you want to have. Whether you clean people’s homes or large office buildings, you don’t need much to get started. If you supply your own cleaning products, remember that they are something that will last for a while.
No matter what you think your skill level is in either of these areas, there is always the potential to build a business off of it. Don’t be afraid to take the first step and put yourself out there for hire.