Murders Skyrocket in Dozens of Democrat Controlled Cities In the U.S.

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Of course, this news does not come as a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to the news as of late. Now, we are finally receiving evidence that confirms these suspicions. There has been a major spike in violent crime taking place all across America. The Wall Street Journal has analyzed the current state of affairs and leftists ought to be ashamed of themselves.

Dozens of the nation’s largest cities have experienced a rise in violent crime and this rise can’t be explained away as easy as some people would like. The police have been forced to retreat from their typical positions. While the liberals wanted everything to think that the police were to blame for all of the crime, the statistics are not bearing that theory out.

However, there are reports of other crimes decreasing, so the liberals will be clinging to these numbers. The murder rate is also fairly low when it is compared to the murder rates of past decades. Serious crimes may be dwindling but murder is still a major issue. Police and local residents are now concerned that the violence could lead to long term problems that cannot be reversed.

Cities that have always struggled with crime (such as Memphis, Chicago and Detroit) are experiencing a particularly drastic increase. Even cities that are not typically associated with violent crime (such as Phoenix and Omaha) are going through difficult times right now. Meanwhile, many of the major cities in Texas are actually experiencing a decrease in homicides at the moment.

It is also important to remember that certain percentage increases can be very misleading. If the cities are accustomed to a low homicide rate, the percentage increase may not be anything to worry about. The best way to measure would be to use the number of homicides per 1000 people. From there, cities can more easily judge where they are.

The Wall Street Journal is also offering up a variety of explanations for the violence that is taking place. They are not looking to blame things on the protests exclusively. WSJ also believes that the COVID-19 shutdowns are leading to the homicide increase. There is probably some level of truth to that but there is no way to know definitively.

Crime rates started to plunge once everyone was forced into their homes. Police received less service calls than ever before and crime incidents went down significantly. It’s easy to see why this would be the case. While bars and clubs are not the sole cause of all crime, the shutdown of these locations is sure to put a damper on the number of calls that local officers are receiving.

Robberies and aggravated assaults are dwindling. This shouldn’t be shocking, as these are the types of crimes that are typically associated with the night life. On the other hand, homicides can take place at any time and tensions are likely to rise when everyone is stuck in the house all day. The pandemic has had a profound effect on our collective mental health and this is something that the professionals will be unpacking for years to come.

There are those who believe that the police are simply not being called as often, which is leading to the decrease in certain crimes. Homicides are not going to be affected by something like this, as the police officers will still need to arrive on the scene and collect the body. That’s why so many observers believe that this is the best way to track the level of violence that takes place in American cities at the moment

Orwellian Animal Farm In Nigeria: Fulanis Make Inciting Public Statements and God Free But State Security  Interrogates Mailafiya again For Speaking Against Killing in Southern Kaduna

Mr Mailafiya was, last Wednesday, invited by the security outfit following an interview he granted an Abuja based Radio FM.

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The United Nations Promotes Anti-Family Agenda?

Virginia Allen / @Virginia_Allen5 / August 17, 2020 / The Daily Signal

Kimberly Ells, author of “The Invincible Family,” argues that U.N. leaders are advancing a global anti-family agenda. Pictured: The U.N. Security Council meets Jan. 9, in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Kimberly Ells arrived at the United Nations excited to engage in work to strengthen families around the world. What she found was an agenda to dismantle the traditional family, promote sexuality to children, and reduce parenthood to a burdensome civil construct. 

Kimberly Ells, a policy adviser for Family Watch International and author of the new book, “The Invincible Family: Why the Global Campaign to Crush Motherhood and Fatherhood Can’t Win,” joins the podcast to explain the anti-family agenda being promoted by the United Nations. 

Also on today’s show, we read your letters to the editor and share a good news story about peaceful gatherings of prayer and worship taking place in cities that have been most hurt by riots.  

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Virginia Allen: I am joined by Kimberly Ells, a policy adviser for Family Watch International and author of the new book “The Invincible Family: Why the Global Campaign to Crush Motherhood and Fatherhood Can’t Win.” Kimberly, welcome to the show.

Kimberly Ells: Thank you so much.

Allen: You have a really interesting background, which includes the work that you’ve done at the U.N. and work that really ultimately led you to write this book. Can you begin just by sharing a little bit about your background and how you came to be involved in issues pertaining to children in the family?

Ells: Sure. Several years ago, I think it was 2013, I found a document online in the course of just research and so forth, and it was a document all about children’s sexual rights and promoting sexual rights for children. Up to this point, I didn’t know that that existed in the mainstream. As a mom, I was very concerned about that, and just as a citizen, I was concerned about that. And so that’s what led me down the road to being involved with family advocacy as well as fighting the children’s sexual rights agenda.

What I mean by children’s sexual rights is this document that was published by International Planned Parenthood Federation presented sexuality to kids and to youth as if it was their human right, as if pursuing sexual pleasure in and of itself was a human right for everybody, including youth–not connected to childbearing, not connected to long-term commitment, not connected to family, really, in any way. And that … sexual pleasure is just a right for all people. Many people feel that that’s problematic as I did, and that led me down this road.

Allen: Then take us a little bit further down that road. You discover this agenda being pushed forward, of telling kids, “You can have sex, it’s your right to have sex.” And then as you continue to pursue this idea of, “Wait a second, no, that’s not right, that doesn’t line up with maybe my traditional values,” where does that road continue to take you?

Ells: Very soon, I was able to connect with like-minded people, and I discovered Family Watch International, who had already been fighting the children’s sexual rights agenda at the international level for some time. And so I immediately wanted to jump on board.

That’s when I became involved internationally at the United Nations and saw for myself that not only was this agenda being pushed by International Planned Parenthood and other organizations, but it seemed to be systemic at the United Nations. Many of the United Nation’s agencies, such as UNESCO, UNICEF, [and] UNFPA are all on board this, and it’s somewhat chilling to see it.

Allen: Now, that, I think, is one of the most fascinating things that you have highlighted so well in your book, is this agenda at an international level. That you went to the U.N. with this idea that “I’m going to work to protect children and families and guard them from sexual predators,” and what you actually found is that within the U.N., there’s this network of connection between socialists and feminists that are working with insiders at the U.N. to further this progressive message. Can you tell us a little bit more of that?

Ells: Sure. There’s a huge socialist presence at the United Nations. There’s a huge feminist presence at the United nations. Sexual activism is rampant. Now, I will say not everything that goes on at the United Nations is necessarily bad, and many people who work there have good intentions. But the problem is it appears that many of the agencies have been corrupted by these various agendas. International Planned Parenthood specifically has a huge presence at the United Nations and very frequently partners with U.N. agencies to sponsor events, to push forward programs, and so forth.

The current secretary-general of the United Nations, António Guterres, is the former president of Socialist International. I don’t think that’s widely known, and there are many other examples that I give in the book [of] open socialists who are in leadership positions at the United Nations. Those of us who value free markets and representative government and different things, that’s very concerning.

Allen: Could you just tell us in a nutshell what is the agenda here?

Ells: Well, the agenda, broadly, for the United Nations is to be the world governing body. That’s not very hidden. In fact, just last week, the head of the U.N., the secretary-general, said that a new model for global governance is on the way. Those are his words. He said that part of that is redistributing wealth and power, which is a very socialist idea. …

How does the sexual agenda fit into that? Well, it fits in in a huge way, because … there’s an inherent power in the family, which isn’t often given the recognition that it should be, but it’s there. And fathers and mothers in concert produce life, they produce their children, and then they raise their children. And they teach their children the values that they want them to live by.

If there’s an outside source, outside of the family, that wants to really take control and have more power, what do they need to do? They need to break down the unit of the family in order to usurp the power that the family naturally has. It makes sense because, as anyone knows, anyone who wants to have power in the world knows that you have to get to the young. Guess where the young begin? They begin in the family.

That puts the family, and often, particularly the mother as well as the father, in a great position of influence because if you influence one child at a time and their beliefs, you influence the world.

When you present sex to children that is not connected to family, even though sex is the very thing that creates people and creates families and family connection, then you win a huge victory for dismantling the family. If you can couch sex as something that is simply just a fun activity that’s not family-centric, then you’ve really gotten to the root of weakening the family and helping children focus on their own pleasure rather than on their responsibilities in society, seeking out stable commitments and seeking marriage and family. All these things are very much connected, but they all lead to weakening and even just trying to destroy the family so that the power that resides there can be usurped.

Allen: Another way that you talk about how the U.N. is trying to almost reframe the family and specifically motherhood is they have talked about motherhood as almost being like a burden. Like poor women, that they aren’t compensated financially for raising children. And isn’t that this travesty. Could you explain that a little bit further, because I just find that really bizarre.

Ells: When I first was involved with United Nations, there was a resolution put forward. … This was just several years ago … basically framing any work that is not done for money as a great travesty and as oppression. Of course, parenthood, both mother and father, had fallen under that umbrella. We’re not necessarily paid for doing that work. This document that was negotiated basically told women: “You are oppressed if you’re caring for your own children.”

The grand solution that was presented in the lines of this document is that nations should seek to establish national care centers for anyone that needed care: sick people, old people, and of course, children. To those of us who value the family and see that it is the linchpin of society, that’s very concerning. And especially the very idea that the only work done in the public sphere for money is valuable is just untrue. Anyone who has been a parent recognizes that.

Allen: How do you think we got to this place because obviously as a society as a whole, not just Americans but around the world, family has existed since the beginning of time. And we’ve seen throughout history that often the role of the mother was highly valued. During the Victorian era, there was this strong-rooted idea that women helped to instill values, often Judaeo-Christian values, into their children, and that was so critical for creating a strong society. What happened to get us off on this track to where now world leaders are saying: “Women, you’re essentially oppressed if someone’s not handing you a paycheck for changing your kids’ diapers.”

Ells: It really is quite amazing, isn’t it, because when most women give birth and they see their beautiful child before them, the first thought is not “Who’s going to pay me to take care of this?” Their first instinct is to want to care for the child. They love the child almost in every case, and so how do we get to this point?

I think it’s a very valid question. I think it’s intertwining links of socialism and feminism, and then more recently, sexual radicalism. Socialism is perennially appealing to people I think because it promises equality, which, of course, is a valid concept in itself. All men are created equal. There’s a certain inherent equality. But socialism corrupts that idea, and it has from the very start, framing the family as an enemy to equality because different situations exist in different families. And that’s OK, but if you’re going to take socialism to its full conclusion, you have to, in a sense, achieve equality by destroying the family so that there can’t be all these differences being taught.

I think the doctrine of equality has been corrupted, and that is still appealing to people. Also, women’s rights, of course; virtually everyone is on board with basic women’s rights that have largely been achieved. Basic human rights, legal rights, wearing pants, all these things are great. But again, feminism, modern feminism, has told women that there is no power in the family, which there is. And to many women, of course, if you’re told that, you’re going to look elsewhere.

These efforts have combined to convince society and particularly women that if they want to have influence and power that they need to look outside the family. And also convince people at large if we want to have equality, and if that is the grand goal, then we can’t have families. It’s a cooperative effort, and I think these movements are gaining steam, unfortunately, and it’s time to return to revering the family, seeing the power of the family, and taking it by the reins.

Allen: Who are the key players that are really promoting and pushing this anti-family agenda, whether they be leaders at the U.N. or within certain groups around the world?

Ells: I mentioned the International Planned Parenthood Federation. That continues to be a huge player. SIECUS [Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States] is also heavily involved. UNFPA [United Nations Population Fund] … is heavily involved in population efforts, population control efforts. They’ve taken upon themselves to manage the population of the world.

That’s what they see as their job when, really, that responsibility resides in families with men and women together. There’s huge pressure from that angle, as well as other U.N. agencies. The World Health Organization has its hands in the pie as well.

Allen: You say in your book that you’re seeing this anti-family messaging make its way into schools and into education curriculum. Explain what exactly you mean by that and how and where we’re seeing that take place.

Ells: Really important. UNESCO [United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization] sees itself as basically the czar of education for the whole world. And they’ve taken it upon themselves to manage the education efforts of the globe. They’ve been driving toward that goal for many, many years, and they have made great strides recently.

There’s U.N. agencies at the top. They’ve established the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, [and] embedded in those are a lot of socialistic, feministic, sexually radical ideas, not overtly. You have to look carefully, but through interpretation, these things are there.

Then there’s the various organizations, including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and many other … I won’t go into all the details right here. It’s better to read it in the chapter in the book. But essentially, these big agencies partner with smaller organizations and agencies on the national and then the local level, and this is happening in my conservative state.

One of the key players there that’s specifically mentioned in the U.N. documents about education is the Global Partnership for Education. If you get looking closely into that as I did, it follows the communist model for education to a T. They have lovely graphics showing all of this. They want schools to be a full-service care center, essentially, for children. That they provide for their nutritional needs, their education needs, their medical needs, even they mentioned spiritual needs in some of the UN documents.

That’s concerning to those of us who are worried about local control and local curriculum. There’s many intertwining pieces of this that I explain in the book, but it’s largely driven by digital curriculum and digital learning.

One especially concerning thing is that through the … The OECD [Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development] sponsors these assessments for kids, and these have been ongoing for some time now, and they’ve gone more from being academic assessments to assessing what they call social and emotional skills.

But what they really mean by that is social and emotional attitudes, like children’s attitudes about social issues. It’s been very savvy the way they’ve put this into place, which I explain in more detail in the book. Many schools, even unknowingly at this point, are infiltrated with these U.N. ideologies, and if they’re not yet, it’s in the works.

Allen: Kimberly, right now, we are at a pivotal point in American history. Really, gosh, I don’t know what the history books are going to write about the year 2020, but I can only imagine. We’re seeing riots in the streets that are costing cities millions of dollars in damage, and statues are being torn down. And there just seems to be, in general, this complete disregard for authority, whether that’s law enforcement or political leaders or even parents. You draw a connection between the unrest that we’re seeing in our streets today and this mission to undo the traditional family. Can you explain that?

Ells: We’ve been talking about these global forces and things coming down, and those are very real, and we need to look into those and push back against them. But as you say, if we look closer to home, we see all this mayhem unraveling around us, and it’s alarming to watch. While there are many forces at play, I think the major force at play is the breakdown of the family.

I’ve often said that, back when things were normal even, we all sit and wait in lines at the grocery store, and we all learned those kinds of things because our mothers taught us too, because our dads taught us too. It used to be the expected place of parents to teach self-regulation, to teach patience, to teach self-control, to teach basic–to teach the lessons of history that support all of these good and positive, productive characteristics. And I think we have let go of that far too much.

Of course, I’m not the only one saying that. But I think we have to face the fact that the chaos we’re seeing around us springs largely from our abandonment of our families. I’m not just talking about deadbeat dads or something. I’m talking about ceding the power of parenthood to other places, to other sources, whether it be schools or care centers or other things.

How have we been paying attention at home? I think in some cases, the answer has been not enough. I think if we want to pull ourselves out from this scary place that we’re in, we absolutely have to refocus on the family, starting with our families. And then from there, making sure we’re teaching our kids what we think they need to know, not what somebody else thinks is politically correct for them to know, but what we believe and why.

Then … as a society and as a state, support the family. Even the United Nations documents themselves are peppered with references to the family. Even the [U.N.’s] Universal Declaration of Human Rights says that the family is the core unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and by the state. I think we’ve fallen too far away from that. We need to return to that and recognize that the family’s the building block of society, and if we’re not going to use that building block anymore, society is going to crumble.

Wall Street Wants More Frauds from China

Why do Chinese companies pillage American investors? Because American rules — more precisely, exceptions to them — essentially invite them to do so. Unfortunately, China is rapidly moving in the wrong direction. In March, it took a big step backward by

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The shocking origins of Black Lives Matter

On the morning of March 23, 2012, Barack Obama said of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin four weeks earlier, “My main message is to the parents of Trayvon – If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.” Four weeks after the shooting, Obama had no excuse for not knowing the facts of the case. This would prove to be the most destructive moment of his presidency.

Source: The shocking origins of Black Lives Matter

Flex Your Style to Build Your Team

Guy / Bud-To-Boss

Building a high-performing team is a complicated thing to do. There is no single formula or strategy for doing it. The number of combinations of personality dynamics, business demands, economic situations and other variables affecting your team is probably too long to fully describe. Despite the complexity and number of variables, there some principles and ideas you can rely on to guide you through building and holding together a high-performing team.

Two important ideas to help you better flex your style are the Tuckman team formation and DISC models. Taken together, they provide insight in to how you can best interact with your team.

The Tuckman Model

The Tuckman model describes four primary stages of team growth: Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing. Teams will start in the Forming stage (getting to know each other and the task), move to the Storming phase (figuring out how to work together and get the task done), then move to the Norming phase (getting some work done and still a bit tentative or unsure), and finally to the Performing stage (primarily focused on getting the task done). 

Using the Tuckman model to assess the current state of your team’s performance on a particular task or project, can help you understand what your team is missing in order to move forward. For example:

  • A team in the Forming stage is likely missing clarity and direction. 
  • A team in the Storming stage is likely missing structure and organization. 
  • A team in the Norming stage is likely lacking confidence. 
  • A team in the Performing stage might lose energy or enthusiasm over time.

Note: Your team members can be at different stages for different tasks.

The DISC Model

The DISC model gives perspective on four ways of looking at and interacting with the world. Using the DISC model language, you can see that:

  • The Dominant style tends towards direct, action-focused communication. Use this style of communication to give your team clear guidance and direction in the Forming stage.
  • The Cautious style tends towards carefully considered, highly structured communication. Use this style to give your team structure in the Storming stage.
  • The Supportive style tends towards helping and encouraging behaviors. Use this style to give your team encouragement in the Norming stage.
  • The Inspiring style tends to show excitement and enthusiasm. Use this style to give your team energy in the Performing stage.

The message here is not that you need to be or become a particular style of leader or communicator. The key point is that, regardless of your natural approach to leadership, you can learn something from each of the four styles described by the DISC model to adjust your approach to fit the specifics of your team’s situation.

Take action: Consider a task or project where your team seems to be stuck. What stage of development are they in with regard to this task? Match that stage to the suggested DISC style to see what your team needs from you. 

Tips to help you write a good blog

by Viorel Dudau / Dreamstime

The blog section here at Dreamstime is about 15 years old. Back in 2005, not many people knew what a blog was; that’s how old it is. Over time, we’ve read some great blog posts here, but also enough articles that needed improvements.

Freelance. Young woman short hair in glasses lying on bed working on laptop cheerful close-up

Anyone can write a blog post on Dreamstime‘s blog section, if it’s photography or design-related, by only having an active account. Since the blog section is moderated, here are 10 tips on writing a blog post that would be accepted, and users would want to read:

1. Do your research

2. Find a good title

3. Start with a great picture

4. Lay out a structure

5. Take your time

6. Take a break

7. Provide useful information

8. Keep it simple

9. Use some tricks

10. Promote it

11. Get feedback

1. Do your research: It should go without saying, but once you have a blog post idea in mind, don’t just start to write about it, but take a bit of time instead and do some research on the subject. See what others had to say on the same topic what more needs to be said, find some useful links and resources, think of a good call to action, get enough knowledge before sharing it with others. It’s like learning to walk before you start running. Keep handy whatever you find, you may need to refer to them in your article.

During research, it would also be a good idea to think about your target audience: who might read your post and what expectations would readers have from your blog?

2. Find a good title: A lot of people don’t pay too much attention to the title, but a great headline is one of the most essential elements of a blog. Statistics show that out of 100 people seeing your blog post, 80% won’t pass the headline. It doesn’t mean that whatever your title may be, 80% of your audience won’t read the article. It only means that the biggest opportunity to get people to read your blog post lies in the title, and if you don’t write a good one, nobody will read your other 2000 words of your content, no matter how wise they are.

A great blog title should be easy to read and understand, not too long but not too short (50-60 characters or around 7 words should be enough), something that would make them eager to read the rest, while fully disclosing the subject of your article. If you don’t have something good before you start writing, just think of a working title and you will perfect it later. Your title will also become the page title, it will be displayed in search results, so make sure to improve it before you hit that publish button.

On the other hand, I feel like nobody is a fan of click-bait, so please make sure to avoid it in your blog posts, as it would only bring very short-term results from your target audience (and that’s only IF your article gets accepted in the first place with such a title).

3. Start with a great picture: I see this mistake all the time. People write an excellent, useful article, with a great title, but they start with an average photo and keep the good stuff for the end. Think about the newspapers and magazines: they always feature their best image on the first page. That’s because the cover image is what sells the paper. And the online world is pretty much the same, the world of information hasn’t changed its structure, even if they changed the medium in the past years.

Photographer taking a picture

We don’t have a separate place for a featured image or where to insert custom alt tags here on the blog section of Dreamstime, because it would be confusing for lots of authors. But the first picture will be the first seen by the visitors who come across your blog post. If it’s not a great one, you will miss tons of readers just because of this.

You can also add videos to Dreamstime blogs. The tool to add videos is right under the tool to add images. But make sure to start with a great still picture, you can add videos later in the content.

How important are the social networks and search results of the search engines for content creation? The first picture is the one that gets included in social media posts or search engine previews when your article gets shared. Always make sure to choose the best one you can find, as a lot of web traffic to your blog post comes from these sources.

I understand that most of us are trying to promote our stock photos, illustrations or videos by writing helpful blog posts around them, nothing wrong with that, a little bit of brand awareness never hurt anyone (even if we don’t encourage content marketing through Dreamstime blogs for external products and services). But choose the best Dreamstime picture you can find to start your article with, even if it’s not your own. You can promote your pictures later; however, you need to bring the readers to that point, otherwise they won’t click on your item.

4. Lay out a structure: We all know the saying, failing to plan is planning to fail. If you start writing without a structure in mind, you will probably lose your ideas as you go, and instead of elaborating on a few main points, you will end up with fewer points in total. When I started writing this article, I laid out these bullet points (tips) first, and then I wrote the rest of the text.

Businessman drinking coffee and working on laptop computer, mobile phone, writing business plan, wearing white shirt

It all depends on your style, but I’ve found this system to be very productive, especially with all the distractions around (yes, I’ve visited 50 other web pages, had two coffees, ate lunch, sent three emails and played with my kids from the moment I started writing and until I finished this blog post). Having a structure also helps readers deal with their distractions, as they may have other things to do while reading your article. Knowing where they left off make readers come back, while the prospect of starting the whole thing over again until they figure it out where they left off will often make them feel like giving up. Long story short, if you want a great user experience for your readers, lay out the structure towards the beginning, then continue with the rest of the blog content.

5.Take your time: Have you noticed how often than not, the second part of the blog posts on the web becomes much more rushed than the first half of the content? Sadly, this happened with this article as well—the end.

…Just joking. Take your time and treat every paragraph as the first one. If you have other things to do, leave the article unpublished and come back when you have more time. Having a structure like the one I was talking about in the previous point will help you with this.

Man Busy Photographer Editing Home Office Concept

It’s better to write a comprehensive post that people would want to read than to just throw some words out there and hope that no one would pay that much attention to them anyway, maybe it will show up in search engines.

You can also use the word count (if you’re writing in an external editor first), to see how many words your post has. Again, there’s no clear recipe of how many words a good blog post should have, but from my experience, the audience won’t engage when you write less than 3-400 words, and you may lose a lot of readers on the way if you go above 2000-2500.

The most important readers, the ones you should care about, are those who read the whole thing. They would be the ones who will engage with your writing and leave comments, share your article with others, even become fans or customers.

6. Take a break: And by this, I don’t mean you should take a real break, although it may help or it may be even necessary sometimes. By taking a break, I suggest you should give the readers time to breathe.

Avoid long, boring paragraphs, include pictures between them, give the readers a break when you jump from one idea to another. There’s no clear rule on how long a paragraph of a great blog post should be, but if it starts with one idea and ends with another, it has probably lost its focus.

7. Provide useful information: As you can see, I’ve structured this blog post in 10 different points (tips), and I’ve provided some links as well, where I felt necessary. Don’t be afraid to provide external or internal links, some people need further clarification on some subjects, and offering additional (useful) resources will only support your ideas. That’s why I said in the first point that you should keep handy whatever you find during your research.

The links weren’t invented by the internet. They appeared in books or educational articles way before the internet was invented, they were just called in-text citations, followed by references. So you can use them with confidence, they will just make your web content look more educated.

8. Keep it simple: Long or short, your article should still be simple and easy to understand. People who want academic education usually go to universities. On the web, people search for simple, readable bits of information when they read your post.

Photographer shows a monkey

The best way to check if your article is easy to read is by reading it yourself! Yes, just reread the whole post right after you have finished it. Decide for yourself if it’s a good piece of information, or maybe you can say the same thing more simply.

When you’re satisfied, you can also share it with a friend, colleague, mother in law, police officer, whoever, so you can get their opinion as well.

9. Use some tricks: Many famous authors have (or had) a few tricks to engage readers or write better. I’m neither an author nor famous in any way, so I can’t help you with this, you need to find your own magic tricks while you’re writing. Magic, card tricks, gambling, casino, poker concept – man showing trick with playing cards

You can add a small joke here and there, you can omit something or add something that should not have been there, you can write the story backward (starting with the end and ending with the beginning). I don’t know what you can do, but you should take a creative approach when writing blog posts, or else the readers will soon decide to get back to the search engine or social media post or from wherever they may have come.

The attention span on the internet is rather short, so if your text doesn’t have anything unexpected, it will be forgotten in no time. Whatever that unexpected element might be, it’s totally up to you.

10. Promote it: You’ve done your research, came up with a great title, chose great photos, took your time, used your tricks. After much hard work, it would be a pity to keep your blog to yourself.

Even if we have a very large community of readers on Dreamstime, you don’t need to stop here. If you have a social media page (or more), do share your new blog post with your friends or fans. If you have a blog elsewhere, link it to your Dreamstime blog. If you write new articles, you can link to your older articles. Tell a friend, tell your mother, tell your boss, share the link on your favorite forum. Any new reader might become the best reader.

You can also find and share your Dreamstime blog’s rss feed on your personal website. To burn a feed of your Dreamstime blog, you go to FeedBurner and where it says ‘Burn a feed right this instant’, paste this link: https://www.dreamstime.com/username_blog_rss – just make sure you change ‘username’ with your actual username (mine is dudau for example).

11. Get feedback: comments on blogs are a given. A lot of websites are removing them alltogether or are restricting them, but Dreamstime feels like it’s something natural to encourage discussions between users. However, the way you accept, respond or learn from feedback defines you as an author. Take your time and read all the feedback you get from readers, reply to as many comments as you can, learn from criticism if there is any, and whatever you do, make sure to see feedback as an excellent opportunity to improve your writing skills.

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There’s no option for readers to enter their email address in order to subscribe to your blog, but instead, there is the option for them to add you as a favorite author, if they click on your profile picture and check your portfolio, so that whenever you write a new blog post, they will get a notification in their Dreamstime profile.