Thursday Thoughts: The Messed Up Blog Post

~What happens when you work for hours and hours to perfect your blog post and then screw it up anyways?

This unfortunate circumstance has happened to me time and time again; the continuous read overs through each paragraph correcting one or two words at a time. The long pause when finishing a sentence and then deleting the entire thing because it sounds weird. Then that last correction after spell check says you have written everything in a passive voice or that you have just used a handful of clichés. cliché…

Then you ask yourself, “Can I even write!?”

Finally, you think that you have perfected each and every part of your post and you hit that dreaded Publish button and it only takes an entire day to realise that you have completely screwed up the title. THE TITLE!

The most important part of the post is ruined 😦

Everyone sees it. You manage to get the likes and a few more views, but the horror still lingers in your belly. You fix the link in your Facebook feed and you correct the Permalink in the post so that fewer people notice that you have messed up.

Oh, the horror… the messed up blog post.

So what happens? Nothing. Nothing at all. Life goes on as does the blog. It’s a learning experience I guess.

Try not to beat yourself up. Correct, move on and grow. 🙂

(I’m taking my own advice on this one)

Good Morning Monday~My Road. My Path. My Picnic.

Good Morning Monday!!

I’ve walked along the road to nowhere
Each step I take a heavy lift
For my memories and thoughts weigh me down from time to time
Through the openings I learn to sift

The flours that bake the breads are turned
Toss the ingredients to make the mix
Bake the life with the heat on high
Random words and rhymes give me my kicks

My road is a road no one else can go
The tranquility no one else will know
My recipe is a secret just for me
The dough will rise and my footsteps will be

This path brings health and food and wealth
Colors are vibrant and my garden grows
I have my basket full of goodies
A picnic awaits as my little seeds are sown

Patience follows me down the turns and curves
With a skip in my step my goodies bounce
Once at my destination I unfold my blanket
And relish in my journeys gifts and my footstep counts

May your road bring you to your own destination 😀 A picnic for one; bountiful and rewarding xox

~T

Thursday Thoughts: Bill C-51=Anti-Terror?

Bill C-51 terrifies me.

A frightening occurrence is happening in Canada right now. Our freedoms and human rights are literally being ripped away from us before our very eyes. Bill C-51, a new anti-terrorism bill was passed recently in parliament and it outlines new laws that completely invade our privacy. Secret Police can monitor every phone call, every mouse click and every word we say.

If you love the environment, protest the pipelines, support political parties against Bill C-51 or even say somewhere public that you are against a specific government official, you could be red flagged.

Anti-Terror? I think this bill is the complete opposite. Despite the numerous marches, rallies and protests
Bill C-51 passed. Now Canada is basically considered a “police state”.

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Alberta had an incredible day during their provincial elections. After 44 years the votes have finally dropped the Conservative Party out. Pretty much instantaneously, Prime Minister Stephen Harper sold his house in Calgary.

Will the rest of Canada do the same? Will BC do the same?

Who actually agrees with this kind of bill? A bill that strips us of our basic human rights and freedom of speech.

Don’t know what Stephen Harper has already done since he’s been in power? You may want to get informed: Canadians.org

8 Things You Need to Know About Bill C-51

The Real Agenda Behind Bill C-51– The Walrus

Bill C-51: Anti-Terrorism Act 2015

Bill C-51 violates the very constitution our country was built on. Harper plans to change everything we stand for and in doing so changes the face of Canada. This man is a fear mongering dictator and he has to be stopped.  In October’s upcoming election, Canada has a choice: vote Harper out or we are all doomed.

Will this post be red flagged? I am NOT a terrorist.

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What do you think? I’m open for a discussion.

Good Morning Monday :) Smiles all smiles :)

Good morning Monday 🙂

Smiles all smiles
What is a day worth living without a smile?
Smiles bring good mornings
The sun has already kissed my skin
Garden seeds germinate and bears come out from once they did hibernate
Bugs and more bugs and little bites when they come out at night
Sow the seeds of life
Sustain all that can be sustained
Breathe the blossoms’ sweet scents and all the rest

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Smile and get a smile back just for you
A laugh, a chuckle
I can’t wait to pick blackberries and fill the bucket
The summer breeze makes me want to be outside all day
A seat up front to watch the veggies grow
Hydrate and pollinate
A big hug for a tree
A mindfulness of what is oh so green
Smile with nature

Smiles all smiles 🙂

Happy Monday 🙂

International Business Paper #1- The Conservation Controversy

~This week I am finishing the last part of my business program in International Business. My last course. I have three papers to write and here is my first one:

Write a 2-3 page paper on International Business of any kind. 

The Conservation Controversy

There is an overwhelming amount of poverty, animal decline, and other serious problems in different countries all over the world. There are also many conservation efforts being made and a large amount of travelers either teach English abroad or volunteer at some point on their journey. After some research I’ve realized that there is a controversy hidden within the concepts of volunteering and working in these sorts of international establishments.

There are a number of different ways to get involved in a conservation or volunteer project. You can work by teaching English, rescuing trapped sea animals from the ocean, cleaning beaches or even collecting sea turtle eggs that could potentially be snatched up by poachers. Sometimes you get paid really well and sometimes you just get free accommodations while you work. In some cases you have to pay to volunteer. There is a conservation project for every endangered animal on the planet. The argument is that some of these conservation projects are no more than a glorified travel experience for a backpacker. Young travelers can handle wild animals and go home to tell their friends what an amazing experience they had while making a difference at the same time. As for teaching English, it is said to be a modern, Western-style education system that is taking away from ancient cultures and creating a worldwide mono-culture.

In either case, the Eco tourism and ESL industries are booming. The tourism industry itself is heavily relied on to generate revenues for many communities and travelers rely on these types of projects and jobs to fund their travels. Rosaleen Duffy, a world expert on wildlife conservation, wrote a book called:
Nature Crime: How we’re getting conservation wrong. The book talks about western-style conservation projects harming wildlife and damaging the environment. There is also a compelling documentary called: Schooling the world, which explains the westernized ideals being carried over into other cultures and diluting traditional societies.

With travel becoming more and more popular in developing countries, communities have come to depend on these associations within the tourism industry. International politics surrounding this means of travel have critics extremely concerned. The loss of wildlife and the lack of education around the world is disheartening to say the least. Is there any way to continue these multicultural practices in an ethical way? The social benefits that are coupled with Eco-tourism and teaching English as a second language are essential for many economies. Is there a better way to carry out these practices?

Every year thousands of Canadians with good intentions venture out into foreign countries as overseas ‘Voluntours’ to help build houses and schools, improve communities and educate small children. How could this be such a bad thing? Some environmental and humanitarian activists say that for-profit entities put poverty on display and exploit the people in the families that are involved. It’s hard to make sure the best practices and knowledge when so many of us want to be included in the rejuvenation of our environment and our people. How can unskilled workers who want to make a real difference succeed if time or money is a problem? The short term programs don’t seem to be the best solution in providing to the needs of those overseas communities.

Volunteers need experience, awareness and on-the-ground expertise when it comes to any conservation project. The volunteer travel industry is advancing at a rapid pace and with the concerns around this trade it is difficult to foresee the future and where it will lead us. It goes without saying that there is a lot of good that goes into these programs and the genuine relationships that develop in these subcultures are commendable. With corrupt political systems in place, astonishing poverty rates and the ever growing population, what else are we to do to protect those who are less fortunate and in need?

I handed this in this morning 🙂 Hope my prof likes it!

Financial Accounting Destroyed Me!

Wow I can’t believe it’s Friday again and I am one course away from finishing my 12 week business program. It has been one intense condensed learning session and my brain hurts. Income statements, balance sheets, T-accounts, accumulated depreciation and allowances got the best of me and Financial Accounting destroyed me.

In the beginning of the course our professor warned us, “I’m not going to lie, this course will frustrate a lot of you.” His computer screen read: DON’T PANIC. Yikes.

With his slicked back ponytail and a little “I balanced” dance around in a circle, he got really excited about teaching us formatting and numbers. Apparently he had been excited for 20 years working as an Accountant. pay-530339_1280

Our Professor, Chris Graham, taught a good course but the amount of information he was covering made most people’s heads pound. Rows and jumbled up patterns of numbers scattered the whiteboards as Chris erased and then filled each board again. The two whiteboards at the front of the class were taking a beating and the blue and black squeaky pens were getting chucked into the garbage one by one. There were more then a few scrunched up faces most of the time and blank stares when he would ask if anyone got it. Granted there were some very smart people in my class who did really well, but they were the ones who like numbers and do better with formulas and math stuff.

I cried one night for a while during that week because I just did not understand. Another classmate also had some tears in one of the quizzes when her memory temporarily went blank. It was an overload of information.

When the final exam hit me, I panicked. It had been only one week of the intensive course and I had scream-307414_1280barely grasped the basic formulas and layouts of the financial statements. But, I certainly was not able to figure it out on my own. I stared at the half-finished statements and then attempted to transfer them to the T-accounts, which in this part of the story you are probably getting bored so I don’t really know what else to say about Financial Accounting that is interesting.

Anyway, the last hour had arrived and after some more tears and my feeble attempt to do the Financial Accounting final, I handed in my partially completed exam and slumped away. The mark that followed was not ideal but I did manage to pass the course. I hoped I wouldn’t have to see financial statements again. Unfortunately after Marketing was over I had to start Finance. To my surprise, because Finance was more about writing an analysis I actually received a higher mark. I was shocked that I did well in the course but again, it was a brain crusher. Projected statements, percentages, ratios and business analysis. Ahhh!!!

I literally left part of my financial statements blank and then explained in my analysis that I knew I had done them wrong. Luckily I could understand the ratios well enough to form an opinion of the case and describe what could happen if sales increased by 10%.

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The courses were specifically set up to split up Financial Accounting and Finance with Marketing between. I believe the main reason for this is to avoid the exploding of brains. The fatigue has finally taken over. I have absolutely no mental capacity to write or even carry on a conversation at the end of the day. This is why my blog has lacked in content lately.

One more course… just one more course to go.

 

 

~Another Year Has Come and Gone. Welcome 2015!!~ Happy New Year!

girl-513772_1280~Another year has come and gone. Each year passing by more quickly than the last. Never the less we are still standing here together. We’ve successfully lived out another year full of ups and downs ~The roller coaster of life!

So farewell to 2014 and welcome 2015! A new open door to a bunch of great opportunities. On this 1st day of 2015, many of us are thinking up our “New Years Resolutions” so how will YOU make this year better than the last? As I sit here contemplating which direction I will go, staring at the reflection of myself in the mirror I can almost see the wheels of inspiration spiraling around in my eyes. This will be a great year 😀

~I RAISE MY GLASS TO YOU~ A TOAST!~

**May your year be full of happiness and wonder. May your days be rich with laughter, love and clarity. Let us all stay young forever… in our hearts and in our minds while we strive to obtain health and wisdom. Let us come together and change the world for the better one day, one child, or even one endangered turtle at a time. *Smiles* Thank you so much to all the people in my life who care about me and follow me down whatever path I choose… and I truly hope I have made a positive imprint on your life as you have on mine. And thank you those of you who don’t know me personally… but have taken the time to read these words falling from my mind balloons-388973_1280onto the keys of this computer 🙂 CHEERS!! I wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR 🙂 **

What does your reflection look like? Is your glass half empty or half full? What steps will you take to get to where you want to be in this crazy life?

What will 2015 bring??

Only time will tell xo Happy New Year friends!

Love ~T

Randoms Week Day 3: BLOG GAMES!! Random Facts :)

Welcome to round 3 of BLOG GAMES!

Yesterdays game had 0 challengers so if you would like to get in on some story telling action you can do so here: Game #2-Tell me a story 🙂

Today WEDNESDAY is Random Facts day.

How to play: I’ll start by telling you, my fellow bloggers, a totally random fact OR multiple facts and how I discovered that fact. Then it’s your turn to write as many random facts as you like.

Learning is fun!! 😀

I’ll go first!

Did you know that the only mammals that can get leprosy are humans and armadillos?- Read this random fact on a bathroom wall full of random facts.

There are blood vessels inside your teeth that have tiny canals and tubules just like veins.- I used to be a Dental Assistant.

The old school hat that Journalists used to wear in the 1930’s is called an “Anthony Eden”-random facts from Wikipedia trying to find the name of this classic hat.

YOUR TURN!!

Write your random facts in the comments below to play RANDOM FACTS!

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So you want to be Travel Blogger? Me too!

globe-454479_1280SO I’ve been waiting for the perfect moment to talk about Travel Blogging  as I continually warp my blog over and over. I’ve landed on a new look I really like and I’ve made changes so my blog is more responsive.

Now let’s talk about being a Travel Blogger! 🙂

Travel Blogging is one of those professions everyone secretly wants to have. Wandering around the globe with only a backpack hanging off your shoulders, stopping to “work” beach side from a lovely little café in Europe somewhere or just relaxing while you write your next post from a hammock tied to a tree in some humid rain forest in South America.

OK these are my visions of being a Travel Blogger. What are yours?

During these past few months I’ve gone into great detail on how to be a Journalist and the many ways people make money as freelancers. You can post online to magazines and newspapers, send pitches to print publications or send portfolios to publications who are specifically looking for completed articles.

Well guess what?! Travel Blogging is pretty much the same thing.

Most travel blogs I come across do a hand full of the same things Journalists do, like pitching to an online magazine. The only difference I’ve found is that those bloggers are pitching to travel publications. It’s the only difference I can find.

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In many cases, it’s a matter of finding ways to make money. As I’ve stated in earlier posts you can make money on the road by writing for magazines, using ads on your blog, direct sales or copy writing. If you take a look at Sebastian’s blog from Off the Path, you will see he does a number of these jobs to make ends meet:
http://www.off-the-path.com/

Another great site I stumbled upon is The Travel Bloggers Academy. It has a course you can take through their website, which is a couple of years old, but still has relevant information.

http://travelbloggeracademy.com/how-to-become-a-travel-writer/

Aside from posting on your blog about amazing places you’ve been, Travel Blogging can go as far as you want to take it. If you want to keep travelling, you must find ways to make money.

My travel blog is still in its beginning stages so I’m just discovering the many ways to actually make this work. If you have a look at my post from yesterday you’ll see all the changes I’ve made:

https://thetinywriter.org/2014/10/23/thursday-thoughts-on-blogging-201/

The next step for me is triple checking that I don’t have copyrighted images on my blog. If you want to use Word ads, that’s a crucial thing to be sure of. You can’t have any ads promoting through your blog if they are not your own or from legitimate free-to-use sites. It may take some time, but go through ALL of your images if you’ve taken them off the internet and if you don’t know about an image then email the website you took it from.

I hope this helps!

Travel Blogging is a “Dream Job” everyone wants to be in whether they say so or not. What separates you from the people who are keeping it a pipe dream?

GOING FOR IT!!

Happy Travel Blogging! xo

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PS: I just started using Zemanta as well. This plugin helps you find related articles, tags and images through its own search. Pretty cool right?! Check it out: http://www.zemanta.com/

That’s where these articles came from:

Thursday Thoughts: On Blogging 201

abstract-316309_1280This morning is just an awful, wet and miserably rainy Thursday morning, which is perfect for someone who has nothing to do but work on writing assignments. 🙂 OK I’m lying… I have dishes and cleaning to do, but who wants to do that stuff?

Last week I signed up for Blogging 201, offered by The Daily Post, along with a bunch of other wonderful bloggers who want to improve their websites. It’s been a fantastic way to meet some new people on the same path as I am, and I’m learning a great deal of information from this free course.

The first three tasks were as follows:

Write down 3 short-term goals for my blog
Audit my brand
Get read all over; mobile devices and responsive layout

My goals for my toddler blog were to double my followers by next spring, have my first guest post by the end of this month and to make an Editorial Calendar. My follower count is continuously growing which I’m incredibly excited about and I’ve gained more than 20 new followers just from the interactions through Bloggers University over the last few days. Whoo hoo!

I have my beautiful blogger friend Erin writing my blogs first guest post for Monday 🙂 So stay tuned for that awesomeness!!

Making an editorial calendar is definitely something I struggle with because all I want to do is work on my blog, BUT I am also writing a novel which needs to fit into my schedule somewhere. I’ve noticed my stats are still very inconsistent as I’ve only just begun to build my blog over the last 3 months. I do see that most of my followers love my posts about writing so I’m going to stick with my current schedule: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays… with the occasional random post on another day since I love blogging.

My brand? Well everything that has to do with tiny things… like me! I’m a tiny person so I branded myself The Tiny Writer right off the bat. I went through my entire blog and made sure everything was consistent with this. I write about tiny things and tiny accomplishments throughout my blog and it relays my sole purpose of the blog all together: to inspire others with tiny baby steps through writing and through life. What do you think? Does this brand work for me?

I’ve changed my blog to a Responsive Layout by changing the theme and adding better quality photos which helps when people are accessing my site on a mobile device.

On a side note: I’ve been learning about Copyright laws as well and have read a few stories on how bloggers can be penalized and/or sued by using pictures that are protected by copyright laws, which worried me a bit as I was using Google images for some of my pictures. Since reading these stories I have revamped my whole blog removing a whole whack of pics and replacing them with pics from FREE to use websites such as Pixabay, which is my favorite one so far. I’ve also added a bunch of my favorite Instagram photos I took myself.

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Here’s a link for more info on:
Where to find Free-to-use images from The Daily Posts blog.

So if you have noticed my blog looking different lately, these are the reasons why: I’m going for the best look, the most traffic and the easiest way to optimize.
What are your thoughts on the new changes?

I’d love to hear some feedback from my followers. 🙂