Monthly Archives: December 2012

Procrastination is Opportunity’s Assassin

I know of a friend who wanted to pursue a PhD Programme in National University of Singapore (NUS) in the Arts Faculty. But due to work commitment and lackadaisical attitude and procrastination, the programme was finally called off and no longer offered by NUS. Such a waste and missed opportunity. Not only that, you don’t have to pay; Besides, she will also get a stipend of S$1,500 per month working as a research assistant to fund her studies.

This is a classic case of ‘Procrastination is Opportunity’s Assassin’. I am also in the midst of writing a book with 26 pages of manuscript which is yet to be submitted. For this first venture of book authoring, I have to keep reminding myself not to procrastinate and get the job done as soon as possible. I will only write when in the mood so that my writings will flow with my thoughts. But then again, I keep putting off the ‘mood’ to write to pursue my other hobbies like reading the newspapers and magazines.

If there is no pain, then there is no gain. Hence, I need to get myself in sync with my brain to continue writing until the manuscript is accepted and published. I have read many books by local authors and as well as foreign ones. There is cash to be made with published books and the work in write once, earn forever – provided the theme and contents of the book are evergreen topics; those that will never get out of fashion, but be in constant demand.

Follow the Habits of the Ant

The ant is small in size but is a very diligent creature. It will continue to work and work and store up food for winter. Unlike the grasshopper which sings and play all summer, it will definitely go hungry when winter comes. From the book of Proverbs, we have been exhorted to be like the ant, working and storing up for rainy days. When it applies to humans, this means working and saving up for our retirement and old age. During our golden years, hopefully and not woeful years, we should be working and taking every opportunity to save up as much as we can for our twilight years in time to come.

Nobody can escape the cause and effects of aging when  our bones become brittle, sickness sets in and lost of strength of youth. It is inevitable and everybody will go through this process of growing old and aging. Hence, in our productive  years, we should be working hard and saving as much as we can while we are healthy and mobile;. With a mind that is still alert, we should fully utilize it functions for a more prosperous and happy life, with more than enough to tide us through a lifetime.

For those with children, you might like to leave some money for your kids, so that they will not have to beg in the streets like vagabonds. They will be well provided for and will not go hungry. God will take care of His children so that they will not go hungry and do not have to beg in the streets. Just like the birds in the air and the flowers of the ground, they are clothed and fed by the Almighty God. This is the nature of living things.

The book of Proverbs tells us to work hard with our hands so that we do not go hungry when winter comes. We ought to be diligent and not be slothful. Just follow God’s wisdom and we will never go wrong. God’s kind of success is real, lasting success. Not intermittent success or temporary success.

 

The Importance of Blogging

To create more visibility, it is important to have a blog – either on your own personal domain with WordPress script installed on your paid server or free blogs like Blogger which is developed by Google.

You can monitize your blog contents with Google Adsense, Advertlets, Nuffnang, Bidvertiser, and other contextual advertisment programs. Many bloggers have successfully earn a constant income each month by putting advertisements such as Google’s Adsense on their blog/blogs. By revenue income, Adsense is the most lucrative of all the other programs.

People are known to quit their stressful full-time jobs in the multi-national corporations or offices just to concentrate on monitizing their blogs and to maintain them.

The other key point of the importance of a blog is that it can create buzz on your products and services if you have a loyal, constant stream of visitors who come to read your updated blog. They can also add stickiness to the blog by commenting and reading comments.

Popular blogs have high stickiness and will have thousands of readers every day. Who knows, some of these visitors might become clients of the products and services added by hyperlinks in the blog posts.

You can also participate in sponsored posts or paid posts like Payperpost, Loudlaunch, Blogsvertise, etc. From a payment of US $3 per post, it can be more if the page rank of the blog is higher. For instance, Loudlaunch is paying US $5 a post for blogs with page rank of 2 or PR2. Page ranks measure the importance of a blog or site with number of inbound links versus outbound links and such.

Hence, from contextual advertisements to paid posts, these are the ways to earn a lucrative income from your blogs.

Note of Caution:

Never ever click on your own contextual advertisements for higher revenue. You may get banned permanently. Hence, it is not worth the extra click of a few cents to be banned from participating again!

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