How to Create A Sports Blog

For some people, watching sports is casual. A leisurely Saturday afternoon spent trying to unwind from the week-long stress known as the work week. However, for others, sports is a dedicated passion. For some people, there is no off-season. Our nights are spent watching a certain sport and our days are spent talking about that same sport.

We argue and debate about who should trade whom and what teams are underachieving. Of course, we are always right, regardless of the facts.

If you are as passionate about your sport as I am about mine, then maybe you should consider starting a blog. Starting a sports blog is much easier than you might think.

Step one: Begin writing.

That’s right, before you sign up for any accounts, before you learn the first thing about how to start a blog, you will need content. Here is the good news, you do not need to be a Pulitzer prize winning author, you just need an opinion and a lot of passion. Start by creating about 3-5 articles of about 400 words each and save them on to your favorite word processing software.

Step two: Set up the accounts you will need.

You should probably learn the ropes by using a simple blogger, squidoo, or wix account. All of these options, and probably others, are suitable for beginners. As you progress however, you will want to own your own blog. To do this, you will need to pay for hosting and register a domain. This should cost you no more than about $30 per year, but will make up for itself through pride of ownership. for this purpose I use namecheap for both my domain purchases and hosting.

Step three: Practice Search Engine Optimization

Search engine optimization is the practice of making your websites easier for the search engines to find, and even more importantly, more appealing to them. The more appealing your blog is to them, the more likely they are to send you traffic.

First, tell your friends about your blog. Traffic begets traffic: If they see you getting traffic already, they will send you more. Second, link to your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media accounts. This will give you additional surf traffic, plus some coveted backlinks from highly ranked sites. Third, write articles and submit them to the article directories, just like this one.

Blogging is the best way to show the world how passionate and knowledgeable you are about your topic. Take the time to do it, and do more research on how to do it well. This introductory article will help you, but you should strive to master your craft, just like professional athletes have mastered theirs.

Reducing your risk in the storage auction business

If you are watching reality TV shows, you will notice that auction hunters are obsessed with storage auction units. This is one of the business activities that involve bidding for repossessed storage units. The mechanism of auction is getting the interest of many people, yet some of them are not knowledgeable on how to engage in the bidding process. Just like any other activities, auctions also pose some risks. Avoiding the risks can help you gain storage auction profit.

Knowing relevant information about the storage unit for auction is one way of reducing the risks. Before deciding to engage in the bidding, it is important to know if the unit is still valuable and worth the cost. Keep in mind that in the bidding process, you need to place the highest bid in order to win. However, you need to ensure that you can resell the unit more than the amount you purchase it for.

Determine the amount of money you can afford to bid. Make sure to have supplemental budget, but as much as possible you need to stick to your plan, including the budget. The bidding process can be very intimidating that in one way or the other, it can affect the decision. That is why every bidder should have a competitive nature, yet be able to keep the emotions in check.

Keeping cool at all times is a great advantage in reducing the risks because you will be able to make a sound decision. In placing the bids, you need to start low and increase it gradually. Avoid getting into bidding wars as it will lead you to paying too much, and that can be your biggest mistake. This way, you will be unable to obtain storage auction profit.

As you engage in the bidding process, never discuss any financial information with other bidders. Otherwise, if other bidders will know your budget, they will most likely outsmart you so that you will be eliminated from the process. Therefore, in order to achieve great storage auction profit, make sure to be extra careful and smart in joining the bidding process.

The Nylons Farewell Tour – Concert In Milton Ontario Review

The Nylons Farewell Tour

The Nylons perform on their farewell tour

Last night, I went to see my first Nylons concert in over 25 years. Although I’ve loved the band all those years, I’ve hadn’t had the opportunity to see them live in all that time.  My time finally came, and it was well worth the wait.

This was a very different band from the first time I saw them, Micah Barnes is gone, Billy Newton-Davis is gone, unfortunately, Marc Connors, Paul Cooper and Arnold Robinson are no longer with us.  Instead, Gavin Hope (baritone), Garth Mosbaugh (tenor & alto), and Tyrone Gabriel (baritone & bass) joined Claude Morrison (tenor), the only remaining original member, on the Milton stage.

I wasn’t expecting a concert that was as good as the clips I’d seen on YouTube and, indeed, good as the concert I saw in Hamilton almost 25 years ago.  However, I am pleased to say that they exceeded my expectations by a wide margin.  The new singers, if you can call them new after more than 20 years, were exceptional.   Not only were they very talented singers, but comfortable performers as well.

In the old days of the Nylons, we would have expected more dancing, more doo-wop and less chatter.  But this was a more subdued, intimate, and personal performance.  What was in evidence this night, was pure vocals.  In fact, it is safe to say that overall, this is a better group of singers than the “classic” nylons lineup.  As the original members left the band, they seemed to be able to select from a larger group of singers encompassing a wider vocal range.

The lack of stand up performing,  (see photo above) was likely due to two injuries in the band.  Elder statesman, Claude, seemed to be nursing a lower body injury, while newcomer Tyrone recently had undisclosed health issues that lead to the postponement of a number of previous performances.

Still, those minor setbacks didn’t stop these men from delivering a performance that thrilled a sell-out Milton, Ontario crowd. They deftly mixed many old classics, Silhouettes, Up the Ladder to the Roof, Dream, among others with newer selections from their most recent album, Skin Tight. Personally, I’m a great fan of the late Marc Connors, I happen to think that he was the greatest singer that Canada has ever produced, but through most of the concert, I didn’t miss him.  This is a testament to the talent of this lineup.

There are no individuals in The Nylons, as there might have been during the Micah Barnes, and Billy Newton-Davis days.  This group harmonized and charmed the audience into a comfort that, combined with the intimate venue, many would agree is a fitting send off from one of Canada’s great artists.



Headache support – Should you Keep a Journal?

I am a twenty plus year headache sufferer. Like you probably are, I was nearly at the end of my rope. After consulting with my neurologist, I decided to begin a headache journal. Once I started keeping a headache journal, my headaches improved almost immeasurably. I want to give you a few reasons why you should start keeping a headache journal as well.

It is not always easy to remember the severity and frequency of our headaches. How to do you remember whether you had a mild or a moderate headache on a Tuesday. In addition, in order to properly monitor your headaches you will also need to remember what you ate for breakfast and even whether or not you took any pain relievers the previous day.

These things are impossible to keep proper track of without a journal. Did you know that you will only remember ten percent of the thoughts that cross your mind? What does this mean to you? You won’t necessarily remember everything that you ate, the pills you may have taken, even how much sleep you managed to get the night before.

If you have not already seen a medical practitioner about your constant headaches, the first thing she is going to want to know is the frequency, severity, and your use of pain relievers. It would be much easier for her to help you manage it with this information.

If you take pain relievers for your headaches, then I can almost guarantee that you take more than you realize. Pain relievers are considered by many neurologists as the number one cause of headache pain. They refer to it as a rebound headache and many believe that a rebound headache can occur from as few as 6 pain relievers a week.

In case you believe that this is not a lot, then please remember that it is only 2 pills, 3 times a week. This is easy to take, especially if you are not keeping track.

Finally, you will need to keep a headache journal because you will want to see positive results. If you have identified a food or a faulty sleeping pattern that is causing your headache, then you will want to be able to look back at your journal and think, ” that is when my headaches started getting better.”

Hopefully, you will begin to see some of the reasons why you get constant headaches.

3 Ways To Beat Tinnitus

At some point in our lives, some of us acquire the illness tinnitus. It can be a nuisance but poses no serious problem. Once it interferes with daily activities, it may require medical or surgical treatment. It is important to determine the underlying cause…

Tinnitus is usually treated by a doctor before home treatment. Treatment is done based on the cause of the problem.

  • Some treatments include anti anxiety or antidepressant medication that helps block out the sound of the noise.
  • Use of ear plugs is also advised. For those bothered in their sleep, radios or fans help relieve the problem from the noise.
  • Stress relaxation tips are helpful.
  • Avoid caffeine as it can worsen symptoms.
  • Most importantly, avoid loud noises and use proper protection

Others may acknowledge relief of symptoms.

  • Home based treatment such as removing ear wax build up
  • Acupuncture and hypnosis
  • Traditional Chinese medicine and a state of focused concentration is effective in treating the illness
  • Medications such as zinc or magnesium supplements
  • Herbal preparations such as ginkgo biloba are helpful in treating the disease
  • Dental treatment can relieve symptoms because muscle and nerves in the jaw are connected to the ear
  • Relaxation techniques like biofeedback helps in managing stress
  • Surgery is necessary in cases of tumor. Sometimes, tinnitus goes away without any medication at all. Excessive ear wax can be cleaned by a doctor with a special instrument like curette or gently cleaned by warm water
  • Ear drops and antibiotics can prevent ear infection
  • Audiometric tests are done to measure subjective tinnitus
  • Aromatherapy can be used in those with blood circulation problems or pulsatile “tinnitus”.
  • Masking devices, devices that play sounds to mask the noise coming from the internal ear. Tinnitus Retraining therapy( TRT ) a technique used to determine abnormal neuronal activity, makes noises less burdensome by making low level sounds that match the pitch of the patient`s noise through a device inserted in the ear.
  • Schedule regular hearing tests with your doctor.
  • Minimize smoking and drinking alcohol.
  • Exercise regularly. It improves blood circulation to the ear
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Obese adults are more susceptible.
  • More and more ways can be done beating this illness.

Careful understanding of the disease is necessary.It is wise to talk first to your doctor before using any of these treatments. More importantly, hearing protection is the most important intervention. We all know that prevention is better than cure.

How to Buy Christmas Presents for Your Wife

how to buy Christmas presents for your wife

While this may seem like a mundane and uninteresting topic, buying the correct presents for your wife for the holidays can strongly enhance your relationship. By the same token, not taking the necessary care can seriously hurt your relationship.

Let us look at it from her perspective. Imagine she opened the perfect present on Christmas morning. Something that is just for her, that was specifically chosen because it was something that she wanted. Imagine how that would make her feel.

With that in mind, I’m going to offer you the most important 3 steps that you need to take to find that perfect present. Or, even better, those perfect presents.

Step 1. Find out her preferences. By this we are referring to generalities, not specific. Find out your wife’s favorite colour, her favourite of her body parts, her favourite time of day; whatever you can think of that can help you to start looking.

Step 2 Ask her friends. Tell them that you are looking for the perfect presents this holiday season. This will have two positive effects; It will actually help you to find the gifts that work, plus it will make you a hero in the eyes of her friends. Get her friends talking you up to her will certainly boost her opinion of you.

Step 3. Make sure that the gift is only for her. We alluded to this earlier but it bares repeating. Make sure that her presents are only for her: No cookware, no vacuum cleaner, no lingerie (unless, of course, the sales lady insists that this lingerie is very comfortable) It is okay to buy a gift or two that can also be used by other members of the family, but this is only after the perfect gifts are revealed.

Step 4. Listen to her. You simply never know when she is going to mention that perfect gift to you in passing. She might tell you about a painting that reminder her of a happy time, or a piece of music that the two of you shared while you were dating.

If you are anything like me, your wife will tell you that she does not need or want anything. Don’t be taken in! If she awakens Christmas morning and finds that there are no presents for her you are in deep trouble.

The same goes if she finds the wrong presents there. Begin now to fix and solidify your marriage; make this Christmas the best Christmas.

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The Benefits of Small Talk


Benefits of small talk

I hate small talk. I really do. I feel very uncomfortable when I’m standing near someone, for whatever reason, and he or she makes a comment about the weather. I’m familiar with weather. Chances are, I’ve been experiencing the weather all day.

The problem is that even though I don’t like it, small talk has some very real benefits. In fact, it has a very wide and far reaching range of benefits. Clearly, mastery of this skill can improve your social life, it can have a positive impact on your state of mind and your emotions if you let it. But did you also know that it can help you in your career?

I’m going to outline a few of the benefits that becoming a good small talker can bring.

Social benefits

No one likes to feel alone. If you are like me in that you don’t like small talk, you might also be like me in that you don’t have many friends. While you’re not likely to become best friends just because you initiated a conversation with someone, it could certainly help fill a loneliness void that might exist.

Getting your face out of your smart phone is also a benefit. Instead of staring at your smartphone, checking Facebook posts….AGAIN, it could afford you the opportunity to get some social time in person instead of virtually.

Career benefits

That guy standing near you in line might not be just a casual stranger that you have no interest in talking to. In fact, talking about the poor economic outlook might just lead to “Oh, you have an aptitude in that area, I happen to know a guy…”

And then it starts. By some coincidence, suddenly you’re in touch with someone who could possibly advance your career. I saw it happen in the store at which I used to work. A colleague of mine went from an under-employed retail worker to a very happy flight attendant.

Personal Development

Sometimes, a little small talk can lead to major problem solving help. How many times have you gotten an idea while in the shower, or walking your dog or just thinking about something else? How about thinking out loud for a change.

You’re not asking anyone for help, you’re simply making small talk. Sometimes the responses that you get can really jog your creativity and imagination.

Through seemingly idle chit-chat, we really can make major improvements in our lives… try it.

Random Thought

Just a random thought: If you happen to work in an industry, or own a business, where you deal with the general public in any way and someone complains about you, assign that complain zero weight.

One person, out of the thousands that you encounter every week, thought that you didn’t give them 110%… who gives a shit.

The other 999 people that you helped that week were very happy with what you did for them. They just didn’t think it was worth mentioning the excellent service you provided.

That is unfortunate.