Tips/advice to a new blogger

9 Reasons Why A Blog is Important for Your Career and LifeA Blog is a platform in which a person can share with others his or her personal experience, thoughts, feelings or opinions.

To new student bloggers, I will first help them to understand the role of a blog in general especially how a blog is an excellent tool in public relations, in marketing, in advertisement, in personal communication and interaction. Then, I will advice them on how to write and on what to write in a blog. What is put in the blog reflects the personality and identity of the blogger or a brand. So, a blog can build a personal or a brand’s reputation or ruin it. Yet, a blogger has to watch over the worthiness of the content and of the message of a post before its publication. The choice of right words and a right message bloggingplays a great role in blogging. In fact, a blogger must have a creative mind and must write to up date the blog. I will therefore tell the new student bloggers that,  one of the greatest mistakes  a blogger can make is to leave his or her blog dormant.

If a person creates a blog, he or she gets a room to comment on others’ blogs. This is an opportunity for him or her to build a new community of bloggers. I will thus advise the new student bloggers to visit the blog frequently so as to respond in time to comments from their followers. So, such students will have to set a specific time for blogging. This involves knowing the proper time and day when people are mostly blogging. So, in blogging, students need to know catchwords or phrases, which will attract the attention of the reader.

I will even direct the new student bloggers how to create a post,  how to update it and how to insert a photo into a blog. I will help them also to know how to create hyperlinks and how to embed a video from you tube or from other social networks into a blog.

In short, I will demonstrate to new student bloggers that blogging is an easy way for self expression. It enables a person to easily establish himself or herself as an expert in a given field of interest. A blog enables the blogger to build a community of bloggers and  to act as a source of information for readers to conduct personal research. A blog also expands a blogger’s network of friends, business associates and clients. Above all, I will advice them not to engage in blogging  all the time and forget to study.  Moderation and prudence in the use of blogs are important components not only  to students but also to all bloggers.

Group me

Group me is an application, which I have joined recently to improve my daily communication. I really feel the difference compared to other applications which I have like you tube, Twitter, Google+, Whats App, Viber.


With regards to its operations, there is an administrator of the group who monitors and coordinates the communications of our group.  I use it to chat, get updates from other students and above all, to facilitate communication in our club – the National Society of Leadership and Success.  All members are linked together, and once a new member joins it, the administrator connects him or her to the whole group and he or she becomes a member of the group. The application gives access to any member within the group to cancel his membership at any time.The more I use it, the more I become familiar to it.  It is an easy and a simple application to navigate. It allows easily attaching and sending pictures, video and web links as well.  It is also easy to create, remove or replace a profile photo. It has a Image result for IMAGE OF GROUPME APPLICATIONnumber of icons some of which are not found in other applications. It even has some already set GIFs images (Graphic Interchange Format). Yet, even if a person is not connected to this application, he can still get a text message and can respond to it. For those who have this application, it is possible to receive both general messages which open to all and private messages which can not be seen by other members of the group.  I can create also  a new event in my calendar and share it with other members of the group. Yet, Group me can be connected to other accounts like twitter and face book.

Top ten Antique places in the world

The world that we live in is full of pleasant surprises.  These beautiful antique structures have been listed as part of the wonders of the world. There are those which have been in existence since time immemorial while others have been created by man. Hereafter are some of the top ten antique places in the world.

    1. Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan is number one antique place located on the bay of Mexico. There are a set of pyramid design like structures that are known locally as the Teotihuacan. Historically, the structure was built through the pre-columbia age. This amazing place is made up of residential house, murals as well as pyramids.

It is actually believed that the place was a city of over 100, 000 people.

  1. Karnak Temple

This site is situated in neat Luxor, Egypt. According to historians, the construction took place in the 16th Century. It shows how early generation managed to build such mega structures with perfection without the aid of computer technology. It is a story of how heavily modern architectural design has borrowed from the past.

  1. Bagan Temples and Pagodas

This temple is found in Burma as the original city of Baga. It is believed to have been the epicenter of early civilization. Presently, a majority of temples and Pagoda are in deplorable condition and are in dire need of urgent repair. This is due to the Burma military which refused to recognize the temples as part of the world heritage site.

  1. Forbidden City

This city  is found in Beijing in China. The history of the Forbidden City begins in the 15th century when it was built as the palace of the Ming emperors of China. It is located in the centre of Beijing, China, and was the Chinese imperial palace from the mid-Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty in 1912. It has been a museum since the 1920s.

  1. Ankor Wat

This site  is situated in Cambodia and was for many decades the capital city of Cambodia. Even though the place has been abandoned, it still holds a significant value in terms of religion to Cambodians. Historians believe that it was build around the 12th century by the then King Suranavarman II. Its image constitutes part of the Cambodian National flag.

  1. Bali

This is a significant part of Indonesian history and well renowned location worldwide. Most of Hindu population in Indonesia is located in Bali. Some of the things that Bali is known for, is the artwork and cultural events that takes place therein.

  1. Machu Picchu

This site is situated in Urumbamba Valley in Peru.  This antique site is believed to have been constructed by the Inca tribe in the 15th century. The place acted as a sit of power for the Inca rulers for approximately 100 years. When Inca rule fell, the place was abandoned and remained dormant until 1911. This site is renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains unkown.

  1. Taj Mahal

This is a world known place. It was constructed as a monument of eternal love by the Emperor Shah Jahan Taj Mahal in memory of his departed wife. The architectural design is just but amazing as it makes use of Persian, Indian as well as Islamic architecture in its design.

  1. The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is the most recognizable symbol of China and its long and vivid history. It consists of numerous walls and fortifications, many running parallel to each other. Originally, it was conceived by Emperor Qin Shi Huang (c. 259-210 B.C.) in the third century B.C.,  as a means of preventing incursions from barbarian nomads into the Chinese Empire. The wall is one of the most extensive construction projects ever completed. The best-known and best-preserved section of the Great Wall was built in the 14th through 17th centuries A.D., during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Though the Great Wall never effectively prevented invaders from entering China, it came to function more as a psychological barrier between Chinese civilization and the world, and remains a powerful symbol of the country’s enduring strength. It is believed that the wall was approximately 5,000 thousand miles long.

  1. Giza Pyramid Complex.

This is located in Cairo in  Egypt. I forms part of the Wonders of the World and it attracts millions of visitors worldwide each year.

Collectivism and Individualism as Inseparable Natural Human Traits

Banner ImageCollectivism and individualism are essential traits through which, human nature, undergoes a self actualization. These traits are innately interdependent, and any attempt to extremize one ends up in creating a dichotomy of the self.  

Individualism can be looked at as a conviction in the primary importance of the individual and in the virtues of self-reliance and personal independence. The individual can act on his or her own, making his or her own choices, and can only interact with the rest of the group as an individual. On the other hand, collectivism sees the group as an important element, and individuals are just members of the group. The group mentality has its own value, somehow different from that of the individual. Instead of considering a group as individuals who are interacting, it judges the group as a whole.

Individualism has positive aspects on individuals such as ability of the individual to act autonomously, and to choose freely the desirable persons with whom to interact.  This tends to increase happiness and a strong sense of self-efficacy. People with individualistic tendencies have a strong power in analyzing issues and in decision making. They don’t waste time in issues of the group or in the lives of others, but they stick to individual undertakings. The external world is important as long as it responds to the needs of individual persons. An individualistic person categorizes the society in which he or she is found as a society of individuals.

Collectivism on the other hand, emphasizes group loyalty, unity and harmony over individual rights or concerns. It defines collectivist societies as those in which people from birth onward are integrated into strong, cohesive groups, which throughout people’s lifetimes continue to protect them in exchange for unquestioning loyalty. In collectivist cultures, personal identity is based on group harmony and achievements, and not personal accomplishments. Collectivism advocates sacrifice for the common good of the group and maintains harmonious relationships with other group members, as well as a focus away from the self or individual needs, desires and accomplishments.  Collectivism implies that group social context and social roles are the important factors in an individual’s judgments, attributions, reasoning, and personal perception.

Nevertheless, in both collectivist and individualistic cultures, the existence of a number of setbacks cannot be underestimated. For instance, because the collective is seen as having an importance higher than the individuals that make it up, those same individuals are asked to sacrifice for it. It thus intrinsically destroys one’s ability to rationally pursue one’s own self-interest. Likewise, in individualistic communities, emphasis on personal achievements creates competition between individuals. This system can also result into high social mobility, which leads to high social anxiety. In addition, the focused attention on personal achievements can bear a significant cost on the interpersonal relationships.

Image result for images of individualismRegardless of this outlook, the interconnectivity between individualism and collectivism remains indispensable. For example, the existence of social interactions and social activities such as marriages, recreational centers, entertainment media, games, social networks etc, in both individualistic and collective cultures, are key indicators to illustrate that an individual is not self sufficient but rather, he needs the society to actualize himself fully. So, individualism in itself cannot bear expected fruits without involving the other self, which is a self-actualization and a sharing of the individual self in the society. Likewise, collectivism gets deeper meaning in individualism because collectivism involves interrelationship of individualistic selves which together form a society.

In fact, the difference between individualism and collectivism is the same because both emanate from the same human being who cannot be dissected, but has to be regarded as a complete personality endowed with collective and individualistic values. The failure to harmonize the two traits can create a number of issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, despair, difficulties in interpersonal relationships, adopted loneliness, hatred, heart attacks, distasting of the value of being, unconscious relativism etc.  It is unfortunate that these human natural endowments are sometimes regarded as antagonistic trends used to determine one’s political, social or cultural appurtenance without considering their original coexistence and inter-relatedness.

A NEW WORLD OF SOCIAL MEDIA

content-marketing-for-professionals-strategyIn this modern world, social media are changing the life style of the people in a way the world has never experienced.  This post includes  a list of social media  which I currently use, how I use them and the type of device I use. The post also explains about the rationale and the purpose of using such social media. As it is going to be explained,  some social media are missing some important functions which need to be improved. This post will also reveal my favorite social media, which I use mostly in my daily life.

With regards to the list of social media, I use  You Tube, Tweeter,  Google+ and WhatsApp. I use them by reading posts, by sending messages,  by exchanging views and by sharing  experience and ideas with other people all over the world.

With regards to why I use them and for what purpose,  in line with the general use of social media,  I use social media for academic reasons, to create and maintain social connections, to learn from others, to get updates, and for recreational purposes. Through social media, it is easy for people to interact and to create new relationships. Academically for example, I most of the time use You Tube video to get various tutorials in Infographic designing, in introduction to visual communication, on how to use other social media not familiar to me such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Tweeter etc, and to understand some nonfiction books displayed in movies.  This is an easy way of studying because it facilitates a good assimilation of the material by combining both theories and practices. Also, through You Tube, I get  speeches of different world celebrities,  which help me to enrich my skills in public speech. In addition to that, I get a deeper knowledge of the world, by watching some You Tube video reflecting people’s culture and life in general.

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What I find missing from my favorite social media is the aspect of authenticity. This is an important component in social media. In You Tube for example, it is hard to understand if a given information or events is true or not. It is not easy to determine the genuineness of the materials posted in You Tube. Yet, in WhatsApp, the profile picture and status are exposed to any one who has a contact number and such picture and status can be used at any time and can be manipulated  any how without the owner’s consent.

Lastly, the social media I use most are YouTube and WhatsApp. YouTube is used,  as explained above,  as a tool to facilitate my studies and WhatsApp is used to communicate with more than 200 members with whom I interact.

PUBLIC APOLOGY, AN EFFECTIVE ANTIDOTE TO MANAGEMENT IN CRISIS

This post is a result of an insight from a post by Randy Brasche. What I liked most in this post is on how the blogger has vividly demonstrated on the power of  modern communication technology to fuel a crisis to unpredictable level and how the same technology can act as a solution to the crisis itself. This is a call to companies and organizations to remain alert and modernize their crisis communications plans. However, this post has left much to be desired especially when it comes to other means which can be applied to find a solution to a crisis. Depending on the nature of the crisis, a combination of various strategies can bear more fruits rather than relying on one strategy.

I therefore put forth “Public apology” as one of the effective antidotes, which can be applied in managing a crisis.

Public apology is an act of acknowledging failures resulting from a public scandal by a company or organization, which affects the public interest. It is a sincere sorry to what happened, a sign of concern and accountability to the effects of the scandalous action or event.

What is to consider most is to be honest enough and avoid covering up the truth behind the cause of the crisis. In some instances, attempts to conceal the evidence of the error and wrong done to the public by the company or organization end up in being interpreted by the public as spinning, thus making the issue more complicated.

However, public apology  requires natural skills in addition to Public relations skills. So, the right choice of a right speaker is also an important aspect.  If not well done, it worsens the situation and thus causes more harm to the company or organization. A well planned public apology includes among other things, some key aspects such as sincerity, transparency, responsibility on the harm caused by the company or organization, humility and readiness to make restitution to alleviate the virulence of the crisis to the public.

Apology helps to rebuild the name of the company and regain its reputation. It should be timely and wholeheartedly. Superficial public apology can create more crises and can hardly revive the lost trust of the public towards the company or organization. If the harm was so devastating, rebuilding of the company by  changing its name, its logo and by  restructuring of its leadership, etc can be, in some extreme cases, a good resort. It is always the role of Public relations department to be proactive in screening any potential blunder which can create a crisis.

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In short, since any crisis is harmful to the well-being of the company or organization and can lead to its downfall, it is good to keep in mind that, the costs for prevention are affordable compared to the costs for remedy.

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AFRICA, THE BEST CONTINENT…

UNREVEALED TRUTH

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This is an evaluation of a post from one blog on Africa as the best continent.  I have been attracted by this post because it portrays and reveals the untold truth of Africa and its beauty. In fact, most of the blogs do not really reveal such an amazing story. Africa is mostly described figuratively as a dark continent, or as a hopeless continent. Such outlook creates a stereotype in people’s minds, of a continent in which all things are falling apart. Issues which are mostly posted or reported are mainly bad events or situations  such as wars, natural calamities, deaths, hunger, ill health, corruption, violence, poor education, diseases, etc as if such problems together make up what the continent is and nothing good can come from Africa. Such portrayal overlooks the good landscapes, cultural values, good historical sites and its richness in wild life including some animals which are only found on African continent.

Sometimes, there is a tendency of perceiving Africa as one country. This is really another aspect people need to know.  Africa is the biggest continent of the world after Asia, with around 11,677,239 square miles. So, talking of Africa as one country or associating the problems of a given country of Africa as the problems of the whole continent is not a good way of portraying the continent. Every country is unique and different. It is like using the statistics of increased violent crimes of one country in Europe for example, to portray the image of the whole Europe. Such assessment leads to the fallacy of generalization.

On the other hand, although the post portrays the untold story about Africa, I am not interested by the fact that this post is one sided. In any society, there are good things and bad things. This is undeniable fact. Every continent has its own beauty, but also has its own dark sides. So, the post does not show what is not good in Africa as a continent.  However, this post might be in line with the blogger’s intention of creating public awareness on what is not said about African continent.

Yet, the post could be accompanied by some visual images to make the message live.

Apart from that critique, I have learned from this post about the art and style of conveying a message to the point that one gets a pictorial image of what is being explained.

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