The Difference Between Hearing And Listening

Listening impacts how we relate to the natural world and especially with regard to social interactions. Hearing really is about receiving sound via the years, which for most of us is done pretty much without much consideration or concentration.  People spend most of their time hearing and not actually listening. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can become a bad habit, especially, if those missed opportunities to listen and to mentally process the information presented to us deprives us of opportunities to succeed in life or lease to avoid some unwanted outcomes.

Listening is a more intermittent process and requires the listener to not only receive sounds but to recognize them as having some meaning, to mentally process that information, and ultimately to act on the information.

People frequently hear but far less frequently listen. The active processes and listening of recognizing the value of the sounds we hear, the significance of the circumstances in which they find themselves, and that some form of action or response is required occurs less often than it should.

The Key component which distinguishes hearing from listening is that listening requires mental processing and appropriate action. There is an old adage that “information is power quotes”, this is only true in the case of hearing, if we do more than hear, and take the next step to listen whereby we use the information that we gathered from hearing and apply mental processes to determine what is meaningful, valuable, and requires action either immediate or more strategic and long term.

Time Management – focus

Focus is concentrating your efforts across time to a limited number of objectives, which can be supported to achieve goals.

What Is the Difference Between Science Fiction and Fantasy?

SciFi Alien World
SciFi Alien World

When discussing various writing genres, it is common for people – both writers and readers – to lump science fiction and fantasy together under the catchall term “speculative fiction.” On a general level, this comparison between these two genres is accurate. However, these two very close kins are inherently different on many levels. Let us look at the difference between science fiction and fantasy creations.

Science Fiction Vs. Fantasy: Identifying Major Literary Differences

Possibilities
Possibilities

1. Possibility Vs. Impossibility

Science fiction, also commonly known as Sci-fi, is a fiction literature genre whose storyline and elements are imaginary but are based on science and scientific facts. Sci-fi novels and novellas follow a logical and plausible theme and prose that has scientific backing.

Follow a logical and plausible theme means that the occurrences and events presented in sci-fi literature are possible to occur. Science fiction needs to be set in the future where technologies used may not be available but are still not beyond the realm of scientific theory. It is essential that sci-fi creations make sense within the natural laws of the universe so that the readers can connect the now and the future.

On the other hand, fantasy as a genre deals with mythical, magical, or supernatural occurrences that have no scientific backing or explanation and cannot possibly occur in our real world. Fantasy stories told in an imagined world, often entirely different from our own, which involves a mystical base.

For example, a sci-fi creation may present a space ship that travels faster than light. The writer would hope that in tomorrow’s world, such technologies can be possible owing to advancement in science and technology. On the contrary, fantasy creations might present human characters with abilities to fly or are bulletproof, something that does not and is likely not to exist in our reality.

Mythical Unicorn

Mythical Unicorn

2. Concept

Science fiction deals with scientific concepts while fantasy creations are merely written on the foundation of imaginative ideas.

Heroine Using magic

Heroine Using magic

3. Heroes And Heroines

Fantasy and sci-fi creations have different types of heroes and heroines. With fantasy creations, the heroes are usually mythical creatures or humans with supernatural powers.

The use of mythical creatures or supernatural humans is however different with Sci-fi creations which present real human heroes with unique talents and skill sets that make them formidable risk takers, valuable leaders or effective problem solvers which help them succeed in the end.

Futuristic City Skyline

Futuristic City Skyline

4. The Setting

Often, science fiction works are almost always in the future. A sci-fi story would extrapolate our world across time and explore what would happen in the advent of new futuristic technologies. Pundits maintain that today’s disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and virtual realities were envisioned and inspired by yesterday’s sci-fi works.

On the other hand, fantasy literature setting is almost always in a world so different from ours, and often in the past. This past could be ancient or medieval, and often involving magic. Fantasy works present an alternate world with mythical occurrences that would only be possible through imagination.

Science Fiction Vs. Fantasy


Science Fiction Vs. Fantasy

Conclusion

Understanding these science fiction vs. fantasy differences will help you create or choose a clarified genre that satisfies your readers. Often, readers look for specific literary identifying marks in a fantasy or sci-fi novel.

Being aware of the difference between science fiction and fantasy can help you blend and shade these two genres to create literary works that can move readers seamlessly between the possibilities and the impossibilities.

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Blogging – is the HTML keyword meta tag dead?

HTML Keyword Meta tag
HTML Keyword Meta tag

Yes; most of the major browsers will recognize and accept the HTML keyword meta tag.


To the major search engines use the keyword meta tag?

Basically, no. Most of the major search engines simply ignore the HTML keyword meta tag or worse yet simply use it as a means to penalize your site, if they decide the keywords you chose to use do not closely enough relate to your content.

Are the HTML keyword meta tags worth putting a lot of work into?

Short answer, is no. If your intent is doing your keyword research is to create HTML keyword meta-tags, then you are basically wasting your time.

Then what is the value of keywords?

If you think of keyword research is identifying your focus words for your blog article, then there is value in doing keyword research. The value comes not from adding HTML keyword meta-tags, but rather through integrating your keywords ( focus words) into your blog article title, headers, and body content. These focus words can also be added to media metadata and used as part of your tactful repetition approach to content.

Conclusion

For all intents and purposes, HTML keyword meta-tags are useless from a HTML coding standpoint. However doing keyword (focus words) research can be valuable in tuning the language of your blog article to optimize the focus of your blog post.

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Writing an Article vs. Writing a Blog Post:What’s the Difference?

Blog Vs Article
Blog Vs Article

Have you ever wondered what the difference between writing a blog and writing an article is? Today, the words “blog” and “article” are often used interchangeably and almost synonymously, so much that the line between the two is virtually nonexistent. Although the two make up a quality online strategy, blog posts and articles are entirely different.

One of the most common questions is: is a blog considered an article? To answer this, you’ll need to be aware of the difference between blog posts and articles. Blog posts are meant to be posted on a weblog (blog), while an article can be published on any traditional media or digital publication such as a website. Now folks, let us see some of the other difference between article and blog post, shall we?

  • Facts Vs. Personal Opinion

This is one of the biggest differences between article and blog posts. Ideally, an article is supposed to be factual and clear of personal opinion. Article writing should focus more on reporting, providing statistics, facts and information.

On the other hands, blogs posting are generally informal and impersonal in nature. A nice blog should be more conversational, more interactive, casual and should draw in the reader by encouraging them to be more active.

  • SEO Keywords Requirements Vary

Typically, blog posts are meant to rank higher in search engines. They capitalize on SEO keywords to create a more robust SERP that will reach a wider audience. When writing a blog, it is important to take into consideration the use of SEO keywords to create better traction that will have the most significant impact on your digital strategies.

With articles, SEO is not the primary focus and can be quite insignificant especially when they’re not online based. Even when an article is published online, there is less emphasis on SEO keywords.

  • Article Vs. Blog Posts Length and Style

Blog posts are basically short, often ranging from 300 to 1000 words. Blog posts are meant to be quick and snappy and should get the point across in the most concise way. In a generation whose interest in verbose literature has fallen behind, blog posts should take less reader’s time and should be easy to read on the go. They should be written in a more casual tone, that is involving and not overly complicated. Use of slang, sentence fragments, and short paragraphs is accepted in blogging.

On the other hand, articles have no standard length. They can be anywhere between 300 words to 5000 words long. They should have flawless grammar and spelling. Articles follow a more sophisticated, journalistic writing style. They explore a topic in depth, which makes them more extensive.

How and When to Use Articles and Blogs?

Today, businesses looking to grow their online relevance must generate quality content. This may be in the form of blog posts or articles.

Articles are best placed on websites of businesses which need to keep their clients abreast with up-to-date information quickly and regularly. Blog posting is best suited where your goals include an increase in your stature as an industry thought leader, growing your brand recognition and creating better visibility on search engines.

But, really, these rules are not cast on a stone!

Unlike in the past, we are experiencing a blog-article convergence where blog posts are increasingly becoming factual and well researched. We also have longer posts that are going past the SEO keyword needs to create value for the readers. 1,000 (and even 2000) words blog posts have become fairly standard. With new Google algorithms, it is becoming important to create blog posts that deliver more value, are longer and which are more professional.

You can use the different nuances to article writing and blog writing to create a truly robust SERP. You can include both types of content on your website to amp your engagements and SEO.

While their styles may be different, the message conveyed through your article and blog posts should be consistent so that your branding efforts are not sabotaged. Your overall marketing goals and digital marketing strategies will help you determine whether to use blog posts, articles or both.

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5 Basic Types of Blogs

Blogging
Blogging

If you’re new to blogging and are seeking to grow your audience, or have been doing it for a while now, then you understand the challenge of creating unique, compelling, and valuable content for your readers and potential leads. This is, perhaps, one of the main pain points of blogging. So, how can you ensure that you continually produce content that catches the reader’s attention, build their trust, and increase your conversions?

One way is to use different kinds of posts. By varying the format of your delivery, you can take charge of how well the content resonates with your readers/audience. This post will look at the different categories of blogs, their main characteristics and how you can use the various types of blog content to inspire variety on your website or blog.

Let’s dive in!

5 Different Types of Blog Content to Inspire Your Blogging!

  1. Long-Form Article

Long-form articles are blog posts with more than 1200 words. However, depending on your niche, long-form article length is slowly increasing, with 3000-10000 becoming the new standard. This is a lot more than the 350-600-word articles that have always been used.

But, why the shift?

In the recent past, there has been a significant increase in content saturation and competition on the blogosphere. To meet the needs of their end user, Google implemented an algorithm that prioritized on quality and value, so that quality content would rank on top.

These new changes brought new challenges and opportunities. By having an emphasis on white hat SEO best practices, practices such as keyword stuffing were no longer relevant. Instead, the search engine now prioritized on length, quality and value.

Therefore, if you’re looking to rank highly on Google and grow a vibrant identity, you’ll need to invest in quality long-form articles that must deliver more value than other competing blogs. This way, Google bots will use length as a quality factor, besides crawling through your article for the appropriate keywords.

Why use long-form articles?

  • Long-form posts are great for SEO
  • Long-form articles are increasingly getting shared, hence will increase your brand recognition
  • Long-form articles will raise your conversion rates.
  • Long-form content will position you as an authority in your niche areas.
  1. Instructional/how-to blog posts

Since most of the internet users are looking for some solution online, how-to posts can drive massive organic traffic to your site. They are easily shareable and deliver real value to your audience. This means that you can be able to reach your target audience without too much hassle since they are relatively easy to write.

Use a clear and concise heading mixed with short but detailed subsections. Since instructional posts are becoming popular, be sure to choose a less obvious, more niche-focused area for your blog posts.

  1. News Story

People love to read news. If you’re looking to drive more traffic to your site, you can publish a news post. A great tactic to use is newsjacking’ that aims at taking advantage of current events that are news-worthy.’ You can weave in your opinion into the existing news story to create truly engaging content.

News posts are highly beneficial as they provide current raw information to your readers. Since they’re factual, they will present you as a leading authority in your space. We all want that. Right?

  1. First-Person Narrative

These are personal stories that engage your readers emotionally. A huge benefit of the first-person narrative is that you never really know what aspect will touch, inspire and motive your readers. If you’re promoting a business, think of ways you can make the company or brand seem real, humanized and more approachable. You can do this by telling a story about a customer’s experience or interviewing someone in/out of the company.

For a personal blog, weaving in some personal experience and how you overcame the challenges will work magic on your readers. Such posts done once in a while will create personal connections and ardent followership to your blog.

  1. Listicle

Listicles are always among the most shared blog posts on the internet. You can create a list on just about anything: from your best summer reading list to a list of your favorite eateries in your town; or it could be perhaps a list of your favorite web applications or 10 brilliant lead generation ideas. The possibilities are endless.

Lists are a great read and a must-have in your blog because:

  • The title tells you what to expect from the onset
  • You always know how much is left• They are easy to skim through
  • They can break a complex topic into digestible chunks without coming out as boring or verbose.
  • They’re easy to plan and write
  • They’re great for targeting core keywords
  • Updates can be easily made
  • Smaller listicles can be adapted to suit long-tail keywords.

So there you have it!

Use these kinds of posts to make your blog or website engaging and vibrant. The key here is to make sure that the reader’s expectations are met while still maintaining some level of variety that is truly rewarding.

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An Author’s Introduction to RSS Feed/News Sites

Internet news and web RSS
Internet news and web RSS

The information age is fantastic, but there’s only one problem: too much information. It’s very difficult to keep track of your favorite blogs, sports, and news without some help. One of the ways to achieve this is by using RSS sites writers.

What is RSS News Feed?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It’s a type of web feed that enables you to keep track of your favorite websites, such as online magazines and blogs. It consists of computer-readable files known as XML files, which automatically update information.

Previously, to keep track of your website updates, you were to bookmark websites in the browser and manually get back to them frequently to find out whether there were any updates. But browser bookmarking had its share of downsides.

The problems with browser bookmarking

  • As a web user, you were to do the entire work. You were to access a website, find out how relevant its information is to you. If it had useful information that you could read often, or it had significant, frequently updated information, you could bookmark it and look for the bookmark from time to time.
  • Tracking many websites can be daunting. As you continue scouring the internet, you’ll come across hundreds of websites with valuable information daily. If you bookmark most of these sites, it becomes a bit tricky to track all of them, as it’s overwhelming.
  • You can miss information whenever you forget to check out your bookmarks.
  • Some websites don’t update their information, and thus, you’ll end up seeing the same old information every time.

How to know whenever a website runs an update?

Well, this is precisely what RSS feeds list does. It allows you to receive relevant, up-to-date information, delivered to you on the fly so you can read it at your own time. This saves time and gives you the information you want as quickly as it’s published

How RSS Works?

RSS feeds work almost like an email. When you subscribe to the feeds, you’ll realize that the unread entries from the websites you’re tracking are marked bold. Once you click on them, you will be able to see the most recent update, which you can read right from the feeder. You can either click to be directed to the actual website, or move on to another unread item, and this marks the previous one as read.

What problem does RSS solve?

Many people are interested in many sites whose content keeps changing unpredictably. Examples of such sites include news sites, medical websites, information pages for religious and community organizations, product information websites, and weblogs. Frequently visiting a website to find out whether there’s any new information can be tiring.

Earlier on, email notification was a solution to this problem. However, when many sites send you email notifications, they are typically disorganized, overwhelming, and can easily go to the spam folder.

With RSS, you can be notified of any new or changed information. Handling notifications to many websites is easy. Also, the results are presented in a well-organized way, entirely distinct of email.

How to Integrate an RSS Feed To My Writers’ Blog

Many websites are built on a content management system (CMS), and each CMS comes with a default RSS feed. You can easily find the RSS feed for your writers’ blog. The easiest way is to add /feed toward the end of a URL, which should look like yourdomain.com/feed.

You can also do this for individual web pages on your blog to obtain specific RSS feeds. After that, follow the following steps:

  • Download an RSS reader, also referred to as an aggregator. There are numerous commercial and free readers, apps and extensions available on the web. Download one of them to your mobile device or computer.
  • Copy your blog’s RSS feed created/found earlier to allow you publish to a RSS news feeds.
  • Paste the RSS web address into the RSS reader you’d downloaded earlier.
  • Your readers can now subscribe to your blog’s RSS feed

How to Market my book on RSS feed News Sites

To market a book to RSS feed news sites, you should:

  • Create a landing page on your blog with information about your new book, what it contains, the value it adds to the readers and more. Include the price as well. The landing page should provide links to all those retail outlets that have your book.
  • Search for sites with RSS feed in a niche related to the title of your blog. Those sites have probably thousands of readers who’ve subscribed to their updates.
  • Contact them for an opportunity to create a guest post, a press release or any other content whose topic should be related to your book in a way, and also resonate well with the site you want to publish to. You can check out a few of their posts to know what works well for their audience.
  • Create the content and include links to your landing page. If it’s published, it will appear in the RSS feed of that website, and the subscribers will see the update and read it. Interested ones may click on the links and access your book.

Popular RSS New Readers

There are several RSS readers, and you might want to test a number of them to establish the right one for you. Most RSS readers offer a free version and a premium version. Here are some of the popular ones:

  • Feedly for the web: – Android and iOS
  • Feeder for Chrome: – Android and iOS
  • Panda for the web: – iOS and a Chrome extension
  • Reeder 3 for iOS and Mac
  • Forté Agent for windows

Sampling of RSS Feed Resources for Authors, Bloggers, And Writers

Authors, bloggers, and writers can subscribe to many RSS feeds.

For authors:

  • Feedspot
  • Book News Feed
  • Top Reader Reviews
  • BookBrowse Blog
  • BookBrowse Member Ezine
  • Bookbrowse Free Newsletter

For Writers and bloggers

Freelance Writing Jobs RSS Feed

  • FreelanceWriting RSS Feed
  • Freelance Writing Riches RSS Feed
  • Make A Living Writing RSS Feed
  • Be a Freelance Blogger RSS Feed
  • Reddit-Freelance Writers RSS Feed
  • Daily Writing Tips RSS Feed
  • The Write Life RSS Feed
  • Writers in Charge RSS Feed
  • All Freelance Writing RSS Feed

Final words

Whomever you are a writer, author, or blogger, it’s important that you leverage on the potential of RSS feeds whether it’s on your own website for your readers to subscribe or on other sites for your own inspiration and promotion of your digital products.

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