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Blogging Life Line


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Created by Aquene7 for Stepping2YourDreams Blog

This is a monthly feature to my blog, in which I mention blogs or posts that have impacted people’s lives beyond just a simple read.

This month my focus is for Side By Side a blog magazine on Mental Health.  It came about through the blog creators journey in coming to terms with Mental Health issues in her family and from a simply act of volunteering, it changed the course of her life to becoming an Advocate and therapist for Mental Health issues.

It has so much information which is also very engaging.  So why not hop on over and have a gander – Less Judgement & More Curiosity is a great post to start with:-)

I know in places I have worked, I have seen people suffering with depression but refusing to inform work for fear of being labelled or stigmatised under the banner of having ‘Mental Health Issues.’ Which means they don’t always get the support they need.

Do remember, if you read a post or a blog that has a wonderful center to it like this, and it impacts past just being a good read, I would really love to hear about it, so I could feature it in Blogging Life Line.

Hope you find this post to be an encouragement, as that is what my blog is all about, the encouragement of others.

Be the change you want to be, until next time.

 

Aquene7

Heads Up: Interesting Blogs


Hi everyone,

This is my review of discoveries for ‘Heads Up!’

My five discoveries of blogs I liked for a variety of reasons are listed here each fortnight.  My choices are totally on a personal basis because they resonated with me on some level.  Either they made me think, made me laugh, gave me an idea for a post, or I simply loved their creativity. Some blogs I have come across through my other blog which connects with a different audience to this one.

Posts I feel should be in Blogging Life Line will not be mentioned here.

1. J Regis This blog belongs to a young lady who has been successful at many things but always felt there was a need to write a book. This post reflects some of the challenges she faces as she decides to follow what God says in her life rather than what her situation is saying to her. Interesting for anyone desiring to write their first book based on their own life.

2. PI Photography & Fine Art Melissa takes some truly beautiful photos. A visual feast.

3.  Damyanti   Damyanti has been writing for many years, but I find her posts engaging, hope you do too.

4.  ThePublicBlogger I just like how this guy writes, what can I say:-)

5.  The Retireediary  More beauty for the eyes.  When there are so many amazing places in the world to see – photographs are such a great window, capturing a moment in time, giving you a glimpse of something different.  Michael is retired and based in Hong Kong but he has a great eye for photos.

Hope you find these blogs as interesting as I have. Do let me know?

Until next time, Be the change you want to be!

 

Quote: Your future is more powerful than your past.  Your power sits in your future! Dr Myles Monroe

 

Aquene7 = Peace

 

 

 

 

 

Heads Up: Interesting Blogs


Hi everyone,

This is my fortnightly review of discoveries for ‘Heads Up!’

My five discoveries of blogs I liked for a variety of reasons are listed here each fortnight.  My choices are totally on a personal basis because they resonated with me on some level.  Either they made me think, made me laugh, gave me an idea for a post, or I simply loved their creativity. Some will be blogs I have followed for a while or they are new discoveries.  Posts I feel should be in Blogging Life Line will not be mentioned here.

1. Dewittswild  If you love animal photography of big animals, elephants, zebras, lions and South African sunsets then this is an interesting blog to visit.

2.  Madamsabi’s Blog  Is a new find. An inspirational blog using stories and poetry.

3.  Sheek186 an encouraging blog but also tackles things others may choose to avoid or discuss quietly rather than putting it out there.

4.  A Small Act Of Kindness Can Bring A Smile to Million Of Faces  Certainly the longest title I have seen on a blog so far. But full of interesting nuggets of kindness and inspiration. Certainly an interesting read.

5.  Ray Ferrer – Emotion On Canvas  This is one of the very first blogs I followed.  I just love his artwork, which I think speaks for itself.

Hope you find these blogs as interesting as I have. Do let me know?

Until next time, Be the change you want to be!

 

Quote: Don’t wish for it, work for it!  Unknown

 

Aquene7 = Peace

 

 

 

 

 

Blogging Life Line


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Created by Aquene7 for Stepping2YourDreams Blog

This is still a very new area for my blog but it will be a regular monthly feature to mention blogs or posts that have impacted people’s lives beyond just a simple read.

The first is The Abuse Expose With Secret Angel. A blog created by a lady who has been a victim of domestic violence and abuse, Secret Angel has established a ministry whose purpose is to educate and reach out to others who may also be victims of abuse. It certainly is a Life Line to many and enables those who may feel they have no voice to find it.

For me its this blog reflects what faith and a strength to overcome can do. Secret Angel is not one for accolades etc but her blog is very informative and one to remember, as you never know needs to know it’s there.

My second blog is Self Reflection and the post is called 4 Women & An Opinionated Man.  In this post Vernon acknowledges the blogs that have really helped him during his time as a blogger. These blogs inspired him and really impacted him and his faith. A great post which was really encouraging.

So if you read a post or a blog that has a wonderful center to it like these, and they impact past just a good read, I would really love to hear about it, so I could feature it in Blogging Life Line.

Hope you find this post to be an encouragement, as that is what my blog is all about, the encouragement of others.

 

Be the change you want to be, until next time.

 

Aquene7

Social Media ‘Likes’ Me – Really?


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I watched an interesting news article the other day which was discussing the importance and impact of social media on our young people and how things were changing in society. It looked at how social media made us feel about ourselves and how the need to be ‘liked’ was becoming quite a powerful tool.

When you consider Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc they all have a ‘like’ button even WordPress if you think about.  It is quite a powerful trigger, that connects our expectation or desire to get likes from those who have read or seen something you have posted.  For young people it was shown that the more likes a person got reflected their popularity.  The old ‘thumbs up’ symbol, certainly does carry a lot of weight because for most of us when we see a high number of likes in any of the social media forums it instantly reflects popularity, connection, support and agreement with what ever is being said or shown.  I know as an adult this relationship with the ‘like’ button does not just impact young people. It is something you can quickly buy into and get attached to.

Some stats

Teen Internet Use

  • 93% of teens ages 12-17 go online
  • 69% of teens have their own computer
  • 63% of teen internet users go online every day
  • 27% of teens use their phone to get online
  • 24% of teens with a game console use it to go online

Teen Social Networking Use

  • 73% of teens are on a social network
  • The average teen has 201 Facebook friends
  • 37% send messages to friends every day
  • 8% of American teens use Twitter

What Teens do on Facebook

  • 86% of social network-using teens comment on a friend’s wall
  • 83% comment on friends’ pictures
  • 66% send private messages to friends
  • 58% send IM or text messages using the site
  • 52% send group messages

Link: 30 Statistics about Teens and Social Networking for the above stats

Popularity is such a driver these days.  People can buy followers for ‘Twitter’ and on Facebook if you have a business page you can also pay to crease your coverage.  But what does all of this do for us as a people and a society.

Family life has certainly changed because of  our smart phones, computer game consoles and social media interactions.  For many it has isolated us, fragmented us, made people more remote and seeking approval or affirmation via indirect social interactions with people we do not necessarily know rather than through close personal contact. For some it has filled in genuine human relationships.

Are we becoming more remote with our interactions? Is there less and less of the family sitting around the table chatting scenarios  and more occasions of the everyone eating at different times and when they like situations?  I know when I go out to restaurants one of the things I hate to see is people focusing on their phones instead of each other.  Even when I was on holiday with my sister we noticed a family sat down for dinner in front of us, and their older children (no more than about 6 and 8) had their Ipads whilst dad had his smart phone.  Mum fussed over the smallest child to help them eat, while everyone else was in their own little world playing a game, responding to emails/texts and no one spoke to each other.  Modern times hay?

The thing is, if you do something long enough and often enough, it becomes a habit and how you function.  If we become so attached to our phones and the responses we get via social media, etc how will this impact on us in a further 10 or 20 years time?  Will we have new psychological illnesses generated from too much use of our new gadgets and oh so many cyber friends? What’s seen as old-fashioned now, may well be a distant memory or viewed as rare in the future.  So at some point in time will the thought of, people sitting down together at home to eat and talk around a table be something that’s seen in museums or part of history?

How do you feel about social media? Where do you draw the line?

 

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