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Five Tips to Becoming a Better Blogger

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Blogging is a medium that millions of people relate to. Platforms range from the early stages of LiveJournal to the more elegant WordPress, to the image-based Tumblr platform and beyond. No matter where you go, it seems that bloggers are taking over.

All the hype, celebrity gossip, and exposure makes it hard not to want to be a blogger. So if you’re ready to try your hand at the blogging life, here are five tips to help you along.

Pick a Topic and Roll With it

The most important part of starting a blog is deciding what you’re going to be blogging about. What interests you? What could you spend the rest of your life writing about or documenting? These are the questions you need to ask yourself before starting a blog, and whether the answer is celebrity gossip or current news, once you have your topic, you need to roll with it.

Be Social Media Savvy!

A blog is nothing without support from other platforms on the internet. If you already have a personal Twitter or Tumblr account, set them to private and set up new accounts that relate more closely to your blog topic. This way, you can use those platforms to market your content and make it available to a wider audience without revealing your personal life if you don’t want to.

Be a Good Writer

Before you put that first post up on your shiny new blog, proof read it. After that, have someone else proof read it. The more you refine your writing, the better. If your’e writing about celebrity news or the latest entertainment stories, read up on that type of content and study the style of writing. If you’re really committed to creating a strong writing presence, then you could even go take a writing class at a local community college. The better your writing is, the more readers you’ll have.

Enhance Your Content With Photography

Solid blocks of writing are great for building up a portfolio, but people aren’t going to pay much attention without some visuals to grab them. Include pictures in your biography and information section, as well as interspersed throughout your content. Investing in a quality camera is always a good idea. The better the images, the more attention they’ll get.

Update your Content Frequently

Whether it’s celebrity gossip or baked goods, you need to set a schedule for updating your content and follow it. If you start a blog and fall off the map six months later, there was no point! To gain a solid reader base, you need to be prepared with new content at least one to three times weekly. Not only will it keep your audience interested, it will keep you sharp!

Starting a blog isn’t difficult; maintaining a blog is the hard part. Domain names don’t cost too much money, so if you purchase one now for use in the future, it will give you time to prepare for when you actually want your blog to launch. There’s no reason to be afraid to try it. Get out there and get after it!

How to throw the ultimate party

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From corporate theme nights to fundraising events, a party can be the highlight of the social calendar — if done right. But planning a party can be a stressful affair, especially when you are unsure of how to bring it all together for a varied and unique experience. If you are looking for party planning ideas to make your event the talk of the town, look no further.

Choosing a theme is the first step in planning the perfect party. The theme creates the framework for the night and guides guests in what to expect. It also provides you with a plethora of options for invitation, decor, food and entertainment. The trick for a great party, whether it is fundraiser, a creative corporate event or a milestone family event, is attention to detail. If you choose a theme, you need to follow it through in all aspects of the event, from the decor to the food to the entertainment.

A casino night party, for example, holds a host of possibilities. With more than 1,500 casinos across the U.S, it is clear that gaming holds a particular appeal. Every year, almost 37 million people visit Las Vegas, the casino capital of the U.S, and more than 10 million people play poker in a casino every year. While Las Vegas might be out of reach for such events, the excitement and fun need not be. Recreating a casino vibe in any venue is possible with some planning – and perhaps a bit of help from a professional or two.

Here are some party planning ideas for the ultimate casino night:

  • Create poker chip invitations or, if you are hosting a fundraiser, flyers or promotional material in the shape of poker chips. Another option is to design them to look like a gaming table or like the key to a fancy Las Vegas hotel suite. The dress code should be tuxedos and evening dresses and any volunteers or help staff should dress like casino attendants.
  • Low lighting and twinkling lights can add to the atmosphere and help recreate that Las Vegas look. Keep the colors red, black, white and green. Creative decor ideas could include using red balloons and green cardboard to emulate the red cherry signs on slot machines.
  • Las Vegas is famous for its all-you-can-eat buffets, so you can easily recreate this with multiple food stations and a variety of offerings. Tables can be draped in poker table coverings, which are easy to make. Finger foods are also a great choice – think spicy chicken wings and dips.
  • Poker chip cookies or decks of cards can be used as party favors.
  • Fundraising activities apart from the usually gaming and entry fee could include an auction where guests “bet” on items rather than bidding on them. Guests can enter raffles by picking a playing card out of a bag. The marked cards win prizes.
  • Don’t forget the cocktails! What’s a Vegas-themed event without some fancy drinks. More sophisticated corporate events can opt for a suave martini bar, while more informal parties might prefer a range of colorful cocktails. Be sure to make a signature house drink.
  • For a twist on the casino theme, combine a murder mystery evening with a casino as the setting.

As you can see, there are a wealth of party planning ideas that can help you plan the perfect evening do. If you apply this type of thinking to other party themes, your party planning will be a breeze and all your guests will compliment you on a job well done. You can bet on it!

How To Get Into Encore Beach Club, the #1 Vegas Pool Party

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For decades clubbing was synonymous with dressing in your finest, most expensive clothing and standing in a line outside the club. Women would wear dresses and heels, men would wear suits and $500 shoes. And while you can still get VIP bottle service at a ton of nightclubs in Sin City, thousands of people are now showing up to the city’s best parties wearing sandals and flip-flops.
A few years ago, the thought of wearing a tanktop and flip flops to a Las Vegas nightclub would have been unthinkable. Then a little something called Rehab changed the clubbing world forever. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino launched their now famous dayclub called Rehab, and it quickly became one of the most famous pool parties anywhere in the world. Clubgoers could nurse their hangovers, sunbathe by the pool, and party at one of the coolest pools in the world, all while seeing the biggest DJs in the world.
But while Rehab may have been the first, virtually everyone agrees that Encore Beach Club Las Vegas is now the undisputed #1 pool party in Las Vegas, and quite probably the entire world. The famous Las Vegas Beach Club finally opened its doors for 2016 in April, and already Wynn has booked top shelf DJ talent like Avicii, Martin Solveig, David Guetta, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis, and more for its Spring/Summer 2016 lineup. Ticket agencies are as desperate as EDM fans and club kids to get their hands on Encore nightclub tickets.
Thrillist named Encore Las Vegas the best pool party in the city, writing, “This weekend-long party is insanely popular and worth the long lines to get inside, with a vast poolside area, foam parties, DJs like David Guetta, and yes, stripper poles on the water.”
So how do you get inside the Las Vegas Beach Club?
There’s a nighttime pool party (dubbed nightswim) on Thursdays from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., but you’ll have to show up in daylight on weekends. If you want to access the swimming pool area — and trust us, you do — then dress to impress in your sexiest swimming attire.
Of course, just because the Las Vegas Beach Club dress code is slightly more relaxed than the famously exclusive dress codes of most Las Vegas nightclubs, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress to impress. There’s still a long, long list of DO NOT WEAR clothing items to beware of if you want to get into the pool area, including no jeans or pants, to torn or cut-off clothing, no chains or baggy clothing, no athletic gear (yes, that includes athleisure wear), and finally, no European sunbathing.
Yes, “European sunbathing” means wearing nothing at all. We all know Las Vegas is called Sin City for a reason. We all know you can’t walk two feet down the Strip without being accosted by illegal immigrants passing out business cards with “massage therapists” on them. We all know Vegas clubs like are famous for prominently featuring gorgeous young women wearing as little as possible. Even so, Wynn doesn’t want people going totally nude at their parties (or so they say).

Mastering the Dance Understanding the Role of Dance in Our Lives and the Lives of Our Ancestors

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Art allows us to express ourselves through a variety of media. Paintings, songs, and dances are all forms of art that allow the artist to tell a story and help transmit meaning to onlookers. Dance is perhaps one of the oldest forms of human art that is shared across a wide variety of people throughout history. Understanding the role of dance in not only our lives but the lives of those who came before can help shed some new light on humanity as a whole.

Our Relationship With Dance

Before the written word and perhaps even before the spoken word there was dance. The earliest archaeological proof of dance was discovered in the form of cave paintings in India that are believed to be dated back to over 9,000 years ago. More recently, the Ancient Egyptians regularly used dance both for the purposes of entertainment as well as ritual; a number of religions around the globe to this day continue to integrate dance into their religious ceremonies. Over the centuries dance became refined, yet it was not until the late 17th century in Paris, France when specific rules for ballroom dance would be formed under the reign of King Louis XIV at the Academie Royale de Musique et de Danse. Centuries later these rules still apply as ballroom dancing has since become recognized as an Olympic sport.

The Benefits of Dance

Given its prominence in the history of our people, it is no surprise to learn that dance has a number of health benefits for participants. The New England Journal of Medicine found several mental health benefits from regular dance classes, including improved memory, reduced risk for dementia, reduced symptoms of depression, and decreased stress levels. Physically speaking, those who participate regularly in dance classes benefit from increased flexibility, strengthened bones and muscles, improved posture and balance, and decreased weight. Dance classes also provide participants with the regular aerobic activity needed to promote cardiovascular health.

Learning How to Dance

Dancing takes little more than determination and dedication to pick up. By and large, a majority of those looking for ballroom dancing lessons are couples anticipating their first dance as a married couple. Chances are, there are a number of ballroom dance studios in your area that offer ballroom dancing instruction — the question then is choosing a ballroom dance studio that is right for you. Many ballroom dance studios offer scheduled lessons at various times per day; keep in mind that it is a generally good idea to ask to sit in on a lesson before committing to determine the qualifications of the instructor. For those with a deadline, do not be afraid to ask how long it takes for students to pick up a particular dance. For those looking to pick up ballroom dancing as a hobby rather than for a single event, consider what other dancers in your area are saying about a particular ballroom dance studio. With enough time, dedication, and effort anyone can learn to dance beautifully and participate in one of the oldest forms of human art.

Don’t Stop the Party When You Rent a Party Bus!

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Are you planning a big event soon with lots of guests coming? Worried about transportation, especially if there’s lots of drinking going on? Do you want to try and keep everyone together to avoid losing anyone or confusion about where people should head? You should consider renting a party bus. You can often get cheap bus rentals for a bachelor or bachelorette party, prom, or just general fun! You can start the party on the bus, keep it going as you go from place to place, and not have to worry about DUIs, people getting lost, and some cred for saying you were on a party bus! Additionally, some luxury bus rentals offer amenities like a fully stocked wet bar, lights, a dance floor, and wrap around limo seating. Even the not cheap bus rentals are usually less expensive than renting a limousine for the evening.
What Are Common Events to Rent a Party Bus For?
Looking into cheap bus rentals or even a more luxurious party bus is a great idea for gatherings that are sure to get a little rowdier, involve moderate to heavy drinking, and for a crowd of people. So naturally, you’ll see party buses used a lot for bachelor or bachelorette parties or casino and winery trips. Going to prom is another great reason to rent a party bus, as are weddings. For big birthdays, party buses may also be used — and if you really feel like getting crazy, you could rent a party bus for a fun night out on the town that you and your friends are sure to never forget!
What Does a Party Bus Usually Include?
Depending on the kind of party bus you rent, you’ll be able to keep the party going no matter how much you have to drive around! Most have state-of-the-art light and sounds systems, often with iPod or iPhone hookups, so you can make your own playlists ahead of the time, and keep the mood elevated. Other busses may have laser light effects or LED lighting to keep things fun! Party busses are generally BYOB, but many do come with fully stocked wet bars, although there may be an additional fee for use. Almost all party busses have wrap around limo seating so guests can sit around in groups and talk. Some even come equipped with dance floors for the truly brave!
Why Should I Look Into Getting a Party Bus for my Event?
You’re guaranteed a safe, reliable, and super fun way to get to bars, clubs, restaurants, or just around town in general. Everyone can have fun — no one has to be the designated driver! — and no one runs the risk of getting slapped with a DUI, which would be a major damper on the night! There are limo-style amenities, but at a much more reasonable price for everyone involved. A lot of stress can be taken out of the equation and everyone can focus on just having a good time!
Additionally, party bus drivers are professionals with a good knowledge of the area and can make your experience even more memorable and fun. Since they’ve most likely been doing the route for awhile, they can even offer advice on where to go and what bars, clubs, or restaurants are especially hot. This can be especially useful if you’re from out of town and trying to celebrate an event in a foreign city.
If your group is especially large, you can even mix and match different busses to keep everyone accommodated. And unlike with other transportation, you don’t have to worry about extra mileage or fuel costs, since most party busses are rented by the hour. (And if you look at especially cheap bus rentals, this can be really be in your best interest!) The best party bus companies won’t charge extra for fuel, how many stops you make, and how far you travel (within reason).
Renting a party bus for a big event can be a cost-effective and fun option to travel in style with large groups of people. It’s sure to be an experience you’ll never forget!

Follow This One Beauty Pageant Tip to Guarantee Success

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Beauty pageants are some of the most challenging competitions in the world, and they’re about a lot more than contestants’ good looks. While beauty pageants are primarily focused on their participants’ appearances, the girls and women who appear in them are also judged on their personalities and talents. The winners, often referred to as beauty queens, generally start out by competing in local competitions in their city, county, or state and can then move on to contests at the regional, national, or even international level. Beauty pageant contestants compete for a variety of reasons. Some girls can win college scholarships to help them in the future, and even runners-up can receive this or other prizes. Some girls receive cash or other material prizes as well. Most importantly, the winners progress to the next tier of the competition in order to showcase their looks and talents. These competitions date back to 1880, when the first “Bathing Beauty Pageant” was held in Rehoboth Beach in Delaware as part of a summer festival. Before that even, newspapers ran photos of young women for printed beauty contests. Beauty pageants are a longstanding tradition in the United States, and they help to instill confidence, poise, and grace in their contestants. So how does a girl, teen, or young woman win one?

While there are many pageant tips and tricks out there to help prospective beauty
queens progress to the next level of competition, the most important is this one: hiring a pageant coach to help a contestant with her pageant interview is a technique that will ultimately lead to success. Pageant interview questions help assess a potential beauty queen’s intelligence, interest in world affairs, and leadership skills, among other topics. Therefore, being prepared to answer the questions posed by judges is a great way to feel confident in all stages of a beauty pageant.

A good coach will have a proven track record of having clients win and place in the next level of the competition. A pageant coach should be able to diagnose the strengths and weaknesses of a candidate’s speaking abilities and provide a personalized program to address any areas with a need for improvement. A competent pageant coach should also be able to teach a potential beauty queen any new skills he or she should learn before entering a competition, especially those that deal with speaking and other aspects of the interview. A coach can meet with a competitor in person, but he or she can also coach by phone or by webcam as well. This can be especially helpful for contestants who live further from metropolitan areas.

There are plenty of pageant tips and tricks out there to help contestants with their looks and talents, but these aspects of the competition can only take them so far. Without a solid interview, a girl, teen, or young woman is unlikely to take home the crown and sash. Pageant coaching will prepare a contestant for the judges’ questions, and she will be able to respond well and with confidence. Remember, there are many beauty pageant tips and tricks available on the web or in other sources, but the ones that fail to address the interview portion of the pageant won’t guarantee first place. The interview might not be the number one concern of most contestants, but it’s the final ingredient in the recipe for beauty pageant success! Great references here.

What to Do When You Visit Hawaii

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December 7, 1941 is without a doubt a date that will live in infamy. The attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II, and took the lives of many American sailors. Though over 70 years have passed since the event, there are all types of guided tours in Pearl Harbor; Pearl Harbor tours are actually among the most common types of group tours in Hawaii.

Oahu is the third largest island on Hawaii, and has been known as “the Gathering Place” although the term in Oahu has no confirmed meaning in Hawaiian other than as a proper noun representing the place itself. Hawaii is one of the top tourist destinations in the United States because of its rich history and pristine beaches. However, one of the main things to do on any trip to Hawaii is to make a Pearl Harbor visit.

One thing you will hear on any Pearl Harbor tour is information about the U.S.S. Arizona. Interestingly, an 184-foot-long memorial structure of the U.S.S. Arizona spans the mid-portion of the sunken battleship and consists of three main sections: the entry room; the assembly room, a central area designed for ceremonies and general observation; and the shrine room, where the names of those killed on the Arizona are engraved on the marble wall.

Amazingly, there were 37 sets of brothers assigned to the U.S.S. Arizona on December 7, 1941. Pearl Harbor was certainly among the darker days in U.S. history, although the location and the actual event are a big part of any visit to Hawaii. The next time you visit Hawaii, you should at least check out the site known as Pearl Harbor, and make take in a Pearl Harbor tour.

Professional Recording Studios

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Music recording studios do not just offer studio recording tips and advice. Whether you are trying to succeed in the music industry or are just trying to produce a quality soundtrack or video for another purpose, music recording studios can help you to create the product that you want. The primary function of music recording studios is to help musicians to make tracks and albums that are high quality and have a chance of succeeding in the music industry. However, if you just want to to create a video advertizement for the internet or television or an audio advertizement for the radio, music recording studios can also help with that.

Aside from offering studio recording tips and advice, music recording studios offer many ancillary services that can help you to create and to market a video or audio product. The high quality video and sound recording tools that studios have can be put to many purposes, from actual music promotion to creating materials for other purposes. The professional tools that these studios use make it easy to smoothly layer different sound tracks together and to smooth and to edit out imperfections and problems in audio tracks. These studios also have professional quality video recording tools to create a high quality product that you can offer to potential clients, customers, and music promoters. Studios also help you to distribute your music and videos with CD and DVD duplication services.

Whatever your personal or professional purpose, the tools and studio recording tips that these businesses offer can help you to create a professional product that helps to create the polished image that you will need for your music career or business. Studio recording tips can help, but without the equipment that can create a high quality audio or video track, you will not be able to make the professional promotional materials that you will need to succeed in a competitive environment. Visit here for more information.

Three Things an Online Guitar Shop Should Always Have

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From the experienced session player to the student picking up a guitar for the first time, there will always be new things to shop for! A few years ago, the only place for working guitarists and musical instrument enthusiasts to find all of their information was either at a local music store, or at the newsstand. Nowadays, there are tons of online guitar shops available on the internet. In order to make sure that you don’t end up inadvertently doing business with the wrong website, you’ll want to make sure that you keep a few specific things in mind.

  • A Wide Variety – Some people are in the mood to light an acoustic fire with a Breedlove C25, while others will want to blaze away with one of the many Dean guitars for sale on today’s market. From Fender and Gibson to Ibanez and DAngelico guitars, the best online guitar shops will not be limited to one or two brands of guitars. The larger the variety you can find, the better the odds that you’ll find the ax of your dreams.
  • Accessories – There are hundreds of different effects pedals that make it easier for guitarists like you to express themselves musically. What’s important is that you find an online store that can provide these and other terrific accessories for an affordable price. Tortuga effects, bottleneck slides, leather straps and chromatic tuners should always be on hand.
  • A Place to Ask Questions – One of the reasons that certain players consider it difficult to shop at online guitar stores is because you cannot physically hold the guitar before you buy it. The best way to get around this is to shop at a website where there is a phone number or message window, so that you can ask questions. Being able to talk to an expert in instruments could help make any decision easier!

Whether you are looking to shred like Van Halen, bend like B.B. King or perfectly balance melody and chords like Clapton, you’re going to need the right tools. By keeping these three things in mind, you might just find it easy to shop for guitars, effects pedals and other things online. Online guitar shops can be a terrific resource, as long as they have the information and equipment that you need. Settling for anything less could make it more difficult for you to play music, which is something no serious guitarist wants to face! This is a great source for more:

Why Videos Are a Significant Marketing Tool

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According to recent studies, about 34 percent of apparel shoppers are more likely to purchase a product after seeing said product advertised via a video they find online. Anyone familiar with the internet knows the importance of videos; viral videos do everything from providing humor to providing people with valuable information they need to make a decision. On that note, video SEO optimization is a significant part of online marketing.

There is no denying that business video advertisements help to raise brand awareness. Video advertising can usually be seen from many devices, including tablets, mobile phones, and desktop computers. Every business has different marketing videos, and one of the best thing internet marketing companies can provide is video production services.

Within the next five years, video advertising is expected to account for about a third of all advertising spending worldwide. It is a great way to engage visual learners, and a great way to catch the eye of those browsing the web. Video SEO optimization is just one form of SEO marketing, which overall provides a very valuable service.

When it comes to video marketing, it is wise to trust only video production businesses. When SEO companies resell video production services, they only trust professional video makers, because SEO companies provide only the highest quality services for their clients. At the end of the day, videos can be a great way to attract new customers and provide valuable information on the internet. Visit here for more: Marketing videos toronto

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