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Blogging and Reaching the World

WHY SHOULD I BLOG?  13 Reasons WHY

Saturday November  26 2016

How Many Reasons
How Many Reasons

 

 

There are many reasons to blog, actually thirteen Reasons.For myself, it gets my Photography on the Internet–To share what I see, and how it makes me feel. If One person is pleased with my Imagery, it is well worth the work.

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1. It helps you learn new things

Blogging is about sharing what you see, or want to see, in the world. It’s about teaching or sharing what you know and what you, too, are learning. When you start a blog, you’ll find yourself always learning new things about your areas of interest so you can keep sharing without running dry of ideas.

Think of it this way: when you set out to wash clothes, your objective is to clean the clothes, not your hands, but it’s your hands which become clean first

Food for thought
Food for thought

2. It makes you think clearer

The ability to think clearly and generate ideas is one of life’s most critical skills, yet one of the things you don’t get taught in school. Blogging fills that void, helping you grow your thinking muscles exponentially.

You’ll learn to reflect deeply on your life, your relationships and your society; engage with others intellectually, appreciate the strengths in arguments and point out the flaws in them; appreciate the tiny distinctions between what, why and how;the nexus and disparity between excuses and justifications, and so on.

Blue Heron
Blue Heron

3. It helps you write better

Many things have boosted my writing proficiency over the years: essay contests, tapping from mentors, reading books, etc. But none of them has challenged me so consistently as blogging.

Here’s why: writing mastery comes with constant practice and blogging is just about that. In his epic book, On Writing,  Stephen King discusses how once he didn’t write for several weeks due to an accident, and how when he started to write again, his words weren’t flowing well.

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Keystone Species
Keystone Species

4. It builds your confidence

I used to be a timid introvert. Until I started blogging.

Blogging helps you learn to voice your opinions, dare to be wrong and stop being so scared to make mistakes. With blogging, you learn to recognize and build your strength, and also admit and improve on your weaknesses. With conversations happening on your blog, you learn to hear flattery without being carried away and take criticisms without losing your cool.

I Know I can
I Know I can

5. It helps you speak more coherently

A great speech starts with a sound script. The more you learn and share ideas about your areas of interests on your blog, the more comfortable you get discussing them verbally.

And over time, you grow confidence to face an audience and manage your nervousness on your subjects of interest. Soon, this diffuses to other verbal conversations.

RED Tailed Hawk
RED Tailed Hawk

6. It can make you money

Earning decent incomes from your blog is attainable once you create value with, and grow an audience around, it. Many big blogs make millions of dollars every year.

And me? I’m not a millionaire but I’ve made tens of thousands of dollars from blogging over the years. And I’ve done that while having ample time for my family and other engagements I enjoy.

Although I have never made any Cash from Blogging–Persistence and Patience will help , so I carry–on

Buy a boat
Buy a boat

7. It challenges you

Let’s be honest, we all need to do something challenging at some points in life. It’s easy to slide into our comfort zones and stop growing. Not with blogging though!

Although starting a blog is easy, managing it is not. Coming up with interesting ideas, interacting with readers and building a community around the blog are awesome challenges that would force you to keep learning and growing.

Robbie De Rodent
Robbie De Rodent

8. It lets you help other people

You want to inspire young people to discover and explore their true potentials? Start a blog. You want to spread the virtues of your faith? Start a blog. You wish people would make better choices in relationships and want to help them achieve that? Start a blog.

It’s happening. Ordinary people everywhere are choosing themselves to do extraordinary things in other people’s lives via a blog. You can do it too, and now’s the best time ever to start.

New Beginnings
New Beginnings

9. It disciplines you

Showing up at regular intervals is hard. Blogging helps you cultivate that discipline.

Personally, I’m Hesitant connecting with people and keeping schedules. But with my blog, I have an incentive to show up, to write and publish often, to get the job done and dismiss excuses. I’m grateful for it because it’s made me a better person.

Be Careful-Discipline
Be Careful-Discipline

10. It can promote your art or hobby

We all have things that make us tick, mine is Photography. Whether yours is writing, bead making, drawing, painting or singing, a blog can help you promote it.

Osprey in Autumn
Osprey in Autumn

11. It boosts your creativity

Blogging pushes you to be resourceful, to envision and try to create the beautiful things you want to see in the world. You imagine better, create ideas that challenge norms and share your genius with others.

That’s how to become an idea machine. And you can go ahead to give the world something essential it doesn’t know it lacks.

Sky Art
Sky Art

12. It makes you happy

Myself, I’ve found that the feeling of having inspired, helped or saved someone is what gives me the greatest joy. I’ve heard many other people say the same thing.

And since I’ve embraced blogging, it has helped me become more generous with my knowledge.

It’s a great feeling and money cannot buy it.

Sing Away
Sing Away

13. It helps you live forever

You’ve heard it before… that writing can make you live for many centuries after your death. But that’s true only if you publish your words to the world. You won’t live for long after your death if you don’t write at all, or, if you only write and file it.

Keep on Keeping ON
Keep on Keeping ON

A blog can help you build a legacy that would outlive you.

 

Information: blogonline.net

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DOUG WORRALL PHOTOGRAPHER

Keystone Species The Pollinators Honey Bees

Keystone Species The Pollinators Honey Bees

Friday  February 11 2011

 

 

BEE – LI EVE !!!


In zoology and nature, Bees are one of thousands of kinds of insects. All insects have six legs and a kind of skeleton on the outside of their bodies, like their relatives, the crab sand lobsters. Bees differ to other insects as they are the only insect that provides food for humans – Honey ! Ecologists call bees the ‘Keystone Species’ because they are pollinators. Consider an arch that has a keystone keeping the two halves together. Removing the ‘keystone’ means the entire arch collapses. This analogue applies to the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in Bees. According to the Journal of Apicultural Research total mortality loss in U.S. beekeepers in 2,009 – 2,010 compiled to 34.4%. And, Albert Einstein said: ” If honey bees become extinct human society will follow in four years.” Newspaper headlines read “Groundbreaking bee study by kids.” The British Royal Society is publishing a report by 8 and 10 year olds at Blackawton Primary School in Devon, England. They investigated : THE WAY BUMBLEBEES SEE COLOURS AND PATTERNS. The children concluded: ” We like bees. SCIENCE IS COOL AND FUN because you get to do stuff that no one has ever done before.” The Scientist that recommended publication of the children’s report said: “Although the report lacked statistical analyses, they were cleverly and correctly designed, and hold their own compared to those conducted by highly trained specialists.” The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Vision Science study on “Visual Perception and Cognition in Honey-Bees” used radio frequency chip with ..5 ml weight on the bee’s thorax to monitor traffic entering and exiting the beehive. They captured and released these bees in various locations around the city, but the bees returned this 11 km trip. Bees use sky information: (1) polarization light, (2) celestial cues, and (3) visual cues (i.e., mountain). They may not fly back immediately when released, but when they see a familiar landmark that they remember it helps them back to the beehive. Bees have circadian timed episodic – like memory. The bee’s brain is small, and like humans, they have trichromatic colour vision, motion sensitive vision, and spatial vision. This study concluded that bees are capable of abstracting features of patterns, have visual illusions, and top-down processing. They are able to use symbolic rules for navigating and even form concepts, such as, sameness and differences. Interestingly, Bees have 5 eyes: two compound and 3 tiny ocelli eyes !

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diifferent flavours of honey

The above study is congruent to another study entitled “Pattern Vision of Honey Bees.” In this experiment it was discovered that Bees can experience visual illusions the same as humans. And, Bees have cortical-like processing using directional motion cues. One of their experiments used two circles with different random dots, and the bees found no differences. But, a structured pattern was designed with six dots, and another structured pattern with seven dots and the bees could differentiate between the two structured patterns. In mental processing, bees could be trained to distinguish pattern differences very quickly – for example, vertical and horizontal stripes. This study found visual objects or smells are retrieval cues. Colour was used as an indicator to instruct bees to choose scents: blue = lemon scent; and, yellow = mango scent. And, bees can reverse their preference for a visual pattern with the time of day or with the task. Bees have two pair of wings, and their wings have teeth so they can lock together when they fly. Symbolic dancing and visual odometer occur in Bees: 529 millisecond waggle = flight of 230 metres; 411 millisecond waggle = flight of 184 metres. Recruits respond differently to the dance. Asiatic Bees can communicate (language skills) with European Bees. Bees have a different dialect and a different distance dialect ( 400 metres, 500 metres, and 600 metres). Bees can form concepts and categorize visual stimuli which helps the Honeybee count up to the number 4 by use of sold dots and a circle (mathematics) , and , by use of prior knowledge.

Flowers and bees

Canada supplies 9% of its honey to the U.S.and in 2,008 that translated to 38 million lbs. You cannot go to court without a legal definition of honey. Canada has a legal definition of honey, and the U.S.A. does not. Also, in 2,008 a change occurred in Canada on how Honey is labelled. That is, products with honey (i.e., cheese, pepperoni) will now be on the label. In raw and pasteurized labels: pasteurized is for appearance, not flavour. The flower where the nectar wax is gathered from determines the flavour and colour of the honey. Honey has natural preservatives which does not allow bacteria to grow. What is interesting is Bees have two stomachs : (1) For eating where they chew with their tongues. Beeswax is formed in special glands on their stomach that secrete the wax pockets. The bee takes and chews it with her mandibles and shapes it to make honeycomb.; (2)The second stomach is a special stomach for storing nectar collected from flowers and water they suck up with their proboscis (straw-like tongues). A marketing issue is “Mysterious Honey” in the U.S. which is honey dumped by China through other countries – Vietnam, Malaysia – which drives prices down. In Canada, Mysterious homey doesn’t pass Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) testing. Many virus’s are affecting the bee. Research in Spain found dead bees in crops of Lavender Fields due to Nosema Ceranae (NC) spore virus that matures in 3 days. This is a parasite fungi in mid gut so nutrients cannot be absorbed and it triggers uncoiling of the spore which develops inside the bee and reproduce. This infection is easily spread, for example, in this study, Birds and Dragonflies that eat bees showed (NC) Infection in their cuticles. The Birds regurgitate the hard cuticle of bees but still contained lots of spores. Therefore, birds are spreading (NC). In this study, eighteen months later the beehives depopulated and collapsed. There are other virus agents that cause morality in bees: Israeli Paralysis Virus; An infection – Chronic Bee Paralysis (CBPV) , Kashmir Bee Virus (KBV) , Nosema Apis Virus, Black Queen Cell Virus (BQCV), Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) and, Verereal infection (sperm) in mating. Vurus are transferred from adult to tot bee in the egg. Michael O Malley book entitled: The Wisdom Of Bees highlights businesses would be better organized if we copied the bees.

Backyard faming
Queen Bee Farming Honey

Source: Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Vision Science

By Jacqueline

Doug Worrall Photographer