Tips to Starting a Blog

October 29, 2012

Nowadays, people do not want to read novels about your nonprofit, they just want to get the gist of it, so that’s when blogging comes in hand. It is not always easy to start a blog if you’ve never created one before, so here are some basic beginner blogging tips:

  1. Make sure the person writing the blog is excited about it. You can tell when a writer is just writing facts or when the writer has knowledge about what they’re writing about and when they actually enjoy it.
  2. Make sure a link to your RSS (Rich Site Summary) is available.
  3. If you have something free to give away, then do it. That will draw more people to your site.
  4. Leave valuable comments on other blogs in your niche.
  5. Submit your blogs to general web directories such as yahoo.

All you need yet is to have something to blog about, get yourself out there in your community and tell them about your blogs, after all, word of mouth is the best form of marketing.

Stores are packed with shoppers spending money and going over their budget; do you want to be one of them? I didn’t think so, don’t worry, there are ways to cut the Christmas shopping expenses:

  1. Pay in cash and set a budget. This way it is easier to stick to your budget since you will only have cash with you.
  2. Save gift bags from Christmas presents you received last year.
  3. Go shopping throughout the year, especially in January because that’s when stores have the best sales.
  4. Make home made presents. The crocheted look is back in, so get started!
  5. Check store sales as well as online sales.

Christmas shopping doesn’t have to put a major hole in your bank account. Just follow these steps and stick to them. Happy shopping!

Fundraising can be a little intimidating but with these five tips, you should be on your way to a successful fundraising plan:

  1. Define your financial goal. This should be realistic, but yet a goal that will financially help your organization.
  2. Manage your expense. It may seem like common sense, but you need to make sure that your fundraising ideas bring in more money than you spend on them.
  3. Use the strengths your team has. This will help save you money and get the audience interested in what talents your volunteers and employees possess.
  4. Joint fundraising campaigns. These could be beneficial because sharing resources can help save money and positively build your public image.
  5. Opening lines of communication by making a fantastic first impression through direct mail, fundraising event, etc. Be courteous and correct.

Now take a minute to digest all of this before jumping into a fundraising, you do need to have some money to get some money. Have a meeting with your staff and volunteers and have them throw out ideas for fundraising. Most important, be pleasant and show the audience why it is so important to donate to your organization.

Improve Your Running Form

October 8, 2012

                Many running enthusiasts agree that the key to better running is form.  Here are 5 tips to help you on your way to improving your form when running:

  1. Your hands should be lightly cupped, keep loose wrists, bend your elbows at a 90 degree angle, and elbows should swing between your chest and waistline.
  2. Hold your head high, focus your gaze ahead of you, and keep your shoulders relaxed and parallel to the ground.
  3. Deep abdominal and stomach breathing is essential to good running.
  4. Your foot should strike the ground from heel to toe.
  5. When running uphill, pick up your knees and shorten your stride while increasing your stride rate.  The steeper the hills the more arm motion you will need.

So remember arms and hands, posture, breathing, foot-strike, and ways to run the hills are all important to know to improve your running form and make it a bit less painful the next day.

Work Life Balance

October 1, 2012

            A balanced work and life mix is pretty difficult thing to come by. If you have a job it is natural to want to impress your boss or do some work on the weekends but it is also important to have time for yourself and your family so how do you balance that? Here are a few steps to get you on track for a better work-life balance:

  1. Establish and implement your own priorities. If you need to spend some more time with your family or pets, say no to overtime at work.
  2. Seek out a mentor. If you know someone who has a good work-life balance, they probably did not start out that way, so ask them for some pointers.
  3. Use your gadgets wisely. It’s not 1950 anymore, gadgets were created for our convenience so use them if you have an emergency at work, you do not always have to step foot in the office to solve the problem but don’t overuse them.
  4. Build downtime into your schedule. Not everything should be written in a calendar, you should have time to watch a television show, take a nap, or bake a cake. Just relax!
  5. Get good night’s sleep. This is essential to your health and your mood. After all, if you get sick your work and your life are at a halt for a while.

One thing many people forget about nowadays is themselves, we need to make money to live of course, but our life should not be work 24/7. Do this for you!