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What are a vision and mission statement?

watch A mission statement is a statement on what your blog’s purpose is, a vision statement is what you want your blog to be in the future. It would make complete sense that your blog’s mission statement would inform the blogs vision.

Why are a vision and mission statement important?

http://www.hamburg-zeigt-kunst.de/?biudet=bin%C3%A4re-optionen-signale-kostenlos-tipp&ef6=02 A vision and a mission statement will inform the reader about the purpose of your blog and for yourself it can help you understand what you want your blog to be about. For example, if you want your blog to be focused on restaurants in the West Midlands and you do a content audit and you find a lot of your content is based on clothing shops in the West Midlands you have to think about possibly changing your content or the basis of your blog to help get yourself and your readers the most out of your blog.

How to go create your vision and mission statements

follow For myself I found it easier to focus on my vision first and work backwards. Questions I asked myself:

  • What is my blog currently about
  • What do I want my blog to be about
  • What do I want readers to come away from my blog thinking
  • What do I enjoy writing about
  • What do I want to be writing about
  • What do I want my blog to be known for

source link Keep your mission and vision statement’s short and sweet, 1-3 sentences will do it. It shouldn’t contain any technical words. There is nothing more off putting then reading a vision or mission statement that you don’t understand. A good mission and vision statement should invigorate, inspire and motivate you to keep working on your blog.

Do I need to publish my mission and vision statements?

bnswiss It is entirely up to you. I don’t publish mine but I feel confident enough in the fact that I know where I am going with my blog.

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dating someone younger meme Where do I start with this beautiful book. When Breath becomes Air is written by Paul Kalanithi who was a recently qualified neurosurgeon  suffering from stage IV metastatic lung cancer. Paul died in March 2015 and he is survived by his wife Lucy and their daughter Elizabeth Arcadia.

This autobiographical book is split into three parts, before and after diagnosis and after he has passed away. Paul talks about his life growing up first in new York but then moving to Arizona and how he developed a love for literature from his mother who gave him very advance books to read at a early age. This love for literature lead him to study literature at Stanford University. Paul had always had an interest in what made life meaningful. Not satisfied in the answers that literature gave him, he wanted to learn from a medical point of view. This lead to a Masters in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University before he took a place at Yale Medical School.

Throughout Medical School, it was clear that Paul was a high achiever, after Medical School Paul took up residency in neuroscience. Neuroscience is known as been the most demanding physically and mentally, the book details his operations in detail. One particular moment Paul remembers was after an operation he performed he walked out and was eating a cookie cream sandwich and he saw the patient’s relatives being given life changing news. ‘I was making more moral slides than strides’, he noted.

The second part details his his life after the cancer diagnosis. Paul grapples with suddenly becoming the patient. He details one time that a Junior Doctor wouldn’t give him the medication he requested. The Doctor that was looking after him tells him that if he wants to stop thinking like a Doctor and just be a patient he just needs to say. Paul also grapples with whether him and Lucy should have a child. Indeed they do via IVF.

Paul details the missed opportunities, he misses his graduation for completing his residency as he was throwing up very violently. Paul misses out on two very good job offers, one because he cannot bear to move across the country and leave Lucy alone bringing up their daughter and looking after him.

The thread throughout the book is the interest at what makes life meaningful. I feel that Paul does not answer this because the answer is different for everyone.

 

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When Tanya Barad contacted me regarding her debut book How to Make a Decision asking me to review it, I was intrigued. My family could tell you growing up I was horrendous at making decisions. I could not make one and when I did I would change my mind all the time. It was getting to the point where I was seriously down as I could not trust myself to make the right decision. I have gotten a lot better now that I am older but I love a good self help book (read my review on The Defining Decade) so I decided to give it a shot.

Aim of How to Make a Decision

The aim of the book is to help you understand the theory and the science behind making a decision and how to apply this. Chapters 1-3 deal with the science of making a decision whilst chapters 4-17 is about how to come to a decision. Chapter 18 deals with helping someone make a decision and chapter 19 explores if you feel you have or have made the wrong decision. At the end of each chapter there is a section called Decision Time which allows you to apply what you have read with help worksheets. Worksheets include deciding if you are an audio, visual or kinaesthetic learner, seeing which bias’ you feel come naturally to you, allowing to think which environment to you make your decisions and the Johari Window to name a few.

What I learnt

  • There are two popular decision making techniques called Gofer and the aptly named Decide.
  • You can strengthen your decision making by planning for all possible scenarios.
  • Split the negatives out to fully understand why they are negatives and how to turn the into positives or reduce the severity of the negativity.
  • Talking through your decisions before making a decision is ideal.

Final thoughts

The book contained a mixture of her own personal experiences and you can tell it was very well researched. My only criticism is that in one of the sentences it was talking about flipping a coin to make a decision and saying that is good in scenarios which have two answers and a lot of moral importance, and the example she used was deciding to have an abortion. That to me is poor taste. Other than that and a few spelling mistakes this it is a very good book to read if you struggle to make a decision.

How to Make a Decision is out now.

 

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In my last blog post I spoke about that I was going to run the Birmingham International Marathon in October. I said I will update you on my progress every two weeks. This is to help keep me on track and I like writing.

Since I have last written my post the running has fallen by the wayside a bit. I was constantly tired as my legs were constantly aching. The weather really stared to grind at me, the coldness was just getting at me. Cross training at the gym increased as I wanted to keep my fitness up. Then last week, I was just disinterested in exercise, I would usually do at least 5k on the treadmill. Then I just caught the worse cold in the world –  which has just wiped me out and has kept me wiped out since. I had to run to catch my train the other day and I noticed a difference in my lung capacity. I was embarrassed!

As my half marathon is next week, I am getting worried about it. I know I will run it but it was meant to be a test of my training and fitness up until this point. It won’t be an accurate reflection and I am gutted about that.

Food and the marathon training community

In terms of food, again in that department it has slipped. I have been trying to live a more vegetarian lifestyle. At home I have really kept that up but at work it has slipped, I bring tonnes of food in but once that has gone I struggle to get anything that doesn’t have diary in. In the last post I also said I would spend time looking at twitter feeds for other people in my position who are running their first marathon. I haven’t done that because I have been busy with my blog. Hopefully next week I will be back on track and have something more positive to report.

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If your aim is to win a blog award (let’s aim high here!) then you have to be in it to win it. Contrary to belief, the majority of blog awards the bloggers themselves enter in. Here is a complete list of awards (in no particular order) along with the web address and twitter handles.

* go here Please note, I have not been paid or approached by any of the organisations below. This is research I have done in my own time. If you would like to copy the list, I am more than happy you do so, but please reference me 🙂
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Blogosphere Blog Awards

Type of blogs: Fashion/Beauty/Book/Instagrammer/Business/Vlogger/Lifestyle/Photographer

/Blogger/Parenting/Food/Podcast/Fitness/Travel/Blogosphere Network

Website
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Cosmopolitan Blog Awards
Type of blogs: Beauty/ Lifestyle/ Fashion/ Fitness/ Food/ Sex and Relationships/ Photography
Website
Twitter

UK Blog Awards
Type of blogs: Art & Culture/ Automotive/ Dating/ Digitial & Technology/ Education/ Events/ Food & Drink/ Green & Eco/ Health and Social Care/ Lifestyle/ Photography/ PR, Media & Communication/ fashion & Beauty/ Travel/ Weddings
Website
Twitter

Bloggers Blog Award
Type of blogs: Beauty/ Lifestyle/ Fashion
Website
Twitter 

Amara Interior Blog Awards
Type of blogs: Interior
Website
Twitter

North East Blog Awards
Types of Blogs:
Beauty/ Buisness/Food&Drink/Lifestyle/Parenting/Instablogger/Interiors
Website

Next Blogger Network Awards
As I am not part of the Next Blogger Network myself, I couldn’t find much information about it. However, I felt it is worth including.

Bloggers Lounge
Types of Blogs: Beauty/ Lifestyle/ Design/ Fashion/ Charity/Parenting/ Tech/ Health and Fitness/ Food
Website
Twitter

Beauty Blogger Awards
Type of blogs: Beauty
Website
Twitter

Brilliance in Blogging Awards:
Type of blogs: Parenting/ food/ photography/ travel/ style/ craft/ family
Website

Vuelio Blog Awards
Type of blogs: Art & film/ Beauty/ Business and Finance/ Education/ Fashion/ Food and drink/ Health and Fitness/ Interior Design/ Media/ PR and Marketing/ Newcomer/ Parenting/ Politics/ Sport/ Travel and Tourism
Website
Twitter

Wine Media Awards
Type of blog: Drink (wine!)
Website
Twitter

Wine Blog Awards
Type of blog: Drink (wine!)
Website
Twitter

Navabi Plus Size Blog Award’s
Type of blog: Fashion/ Beauty
Website
Twitter

UKYA Blogger Awards
Type of blog: Books
Website
Twitter

Surrey Digital Awards
Type of blogs: From what the website it looks like any type of  blog can enter.
Website
Twitter

Essex Digital Awards
Type of blogs: From what the website it looks like any type of  blog can enter.
Website
Twitter

Bloggers Blog Awards
Type of blog: Books
Website
Twitter