Better Yourself and Others, Become an ‘Expert’ Today

Authors, journalists, biographers, reporters, bloggers, and columnists. They all have one thing in common (other than being synonyms). Each posses the burning desire to inform and influence the world around them; a unique motive behind the chosen target audience as well as every article published.

Here at WordPress bloggers dominate the scene. Most accredit their writing to one of two motives: a hobby or providing help/services. Unfortunately, countless bloggers lack the time, motivation, or whatever it may be, to impact a large and diversified audience. Helpful souls look no further!

The next best thing to managing your own successful blog is to contribute to one that’s already established a growing audience. Enter Lifehack, a “source for tips to help improve all aspects of your life.” Comparable in looks and content to the well-known Lifehacker, Lifehack provides the hungry mind with an endless supply of informative, concise articles guaranteed to help improve your lifestyle. With over 5 million unique monthly visitors, Lifehack has rightfully earned the endorsement of many major newspapers, magazines, and online publications. It’s incredibly large and diverse team of contributors provide tips on seemingly every subject imaginable with the goal of “just want[ing] to make your life as friction-free as possible.”

Lifehack doesn’t attract millions of visitors each month without continually adding talented individuals to it’s team of authors. If you’d like to know just how many talented people they employ, take a look at their Authors page. Now tell me that’s not impressive? Tell me you don’t think you’d at least have a shot at your own dedicated portfolio with Lifehack? The numbers don’t lie, and LifeHack certainly isn’t shy about recruiting new talent either. Check out this quote from their recruitment page:

“If you want to kickstart your career, you will need your own online portfolio. By sharing your skills and expertise at Lifehack, people will have a way to know you.”

 

By the looks of it they’re open to experts on any subject one can think of, especially those topics that have yet to appear on Lifehack. So, now that you know the gist of it, you should have an idea of whether this opportunity sounds like something you’d excel at. Here are the three things Lifehack looks for in an ‘Expert’:

  • Passion: “Our acceptance rate hovers at 30% or below. You have to demonstrate strong passion in improving other people’s lives to be a Lifehack expert.”
  • Experience: “We look for candidates who love writing. You have to make sure that your thoughts go into the text easily.”
  • Willingness to Learn: “We offer all sorts of support. If you want to hone your online writing skills, Lifehack could help you reach your wildest goal.”

Sound like you? I for one know I’d jump at the chance to reach such a massive and varied audience. Not to mention, owning the title of Lifehack ‘Expert’ can’t exactly hurt your current blogging endeavors. I’ve posted the link to the main contribution page, just scroll down to find the ‘Apply Now’ button.

Contribute to Lifehack

 

If anything, send an email to one of the three contributors listed on the linked page. I’d like to reach out to at least one just to get an idea of what it takes to be an expert. If/when I receive a reply I’ll certainly put it up for all you inquiring minds.

 

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After 30 Days of WordPress, Learn HTML

Who’d have thought the customization aspect of WordPress.com (yes, the FREE one) could be so… addicting.

I can barely make time for school, let alone a decent post, after applying this new theme. And to think I simply implied the extent of customization from the word ‘free.’ I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface.

On the exterior, WordPress.com looks relatively simple. At a glance, the Dashboard can even appear entirely blog-oriented. But, what I failed to understand until recently, is that every basic element of a website is present (to some degree) and accessible to the novice blogger.

This is news to me.

The elements of a free WordPress blog are themselves very simple. It’s clear that WordPress.com aims to make starting and maintaining your first blog an effortless experience. And effortless it is!

To my knowledge, a blogger can go from concept to their first published post within minutes; truly an awesome service.

What remains unclear to the first time blogger is the ability to combine these elements as they increase in number. Combining Posts, Pages, Links, Menus, and Widgets, with a tad of basic HTML, to create more than just the average blog, requires a better understanding of the role each must play.

Experimentation led me to discover several ways of creatively combining elements to achieve desired effects. Most notably, I found the ability to add additional HTML code, to nearly any text, useful in making subtle, yet distinctive changes in my blogs appearance.

However joyful the discovery, it has only fueled my desire to self-host. WordPress.org is incredibly attractive. The ability to edit fonts and the color palette, two aspects that play such an instrumental role in overall appearance that you must pay for them separately, is undoubtedly the biggest drawback to a free WordPress.com blog.

All of this my opinion, of course.

Summary: Learn the basics of HTML. It’s almost too easy to comprehend and, most importantly, you’ll have no excuse for an ugly blog.

 

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