Launching A New Blog? What Should Your First Post Be

Personally I think your first blog post should be an introduction about yourself or what you led you to start a blog and about the theme you want to focus about in your blog. If your blog is a personal blog, like mine, you could make the introductory post about what your blog is about, who you are, what you plan to write about in your blog, what led you to start a blog and why your readers should keep coming back for more and read through. This will let people decide if they want to continue reading and add your blog to their lists of must reads. Oh and also include links to your various social media posts and email.

Instead if you plan for your blog to be about a particular niche or topic, then you could go the route of telling your readers about your expertise in that subject. And you could probably include a photo of something related to your blog’s niche, for example food, computers or coding or a travel destination. You could “announce” your topic, introduction, style and theme in one post by carefully using keywords that you have searched on other similar blogs and creating an appeal for your readers as to what your blog is going to focus on.

No matter what your first post should be about you and your writing style so people can get to know you and get an idea of both the content that is to come as well as the blogger. Do not rush; take your time as you will only do a first blog post once. Your identity and personality should shine through in your writing. It’s what makes your blog unique.

Eight Tips For People Who Are Getting A Puppy

1. Make sure you have some toys for your new puppy. Puppies are a lot like small children and playing with a new toy both excites and stimulates their brain.

2.  Let your puppy sleep in your bedroom, at least for the first few nights. This whole experience is pretty scary for a pup, so it’s best not to make him sleep in the laundry room just yet. Put the crate next to your bed so you can reassure him.

3. Supervise! If you cannot watch him like a hawk, he needs to be in his crate or in his “room,” see below.  Set up a puppy room for when you can’t supervise. Pick a small area like the bathroom or kitchen, block it off with baby gates. Add a bed in one corner. And if you need to leave him home alone longer than he can hold it, put pee pads or a dog “toilet” in another.

4. Reward good behavior, don’t wait for bad behavior. Reward the puppy when you see him doing something you like. Don’t wait until he’s misbehaving to give him attention.

5. Start training early. The phrase, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” exists for a reason. While it’s possible to train dogs as they age, it’s more difficult. Just like humans, the more we are used to certain ways of doing things, the harder it is for us to change. Reinforcing good habits, positive interactions and socialization at the youngest possible age will help your puppy thrive in his new environment and foster a strong and trusting relationship with you.

6. Buy a crate in advance and crate train your pup. A puppy needs a crate where they can rest, learn the house rules, and practice potty training (dogs don’t like to soil their sleeping space). Your puppy should sleep in their crate at night and be placed there when you’re not at home or able to supervise them. Dog toys are a necessary part of any new puppy checklist. Many young pets like to sleep with a plush toy when they curl up in bed, because it reminds them of their littermates. Other types of dog toys, such as chew toys, squeaky toys or rope toys, can keep your puppy mentally stimulated, which will prevent boredom, whining, barking and digging.

7. Check out puppy socialization classes in your area. Your pup will learn some basic obedience, but the real benefit of well-run puppy classes is socialization with other puppies and people.

8. Socialize, don’t traumatize. Introduce new experiences slowly and never let your puppy get overwhelmed. Other people slowly day by day and other puppies and dogs gradually.

Palm Springs (2020)

Palm Springs is a 2020 American science fiction romantic comedy film directed by Max Barbakow with a screenplay by Andy Siara from a story by Siara and Barbakow. It stars Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, Peter Gallagher, and J. K. Simmons, and follows two strangers who meet at a Palm Springs wedding only to get stuck in a time loop. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2020, and was released in select theaters by Neon and digitally on Hulu on July 10, 2020. It was praised for the performances and use of the concept. The film received two nominations at the 78th Golden Globe Awards, including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Samberg.

Things I Can’t Live Without

What things can’t you live without?

1.Music: Specifically hard rock & heavy metal. While I do love some pop (mostly 70s & 80s pop and maybe a few from the 90s) overall rock is my life. I do not think life would be worth living if we didn’t have music in our life and I know my life would be sorrier if I couldn’t listen to the stuff that I love. If all heavy metal & hard rock disappeared from the universe and only rap & hip-hop and shitty pop music remained, then I would prefer to not listen to any music at all.

2. Football: I will always love this sport. It is important that I get to watch football. Not daily but atleast a few times a month. I love club and international football. Sometimes I even need to check transfers and other news when there aren’t any games going on, a few times a day. It is the beautiful game/sport and the people’s game and it is in your blood.

3. Star Trek: Whenever I have been away from watching Star Trek for a while, like a few months, because I am too busy watching other stuff and I come back – it’s like this was something I was missing in my life so badly and now my life is enjoying it a lot and it’s a need. More than just the scifi aspects of it, it’s the stories and ideas and philosophies that have fueled my thinking and my life. It’s the future that I hope for. An even more futuristic version of it is what I always dream about – but it is heavily influenced by Trek.

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How Rock Bands Got Their Names – 3

Metallica : Lars Ulrich’s friend Ron Quintana was brainstorming titles for a new metal music fanzine, and had proposed ‘MetalMania’ and ‘Metallica.’ When Metallica was abandoned as a possible title, Ulrich snapped it up for the band he’d just formed. ‘Metal Massacre I,’ a 1982 compilation album, featured Metallica’s first recorded track – but early pressings listed the band incorrectly as “Mettallica.”

Motley Crue : Mötley Crüe bassist and founder NIkki Sixx considered naming the band Christmas, but the other members hated it. While brainstorming, guitarist Mick Mars remembered that while playing with a band called White Horse, a bandmate referred to his group as “a motley looking crew.” Mars scribbled the name down as Mottley Cru. After tweaking the spelling for full rock potential, “Mötley Crüe” was eventually selected. The two metal umlauts were allegedly added by singer Vince Neil, who had been inspired by the German beer Löwenbräu.

Motorhead : “Motorhead” is actually used in reference to amphetamine users. The band’s name is usually printed in a lowercase with an umlaut character ö, which is possibly derived from the similar “heavy metal umlaut” in the name of their 1975 acquaintances Blue Öyster Cult. It should be noted, the umlaut is not grammatically necessary and does not alter the pronunciation of Motorhead’s name.

Rainbow : Deep Purple veteran Ritchie Blackmore began recording with Ronnie James Dio in 1973, using Dio’s band Elf as additional musicians – but still in search of their own name. They ultimately turned to the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Hollywood for inspiration. Using a rotating group of musicians, Rainbow remained active through 1984, and reformed between 1993-97 before Blackmore resurrected the band again in 2015.

REO Speedwagon : Named for manufacturer Ransom Eli Olds, the REO Speed Wagon was introduced in 1915 as a groundbreaking predecessor of the pickup truck. Fast forward to 1967, and keyboardist Neal Doughty learns of the name, taking it for his newly formed band. “I sometimes say that’s the only thing I learned in college,” Doughty has said. “I was in a class which studied the history of transportation – and one day I walked in and ‘REO Speed Wagon’ was written on the blackboard.”

Earth’s Population :It Can’t Go On Forever

Your thoughts on the state of the world’s population (World Population Day, 11th)- this can get a bit controversial!

Controversial my ass! This earth is overpopulated when it comes to humans. And, sorry to say this if you get easily butt hurt, but there are certain sections of humanity, especially belonging to a couple of religious sects, who seem to want to manufacture as many kids as they can and they even have their religious leaders encouraging their women to bear as many as they can to further their cause. This won’t last long!

There is only so much resources that this planet can bear to spare and it seems that we are so greedy, wanting more and more. The earth is doing as much as it can to try and provide all that we want & need but she too has her limits. One day things will start to get really difficult for us unless we can find ways of getting what we want without over taxing the earth. Or what we need to do is invest in space travel so we can find alternate sources out there in the galaxy, colonize a few planets and moons.

Sometimes I feel like the earth has had enough of us and from time to time lets loose a virus that leads to a pandemic and new diseases that can kill off huge sections of society. Mostly humans. Or a few earthquakes and tsunamis. Wipe out as much life as possible and start over again.

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No Lockdown Restriction Ease For Weekend

Kerala is learnt to have decided against lifting the weekend lockdown and other restrictions, even as relaxations allowed in view of Bakrid end today (Tuesday). Adverse remarks from the Supreme Court in the morning weighed on the government while arriving at this decision a few hours later.

The Supreme Court had termed the relaxations as ‘wholly uncalled for’ even in areas having a high Covid-19 positivity rate and warned that it will take action if the easing of curbs leads to further spread of the virus. It went on to pull up the government for giving in to pressure from traders and said it represented a ‘sorry state of affairs.’

The three-day relaxations did not apply where the Covid test positivity rate was above 15 per cent and where a triple lockdown was in effect. In local self-government jurisdictions where the TPR is lower across A, B and C categories, shops selling essential goods can open for business today.

The government was under pressure from the trading community, represented by the Kerala Vyapara Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi (KVVES), which had dared to take it on by openly flouting the lockdown that had caused huge economic loss to them. The KVVES has been arguing with ‘some logic and even more empathy’ that the ‘unscientific’ implementation of the weekend lockdowns had led to avoidable crowding during the rest of the weekdays. It had hardly had any salutary effect on the TPR.

Strange Laws & Customs in Brazil

1. Ladies cannot go topless on the beaches : Many people mistakenly think that its okay for women to go topless on Brazilian beaches. Sorry guys, that’s not the case. Scantily clad, sure (wait til you see some of those barely-there bikinis!) but taking that top off is officially not allowed. In fact, you could be sited for public indecency or indecent exposure. There seem to be liberties taken during Carnival, however.

2. A Lesson in Brazilian Gestures : Fingers are pretty important, and when it comes to gesturing in Brazil, they really up the ante. For example, if you have a close friend, other people know this when the two of you rub your index fingers together. Watch out, because what Americans use as the signal for “OK” is seen as an insult, much like giving someone the finger. In Australia, Europe, North America, and South Africa, it’s rude to stick your thumb between your middle and index finger, but in Brazil you can let loose and use the finger as much as you like, as it’s a gesture meaning good luck. Lastly, suck on your tongue if you’re feeling left out, and the customary thumbs up or down mean approval or disapproval respectively.

3. Brazil Has an Interesting Way With Prisoners : On the (hopefully) off-chance you ever get sent to a Brazilian prison, they have some innovative programs for inmates to reduce their sentences there. One such program allows them to get decreased time for pedaling a special bicycle that generates electricity for the town plaza. Another program allows inmates to shave four days off their sentence for each book they read, up to a maximum of 48 days. This “Redemption Through Reading” helps prisoners be better educated when they rejoin the outside world.

4. Banking Without Benefits : If you’re planning to visit a Brazilian bank, leave your cell phone out of it. The majority of the country’s cities and towns prohibit cell phone use in banking institutions, and penalize those agencies that do not comply with the law by fining them. It’s understandable, as this law was enforced to protect bank patrons from theft on exiting the banks.

5. It is legal for a man to divorce his wife if he finds out after marriage that she wasn’t a virgin.

6 .It’s illegal to sell watermelons in the city of Rio Claro. Why does this law exist? We have no idea.

Summer Staycation Goals

I’m a big fan of the staycation idea as it is perfect to just relax and sit back without any rules and timelines. I would say that you should do it atleast once or twice in a year. I have done it a few times and it is a totally awesome experience. It is so relaxing to do it in your home but even better if you can find a nice hotel room that is isn’t that taxing on your budget.

I would say keep some rules : forget about usual restrictions on food & alcohol. Drink as much as you want and eat all your favourite food. Do not check or answer work related emails or phone calls. Do not even entertain that thought. Unfortunately, when you are the spoc/sole admin of a client tool for your office, this forms a big problem as I (and I am sure others in my situation) get calls with issues on this even on my days off. Similarly I am sure if I went away for a few days, I would get those calls.

I want a nice, big comfy bed and wifi, a small fridge to keep the beer cold, a nice bathroom, air-conditioning, a small table with chair so I can eat my meals there and also use my laptop there. And a tv with cable and a smart tv feature so if there is nothing on cable, I can watch stream something from Amazon or Netflix or one of the local ones. Oh yes and I need room service with alcohol/bar option. That is a given.

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RIP Robby Steinhardt

Robby Steinhardt, violinist and co-lead vocalist of the rock outfit Kansas, died Saturday, July 17th. He was 71. Steinhardt’s wife, Cindy Steinhardt, confirmed his death on Facebook. Cindy said Steinhardt was admitted to the hospital with acute pancreatitis in May. Not long after, he went into acute septic shock and was placed on life support, and although the outlook was “very grave” at the time, he managed to recover. However, several months later, just as he was about to be released from medical care and moved to a rehab center, Steinhardt suffered another sepsis.

Kansas issued a statement as well, saying, “The members of the band Kansas, past and present, wish to express our deepest sorrow over the death of our bandmate and friend, Robby Steinhardt. Robby will always be in our souls, in our minds, and in our music. What he brought to us as bandmates, to the fans who attended our concerts, and to the sound of Kansas, will always be heartfelt.”

Steinhardt was born May 25th, 1950 in Chicago, and was adopted by his parents, Ilsa and Milton Steinhardt, when he was four days old. One year later, as a biography on Steinhardt’s website notes, the family relocated to Lawrence, Kansas, where Milton worked as a music professor.

Steinhardt grew up playing and studying classical violin, but in 1972, he joined a fledgling rock based out of Topeka, then known as White Clover. White Clover had existed in several forms already, and had even previously used the name Kansas I. At the time Steinhardt joined, the lineup featured Steve Walsh, Phil Ehart, and Rich Williams, while Kerry Livgren joined soon after. Steinhardt shared vocal duties with Walsh, with the pair switching between backup and lead; but it was Steinhardt’s violin that helped distinguish Kansas’ sound from other bands.

In 1973, the band scored a record deal and officially settled on the name Kansas. The following year, they released their self-titled debut, and over the next few years, they developed a dedicated audience through constant touring and several more well-received albums. Kansas’ mainstream breakthrough came in 1976 with Leftoverture, which featured the hit single and future classic rock staple, “Carry on My Wayward Son.” Kansas scored their second major hit the following year with “Dust in the Wind,” which appeared on their album, Point of Know Return.

After their Seventies success, Kansas experienced a series of shakeups in the Eighties, first with the departure of Walsh, and then Steinhardt in 1982. Between 1982 and 1997, Steinhardt and Rick Moon played together in the group Steinhardt Moon, while Steinhardt also played with the Stormbringer Band in the Nineties. Steinhardt rejoined Kansas in the late-Nineties but left the group again in 2006.

The Grand Big Mac – How Big Is It?

So apparently this summer, McDonald’s Canada & McDonald’s UK gave Big Mac fans cause for celebration with the addition of the Grand Big Mac to nationwide menus at participating restaurants for a limited time. A twist on the legendary fan favourite, the Grand Big Mac is a bigger Big Mac with even more of the iconic, quality ingredients that Big Mac lovers appreciate.

To unveil the Grand Big Mac, McDonald’s is using ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) to awaken guests’ senses to the grandeur of its new burger. The unique “Grand Big Mac Sounds” experience, available via YouTube, takes guests on a journey to discover what makes the Grand Big Mac so special: the sound of a sizzling patty, the squeeze of Big Mac sauce, the rustle of crisp lettuce, and the nestling of the burger on the bun, that will leave listeners’ mouths watering in anticipation.

The Big Mac is one of McDonald’s biggest, most iconic burgers, and in launching the Grand Big Mac, the company wanted to help guests not just see but hear how epic it really is. Being immersed in the sounds of the Grand Big Mac not only sparks your senses in a way you likely haven’t experienced before, but also celebrates a guest favourite in a joyful, unique way and communicates how the Grand Big Mac gives you more of what you love.

The Grand Big Mac has the same ingredients as a Big Mac – two 100% beef patties, a slice of cheese, lettuce, onion, pickles and McDonald’s trademark sauce in a sesame-topped bun – but is described as “just bigger and better”, with the company saying: “What could possibly be better than a Big Mac? A BIGGER Big Mac.”

Albert Sambi Lokonga Signs For Arsenal

Albert Sambi Lokonga has joined Arsenal from Anderlecht on a long-term contract. Lokonga has joined the Gunners for an initial fee in the region of £15million, which could rise to £18m, with the midfielder penning a five-year deal. The 21-year-old midfielder came through the Belgian club’s youth system after joining in 2014 as a 15-year-old and signing his first professional contract in November 2017.

He made his first-team debut for Anderlecht in December 2017 and has been a regular in their side over the past two seasons, making a total of 78 appearances. A Belgium Under-21 international, Albert was called up at senior level in March 2021 when he was an unused substitute against Greece.

The midfielder will join up with his new team-mates in the coming days after he has completed the current isolation regulations for international arrivals into the UK. Albert will wear the No 23 shirt and have the name Sambi on the back. Sambi Lokonga was born in Belgium and is of Congolese descent, and his brother Paul-José M’Poku is also a professional footballer. He grew up in Verviers. Having previously played for Belgium at Belgium U17, Belgium U19 and Belgium U21 levels,He was called up to the senior Belgium squad in March 2021.

He’s gone on to make a further 68 appearances for the Belgian giants, finding the net three times. That included a career-high 37 senior appearances in 2020/21, a campaign where he notched all of his goals to date. Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany, who managed Lokonga at club level, gave a glowing endorsement.

How Rock Bands Got Their Names – 2

Dire Straits : Brothers David and Mark Knopfler, along with friends John Illsley and Pick Withers, formed Dire Straits – choosing a name believed to originate from a suggestion by a musician flatmate of Withers’. He allegedly plucked it out of thin air while they were rehearsing in the kitchen of a friend, before Dire Straits recorded a five-song demo tape under the name in 1977.

Iron Maiden : Iron Maiden were formed on Christmas Day 1975 by bassist Steve Harris shortly after he left his previous group, Smiler. Harris attributes the band’s name to a film adaptation of ‘The Man in the Iron Mask’ from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. The title reminded him of the iron maiden, a notorious torture device from the Dark Ages.

Jefferson Airplane / Starship : In ‘60s-era San Francisco, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Moby Grape ruled the day, so it wasn’t unusual for a band to call itself something like Blind Lemon Jefferson Airplane – playing off the name of bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson. If anything, shortening it to Jefferson Airplane was an impressive display of concision. When naming a later, revamped version of the band, they changed again to reflect the late Paul Kantner’s sci-fi obsession.

Judas Priest : Early member Bruno Stapenhill pitched this moniker to original frontman Al Atkins after hearing “The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest” by Bob Dylan. “I remember telling Al, ‘What do you think of that for a name?'” Stapenhill later said. “I mean, he was never really into Bob Dylan and he says, ‘Oh, that’s a great name.’ And that how it came about.”

Led Zeppelin : The Who’s Keith Moon and John Entwistle joined Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones on the Jeff Beck single “Beck’s Bolero” in the summer of 1966 – leading to studio chatter about the prospect of forming a new group. Moon – or perhaps Entwistle – joked that it would go over like a lead balloon. While trying to come up with a name for a new group featuring Jones, John Bonham and Robert Plant two years later, Page remembered the quip – and they became Led Zeppelin.

Weird Wedding Traditions From Around The World

Scotland: Blackening – Taking stag and hen traditions to the extreme, in parts of Scotland – usually in the Orkney Islands, Fife, Aberdeenshire and Angus – grooms and brides-to-be are subjected to a particularly grimy ritual known as ‘blackening’. Usually taking place the day before a wedding, blackening involves the bride or groom’s friends seizing the soon to be wed and covering them in a mixture of treacle, soot, feathers and flour before noisily parading them through the streets. According to the University of the Highlands and Islands in Inverness, the tradition is carried out to ward off evil spirits.

Germany: Polterabend & Baumstamm Sägen – On the eve of some German weddings, guests of the couple will gather at the house of the bride and smash pieces of crockery in a tradition known as Polterabend believed to bring good luck to the bride and groom. The couple are then required to clean up the debris to demonstrate that by working together they can overcome any challenge the face in married life. A similar tradition is that of Baumstamm sägen, in which newlyweds saw a log in half in front of their guests, again symbolizing the importance of cooperation in their marriage.

Inner Mongolia: Chick Liver – Before they can even set the date of their wedding, couples from the Daur people of China’s Inner Mongolia must observe a tradition that involves the killing of a chick. The couple take a knife and together kill and gut the baby chicken before inspecting its liver. If the chick’s liver is in a healthy condition, the couple can set a date for their wedding but if they discover that the chick’s liver is of poor quality or diseased they must repeat the process until they find a healthy liver.

Malaysia and Indonesia: Borneo’s Bathroom Ban – Members of Malaysia and Indonesia’s Tidong people in Borneo observe a tradition that states the bride and groom must not leave their home or use the bathroom for three whole days after their wedding ceremony and are kept under watchful guard and allowed only a small amount of food and drink. In Tidong culture, not observing the ritual is said to tarnish the bride and groom with bad luck often resulting in infidelity, the breakup of their marriage or the death of their children.

China: Crying Ritual – Weddings are often an emotional affair, but in certain parts of China crying is a required part of preparation for marriage. A month before their forthcoming nuptials, Tujia brides will cry for one hour each day. Ten days into the ritual, the bride is joined by her mother and ten days after that, the bride’s grandmother joins the weeping duo and eventually other female family members will join in the cacophony of crying. Termed Zuo Tang in the western Sichuan province, the ritual is said to date back to China’s Warring States era when the mother of a Zhao princess broke down in tears at her wedding.

The Worst Diet I’ve Ever Tried

#32: Blog About The Worst Diet You’ve Ever Tried

This was around the time that I was 23-24. With the exception of a few years between the age of 12-20, I have been overweight. Well when I was younger I was chubby but I have been fat or overweight/obese for most of my life. I have rarely dieted but the worst period was this protein / diet powder that I tried on the insistence of my family at the age of 23 or 24 since I had an early onset of high blood pressure.

This power came along with a bottle that you were supposed to fill with water and mix the powder in it. I think it was about 1 ltr and you were supposed to drink 1 litre of that for the morning meal and one litre of that as dinner. You could eat lunch and that too anything you wanted for lunch. Or something like that. It was terrible tasting and drinking one was gross. It tasted like vanilla mush without the flavour.

So lunch during those months was really a dream. I would get rice and chicken or beef and get some snacks to eat just before the meal. I stopped it after a few weeks – 3 months I guess – because it made me tired a lot and also affected my sleep.

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Arsenal Have Reached An Agreement To Sign Ben White

Arsenal have reportedly found an agreement with Brighton and Hove Albion for the transfer of Ben White, the player has agreed a five-year deal and a date for his medical has been scheduled. Earlier this week it was reported that a deal between Arsenal and Brighton was getting closer. Now, all reports claim that the Gunners have seen off last-minute interest from Chelsea to secure the deal and the Mail report his medical will take place on 26 July. Arsenal had previous bids of £40m and £427m turned down for the defender, who was said to be keen to join the club. Arsenal have now offered the full £50m and Ben White will become an Arsenal player.

White is expected to undergo his Arsenal medical when he returns from holiday following his involvement in England’s Euro 2020 squad. The £50m fee will make White Arsenal’s third most expensive signing ever after Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. White emerged as manager Mikel Arteta’s primary target to operate as a right-sided centre-back and it is set to constitute a record outlay by Arsenal for a defender. There was interest in White from other suitors but most of them were under the impression that he was joining Arsenal and no rival offers are believed to have been received by Brighton so far.

White was away with England during their European Championship campaign but after featuring in warm-up matches against Austria and Romania, he did not make an appearance as England lost to Italy in the final. He is currently on holiday ahead of pre-season. Released from Southampton in 2014, White was signed by Brighton and following temporary spells at Newport County, Peterborough United and most notably Leeds United, he broke into the first team at the Amex Stadium last season and was one of the top-flight’s stand-out performers.