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My Encounter with a Facebook Scammer

There are so many scammers around now, it is super scary. I hear about social media scammers taking over social media accounts and demanding money, especially on Instagram. Luckily my Instagram is safe and secure so no issues there. However, I had an interesting encounter with a scammer on Facebook yesterday.

It started off with the scammer sending me a message on my Facebook page offering me $1500 every week in advance. All he said I needed to do was to publish 2 articles on my Facebook page every week for $1,500. As soon as I read his messages, my alarm bells went off!

 

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First his approach was off! Brands hardly ever contact you first on social media, and if they do, that usually happens on Twitter, not Facebook. Message a blog is such an informal approach, so I am always cautious when I get messages on social media. Secondly, his grammar was all over the place and his Facebook profile didn’t match or refer to the website he was supposedly working for. Also, he mentioned he wasn’t trying to take over my Facebook page from the blues. I never accused him of that or even thought of it. All these made me super alert but the biggest giveaway was the amount he offered. No one ever offers $1,500 for 2 Facebook posts and opts to pay in advance. The offer was just too good to be true and you know what they say about offers like that.

I decided to play along with him and see where it goes. I accepted his offer and mentioned I took payment via Paypal. He was happy to pay via Paypal but first I needed to register on his Facebook page and that required me putting in my Facebook password. That was the end of our conversation. I declined and reported his profile and page to Facebook, while I was busy doing that, he quickly blocked me.

 

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It looks like the scammers are after bloggers with established social media platforms. I have heard quite a few similar stories in the last few weeks and some of the scammers were unfortunately. What they do is take over the social media account once you put in your password on a website they send to you, and then try to sell the platform and threaten to delete your entire page if you don’t pay up. It is so pathetic and scary but these scammers are out there so we all have to be vigilant.

The lesson here is simple, when a deal looks too good to be true, it is. Best to take your time and make sure it is legit. Also, don’t click or put in your social media passwords into any website you are not 100% sure about. If in doubt, don’t do it.

I hope my experience with this Facebook scammer helps others who may come across people like the idiot I came across yesterday. Keep your eyes open while you are online. Scammers are everywhere now.

Have a good one.

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Why ambient lighting is an essential for wellness enthusiasts

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Let there be light! Well, just the right amount of light, anyway. You might be surprised to learn that utterly bathing yourself in light isn’t always the best measure for safeguarding your wellbeing. There’s much to be said for ambient lighting – a softer, gentler form of lighting.

Nonetheless, striking just the right balance with your ambient lighting for optimum wellness can be tricky, as the following revelations about this especially peculiar type of lighting attest.

 

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What’s the big deal about ambient lighting?

Considering that, as The Science Times reports, 80% of our lives are spent indoors, you could be tempted to think that it’s a simple case of “the more, the better” when it comes to indoor lighting. Indeed, interior designers are often eager to maximise the natural light that enters an indoor space.

However, it doesn’t strictly follow that you should simply switch on some fluorescent lighting to full blast. Daily Harmony points out that fluorescent lighting is prone to flickering – which, though typically imperceptible, can lead to eyestrain.

Where you find that artificial lighting is practically necessary, the trick is to set it up to emulate natural lighting. In this way, you can keep eye strain at bay while potentially improving your mood and productivity.

 

Light and dark: two sides of the same coin

People are usually warned against working in darkness, but research suggests that darkness itself isn’t really the problem – at least not when combined with a fair share of light. It bears emphasis that both humans and animals are deeply connected to light, which generally dictates when we are awake instead of asleep.

All the same, though, excessive electrical lighting – as resulting from the likes of street lighting, vehicle headlights and neon signs, giving rise to “light pollution” – can adversely affect our circadian rhythm. Therefore, we need to be careful to get the balance between light and dark just right.

The precise type of ambient lighting can be important. Research indicates that some types can increase alertness and affect energy levels. By way of example, if you want to illuminate a workspace in a way that makes your employees more energetic and alert, then blue lighting could be a good choice.

 

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How can you set up ambient lighting?

Here’s some great news: there are various options for ambient lighting. These include table lamps, which the Better Homes & Gardens website recommends you place so that the bottom of the shade meets roughly your eye level. An overly high shade here could result in eyestrain-causing glare, while a shade left too low could deflect too much of the light onto the table.

Ambient lighting, by its very nature, isn’t overbearing and, consequently, could struggle to cover a whole room. For this reason, you might need to place multiple lighting fixtures around the room to ensure a consistent concentration of this lighting – and that’s where floor lamps can help. You could be pleasantly surprised by the variety of lighting fixtures on sale online.

 

 

How to become a better blogger

There are blogs all over the web so many bloggers may worry about standing out from the huge pack. Competition is one thing I don’t worry about. Variety is the spice of life and I love that there are so many blogs in different niches to read. I read blog posts written by various bloggers everyday and I love how they each bring something to the table. If you are thinking of how to stand out and become a better blogger, here are some useful tips you may find handy –

 

Bring something to the table

There is no need for a new blog if you have nothing to say. Copying blog posts all over the web and pasting them on your blog won’t get you far. Stealing ideas off other blogs won’t do you any good long term. You need to bring in your own ideas to become a better blogger. Your blog posts have to entertain. inform or educate your readers, or there’s no point in publishing it. Becoming a better blogger means you bring your authenticity to your blog and write in the tone and style that is unique to you. That is one way to stand out from the saturated world of blogging.

 

 

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Make attention to your headlines

This is one area I have struggled on and off in but I a lot better now with my headlines. Catchy headlines get you more clicks, so it is worth paying attention to them a bit more. It is best to keep the headlines below 7 words to get as many clicks as possible (SEO seems to like those best). Also, you should ensure the headline is related to the blog post and not a clickbait like many blogs do. That is just not right in my eyes.

 

Focus on niches you are interested in

When you write about topics you have interest in, your passion shows and that entices your readers even more. It also means you never run out of ideas. There is no point setting up a pet or beauty blog if you run out of ideas after a month of setting it up. Focus on niches you are interested in to become a better blogger.

 

Add Bullet Points

I always use bullet points in my blog posts. They make it easy for me to write and easier for my readers to scan through my posts. If there’s one tip you implement today, it should be this one. Adding bullet points make your posts a lot easier to read.

 

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Share your posts on social media

Sharing your blog posts on social media can bring you lots of practice. My favourite social media platform for traffic referral is Pinterest. I have been getting loads of referrals from there and I am loving it so much. It is also a lot easier to stay active on compared to other social media platforms. I plan to spend more time generating traffic from Pinterest as that is clearly working great.

 

Post regularly

I post regularly on here and I have done so since day 1. Writing gives me pleasure and the fact that it is now a job makes it even more pleasurable.  I am grateful to be able to earn an income while working from home and it is not something I take for granted at all. Maybe that is why I work my behind off on here.

 

Do you blog? How do you plan on becoming a better blogger? And if you don’t blog, what sort of blogs do you enjoy reading and why?

 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great one.

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