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Are Tattoos Becoming Uncool?

Do you have tattoos? I’m sure you’ve probably got one because it looked cool or because they symbolized something special to you. Maybe they were used to mark an important period in your life, the time when you fell in love or when you had your first child. Or maybe you know someone who has a tattoo and admired it from afar – or at least admired their courage.

 

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The History of Tattoos

The history of tattoos dates as far back as 12000 years. It all started with a need of protection and identity. They were used as a means of differentiating one tribe from the other. For some cultures tattoos were used as a means of protecting themselves magically from harm – more or less like an indelible amulet of some sort.

Fast forward to the 21stcentury, tattoos were used as a means of self-expression. Some do it for fun or just because it’s fashionable. It’s no longer uncommon to see celebrities and other influencers proudly flaunting their tattoos. But it took a lot of time before tattoos became socially acceptable.

There was a time when displaying your tattoos was considered a taboo. Tattoos were associated with gangsters and nobody wanted to be associated with such people. So if you were caught were with a tattoo, you were automatically given “the look”.

Interestingly, there has been a shift. Tattoos seem to be gradually losing its appeal. For example, when Adam Levine took his shirt off during the last Super Bowl, it wasn’t welcomed warmly by viewers. His body was covered in tattoos and people saw the tattoos as looking too fresh with such dark ink.

Of course, this is not the first time the public is seeing someone with their body covered in tattoos. But it seems like the bias against tattoos that was present several years ago never really left our systems.

 

Did tattoos suddenly stop being cool?

It’s hard to tell. But lately there has been an increase in the number of people going under the laser to have their tattoos removed. The increase in the demand to remove tattoos made tattoo removal a lucrative venture on its own.

Although the reasons why people are running to have their tattoos removed varies from person to person. However some of the common reasons are regret, acquired religious beliefs, the end of an amorous relationship gone bad, the need to be socially accepted and to meet employment requirements

The procedure is not cheap. You may be required to do between 4 to 6 sessions depending on how old your tattoo is. And it hurts more to remove the tattoo than to have one done. But this doesn’t stop people. In fact, their numbers are on the increase.

Tattoos have certainly come a long way. They fought the battle, going from being frowned at to being cool and then back again. We can never know for sure what will be the latest trend in the next couple of years. But we can know one thing for sure, that too will change.

 

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Blogging Tips – How to avoid spamming your blog followers

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I send many emails to the spam folder on a daily basis. Many of the emails I get are unsolicited. I have never heard of the brands before, so it is annoying when I get an email from them. Which is why I can relate when people complain about being spammed by bloggers.

As a blogger, you would likely have tons of valuable information you are excited to share with your readers, but you have to be careful or you would end up spamming your readers. You have to know how to know the difference between updating your blog and communicating with your blog subscribers on a regular basis and spamming them with unnecessary information.

 

Blogging Tips – How to avoid spamming your blog followers

So how do you avoid spamming your blog followers? The guys at Campaign Monitor shared this infographic and I think it is a great resource. There are many useful tips here on how to avoid spamming your followers but I am going to focus on the main points.

 

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Send Only Quality Content

I think sending only quality content is the main way to avoid spamming your blog followers because they every content would be useful. The way to get around this is to rethink every content you want to share to be sure it would be well received by your followers. That way you would only share quality content.

 

Send More Personalised Emails

Personalised emails are more likely to be opened and read than the emails that are not. So ensure the content you are sending out to subscribers are personalised as much as possible, especially the newsletters.

 

Allow Subscribers to Opt Out

The last thing you want is to make it difficult for your blog subscribers to opt out. That is the fastest way for your email to land in the spam folder. Make the opt out option clear so subscribers know what to do if they no longer want to hear from you.

 

What do you think of these blogging tips? Do you have any tips on how to avoid spamming your blog followers?

Our Stay at Premier Inn Festival Park Basildon Essex

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a lovely holiday. We had a blast here! I hope the year 2019 would be amazing in all areas of our lives. We started the new year in a big way with a captivating circus show. I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it but first, let me tell you all about our stay at Premier Inn Festival Park Basildon Essex.

 

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Our Premier Inn Festival Park Basildon Essex Experience

We have stayed at this hotel many times but I never got the chance to write about it. I decided to change that this year. We spent 2 nights at this Premier Inn in Basildon and we have done so several times. The hotel location is easy to find and well situated with lots to eat and do around. It is a few mins walk away from a retail park with a cinema, club, bars and restaurants, so no dull moment here. The check in was quick and our room was on the ground floor which was good.

I was happy with the room space. We booked a family room with 2 individual beds for the kids and another king sized bed for us and I was glad we still had some room to keep our luggage.

 

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My Honest Thoughts

Our stay at this Premier Inn was ok overall. The rooms were properly cleaned and the TV and WIFI worked great. I have stayed in so many hotels that struggle with the simplest things so it was great to see this didn’t. The Premier Inn Bedding is also loved by us. I think it is super comfy and I love sleeping on their beds. The only issue we had was with the heating. We were shocked to find out the heating was not working in our ground floor room.

With the drop in temperature, I was shocked I had to bring this to the attention of the receptionist. She did provide two little heaters which she wheeled into our rooms (you can see one of them in the picture above). The heaters worked ok but it was annoying to have to keep manually switching it off and on. It was an inconvenience that we shouldn’t have had to deal with and I hope they sort it out asap.

 

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I don’t see myself returning here again. They have no air conditioning, so we won’t be able to stay here in the summer months and with the inconvenient heating arrangement, we won’t be visiting in the cold months either. I like comfort in hotels. If I have to struggle to get the basic amenities after parting with money, it makes me really grumpy. Having said that, I have stayed in some amazing Premier Inns and will be reviewing them when next I get the opportunity.

 

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Have you stayed in this hotel before? What do you think of Premier Inn hotels? Do sound off in the comments section below. Let’s hear your thoughts.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Have an amazing 2019!

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