Step By Step

As I mentioned some weeks ago, I recently received my nursing certificate that I had been working on for some time. This was a huge milestone in my life, and I have already started benefitting in my job (I recently enjoyed a nice little pay bump). I’ve had a few of my readers here ask about how I got started in nursing and asking if there is any advice I would offer to those interested in making the leap into the medical field. Here’s my story.

Most people actually don’t know this about me, but my first introduction into the field of medicine was shortly after I had just graduated from high school. I got a part time job as a receptionist for a local chiropractor and while I was working there, the billing person in our office came down with a terminal illness and was not able to continue employment with us. We were unable to promptly find someone to replace her and so I was forced to quickly start figuring out the billing side of the business. Most of our patients were billed through insurance and I cannot describe the headache that I first encountered while trying to figure it all out. Lucky for the provider I was working for, not only am I a quick learner, but I can read anything. I found a textbook entitled “Step-By-Step Medical Coding” by Carol J. Buck, and I plowed through the material as quickly as a I could. Since I was completely new to medical billing and it can be a very technical subject, I actually had to read through the text a few times before I really understood everything.

To make a long story as short as possible, I quickly learnt enough to get by. My boss at the time saw my potential and offered to pay for me to get a coding certificate offered by a nearby community college if I continued working for him for a minimum amount of time. I took the deal and became proficient as a coder. A couple of years after I got my coding certificate, I left that chiropractor’s office to work for a hospital who was willing to pay me much more. I was actually making some really good money in the billing department (You can check HERE to see the salary range for medical billers and coders), but after working very closely with the nurses in the hospital and seeing the changes they were making in others’ lives, I felt “called” to become a nurse myself.

Everyone has their own talents and abilities, but here is the advice I would give someone looking into having a career in the medical field: Go the medical billing route first! You can get your foot in the door much easier that way and you can also get a really good feel for what to expect from other jobs within the field. For anyone wanting to learn about medical coding on their own, I highly suggest “Step-By-Step” textbook. It’s not an easy read by any means, but when it comes to coding you won’t find an easy read. It will, however, give you all of the information you need in a very organized format. Although it might take a few readings, it can help you learn virtually everything you need to know.

How To Blog: 5 Different Types Of Posts

One of the primary goals of bloggers or blogsite owners is to drive traffic to their site. Whether it is considered a hobby or a way of earning money online, it is important to note that your blog posts must be compelling and are of high quality.

Remember that content is king, that is why it has to be written in a way that your audience can relate to it and your site can gain exposure on social media. Read on and you will know that there are 5 types of blog posts which you must be writing so that your site can gain traffic and reach its maximum potential.

1. An Epic Content Composed Of 1,500+ Words

Nowadays, people look for meaty and substantial information on the web. So if you are going to write a lengthy yet informative article with lots of great resources, there are higher chances that people will revisit your site. In writing this type of content, it is best to include helpful images and information. You might say that a short article would be enough, however, Google will reward you for posting lengthy high quality, compelling articles. Take note that this kind of content is meant to be published at least once every month.
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2. The List-Type Blog Posts

If you were to ask your readers, they might say that list blog posts are fun and easy to read. Most of the popular blogsites nowadays post this type of content because it does not bore the audience. You can create list blog posts consisting of 30, 40, or 50 different items, information, or ideas. For instance, you can write about the Top 30 Ways On How To Earn Money Online.

3. Tutorial Blog Posts

People love to learn new or different things and when they want to do so, they usually go online and search for tutorials. With this, you must also consider posting specific tutorials based on your niche or preferred topic. Your tutorials must be short but concise. They have to be easy to understand and follow.

4. Blog Posts That Feature Weekly Themes Or Challenges

If you want to drive more traffic to your site, you need to realize the importance of investing in the blogging community. In other words, you have to find ways to attract readers or audience. You can have weekly themes or challenges which can encourage the participation of other bloggers in the community.

5. Infographics

These are graphic visual representations of data, knowledge, or information created to deliver complex information in a quick manner. These videos are becoming popular nowadays because they can be used to provide a lot of information in just a short period of time. Plus, readers can share them with ease via social networking sites.
Example: http://visual.ly/

A Final Thought

When you own a blogsite, it is always best to find ways in order to drive traffic to your site. The different styles of content you post on your blog can affect its traffic and exposure.

Keep in mind that posting an ‘epic content’ on your site can really help to make it popular. Your content must be informative, engaging, and amazing. With this, people will start to consider you as an authority. Make a good impression all the time to keep the people returning. Spend time to list down 50 possible topics based on your niche and pin point which ones should be written and published first. Create a schedule to publish blog posts at least 2 to 3 times a week.

Useful Tips in Creative Blogging

Nowadays, a literary journey can be started with just your computer. Blogging is one of the most innovative and enjoyable experiences for those who are into writing, arts, photography, or learning to play the guitar online. Coming from the words, web log, blogging has become a mainstay delivery of material content on the Internet. There are various types of blogs that you can access online. While there are blogs about businesses and commercial establishments, the most colorful blogs are personal ones where a person expresses himself through writing or other forms of media like photos or videos. It’s easy to start blogging but there are some blunders even the experienced bloggers make. Here are some tips that can help you in blogging more creatively.

Spelling and Grammar

While being the easiest of things to fix, the most common blunder that bloggers make is not checking their spelling or grammar. Those who visit your blog will go over the content by reading through your words. One misspelled word or a messed up sentence construction or grammar can actually have a significant impact in the reaction of the one reading. This gives the impression that you’re not reading over your work and just posting it once you finish. After you finish writing your blog entry, spend about five to ten minutes to check on your spelling and grammar, making sure that no words are misspelled and everything looks good.

Be Spontaneous

The best ideas come from the most unexpected moments. As such, it’s best that you should be spontaneous in the way you write about your blog content. It’s not about haphazardly writing which would result in messy blog posts. It’s about knowing what you want to write and how to write in a way that engages your audience and keeps them interested in your blog. An exciting and colorful blog can overthrow a dull and serious blog depending on the situation.

Understand Your Target Audience

Who are you writing for? What is your site about? What do you want to write about? Those are just a few of the questions that you should consider when you’re writing your blog. Understanding your target audience will give you the idea of what you’ll be writing about, what the general content of your site will be and how you’ll be able to reach the audience in a number of ways. This lays out the groundwork of what the progress of your blog will be.

Add Color to Your Vocabulary

Coinciding with checking of your grammar and spelling, expanding your vocabulary is also important. If you’re limited with the words you use that your readers will see a pattern or redundancy in your writing, they’ll get bored quickly and just brush off your blog. Introduce yourself to new and colorful words. Don’t limit yourself to words that you’re used to. Instead, do some research and construct your content in a way that your audience feels variety in your writing.

Blogging is an exciting and engaging hobby to do. It’s a way of expressing yourself and also exercising your writing prowess.

Common Blogging Mistakes You Must Avoid to Attract More Readers and Earn Bigger

People blog for several reasons. There are those who simply want to put their ideas out there for people to read. Some others want to maximize the opportunity to make money. There are also those who just want to have fun and share something interesting to other people. Whatever your reason for blogging is, the point is that you must be able to attract people to read what you have written. There are many ways to entice potential readers. Of course, it starts by writing something interesting. However, no matter how good you are as a writer if there are some obvious flaws that were left uncorrected, it could potentially hurt your views. Here are some of the blogging mistakes that you need to avoid:

  • Writing about popular stories or top news of the day. Though it seems like you are attracting people to read something that is being talked about, the truth is they won’t. If they would love to read news stories, they will surely go to reliable news sites and not your blog. Besides, you will just outsource your blog content from another site and do some changes. It won’t in any way be of help to make your blog more interesting.
  • Publishing incorrect information. This is due to lack of research. Take note that as a blogger, you have to be as reliable as possible. The slightest error in a blog might turn your readers off. If unsure about the information, don’t use it in your blog.
  • Providing strong reactions or comments about controversial issues. This actually depends on what kind of blog you are writing. If for instance you are writing about a political blog, then it is fine. However, if your line of interest is on a totally different field and you suddenly publish your views about political matters, it might surprise your readers. If you can’t control your emotions, then do a Facebook status or shout it out via Twitter.
  • Giving more attention to SEO. Yes, your goal is to attract as many people as possible to read. This is why you optimize certain keywords so your blog will rank high in Google. Of course, when your blog becomes popular, you will have more advertisers. It will eventually turn into a huge amount of money. Though this seems like a good path to take, the truth is that it could hurt the quality of your blog. When so much attention is given to SEO, it might not look as natural as it should be. If you really wish to earn money online, then you can open a free binary options trading account. By then, you will not make your blog as your main source of income online. Besides, these online trading companies are reliable. Those who have tried the Bankdeswiss free binary trading demo for instance have gained huge income already.
  • Publishing blogs without editing them well. This is a big no! Read your blog over and over again before deciding to have it published. The moment it goes live, it only takes seconds for it to spread. If you have no time to change the mistakes, people will read about them and could damage your reputation.

Once you have successfully avoided these mistakes, you are definitely heading to the right direction. To top it all, don’t forget to keep on reading so that you can write more interesting blog topics.

The Lawn Mower Judge Wins First Place!

As you know, I spend a lot of my time reading, both print and online material. What you might not know about me yet is that I am also an avid gardener and also spend a lot of time working outside in both my yard and my garden. The smells of spring and the feeling of the fresh, cool dirt is intoxicating to me and I can hardly wait to be able to start working outside!

Like most self-ascribed nerds, I very rarely do anything without consulting a variety of different sources to make sure I am doing it right. For example, when I first purchased this bit of land and wanted to turn it from a weed-infested pasture into a lovely lawn, I read book after book after online article to get as much information as possible before starting such a massive project.

The best book I found by far (and the only one I actually purchased, as I usually just use my library card!) was one called Scotts Lawns: Your Guide to a Beautiful Yard. I found it on Amazon for a great price, and let me tell you, it was worth every penny I spent on it. I still consult it regularly for all of my general lawn care questions. Really, I can’t recommend it enough.

Once I got my lawn established, I noticed that my old lawnmower just wasn’t doing a very good job anymore. It could be because I inherited it from my parents and remember mowing our lawn with it when I was a child! Really, it is that old. I have babied it and change the oil and spark plugs every year, but it just doesn’t work as efficiently as I would like it to.

This year, it looks like I am in the market for a new lawnmower. I started researching the different options last fall, thinking it would be a simple matter of walking into a garden store and picking up the first model I liked. Not so, my friends, not so. Do you have any idea how many different models of lawn mowers there are out there? I didn’t either.

Enter my new favorite website, www.lawnmowerjudge.com. I ran across this particular one just like I run across most of the new blogs I read-by conducting a search, clicking on a particular article and following links. Which is really just a better way of saying I stumbled across it by accident!

At any rate, this particular site has it all. There are reviews of every possible type of lawn mower, from the old-style push mowers to the cream-of-the-crop riding lawnmowers (which can also plow snow, move dirt, and maybe even make your coffee!). This in itself is so useful that I would like this website just for the reviews alone.

However, the Lawnmower Judge site also offers tools that will help you make a decision about what type of lawnmower will best suit your specific needs. For example, the author offers a list of questions to ask yourself before buying a mower, some of which may have never occurred to you ask, like:

  • Do you hate the smell of gas? An electric mower might be right for you!
  • How do you feel about power cords? Consider a battery mower!
  • Is your lawn small enough that a reel-type push mower would work?
  • How much effort do you want to have to put into mowing?

Once you have decided what type of mower you want, there are reviews of many different models within each category. This is very useful for someone like me who relies on a lot of information before making a decision!

I haven’t yet decide which lawnmower I am going to buy. I haven’t finished reading all of the reviews yet! However, now that I have access to this website, I know it is going to play a huge part in my final decision!

Exercising over 40 – What is Your Best Option?

I remember the exact moment I realized my body started to fall apart. OK, that statement might be too harsh but at the of 30 I couldn’t do certain things I did back when I was 23, which is the age when we all feel invincible and we think it’s going to last forever. Well, guess what: it’s not. As you reach 40, you are going to have to accept the fact that your hair is starting to migrate from your scalp to your back, or that you’ve gradually lost the ability to break down dairy products. It’s even worse if you’re a bookworm, like me, which means you will put on a few (or not so few) excess pounds. While you can’t do anything to stop your hair from becoming gray, or losing it altogether, there is something you can do regarding your overall physical shape and health.

Seeing as I begin every kind of research by reading the appropriate literature, I’ve come across a book called “Exercising over 40 for Dummies“, by a small group of authors, which offers some useful and insightful information about, you’ve guessed, how people over the age 40 can get in shape and what exercises they should perform. You might think that there’s not much to it, you just go out there and jog or lift weights. You’d be wrong.

The thing is, if you are of certain age, you might be slightly overweight, which might put additional strain on your joints during exercise, so running is usually out of the question. Or your weight is fine, but your knees are not what they used to be, so traditional exercises might cause additional damage as opposed to helping you, which is why you might consider investing into exercise equipment such as an elliptical trainer, stationary bike or a rowing machine.
The book strongly recommends introducing exercise equipment into your over 40 workout regimes. It makes the case for helping to reduce strain on the body and to maintain interest. One type of machine they focus on is the elliptical trainer which is ideally suited to people of all ages and physical abilities. If like me you aren’t even sure what an elliptical trainer is, there are some great online resources – Elliptical Machine Advice.com is one I used for an in-depth overview on ellipticals including reviews and general workout information.

What makes elliptical trainers and similar equipment ideal for people over the age of 40 is the fact that they provide you with a low-impact workout which reduces strain and stress on your joints, tendons, hips, and back. Also, they are excellent at simulating the natural motion of the human body during exercise. In addition to that, they offer a full body workout, instead of focusing on a single muscle group. You can still target specific muscles with an elliptical trainer, whether it’s your upper or lower body. If your primary concern is losing all of that excess weight, you can one of the pre-programmed exercise routines, which, couples with the data gathered by the heart rate monitor, inform you when you are in the fat-burning zone, which will help you achieve the desired results more quickly.

Of course, I’ve started this by recommending a book, which you should read by all means, because it offers some great tips, but now is the time to get off the couch and do something about it. The book certainly got my attention and did provide some useful tips and general information – probably best suited to absolute beginners. The biggest takeaway for me was an introduction to the elliptical trainer. I hadn’t even realized that these existed! If like me you are a bit behind the times with the latest fitness trends the book “Exercising over 40 for Dummies” could be a good read.

Left for Dead Review

Imagine being attacked while you are walking to work and minding your own business. This sounds like something from a movie, but unfortunately this happened to Samantha Barlow when she was on her way to work at the police department as an active police officer. Barlow was attacked randomly and was left for dead in the local park by her attackers, who had beaten her with a brick. This attack could never be understood by Barlow or her family members as she had no grudges or enemies.

Barlow suffered severe physical trauma as well as head trauma injuries. Her husband and children had to watch their mother fight for her life and try to fight through the therapy and counselling. This traumatic experienced lasted 22 months, where Barlow needed to learn to do many things all over again and start her life from scratch living with that death-defying experience in the back of her mind constantly.

Barlow went back to work and pushed herself to become the police officer that she was before the brutal attack. She decided that she did not want to lose everything because of some random attack, she wanted to prove to herself and the world that she could still be the officer that she was and had always been. Samantha pushed herself and made sure that she was not going to be a victim but rather a police officer like any other police officer.

Barlow had always wanted to be a police officer and believed that becoming a police officer was the best thing in the world. Not only were you giving back to your community but you are also making sure that the community is a better place for your children and family. Samantha did not know any other career besides the police force, and could not see herself working anywhere else. This proves that the police force is not a terrible career and that the policemen and women feel that they are all a family and have lots to offer each other.

The police force might be a difficult and tiring career but in the end you are part of the family and you know that you will be taken care of till the end. Samantha Barlow suffered severe post stress disorder but she was paid off as she was medically boarded, and she was still considered a member of the police academy. Samantha is welcome regularly at the police department and is considered a hero to many of the community members as well as the public.

The main point of this book review is not to show that Samantha Barlow was medically boarded, but to show that she pushed herself to go back to her police force and work for that amount of time because she loved her career so much that she could not stay away from it. She had another family with the police force and felt that she could not stay at home and abandon a career that she had decided on when she was six years old.

Late Night Reading

This last week my family was able to celebrate the birthday of my oldest son. Anyone with children (especially older kids) knows how hard it can be to go shopping for the perfect present. Luckily, this year it was actually very easy to choose a gift. My son is going through a phase right now where he is really into astronomy and staying up late staring into the night sky. I admit I’m the one who sparked it all by reading an interesting little book I came across in our garage entitled “NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe” by Terence Dickinson.

I had taken an “Intro to Astronomy” class in college and found the subject to be really interesting. I ended up purchasing “NightWatch,” as part of the course curriculum but I never got around to reading it. It had it sitting in my garage for at least 5 years, but coming across it again re-sparked my interest.

I must say that this text is very thorough and goes into great detail all about constellations, telescopes, and the history of sky watching. Usually books that are this comprehensive can be hard to get through for people who aren’t experts on the subject, but I found this to be a relatively easy read. It is definitely a book that will be enjoyable if it’s read in conjunction with some sort of star gazing activities, so as to apply the information that you are learning.

At the time I was going through this book we did not own a telescope, so my night activities began with pulling out some old binoculars. Pretty soon my oldest son decided that he was going to join me. As I would point out constellations and planets I would show him pictures from the book, and his interest in astronomy really took off. Pretty soon binoculars didn’t seem like enough.

Thankfully his birthday was coming along and we could justify spending a little money to help support his new fascination. He only wanted one present this year – a telescope. We were still pretty new to all of this astronomy stuff, but we did know a little bit about what to look for. We wanted a nice sturdy portable mount and a decent-sized aperture. We found an online buying guide for telescopes  that helped us compare scopes that were in our price range. After searching through the reviews and doing the comparison we were able to feel pretty confident in our choice.

To make a long story short, we decided to go with an Orion, and our kid couldn’t have been happier. There have been many late nights since, and this is a hobby that could potentially turn into more. It may be a little too early to tell, but we’re hoping that this passion persists as it has really helped our son to come out of his shell, and he seems to have a real knack for understanding this astronomy stuff. Either way, if nothing more it’s just another testament to how much influence just one good book can have!

Review of Free Bet Options

Are you looking for a complete guide on sports betting? Do you want to know which is the best bookmaker out there on the Internet? If your answer these questions in the yes, then you will definitely love freebetoptions.co.uk.

There are several websites that aim to provide betting advice to punters. However, only a few are able to help punters find free betting options. Some of the competition make false claims of providing free betting options to bettors. The result is that a lot of sports bettors end up losing money.

FreeBetOptions.co.uk understands this and only provide information about only those sportsbooks that provide free betting options to punters.  The website is a complete guide for UK punters.

With any website that claims to be a complete guide, you would expect a whole lot of detailed information. In this respect it doesn’t disappoint. Not only does it discuss free bet options with each bookmaker. It also provides a detailed history of sports betting in the UK, useful tips on how to place bets, where you can find free tips and also reviews some of products that claim to have winning strategies for successful punting.

Here, we are going to look what makes freebetoptions.co.uk different from other websites that claim to be useful for sports betting.

What’s good about Freebetoptions.co.uk?

The main essence of Freebetoptions.co.uk is that it contains all the information that sports bettor may find useful. At freebetoptions.co.uk, you will not only find information that may help you in placing your bets but also find some of the best sportsbook where you can place your bets. If this is not enough, then at the website you can easily find some of the free bet sites where you don’t have to deposit any amount. The site has been designed exclusively for sports punters. You can find useful information in just few clicks. The site is user-friendly and you don’t have to wander here and there for information. It is one of the best sources to find sites that allow people to bet without putting any of their own money at risk.

What’s not in freebetoptions.co.uk?

Freebetoptions.co.uk scores well in almost all the aspects. However, it could have been better if offered a regular tipping service for a range of sports. Punters are always looking for good sources of tips. More of this would have been useful. Perhaps feeds to the latest sporting results would be useful as well.

Bottom-Line

If you are looking for a one-stop-solution for all your betting needs, then freebetoptions.co.uk is best for you. The site has everything for everyone who wants something for nothing. The site provides free bets from UK’s leading corporate bookmakers and free sports and racing tips that helps sports bettors to make a lot of cash.

If you are looking to place bets without risking any money, then you will not find any better source than freebetoptions. It is not only good source to find the best sportsbooks but also a wonderful resource that helps bettors to increase their knowledge about sports betting.

5 Tips On Coming Up With Blogging Ideas

As a blogger you have to constantly come up with new and great blog post ideas. Every once in a while most people hit a true writers block when they’re trying to create the next great blog post. I’m sure you already know that this is a very frustrating process when it comes to generating content. Man does it suck when you stick yourself in a room for hours and have nothing but an empty page to show for it. I’m going to share with you some of the ways that I’ve gotten over my own personal obstacles when this happens to me.

There are many ways to do this and I’m sure every veteran blogger or writer has their own method. This is just the method to my madness so if you don’t agree with me, don’t shoot.

Method 1: Google News – I like to skim through the Google news feed and get a feel for what is currently going on in real time. This is a great way to get on the front end of trends or trending events

Method 2: Subscribe To Blogs In Your Niche – I really like keeping up with what my competition is doing as well as getting ideas that are directly related to my niche. Getting other bloggers’ latest posts allows me to “keep my ear to the ground” in my industry. I also can piggy back off of my competitions’ best and most trafficked posts. You can even setup some filters within your email account as well. You can have these particular emails automatically sorted into a folder for easy consumption.

Method 3: Smoke Some Marijuana and Write – Although this is an unorthodox methodology, it certainly works wonders for me. Basically when all else fails, smoke a bowl and write down whatever comes to mind. Now a word of disclaimer, a lot of the crap is going to be exactly that…crap. But there will be gold in that brain of yours, there always is. Make sure to just keep writing. I’ve gotten some of the best blog posts I’ve ever written through this process. I’ve use table top vaporizers at home and smaller portable vape pens when I’m at coffee shops so I minimize any real harm to my body.

Method 4: Grab your latest magazines – There are a ton of articles within any given magazine and it’s a great way to stir up some ideas. Successful magazine article writers do very well for themselves and to be honest, they’re some of the best copywriters in the world in my opinion. Go and check out an magazine stand near you and you’ll see what I’m talking about. These professional writers have just a few seconds to get you to pick up their magazine and buy. That’s a tall order and these guys deliver.

There you have it, my top methods of blog writing idea generation. These are just a few of the many ways that I personally come up with unique writing and blogging ideas. I know this won’t work for all of you but it should help get the creative juices flowing.