This Day in History (Selected Years)

There are unforgettable years as there are unforgettable days.  I selected a few of these unforgettable years for July 18 to know what history has for us – 1964, 1965, 1990, 1992, 2001, 2004, and 2014.

1964 – My husband was born this year.

Riots erupted in the African American communities of NYC and Rochester, NY. The NYC race riot began in Harlem and spread to Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. – from Timelines of History

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John le Carré was one of the best selling books. – from TakeMeBackTo

1965 – I was born this year

US Adm. Jeremiah Denton (1924-2014) was shot down over North Vietnam as he flew in on the Thanh Hoa Bridge on the Ma River. He spent the next seven years and seven months in prison camps. In 1976 he wrote a memoir with Ed Brandt “When Hell Was in Session” of his ordeal. It was made into a 1979 TV movie. – from Timelines of History

Up The Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman was one of the best selling books. – from TakeMeBackTo

1990 – daughter Kay was born this year

Dr. Karl Menninger, the dominant figure in American psychiatry for six decades, died in Topeka, Kansas, four days short of his 97th birthday. – Timelines of History

The Burden Of Proof by Scott Turow was one of the best selling books. – TakeMeBackTo

1992 – son Daryl was born this year

In Peru, 9 students and a university teacher were killed at La Cantuta University. Later retired General Rodolfo Robles charged that an army death squad, the Colina Group, was responsible. Death squad members were convicted and then released in a 1995 general amnesty. In 2008 a former general and three members of a military death squad were found guilty of participating in the kidnapping and murder. – Timelines of History

The Pelican Brief by John Grisham was one of the best selling books. – TakeMeBackTo

2001 – where I started a different career

In Baltimore, a 60-car CSX freight train carrying hazardous materials derailed and caught fire in a tunnel near Camden Yards. 54 cars burned and phone cables were melted. The last burning car was pulled out July 23.  – Timelines of History

Reflections and Dreams by Nora Roberts was one of the best selling books.  – TakeMeBackTo

2004 – when I started blogging

A spokesman said California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would not apologize for mocking certain lawmakers as “girlie men,” despite criticisms from Democrats that the remark was sexist and homophobic. – Timelines of History

My Life by Bill Clinton was one of the best selling books.- TakeMeBackTo

2014 – when I started writing content for a client

California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed a law banning the sale of single-shot handguns that can be altered into semi-automatic weapons, handing a modest victory for proponents of tougher gun laws while striving to protect antique collectors. – Timelines of History

Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis was one of the best selling books.- TakeMeBackTo

What do you have for this day?

Seven (7) Quality Principles Part 3

This is the last part of the series.

Before continuing with the seven quality principles, you can visit Part 1  where I discussed customer focus and leadership and Part 2 where I discussed the engagement of people and process approach.

The last three (3) principles are as follows:

5. IMPROVEMENT

There are improvements that are continuous and continual.  To get more of the difference, you can visit DifferenceBetween.com.  To summarize, you can carry out continual improvement while doing continuous improvement in your business processes.

It is very important to measure what has improved when you have a business from the time you started until the present. You need to check on the results versus your objectives and goals, analyze them and check what you can do to prevent recurrence of problems and occurrence of potential problems.

This principle will help you analyze the market and the risks, review more your customer needs and expectations, learn from past experiences, self-assess, and prevent out-of-control approaching problems.

6. EVIDENCE-BASED DECISION MAKING

This principle of making decisions based on evidences is admittedly familiar already to many.  You need information that relates to your business information and data, and analysis of these to make effective decisions.  However, you need to make sure that the data and information you have are correct, reliable, and secure.

For your business to reach to effective decisions, you have to test carefully all options taking all the pros and cons, comparing them to earlier similar decisions if needed, and realizing what actions you need to take immediately.

You need to decide based on the gathered and analyzed data and information not based on your intuition.

7. RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT

pexels-photo-327533In managing a QMS (quality management system) of a business organization, it is important to consider interested parties that can affect how your business performs.

You have to name who these interested parties are. Definitely the first in your list are your customers. But who are the others? They maybe your employees or staff, your suppliers, your investors, and maybe even the society you belong. Whoever they are,

This principle emphasizes that you have to build and manage relationships with those interested parties. Why? Well, you need them to succeed. You need them to improve by collaborating with them especially about further developing what you started for your business.

To wrap up, these principles are very helpful as your guide to a successful business. Other related business principles are equally important. All these principles you use and combine will let your business stay.

The Seven (7) Quality Principles Part 2

Before I continue writing this post, I would like to share that I use Hootsuite to manage my social media marketing.  It is best used by project managers and content writers. WordPress also has a sharing widget where you input your social media links and your blog posts will be automatically shared.

I am imploring the graces of the Almighty that I can complete all tasks to keep up.  It will be hard to connect with everybody for the meantime but I am not an energizer bunny as Renard puts it.  There will always be a time for everything.

I continue from the first post about the seven quality principles:

3. ENGAGEMENT OF PEOPLE

Considering this principle, the leaders in an organization will let everybody use their abilities with the same objectives and goals.  This will benefit not only the business’ organization but also everybody in it.

Making people work with gusto all the time is difficult.  A work situation or condition will always affect disposition and attitude.  It is not as easy to get people be engaged as we like it to happen.  Why is this so?

There is a multitude of factors why people refuse involvement and engagement.  You can only meet this objective if you stretch out recognizing their efforts and abilities, empowering them by trusting and giving respect, and strengthening their skills and knowledge.

If you are a sole proprietor, who are you engaged with?  It is the people, and group of people, in your network.  You need the same alignment of objectives and goals.  Entrusting them with some matters about your business will strengthen the ties.  For example, asking them about their opinion on a particular decision will make them feel they are trustworthy.

You do not have people to enhance their skills and knowledge but recommending others in your network for their excellent work will engage them into helping you meet your business goals.

4. PROCESS APPROACH

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I am not sure if this is a familiar thing for everybody.  Process approach is the method of identifying and managing processes and interaction of processes.  The authors based the approached on this line of thought – all activities in a business organization are interrelated.

As a business owner, including the sole proprietor, understanding what you are trying to meet and how this relates to your customer will help improve your business.

Using this principle in your business is very helpful as you will be able to look at the matter as one big process with the inputs and outputs, the needed resources, controls and measures, and the links to other processes.

If you are aiming for continual improvement, this systematic method will definitely give what you need.  You can also use the PDCA cycle method as an extra tool.

Part two ends here. I hope you learned a thing or two.

A Basic Question to a Content Writer

Other than that question on my FB page on how to start as a content writer, I haven’t received any question from a visitor to this blog.   A question in mind that keeps bugging – what a client, specifically a new one in the online business, may probably ask.

Why do I need a content writer?

This basic question to a content writer is essential not only to the client.  It also aligns the objectives and goals of a content writer.  It prompts a content writer to do a self-check – Why will a business owner need my services as a content writer?

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The methods of doing business have evolved dramatically.  Marketing a product or a service is easier.  Well, easier because there is already an avenue – the internet – where you can market your product or service. The process does not need your physical presence all the time to promote your business.  This is not to undermine efforts to advertise your product in person though.  Meeting clients person to person is still important every so often.

With such a scenario, where the growth of online businesses is transpiring, business owners need websites to sell their products or services.  A website should have content that will give value to the business and its product or service.  This is where a content writer enters.  If a business owner does not have that ample time to write, or he/she just doesn’t have the flair in writing, he/she will require the skills of a content writer.

The content writer will be in charge of polishing content for the website.  He/She will write for the blogs, the email marketing, and the social media requisites.  The content writer will be the business’ secret master in charge of online marketing thru its content.

Another reason a business owner needs a content writer is to make their website search-engine friendly. With good SEO (search engine optimization), a website will flourish.  The content writer, with his/her understanding how a search engine works, will help target the intended audience.

I will definitely include this question on the FAQ page of my website as I build it towards my goal.

Janette Toral: An Inspiration

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Janette Toral is a fellow Filipina blogger.  I have known her virtually for many years and she is an inspiration.  As to whether she will be a passive or active inspiration for me, only time can tell.  What I know is, she has done a lot for the blogging community.

Janette Toral is known for many bynames: blogger, specialist to a number of fields (e-commerce, social media, internet marketing), entrepreneur, lobbyist, educator, researcher, writer, community leader, etc.

I admire her for being true to her advocacy.  She does things with a firm resolution and purpose.  Her intention to help is very transparent and she does it with integrity.  It is not very often to see role models like her.

If you want to know more about her, Google can help. 🙂

 

 

Meeting People Thru Blogs is Also Fun

Even with my first personal blog, meeting bloggers all over the world, reading (and listening to) what they have to say about topics, ideas, news, rants, etc. is what makes it fun!

 

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Meeting people thru blogs changes the way you look at the world.  It gives you that boost to go on with your plans, to try even if you are not confident enough, or to help others with some problems they meet.  The possibilities are endless and varied, actually, when you have some form of a network to turn or refer to.

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Lessons from an Oversight

I wrote this post – Plagiarism: Interesting Notes Revisited and Noted after an incident.

I had written content for websites since 2014.  I was back to writing after years of hibernation from personal blogging.  Blogging, specifically personal blogging, is very different from content writing.  I have to adapt to some adjustments and learn about how to write an article or a content for a website.

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