Email Etiquette | Communication | Dawn Clement

I keep finding  excellent information that I must pass to my readers. The article below will help you to communicate better. Enjoy!

“Some Simple Rules of E-mail Etiquette” by Dawn Clement

E-mail is one of the more popular forms of modern communication. The important thing to remember here is that e-mail is, at its core, communication. If you want your e-mails to communicate for you, there are certain rules of etiquette that you should follow. Break enough rules often enough, and your e-mails will go straight into the Recycle Bin.  Since this week’s theme is e-mail, I thought it was an appropriate time to remind everyone of some simple rules of e-mail etiquette.

E-mail is not the forum for long, drawn-out prose. Reading text on a computer screen can be hard on the eyes. To get your message across, be concise and to the point. If the recipient has to scroll down, then your e-mail is probably too long. If you need to give that much detail, consider a phone call instead of e-mail. (By the same token, however, make sure you include enough detail so that your recipient knows what your message is regarding.) Also, never forget that e-mail is not private. Don’t include information in an e-mail that you do not wish to share with strangers.

An ineffective use of the “Subject” line is one of the things that annoys a lot of people. Many people sort their mail by subject line, or have messages routed to specific folders based on the subject line. Writing an appropriate subject will ensure that your e-mail is received in a timely manner. Some people even set up their mail programs to automatically delete any e-mail they receive with a blank subject line. If you’re going to go to the trouble to send someone an e-mail, make sure they receive it—use the subject line wisely!

By this point, most people know that you shouldn’t write e-mails in all capital letters because it feels like shouting. But how many realize that writing in all lower-case letters is just as bad? When you write an e-mail in all lower-case letters, you come off as uneducated or just plain lazy. Use spell checker, and read your e-mail before you send it off to check for typos and grammatical errors.  Avoid stylized fonts and colored backgrounds—they make reading an e-mail difficult, and you probably want your e-mails to actually be read.

You’ll also want to avoid sending e-mails in HTML or Rich Text format. Not everyone can view these formats, and since most spammers use HTML format, a lot of people delete those e-mails without ever opening them. Lastly, resize any pictures you are sending. Large files take up memory in people’s Inboxes, and many ISPs have e-mail size limits.

When you reply to an e-mail, try to address all issues raised. The recipient would like to know that you actually read their e-mail! If there are a lot of issues or topics covered, you can even quote the original e-mail (and edit out the full version) to carry the conversation along. This saves your reader from having to scroll up and down to find whatever you’re referring to.

Speaking of replying to e-mail—do you ever really need to hit “reply all”? Take a few seconds to edit out any addresses that don’t need to get your reply.

Did you ever stop to think that when you put multiple e-mail addresses in a message’s “To” field, you could be violating the privacy of those people? Every address in the “To” field can inadvertently be exposed to strangers who may use those addresses for their own purposes (usually spam). Be nice and use the “BCC” field instead! Put your own e-mail address in the “To” field and everyone else in the “BCC” field.

Let’s talk about forwards for a moment. I get a lot of forwarded e-mails—mostly jokes and chain letters. My least favorite type of forwarded e-mail are the chain letters that tell you to send it back to the person who sent it to you if you’re a “true friend” or some other such nonsense. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about! Most often, the recipient has to scroll down through a bunch of junk to get to the forwarded message, only to find out that they’re not interested anyway.

There are times when an e-mail really does need to be forwarded, but there are a few things to remember before you hit that “send” button. First, edit the forward; remove all other e-mail addresses, headers and commentary from any other forwarders. Next, add some sort of a personal message to the recipient telling them why you have forwarded the message. Let them know why they should bother reading the rest of the forward (especially if forwards are the majority of your communication with the recipient). Never forward an e-mail without verifying the contents first. Use a Web site such as http://www.snopes.com or http://www.urbanlegends.com to investigate any questionable e-mails you plan to send to someone else (don’t forget to edit the forward and add a personal note!).

Lastly, can we all please agree to stop forwarding  jokes and chain letters? These e-mails are a waste of time and do nothing except bog down the mail servers. Use an anonymous service like http://www.stopforwarding.us to let people know that their barrage of forwards isn’t entirely welcome.

Dawn Clementis a freelance writer, domestic engineer, and mother of three with a Masters of Arts in Philosophy and over nine years experience in technical support. She wrote this article for, Computor edge. Enjoy! http://computoredge.com

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”–Plato

Google Help | Ranking | Marketing

I recently received interesting information from Titus Hoskins about how Google ranks our sites. If you have a website or blog you might be interested. Here it is:

“Lately, there seems to be a lot of information coming from the top search engine on the web. Google is becoming more transparent in how it ranks pages in its index. For webmasters like myself, this is very welcomed news.

Google uses 200 different ranking factors in its algorithm… any webpage that it ranks has to be filtered thru these factors. The more you know HOW Google ranks pages, the better you can prepare your site and marketing to match their expectations.

http://bit.ly/l5SW

Google for so long has been very tight-lipped about how it ranks pages… it has been one of the major “beef” webmasters has had with
Google. Is all this now changing???? Maybe. Sometime in the not so distant past, higher board members or CEOs must have made a strategic change in HOW they would treat webmasters… who after all are really Google’s bread and butter!

It’s our products and content they’re dishing up in their SERPs… why bite the hand that feeds you! Maybe Google has finally gotten the “webmaster” issue right, just like have gotten so many other things right.

Those top Google executive members must have decided to deploy the troops in helping webmasters understand how Google ranks
webpages.

So now you Google troopers such as Matt Cutts, Maile Ohye, among others… following orders from on high and opening up about Google and ranking.

Now, Google is not giving away the shop, but they are becoming a lot more open and straightforward in their answers many concerned webmasters have, regarding how their sites perform within Google.
Which can only mean less sleepless nights for webmasters around the world.

Now we are talking all “white hat” by the book SEO techniques here… how to build backlinks, how to optimize your pages, how to link out to
other sites, and the list of SEO methods goes on.

If you’re serious about ranking high within Google – this “Live Chat Q&A” will give you a lot of solid pointers. Check it out here:

http://bit.ly/l5SW

o Marketing In Harsh Economic Times

Don’t have to tell you, these are very scary economic times no matter where you live in the world. What’s happening with the stock markets,
mortage meltdown, government bailouts…no country seems immune to all these perdictions of a looming recession.

What does an online do and how should you react to these tough times? So far, I haven’t seen much of a downturn in my own online sales yet, although there’s a slight dip in some luxury affiliate items that I sell, but believe it or not, there are still people buying
big-ticket items on the web.

But there has to be a slow-down in online sales…given all this bad news and how reluctant prospective buyers are becoming. So the real question remains – how do you market in these tough times?

Perhaps, you should look towards those industries that are recession-proof to find your answer. Look towards health care, education, renewable energy, environment, security, international business…
these areas the experts say are the most recession-proof.

Keep in mind, when things are tight financially, people look for ways to save money. It not exactly rocket science to understand that Walmart was one of the stores to see an increase in sales lately…
while most others are dropping.

For the online marketer, this could be pointing to areas where there are opportunities. You can look for bargain retailers, discount stores, coupon shopping… as areas where there will be more and not less economic activity.

Then you have all these workers who have lost their jobs looking for new ways to earn more income. You have retired people who will be looking towards the web to supplement their dwindling retirement savings.

Online education could be a major area of activity in the coming months as laid off workers upgrade their resumes.

Even Internet Marketing will probably see a minor boom as many people look for ways to earn a little extra part-time income. We could see major increases in online webinars and off-line seminars as experienced marketers take advantage of this opportunity to
teach others how to sell and earn on the web.

Since many people will be worrying about debts and bills – any financial courses, services and helpful programs will probably be very popular.

So too will software programs that help people cope with all this financial stress and worry. If you look closely, there should still be a
lot of areas for your online marketing could prosper. Just adjust your marketing to suit the times.

Here’s a really good example of what could do well in these harsh economic times.”

http://www.bizwaremagic.com/financial_gps.htm

Kind Regards,

Titus

http://www.bizwaremagic.blogspot.com

http://www.bizwaremagic.com

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Dragon Acupuncture | Treatment

I just finished my first acupuncture treatment and I found it effective. It happened that I recovered recently from a dance injury to the plantar fascia (ligament running throughout the bottom of the foot). So I started practicing again, and apparently I went too fast too soon and sprained a ligament on my right knee. With three acupuncture sessions in two weeks I am walking, and even climbing stairs, without pain. The swelling is about gone. I should be back on the floor in a couple of weeks.

The Experience:

The treatment uses points in the meridian channels to stimulate the flow of energy and blood in your body, disolve the blockage at the injury location and speed the recovery process. The needles are inserted in specific locations. The insertion of the needles is usually painless (or with little pain) unless the acupuncturist misses the location and has to reinsert the needle. After the needles are in place there is no pain.

Each session is about half an hour long. For better results Lynn (my acupuncturist) also uses heat (a heat lamp) and herbs (Mugwort and herbal patches). She also shows you pressure points with which you can help yourself.

According to the Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine:

“In Chinese medicine mugwort, known as Ai ye or Hao-shu is highly valued as the herb used in moxibustion, a method of heating specific acupuncture points on the body to treat physical conditions. Mugwort is carefully harvested, dried and aged, then it is shaped into a cigar-like roll. This “moxa” is burned close to the skin to heat the specific pressure points. It has been used in this way to alleviate rheumatic pains aggravated by cold and damp circumstances.”

“A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported on the successful use of moxibustion in reversing breech birth positions. The study found that 75% of 130 fetuses had reversed their position after moxibustion treatment of the mother. The technique is said to stimulate the acupuncture point known as BL67, located near the toenail of the fifth toe, stimulating circulation and energy flow and resulting in an increase in fetal movements.” Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine by Clare Hanrahan

“Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.”– Kahlil Gibran

The Diamond Sutra | Buddha | Excerpts

250px-sermon_in_the_deer_park_depicted_at_wat_chedi_liem-kayess-1Today I read the Diamond Sutra.

If you are ready, check it out. Like a diamond, it cuts through concepts and beliefs. You can find it in “A Buddhist Bible” by  Dwight Goddard.

Excerpts:

Then Buddha asked Subhuti, “What do you think, Subhuti, has the Buddha arrived at the highest, most fulfilled, most awakened and enlightened mind? Does the Buddha teach any teaching?”

Subhuti replied, “As far as I have understood the lord Buddha’s teachings, there is no independently existing object of mind called the highest, most fulfilled, awakened or enlightened mind. Nor is there any independently existing teaching that the Buddha teaches. Why? Because the teachings that the Buddha has realized and spoken of cannot be conceived of as separate, independent things and therefore cannot be described. The truth in them is uncontainable and inexpressible. It neither is, nor is it not. What does this mean? What this means is that Buddhas and disciples are not enlightened by a set method of teachings, but by an internally intuitive process which is spontaneous and is part of their own inner nature.”

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“Regard this fleeting world

As a star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,

A flash of lightning in a summer cloud,

A flickering lamp, a phantom and a dream”

–The Buddha, Diamond Sutra

http://www.diamond-sutra.com/diamond_sutra_translation.html

Health | Insulin Resistance and Jerky

Interesting information below about insulin resistance and jerky by Dr. David P. Bowman from Idaho Falls.

“It may surprise you to see how people who are insulin resistant react to food. Those who don’t have insulin resistance watch them with wonder. They think their appetite is out of control. Why? Because those with insulin resistance don’t think about food like you and me. The out-of-balance chemicals in their bodies and their brains literally force them to think constantly about food. Whenever they get close to food, their natural instinct is to devour it. That’s how powerful insulin is in their body.

The advice from most weight loss systems is to snack on many small, healthy meals throughout the day, but the options for insulin-resistant people are limited. Their “small meals” mean a Cup-o-Noodles, donuts, candy…

Insulin-resistant people need slow-burning, high protein food to slow down the sugar conversion in their body and shut off the hunger chemicals. And they need it a half hour before they are hit with intense cravings or the temptations of a huge meal or party buffet.

The same thing is true for diabetics and people who are hypoglycemic. They all crave the empty sweets and starches. But these are the worst possible snacks for them. Their choices are very limited. Nuts and jerky are about the only convenience foods that provide the slow-burning natural fats and protein that will douse the hunger chemicals inside their brain.

But here’s a caution. Don’t wait until you’re ready to devour the whole carton of ice cream before you reach for a strip of jerky. Schedule the snack. Keep jerky in your car or desk drawer and reach for it when your brain sends its first message of hunger.

Most of us don’t understand how unreasonable our body’s hunger chemicals can be. They make us react in ways other people would never think of doing. This intense hunger must be controlled with habits that protect us from ourselves.
So stock up on a variety of flavors from Jerky Direct as a great weight-management hedge.”

Kabir | Poet | Mystic | Philosopher

Kabir

Kabir

Like Ramana Maharshi, who was also awake, Kabir did not have a particular religion.  He was also very critical of all sects in India, which is probably a reason for his universal appeal.  It is said that when he died his Hindu and Muslim followers were quarreling over his remains. They then heard a voice asking them to lift the shroud covering the body. When they did they only found flowers.

Some of his poems:

Do not go to the garden of flowers!

O friend! go not there;

In your body is the garden of flowers.

Take your seat on the thousand petals of the

lotus, and there gaze on the infinite beauty.

**************                –Kabir

Hang up the swing of love today!

Hang the body and the mind between the

arms of the beloved, in the ecstasy of love’s joy:

Bring the tearful streams of the rainy clouds

to your eyes, and cover your heart with

the shadow of darkness:

Bring your face nearer to his ear, and speak

of the deepest longings of your heart.

Kabir says: `Listen to me brother! bring the

vision of the Beloved in your heart.’

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Are you looking for me? I am in the next seat.

My shoulder is against yours.

you will not find me in the stupas, not in Indian shrine

rooms, nor in synagogues, nor in cathedrals:

not in masses, nor kirtans, not in legs winding

around your own neck, nor in eating nothing but

vegetables.

When you really look for me, you will see me

instantly —

you will find me in the tiniest house of time.

Kabir says: Student, tell me, what is God?

He is the breath inside the breath.

More about Kabir at: http://www.poetry-chaikhana.com/K/Kabir/

http://www.boloji.com/kabir/intro.htm

People’s Guide to Mexico | Carl Franz | Lorena Havens

The People's Guide to Mexico

The People’s Guide to Mexico

I have to say that  “The People’s Guide to Mexico” is the best you can get to find your way in Mexico, or if you are planning to visit the country. It is written by Carl Franz and Lorena Havens, a writer/editor team with over 40 years experience traveling, living and learning things “the hard way” in Mexico and Central America. As a matter of fact, in days of yore, while building my hut in Baja California (in the chapter “The Brujo” in “A Vagabond in Mexico”) I followed the instructions of my host, but I also  followed tips from Carl and Lorena’s book. No wonder, according to “Outside Magazine”, The People’s Guide to Mexico has achieved mythical status. They know Mexico!

Carl and Lorena

Carl and Lorena

People’s Guide

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