Last Updated: Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Number One Reason Why Some Blogs Have Several Comments While Yours Have Zero

I feel excited every time I see notifications on comments that are awaiting for moderation. Why I wouldn't be? Despite having a not so famous blog, someone took their precious time off to read my posts and leave a comment!

However, several bloggers are bothered by the fact that no one comments on their blog. Even if they have hundreds to thousands of page views per day, no reader bothers to interact on the comment section.

It is really disheartening when no one comments on your blog. It feels as if your blog doesn't exist.

You did everything to encourage people to comment on your blog through writing interesting and valuable posts, having a call-to-action, installing an easy-to-use commenting system, and creating a great web design.

You have a near-perfect blog, but still, no one cares.

The reason?

It's because you don't have the initiative to interact with other people.

Do you know this quote from St. Francis of Assisi?

"For it is in giving, that we receive."

If you want to have several comments on your blog, then you have to give first.

Start commenting on other people's blogs, so that other bloggers will comment on your blog too (if they are willing to reciprocate) even without you asking them.

And I think this method works.

For example, visit any of Donna Merrill's blog posts on Donna Merrill Tribe, and you would see that almost all of her posts are studded with comments.

And for every person who commented on her blog, Donna takes the time to visit the blogs of each of her commenters and leave a comment on their posts as well.

So, if you try doing like what Donna does, you'll have greater chances of receiving blog comments too!

Are you now ready to become a friendlier blogger? Let me know if this method works for you!

Last Updated: Sunday, December 4, 2016

Songs to Help You Concentrate When at Work

When you are working, do you turn the music on?

It's all over the web that music helps increase productivity, especially when you choose the right songs to play.

When I still worked at an office, my colleagues were in charge of the music. Among the artists, bands, or types of songs in our playlist include: the 90s boy bands, pop rock bands, and Youtube cover artists.

I have no complaints against the songs played, since I also like them. They were effective in removing the tension in the air, and makes everyone work happier.

However, I think that these types of songs aren't really great for increasing work productivity. You end up singing along, then you start talking about the song and other things with your officemates, when you should be working. Your concentration is significantly reduced.

You're probably aware by now that the most recommended songs for increased concentration and productivity are classical music, ambient music, noise music, and even video game soundtracks. But what songs exactly?

I went over 8tracks and searched for concentration playlists. 8tracks has tons of them, but I picked the playlist arranged by WildernessQueen - a playlist that consists of 50 tracks of classical and mellow music. The playlist is superb as a whole, but I filtered its best songs. So, here they are:

Wings by Niklas Aman

Hope by James Spiteri

At Zanarkand (Final Fantasy X) by Nobuo Uematsu

One Note by Alberto Giurioli

Sheep, Cloud and Wind by Keiichi Uko

Do by Nils Frahm

As Old Roads by Goldmund

Dark Night of the Soul by Philip Wesley

Farewell by Akira Kosemura

Farewell by Akira Kosemura is my favorite so far in the playlist. I just discovered 8tracks while I'm writing this piece and it's really a great music streaming site. You could play songs even without creating an account.