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A Young Man On His Journey

Hey everyone my name is William and, of course, I am new here to Blog Engage. First off a little background:

I was born and raised in Pasadena, CA and have lived in the same home my entire life. I was always a very hyperactive kid, so I tried pretty much every sport. I eventually stuck with competitive swimming, and for the next 10 years I was an avid swimmer. This meant hours of practice a day, 5 am workouts, and often two practices in a day.

I enjoyed this for a long while, and it fortified a discipline and mental strength in me that is still present. Outside of the pool, however, I tended to struggle. Throughout my preteen and early teen years, my hyperactivity continued to run rampant. I didn’t like school, had trouble paying attention, and was somewhat of a social deviant; I had some weird neuroses that stemmed from being hyperactive and dissatisfied with the school environment. I wasn’t criminal by any means, but I didn’t fit in with the expected social profiles required to have many friends.

My frustrating school life combined with a lack of peer acceptance contributed to my general unhappiness. Luckily I had my athletic outlets to help keep me centered through these times.

I was always intelligent so high school was easy enough, despite the fact that I was still directionless in school and generally lost. What did I want to do with my life? What were my hobbies? What did I like? I had no idea. College seemed to be the general consensus for everybody around me, and having no idea about my future, I just went with it. I got into a good liberal arts school and left home.

My sense of hopelessness and lack of direction continued in college, but I was once again able to filter all of the frustration into swimming and my other athletic endeavors.

It wasn’t until I started researching my problems and exploring outside of school that I finally discovered my passion: Entrepreneurship. Sure, I was likely more enthralled with the idea of entrepreneurship at the time, because it represented something so antithetical to school.

The freedom that entrepreneurship provides, the opportunity to create, innovate, and make an impact on the world, were the factors that really sparked my enthusiasm. Finally I understood that I didn’t have to fit the mold, that there were other possibilities out there. Here was something that I had a passion for, and something that had the potential to change lives on a massive scale. This period of my life has been monumental.

And so that brings me to now. I started my website Young Tenacity to give advice to teens and young men on something that has had a huge impact on the direction of their lives: Their education. I want to show them that success on an aberrant path can be achieved, and that they too can make their lives as free and boundless as they allow.

Seeing the possibilities in one’s life, however attainable they may be, is a start. It changed my life, and I am determined to see it through to the end.

I hope you all will comment and let me know how Blog Engage has been for you, or if you have any tips for a young whippersnapper like me. Thanks and I look forward to engaging with many of you.

P.S. I just created a new group called “Everything Self-Improvement”. If anybody has a related blog or niche I encourage you to join!

About

William is a student, aspiring entrepreneur, and owner of the blog Young Tenacity, a motivational/educational blog for young guys about mindset, college, and the educational system. He would love it if you followed him on Twitter @WilliamHepner and added him as a friend on Blog Engage at WilliamHepner.

Elegant Themes Releases the Sky Theme

In October Elegant Themes announced the release of their new theme Sky WordPress Theme. The Sky theme loads the content seamlessly using Ajax. What this means is your page loads first and if you have the slider installed, it doesn’t matter how many pages you have linked to that slider because each page is only loaded when it is displayed. With some sliders, they can slow down the home page load times.

Four Unique Color Schemes

Sky comes the option of choosing red, purple, blue, or green color schemes.

Portfolio Section

If you want to display your photos, graphic design projects, or websites you have created, you can easily do that with the portfolio option. The gallery is setup with a full view lightbox for each image and its paginated.

Home Page Slider

On the Home page, you can enable the featured slider that you can use to display important articles or pages so all the new visitor can see what you have to offer. Through the ePanel, you can control the animations and the speed.

Blog Layout

The blog layout is setup so you can feature a category of post on the home page.

Advertising Management

Sky also comes with an advertising option where you can place 125×125 banner images in your sidebar and 468×60 ads on your article pages. With this added feature, you can get rid of another plugin and use the theme tools to manage your banner ads!

For more information and to test drive, check out the the Sky WordPress Theme info page.

About

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.

Another DTFP Giveaway For You To Win

Hi everyone, I’m very excited to announce another winner of the Blog Engage DTFP Marketing Package Giveaway. In case you don’t know, we give away two DTFP Marketing Packages per month, we host two giveaways ending on the 15th and last day of each month.

This month our lucky winner is Mehul Boricha from Mehul Boricha dot com. He is the winner of the following amazing services and it’s all free.

Featured Spotlight: We will write about you and your blog, feature you here on Blog Engage in front all our blog readers.

Direct To Front Page: 1 post every 24 hours will be syndicated from your blog, direct to the Blog Engage home page.

Banner Ad Rotation: We will create banners for your blog and include them into our banner ad rotator exposing your blog to tons of direct traffic from Blog Engage.

Newsletter Marketing: Blog Engage will send your featured spotlight article to our entire mailing list of over 3000 bloggers.

Another Contest

We are also hosting another contest for another lucky member or blog visitor to win. This giveaway will be offering the winner 1 month of our Direct To Front Page Marketing Package. This is one of the most unique online marketing strategies for bloggers, whoever wins this will see a large benefits directly to their blog readership and blog traffic.

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To enter for your chance to win all you have is follow the guidelines above and your name will automatically be entered for a chance to win. Make sure to post a comment, say hello and what this contest could mean for you, and your blog.

Best of luck everyone!

About

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.

Fabric by StudioPress

There are lot of premium themes available for WordPress and many of them feature a ton of design options and some even have over the top color schemes. But what about those that want simple elegant look that has a great a look and a little texture to give the site a little life? If you are looking for a site that has a professional look that keeps it simple but does have a little texture to give the site a trendy feel, Then I have the theme for you.

Earlier today, I came across a child theme by StudioPress that uses the beauty of woven textiles to give the site texture and life to it. That theme is the StudioPress Fabric8ted Theme. The Fabric theme, was designed a child theme for the Genesis Framework. That means, not only do you get the great designs and features of the Fabric theme, you also get all the benefits of running the Genesis Framework on your site.

Fabric Child Theme Features

The StudioPress Fabric8ted Theme Theme comes with three layout options, three color styles, fixed width, footer widgets, threaded comments, and several other theme options. As with all StudioPress child themes, you must purchase the Genesis Framework or already have the framework installed on your site.

For more information about the StudioPress Fabric Child Theme and to check out the demo, make sure to take a look at the information page.

What is the Genesis Framework?

In order to use any StudioPress child theme, you must have the Genesis Framework. The Genesis Framework works like a regular theme. But for a custom look, you can create your own child theme around the framework. Or you can purchase a child theme such as the Fabric8ted Theme to complete the look of your site.

The Genesis Framework was designed to add more features to the WordPress code and take it to the next level. The framework comes with SEO integrated into the code and additional SEO options to help the search engines find your content. Plus it makes it easy to install child themes, and many other features that will help you and your site.

When you purchase the Framework, you get unlimited support, unlimited easy updates, and you get lifetime access to the support team and staff.

About

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.

Community Member Spotlight with Uptourist

Hi everyone, and welcome to our community member spotlight. Today, I’m going to introduce to the community Uptourist.

Uptourist is only a couple of weeks old. It was founded on November 1st, 2014. The founders are basically tourists. They love to travel and love to share their experiences. They like to go for sight seeing, visit places of  interest etc. They often used to look for deals and itenaries. That’s when an idea struck them – why not create a blog that will have all the information. The content on Uptourist comprises of travel inspiration, travel guide and itenaries and deals and reviews.

Uptourist has a lot of informative and educational articles. One of their latest article is on Tokyo, the capital city of Japan. The author describes Tokyo as a very eclectic and happening city. Many who visit Tokyo for the first time gets a huge cultural shock. They also point out 3 hotspots one must visit in Tokyo. They are Shibuya Crossing, Yoyogi Park and Cat Cafe. Each of them are attractive and fun places in their own way.

Another useful post is 10 packing tips for overseas travel. Picking the right things while going on travel is important. You also need to be prepared for emergencies. Some of the most important tips are carrying a worldwide voltage adapter, especially of the place you are travelling to, weighing your luggage before hand which will help you avoid those extra fees at the airport. For utilizing space more efficiently, it is always advisable to roll your clothes and not fold them and secure them with rubber band.

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Another important news is that the US State Department has now declared Mexico safe for travel. However, a lot of warnings have been issued. Some of them are not flashing your wealth and also rent a trashy looking car as well.

Anothet great post is on Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia. Some of the most attractive places to see there are the Opera house and the Sydney Bridge. The bridge is a real delight, open to anyone over 10 years of age, in good health and not afraid of heights. On a clear day, you can see the whole harbor all the way upto the blue mountains. The most popular climb is the Express Climb with fewer stops. It takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes to get to the top and it’s an awesome view from there. The Opera House is one of the hotspots in whole of Australia. Musicals and operas cost as low as $50 at the Opera House. Another great attraction is taking the ferry to Taronga Zoo. You can find all sorts of animals including the ones indigenous to Australia.

So, make sure you connect with Uptourist to get great travelling tips and also get to know great travelling destinations. You can add Uptourist as a friend here on Blog Engage, follow them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, add them to circles on Google Plus and also subscribe to their RSS Feed.

About Brian

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I’m a young and upcoming webmaster and note all my learning’s here on my blog. I am also the owner of blogengage a social network I created specifically for bloggers and blog serp a voting based blog directory.

Lexicon by StudioPress

Interested in starting a news site or are you a new journalist trying to make it on your own? If so, you need to have a great looking site that can help display your content in a newsworthy way. To get that great looking site, you have a lot of choices to choose from. But some of those choices may not be best. To get the best look for your site, you need to choose a theme that not only looks good, but has the needed features to help readers find your site and read your content.

To get those great features, StudioPress offers a great selection of themes to choose from. One example of a great theme, is the Lexicon Child Theme. StudioPress Lexicon Child Theme is a theme that can be used for almost any niche and is great theme for any journalist starting out.

Lexicon Child Theme Features

StudioPress Lexicon Child Theme comes with featured images, 6 layouts to choose from, fixed width, and threaded comments. Plus you get all the great features that come with the Genesis Framework.

For more information and to test drive the StudioPress Lexicon Child Theme, check out the information page.

What is the Genesis Framework and Why You Need it?

If you want to use any of StudioPress Lexicon Child Theme , then you must purchase the Genesis Framework. The framework is the parent theme and adds features to WordPress that every site owner needs. Genesis Framework comes with integrated SEO configuration and options on the article pages. Both integrated SEO features and the built in SEO fields on article edit pages are both designed to help make it easier for the search engines to find your content.

When you purchase the Genesis Framework, you get unlimited support, unlimited easy updates, and you get lifetime access to the support team and staff.

About

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.

Notebook by Elegant Themes

Are you looking for a personal theme that you can share audio, video, photographs, and even just standard blog posts? Maybe you have a small internet business where you want share your story, your business’ story and anything else you might want to but, keep it fun… If so, I have found a multimedia WordPress theme that is not only fun it also functions in a way that will make it easy for your visitors to engage with you and have fun doing it.

On December 6th Elegant Themes, released a new theme, Notebook. The Notebook theme is a multimedia theme uses the WordPress post formats and advanced CSS3 animations that will create a unique and engaging experience for your visitors. With the Notebook theme, you can easily share audio, video, photographs, and standard blog posts.

Page Templates

Notebook comes with different page templates. With the different page templates, you can easily change the look of any page with the theme’s pre-made layouts and utilities.

Unlimited Color Schemes

Along with the page templates, you get the choice of background textures and colors. Plus you can change the colors of the font. Also, if you don’t like the default fonts, you have access to 100s of fonts with Google Fonts integrated into the theme.

Unique CSS3 Effects

As mentioned before, the Notebook”>Notebook theme uses advanced CSS3 effects that are designed to work will all modern browsers and mobile devices.

Optional Blog-Style Structure

The was designed to be a CMS paged-based system, but if you prefer you can run theme as a normal blog instead.

For more information about the Notebook Notebook theme and test drive the demo, check out the information page.

About

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.

Send Your Post Direct To The Front Page

Blog Engage now has the ability for all members to send their posts to the home page of Blog Engage. This will be a great advantage for those posts you need a little more of a push with.

The front page is where the most traffic comes from on Blog Engage so doing this for your posts that are very high quality get more clicks and comments.

When visiting your post you will now see the option to Upgrade To Front Page. After payment is made, your post will be sent to the Blog Engage home page. See image below, highlighted example of the payment link and option.

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Do not miss out on this amazing offer. If you have a high quality posts you want attention to, Upgrade it to our front page now. Thanks and I hope you all enjoy the latest feature. I hope to see some awesome blog posts being upgraded and I am very sure you will be happy with the traffic that comes along with it.

About

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.