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The Importance of Networking

I’m Jimi Jones and I will be contributing to the BlogEngage experience and helping you promote your fine work. As I look around I see many familiar faces, which reminds me of why I love the digital life.

It’s all about networking and relationship building as we work to build our individual brands and spread our influence and knowledge. There is no magic to it, just the shared experience of involvement with other like-minded entrepreneurs.

This brings me to my topic for this, my first post here on the BlogEngage blog.

The Importance of Networking

Whether you are blogging for business or a hobby, networking is about making connections with individuals or groups. These connections often lead to long-term relationships that benefit those involved on a professional level by presenting both social and business opportunities.

The act of networking is one of the most powerful marketing strategies that can be undertaken. This mutually agreeable activity can spread your message exponentially and pay dividends for years to come, often serving as a catalyst for your careers.

Without the development of a strong circle of contacts, your growth and movement toward success will be much slower than it can otherwise be if you simply engage others and contribute to a larger community. Much of what takes place is the natural occurrence of reciprocity where you will often get out what you put in.

Looking out for others and helping them in ways that benefit their missions nearly always causes folks to want to help you as well.

This may all sound like a simple process, but networking can be difficult for some who are apprehensive about reaching out to others. It’s an uncomfortable position for many for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is, it just goes against some people’s personality.

Quick story

I was once a somewhat introverted personality that was terrified of speaking in public. Oh my goodness, what will people think of me, is the question that was foremost in my mind back then. But one day I simply realized that it really didn’t matter, I was over-thinking a situation and handicapping myself in the process.

People simply want to know what you are about and what your values are. Do you in any way support their mission in life?

Once I realized the simplistic nature of reaching out and helping others while helping myself, my past fears dissipated, seeming almost silly and causing me to wonder why I felt that way to begin with. 🙂

In any case, my point is this. Allow the law of attraction to work on your behalf by surrounding yourself with people who have similar ambitions and aspirations. When this occurs a bit of magic begins to happen and everyone involved is swept up in this wave of positive energy.

I wrote about 5 Benefits of Networking on my blog and will share some excerpts from that piece below.

1. Shared Knowledge

Being a part of a network and sharing ideas leads to shared knowledge. There is usually more than one way of accomplishing a goal and receiving feedback and discussing other points of view really expands your knowledge base and allows you to see things from a broader perspective.

As an individual it is unlikely that you will have the depth of knowledge and experience as that of a group, but collectively the power can be staggering.

Learning from others who have traveled the trail you are now navigating is always a huge plus for your advancement. Why not listen, learn and avoid some of the common pitfalls that most of us will experience without someone pointing the way?

2. Opportunities

Networking always results in the creation of opportunities, the thing is, you have no idea when or where they may materialize, which is why it’s important to be an action taker, ready to seize on a beneficial opportunity when it does come along.

Joint ventures, partnerships and even needs for services you provide are all possible results of networking.

3. Connections

People within a network of friends will have connections with many other people they have encountered in their own lives. When someone they know has a need and can benefit from products and services offered by someone within the network, that person will likely get the call.

The opposite is also true. You need a service provider and have no one that you know and trust, receiving a recommendation from within your network can be both timely and comforting.

4. Promotion

From blog post to product launches, you have people who will assist you in the promotion of goods and services. This saves you time and removes the risk of over promoting your own content and products. There is also the benefit of additional traffic to your site and an increase in subscribers and sales.

5. The Social

Social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and of course, BlogEngage are teeming with people and opportunities to connect with others who are traveling a similar path.

Get out there and meet some folks, visit their blogs and interact with them, becoming a part of a few communities. This will enhance your flow of traffic and expand your overall online presence.


Networking has many benefits, not the least of which are the great people you will come to build relationships with. It brings a strong purpose to your business building and personal development efforts, really making for a pleasant experience.

I personally enjoy this and have developed many great friendships. It’s always nice to have friends who have your back.

A couple points of caution:

  • As you build your network of friends always think about what YOU can contribute and how you can make the experience better for others.
  • Guard against spending too much time on social networking sites, find a balance and keep your most important projects in focus.

Are there other benefits of networking or methods that have served you well that you would like to share?

I look forward to being a part of your blogging future as we all continue to grow.

Keep Blogging!

About Jimi Jones

Jimi Jones is an Internet Entrepreneur who writes about Personal Development and Living a more productive life. You can find him @JimiJones or on his blog Jimi Jones Dot Com. Stay Productive!

Top 10 Tuesdays – Hottest Blog Posts On #BlogEngage 2018-09-04

Hello Blog Engage members and welcome to another amazing week of our Top 10 Tuesdays. I like to share some of the best articles here on Blog Engage that will help you, our blogging members in one way or another. If you like our lists please subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss any future updates from our community.

As many of you know, Blog Engage is one the largest and oldest online blogging communicates that is still growing to this day. If you are looking for a way to share your blog posts, or gain backlinks you are in the right place.

This week I have a really great list for you to visit and check out. If you enjoy the posts please do leave a comment on the bloggers site and socially share their posts. If you want a chance for your blog posts to be listed here make sure to sign up to Blog Engage.

Top 10

#1. 5 Ways to Get More Customer Reviews Using Social Media
#2. How to Start a Blog: Tips and Advice for Beginners
#3. The WordPress Update: Gutenberg Plugin Breaks 200,000+ Active Installs
#4. Using Your eCommerce Social Media Strategy to Increase Sales
#5. Why Customer Reviews are Important for Your Free Local Business Listing
#6. What ive learnt from 6 months off social media
#7. Educational Blog: How to Make it Unique and Extraordinary
#8. This Brilliant New Tool Is Like Google Search For Colors
#9. How To Grab Attention For Your Blog
#10. Brizy Review – One of the Best Visual Page Builders For WordPress

I hope you enjoy the list, I like to think there’s a little something here for most of us. Give these top 10 posts a try, let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. I’m always open to new ideas and suggestions for posts. Thanks for visiting and supporting our community.


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. Come and join us on Blog Engage

Premium WordPress LeanBiz Theme by Elegant Themes

Are you looking for a business theme but tired of finding nothing but themes with a ton of options and features that some business owners may not need? If so, I have the theme for you. Recently, Elegant Themes released a business theme LeanBiz that was designed to be light weight but still look good and with only the needed features that any website might need.

LeanBiz not only looks good but it can function as a business site with call to action sliders, a portfolio to display your current products and service or you can setup the theme as a traditional blog with some extra features. Its up to you on how you could use it.

Elegant Themes’ LeanBiz Premium Theme

LeanBiz is a simple but professional business theme. The home page comes with a slider that can help you create some impressive call to actions. The whole point of this theme is to keep it simple and remove as much of the extra junk that many website/blog owners do not want on their home page.

Four Unique color Schemes

LeanBiz comes with four different color schemes. So if you want a little extra color, then you can choose a color other than white. If you prefer white, then go with that color!

Advertising Management

LeanBiz comes with a great advertisement system. The theme allows you to place 125×125 banner images on the sidebar and 468×60 ads in your posts. The system is easy to use and if you do not need the system, you can turn it off in the admin panel.

Automated Thumbnail Resizing

The theme uses timthumb to automatically resize your thumbnail images. With this feature, you only need to have one image per post even though the theme uses several different thumbnail sizes.

Page Templates

LeanBiz gives you pre-made layouts and utilities that can be used on an individual page. This way if you want certain pages to look different, you can use a different layout to make those changes.

For more information and to take LeanBiz for a test drive, check it out here.


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. Come and join us on Blog Engage

Backcountry Child Theme By StudioPress

Are you looking for a business theme or a personal theme that has an outdoors feel? If you are, I have a theme that will work for you. StudioPress Themes just released a new theme (Backcountry Theme) that has a professional feel to it but, with the right images, would look great for an outdoor themed website or almost look would look with this theme. If you are not sure, it would look good as an outdoor site, just check out the demo. The demo is loaded with outdoor images.

On October 26th StudioPress announced the release of the Backcountry Theme 1.0 child theme. This theme is beautifully designed and will work for almost any niche. In order to use this theme you must already have already purchased the Genesis Framework. If you do not have the framework, there is an option on the info page to purchase the framework with the child theme.

Backcountry 1.0 StudioPress Child Theme

Backcountry Child Theme has a great set of features that can be used a long with the already great features included in the Genesis Framework. The additional features you get with Backcountry is four theme colors (blue, gray, green, and ready), six layout options, custom header, featured images, custom back ground, footer widgets, and threaded comments.

Check out Backcountry Theme Child Theme for more information and to take it for a test drive.

What is StudioPress Genesis Framework?

As I mentioned before, in order to use Backcountry child theme, you must already have Studiopress Genesis Framework installed. Even if you are thinking about another child theme from StudioPress, that child theme will require the Framework as well. All themes by StudioPress require the Genesis Framework.

Studiopress Genesis Framework is a rock solid set of codes for WordPress designed to make it easy for you to setup your site the way you want it. The framework is designed so you can create your own themes easily or use one of their premium turn-key designs.

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

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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. Come and join us on Blog Engage

How Machine Vision Applications Affects Productivity

If you are inquisitive to find the correlation between machine vision applications and productivity then this query can only be resolved by first probing the definition of machine Vision applications and secondly what implies productivity at large.

Machine Vision

The term machine vision basically implies the extraction of information automatically from digital images. Typically, a machine vision environment represents hundreds of products flowing down a manufacturing production line in front of a machine vision camera. The use of machine vision systems is preferred than human vision as they are more consistent, faster and reliable.  The digital image thus captured by the camera is analysed against a pre-defined set of criteria for giving green signal to the object under inspection. In case the criteria are not met, the object is deflected for further inspection.


Productivity can be broadly defined in economic term as the measure of output per unit of input. The inputs can be attributed to the scarce business resources (capital, labour) that are pooled into a business, while the output implies all the revenues that can create business inventories. The process of realizing Productivity gains involve maximizing the scarce resources to ensure productivity enhancements by inducing advanced technology and increased skill levels to accomplish more with less.

Elements of Machine Applications

Basically, a machine vision system applications comprises of five key components including lighting, lens, sensor, vision processing and communication. The lighting is one of the critical elements that illuminates the part to be inspected for increasing the visibility. The lens is used to capture the image and passes it over to sensor for onward conversion into a digital image. The processor consisting of algorithms that analyse the image and extract the needed information. This information is then communicated for useful disposal to the outside world.

Pros of Machine Vision Applications

Bottle of juice processing on production line in bottle factory

Adding Business Value

The market entry of low cost vision sensors has further increased the scope of applications for Vision as the number of tasks that suits the arena of automated assembly have increased over time. The components of a machine vision system are used in conjunction with robots for increasing the overall business value and effectiveness. These applications resemble a human arm with mounted camera at the hand position which serves as the eyes of the robot to get the task completed.

Potential Opportunities

The rapid growth of machine vision market, has posed many potential opportunities for industrial manufacturers to increase profitability and savings in the long. There are two kinds of robots that are used in machine vision applications i.e. blind robots and vision guided robots.

The ones that don’t use vision guidance are termed as blind robots that can handle millions of times the same task if the variables don’t change. If the change is induced by causing variations in variables, this invites for vision to play an integral role.

This is realized by giving visual perception to robots termed as vision guided robots for achieving increased flexibility ideal for mixed model processing applications. These robots also greatly abolish the need for hard tooling for managing part variability as they can manage the task themselves without fixturing and facilitate rapid changeovers alongside displaying consistent quality.

Robot arm in a factory working for the humans

High Quality

Moreover, a vision system also serves ideally for scanning defects in an automated process for entailing high quality in finished products thus aiding productivity. Thus, the high-quality vision system integrated into automated manufacturing process results in more profit by decreasing the customer returns and is thus worth an investment for increasing company’s credibility in the market place.


Although the benefits of machine vision applications are numerous but few of them are indispensable for the end-user including increased yield or productivity, reducing defects, tracking of parts & products and compliance with regulations. Some applications are used for verifying proper assembly within tolerance thresholds by locating the position of a specific part. Moreover, a specific part can also be located by searching its unique pattern. The decoding is another function that can be performed by machine vision cameras such as optical character recognition, sorting products and verification of complying requirements.

Machine vision applications thus serve as a powerful tool that increases not only productivity but also efficiency in any production process for optimizing savings and profitability ranging from basic decoding to advanced processes.

About Umer

Hi, this is Umer and I have been doing blogging for more than 5 years. I blogged about almost every topic related to fashion, cameras, gadgets, virutal reality, data recovery software and services and so much more.

Envisioned by Elegant Themes

Are you looking for an elegant way to display your creations and for feature rich portfolio options that you can create galleries for your work? If so, I have the perfect theme for you.

Elegant Themes says that their Envisioned theme has the most powerful gallery features of any their of themes. After looking at their demo, I have to say they are correct. The theme allows you create a portfolio with different gallery options. If you want small images or you want large images for your galleries you, but those aren’t your only options, you must check out the demo to see all that you can do with it.

Envisioned Features

Envisioned comes packed with five color schemes.

Page Templates

The theme comes with different ready made page layouts. You can apply the different templates to different pages giving each page a different look and function to match the needs of your content.

Optional Blog-Style Structure

Envisioned was designed to run as CMS but if you are looking for a blog structure, then you can run theme as a normal blog.

Advertisement Management

Are you interested in placing banners in your sidebar and articles. If you are, Envisioned comes with an advertisement system that will allow you to place 125×125 banner ads in your sidebar and 460×60 ads in your post pages.

For more information about the Envisioned Theme and to try out the theme, check out out the information page.


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. Come and join us on Blog Engage

eleven40 a New Responsive Child Theme from StudioPress

Are you looking for a new theme? Maybe a business theme? But its got to be mobile friendly. If so, I have a great theme for you. Just last week StudioPress released a new theme that not only looks good on a desktop, but it will also look good on any mobile device and any screen.

On January 26th, StudioPress released their latest theme, eleven40 Theme Child Theme . The new theme is the second theme released by StudioPress that was developed for mobile devices. It uses responsive design so it will look good on any screen size. eleven40 is also their first theme that extends the design out to 1140px instead of the normal 960px wide designs we normally see on a StudioPress Child Theme.

eleven40 Child Theme Features

Besides the responsive design and the 1140px width, eleven40 Theme Child Theme comes with four layout options, six color schemes, custom background, featured images, and threaded comments. Plus, you get all the added features of the Genesis Framework.

Gensis Framework

If you want to use a eleven40 Child Theme by StudioPress, you must use the Genesis Framework as well. The framework is the parent theme and its code is what makes StudioPress so powerful. The creators of StudioPress designed the Genesis Framework to add replace some features in the core files of WordPress. They also add SEO features to the configuration files and SEO fields the article editor. This way you can use their powerful SEO tools instead of using a plugin to do it for you.

When you purchase the Genesis Framework, you get unlimited support, unlimited easy updates, and you get lifetime access to the support team and staff. For more information and to test drive the new theme, check out eleven40’s information page.

StudioPress Premium WordPress Themes


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. Come and join us on Blog Engage

Top 10 Tuesdays – Hottest Blog Posts On #BlogEngage 2018-08-28

This week we have some exciting posts to share with you. Each week I will create this Top 10 Tuesdays post and will share what I think to be the most valuable and interesting articles within our site.

Blog Engage is a big community and keeping an eye on the best posts is not always easy. Considering our community is made mostly of bloggers, my articles will be focused on you, not necessarily the subject you may be personally interested in.

Did you know reading new content can in fact help you write exciting posts for your own blog? Always try to find a new post or blog to read every week. We are always learning from one another and this helps us grow and develop into stronger content creators.

I hope you enjoy the list, make sure to socially share the posts you enjoyed, heck even take a moment to leave a comment. My intentions with these posts are to help create new connections, new relations to expand our blogging audience.

Top 10

#1 How To Grow Your Email List 3x Faster Using Strategic Content
#2 Will Blockchain Have an Effect on Marketing Automation
#3 What To Do When You Succeed (and Fall Off the Wagon)
#4 How To Create A Couple Budget You BOTH love.
#5 How to Monitor Your eCommerce Competitors (Not Just Pricing) + Examples
#6 51 Of The Best Ways To Stop Feeling Hopeless
#7 The Top 7 Reasons People Are Leaving Your Website Quickly
#8 Learn How to Get the Most from Quora as a WordPress Blogger
#9 The Definitive Guide to Creating a High-converting App Landing Page
#10 Speed Comparison of 100+ WordPress Themes – Not all Themes are Built the Same!

I hope you enjoy the list, I like to think there’s a little something here for most of us. Give these top 10 posts a try, let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. I’m always open to new ideas and suggestions for posts. Thanks for visiting and supporting our community.


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. Come and join us on Blog Engage