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Have You Ever Considered Blogging?

If you’re reading this, you have to know what a blog is, since you are reading an article on one!

But have you ever stopped and thought to yourself “why just keep reading blog articles?” “Why not be more of a participant?”

People think that starting a blog is hard, but really it doesn’t have to be. Many people are up and running in less than an hour, usually around a half an hour or so is all it takes to get things working initially. After that, the content flows faster and faster the more you do it. It’s almost like riding a bicycle, really.

Blogging has a long and illustrious history, and if you look at the date for the first blog (1994!) it closely coincides with the birth of the first web browsers etc. that is to say the modern internet we all know and enjoy today.

I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that it’s easy to generate traffic to a blog. Especially today, there is a lot of content out there and some of it is almost never read. But quality content is a different story. People who write quality content and are not completely clueless about how to get across to other people will do much better than that, invariably.

Having an online presence in the form of a blog is often a very useful calling card in many industries. It lends to you credibility and allows people to verify many things about your character quickly and accurately. In fact, in many industries, the blog is even starting to replace the traditional CV/Resume for many reasons. The main one is that a CV just doesn’t really tell a potential employer or client what they really need to know about you! Blogs, on the other hand, are an excellent platform for showing off your expertise, debating issues related to your marketable skills products and services etc., and just in general demonstrating your knowledge and professionalism, all of which can be very impressive out there in the real world.

You may ask, why are we encouraging you to compete with us? Let’s just say there is room enough for those of you who are actually going to read this article all the way through, and do something about it. Even if you are in our field, we appreciate your company.

If you start up a blog based on this advice, or if you already have one and want to let us know how it’s going, please drop us a comment below!

Often Misunderstood Facts About Nutrition

If there’s one subject that is full of misinformation and even disinformation (misinformation on purpose) all over the internet, it has to be nutrition, hands down. And people argue back and forth about it all the time. It can even be a very emotionally charged issue.

It’s important to remember that each one of us is almost like a little universe, and a great diet for one person may be actually dangerous for the next person! But, having said that, there are quite a few major truths about nutrition and eating that still stand:

-Your body needs some fat in the diet. The amount may vary a lot based on your body’s ability to process it, this is true, but cutting too much of the fat out of your diet can be very bad for you. Fat is necessary for proper brain function among other things.

-The fats that should be avoided at all costs are trans fats. People often think they are healthy, because they come from plant sources, but the problem is that these plant sources are then subject to very unnatural processes to get the fats out of them. Trans fats are found in processed food all the time, and many of the cheaper cooking oils are also based on trans fats.

-Carbohydrates are present in fruits and vegetables too, not just in starchy foods and baked goods. They are also highly present in beans, legumes, and to a certain extent in some nuts. Even seafood can have significant carbohydrate content! This is another one where some people (especially professional athletes, dancers etc.) can get away with eating (or maybe need to eat even) amounts of carbs that would be excessive for the rest of us.

-Vitamins and minerals are very important for health, and they are the main reason you should avoid processed foods and eat as naturally as possible. Processed foods tend to be woefully deficient in these micronutrients. In general the more “natural” the food, the higher its micronutrient content is. This is the main reason why grass-fed beef is far superior to factory beef, and fresh organic vegetables in season are more nutritious than a bag of frozen veg from the supermarket, for example.

-For more info, try taking this quiz and see how you did. It gets a little more detailed. You may be surprised at how much you thought you knew and weren’t quite spot on.

How to Experience Melbourne Like a Local

Whether you’re coming to explore Australia’s culture capital for its delicious coffee, its wide selection of restaurants, or to soak up the vibrant nightlife, Melbourne will surely become one of your favourite cities in the world!  While you should still do all the typical touristy things around the city like museums and walking tours, here’s a little information how you can experience the Melbourne like a local.

Getting Around

Explore Melbourne’s dynamic suburbs by bike. Trails exist all over the city including the Capital City Trail- which you find all of them at vicroads.vic.gov.au.  Cheap bike rentals are available all over the city, and it’s one of the more popular ways for transport around the city.

Otherwise, a MYKI card will get you onto one of the largest public transportation networks in the world.  All you have to do is pick-up one at a local 7-11 or newsagent, and top-it up with some credit.  Just make sure you remember to “tap-on” and “tap-off” at the beginning and end of every journey on public transportation.  If you feel like being a bit touristy though, you could always explore the city by a horse and carriage around the CBD!

Dining

Feast on dumplings at Shanghai Village in Chinatown for under $5 where BYO alcohol seals the deal. Browse the Queen Victoria or South Melbourne Market for local produce, meat, and artisan goods. Don Don’s close to Melbourne Central does Japanese fare deliciously and very cheap. Volunteer for a meal Lentil as Anything or pay as you wish! The best one is at Abbotsford Convent, a culture and arts hub. Enjoy the Australian Parma at Mrs. Parmas. Most pubs around the suburbs will have a cheap Parma or steak night as well! The best dessert can be found at Gelato Messina, with special flavours rotating weekly. Round up some new friends and barbecue in one of Melbourne’s many parks or on St. Kilda Beach. Find all the public BBQ’s at meatinapark.com.au.

Nightlife

Melbourne is famous for its rooftop and laneway bars, and there are venues to suit any taste. Section 8 and Rooftop Bar are favourites among locals and backpackers. The Black Pearl in Fitzroy is well-known for its cocktails. Everyone in Melbourne knows somebody who has had a Thursday-Sunday bender at “Revs”- Revolver Upstairs in Prahran. Make your own craft brewery tour- Mountain Goat, Two Birds, Temple Brewing, Moon Dog are good ones to start with. Many breweries will host tastings of one offs at Forrester’s Pub and Dining in Fitzroy. Catfish, also in the same suburb, has a unique tap list and knowledgeable staff.

Things to Do in Melbourne

Hit up Meetup.com and check out your interests – you may just end up at a salsa lesson or learning a new language! Watch a cricket game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Hang out in Federation Square where there’s always street entertainment or festival going on. Catch a live show at Northcote Social Club, The Corner Hotel, Yah Yah’s, or Howler. Get caffeinated in one of Melbourne’s many laneway cafes in the CBD or in every suburb! Melbourne is famous and unique for its street art scene and laneways- this is not to be missed! Take a walk through the historic State Library of Victoria and its 7 unique reading rooms. Grab some nibbles and get your shopping on at the Victorian heritage listed Royal Arcade. Meander through the Royal Botanic Gardens and Carlton gardens. Go to Fitzroy for its bohemian feel with funky shops and vibrant nightlife. Check ‘What’s On’ and the ‘Urban List’. The best way to live like a local in Melbourne is to keep up with the festivals and cultural events going on around the city. Finding a place to stay within Melbourne CBD will put you right in the centre of the action.