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Do People Still Send Physical Cards?

To answer that question, not only are physical cards still a thing, they are actually a much better thing than they ever were. Whether you want to send Christmas cards, birthday cards, romantic cards, get well cards, or any other kind of custom holiday cards, you can do it online and get the best of both worlds.We teamed up with the card experts at Best Invite so we could explain the whole concept of ordering cards online a bit better:

Physical Cards Are Much More Customizable Than Ever:

Gone are the days of going to the corner store and selecting an appropriate card from a measly few specimens. Even the best decked-out store from back in the day that was fully dedicated to only selling cards couldn’t possibly even come close to the kind of offerings that we have now. Best Invite, for example, offers a whopping 180 different color options not just per card but PER ELEMENT on the card, and if that weren’t enough, multiply that by 40 different envelope colors and 400 different card designs, all with customizable text, etc. and you are beginning to see what we are talking about.

Physical Cards Show You Care:

Let’s be straight here; a lot of people these days are lazy and just send emails, but emails will never have the personal touch that physical cards will. Just as an example, you can’t order a foil email! Basic Invite, on the other hand, offers foil cards in gold, silver and rose gold, all in flat or raised foil for all their foil designs.

Bottom line: sending an email is regular, run-of-the-mill, and screams business as usual. Sending a physical card shows that you’ve gone to further lengths, and shows that you care in a special way. It’s just a classy thing to do, especially in this day and age where true class is often a shrinking or dying commodity.

Physical Cards Are Convenient:

Basic Invite offers you custom samples of what they will be later getting in bulk, so they can see exactly how the cards will appear to the end recipients beforehand and make last-minute changes if necessary. There is also an address capturing services which easily grabs and stores addresses from links on social media.

So, having mentioned all of the above, we hope you’ll see why it’s a good idea for you to upgrade your card game this holiday season and do things at a much higher level. Make your Christmas card list a list people actually are happy they are on, like it was back in the day.

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.