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Tips To Help You Read More Books

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Read more books

The few people that know me these days, know that I read a lot of books. Last week I read 4, for example. This week, I’m already near finished my next book. I spend a lot of time reading because I do not have a lot of friends. I moved from the west coast of the United States to the Midwest, and it’s been about 17 months. I haven’t made a lot of friends, and despite my best efforts, they are not coming. I work a bit, I go home, I play with the cats, I watch television, and I read a lot. I told someone recently that I read a lot of books, and they didn’t continue the conversation. I wonder where all those people that are looking for bibliophiles are? I thought reading was sexy? Nope. Not sexy at all. It doesn’t matter, I read for myself.

The Perception of No Time

Now, you may be tell yourself that you don’t have time. Who does? The perception of time is interesting. Everyone gets 24 hours a day to work through their lives. Most people don’t actually maximize that time. I’m not perfect. I am not rich. But recently, my goal was to read more books, and this year has been a tremendously difficult one. In the past month, however, I have been able to bring about a lot of reading, and it’s insane how much you can get through if you apply yourself. With that in mind, here are some tips to help you read more books, even if you’re super busy.

Get A Library Card

One of the best things that I have done since moving to the Midwest is simple, I got a library card. I love the library. If you have a library in your town, go to it and support it. In my hometown now, I am allowed to pull out 120 books at a time. Right now, I only have 3 out, but I am reading through the books. The reason why I recommend the library is because it’s free to borrow books. That’s right, 100% free to borrow books and enjoy them for a time.

The second reason I recommend getting a library card is because there’s a finite amount of time that you have with the books. That means that you have to return them. It’s a pleasure to pull books and have a deadline to read them, because it forces you to actually go through them. It’s like renting a movie, you have to return it or pay fees.

Listen To Audiobooks

Now, you know I personally hate Audible. I even wrote a post about how much I hate them here. However, if you are one of those people that have no time to literally pick up a book and read a few pages, then you should pick up audiobooks. You can buy them outright, or you can get them from Audible. If you are like me, you can pick them up for free at your local library, including books on tape, and even CD, if you still use that. If you have a smartphone, you can download books via the OneDrive application, as long as you sign in with your library card. You can even listen to audiobooks while you’re on the way to work. Since terrestrial radio sucks these days, this could be a great option to consider, right? Why not!

Join A Book Club

I tried to start a book club here. It failed. I tried to join a book club, no one went. It’s weird how books are in fact sold left and right, yet no one gets together to discuss them. I’ve tried setting up a lot of things, including a pro-wrestling viewing party, to no avail. I guess people aren’t as social as they once were? Whatever the case may be, you could possibly find yourself a book club in your area. If you do, join it, and start reading.

Start A Blog and Review Books

If you have noticed my updates on this blog lately, you will find that I do a lot of book reviews. The reason why is simple, I read a lot. Like more than anyone I know. In fact, I don’t know anyone that reads as much as I do. I wish I had more friends to share my readings with, but I don’t. To offset that loneliness, I write blog posts about the books I read. They are updated on this page. You can buy them via the links that I put up, and you can comment and let me know how much they suck. If you start a book review blog, you will force yourself to read and write about them. You’ll need a little discipline but you can do it.

The Poop Option

Do you go to the bathroom? Of course you do? Well, why not read something while you’re doing your business. You don’t have to read a lot, but a few pages a day can lead to a lifetime of vocabulary improvement. You’ll also enjoy your bathroom trips a little better. Just don’t leave paperbacks and hardcovers in the bathroom, as the pages can warp with the moisture in the air.

Wake Up 1 Hour Earlier

Instead of waking up at your regularly scheduled time, get up 1 hour earlier. Then make your coffee and read a few pages. Take at least 30 minutes out of that hour to read a book, any book. Instead of turning on the dumb news, or seeing if there’s new episodes of “The Daily Show” on television, just read a book and see how far you can get. It’s not that hard. You’ll actually feel better about yourself.

Eliminate 1 Episode of Television

Here’s something that you can do. Eliminate 1 hour of television per day. No joke. Take one 30-minute block of time and read a book instead of watching television. You will thank yourself for this, especially if you read something compelling, or life changing. Heck, some people suggested I read, “The Art of the Deal” by Donald Trump, and you know what? It’s not as bad as people say. Weird huh? I know, I just lost all 2 of you fans out there.

Get A Boring Job (Like A Video Store Clerk)

One of the secrets to my success as a writer and reader for that matter is that I have a boring job. My current part time gig of being a video store clerk gives me a lot of down time. I hustle a lot to put movies away, vacuum, sweep, and do other things, but as soon as I’m done, I’m reading. Reading at work is great. Get a job that lets you read while you’re at work, and you’ll enjoy more books, no problem.

At the end of the day, you have a lot of time to read. No seriously. You can make time. You can do a lot of things, including making money with reviews and more. If you read just 1 or 2 pages a day, you can get through a novel in no time. You may even want to finish it, and stop watching television so much altogether. Then again, don’t read, come back to the video stores and rent. I’ll be waiting.

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How To Quit Smoking To Become A Better Writer

smoking and writing seem to go hand in hand
Writing and Smoking

At one point or another you may be tempted to smoke. I know I did. Some people avoid it completely, and to them, congratulations. However, for me and the people that have tasted the sweet tobacco at one point, you know that it’s hard to quit once you start. I didn’t smoke for years, and didn’t smoke nearly as much as my friends did, but I did, and it wasn’t always fun. I switched to cloves in 2012, and still occasionally indulge, but it’s few and far between when I do. In fact, I don’t know the last time that I actually took a drag. As a clerk, writer, and ordinary man, I can tell you that quitting smoking is a good idea, and it can even help you become a better writer. I’ve been a professional blogger since 2009, and have been blogging since 1999. The season in which I quit smoking, made me a stronger, more focused writer. It also let me take my breaks from the video store and write, travel, and learn a lot.

Smoking and Writers Go Hand In Hand

The classic trope of the writer that is smoking is nothing new. Look online for pictures and portraits of writers and they will have a cigarette in their mouth. They’ll smoke while typing away at a typewriter. Today, lots of writers are known to drink and smoke, and it’s something that is not going to change for many. However, if you were to take away the nicotine, and tobacco, you’ll find that there are going to be improvements to your creativity. Of course, the smell around you will absolutely start to get better, and you will be able to take out certain smells that can definitely permeate into the walls, your books, and more. There’s nothing worse than opening a book and have to breathe in the smoke scent that is caked on the pages. Have you ever purchased a book from eBay and it smells of smoke? It’s the worst.

Write About The Quitting Process

If you’re looking to improve your writing while quitting smoking, then you will want to write about it. Seriously, write about your experience quitting. I did this in an old blog that got deleted. I spent a few months writing about cravings, dreams, ideas, and how badly I wanted to smoke, only to eventually quit. It takes time, it takes stress, and your mental faculties may seem to abandon you at times. However, the writing process was good. It stretched the information that I had about myself, and how my body reacts to certain things. I don’t crave cigarettes now, but the quitting process was a bit easier with the art and craft of writing. If you’re looking at quitting smoking and writing as a connected tissue, separation will be tough.

How To Quit Smoking Within 7 Days

People all over are going to want to quit smoking. I see it all the time on Twitter. In fact, I’ve tried to promote services that help, and honestly, most things don’t work. If you’re a writer, at least you have the writing craft to help you work through the cravings. For me, blogging about the addiction was a great thing. It forced me to concentrate on a topic, and it helped with moving ahead of myself without cigarettes. In the end, I’m a better writer for it. However, it wasn’t exactly simple. The thing is, you can become whatever you want, and you can quit smoking if you allow yourself a bit of help.

If you have 7 days, you can quit smoking. Click here to help quit smoking for good, and become a better writer.

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Google Sniper Works In 2016 and Beyond

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Google Sniper Works

One of the reasons why I have decided to start a blog on my own domain name is because I was testing out something known was Google Sniper. You may not know about this, so I wanted to explore it on a post right now. This is something that will either entice you to make money online, or it will discourage you from ever trying to do it. For those of you that are new on this site, my name is Jorge. I’m a video store clerk and supplement that low wage by writing online. I’ve been working with affiliate marketing for some time. Last year around December, I discovered that Google Sniper was making people money, and wanted to give it my best shot at emulating their success.

Does Google Sniper Work in 2016?

The first question that I wanted to address about Google Sniper is whether or not it works in 2016. The truth is simple, it does. I did things the absolute hardest way that I could. Instead of signing up for a domain name out of the gate, I went ahead and did one via blogger.com. That is a free blogging solution. I took on several different websites. The first I made about Russian Orthodox Beads, and ranked it at the #3 position in the world for that search. That search only pulls about 1,000 or so hits a month, but it was worth trying. I ranked it high, and I made some serious commissions with Amazon Associates. I thought that I would take on Google Sniper’s methods and try another niche. I went ahead and tried out the skateboarding niche. I ranked a few pages at the top of Google, and started to get more money from Google Adsense. That was proof enough that Google Sniper works in 2016.

The Hard Work Involved With Making Google Sniper Work

There is a misnomer about the whole making money online thing. The first thing that you have to know is that it takes a lot of hard work. It took me 79 posts of around 1,000 words each to promote and publishing Google Sniper’s affiliate program. I also set up several Google Sniper pages on blogger.com, even though their terms of service says you shouldn’t work solely for a commission based website on their platform. I didn’t care. I worked very hard to publish 1,000 word epics, and started to see a huge influx of traffic to Google Sniper’s affiliate pages. I made some money, but recently, decided to take on the next level. That’s where Video Store Blues comes into play.

Google Sniper Example Site
Ranked #3 With Google Sniper

Will Google Sniper Work For You?

I am not sure that it will work for you, because I cannot gauge your work ethic. For me, it took me 6 months of writing a lot about Google Sniper, skateboarding, and Orthodoxy before I started to see any sort of money. It’s not an easy thing to get started, but if you have time to write, or you want to hire me as a writer, you will end up seeing results within a matter of time. My niches weren’t big and weren’t easy, but I was able to leverage a good income with them. I think that anyone can make money online with Google Sniper in 2016, if they give it a fair chance. Look, you can make money in many different ways, but if your dream is to make it online, from home, with websites like this one, then you should definitely give Google Sniper a fair chance.

Test Google Sniper For Yourself

Here’s the bottom line. You can test Google Sniper by clicking here and picking it up. It’s updated, and will help you learn how to build a site like this one, and start making money online. I was surprised that it worked, especially in the niches of skateboarding, Orthodox church beads, and even a scary movie website that I built. Either way, you can make money online if you test it out. Test it, see if it works, and let me know if you saw success.