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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Benefits of Team Building Activities

Team building activities 
In recent years, management theory has developed  substantially. In years gone by, companies focused on building corporations that were competitive rather than team driven. However, in recent years the focus has shifted; from a more competitively focused organisation, to a team focused one. The emphasis has been placed on team building, with corporations spending millions on team building exercises. These team building exercises are designed to increase productivity, encourage creativity and improve company morale.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

George Brown: Young Millionaire

George Brown
George Brown

George Brown: Young Millionaire

Who is George Brown?
George Brown is a 20 year old multi-millionaire from the UK. He has made a huge name for himself in the Internet community by making millions as an online marketer. He has helped thousands of people to make a serious online income by learning his simple strategies. Most people are very sceptical about the whole affiliate marketing game because there are a lot of scams out there. Most of the packages on the Internet do not work, they are pretty just scams. However, after doing a series on affiliate marketing success for a client I discovered three genuine affiliate marketers who have provide genuine, easy advice. One of those was George Brown.

Can you Make Money with Google Sniper ?

What is Google Sniper?

If you are a newbie when it comes to affiliate marketing you might not have heard of Google Sniper. If you do not know what Google Sniper is, here is an explanation. The program was set up by a young man from the UK called George Brown. He was only 17 years old when he set up the program. after being a furniture delivery boy and spending thousands on affiliate programs that did not work. He set up his own, he worked tirelessly researching the best methods of making money online as an affiliate marketer. Eventually he managed to come up with a system that worked for him. He began earning thousands every week, he then decided to put the program together and allow other people to purchase it. It is basically an e course, that explains in detail how you can learn to make a full time income from home. The question that most people ask is this, can you make money from Google Sniper? So let us answer that question.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Peng Joon: Young Work From No Home Millionaire and Founder of Snobble

Pen Joon: Young Work From No Home Millionaire and Founder of Smobble

Pen Joon

Pen Joon in his office
Pen Joon in his office

Pen Joon

Who is Pen Joon? Pen Joon is a young multi-millionaire from Malaysia. He is known for creating programs like Internet income Intensive and Work from No Home. Yes, it really is called Work from No Home, it is not a typo! The idea behind this program is that you can work from home in your night clothes or from the beach, or from your hotel room. He says all you need is an Internet connection and a laptop and you can start making money online from home. Penjoon is also the founder of one of the first and most successful Internet marketing training companies in Asia, Smobble.
What is Smobble?
Smobble is a company that prides itself on building a fun working environment for staff. It does not believe int he nine to five rat race, and the serious corporate way of running a company. It believes that staff should be happy, relaxed and enjoy what they are doing. The company is also known for launching huge gaming products such as Farmville and others. Penjoon is a massive gaming enthusiast and he also taken this love of gaming and made some serious bank from it.
Two Products he is Best known For
The two products that Penjoon is best known for are Work from No Home and Internet Income Intensive. Both are training courses on how you can give up the day job and really start making money from the Internet. Most people who try to make money online never really succeed and they end up going back to the day job. However, when you watch Penjoon making money online in real time with his proof videos you begin to think that it really is possible. Most of the training courses on the Internet that claim to help you make money online are just scams. They never really give you any real information to help you to quit your day job. However, after interviewing four people who I know personally who have made money using Pen Joon's methods, one is to believe that he knows what he is talking. Most training courses for affiliate marketing are actually aimed at the beginner. However, they can help people who have been trying to make money with affiliate marketing for years but have failed to do so. There are thousands of people who have been struggling to make money online as an affiliate marketer and with no success.
Why do people fail in Affiliate Marketing?
The reason why most people fail in affiliate marketing is:
  • They make vital mistakes
  • They try to do too many things at once instead of mastering one thing
  • They quit too quickly
  • They do not see millions overnight so they assume it does not work
  • They do not have the right strategy
  • They are not organised enough
  • They spend too much money on programs and not enough time putting the programs into acftion
  • They pick the wrong products to market
  • They have no idea how to market the products
  • They do not have enough time to put it into practice
  • They are too lazy
  • They want instant results
There are so many reasons why people fail with Internet marketing . However, one thing that Peng Joon talks about is gaining momentum. Once you gain that momentum you will continue to make money. I know this is true because in 2008 I set out to start making money from home as online writer. I began building my business and signing up other writers to help me build my business. At first I had a couple of really small clients and I was getting quite frustrated with it. However, after my first two clients I was getting two or three clients a week, the paychecks were getting higher and higher. I started to believe that this was really possible and I started to see a bright future ahead. I had a positive outlook and one day I looked in my online banking account to find a large sum of money from a client who had paid me up front for a massive batch of work. This is when I really started to get excited about my work from home dream. You see, if I did not continue and keep pushing forward and gain that momentum I would have stopped and thought that making money from home does not work. I would have thought it was a myth and just gone back to the rat race. However, I continued and kept pushing forward and doing what worked for me.
This is the Key
Do what works for you, once you find something that works for you, stick to it. Keep working hard and pushing forward and you will see that you can make some serious money working from home like Pen Joon did, like I did and like thousands of other people who have not given up on the dream.
Final Thought
Penjoon also states that you have to believe in yourself to make it happen. You have to keep working at it and keep pushing forward to see results. If you only make five dollars in your first week working from home, whether it be affiliate marketing, online writing or something else. This shows that it is real, you can make money working from home. You can change your life working from home. It is possible, and it is not just dream. It can be a reality because people like Penjoon with his Work from No Home system and other systems have proved this.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Can you Make Money with Google Sniper?


I came across this program a while ago called Google Sniper. However, I am very sceptical about programs that claim to help you make money online. Most of them do not work, and most of them are just information that you can just find for free online. I was actually given a free product so I thought I might just check it out. To be honest so far the information contained in the manual is nothing that I do not already know. The product was put together by a guy called George Brown, who is a young guy from the UK who one day got so fed up of trying to make money online that he put this program together to help people make money on the Internet. It is basically another course, it is not a software as I initially thought it was, I am not going to tell you what it says inside because obviously that would be giving away the so called secret. However, I am going to say after reading the entire manual, I am not entirely convinced that this will make you thousands of dollars if you are not a newbie. I am going to stress this because if you are a newbie then this could help you to kickstart you affiliate marketing career.

Watch a video below of George Brown Himself: Quick Tips from an Internet Millionaire

 However, if you are a someone who knows a little bit about affiliate marketing then this product is not really for you. How much Does the program cost? Well, you can pay an upfront $47 or, if you try and leave the page you can get it for $1. Basically the course will show you how to set up sites, and choose the right keywords and get those sites ranking pretty quickly. I am about to test the theory today in fact, I am pretty excited to find out if I make any money from it. I am not really an affiliate marketer as you guys know. I just use affiliate links to monetize a couple of my sites.

 I do not promote affiliate products on a regular basis. Anyway, although I know most of this information I have not put all of the information contained in the course to the test before. So, today I am going to set up a brand new site targeting a specific keyword and see how it works out for me. I have set up sites in the past for affiliate links only but I have never really made any major money from it. I am waiting for the day when I see a huge bonus from Clickbank or any other affiliate site. So far, I have only ever seen any money from Amazon and a few hundred from Clickbank but nothing drastic. So, I am interested to see how much money I make using Google Sniper. I am going to finish off the book tonight and then start putting everything into practice. I will let you know how I am getting on with it, in the coming weeks and months. If you would like to try this out with me and see if it does work you can check out Google Sniper below in the link. You can get it for $1 and after that you have to pay the real price if you like it. If you do not like it you can just cancel it, it would be great to see other people jump on board with this and see how it works for them. Thanks again Edina Jackson Oh, here is the link to check out Google Sniper GOOGLE SNIPER CLICK HERE

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Cool screen recorder to record youtube tutorials

Blogger from my tablet

Okay, I have been having major issues with using the blogger for android app. However, I finally managed to get it working. I am testing it out and really like it. I have used it on the iPhone a few times however, I did not enjoy the experience. I am finding blogger for android to be seamless. It never freezes and it seems to be really easy to use. Now I can blog a lot easier on the mive without pulling out my laptop. Posting on the go is an enjoyable experience, and is excellent for news bloggers. I use wordpress for the majority of Intrigue Media's sites. For our online music mag, blogging on the go is perfect because we can document news and entermainment events in real time as they happen. No waiting around to find a place to plug in the laptop, we can get it done and be the first to get the story online.

This is just a test but I will be blogging a lot more using my android tablet on the move. Thanks for reading !

Edina Jackson

Intrigue Media

Monday, August 6, 2012

Am I Still Making Money Writing on Hubpages


A while back, I did a Hubpages challenge, which was 100 Hubs in 30 days. I did not actually complete the challenge because I found that my hubs were becoming very rushed and low quality. However, I gave my Hubbing a break for a while and was concentrating on client work only. Anyway, for some reason I decided to go back to it. Boy am I glad I did go back to it, because I have found that my income has skyrocketed since I went back to writing part time on Hubpages. I don't do it full time as I have a business to run, I use Hubpages as a sideline income. Something to do on the side to earn extra money. However, something you do on the side could quickly turn into a full time income for part time hours.


Let me tell you how much money I made on Hubpages in June 2012 

When I stopped writing for Hubpages I did so because I was disheartened with the amount of work I was putting in for very little money. However, I realised I was not writing what I really enjoyed writing about. So, I switched from writing about any old random thing to writing about making money online as a writer and to writing food articles. Which I love doing, now my income has gone from a few dollars a month to over $500 a month. WOAH!  This is from articles I have written and just sat there to fester for a while, so I am thinking if I write about 100 more articles on Hubpages I could really see my income triple to $1,500 a month passive income.

What is the Key to Working on Hubpages? 
The key to earning and working on Hubpages is:

  • Planning 
  • Time Management 
  • Good content 
  • Informative content 
  • Remaining active within the Hubpages community 
  • Commenting and talking to other hubbers 
  • Helping new hubbers to get started out 
  • Reference other hubs so, they will reference yours 
  • Believe in yourself 
  • Work hard 
  • Have a positive state of mind 
You see, this is the key to working and being successful in any business. You must work hard and network as much as you can. You must have good time management, planning and must believe that you can achieve your goals. Do not give up, because at some stage you will reach the tipping point, this means that you will reach a point where you start seeing results from the hard work that you have been putting in. When it comes to writing on Hubpages, you get what you put into it. If you are prepared to put in a lot of hard work and time then you will make good money. 

So, the answer to the question, am I still making money on Hubpages? The answer is YES! I am making money on Hubpages and I plan to make much much more in the future. There is some serious money to be made on Hubpages just make sure that you are willing to put in the hard work. Eventually you could be making a full time income with part time hours. 

Good Luck...If you are not a member of Hubpages, you can join here>>>>>>> JOIN HUBPAGES 

If you want to start making money as an online writer go here>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>. Online writing jobs 

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Perfect Home Office

I work from home most of the time so I have been looking to set up the perfect home office. I started hunting around for everything from a new laptop, to desk chair, and desk. Even down to lamps and everything else that comes with a home office. When you work as a writer it is very important for you to have a nice, quite space that you can call your own to get your work done. I call my place of work, the place where all the magic happens. Anyway, here are some of the things I ended up getting for my new office, and I am very happy with it. If you are a writer, or you are just starting out working from home, I would strongly suggest that you set up a home office for yourself. Make it look really nice as well, you should be aiming to create a nice calming environment for yourself.

New Computer 

Apple MD10LLA MacBook Pro
Apple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 13.3-inch Laptop 

Okay the first thing I bought was a new laptop. I am normally a Windows, PC kind of girl. However, I decided to splash out a brand  new Apple Mac laptop. I ended up going for the Apple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION) I totally love this laptop, it is perfect for me because I love to go out and sit in a coffee shop and do my work sometimes. So, a desktop would not have been the best choice for me. Here is a list of some of the features on it:

  • 2.9 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7 processor
  • 8 GB DDR3 RAM; 750 GB Hard Drive
  • 13.3 inch LED-backlit display, 1280-by-800 resolution
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Mac OS X v10.7 Lion, 7 Hour Battery Life
I take a lot of photographs for my work so 8 GB RAM is great for me. The display is perfectly clear, and the battery life is 7 hours. Although, I have found that it lasts a little bit longer. If you are going to be going out with your laptop, I would suggest that you purchase another battery. All in all the Apple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 13.3-inch Laptop is perfect for the home office. 

                                             HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Printer (CE875A)

If you are working from home it is essential that you have a good printer. Especially if you print up your own books and newsletters. I have always used inkjet printers. This was the first laser printer I have ever purchased, I bought it after looking through a number of reviews and realising that this one actually ticked all the boxes for me. I ended up going for the  
HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Printer (CE875A) I totally love it. So far I have printed five pictures and three newsletters and I have been very impressed with the speed and silence of this printer. Here are a list of some the great features on this printer.

  • Print from anywhere in the office with wireless. Share printing resources using built-in Ethernet.
  • Get excellent print quality automatically on text, images and graphics with HP EasyColor.
  • Print from anywhere, anytime, with HP ePrint.
  • Install and start printing quickly and easily.

You can buy this printer on Amazon for just over $200 and with super saver shipping and six month finance deals. The HP LaserJet Pro CP152nw Colour Printer is a steal.
Graphite Frosted Glass L-Shaped Computer Desk with CPU Caddy 

A desk is highly important when you are putting together your home office. You are going to be sitting at your desk most of the time. So, it is  good idea for you to pick the best one for you, it should fit in with your decor. It should have enough space to store all your paperwork, and it should be comfortable. If you are not comfortable you are not going to want to sit there for long periods of time doing your work. I went for this really modern table the   Graphite & Frosted Glass L-Shaped Computer Desk with CPU Caddy I love this desk because it has enough space for everything. It doubles up as a computer table, although I have laptop I found it useful because sometimes I use a keyboard instead of my laptop keyboard. I also work with a mouse sometimes too which is great because it has a draw for a keyboard and mouse. It is made of frosted glass and is designed in a L shape fashion. Which looks stylish and it means that more than one person can sit at the table at a time. The glass is very tough, so you don't really need to worry about it breaking or anything.

I have also found that this desk is actually scratch proof which means it is protected with a tough coating to prevent scratches. You can purchase this on Amazon for just over $200, which is a steal because you also get super saver shipping with it.

                                                     Desk Chair

Pillow Top High Back Executive Chair

Boss High Back Executive Chair with Pillow top Pewter Finished Base and Arms

The desk chair is so important because it needs to be comfortable. If it is not comfortable it really will hinder your progress. Trust me, I have sat in an uncomfortable chair for months and it really did not get me anywhere at all. I would find myself shuffling around in the chair rather than doing my work. So, make sure you go for something that is comfortable. Like this Boss High Back Executive Chair with Pillow top Pewter  Finished Base and Arms This chair is so comfortable because of it's high back and cushioned seat and back rest. It really makes you feel like you are the boss with this chair, and that is exactly how you should feel when you are running your own business. You should feel like a boss, and you should feel comfortable at the same time. This is perfect, for me it goes well with my graphite frosted glass L-shaped desk perfectly well with my new Apple MacBook Pro.  You can buy this online from most good online furniture stores although I got mine from Amazon for $140, I got super saver shipping too so I didn't have to pay for delivery of my item. Tip, if you are buying from Amazon, buy everything together and you will get free shipping on everything. You might even get a discount for purchasing more than one product at once.

Lite Source Baton Desk Lamp
 Lite Source Batton Desk Lamp 

The next thing I needed for my office was some lamps, if you want to add other personal touches like a vase or some other ornaments for your desk you can do so too! Give it that personal touch!  When I was looking for some lamps for my desk I was looking for something that looked ultra simple and ultra modern at the same time. I don't really like things to look too complicated so I ended up choosing this Lite Source Baton  Desk Lamp I love it. I fits in well with the modern decor in my office and it just looks great.  Here are a list of the features:

  • Modern desk lamp offers sleek minimalist style
  • Polished steel finish
  • Baton-shaped shade adjusts at two points; weighted base
  • Energy-efficient 8-watt fluorescent light bulb included
  • Measures 14-1/2 inches long by 7 inches deep by 23 inches high

I bought mine online for just over $100, and it was well worth the money. 

So, these are the items are bought for my home office! Why don't you upgrade your office and make your workspace more comfortable and stylish.

Good Luck !

Thursday, July 26, 2012

ooVoo Review

Hi guys
If you work from home, and you have a lot of writers or clients around the world. You need to check this out, it is basically a video chat service much like Skype of MSN but it is slightly better in my opinion. You can use it for video conferencing without having to add any extra software. You can speak to anyone in the world free of charge, up to 12 people all through your Internet connection. Totally free of charge, I have been using it for a couple of months now to speak to clients in India, America, Australia and in France. I totally love it.

The only thing is, not many people have heard of it so, you kind of have to tell your clients or your writers to download it. It is totally worth it though, you can use it on a PC or a Mac and it literally takes no time at all to sign up and set it up. I have been using Skype for a while now but I personally find this service to be a whole lot better than Skype. I was kind of stuck to my Skype for a while but now I am loving my new best friend ooVoo.

If you want to sign up you can click on the banner below and get started!

Oh, I forgot to mention that you can use it on your mobile, your tablet, on the web and on your desktop. You can also integrate this app with Facebook too. So, it is pretty cool well I like it anyway, and I hope you do too.  Check it out.

Good luck

ooVoo LLC

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I Been So Busy

Hi Guys

I have just been trawling through a number of your comments. I am sorry if I have not had the time to post up more on here. However, I have been so busy with launching other sites, client work, motherhood, my book and so many other interesting things. I hope you guys have not forgotten about me! I have a YouTube channel, well two YouTube channels now, one for our online vegan health magazine. The other one is for our self help site. Everything is going really well, I just thought I would post something up for you real quick to let you know that I am still alive. While I am here, I am going to let you know about a little piece of information you might want to know. If you are looking for writing jobs or for ways to make extra money with your writing on the Internet, then this might be something that you are looking for.

Take a look here...and see what you think. It is really good if you want to know exactly what to do to start seeing that real money coming in. Real Writing Jobs 

Thanks again

I will post up again in a couple of days.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Announcing Our New Article Directory

Hi readers!

I know, I have been away for a few days. However, I haven't been slacking, or eating too many Easter eggs. I have actually been getting our new article directory ready! As you know Intrigue Media has been going from strength to strength since 2008. We now have a copywriting division and an online media division, and we have just launched our fourth site! Intrigue Articles is our brand new article directory, if you are a blogger, a revenue share writer or you own an online magazine. You will know that article marketing is one of the most effective ways of improving your search engine ranking. We know, we have been using article marketing strategies since the inception of Intrigue Media, and it has been very effective for us.

We have used Ezine Articles, Go Articles and various other article directories over the years. Most of which have been very effective for us. However, we decided to start our own article directory so that is exactly what we have done. Our new directory has a wide range of categories ranging from health to entertainment. So, if you want to improve your search engine ranking, you know what to do! Sign up to Intrigue Articles here

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Become a Content Writing Millionaire!

Okay, so I have touched upon this so many times now, I have been met with opposition about it. I have also met people who have managed to achieve this goal. I am always asking this question, is it possible to become a content writing millionaire. My answer to that question is a confident, and full of self belief YES! 

I had to put it in red because I mean it! Well, I have been writing for 10 years now. I have done a lot freelance writing for newspapers, magazines, online content ( I am still doing all of these) I am no embarking on a bigger journey, I am creating well not just me, my company Intrigue Media. We are creating a whole barrage of websites with informative, well written content. I am so excited about this and I know it is only going to create an even bigger income stream for me and the company as a whole. Anyway, I am kind of back tracking here. The topic of this post is, "Become a content writing millionaire." You can do it! Everyone can do it, when I say become a content writing millionaire. I am not just talking about writing for content farms and writing for revenue share websites. I am actually talking about creating your own content based empire, something like Demand Media or Hello Beautiful. You don't have to be an expert, you don't have to have a degree in English from a top university. You just have to have the self belief that is necessary to achieve your goals. Here are a few ideas....check them out! 

Create Your Own Killer Sites 
You can go down the route of creating your own killer sites and monetizing them with affiliate marketing links. Create your own ebook and sell it on your site. Advertising, selling your services and advertising. If you learn how to create your own killer sites, with killer content and you promote it properly. It is totally possible to become a content writing millionaire. You probably think, okay she is making it sound really simple! Well, it is not simple and I will never say it is simple. Because nothing is ever going to be simple where a million dollars is concerned. However, although it is not simple, it is possible. If you want to find out about making some serious money writing online by creating your own sites. Head on over to the Keyword Academy . Here you can learn how to make a killer income creating niche websites. Creating golden content and promoting them in the right way for maximum results. There is serious, serious money to be made! 

Writing for Revenue Share Sites
Writing for revenue share sites, you might not become a millionaire from writing for these sites alone. However, you can use them to promote your own sites and services. At the same time you will be earning money from the advertising revenues. Take a look at a few of my articles on Hubpages, I have only just got back on there, and to be honest I love it. Out of all the revenue share sites I have worked on, this is by far the best. I have earned the most on here, some people might beg to differ. However, I believe that you can make a serious income on here if you put your mind to it. The key to making money on Hubpages is: 

If you want to generate an income from revenue share websites check out these sites too. 

There are loads more, my next piece is going to be an extensive list of revenue share websites. Stay tuned for that! 

Become a Writing Agency 
If you really want to see the big bucks! Become a writing agency! Set up your own writing agency online. It is pretty quick and easy! 

  • Set up a basic website explaining your content creation services 
  • Build a small portfolio of your work (once you get new writers you can include their writing work too) 
  • Start looking for work on Odesk.com  and Elance.com http://www.elance.com
  • Look for writers through Craiglist, and Odesk and Elance.   
  • The more work you get, the more writers you need. 
  • Promote your service on FB and Twitter 
  • Contact SEO companies and ask them if they need writers 
  • Contact other copywriting companies and ask them if they need writers 
  • Engage with the writing community 
  • Set up a Facebook page for your company 
  • Find clients offline by handing out flyers and business cards 
  • Find clients at networking events both offline and online
Good luck you could see your business grow very fast if you put the work and effort in! I have two friends who have made millions doing just this! So, yes you can become a content writing millionaire if you put the tie and effort in. The amount of money you make will be directly proportional to how much effort you actually put into it. 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

It's All About the Hard Work!

I had a conversation with a friend of mine yesterday and she said to me, "things seem to be going really well with your business, how do you do it? What is the secret? I replied "There is no real secret, well the only thing I can say is you have to work really hard to achieve your goals" There is no substitute for it, you have to work crazy hard, and sometimes lose sleep! It really is that simple, like for example, last night I was up all night, I had a bit too much to drink too and this morning I feel kind of rough. I feel like I would rather curl up and sleep, with the duvet over my head. I don't feel like seeing any kind of light whatsoever, but you know I am here in the library working. My friend told me I am crazy, I told her that this is what separates winners from losers! Hard work, and dedication. No matter what, you are always working, while someone else is doing something else. You are working, if you keep working and you keep pushing and you keep doing something that will get you closer to your goal every day. No doubt you will get there, so the bottom line is this, you have to keep working.

If you want to be a successful writer, and make money from writing online or offline, you have to keep up the hard work. Sometimes you do have to drink a gallon of coffee whilst doing it, I actually hate coffee but sometimes I kind of have to drink it. Sometimes I have to hold my nose and drink drink drink, even if I don't feel like it. Why? Because, hard work pays off once again. Gosh I am crazy tired! I am going to keep pushing though, I know so many successful writers and they tell me the same thing that they have never worked so hard in their lives. There is no substitute for hard work, you just have to get on with it, attack it! Things you may be afraid of doing, just get on with it. Even, if it is outside your comfort zone. Just make it work! Right, I have so much work to do some I am going to get on with it.

Keep the faith and keep working hard.  Oh, and before I forget, for daily inspiration go here: Big Somnium This is another one of my company Intrigue Media Group's sites.

Thanks again

Edina Jackson

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Writing Through Depression


I have been away for while, well technically I have still been here but I have been so busy with a lot of things. For example, my book is now out and so I have a lot to do at the moment. I am also working on several other blogs and websites as part of my company, Intrigue Media Group. So, as you can imagine I have a lot of things on at the moment. Anyway, the purpose of this post is to talk about writing through depression.  I wanted to talk about it because I have been experiencing depression in some form for the past few years. It kind of went away, well it never really goes away but it calmed down for a while.It came back a few months ago, it was triggered by a family problem. Anyway I am not going to get into the family problem, but I have a had a lot going on, the darkness came back.

Anyway, one thing I have learnt over the years is, one of the best ways of alleviating the symptoms of depression is to talk about or, to write about it. Write about how I feel, it is almost cathartic, if you know what I mean.  I have found that it gives me peace, also creating a routine for myself, gives me focus.  Reminds me every day to stay on track and just get on with it. Being depressed is far from easy, but once you establish a routine for yourself and create ways of improving your mood on a daily basis, you will find that things do get better. Right now, even though things are kind of hard with all the issues that are going on, I have found that writing has helped me to get through the dark days. I watched this film called Gifted Hands a while ago, and the mother in the film was severely depressed. She called it a darkness that she could not control, I can understand this, because sometimes I feel the same way. Sometimes I wake up and I can feel that I am in a dark mood. I so tired, and so low that I just can't get out of bed. I have to drag myself out of bed sometimes, force myself to get up. It can be hard but you know, once I get out of bed, do my workout, get my son ready and get myself ready. I feel better, I usually do some writing when my son goes to bed for the afternoon, once I pick up a pen or turn on my laptop I feel an instant relief. I feel better, happier, stronger.

I have spoken to a couple of people who have suffered the same thing, I told them to write. Even if you don't make your living from writing you can still write. Write, write, write and write, trust me you will feel better for it. Write until you feel like you can't write anymore, write until you feel like you have emptied your mind of all the thoughts that you had stored in there. Just write and write, I have been writing since I could pick up a pen, and to be honest I think it has been my remedy for most of my life. I have only been making a living from writing for the past four years but it has always been my calling. It has always been something that I was born to do.

Okay, so now I have managed to get back to writing this blog, I am going to be doing it a lot more from now on. Please add me on Twitter @writingthedream and take a look at my book website http://www.edinajackson.co.uk. I have so many things going on right now including new websites and online magazines for my company, more book promo and more books coming out this year and next year. So, it is safe to say I have a lot to do to keep me busy.

Happy writing people, and keep your dreams alive. Never give up.  Oh, and for daily inspiration go to one of Intrigue Media Groups http://www.big-somnium.com

Monday, January 9, 2012

Check out my Online Magazine

Hey guys

If you have not already done so please do take a look at my online music magazine. I have been dreaming about doing this properly for ages and now it is finally available to view. There are a few glitches with the pictures and stuff on it but I am very proud of it and the designs that were created by my great web designer Terri Brown. I am so chuffed! So any up and coming artists who would like to feature in Intrigue Magazine do send me an e mail to intriguemagwriter@gmx.com

thanks again!