Five Copywriting Mistakes to Avoid

Never underestimate the importance of good copywriting - if you're initiating a content marketing strategy, you'll need to make a success of it to achieve the desired results.

If your content does not get the point across, you may lose potential sales and damage your company's reputation, which is why it's necessary to place your copywriting campaign in reliable hands.

Below are five common copywriting mistakes that must be avoided:1. Boring headlines'The Father of Advertising' David Ogilvy best sums up the importance of the humble headline:

"On average, five times as many people read the headline as the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar."

If your headline is unable to draw the reader in, that opportunity for a sale is almost certainly gone.

A headline should be catchy, enticing and hard-hitting, and capable of drawing the reader in at a glance.

2. Features without the benefitA feature tells the consumer the product's function, while the benefit explains why they need it.

Good copywriters present the features before using them to convince a potential buyer of the product's usefulness. A consumer will ignore things that do not directly benefit them.

3. Using the same meta title for each web pageDescriptive, informative copy is important per se - but it also needs to get noticed, which is where search engine optimization (SEO) comes in.

A meta title reveals the name of a webpage and are read by search engine robots and visitors to the site. To appear higher up the rankings, they need to appeal to the former first and the latter second.

If the same meta title is used for each page, your site won't be properly optimised. This may implicate its search rankings, and its ability to inform potential customers of your business's products and services.

4. Saying too much... or too littleA copywriter must understand the reader and the product. Some copy might involve multiple pages of information, but others may only require a single tweet to get the point across and achieve the desired results.

The important point to remember is to be concise. Word economy is paramount - very rarely can a 3,000-word article not be reduced to 2,500 or 2,000 words. Conciseness prevents unnecessary information from cluttering your copy.

5. Missing the call to actionOnce you have a 'a hook', your reader and potential customer requires a gentle push in the right direction. Ask them to sign up for a newsletter, like your page on Facebook or follow you on Twitter. If you ask for a specific action, the reader will often oblige.

If your article writing disregards the call to action, how do you expect to turn a visitor of your website into a client or buyer?

Copywriting Tips For You – Is It Time For A Copywriting Course

There just never seems to be enough time in the day for all of the things we must accomplish. Unfortunately education sometimes takes a back seat to the every day challenges of living. A copywriting course you can do in the privacy of your own home may be just what you need to help your writing skills. There is a growing job market for copywriters and with a little instruction and practice you can write professionally.

A copywriting course can be found in many different places and in many different instructional formats. Some courses can be found online whereas others may be taught from videos and personal one-on-one interactions.

If you decide to enroll in a copywriting course, consider what you want to write. Web copywriting aims more towards online advertising whereas SEO articles are designed for companies that rely on internet search engines such as Google or Yahoo. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization or Optimized. They are articles that have keywords or phrases written into the article. If you were to search for the terms "red dog leash collars" it would turn up specific ads or articles that contained those exact words.

When you find the specific copywriting course that suits your needs, check the course work. It should include instructions on how to write persuasive copy. Copywriting is exactly that: writing meant to draw the reader or watcher's attention to whatever the business or company is promoting. Copywriting courses can also teach the fine art of dissuading articles. An example of these would be the anti-smoking ads that we read about in magazines, watch on television and even receive mailers on in our mailbox.

A good copywriting course offers the student the ability to interact with the instructors. This is very important. If you purchased an eBook or program, there should be a way to email or otherwise contact the author of the course. Often there are questions that cannot be answered just by reading the material. The point is not memorization, but gaining knowledge from the coursework so that it benefits you in practical application.

Advertising copywriting or SEO copywriting are always looking for fresh talent and an influx of new writers. A copywriting course can help you on your way to a new career path or simply help you refine your skills in your old career. The possibilities are endless for good copywriters. Companies need writers that can bring in new customers as well as maintain existing customers.

Top 10 Editing Rules To Drop

As a copyeditor and president of a copyediting/copywriting firm, there are times I find great satisfaction in what I do. Like the time I helped a group of consultants turn a garbled mess of technospeak into an award-winning presentation. Or the time I stopped an IT firm from submitting a proposal describing its expertise in porker productivity. (It was supposed to be worker productivity?efficiency, in other words.)

Then there are times when I feel as though I?m spinning my wheels. ?I?ve changed since to because once again! And while to whereas! And thank goodness I caught that pesky over and changed it to more than. Readers would never have understood what the author meant if I hadn?t!? Of course readers would have understood.

But these are the types of reflexive, mechanical changes that we make as editors because ? well, because someone told us to a long time ago. Guess what? I?ve quit making them. Not because preserving distinctions isn?t important?in fact, it?s terribly important and one of our responsibilities as editors of medical journals and other industry-essential documents.. Distortions of usage can affect meaning. The primary role of an editor is to clarify meaning and ensure that a writer?s message will be understood easily and precisely by readers.

And I love being an editor, but I feel strongly that some of the changes we?ve customarily made because ?that?s how it?s done? just aren?t relevant anymore. Our role is not to insist on usage distinctions that don?t affect meaning and that, frankly, no one cares about anymore?much less understands. Doing so reduces our credibility, trivializes our profession, and positions us as little more than mechanical word-switchers, dogmatically replacing one perfectly good word with another.

Worrying over unimportant details detracts us from our true role: ensuring that the written word will be understood effortlessly by readers. That?s the job that I want. And dagnabit, that?s the job I?m going to have.

Starting today, I?m going to stop making the following 10 editorial ?corrections.? I just don?t believe in them anymore. Most contemporary usage guides agree with me. Do you?

Sam?s Top 10 List of ?Errors? to Stop ?Fixing?

1.Since to because. In a nutshell, Garner?s Modern American Usage says of since, ?This subordinating conjunction may bear a sense either of time or of logical connection.? And it?s been used that way for centuries (see the New Testament, Luke 1:13, for example: ?Mary said to the angel, ?How can this be, since I am a virgin???). Yet we?ve all been taught that since must be changed to because when it denotes a sense of causation. I?ve even been marked down on an editing test for not doing so. Folks, listen to Garner: Unless using since risks actual temporal confusion?and it rarely does?feel free to use it. Readers will understand you.

2.Additionally to in addition. Every corporation I?ve worked for has asked me to replace the former with the latter. But I just checked the Webster?s and ? additionally is in there, listed as an adverb synonymous with furthermore. I?m using it.

3.Over to more than. Here?s what the New York Public Library Writer?s Guide to Style and Usage says: ?Despite a long and illustrious battle by grammarians to preserve the distinction between countable units (more than) and cumulative quantities (over), all dictionaries, most commentators, and many excellent writers make no distinction between the use of more than and over.? Hey?if over is good enough for ?many excellent writers,? it?s good enough for me.

4.Compare with to compare to, and vice versa. I understand the traditional distinction between these two terms: compare with contrasts dissimilar things; compare to ? umm ? compares similar things. But do you honestly think that the following sentence (from New York Times technology writer Eric Taub) doesn?t make sense? ?The [Panasonic] ad points out plasma?s superior contrast, color rendition ? and durability when compared to LCD TVs.? Taub?s writing sounds so natural that I just can?t find fault with it. Distinctions that are this fine?and that only editors care about or understand?seem like good candidates for discarding.

5.Like to as or as if. Maintaining this usage distinction requires knowledge of grammar?sadly, on the wane. From about the 17th to the mid-20th centuries, like was allowed to serve only as an adjective. As Garner writes, ?in traditional usage, like is a preposition that governs nouns and noun phrases, not a conjunction that governs verbs or clauses.? Thus, ?The movie ended just as [not like] we hoped it would? and ?It seems as if [not like] we?ll never finish writing this proposal.? Yet the conjunctive use of like has long been ?a usage on the borderline of acceptability in American English? (Robert C. Pooley, 1946); many other teachers and commentators have agreed that ?indefensible it certainly is not? (George P. Krapp, 1969). If it?s good enough for Shakespeare, Keats, authorized translators of the Bible, and Robert W. Burchfield?who wrote in 1922 that ?the distribution patterns suggest that the long-standing resistance to this nippy little word is beginning to crumble as a new century approaches??the conjunctive like is good enough for me. ?Like Scarlet O?Hara, my sister vowed to think about everything tomorrow? many be informal English, but I will not edit it as as. Conversely, I will not edit as to like in a conservative context?I?ll leave what?s there just like it is, as it pleased its author?s ear.

6.While to although or whereas. Hypercorrect editors insist that while be used only to denote the passage of time; for years, I?ve dutifully swapped it for although or whereas. But as Garner points out, ?While is a more relaxed and conversational term than although or whereas? and is a perfectly fine replacement. Relaxed and conversational writing is appropriate in many contexts where whereas would sound stilted. (Side note: Though is acceptable for although in all but the most formal writing?and when the ear wants it.)

7.On the other hand. I am universally told that if on the other hand is used, it must be preceded by on the one hand. Tell it to Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Dirda: ?At a local used-book warehouse I seize upon a lovely copy of the English edition of John Collier?s His Monkey Wife. ? Alas, it?s the second printing. On the other hand, it?s only $7.? Do you seriously want to tell Dirda that his meaning isn?t clear?or that his phrasing is incorrect?

Although a caring managing editor could convince me to make the seven changes for her publications, I?m adamant about the three that follow. I?m not hard to work with?really?but I simply refuse to follow these ?rules? any longer.

You might think that most editors stopped following these nonrules a long time ago, but supervisors and reviewers routinely still insist on them:

8.?You can?t start a sentence with and, but, so, and because.? This groundless superstition is based in a belief that starting a sentence with words like and or but will result in a sentence fragment. It doesn?t. Moreover, some of the most beautiful writing in the English language uses this convention. I give you Emily Dickinson, for example: ?Because I could not stop for death, he kindly stopped for me.? And F. Scott Fitzgerald: ?So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.?

9.?You can?t end a sentence with a preposition.? One of our most important concerns as editors is to ensure that writing is clear and understandable. So I prefer ?He?s the one guy I won?t go out with? to ?He?s the one guy with whom I won?t go out.? Both sentences are correct, but the second is less clear?and would sound natural only coming from the mouth of a Jane Austen heroine. If her heroines used the word guy, that is. Or went out with people.

10.?You mustn?t split infinitives.? You can find two whole pages of commentary on this topic in Garner, but I?ll summarize here: ?? the rule against ?splitting an infinitive? contradicts the rules of grammar and the practice of our best writers.? I couldn?t agree more, but many writers still insist on this rule. In fact, I once attended a seminar by a Famous Editor who said that he still teaches his students to follow this rule. His justification? Other writers might think that his students are incorrect if they split an infinitive?even though they?re absolutely not.

That?s the kind of logic that I want to eradicate. This logic frightens us into upholding nonsensical or dated rules lest we appear to be ignorant. It tells us to horde our editorial rules, however trivial, as proof of our competence.

I no longer believe that they bring any value to a manuscript; on the contrary, I think making these ?fixes? wastes editorial time, alters an author?s text unnecessarily, and often creates stilted prose that?s not in keeping with the author?s style or intent. But, take heart, readers: The style book of one of the companies I work for includes the no?split infinitive rule and a few of the other rules listed above that I don?t follow?and haven?t for four years now. And the company still employs me. The lesson I take from that? If you?re a conscientious editor, your clients are going to hang on to you?even (or maybe especially) if you explain your commitment distinguishing spurious rules from sound contemporary ones. Clients come to us because we?re professional editors?and few clients would willingly publish old-fashioned?sounding content. Don?t they deserve the best of our professional editorial practices from us?

Many clients and editors still cherish what Fowler called ?sacred superstitions.? As more of us make an effort to educate clients about why we?re resisting them, over time they?ll continue to lose traction; that?s the only way they will. And when that happens, we can pay more attention to the things that really matter.

If You Move Frequently, A Medical Journal Is an Invaluable Tool to Have

My eldest son had surgery two weeks ago and it brought to mind a great tip that I learned from a nurse. Whether or not you have a child this is an invaluable tool to have. She suggested having a medical notebook or journal for each person in your family. It has served me very well over the years. I have done this for each of my sons, who have asthma. I have a notebook for every one of them and I log in any major health events in their lives. Vaccinations, ER visits, major illnesses, surgeries, allergy information are all logged into the book. This is so helpful if you move frequently and/or have children with a chronic health problem, like asthma.
If you move often like we do, it takes time for our medical records to catch up with us, so sometimes our health care providers do not have access to our medical records right away. This tool helps me put a medical issue in context and/or provide further information to our new doctor.
This tool will come in handy when you have to fill out medical history forms for your new doctor. It is difficult to remember the details of doctors, health events, treatments, medications and preventative care. This notebook prevents the frustration of having to wait for all of your medical records to be transferred and making phone calls to your previous doctors to get the information you need. Instead, you will have a summary of these details to hand, which will help make the transfer to your new physician easier.

Fitness Over 40 Just A Dream? Here Are Great Weight Loss Tips For Fitness Over 40

Fitness over 40 is a fleeting thought for many people these days. Our demanding careers, diets of processed foods and hectic lifestyles tend to create a gradual decline in our health. The good news is that there are ways to reclaim your youthful energy.
The first step to fitness over 40 is to keep a food journal. This serves a multitude of purposes. The first is to make you more aware of what you are eating on a daily basis. It is amazing the people who say they don't eat very much because they don't eat large meals, yet when they add up the calories of what they eat all day long, it is much more significant than they thought. Also, we don't generally think of beverages as "eating", yet with today's calorie packed sodas, smoothies and even specialty coffees, beverages can have a significant impact on your daily caloric intake.
Another benefit to keeping a food journal is the ability to analyze where your calories are coming from so you can make substitutions, add certain nutrients or just "tweak" you current diet. Fitness over 40 is a lot easier when you make small, incremental changes rather than starting a new plan from scratch.
As a fringe benefit, sometimes just the habit of writing down everything you eat will prevent you from consuming unhealthy foods just because you don't want to write it down! That's a good thing!
Step two on the road to fitness over 40 is a total body cleanse and detoxification program. This is SO important. The environment we live in today exposes our bodies to a great deal of toxins. Toxins come so many places - from the food we eat in the form of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and food additives, from the products we use to clean our homes, to exhaust and chemical fumes, and more. More than 100,000 new chemicals have been introduced into our environment in the last 50 years. Did you know that there are even chemical fumes from the carpet in your home?
Now, it is true that our bodies are designed to naturally eliminate toxins. With the toxic overload that we ingest today, though, many people's systems have such a toxic burden that it leads to illness and disease. Think about it. Degenerative diseases like diabetes, heart disease - they don't happen over night. It's not like you are healthy one day, and you wake up the next with diabetes or heart disease. These types of degenerative diseases develop gradually, over time, one unhealthy lifestyle choice after another, one more day of toxic exposure after another; until your body is so overburdened it breaks down.
One thing to remember about detoxifying is that fat is an organ. The fat in your body will store excess toxins in an effort to protect your more vital organs from damage. In this case, fat is your friend! It is protecting you. You will NEVER lose that fat, no matter how much you diet and exercise, until you lose the toxins that fat is storing. This is especially true of the fat around your midsection. If you have been overweight for a long period of time, chances are there are a lot of toxins stored in your fat tissues. The right total body cleanse and detoxification program can eliminate those toxins and enable you to lose that weight for good.
Step three is to eat organic food. This is vitally important. Get over the cost. Get past the mental barrier of thinking it's a marketing ploy. The truth is if you are not eating organic food you are consuming a wide variety of toxins, as we just mentioned, not to mention the genetically modified foods you are eating. If you don't eat organic, you are just compounding the toxins in your body. Compounding is great for interest on your CD - it's NOT a good thing for weight loss.
Step three also includes balancing the nutrients in your diet. Fitness over 40 requires a healthy mix of protein, animal or non-animal sources, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. Don't be tempted by extreme diets that eliminate whole sources of nutrients like low carb or no fat diets. You may lose a few pounds, however when you revert to your normal eating habits you will gain that weight back, and more.
Your body requires fat to lubricate joints and cushion organs. Carbohydrates are essential for energy, and sugar helps your brain to function properly. The key to health and weight loss is the RIGHT kinds of fats, carbs and protein, in the RIGHT quantity, at the RIGHT time.
It's much more effective to develop long term, sustainable healthy eating plans that provide your body with the nutrients it needs to function properly. This will not only promote weight loss, you will have fewer cravings and improve your health.
Step four is to drink more water. How much water do you need for fitness over 40? Take your weight and divide it by 2. That is how many ounces of water to drink every day.
Keep track in your food journal of how much water you drink every day, in ounces. Now, look at your food journal and see how many other beverages you drank besides water. Next time you reach for a beverage other than water, have an 8 oz glass of water FIRST. Then, if you still want to drink the other beverage, go ahead. As your body becomes better hydrated your cravings for other beverages will decrease. Many times we are thirsty, yet reach for sugar instead. You will also learn to distinguish between hunger and thirst. Make it a goal every day to drink your total ounces of water. Put all your water for the day in a container so you can see at a glance how much you have drank. Drink 8 ounces as soon as you get up. Have a glass or two 30 minutes before each meal. Some people have more success sipping on their water throughout the day, rather than drinking 12 - 16 ounces at a time. What ever works for you, as long as you get it all in every day.
Step five is to increase your level of physical activity. If you have been sedentary for a while, working at a desk, watching TV or sitting in front of a computer at night, then start out slowly. You might want to start out by just taking a walk. Get yourself a pedometer. Wear it for a few days or a week to determine your current level of physical activity. Let's say you currently walk about 2,000 steps a day. Now, every day, make it a goal to add 1,000 steps. You can do 1,000 steps in about 10 minutes. And you don't have to do it all at one time. This fitness over 40 plan is flexible! Park farther away from the door. Take a flight of stairs or two instead of the elevator. Use the rest room at the other end of the building. Spend more time walking around the mall or store. There are hundreds of ways to get more steps. Over the course of a week or two, increase your steps until you are at 10,000 steps a day. This is the level of physical activity required for keeping your metabolism at a rate to promote weight loss. For 10,000 steps a day you will more than likely have to go for a walk every day. That is a good thing - be sure to schedule it into your daily calendar.
Follow these tips every day for fitness over 40 and beyond.

How Writing in a Journal Can Help Depression

Writing in a journal to overcome depression is a simple cost-effective way to combat depression, anxiety and stress.
Release the pent up thoughts and emotions that come with depression: Often with depression comes anxiety. Anger and negative thoughts bombard your mind minute by minute, you feel trapped in thoughts that no one will understand. Some of the thoughts maybe to personal to discuss. A journal is generally kept private it is the perfect place to vent and release any pent up emotions you have.
Try it you'll feel better.
Take a look In the mirror: Write about yourself, who you are, what you think, what you have done and why. This gives you a good look at yourself, exposes places you can improve, uncovers those places where the negative thoughts hide, and the ones that darken your mood.
More importantly, learn about your good points. When you're depressed you feel worthless, and don't see your good points. Find your good points, look deeply and congratulate yourself daily for being good. Look for accomplishments and learn to pat yourself on the back.
Safe place to hang out: Your journal is a safe place to hang out. Draw, sketch, draw funny cartoons and make funny observations of the world around you, let it all hang out. Escape the realities of life for a few moments, enjoy. have fun.
Where you were, where you are: By continuing to write in a journal, you' will be able to identify behaviors, thoughts and feelings that bring you down and those that bring you closer to recovery.

Maintaining a Trading Journal – A Very Important Characteristic That Every Forex Trader Should Have

Do you know what is a forex trading journal? Do you know the importance of maintaining a forex trading journal? A trading journal is a record or a book which keeps track of all of your successful or unsuccessful trades. It is very important for you to keep track of all your trades, whether you win the trade or lose the trade as you can use this information for future trades as a reference. Lets say entered a trade with some reason in specific trading hours, but you lost the trade. The technique might have worked for you earlier but not in this trading hours. With this trade, you come to know that the technique won't work in the specific trading hours. If you don't note it down or keep track of it, in future you may do the same mistake again and you will lose the trade again. A trading journal can be used to refer all the mistakes you did in the past so that you won't do them again. All successful forex traders maintain a forex trading journal.
So if you want to maintain your own trading journal what are the important things that you have note down. The following are some of the things that you can note when you start writing your own forex trading journal.
Trading Currency Pair: Note down the currency pair you are trading or you have traded for example EURUSD, GBPUSD etc.
Long or Short: In forex terms Long means buying a currency pair and short means selling a currency pair. Record whether you bought the currency pair or sold the currency pair.
Trade Won or Lost: Record whether you won the trade or lost the trade. If you won the trade note down the reason why you won the trade like any technique you used, any economic news you used to enter the trade etc. Also note down the exit strategy you used for coming out of the trade. If you lost the trade then also you have to note down the reasons for losing the trade.
Trading time: Record the day and time you entered the trade. Also record the time zones you entered like asian time zone, london timings, NY timings etc. This is very important as some trades may work only in specific timings and this information, you can use in future.
Entry Price, Exit Price and No. of Pips: Record the entry price and exit price and also the number of pips you lost or won.
No. of lots you traded: Record the number lots you traded.
Any techniques used: Record any techniques or methods you used for your trading.
Screenshots: Screenshots are very important when you are maintaining a trading journal. As all of us know a picture speaks a thousand words. Even if you note down all the above points and if you don't have a picture, in future, you may not be able to understand your own trade you took. So saving a picture of the trades you are doing is very important.
The above are some of the things that you have to note down if you want to become a successful trader. You may also note down any additional remarks, if you want.
How to maintain a trading journal: Generally forex traders use an excel work sheet or a microsoft word to keep notes of the above things (to maintain trading journal). But when the number of trades are increasing the size of the files also increases.
Moreover when you are saving the screenshots of the trades the file sizes increases more and more. So it causes problems in opening or saving these files. So after a certain point you may have to start a new excel or word file. These problems cause you trouble when you want to sort your trades. For example you want to take a look at all your lost trades or all your winning trades. It is very difficult to sort the trades if you save them in excel or word files.
That is why, is offering you a successful way of maintaining your own trading journal. Once you login to , under navigation block on the left side you will see the link "Create Content". Click on the link and you will see the "Trading Journal" link. If you click on that you will see the trading journal form with the following options you can use when you are creating your own trading journal post. This is completely private and no elase, other than you, can watch your trading journal.
Title: You can enter any title that fits your trade like "EURUSD break out trade - hourly chart - lost" or "GBPUSD MACD convergence divergence trade - daily chart - won" etc. It's better if your title can tell you what type of trade you are doing on the first glance so that it will be easy for you in future to find out the trade you want.
Trade Date: You can select the date on which you did the trade. If you are currently doing the trade you can leave the date as it is.
Vocabularies: Vocabularies are the different categories that you can use to categorize your trades. The following are the different categories available that you can select when creating your trading journal post.
Currency Pair: This category shows the different currency pairs like "EURUSD", "GBPUSD" etc. You need to select the curreny pair you are trading when you are creating you own trading journal post.
Short or Long Trade: If you bought the currency pair you can select the "Long Trade" option or if you sold the currency pair you can select the "Short Trade" option. In forex terminology Long Trade means buying a currency pair. Short Trade means selling a currency pair.
Trade Won or Lost: If you won the trade you can select the option "Trade Won" option or you can select the "Trade Lost" option.
Teaser or Summary: Teaser or summary is a small description of your trading journal entry. You can generally copy and paste the first few lines of the body of the trading journal.
Body: You can enter any details about your trade.
Image Picker: This can be used to upload images or screenshots. This shows four tabs. Upload, Current, Browse, Groups. Under "Upload" tab page you can upload images or screenshots of your trades. This contains the image file field using which you have to select the image or screenshot of your forex trade to upload. After that it asks for the thumnail size of the screenshot. I generally use a thumbnail size of 400 px as I like to align the image or screenshot in the middle of the content. "Scale Image" you don't need to use it. "Title" of the image. You can enter any title for the image as this will appear on the top of the image in your trading journal post. "Description" of the image. You can enter any description for the image and this will appear at the bottom of the image.
Once you upload any images you can see them under the "Current Images" tab and also under the "Browse Images" tab. "Current Images" tab shows the images currently updated and only for this post. "Browse Images" tab shows all the images that you have uplodated for all the posts that you have uploaded the pictures. Select any picture. If you have entered the title and description select the "Description" check box. Othewise you won'tsee the title and description that you have entered for that picture. If you want to insert the screenshot left aligned in the body select left option. If you want to insert the screenshot right alighned in the content select right option. If you want to insert the screenshot in the center of the content select the option "none". Click on the body field somewhere. Click on insert button and the image will be inserted in the body field.
File Attachments: If you want to attach the screenshots that you have taken you can use the file attachments and the screenshots will be attached as files to the content and you can download them any time you want.
Once you create a trading journal entry you click on the "Trading Journal" link on the left hand side to see your trading journal entries. On the trading journal page you can also see the options to sort your trades based on trade dates, currency pairs, trades short or long and trades lost or won.
Calender: Under the calender block you will see a calender which you can use to see the trades on different dates. Click on any date under calender block and you will see the trading journal entries if you entered anything for this date.
Currency Pair: Under the currency pairs block you will see all the currency pairs. If you click on any currency pair you will see any trading journal entries you entered for that pair.
Trades Won or Lost: Under this block you will see two options - Trades won and Trades Lost. If you click on any of the options you will see all the trades you that you won or lost.
Short or Long Trades: Under this block you will see two options - Short Trades and Long Trades. If you click on any of the otpions you will see all the trades you bought or sold.
So this offers a lot of options to you to maintain a very good trading journal to become a successful forex trader. You don't need to maintain your trading journal in excel or word files which take a lot of time to open or save them. You can also upload your trade screenshots or attach them as file attachments.

Should You Be Paranoid In What You Post Online?

Not long ago, I was having an interesting conversation with someone online, and the gentleman mentioned to me, that "maybe I shouldn't be telling you any of this." Apparently, the information was somewhat secret and might indeed, if it got out into the world that is, cause a problem for the other parties involved, not him of course, he was a neutral party, more of an observer, however he was in the flow of information you see.
Okay so, let's talk about this, should you be as paranoid as my acquaintance is online? Well, yes, you should be somewhat paranoid in some regards. For instance, if you are in college and putting pictures of yourself online, or involved in conversations that might hurt your prospects for getting a job in the future someday - then you should be thinking here. Ask yourself, do you want your future co-workers to know this information, or the human resource department for instance at the company you may in the future work with?
You might read a couple of interesting pieces in the WSJ from November of 2010 titled; "Facebook Says User Data Sold to Broker" and "FaceBook in Privacy Breach" - because if you think your amusing pictures and comments are safe, you might want to re-think it all, seriously.
And, if you are a small business person, do you really want your competitors to know things? I can tell you that there are still scoundrels out there who will go through your trash, and would gladly search an skip-trace you online, and probably will if you become a threat to their businesses in the market place.
Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel, nice guy actually, once wrote a book titled; "Only the Paranoid Survive" and he's basically correct. So, a little healthy paranoia, and it is probably a good thing? Okay so, Andy Grove was hardly alone in his advice. You see, Winston Churchill once said; "Loose Lips Sink Ships!" And anyone in Naval Intelligence will tell you the same. Luckily, I am quite a trustworthy individual, so no worries here with my acquaintances secret, and even though he had juicy stuff - Yeah! His secret is safe with me.
Still, when it comes to online information, do the prudent thing, and think twice - and that reminds me there was an interesting set (series) of articles in the Wall Street Journal lately called "What They Know" and some of the subtitles tell the story;
"Scrapers Dig Deeper for Data on the Web" "A Web Pioneer Profiles by Name"
"The Web's New Gold Mine - Your Secrets""Web Privacy Inadequate - FTC Says a Do Not Track System is Needed"
Seriously, don't do anything you are going to regret in the future some day. Please consider all this. And if you have additional comments, I surely hope you will email me your thoughts on the topic.
References:
1. "Only the Paranoid Survive - How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company and Career" by Andy Grove, President and CEO of Intel, Currency DoubleDay Publishers, New York, NY, (1996), 210 pages, ISBN: 0-385-48258-2.2. Wall Street Journal article; "Using Software to Sift Digital Records" by Nathan Koppel, November 23, 2010. 3. Wall Street Journal article; "Some Data Miners Ready to Reveal What They Know" by Emily Steel, December 3, 2010.

Keeping a Lower Back Pain Journal

Keeping a journal after incurring a back injury can be quite helpful. Sometimes even necessary. Especially as it relates to an injury that happened while at work or one that is the direct result of a motor vehicle accident.
Without keeping some detailed notes at the ready, we must rely completely on our long term memory for dates, times, places, events, and people we meet. Just to name a few! It can happen that very quickly our lives become confusing and details become blurred...
Immediately after a physician's appointment, spend a few minutes writing down all that you can remember about the encounter. What did he say about your condition? Did he order or want to order any special testing? When is your follow up visit scheduled? Anytime you can document these details about your case, you make it easier to stay on top of your care and remain organized. This will immediately become apparent to you six months after seeing the physician and you are able to better recall you conversation with him/her than they can with you!
Keep with your journal copies of any reports you can get your hands on. This includes physical therapy or chiropractic notes. The results of any MRI, EMG, CAT scans, and x-ray reports. Even go so far as to save appointment cards and receipts for any out of pocket expenses. You may eventually get reimbursed. Make photo copies of physician referrals or prescriptions for medication he/she has prescribed.
Keep a notepad by the phone and record telephone numbers and names of people who call you. Write down as much of the conversation as you can remember. You are not allowed to record another person unless you tell them they are going to be recorded ahead of time and they in turn give you permission. Be sure to check your local or federal laws to be sure!
Bottom line is don't rely on anyone else to remember all the things about you and your lower back condition. This applies to you whether you are building a case or not. You must be your own best advocate when it comes to managing yourself and the things that might ultimately affect you financially.
As you keep detailed records and copies in your journal, it will be less likely that you will end up in a "he said, she said" argument. Most likely they will not be as prepared to pull out a trusty journal like you and produce some hard evidence.
Good Luck,
Tommy Hoffman, P.T. "Permanent Lower Back Pain Relief"

A Gratitude Journal – How Expressing Gratitude Can Transform Your Life in Difficult Times

A gratitude journal? What if you feel like times have been tough and you don't have much to be grateful for? What if you feel like you've got every right to wallow in misery? You may have the right, but is that really serving you? Read on to discover how expressing gratitude can help you turn things around.
Tough times make it hard to remember that we do have a lot to be grateful for no matter what. And at no time is it more important to make the effort.
And why? Whether or not you believe in the Law of Attraction, you have to admit that things always seem to come in groups. When good things happen, then they keep on happening. And when bad things happen, they keep going from bad to worse.
So why not believe? It clearly works, and it will help you focus on the things you do want -- so that you can draw more of them into your life.
And that's exactly where a gratitude journal comes in.
By focusing on and writing down all the things we're grateful for, i.e., the good things that have been happening in our lives, we will draw more things that we'll be grateful for.
Writing things down gives them extra power, and it also allows us to reread what we've written. So if we should forget our many blessings, we can always review them at any time.
So go ahead and pick up a notebook or a pretty journal. Make it something special. Keep it by your bedside or somewhere else where you're likely to see (and use) it every day. And start recording your blessings.
And if you're stuck for what to be grateful for, start with the simple things.
Food on the table. A roof over your head. Something to wear (even if it isn't quite what you would like to have). Maybe a job to help you earn a living. Or friends who care about you. Family members who love you.
And don't forget your health, your well-functioning eyes, ears, limbs, etc. Make adjustments for what works in your life.
Be grateful for any money that is coming into your life -- even if it's not as much as you'd like. It's a start, and gratitude for it will help you draw in more. You can even express gratitude in anticipation of what you expect to get.
Don't worry. You won't jinx it. To the contrary, you'll increase the chances that it will appear.