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How I Immediately Increased Ad Revenue

Want to Increase Your Ad Revenue?

Being within my first 5 months or so of blogging on a fairly regular basis has meant getting up to speed with, quite literally, a whole new world. Delving into Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), however, is almost a whole new world in and of itself, and in my view is far more technically advanced than even setting up a blog and starting to publish content. But, if you’re at all interested in making money, however large or small, from your blog/website, it’s something you do have to dip your toe into at some point to gain a deeper understanding of how you can better monetise your site from ad revenue.

To find out how I first got started with SEO and my initial, surprisingly pleasant, results with this see my previous linked article below uploaded a couple of days into the tweaks I made following some basic SEO tips:

https://myholisticliving.co.uk/2019/08/04/feeling-frustrated-with-ad-revenue/

One Month In

Whilst the early results were pleasing, what has been just as pleasing is seeing consistent improvements in ad revenue over the last 4 weeks or so. So just what have those changes been?

  • Prior to the “tweaks”, the maximum continuous weekly passive income prior was for 4 weeks in June.
  • Recently, a steady stream of weekly passive income for the last 6 weeks.
  • In August, following the adjustments there was 5 continuous days of earnings previously no more than 3.
  • The immediate effect of the tweaks saw an initial jump in income from very little at all to a 500% – 600% increase in ad revenue for a couple of days.
  • It then dropped to a lower but more consistent daily increase on revenue before the tweaks.
  • Looking at the ad revenue on a daily and weekly average increase, there has been a 200% increase in passive income since the adjustments.
  • Viewing the ad revenue on a monthly average increase, this is a whopping 900%!

Findings

It’s hard not to theorise that these more advanced techniques and tips on site indexing haven’t been the cause of these positive changes given the timings, especially when you consider that visitor numbers and views have been lower this month, leading to less ads being served and yet higher CPM and therefore increased revenue rates.

My basic understanding of it at this time is that the easier it is for search engines like Google and Bing to categorise your content, whether articles, images or videos, the more likely you are to climb the ranks into higher ad revenue territory.

As a result, I’d have to conclude this month’s experiments with SEO to be a resounding success.

Despite the huge increases seen in a relatively short time, however, I’ve still got a long way to go to start making any meaningful revenue.

Future Strategy Planning

It’s important to note that there can be a lot of fluctuation in ad revenue which can be affected by all sorts of things: location of visitors, website and/or article niche, number of visitors and followers, etc. As all of these can and do fluctuate to varying degrees and at different times, this likewise can cause variables in revenue received. The message here is to not place all your eggs in one basket i.e. don’t make ad revenue your sole source of income to better avoid financial worries.

The best thing to do is enjoy it when there’s revenue to be had whilst trying to better understand what helps you maintain a steady meaningful passive income as much as possible. If your aim is to at some point achieve a meaningful income from blogging/your website full time, then it’s worth looking at other ways to monetise your site too.

SEO can seem a bit tedious at first, but another unexpected pleasure of delving into this more technical side to blogging is that I’m actually quite enjoying learning something new. There’s clearly an art to using it effectively and whilst I’m a relative newbie in this regard, it’s been a promising start so far.

The Downsides

Depending on your reasons for blogging, there may be downsides to understanding and implementing SEO strategies to increase ad revenue. This isn’t made any easier because most sites are unique in their own way so it can be hard to make comparisons without a lot of broad yet detailed research. Personally, I enjoy learning about it the more I understand it so not a huge problem but some might find it tedious and slow-going.

What you will notice is that most stats reports using these webmaster tools aren’t in “real time”, usually a day or so behind actual time and it takes a while for some of them to get enough data from their crawls of your site to produce measurable results. Again not a major issue for me personally but something you might want to plan for.

I suppose the biggest warning I’ve followed from other bloggers is to have a reasonable understanding of what you’re tweaking, when and how you’ll measure improvements.

Firstly, you do want to have an idea of what you’re messing with in case you mess it up – you’ll want to know how to fix it. It reminds me a bit of learning to knit and how to recover a dropped stitch without losing all your work. The way I’ve dealt with this has been to read up on as many articles as possible before tweaking anything! Also, keep the tweaks minimal so that you can eliminate issues more easily and log what you’ve done, when so you can further adjust as necessary or hopefully enjoy greater increased ad revenue.

Outcome

My take on SEO one month in is that it’s well-worth investing the time into if you’re someone wanting to increase your ad revenue. When the time is right for you to do that really depends on how quickly you’re able to get to grips with SEO and start effectively implementing the techniques. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, you could opt for hiring professionals to help with this, finances permitting.

It would be good to know if you’ve seen any positive results from improved SEO knowledge and implementation. What’s worked for you? What hasn’t? I like to think that sharing information like this will help to make us all better bloggers 🙂

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Rune Reading

September 2019 Energy Update: Runes

September 2019 Energy Update: Runes

For this month’s energy forecast, I’ve invoked the ancient wisdom of the Runes instead of the Tarot – those mysterious symbols carved into wood, metal or stone, most commonly affiliated with our Germanic and Nordic ancestors.

Compared with card reading, rune reading is far more simplistic in terms of its imagery but that can make reading the runes a far more difficult task to master. Whilst each rune of course has its own meaning, pay attention to any thoughts or images, people or situations that pop into your mind whilst considering your reading below. Those messages are the ones specific for you.

Your Reading

Runescope September 2019

The reading is broken down into 4-weekly sections or thereabouts:

Week 1

Rune Is

Rune: Is

If you’re at all familiar with the Disney film “Frozen”, you’ll know just what I mean when I describe this rune, Is, as my “Elsa” stone! Foreigner’s “Cold as Ice” song from the Seventies also sprang to mind.

This suggests that there may be a certain coldness or isolation by yourself or those around you at the start of September 2019. A feeling of still being “stuck” in similar energy to that experienced in August 2019. A need for patience at a time when it may be wearing thin. Things will start to move again but slowly.

Week 2

Rune Rad

Rune: Rad

Similar energy to The Chariot card of the tarot, Rad is indicative of journeys. These can be spiritual or physical in nature. However, with the rune coming out reversed, this may mean slow progress and delays.

Some slow progress might be noticeable in your life come Week 2 of September 2019 but you’ll still probably feel frustrated and impatient at the pace. Use this time to do your research, listen to warnings and ensure you’re well prepared for any journeys you’re about to take.

Week 3

Rune Feoh

Rune: Feoh

Abundance is indicated by the presence of Feoh in matters of health, wealth and relationships. Being reversed however could be indicative of a feeling of lack or of something missing.

Right around Week 3 you may be feeling as though something is missing in your life. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing! Noticing that need is the first step in addressing any areas of imbalance whether in terms of a new healthy eating regime, exercise and self-care or taking back control of any financial issues. Relationships of all kinds can benefit from this energy too, as people are clearer about asking for what they truly need from each other.

Week 4 & Beyond

Rune Ger

Rune: Ger

The rune of seasonal changes and harvest comes out just after we celebrate the Harvest Festival on 22 September 2019 here in the UK. This rune cannot be read “reversed”. Similar energy to the Wheel of Fortune card in the Tarot.

Whether Week 4 is a time of celebration of your own particular “harvest” in your own life will really depend on your efforts and perseverance through the slower energies of the past few weeks. Have you been patient and diligent, consistent and balanced in this time or have you tried to take shortcuts and been sloppy? This rune is also associated with the wheel so could be somehow related to the journey of Week 2 or to the Wheel of Life and its cycles. There is a karmic element to this rune too; a time of “reaping what you have sown”, all of which links back itself to this idea of it being harvest time.

The Takeaway

Quite the mixed bag for September then! It pretty much feels a tale of two halves, with the heavy, slow progress energy of August 2019 seeping over into the first week or so of September.

But stick with it – by the end of Week 2 movement of some sort seems evident. A time for making plans and research, the benefits of which will be felt towards the latter part of the month once you’ve had your moment of clarity on anything you feel may be lacking in your life. This is when you’ll begin to reap your own “harvest” from all efforts in all areas of your own life over these frustratingly slow last few weeks.

Don’t shortchange yourself then; no shortcuts, eyes on the prize and hopefully the results of your harvest should payoff.

Rune Reading
Rune Reading

I hope you enjoyed your Energy Update as provided by the wisdom of the Runes! Feel free to share this article with anyone you think might enjoy it.

Finally, I’d like to hear from you on how whether you would prefer the next reading to be a Tarot, Rune or I Ching Reading. Your vote counts – let me know in the comments 🙂

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Exploring London

London Calling?

This August Bank Holiday weekend was recorded as being the hottest ever here in the UK and, after several weeks of near constant rain, was just what we all needed to liven us up a bit. Very fortunately, this was the weekend we’d booked to visit London, to take in the sights and soak up the atmosphere in this historic yet fast-paced city.

Having visited London a couple of times before, once as a child and once only a few years ago on a flying visit, I had a good idea of what I definitely wanted to see and do whilst I was there. This time, however, I was taking the family, so as much as I might have wanted to immerse myself completely in all the fabulous history London has to offer, I did have to temper my enthusiasm and engage in at least a few more modern moments for the sake of their enjoyment of our city break too.

Accommodation

We stayed 3 days/2 nights in a basic guesthouse for less than £200 for 3 adults and a child in the middle of Whitechapel, self-catering using the travel site, Booking.com. Whilst we could have been more central, this location offered us interesting sights that otherwise we wouldn’t have seen and which made up one of the most enjoyable parts of our trip.

Street Art

For instance, the street art in this area is everywhere – for free! We roamed around the Bethnal Green and Shoreditch areas which reminded us of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, just on a far grander scale, and absolutely loved it, managing to discover an artist I’d not come across before, Woskerski (https://www.facebook.com/woskerski/). There’s a bit of a cryptic clue in the photo below (bottom left-hand corner), where it says “@blankwallcollective 31.08.19” and I’m really looking forward to finding out more about this in 4 days time!

Barbie & the Seagulls Woskerski street art London
Barbie & the Seagulls – Woskerski

Traditional Sights

My main reason for wanting to return to London was to re-visit the Tower of London, to see the Crown Jewels again and to take part in another entertaining Beefeater tour. Costing £85.00 online booking for 3 adults and a child, it took us around 3-4 hours to go round which could easily have taken longer but the family were clamouring for a break by this point!

With it being 1000-years old or so, I find the Tower completely captivating and always have. As a child, I first discovered the Princes in the Tower through visiting the fortress and on this visit discovered that 3 queens, Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard and Lady Jane Grey were all buried at the chapel, St Peters Ad Vincula, until Queen Victoria insisted that, as former Queens of England, they be respectfully moved to somewhere more fitting their station in life. Fortresses like the Tower also played a significant role during the Second World War with Hitler’s second-in-command, Rudolf Hess, even being held here briefly.

Sightseeing on a Budget

For those on a budget, as we were, there are also plenty of sights and buildings completely free to access such as the ones we visited including:

  • The British Museum
  • Trafalgar Square
  • National Gallery
  • Tower Bridge

I’ve just included the ones here that we made it to – there are of course numerous others such as Hyde Park, Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and quite a variety of guided walks and tours, including Jack the Ripper tours for any budding Ripperologists.

It was a LOT of walking so bear this in mind for little-legs, breaking it up with lunch stop-offs and a bit of shopping in the afternoon when everyone’s starting to flag a bit!

Shopping

I’m not the biggest fan of shopping for something specific but I do like a good stroll around some interesting and/or unique areas. Particular favourites for us were Leicester Square and the M and M shop, as well as along Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Street where we found a shop my 18 year old is a huge fan of, Lush, which introduced the rest of the family to this fun, animal-friendly shop too. We also managed to sneak a visit in on the way back to Covent Garden to see the street performers and visit the stalls choc-full of interesting mementos.

My husband got to visit one of his favourite shops, Forbidden Planet, and almost directly opposite was The Astrology Shop where I probably spent far more than I should have done but probably not as much as I wanted to!

Soaking up the atmosphere in Leicester Square
Shopping in Covent Garden

Eating & Getting About

As you’d expect, there is a lot of travelling about and needing to re-fuel so it’s worth looking into travel options before you go. We tended to travel by taxi which can get expensive but made life easier and more manageable when mixed in with using the Tube (which I was massively impressed with!), other forms of public transport and walking. There are various passes you can opt for to help cover transportation costs but after a full-day of walking around London, we were glad to just get in a taxi when it all got too much.

Food-wise again we tended to mix it up so stopped off at restaurants and cafes but also kept the cost down sometimes by heading to fast-food outlets too such as McDonalds or heading to the local Sainsbury’s to buy some essentials like bread, coffee, cereal and milk for breakfast.

The Takeaway

For anyone with a love of history, art and culture, I’d strongly recommend London as a place well worth visiting at least once. We’re already planning what we’d like to do next time we visit, Windsor, London Zoo, Legoland…

Always open to ideas though, so where’s your favourite place to visit in London and why?

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Life Hack #2

Get Inspired

If you followed Life Hack #1 and organised your work space hopefully you’re feeling inspired to try Life Hack #2 – a good all-rounder hack.

If you’ve yet to take a look at Life Hack #1 get it here: https://myholisticliving.co.uk/2019/08/15/life-hack-1/

Life Hack #2

Needing some inspiration to get back to the gym, get on with smashing some life goals or even just getting out of bed?

Make a motivational playlist to get you pumped up and raring to go.

I’ve already added

  • Survivor – Eye of the Tiger;
  • Eminem – Rap God;
  • Iggy Azalea – Work;
  • Limp Bizkit – Rollin’; and
  • Rage Against the Machine – Bulls on Parade

Just what I needed to get me ready for Monday! What made your playlist? What did it help you get done?

Life Hack #3 – coming soon…

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Happy Birthday Virgo!

Sun Sign Birthday Special: Virgo

It’s Happy Birthday time to those known as the hardest-working folks in the Zodiac, Virgos! The ideal time then to delve a little deeper and get inside the heads and hearts of those associated with the sign of the Virgin and take a look at what it is that makes them tick…

Who They Are

In a lot of ways, Virgoans are like the Monica Geller of the 12-signs: practical, organised, sharp, grafting and fussy, with an eccentric enthusiasm for cleanliness and a strong desire for security and stability.

Often introverted and modest by nature, they are also known too for their tremendous loyalty and kindness, especially to animals. Being the second of the three Earth signs (Taurus being the first and Capricorn the final), those born under the sign of Virgo tend to have a deep love and connection to the planet if they choose to embrace a love of nature.

Home & Family

As with all the Earth signs, home and family are especially important to the Virgoan who likes to run a very tight ship – with their highly renowned analytical attention to detail and impressive intellect immensely helpful in this regard.

Career

In career, these talents make for valuable assets too, along with good communication and an ability to argue their point successfully and factually as well as being creative; someone who “thinks outside the box”.

Health & Well Being

Virgoans have a tendency to enjoy a good worry! Their analytical mind can tick over the most minutiae of detail that most of us wouldn’t even think of. Understandably, that can make them prone to stress, mental health issues such as anxiety and/or depression, as well as upset nervous and digestive systems generally. It’s important that the Virgoan is allowed to take time to recharge and refresh whether by simply soaking in a relaxing candlelit bubble bath or a full blown massage/spa day to help them switch off from time to time. Yoga and meditation would make excellent forms of both exercise and rejuvenation for the Virgo.

Love & Relationships

The Virgoan in love is loyal and kind, strong, stable – and can be a bit slow to warm up! Virgoans have a reputation of being “picky” so they’re unlikely to be the jump right in type. They usually want to make sure that it will work out, that the person’s right for them and their life. It may not seem romantic but at least you know if you’re picked out by a Virgo, it’s been a well-thought out choice!

General

This slow and steady, down-to-earth approach to life combined with a love for the simple things in life defines the typical Virgo-born but, as with all signs, there can be some difficult typical traits too:

  • A sometimes overwhelming shyness;
  • Overly cautious;
  • Lack of self-confidence and belief;
  • Overly critical;
  • Fastidious;
  • Can appear cold/harsh;
  • Perfectionist

Birthday Ideas

Whilst the Virgoan in your life will no doubt like actual presents too, maybe the best gift you can give for their birthday is letting them know how much you appreciate them and all the little things they do for you.

For the Virgo, taking a day off from it all, even to celebrate their birthday, might feel something of a challenge with their hardworking tendencies. Surprise parties might also be off-limits for the typically shy Virgoan, who can often feel uncomfortable taking centre-stage. Instead, finding a way to help the Virgo unwind, relax and recharge their batteries might be a better received way to celebrate.

Overview

In essence, the Virgoan is a head-over-heart realist with a big heart for the right person. Whilst they can too often chastise others over the smallest matter, (such as not stacking the dish-washer just so) for those who aren’t particularly practical or interested in the day-to-day, mundane matters of life, they can be life-savers, happy to be of service in organising and dealing with these often thankless tasks.

If you’ve got a special Virgo in your life, make sure you let them know how much you appreciate them this birthday and all the little things they do for you year-round. Encourage them to take some well-earned time-off to celebrate together in whatever way they choose and this alone could go a long way towards doing that.

Bear in mind that the above article describes a person’s typical Sun Sign Virgo traits only and that an individual’s full birth chart details would be required to be more accurate to that individual.

If you’re interested in learning more about how astrology works, check out our page:

https://myholisticliving.co.uk/astrology-divination/astrology/ where you can also find a handy link to getting your own Free Birth Chart from Cafe Astrology https://cafeastrology.com/, a favourite astrology site of mine.

Take a look at yours – were there any surprises?

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Want to Feel Amazing?

Try Yoga Nidra

If you’ve never heard of yoga nidra, essentially it’s a type of “yogic sleep” where you’re aiming to get yourself right in that sweet spot between being awake and falling asleep, whilst following a guided meditation through a number of deeply relaxing exercises. In my view, it’s one of the most accessible types of yoga/meditation – as long as you can lie down with your back straight whilst listening and following instructions, it’s open to pretty much anyone.

Said to have been practised by Patanjali and the Buddha themselves amongst numerous other enlightened masters since circa 700 BC under the dualist philosophy of Sankhya, a regular yoga nidra practice unlocks various benefits:

Highly Restorative

It’s commonly reported that 45 minutes of yoga nidra is as restorative as 3 hours of normal sleep due to the deeper levels of brain wave activation accessed.

Stress Buster

Regularly accessing deeper levels of relaxation naturally reduces how stressed a person feels.

Improves Symptoms of Depression & Anxiety

The less stressed we feel the less depressed and anxious we’re likely to feel too.

Increased Creativity

Feeling less stressed, depressed and anxious as well as well-rested and restored allows the mind to expand and feel an urge to create.

Feels Amazing!

All that prana (life-force energy) flowing round the body afterwards feels awesome!

In fact the hardest part of yoga nidra for many is in trying not to fall asleep! For this reason, as well as to ensure that your spine stays straight, I’d suggest practising yoga nidra on a yoga mat rather than on a bed or couch.

If you’re interested in having a go yourself, I’d suggest heading over to You Tube or finding a well-recommended class close to you to be guided in person for your first time. Let me know how you find it.

Feel free to share this article with anyone you think could benefit from it.

Remember to always discuss suitability of any new practice with your healthcare practitioner to ensure appropriateness for your needs.

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Feeling Undecided?

Decisions, Decisions

If you love the story The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C S Lewis but haven’t yet read the prequel to it, The Magician’s Nephew, then first of all get yourself a copy of it as it really sets up the later stories (7 in total), explaining how it is that the wardrobe leads to a magical world, for example.

In fact, it always surprises me how few people know that there even is a prequel. Maybe this is because the 3 Disney films now available in the series start with the second, but better-known, story of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, followed naturally by Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

“The Deeper Magic”

When I was younger and read The Magician’s Nephew, it was just a very good story but, as I’ve said in previous blogs, what makes a story good to me these days is something that stays with you even after you’ve finished reading. In this case, what stayed with me was the following poem from the story:

"Make your choice, adventurous Stranger,
Strike the bell and bide the danger,
Or wonder, till it drives you mad,
What would have followed if you had."


C S Lewis - The Magician's Nephew

Slightly dark for a kids’ book really! A lot of truth in the message though – how many times have we said something to ourselves like “I’d rather do it and regret it afterwards then spend my whole life wondering what might have come of it if I’d done it”. This poem, read as a child just because I liked fantasy stories, is something that comes back to me, again and again, whenever I’m on the fence about something, because it always helps me make up my mind.

What about you – is there a favourite book quote you find comes back to you at certain times? Or could the above poem help you make up your mind?

Which Witch Are You Quiz

Which Witch Are You?

What’s Your Witch-Type?

Much like everyone else, witches and their beliefs come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you consider yourself a witch or not, definitely interesting to see which type you’re similar too.

Examples I am probably most familiar with, and described only in basic and general terms, below include:

Traditional Witch:

Studying the craft in a traditional time-honoured sense especially in their locality. Many modern-day witches practice in this way as Traditional Witches. May include a Ceremonial Witch, strongly rooted to ritual and often calling on other beings.

Hereditary Witch:

The Hereditary Witch is born into the craft with practices mainly handed down through generations but still ability to work individually as well. Likely to be more traditional overall.

Kitchen Witch:

Someone using oils, food, cooking and regular goods to work their magick, rituals and spells. I always think of spells as recipes so could be anyone who’s ever followed a food recipe that technically has experienced this to some extent. The difference of course with a Kitchen Witch is that they are consciously aware of how to use and apply these skills to a variety of situations and enjoys doing so.

Solitary Witch:

As the name suggests a witch who chooses to work her magick alone or has yet to find a coven to work with. Blends well with other witch-types. Some believe that Solitary Witches are witches who have been reincarnated, whose knowledge and abilities become available to them upon entering adolescence.

Hedge Witch:

Believed capable of “hedge-jumping” between other worlds and a messenger is the Hedge Witch. Includes working with the elements, astral-projection and/or herbs. May be where the “broomstick” idea came from.

Eclectic Witch:

An Eclectic Witch draws on all different traditions, religions, practices and culture to operate. Makes their own rules. May or may not believe in a deity. More “free styled”.

Other Types of Witch:

Of course, a quick Google check shows that there are literally dozens more that are less familiar to me, including Cosmic or Dianic.

There are also witches that follow a certain founder such as Gerald Gardner, aka the “Father of Wicca”, Wicca being generally considered the modern-day practice of the religion of witchcraft within relatively structured parameters.

Reading through the above list is helpful if you think you could be a mix of more than one. If you’re more interested in just seeing which you’re most like for a bit of fun, I’ve linked to a quiz below on a site I like, MagiQuiz:

https://www.magiquiz.com/quiz/what-kind-of-witch-are-you/

I got Solitary which didn’t surprise me too much but I’d say I’m probably pretty Eclectic too with a splash of Kitchen Witch thrown in for good measure!

Would be great to hear what you got too and if it seemed accurate?

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Life Hack #1

Less Mess = Less Stress

After a few days annual leave, it was back to work today so only fitting that Life Hack #1 was a work-life hack.

Life Hack #1

Organise your work space. If you hot desk, organise your work bag and/or desktop.

If you don’t need it out that day then put it away!

Try it just for today – I started work 10 minutes early to do this to help get my mind back in work mode and immediately felt more organised.

Strongly recommended after time off!

Life Hack #2 – coming soon…

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What’s Your Greatest Asset?

How to Make the Most of Your Best Feature

Growing up as a teenager in the 90s, articles like this could regularly be found in every young girl’s magazine – how to maximise your bewitching eyes or contagious smile, master a timely hair flick or use make up or clothes to highlight your fantastic face or body shape.

With the arrival of the internet, nowadays, these articles can just as easily be found online but most articles continue to push this idea that your greatest asset or best feature has to be something physical. It’s a rare occurrence, relatively speaking, for it to be suggested that your greatest asset could in fact be unrelated to your physical appearance.

I personally love the following quote:

“Whatever makes you weird is probably your greatest asset”

Joss Whedon

I love this quote because it doesn’t really say whether that asset is a physical attribute or a personality trait, a talent or a skill. It could well be your dazzling smiling that people find captivating or maybe your persuasive personality can charm the birds from the trees. But I bet there’s also something else about you that you’ve been told is “weird”, in a good way, at least once or twice.

For me, I think probably being described as “down-to-earth” a few times suggests to me that this could well be mine. Not that being “down-to-earth” is necessarily something weird but maybe there’s something about me that makes this side of my personality stand out. For instance, maybe it’s because I come across so down-to-earth that I find it incredibly easy to small talk with virtually anyone. The good thing about this skill for me is that, most of the time, I can put people at their ease and build a rapport which certainly makes my job as a further education tutor that much easier when I’m meeting new students all the time.

“You have to be odd to be number one”

Dr Seuss

“Weirdness” for me is just what makes you stand out from everyone else or something unexpected, what marketers would call in business your “unique selling point” so I have to say I completely agree with Joss Whedon and Dr Seuss on this. I suppose it really depends on whatever makes you weird or odd!

Once you’ve figured out what it is about you that is complimented the most, the next thing to do is to learn how to make the most of this feature. So, if you’ve been told you’re funny, whilst you wouldn’t want to overdo it, knowing when and where to make use of this skill might be a way to be more successful – whatever success means to you.

Or, maybe simply being more aware of your strengths so that you can combine and play to all of them is your greatest asset?

Taking even 10 minutes just to sit and think about what makes you tick can help you with this exercise. Take away the job you do, how old you are, whether you’re a parent or not, what’s “expected” of you – if you had the choice, what is it you enjoy doing? That may well be your “weird” thing. How can you now make the most of it?