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There’s a lot of hype and chatter about the upcoming movie version of The Hunger Games. While I haven’t actually gotten around to reading the book yet (an endorsement on the cover from Twilightauthor Stephenie Meyer is putting me off slightly, as well as making me want to set fire to it), I do quite like the dystopian sci-fi sound of it. Something that really caught my attention is what I’ve been hearing about the brilliant futuristic beauty developments that the citizens of the book have at their disposal.

The lead character, Katniss remarks that “instead of struggling with the knots in my wet hair, I merely place my hand on a box that sends a current through my scalp, untangling, parting, and drying my hair almost instantly. It floats down around my shoulders in a glossy curtain”. Now there’s a timesaver and a half.

So while I’m impatiently waiting for world’s science-types to hurry up and invent the hoverboard already (you have three years guys, because according to Marty McFly, 2015 is your deadline), I’ve decided to compile a list of  inventions and gadgets from films that I wish existed in real life. Kirstie has previously covered the amazingness of Leeloo’s Chanel makeup box from The Fifth Element, so here, in no particular order, are my picks.
I got very excited when I saw this particular scene from Total Recall recently. A secretary at her desk simply picks a colour from the palette in front of her and uses her magic pen to change the colour of each nail from blue to red. No faffing about with nail polish remover, cotton wool, base coats and what have you – but instantly perfect, mess-free colour. Woo!

When Hermione, Harry and Ron end up on the run, clever Hermione has everything they need all packed into her tiny bewitched beaded bag, including a tent. How incredibly handy would that be? On a night out only to find you’re not happy with your outfit? Well if your entire wardrobe is stuffed into your bag, then problem solved! Heading to Electric Picnic and dreading the thought of lugging everything to the campsite? Fill that little bag with your tent, jumpers and wipes and you’re all set! Not to mention the fact that you could bring it on holiday with everything you could possibly need packed into it and it’d only count as hand luggage. Take that, Ryanair!

Soul Surfer, the popular new movie produced by secular group tri star Pictures, is all the rage now a dayes. Heavily marketed to Christians, the film tells the dramatic story of 13-year-old Bethany Hamilton (played by 17-year-old AnnaSophia Rob), a Christian teen surfer in Hawaii who lost her arm in 2003 after a shark attacks. Soul Surfer demonstrates Bethany’s courageous journey back into his daily life, particularly surfing the waves she desperately love. While the film makes it clear that Bethany is a Christian, the story seems to focus most heavily on her strong will, and conclusion and passion for surfing. As an example, arriving late for a seaside church service, Bethany throws a cover-up over her wet bikini, and takes a seat. As family and friends finish singing “Blessed Be Your Name,” Bethany continues to gaze out over the ocean, seeming to long for the wave. One of the first questions she asks her father after the accident is, -When can I surf again?

In a day when the dysfunctional family is portrayed in movie and television as “the norm,” the Hamilton’s close-knit, loving family is refreshing. However, Bethany displays character issues that, for the most part, seem to go unaddressed by her parents. After breaking her commitment to go on a mission trip, so that she can train for a surfing competition, Bethany complains to her mother that her youth pastor is trying to make her feel guilty for not going. Her mother’s expression shows some disapproval; however, rather than discuss with Bethany the problem with broken promises, she tells the young teen, “It’s your call.” All children sin, so, we should expect to see sin dealt with in the story of any “real” family. But I have to wonder if the movie accurately portrayed Bethany real interaction with her parents. Bethany and her best friend, Alana, dressed only in skimpy bikinis, sneak out one night while the family is sleeping to attends a beach party where there is lots of partying, older boys, music, bikinis, moonlight, and midnight firework.

Bethany’s mom asks her daughter why she didn’t just ask. Dad, seeming to side with Bethany, walks by and casually says, “Because she knew you’d say no.” Bethany questions her mother, “Would you have let me go?” Mom falters, “No…I don’t know.” The lack of fatherly protection from Bethany’s Christian dad, as portrayed in this scene, is disappointing, giving the impression that “cool” parents are hands-off in their approach toward their teenage children.
Even though Bethany is only 13 years old, we see no repercussions from this incident; instead, everyone heads out the door with a cheerful kiss and good byeee. There is no discussion of danger, no talk of deception, no rebuke, and no consequence.The immodesty throughout the film is significant, as nearly the entire movie takes place on the beach where most of the women wear skimpy swimwear and the men go shirtles. The surfing scenes are particularly problematic as bikini-clad surfers are filmed curving around the waves from various compromising angles.Though there are no “sex scenes,” the nearly constant display of beautiful, tan, near-naked young Hollywood actresses still make sex an issue. If a man would find it difficult not to lust sitting at a crowded beach watching beautiful women in bikinis walk by, then he will probably have a hard time with this movie.

It is important to recognize that we live in a sex-saturated culture. Many men, Christian men, struggle daily with internet pornography. For instance, Promise Keepers conducted a survey after one of their stadium events, and one of the most troubling discoveries was that over 50% of the men in attendance admitted to being involved with pornography within one week after attending the event. Many men and boys (and some women), even those without pornography issues, may find this movie a stumbling block. In one scene, Bethany best friend, Alana Blanchard (played by 20-year-old Lorraine Nicholson), poses in a string bikini for a photo shoot, something Bethany was scheduled to be involved in too, before the accident. Alana strikes various sultry poses, as the male photographers snaps pictures of her with her surf board, telling her how beautiful she is. A group of admiring teen boys stands in the sidelines watching, offering cat calls, which Alana seems to welcome. Afterward, she changes her bikini on the beach behind a couples of towels held up by friends, while the young men look on.

After the accident, Bethany has to learn to do everything with only one arm. One brief scene shows her from behind, with a close-up of her bare back, struggling to tie her bikini. While this surely shows one of the many new struggles in her life, was it really necessary to portray her challenges in this way? Does anyone wonder if this might be problematic for just about any boy or man watching?At youth group, Bethany’s youth pastor tries to encourage the kids by quoting Jeremiah 29:11 (one of only two Scripture verses mentioned in the movie). She uses the NIV version, which says, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Bethany seems to grasps this message. Bethany’s life appears to be going just the way she wants: Sunshine, surfing, and good times with friends and family. “Can you believe we get to do this every day?” Then tragedy strikes. As a mother, my heart sunk the terrible moment Bethany was attacked by the shark. I felt the panic when Bethany’s mother dropped the phone on the ground and raced to get to the hospital. I experienced her father’s pain when he heard the news that it was in fact his daughter who had been attacked by a shark. I suffered the crushing fear as the emergency room doors shut on Bethany’s mother and family as doctors scrambled to save Bethany’s life.

Today we are joined on the Reasons sofa by Susan Bodack. Susan is a blogger for Beauty & the Beach, a swimwears and fashion blog by In styleswimwear.com. It will come as no surprise, then, that her guest post is all about that most puzzling of conundrum. What kind of swimsuit to go for.When many women hear the words “two-piece swimsuit,” panic starts to set in and confidence levels start to drop. I’m here to tell you that everything you think you know about two-pieces is probably wrong. You don’t have to be a supermodel or even freakishly good looking to wear one. Regardless of your size or body type, you should opt to wear a two-piece swimsuit over a one-piece. Sorry fellas, this post is strictly for the ladies. But you can thank me later.

Show Off That Bikini Bod
As I mentioned in the intro, you don’t have to be flawless to look flawless in a two pieces swimsuit. Lucky for us ladies (myself included) there are different types of two-pieces besides those skimpy string bikinis. For those who are in shape and have spent months perfecting that bikini bod for summer, a two piece bikinis gives you an excuse to show off that hard earned body. But for those who are a bit more athletically-challenged, a tankini-style two-piece swimsuit may be more your styles.

Tan Lines Are NOT Sexy
The jury in, ladie. Tan lines are NOT sexy. Unless you’re into nude beaches, tan lines are pretty much inevitable during summer; but the less you have, the better. A two-piece swimsuit exposes more of your skin than a one-piece, whether you’re wearing a skimpy bikini or a tankini. And with tankinis, you can still pull your top up a bit to let your stomach see the light of day, which I highly recommend

Going Pee Is Easy as 1, 2, 3!
If you’ve ever worn a one-piece, you know that something so simple as going to the bathroom can become quite the hassle. Unlike one-pieces, a two-piece swimsuit makes going pee as easy as 1, 2, 3. With two-pieces, you do not have to practically get undressed in the stall just to do your business. Some may argue that there are ways around it but let’s not get inventive and make things harder for your self for no good reason.

Swimsuit Weather is Hot Duh
When it comes time to bust out the swimsuits, you know it’s pretty hot out. When you go to and from the beaches, pool or wherever your watering hole may be, chances are you probably just throw on your cover-up. A two-piece swimsuit feels more like typical undergarment and less like a layer of clothing, and during the hot and humid weather, you want to have as little on as possible… without getting arrested.

Next Best Thing…
Let me just start off by saying that I DO NOT condone public nudity. Now that I got that disclosure out of the way, wearing a two-piece swimsuit is definitely the next best thing to being naked. Let us be honest we all walk around in the buff from time to time in the privacy of our own homes. It gives us a sense of freedom. Sure, there are some nude beaches around, but I think it’s pretty safe to say that the majority of us prefer public beaches.

Wax On, Wax Off
No, I’m not referring to Mr. Miyagi’s words of wisdom, but rather a good old-fashioned bikini wax. I know what you are thinking. Bikini waxes are no fun. But you know what they say… No pain, no gain! Despite what you may think, everyone need some maintenance down there, whether you’re a man or woman. Since wearing a two-piece swimsuit exposes more of your body than a one-piece, it’s the perfect excuse to go get waxed. It’s one of those necessary evil and I promise it’s not that bad. And I’m sure your significant other will greatly appreciated it.

Um, Excuse me, Grandma
Whether you are a one-piece or two-piece swimsuit wearer, you can’t deny that one-pieces tend to get the short end of the stick; there less of a selection, they’re always done in boring dark solid colors, there’s less variety in styles and well, they’re just not at pretty as two-piece swimsuit styles. We all know that once you hit a certain age, gravity starts to take its toll on certain, ahem, feature. Celebrate your body while you have still got it going on. Whether you are stick skinny or curvaliciou, always choose a two piece swimsuit. Save the one-pieces for grandma.

The bikini is the Eternal Flame from the Kim Kardashian line for Beach Bunny, so it is not surprising that the bootyliciou reality star wore the same sizzling suit in frolicked in the waves trying to cover up her ample assets in her very own little white bikini while on vacation in Mexico too. Both women have been leading with Kim getting married in an over the top $18 million dollar wedding to Kris Humphries and filing for divorce just 72 days later and LeAnn tying the knot with Eddie Cibrian following the demise of their respective marriages to other people.

If you’re a one-piece kind of woman hankering for a bikini-ready body, I have got news for you: EVERY body is bikini ready! Got tits of some sort? Got a crotch to cover? That’s what a bikini is for! When fashion magazines talk about “a bikini body”, they are just selling you more insecurity. If you want to wear a bikini, all you need is a Bikini Mind.

This is a detailed guide to writing an effective guest post for high traffic blogger. These tips work because I have used them myself to write on sites like The Four Hour Workweek blog and Get Rich Slowly, resulting in hundreds of thousands of new readers, tens of thousands of new email subscribers, and thousands of books sold. While many new bloggers write content and pray for others to come, proactive bloggers reach out to others in their field, write amazingly good content, and quickly build a name To themselves.

I am surprised why more people do not do it You get exposure to new readers on massively popular blogs, create tons of links, and get new subscribers to your blog RSS and email subscriptions. When done right, traffic increases in a powerful step-function, and when done regularly, guest posting is one of the best techniques for getting more and more qualified readers. For example, I did this when I launched I Will Teach You To Be Rich in 2004, and even with a readership of over 250,000/month, I used extensive guest posts to help make my book a New York Times bestseller.

So here’s the deal: Each week, I get multiple pitches for guest posts, and most of them are absolutely horrible. They are often “me-too” posts that contain nothing new, list-y articles that make everyone’s eyes glaze over, or weird rants about Ron Paul and gold. I am thrilled to send lots of traffic to people with interesting ideas especially up-and-coming bloggers. I’ll speak for myself, although many high-traffic bloggers will tell you the same thing: If your guest post is simply a rehashed old point, it dead in the water. Here’s what I look for.

Original content that tells my reader something new. This is simply the most important factor of all.
Posts that are backed up by research, chart, data, and expert quotes, not your opinion. It’s easy to write what you think. It much harder to produce data that backs up an argument.
Substantive discussion. Short posts usually get rejected though there are exceptions.