Brooklyn Nets run it back with Patty Mills, Paul Millsap, Cam Thomas and LaMarcus Aldridge

For much of second half of last season, the Brooklyn Nets were the favorites to win the first championship in the franchise’s history. Under Coach Steve Nash and the Big Three of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving, the team breezed through the regular season, finishing second in the Eastern Conference, just behind the Philadelphia 76ers.

Despite that second place, the Nets were the team to watch as far as most experts were concerned and things started brightly enough with a 4-1 demolition of the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. It all ground to a halt, however, as the Milwaukee Bucks came through by the narrowest of 4-3 scorelines.

Championship goals for 2022

It’s no surprise it’s championship aor bust this year for the Brooklyn Nets.

With the current NBA campaign about kick off, betting markets will soon be in place ahead of the 2022 season. According to SBO, the Nets will feature very strongly once again and coach Nash’s side may even be clear favorites for the Larry O’Brien trophy.

Before the season begins, important trades and drafts will take place and they will have a direct impact on the betting. Fortunately, sbo.net’s panel of sportsbooks will react quickly to any developments and those odds will be updated as soon as anything changes.

Readers of this website can also catch up on the latest basketball news, particularly when anything happens with an NBA focus. From there, it will be possible to take that interest further with sign up offers available from that selection of sportsbooks. A range of funding options and customer service facilities are also in place.

It will be a useful website for anyone betting on the NBA but should they be putting their faith in the Brooklyn Nets ahead of the 2021/22 season?

Strengethened roster for 2022

While the Milwaukee Bucks subsequently eliminated the Nets in a hotly-contested series, the Nets come into the 2021-22 season as the favorites. 

Many of the Nets key players from last season remain on the roster for the new campaign. Kevin Durant is the highest paid player on the roster and is pivotal to the team’s chances next season. He will return for the upcoming, as will Kyrie Irving who is equally experienced and honored by his contemporaries.

That’s even after a little bit of a shake-up after Spencer Dinwiddie opted out of his contract and was traded to the Washington Wizards. That turned out to be the one piece of bad news in what turned out to be a really, really good offseason for the Brooklyn franchise.

The team may have lost Dinwiddie, but they brought in veterans Patty Mills, Paul Millsap and LaMarcus Aldridge came back from retirement making them another very experienced team with a lot of all-stars. the team drafted Cam Thomas at #27 and the former-LSU player turned out to be the Summer League Co-MVP

Joe Harris continues to learn on the job and provide consistent shooting to stretch out the floor for Irving, Harden and Durant. The big thing that the Nets have to worry about are injuries to their stars, but with a really strong roster bolstered by former all-stars Blake Griffin, Aldridge, and Millsap as well as Mills, Brooklyn is much more capable of dealing with a few minor injuries and leaves of absence this upcoming season.

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The Full List: Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Songs of All-Time (2021 Updated)

Since you’re here, you’re very-likely aware that Rolling Stone magazine recently released an updated version of their popular, controversial and infamous “Top 500 Songs of All-Time” list that first irritated the internet waaaaay back in 2004.

Referring to it as the “definitive list of the 500 greatest songs of all time,” that first list caused a lot of buzz and heated discussions in and out of the music industry. Oh, all the arguments that must have been happening on MySpace in 2004.

Now approaching two decades after the first list, the music mag re-released an updated list of “historic favorites, world-changing anthems, and new classics” with the help of over 200 artists, writers, and industry figures.

The 2021 list has much more flavor

It’s been 17 years since that original list. MySpace is no longer around to post your opinions on whether Nirvana’s ‘Come As You Are’ is better than the 452nd best song ever, you’ll have to do that on Instagram now.

And not only are we now discussing music on different social media platforms, the version 2.0 looks completely different too; with the panel of critics swapping out more than 50% of the songs that appeared on that original 2004 list. A gut renovation of that initial list.

This year’s list is much more diverse with a large chunk of the newer entries coming from the hip-hop, R&B, and Latin pop genres.

Okay enough talking. You came here to see the full list, so here’s Rolling Stone’s 2021 full list of the 500 greatest songs ever, starting from #500 all the way to #1.

Full List: Rolling Stone's 500 Best Songs
Rank Song Artist Year
500 Stronger Kanye West 2007
499 Baby Love The Supremes 1964
498 Pancho and Lefty Townes Van Zandt 1972
497 Truth Hurts Lizzo 2017
496 Without You Nilsson 1971
495 You’re So Vain Carly Simon 1972
494 Time After Time Cyndi Lauper 1983
493 Where Is My Mind The Pixies 1988
492 So What Miles Davis 1959
491 Welcome to the Jungle Guns ‘n’ Roses 1987
490 Old Town Road Lil Nas X 2019
489 Cannonball The Breeders 1993
488 House of Balloons The Weeknd 2011
487 Cranes in the Sky Solange 2016
486 A Milli Lil Wayne 2009
485 212 Azealia Banks 2011
484 Buddy Holly Weezer 1994
483 I Can’t Help Myself Four Tops 1965
482 Bad Romance Lady Gaga 2009
481 Cross Road Blues Robert Johnson 1937
480 Just a Friend Biz Markie 1989
479 Oye Como Va Santana 1970
478 Back That Azz Up Juvenile 1998
477 Our Lips Are Sealed The Go-Gos 1981
476 Sunday Morning Coming Down Kris Kristofferson 1970
475 Rhythm Nation Janet Jackson 1989
474 Move On Up Curtis Mayfield 1970
473 Stand By Your Man Tammy Wynette 1968
472 Solsbury Hill Peter Gabriel 1977
471 The House of the Rising Sun The Animals 1964
470 Midnight Train to Georgia Gladys Knight and the Pips 1973
469 Goodbye Earl Dixie Chicks 2000
468 Fade Into You Mazzy Star 1993
467 Come As You Are Nirvana 1991
466 Never Too Much Luther Vandross 1981
465 Get Lucky Daft Punk 2013
464 Help Me Joni Mitchell 1974
463 Boom Boom John Lee Hooker 1962
462 Into the Mystic Van Morrison 1970
461 Crying Roy Orbison 1962
460 Ku Klux Klan Steel Pulse 1978
459 No Ordinary Love Sade 1992
458 Loser Beck 1993
457 Livin’ on a Prayer Bon Jovi 1986
456 Summertime Sadness Lana Del Rey 2012
455 White Rabbit Jefferson Airplane 1967
454 Bam Bam Sister Nancy 1982
453 The Rain Missy Elliot 1997
452 Africa Toto 1982
451 Bad and Boujee Migos 2016
450 Powderfinger Neil Young 1979
449 Don’t Fear the Reaper Blue Oyster Cult 1976
448 Tyrone Erykah Badu 1997
447 Help! The Beatles 1965
446 Rosalita Bruce Springsteen 1973
445 Cosmic Dancer T. Rex 1971
444 In Da Club 50 Cent 2003
443 Sugar, We’re Going Down Fall Out Boy 2005
442 Ace of Spades Motorhead 1980
441 The House That Built Me Miranda Lambert 2010
440 If I Ain’t Got You Alicia Keys 2003
439 La Vida Es un Carnaval Celia Cruz 1998
438 Savage (Remix) Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyonce 2020
437 Passionate Kisses Lucinda Williams 1988
436 Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen 2012
435 Limelight Rush 1981
434 Sheena Is a Punk Rocker Ramones 1977
433 West End Girls Pet Shop Boys 1984
432 Summertime Blues Eddie Cochran 1958
431 Adore Prince 1987
430 They Reminiscence Over You Peter Rock and CL Smooth 1992
429 Under Pressure Queen and David Bowie 1981
428 Sign of the Times Harry Styles 2017
427 Rapper’s Delight Sugarhill Gang 1979
426 Super Bass Nicki Minaj 2010
425 Mannish Boy Muddy Waters 1955
424 No Diggity Blackstreet 1996
423 Criminal Fiona Apple 1996
422 Flava in Your Ear Craig Mack 1994
421 How Soon Is Now The Smiths 1984
420 California Dreamin’ Mamas and the Papas 1965
419 Fantasy Mariah Carey 1995
418 Green Onions Booker T 1962
417 Uptown Funk Mark Ronson 2015
416 Alive Pearl Jam 1991
415 Enjoy the Silence Depeche Mode 1990
414 Dreaming Blondie 1979
413 Gloria Them 1965
412 Buffalo Stance Neneh Cherry 1988
411 Heavy Metal Drummer Wilco 2002
410 Whipping Post Allman Brother’s Band 1969
409 Everlong Foo Fighters 1997
408 Father and Son Cat Stevens 1970
407 Free Bird Skynyrd 1973
406 Sucker MC’s Run-DMC 1984
405 Amor Prohibido Selena 1994
404 Rock and Roll All Nite Kiss 1974
403 Ain’t Nobody Rufus and Chaka Khan 1983
402 Lovely Day Bill Withers 1977
401 Go Your Own Way Fleetwood Mac 1977
400 Station to Station David Bowie 1976
399 You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) Sylvester 1978
398 Hungry Like the Wolf Duran Duran 1982
397 Bring the Noise Public Enemy 1987
396 Alison Elvis Costello 1977
395 Planet Rock Afrika Bambaataa 1982
394 Grace Jeff Buckley 1994
393 Say It Loud James Brown 1968
392 Fix You Coldplay 2005
391 Springsteen Eric Church 2011
390 Enter Sandman Metallica 1991
389 Brass in Pocket Pretenders 1879
388 Party Up (Up in Here) DMX 1999
387 Personality Crisis The New York Dolls 1973
386 Lola The Kinks 1970
385 I’m Coming Out Diana Ross 1980
384 I Like It Cardi B 2018
383 Redbone Childish Gambino 2016
382 Paper Bag Fiona Apple 1999
381 Typical Girls The Slits 1979
380 Radiation Vibe Fountains of Wayne 1996
379 Untitled (How Does It Feel) D’Angelo 2000
378 Mr. Brightside The Killers 2003
377 Pictures of You The Cure 1989
376 Mama Tried Merle Haggard 1968
375 Up On the Roof Drifters 1964
374 Be Thankful for What You Got William DeVaughn 1974
373 Hotline Bling Drake 2015
372 I Can’t Make You Love Me Bonnie Raitt 1991
371 Bennie and the Jets Elton John 1973
370 Peggy Sue Buddy Holly 1958
369 Just What I Needed The Cars 1978
368 Black Hole Sun Soundgarden 1994
367 Thinkin’ About You Frank Ocean 2012
366 Da Doo Run Run The Crystals 1962
365 God Save the Queen The Sex Pistols 1977
364 Box of Rain Grateful Dead 1970
363 Could You Be Loved Bob Marley 1980
362 Merry Go Round Kacey Musgraves 2013
361 The Harder They Come Jimmy Cliff 1972
360 Little Red Corvette Prince 1982
359 Killing Me Softly with His Song The Fugees 1996
358 Because the Night Patti Smith 1978
357 Blank Space Taylor Swift 2014
356 Surrender Cheap Trick 1978
355 Don’t Leave Me This Way Thelma Houston 1976
354 Rock With You Michael Jackson 1979
353 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) The Eurythmics 1983
352 It Was a Good Day Ice Cube 1992
351 Ponta De Lanca Africano (Umbabarauma) Jorge Ben 1976
350 Angel in Montgomery John Prine 1971
349 Time of the Season Zombies 1968
348 Virginia Plain Roxy Music 1972
347 Heartbreak Hotel Elvis 1956
346 Dynamite BTS 2020
345 It’s Too Late Carole King 1971
344 Iron Man Black Sabbath 1971
343 What a Fool Believes The Doobie Brothers 1979
342 Promised Land Chuck Berry 1964
341 I’m a Believer Monkees 1966
340 (White Man) in Hammersmith Palais The Clash 1978
339 1999 Prince 1982
338 Paranoid Black Sabbath 1970
337 Believe Cher 1998
336 She’s Gone Hall and Oates 1973
335 Move Your Body (The House Music Anthem) Marshall Jefferson 1986
334 Ripple Grateful Dead 1970
333 Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone The Temptations 1972
332 Umbrella Rihanna 2007
331 Please Mr. Postman The Marvelettes 1961
330 Big Poppa The Notorious B.I.G. 1994
329 Safaera Bad Bunny 2020
328 Under the Bridge Red Hot Chili Peppers 1991
327 Real Love Mary J. Blige 1992
326 Portions for Foxes Rilo Kiley 2004
325 Lust for Life Iggy Pop 1977
324 Scenes from an Italian Restaurant Billy Joel 1977
323 All I Have to Do Is Dream Everly Brothers 1958
322 After the Gold Rush Neil Young 1970
321 I Still Haven’t Found U2 1987
320 California Love 2Pac 1995
319 Everybody Wants to Rule the World Tears for Fears 1985
318 Hound Dog Big Mama Thornton 1953
317 Visions of Johanna Bob Dylan 1966
316 Leader of the Pack Shangri-Las 1964
315 Part 1 – Acknowledgement John Coltrane 1965
314 I Wanna Be Your Dog The Stooges 1969
313 The Tears of a Clown Smokey Robinson and the Miracles 1967
312 Walk on By Isaac Hayes 1969
311 Hotel California Eagles 1977
310 Light My Fire The Doors 1967
309 Ain’t No Sunshine Bill Withers 1971
308 Divorce Song Liz Phair 1993
307 Crazy Gnarls Barkley 2006
306 Chain of Fools Aretha Franklin 1967
305 Every Breath You Take The Police 1983
304 Trans-Europe Express Kraftwerk 1977
303 No Scrubs TLC 1999
302 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 1975
301 Night Moves Bob Seger 1978
300 Rock Lobster B-52s 1978
299 I Put a Spell on You Jay Hawkins 1956
298 Jungleland Bruce Springsteen 1975
297 Wouldn’t It Be Nice Beach Boys 1966
296 Rebel Girl Bikini Kill 1996
295 Won’t Get Fooled Again The Who 1971
294 Sweet Jane Velvet Underground 1970
293 School’s Out Alice Cooper 1973
292 Can I Kick it A Tribe Called Quest 1990
291 In the Air Tonight Phil Collins 1981
290 Yeah Usher 2004
289 Atlantic City Bruce Springsteen 1982
288 That’s the Joint The Funky Four Plus One 1980
287 You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC 1980
286 Dancing Queen ABBA 1976
285 Say My Name Destiny’s Child 1999
284 Suzanne Leonard Cohen 1967
283 Georgia On My Mind Ray Charles 1960
282 Never Tear Us Apart INXS 1988
281 Grindin Clipse 2002
280 Penny Lane The Beatles 1967
279 Karma Police Radiohead 1997
278 Pressure Drop Toots and the Maytals 1970
277 Bo Diddley Bo Diddley 1955
276 Ever Fallen in Love Buzzcocks 1977
275 Sail Away Randy Newman 1972
274 Love and Happiness Al Green 1972
273 Killing Me Softly With His Song Roberta Flack 1973
272 The Boys are Back in Town Thin Lizzy 1976
271 A Whiter Shade of Pale Procol Harum 1967
270 Closer Nine Inch Nails 1994
269 Unchained Melody The Righteous Brothers 1965
268 Shout (Parts 1 and 2) The Isley Brothers 1959
267 Take Care Drake 2011
266 King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown Augustus Pablo 1974
265 Left of the Dial The Replacements 1985
264 Let’s Get It On Marvin Gaye 1973
263 Coat of Many Colors Dolly Parton 1971
262 American Tune Paul Simon 1973
261 Pusherman Curtis Mayfield 1972
260 Get Up Stand Up The Wailers 1973
259 Heart of Gold Neil Young 1972
258 The Revolution Will Not Be Televised Gil-Scott Heron 1971
257 Heat Wave Martha and the Vandellas 1963
256 Master of Puppets Metallica 1986
255 Coal Miner’s Daughter Loretta Lynn 1970
254 Stop! In the Name of Love The Supremes 1965
253 Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain Willie Nelson 1975
252 Flash Light Parliament 1977
251 I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor 1978
250 Purple Haze Jimi Hendrix 1967
249 Bad Reputation Joan Jett 1980
248 Straight Outta Compton N.W.A. 1988
247 River Joni Mitchell 1971
246 Ooh La La Faces 1973
245 Sabotage Beastie Boys 1994
244 Summer Babe (Winter Version) Pavement 1992
243 Eleanor Rigby The Beatles 1966
242 Great Balls of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis 1957
241 The Humpty Dance The Digital Underground 1990
240 I Want It That Way Backstreet Boys 1999
239 September Gurls Big Star 1974
238 Are You That Somebody Aaliyah 1998
237 Your Cheatin’ Heart Hank Williams 1953
236 Lean on Me Bill Withers 1972
235 Blue Monday New Order 1983
234 You Keep Me Hangin’ On Supremes 1966
233 Groove Is in the Heart Deee-Lite 1990
232 My Generation The Who 1965
231 I Wanna Dance with Somebody Whitney Houston 1987
230 Mr. Tambourine Man The Byrds 1965
229 This Land is Your Land Woody Guthrie 1951
228 Single Ladies Beyonce 2008
227 Fortunate Son CCR 1969
226 There Is a Light That Never Goes Out The Smiths 1986
225 Both Sides Now Joni Mitchell 1969
224 Layla Derek and the Dominoes 1970
223 Stan Eminem 2000
222 Suite: Judy Blue Eyes Crosby, Stills & Nash 1969
221 River Deep – Mountain High Ike and Tina Turner 1966
220 Bizarre Love Triangle New Order 1986
219 Free Fallin’ Tom Petty 1989
218 In the Midnight Hour Wilson Pickett 1965
217 Edge of Seventeen Stevie Nicks 1981
216 Jailhouse Rock Elvis 1957
215 Shook Ones (Pt. II) Mobb Deep 1995
214 Deacon Blues Steely Dan 1977
213 Paint It Black The Rolling Stones 1966
212 More Than a Feeling Boston 1976
211 With or Without You U2 1987
210 One Nation Under a Groove Funkadelic 1978
209 Boys of Summer Don Henley 1984
208 Doll Parts Hole 1994
207 Killing in the Name Rage Against the Machine 1992
206 Wichita Lineman Glen Campbell 1968
205 …Baby One More Time Britney Spears 1998
204 Young Americans David Bowie 1975
203 Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours Stevie Wonder 1970
202 Your Song Elton John 1970
201 Ring of Fire Johnny Cash 1963
200 Changes David Bowie 1971
199 Dream On Aerosmith 1973
198 Sexual Healing Marvin Gaye 1982
197 I Can’t Stand the Rain Ann Peebles 1973
196 Sex Machine James Brown 1970
195 Crazy Patsy Cline 1961
194 Rid of Me PJ Harvey 1993
193 Wild Horses Rolling Stones 1971
192 Mind Playing Tricks on Me Geto Boys 1991
191 Ode to Billie Joe Bobby Gentry 1967
190 Fuck the Police N.W.A. 1988
189 Space Oddity David Bowie 1969
188 Little Wing Jimi Hendrix 1967
187 Subterranean Homesick Blues Bob Dylan 1965
186 I’ll Take You There Staple Singers 1972
185 Beat It Michael Jackson 1982
184 Nothing Compares to U Sinead O’Connor 1990
183 You Are the Sunshine of My Life Stevie Wonder 1972
182 The Sounds of Silence Simon and Garfunkel 1964
181 Eight Miles High The Byrds 1966
180 Walk on the Wild Side Lou Reed 1972
179 Comfortably Numb Pink Floyd 1979
178 Bad Guy Billie Eilish 2019
177 Jump Van Halen 1983
176 You Really Got Me The Kinks 1964
175 I Only Have Eyes for You Flamingos 1959
174 Radio Free Europe R.E.M. 1983
173 Marquee Moon Television 1977
172 Mississippi Goddam Nina Simone 1964
171 What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong 1967
170 In the Still of the Nite Five Satins 1956
169 American Girl Tom Petty 1976
168 ‘Son of a Preacher Man Dusty Springfield 1968
167 Lose Yourself Eminem 2002
166 All the Young Dudes Mott the Hoople 1972
165 I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry Hank Williams 1949
164 Mr. Tambourine Man Bob Dylan 1965
163 Landslide Fleetwood Mac 1975
162 Pink Moon Nick Drake 1972
161 Into the Groove Madonna 1985
160 Nightswimming R.E.M. 1992
159 Baba O’Riley The Who 1971
158 Cissy Strut Meters 1969
157 Teenage Riot Sonic Youth 1988
156 Louie Louie The Kinsgmen 1963
155 Last Nite The Strokes 2001
154 Spoonful Howlin’ Wolf 1960
153 Super Freak James Brown 1981
152 Proud Mary CCR 1969
151 Will You Love Me Tomorrow Shirelles 1960
150 Basket Case Green Day 1994
149 Rocket Man Elton John 1972
148 Kashmir Led Zeppelin 1975
147 Blueberry Hill Fats Domino 1956
146 Fire and Rain James Taylor 1970
145 Ms. Jackson Outkast 2000
144 Jumpin’ Jack Flash Rolling Stones 1968
143 London Calling The Clash 1980
142 He Stopped Loving Her Today George Jones 1980
141 Maggie May Rod Stewart 1971
140 No Woman No Cry Bob Marley 1975
139 Vogue Madonna 1990
138 Heart of Glass Blondie 1979
137 Thank U, Next Arianna Grande 2019
136 Try a Little Tenderness Otis Redding 1966
135 She Loves You The Beatles 1964
134 What’s Love Got to Do With It Tina Turner 1984
133 Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey 1981
132 Paid in Full Eric B. and Rakim 1987
131 Stand by Me Ben E. King 1961
130 Dancing in the Street Martha and the Vandellas 1964
129 Hold On We’re Going Home Drake 2013
128 Whole Lotta Love Led Zeppelin 1969
127 Waterfalls TLC 1995
126 Freedom! ‘90’ George Michael 1990
125 Anarchy in the U.K. The Sex Pistols 1977
124 That’ll Be the Day Buddy Holly 1957
123 This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody) Talking Heads 1983
122 People Get Ready Impressions 1965
121 Let It Be The Beatles 1970
120 Oh Bondage! Up Yours! X-Ray Spex 1977
119 I Heard It Through the Grapevine Marvin Gaye 1968
118 Creep Radiohead 1992
117 I Say a Little Prayer Aretha Franklin 1968
116 It Takes Two Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock 1988
115 At Last Etta James 1960
114 Toxic Britney Spears 2003
113 Higher Ground Stevie Wonder 1973
112 Losing My Religion REM 1991
111 Thunder Road Bruce Springsteen 1975
110 Something The Beatles 1969
109 Everyday People Sly and the Family Stone 1968
108 Just Like Heaven The Cure 1987
107 C.R.E.A.M. Wu-Tang Clan 1994
106 Sympathy for the Devil The Rolling Stones 1968
105 Life on Mars? David Bowie 1971
104 I Want You Back Jackson 5 1969
103 You Oughta Know Alanis Morisette 1995
102 Maybelline Chuck Berry 1955
101 Maps Yeah Yeah Yeahs 2003
100 Blowin’ in the Wind Bob Dylan 1963
99 ‘Stayin’ Alive Bee Gees 1977
98 In My Life The Beatles 1965
97 Gloria Patti Smith 1975
96 99 Problems Jay-Z 2003
95 Wonderwall Oasis 1995
94 I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston 1992
93 Since U Been Gone Kelly Clarkson 2004
92 Good Golly Miss Molly Little Richard 1958
91 Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You) UKG 2007
90 You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman Aretha Franklin 1967
89 Hey Jude The Beatles 1968
88 Sweet Child O’ Mine Guns ‘N’ Roses 1987
87 All My Friends LCD Soundsystem 2007
86 Tumbling Dice The Rolling Stones 1972
85 Kiss Prince 1986
84 Let’s Stay Together Al Green 1971
83 Desolation Row Bob Dylan 1965
82 Rolling in the Deep Adele 2011
81 I’m Waiting for the Man Velvet Underground 1967
80 What’d I Say Ray Charles 1957
79 Back to Black Amy Winehouse 2006
78 Reach Out (I’ll Be There) The Four Tops 1967
77 Roadrunner Modern Lovers 1976
76 I Walk the Line Johnny Cash 1956
75 Common People Pulp 1996
74 Hallelujah Leonard Cohen 1984
73 Formation Beyonce 2016
72 Yesterday The Beatles 1965
71 Fast Car Tracy Chapman 1988
70 Suspicious Minds Elvis 1969
69 All Too Well Taylor Swift 2013
68 Good Times Chic 1979
67 Tangled Up in Blue Bob Dylan 1975
66 Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon and Garfunkel 1970
65 September Earth, Wind & Fire 1978
64 Blitzkrieg Bop The Ramones 1976
63 Jolene Dolly Parton 1974
62 One U2 1992
61 Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin 1971
60 Running Up That Hill Kate Bush 1985
59 The Message Grandmaster Flash 1982
58 The Weight The Band 1968
57 Family Affair Sly and the Family Stone 1971
56 Work It Missy Elliott 2000
55 Like a Prayer Madonna 1989
54 The Tracks of My Tears The Miracles 1965
53 Good Vibrations The Beach Boys 1966
52 I Feel Love Donna Summer 1977
51 Walk on By Dionne Warwick 1964
50 Gasolina Daddy Yankee 2010
49 Doo Wop (That Thing) Lauryn Hill 1998
48 Idioteque Radiohead 2000
47 Tiny Dancer Elton John 1972
46 Paper Planes M.I.A. 2008
45 Alright Kendrick Lamar 2015
44 Billie Jean Michael Jackson 1982
43 My Girl Temptations 1965
42 Redemption Song Bob Marley 1980
41 Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division 1980
40 All Along the Watchtower Jimi Hendrix 1968
39 B.O.B. Outkast 2000
38 (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay Otis Redding 1967
37 When Doves Cry Prince 1984
36 Seven Nation Army White Stripes 2003
35 Tutti Frutti Little Richard 1955
34 Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag James Brown 1966
33 Johnny B. Goode Chuck Berry 1958
32 Juicy Notorious B.I.G. 1994
31 Satisfaction Rolling Stones 1965
30 Royals Lorde 2011
29 Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang Dr. Dre 1992
28 Once in a Lifetime Talking Heads 1980
27 Born to Run Bruce Springsteen 1975
26 A Case of You Joni Mitchell 1971
25 Runaway Kanye West 2010
24 A Day in the Life The Beatles 1967
23 ’Heroes’ David Bowie 1977
22 Be My Baby Ronettes 1963
21 Strange Fruit Billie Holiday 1939
20 Dancing on My Own Robyn 2010
19 Imagine John Lennon 1971
18 Purple Rain Prince 1984
17 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen 1975
16 Crazy in Love Beyonce 2003
15 I Want to Hold Your Hand The Beatles 1963
14 Waterloo Sunset The Kinks 1967
13 Gimme Shelter Stones 1969
12 Superstition Stevie Wonder 1972
11 God Only Knows Beach Boys 1966
10 ‘Hey Ya! Outkast 2003
9 Dreams Fleetwood Mac 1977
8 Get Your Freak On Missy Elliott 2001
7 Strawberry Fields Forever The Beatles 1967
6 What’s Goin’ On? Marvin Gaye 1971
5 Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana 1991
4 Like a Rolling Stone Bob Dylan 1965
3 A Change is Gonna Come Sam Cooke 1964
2 Fight the Power Public Enemy 1989
1 Respect Aretha Franklin 1967

You can sort the above list by rank, song, artist or year if you want to slice and dice these greatest songs.

Deeper understanding of hip-hop

Though it wasn’t a surprise to see newer songs make the list, it’s interesting to see some newer songs that were released by 2004 jump up to the top 50 like “Juicy” by Notorious B.I.G which was released in 1994, wasn’t included in the 2004 list, but now ranks as the 32nd greatest song of all-time.

The reasoning? Music tastes change over time. Specifically genres that music critics aren’t used to listening to, much less consider for these types of list or awards, had an enormous impact on how the new Rolling Stone list was constructed.

With time comes acceptance of a music genre. With time comes more respect for that type of music. More times means a deeper understanding of what makes for a legendary song in a specific music genre and that’s why we’re seeing a much more varied offering in the this year’s list.

Whether one agrees with whether Beyonce’s “Formation” (#73) is better than Johnny Cash’s “I Walk The Line” (#76) is matter of preference, taste and exposure, but we’re all better for having a larger catalog of types of music to choose from.

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Embracing the technology-based learning approaches: What are the best ways to adapt?t?

Probably the majority of people around the globe are already well-informed about how technology rapidly progresses each day. With its constant development, improvement, and updates, it found its purpose and we started to get it involved in many different aspects of our lives.

Practically, the present can’t be imagined without the use of some kind of technological feature or device. That’s the world we are living in at the moment. And education is among those fields that have connected with the benefits of technology and took it as its own part. With this in mind, it’s not hard to see how learning as a process evolved too. Hence, educators are embracing technology-based learning and have already developed some approaches to it. However, it is often the case that they don’t know the best way to apply it.

Luckily, we are here to help you with that and provide you with useful data. So, let’s jump straight into the core of the content and see what you can find out.

Creativity of the students and their content improves quickly

It is perhaps hard to admit but over the last couple of years, and even decades, the creativity that students provide in classes has been far from expectations. It doesn’t necessarily mean that new generations lack imagination or uniqueness. Simply, whole educational systems weren’t working properly enough. But today, everything is different. With the development of technology with surprising speed, we can see many students who are capable of providing others with creative content.

Consequently, their learning became more efficient and it is much easier for them to accept new approaches to learning. When you embrace technology-based learning, it means that you accept its existence and purpose, isn’t that correct? If we have in mind that today’s students and teachers did just that, the creative content of the students shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Now, they are able to create their own digital content and share it with other classmates. For example, they can write a persuasive essay or presentation. What comes as the biggest benefit is that today, other students can also learn from that example.

In the past, students could only use a pencil and eraser. These days, they can use many technological tools and share their content with others. The time we are living in now is not comparable to the period of 20-30 years ago.

Learning in groups

Yahoo’s review is a good witness to how learning has become more interesting than before. It clearly shows that students weren’t attracted enough to their lessons’ content. One of the reasons for that may lie in learning as an individual. What does it actually mean?

To put it simply, students weren’t able to learn in groups at all. The period they have lived through couldn’t allow them to. But today is a totally different story. Collaborative learning is becoming more and more popular in high schools and colleges too. But how did technology help there? Well, with the development of many apps, programs, and platforms, students can share their knowledge pretty easily.

The only thing required is a stable Internet connection and access to some social media accounts or a simple camera that can be found on phones, tablets, and laptops. If we study this situation carefully, it is noticeable how technology brings different dimensions to students and their learning techniques. Another benefit of learning in groups is that students can practice it anytime they want and from anywhere.

This flexibility allows them to learn when they feel ready for it and not just when they are forced to.

Constant and limitless learning

It is not an exaggeration to state that students didn’t know how to learn actively in the past. Do you wonder what it implies? They just weren’t informed enough about learning techniques and methods and what ways they can use to apply them.

With the existence of technology, it completely changed. Today, they can share knowledge between them and take that experience to their advantage. Students are capable of learning through others’ experiences and accept that as valuable lessons. Also, they have learned to support each other in every way.

Sharing different ideas allows them to bring their communication to a higher level but also leaves enough space for self-improvement. Technology allows them to use the Internet in the best way. It means they can visit websites like StudyBay for example and search for help from the experts if it’s necessary. Some of them may ask themselves: “Is StudyBay legit”? But that is natural. With a little research, everyone can be convinced that this website or any other has credibility.

Using phones to learn

Almost a few years ago it was impossible to imagine that mobile phones could be used for various purposes. Although they are primarily designed as a communication tool, nowadays they have much bigger value. With access to the Internet, students can use phones to learn with online/offline techniques such as blended learning.

It is as simple as that. Students have the luxury of gaining knowledge just by a single click in a Google search bar. Regardless of their current position, they can absorb beneficial data with a stable Internet connection. Whether they are lying on a bed or sitting in a chair, useful data only continues to flow. How cool is that?

Conclusion

Yes! We can all say that technology affects students’ learning positively. With all of the tools and devices at their disposal, it seems like there is no limit. Education keeps improving and allows children to mature in a shorter period. Hopefully, that trend will never stop.

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Google Adsense will begin featuring publishers owned by underrepresented groups

 

Google Adsense has announced in an email that they will being to feature publishers owned by underrepresented groups as a way to fight inherent, systemic racism and bias as part of Google’s commitments to racial equity.

How it all started

This all started in 2020 when one of our buyers, Display & Video 360, began highlighting self-identified Black-owned publishers within Marketplace,  This program has allowed interested advertisers to thoughtfully design campaigns that support underrepresented businesses.

Now Display & Video 360 has expanded this program to both Women-owned and Latino-owned publishers. Display & Video 360’s program is one element of a broader initiative across Google to make our products more inclusive and make it easier for customers to find and support underrepresented businesses. This program remains a pilot and we hope to expand to more underrepresented groups in future – watch this space.

Program eligibility requirements

• Publisher must have their own Google AdSense or Ad Manager account
• Publisher’s AdSense account must have the billing address located in the United States; for Ad Manager, the network must have country set at ‘United States’
• The Google entity that signed the self-identified AdSense or Ad Manager contract must be Google LLC
• Publisher’s organization must be majority owned and controlled by members of the group they are self-identifying as (Black, Women, or Latino)

Google notes that the program will highlight businesses owned by underrepresented groups, but not content aimed at these specific groups. Display & Video 360 does not allow advertisers to target ads based on categories such as race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

To participate in the program

If your a business that’s part of the one of these underrepresented categories, meet the criteria above and would like to be included in this beta program, please submit your information on Google’s Marketplace Diversity & Inclusion form.

When accepted, Google will be periodically add new publishers who apply. This is a voluntary program; if you do not wish to participate, no action is required.

 

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How to measure personal growth, self-improvement without sabotaging your confidence

Working on self-improvement and bettering your lifestyle is a great way to improve your physical and mental health. However, without taking into account your needs and limits, it can turn into a long and difficult battle against yourself. To avoid increasing your risk of mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, and stress, it’s important to break down and fully understand your self-improvement journey.

Understanding self-Improvement without creating an obsession

Taking on a self-improvement project simply to be a better version of yourself is all the reasoning you may need to fully commit to the experience. However, it’s crucial to develop a personal growth plan with realistic goals and measurements to truly bloom into a better person. Ask yourself why you’ve decided to do this, how you’d like to benefit from the experience, and what opportunities you’d like to take advantage of as you progress.

Obsessing over your self-image and rushing through programs won’t transform you into a happier, healthier, brighter person. Instead, it can have the opposite effect; if you’ve set expectations too high, it can be a hard hit to your mentality and motivation. Pacing yourself and developing a checks and balances system that prioritizes your health is crucial for successfully measuring and seeing advancements in personal growth.

Set Reasonable Goals and Expectations

While you don’t need to break down your goals into minute-by-minute bite-sized pieces, breaking up your overall objectives can make success feel more obtainable. Start by acknowledging what you want out of this strategy; why do you want to accomplish this particular end goal? What kind of changes are you hoping to see? Outlining these answers can provide you with motivation throughout the process, giving you concrete reasons to work toward.

These questions can also help you think of alternative routes to get to the end goal. By coming up with secondary plans, you’re less likely to be hard on yourself for missed opportunities or taking breaks. For example, if you want to lose a certain amount of weight, don’t just focus on hitting the gym for X amount of days a week. Instead, also consider what you’re eating, how you can edit your schedule if you happen to miss a day, and what home workouts you can do instead.

Define Boundaries While Testing Limits

Acknowledge that you’re going to make mistakes and need to take breaks. The path to your objective shouldn’t be set in stone – too many factors can arise to throw off your plans and hard work. Instead, take time to acknowledge the possibility of a delay in your plans or the need to adjust your end result. While pushing your limits doesn’t always result in a negative outcome, pushing too far, too hard, too quickly can lead to physical and mental damage that will set you back even further.

Prioritize Your Health

Not only do you need to take your physical health into account, but it’s also important to consider the mental health toll of personal growth. Forming new habits and working towards ambitious goals can cause you to test your limits. It’s crucial to pay attention to your body’s response and use an encouraging inner voice.

With mental health resources like BetterHelp, you can talk with an experienced professional about your personal growth plan and how you can take into account your mental well-being. With their support, you’ll have the tools necessary to notice and change your attitude towards a situation that may increase your anxiety and stress.

Develop a Strong Support Group

Find close friends, family members, and mentors to help you not only stay on track but stay positive as well. Discuss your plans and desired outcome and take into account their feedback and suggestions. If a trusted teacher or friend remarks on the timeline or intensity of your program, consider discussing alternatives or adjustments that would be more realistic for you.

A quality support group will not only be there to support you but will also point out when you’re looking worse for wear. As you work on yourself, it can be difficult to gauge your gradual deterioration in energy, motivation, or comfort. Your support group is there to notice these changes and provide just as much encouragement of a break or change in your plans. While measuring personal growth can be what you need to finally cross the finish line, it doesn’t need to be an anxiety-inducing process.

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Working Through Trauma: How long does it take to recover from abuse?

Recovery is different for each person, situation, and circumstance. Traumatic events leave lasting scars that each individual has ways of coping with. Trust and treatment are especially difficult for those struggling with an abusive past, PTSD, and other traumatic symptoms. 

Finding the right therapist, treatment program, and support system can be a long and difficult journey. However, developing a deeper understanding of mental health and the effects of abuse can encourage people to look for the help they need.

Mental health impacts of abuse and traumatic events

Abuse can happen at any age, from any kind of relationship, and in a number of ways. Trauma isn’t only developed at a young age – it can come after a physically abusive relationship, verbally abusive job, or even a toxic and taxing friendship. While the varying circumstances can affect individuals in dramatically different ways, the end result of trauma is most often the development of a mental health condition.

Anxiety, depression, and PTSD are all common effects of abuse, including reduced trust in individuals, triggering situations, and a negative self-image. Without treatment and support, a person can rapidly decline in their mental state and capabilities. Reaching out to online mental health resources like BetterHelp can help start the journey to recovery as you work through the phases of trauma recovery.

Phases of Trauma Recovery

Safety and Stabilization

The Manitoba Trauma Information & Education Centre lists the first step in recovering from trauma as regaining a sense of security. Those experiencing trauma often feel insecure, unsafe, and uncomfortable in their own bodies and environment.

This process can take anywhere from weeks to years, depending on the support and safety they’re provided. It’s important to start by identifying the areas of their life that need to be stabilized and how to help build trust and comfort within their space.

Remembrance and Mourning

In order to heal and process trauma, one needs to acknowledge and talk through it. It’s crucial to work through this step with a support system, primarily with a trusted counselor or therapist. After you’ve been able to feel safe and vulnerable, it’s time to start pacing yourself through the explanation and story of the event.

Taking the time to go slow and steady is important to avoid activating a fight, flight, or freeze response that can trigger a shutdown. It gives you the opportunity to recognize what was lost and mourn the past.

Reconnection and Integration

It’s not enough to talk through the trauma and put the story behind you. Instead, it’s necessary to rediscover your sense of sense and actively seek a future purpose. This is in an effort to reduce the hold of your trauma, taking away its power over your life.

After acknowledging the impact of your experience, you need to reconnect and integrate into a new life that isn’t dictated or defined by trauma. This process looks different for everyone but having a mental health professional help you work through goals and continuously support you through challenging times can give you the motivation you need to continue forward.

Building a Support System

Having a strong support system is crucial during the time of recovery. As mentioned in the first phase, you may be feeling uncomfortable and unsafe in your environment. While this may not be directly the fault of those around you, it can be an effort to trust others depending on their involvement, proximity to the abuser or situation, or their opinions on mental health.

While having close family members and friends in your support system is helpful for having someone who knows you intimately, it’s not always realistic for certain trauma patients. Instead, consider finding a support group, online or in-person, and connecting with others working through recovery. They should be positive, encouraging, and willing to give you the space needed to work through your own recovery time.

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What makes for a fulfilling life? It’s different for everyone, but there are common themes

You’re not alone in thinking that whether you’re actually happy and living life to your fullest potential. At some point in our lives everyone evaluates whether we’re on the right path.

Recently I happened across a Quora thread that posed an interesting question that triggered this thought: “how does one ‘live’ their 20s and not feel like they wasted it?” I found it interesting because the vast majority of us are not fully-formed in our twenties and aren’t sure what we really, really want, and thus shouldn’t judging our past selves.

One popular answer was from user Chris Ebbert seemed way too-specific. Ebbert said that if he had this 20’s to live over again he would:

If I were to relive my 20s again, I would (have) drank less wine, committed to my studies properly, dated more girls, dressed better, and learned to cook. {Those things) would have improved my 20s by such a margin, I can’t even describe it. I spent those years in a wine fueled haze of negativity and cynicism, dressed like an idiot, and single, but eating at restaurants all the time because I didn’t even know how to make a pot of rice.

Not only does my 20’s not align with his 20’s, but my desires and what I value are different, so it makes sense that some of his examples doesn’t exactly resonate with me.

Individual desires vs. human themes

Though we may differ in the individual things we desire from life, there are larger categories that we can agree on. When people reflect on their lives there are general themes that fall into the bucket of taking more risks, being more productive, using their time more wisely, and not comparing themselves to others.

For me personally, a couple themes I would have taken more action on in my 20’s was to take more risks. That would have manifested itself as ask that person you were attracted to out on a date, playing the stock market more aggressively or betting on cricket with casumo, been more spontaneous with my time and taken a chance on a couple business ideas I had.

The second one was to not caring so much about what others thought, or what I think they potentially thought about my actions. I think having consideration for others and empathy for others is an awesome attribute to have, but I’ve learned you can’t let it paralyze you from doing what you want.

Life isn’t one decade, it’s the entire journey…

I don’t necessarily regret that I didn’t do these things as I am quite happy with who I am and where I am now. Not taking those risks and developing and fine-tuning my consideration of others has been a part of my life journey.

What I’ve found is that enjoying one’s life isn’t necessarily about accomplishing goals, being happy the entire time, or spending a decade of your life differently, but it’s the entirety of one’s life journey. The current life expectancy is nearly 79 years of age, so to place so much weight on just one decade is short-sighted and unnecessarily cutting yourself short. 

And answers to questions like how does one ‘live’ their 20s and not feel like they wasted it? are too broad to apply to everyone. What we should be considering are the thematic regrets that those that have lived a full life would advise you and ensure we don’t have those same regrets. 

In short, fulfillment is about living a deeply meaningful life, a life of purpose and satisfaction. Fulfillment is not necessarily about happiness. It is about meaning, deep meaning. It’s about one’s vision, their dreams, and living in full alignment and flow with their values.

The main point of the above definition is that living a fulfilling life isn’t necessarily becoming a CEO, making millions of dollars, having 2.5 children by this age, or driving a certain car, but it’s an intentional mindset of really dialing in on the things that fulfill you emotionally; things that give you genuine satisfaction.

And it’s never too late, always remember that life is a journey. It’s never too late to be who you are and happy.

 

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Should I seek counseling for my fear of holes (Trypophobia)?

A phobia is a reaction or excessive fear of an object or situation. While phobias can be classified as “irrational”, they can trigger severe discomfort, nausea, and panic attacks in some individuals. You may be familiar with and even know people who have a “common” phobia: a fear of flying, heights, spiders, or thunder and lightning.

If you or a friend experience that kind of deep-rooted fear and anxiety over holes; perticularly patterns or clusters of holes, you may be a part of a small percentage of individuals with trypophobia.

What is Trypophobia?

Trypophobia is the fear of holes or clusters of holes. For example, things like honeycombs, strawberry surfaces, hives, or a cluster of eyes can make a person extremely uncomfortable, queasy, afraid, or even anxious enough to have a panic attack.

While trypophobia isn’t considered a mental illness, there have been studies that suggest it can lead to major depressive disorder and general anxiety disorder. Without properly acknowledging the fear or seeking treatment, you could potentially increase your risk of stress and anxiety. Instead, even if this isn’t a problem that occurs often, it’s important to talk with someone about managing your phobias and anxieties to better control your response.

Working through your fear of holes with a Counselor

With the help of mental health professionals through online resources like BetterHelp, you can discuss your fears and stressors in order to find solutions. These solutions may come in the form of exposure therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), or just working through possible underlying traumas that have contributed to the phobia. With the advancements in technology, availability, and affordability of mental health care, you can connect with a therapist that makes you feel safe and comfortable to open up about these difficulties.

It’s important to note that you don’t necessarily need to seek the help of a counselor because there’s something “wrong” with you. Rather, much like you would consult a doctor because of persistent side pain, it’s to find ways to cope with these situations in order to function. Phobias of every type affect millions of people daily – you’re not alone and you’re doing what’s best for your mental health by seeking the advice of a professional.

Steps to Work Through A Triggering Event

As with many phobias, there are varying levels of trypophobia for people. While it’s not currently recognized as a mental disorder, there are people who report feeling fear, panic, and extreme discomfort because of their phobia. If you find yourself in a triggering situation that can induce a panic attack, there are steps you can take to reduce the increasing sense of dread.

Breathing Exercises: There are several types of breathing exercises you can do to reduce anxiety and decrease an oncoming panic attack. Focus on keeping your breath steady, slowly breathing in through your stomach instead of into your chest and shoulders. Count to five on the inhale, hold your breath for three seconds, and release for five seconds. After a pause, continue to bring your heart rate to a normal speed and get your blood moving through your body.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation: For some people, physical grounding helps reduce the onset of a panic attack by focusing their minds on a separate task. Start by pressing your fingertips into your thumbs. Then, clench your fists for a few seconds and then stretch your fingers out. Combining this with breathing exercises can help bring your focus back to the present and regulate your heart rate.

Reach Out to Your Support System: Talking with close family members and friends can help you not only come to terms with your fear but also feel welcome to reach out for help. Explain your discomfort and anxiety, the symptoms you experience, and how you’re currently treating them. With a strong support system, including your mental health professional, you can work through solutions and treatment possibilities in order to reduce the effects and possibly confront underlying conditions of your phobias.

How to prepare and plan your travels for your upcoming autumn break

There are few greater pleasures in life than stealing a few days out of your work week to take off on a city break or a seaside holiday. And although the summer sun might already have faded, this does not mean vacation season is over.

Autumn breaks are a particularly good choice as most locations tend to be much quieter in the off-season, which means you won’t have to contend with crowds like you would in the summer.

However, planning autumn breaks can often be a bit of a mixed bag. From changeable weather to towns that are dead once the off-season hits, choosing the perfect destination for an autumn break is no simple feat.

With that said, in this article we will give you a few tips, tricks and considerations to keep in mind when you start planning your upcoming autumn break, which will, hopefully, help you to avoid common travel pitfalls.

Plan your location

Although it might seem like an obvious consideration, choosing the right location for your autumn break is absolutely essential.

It’s important to remember that autumn – caught as it is between summer and winter – can be quite a changeable season weather-wise. So, it can often be a bit of a toss-up in terms of what the best destination may be.

While nowhere in Europe is likely to have summer-like weather into the autumn, there are a few locations in the Mediterranean that will stay reasonably warm and temperate at least into the early winter.

If you are planning a trip for early autumn, one of the beachside locations might work to catch some of the fading summer sun. But the deeper you get into autumn, the more likely it will be that a city break might be a better option.

Plan activities for your flight

Another important element of planning for your upcoming autumn break is choosing some activities to keep you occupied during your flight.

This will ultimately depend on how far you are travelling. Don’t forget that if your trip is on the shorter side, you might not have in-flight entertainment. This is the case on many European flights, which tend not to have any entertainment options available.

If this is the case, we would recommend pre-downloading some activities to your phone or tablet to ensure you don’t get caught out. While books are always a solid choice, we find that reading on an aeroplane can be difficult at the best of times, let alone when you get stuck behind a screaming toddler for four hours!

If in-flight wifi is available, it might be worth the cost. And if you do choose to invest, you can easily keep yourself entertained by checking out the latest sports news on sports portals such as WSN.com or logging into your sportsbook account to see if the sweepstakes has come good yet.

Pack correctly

Depending on where in the world you are travelling to, packing for an autumn break can often be a bit of a challenge.

On the one hand, there is a very real chance that you might enjoy some remarkably temperate, late summer temperatures, while on the other, you run the risk of being rained on for five days straight.

With that said, when you are packing for an autumn trip, it is important to give yourself lots of options, as well as clothing choices that can easily be changed depending on the weather.

Thinking about your outfits in terms of layers is a great way of building your autumn break wardrobe. This will give you the option to layer up or down, depending on the temperature that day. Similarly, a light rain jacket is always preferable as it will provide you with the protection you need from the rain, without adding the bulk of a winter coat.

Changeable weather can make or break an autumn trip. And for this reason, you should always plan ahead and plan smart!

Choose your footwear wisely

As an extension of planning smart when it comes to your clothes, choosing the right footwear is an equally important decision to make in advance of your trip.

What counts as appropriate footwear will, of course, depend on the kind of trip you are taking.

For example, there is a huge difference between the kind of footwear you will need on a coastal holiday versus a city break. In the case of the former, a pair of flip flops or light sports shoes might suffice, whereas a city break will require something a little more sturdy. And if you intend doing any amount of sightseeing, make sure you take shoes that you can comfortably walk in for the whole day.

Footwear is a particularly important consideration in autumn, given that the weather can be so changeable, but a solid autumn shoe is something light that should still withstand a bit of rain.

 

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Here’s 7 reasons why traveling will make you become a better writer

No matter what type of writer you are, being able to write about the things you love is important to your personal and professional development. Your voice needs to take hold against a sea of copycat posts and you need to be able to connect with the right audience, not just people who like what you do, but people who need what you do.

However, there is much to what and how you can write when faced with exposure constraints. Ever heard the saying “you don’t know what you’re missing until you’ve seen it for yourself”? If you want to be a successful writer, you need to travel. You need to live intimately with the people or places you’re trying to represent.

After all, how do you write about a society or culture if you don’t spend time there? It doesn’t end there; you need to include your discoveries in your writing. If you are still unsure how all of this improves your writing skills, read on to know more.

Why Should I Consider Travelling?

Although writing comes with loads of benefits, one of which is the ability to work from anywhere in the world, it can be challenging to create evergreen content consistently. What’s more? Most writers struggle with writer’s block now and then. Breaking this barrier would require a shift in viewpoint, which travelling offers. So, let’s delve into why you should travel more as a writer.

Become More Versatile

Travelling allows you to step outside of your comfort zone and experience new things from the people you encounter. You get to explore new places, meet new people, and learn about different languages, cultures, and traditions.

This will help you become a better writer because you’ll be able to use the things you learn from your experiences when it comes to your fiction and non-fiction projects.

Write Differently

When you travel, you tend to see things from different perspectives, which influences what and how you write. You may be able to write about people, places, and events that you once didn’t know. To put it another way, you’ll discover new and exciting facts about the world.

You can also write about previously unknown topics that will captivate your audience while incorporating new elements into your writing skills and styles.

Get Free Feedback

As you journey across the globe, you get to hear people’s thoughts about the things you’re trying to portray in your writing. This kind of feedback is priceless. So, if you’re in the process of writing a novel, you can get valuable feedback about the general flow and plot structure.

For non-fiction projects, you can get feedback about how to bring your subject to life. Your creativity in essay writing also improves as you don’t run out of words. As a matter of fact, if you’ve read how to make an essay longer and unique, you’ll discover that one of the secret hacks is to have someone else review it.

Besides, what better way to create outstanding content about other cultures, traditions, and many more than to have individuals with such expertise examine each write-up? You only get this opportunity by travelling.

Learn to Write Faster

Learning and growing are two different things. You can learn and grow by reading and then you can also learn and grow by doing. So, the fact that you’re reading and actually writing about the things you’re discovering in your travels helps you write faster.

What’s more? This way of teaching you how to write is much more effective than just sitting and trying to teach yourself. Plus, your exposure will help you to create more content quickly.

Get to Know the Culture

Travelling creates a platform for you to build relationships with people from different cultural backgrounds. This, in turn, will help you create content that connects with your audience in a deeper way.

Because you’re spending time with the people, the places, and the culture, you will be able to create authentic content. This is because you’re not just writing about things, but you’re living in the moment and getting to know what and how the people you’re writing about really do.

Learn How Other Writers Work

Another advantage of travelling is you get to learn how other writers from different backgrounds work. It helps you stay relevant because the writing environment keeps changing and so do the trends. Some of the most successful writers are from different cultures and countries. They are masters at writing and marketing books that sell thousands of copies worldwide.

Some of these writers are well-known in the industry, while others are more discreet. You may have the opportunity to meet them in person and draw on their examples and experiences while refining your writing style.

Bottom Line

Without a question, there are several benefits to travelling. You can meet new people, explore new places, and find new inspiration to boost your writing skills. However, I know from experience that this adventure can be expensive. Between plane tickets, hotels, and food, it can be difficult to stay on a budget and be comfortable.

For this reason, you need to learn how to travel smart. For example, you should research your destination before your trip, book cheap accommodation, eat local or cook your meals, have insurance, and hire a local guide. By doing so, you’ll have a great travel-writing experience.

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What are NFTs and should I be investing in them?

If you’ve been browsing the internet trends in 2021 you might have noticed the term NFTs being tossed around left and right. A lot of people seem to be going crazy about it, and it also looks pretty expensive.

So, you might wonder what exactly are NFTs and if you are already missing out on giant monetary potential. No worries, here we will give an explanation on NFTs and why some of them are worth so much. We’ll talk about the pros and cons, and provide you with enough information to decide if you should be buying these digital goodies.

What are NFTs?

NTF stands for a non-fungible token, and what it basically means is that the token is not interchangeable. In economics, we have currency like $1, $5, or $10 and these are all interchangeable, you can change 5 one-dollar bills for one five-dollar bill. NFT means it has a unique value on its own, like a painting of the Mona Lisa. Meaning if you can produce a near-perfect replica it still wouldn’t have the same value.

These NFTs are used for digital goods and allow people to own the assets like the first tweet ever made, a video of James LeBron dunking, or the original Grumpy Cat meme. This does not necessarily prevent people from copying or altering the original, but you can still hold the rights for the first and the original version of the content made. It might look strange to older generations but for digital natives, this seems to be a growing trend and there is a lot of money going around for buying and selling NFTs.

NFTs and Cryptocurrencies

You might have also seen that NFTs are being compared to cryptocurrencies, and there is truth to that. They basically both works on blockchain technology, and the whole NFT trend started as a blockchain collectible game. Here you could breed cats and each cat was unique in its own way, much like digital art. By using blockchain an owner of a particular NFT has a confirmation that he is indeed the owner, as it’s confirmed on multiple ledgers, much like the ownership of cryptocurrencies.

However, cryptocurrencies have their own system of value and they are interchangeable. Some of them even have higher utility as businesses accept them as a payment method. Nowadays they are often used in online casinos as you can fund a real money account via bitcoin. British players who play at fast withdrawal casino in UK can both make a deposit and withdraw money fast using cryptos. So, these instant payout platforms are what increase utility and value by extension of digital currencies.

Problems with NFTs

So far this looks like it’s another hobby for the rich. It’s basically an act of randomly assigning monetary value to things on the internet. As a result, you don’t know whether you’ll get your money’s worth by investing. People who buy it do so because they want to own that thing not necessarily re-sell it. Given how it’s mostly a thing of prestige you would have to gauge whether you’ll have a big customer base for a specific NFT before you purchase it if you wish to resell it.

Another problem is power consumption. Mainly that so long as we continue to fuel this trend we are likely saying that we are okay with all the power it takes to maintain it. Right now blockchain requires massive computing power and that creates issues. To put this into perspective bitcoin uses 240 kilowatt-hours of electricity per transaction, which means the whole network is using as much power as the whole nation of Serbia. Given all the eco-friendly initiatives this might grow into a bigger problem unless they make necessary adjustments on the supply side.

Finally, this is just another trend so it’s hard to say how things will play out. It’s likely that it’s just another bubble that will burst in a few years like dot-com. On the other hand, the fear of missing out is real, and for all, you know you are losing money by ignoring the trend.

Conclusion

Hopefully, this was all insightful enough for you to decide whether to start buying NFTs or not. If you decide to do so, stick to the things you know and that you strongly believe will have value in a certain community. This way you might not mind if you only end up owning something you genuinely love.

Ebony Smithson Alexander is a professional writer who works as a content strategist. She covers topics related to the iGaming industry, gaming, and tech. Leslie loves to explore new gambling platforms, play League of Legends and organize poker nights with her close friends and co-workers.

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Here’s a few tips if you’re considering a career in SEO

It literally pays you to be an SEO. With SEO experience on your resume, you will always find yourself in demand. Most all companies struggle to improve their SEO, and approximately 100% of small business owners don’t really understand how search works.

SEO is generally considered part of the larger digital marketing suite of skills, so if you become an expert in SEO along with several other digital marketing skills, such as using social media, you will be better positioned for success. The tips below can help you move into this field.

Go to school, young man

If you already have a college degree, there’s a good chance that you can skip this step and teach yourself the skills you need alongside reading online SEO guides and taking a few courses. However, if you don’t have one or if your degree was in a really unrelated field and you have little experience with computers at all, going to school is probably the right move. Look for a school that has a strong and up-to-date program in digital marketing.

To take the next step in life, you’ll also need money, but there are several different ways you can get what you need to cover tuition and other costs. Talk to your school about your options. Look into grants, scholarships and financial aid. Remember that you can also take out a loan from a private lender. In fact, this may be one of the easiest sources of funding to access since the process of applying and finding out if you are eligible is usually fairly quick.

Create your own website

Whether or not you’re going to school, doing your own projects can teach you a great deal. Creating a website in your free time and trying to get it to rank is one of the best ways to learn SEO.

In fact, you could even start a small side business working on websites to improve their SEO while you’re still in school. It’s never been easier. With WordPress and Squarespace; making a website has never been more accessible.

  The thing to keep in mind is that most people who run businesses want to focus on selling their products or services and not on keeping up with the ever-changing world of SEO optimization. Therefore, you can probably offer them some value even if you are not yet an expert. A great area to start with this concept is social media since you likely already have your own accounts. If you learn a few tips to conquer the algorithms of social media, you have much to offer potential employers who may not be as app savvy.

Learn critical skills related to SEO

SEO and even digital marketing skills in general are not the only things you need to learn to be successful in this field. You also need to work on your writing skills because an important part of SEO is being able to come up with concise and effective meta descriptions, titles and content. In addition, you should be a good communicator. When you are working with people to understand what they need their website to be able to do, they are not always the best communicators themselves.

Being able to draw out of them and understand what they are after will be a big help for you. Analytical skills are also important. You’ll need to combine all of these skills when you put together a report for a client that examines and explains your insights based on your review of their SEO. Finally, basic developer skills, such as knowing HTML, understanding how JavaScript works and understanding WordPress and other content management systems can be helpful.

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So who has the legal responsibility if an accident happens during a high-speed chases

Sometimes, people make mistakes because they feel pressure. For instance, you might commit a crime such as shoplifting if you don’t have a lot of money. That’s a bad habit to get into, though, regardless of the excuse you devise.

If the police come after you because you committed a crime, you should turn yourself in, but some people compound the problem by trying to run. If you’re in a car, and the police attempt to pull you over, you might even panic and drive off, with them in pursuit.

These high-speed chases can be lethal for other drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and so forth. The police will add resisting arrest and probably reckless endangerment to the list of crimes they already plan to charge you with if they catch you.  

You might wonder who’s responsible for high-speed chase damages. Let’s talk about instances where you’re the one legally liable if you try to flee from the cops in a vehicle.

You Emotionally Traumatize Someone

Maybe your high-speed chase causes someone emotional distress. You did not injure the person physically, but perhaps you hurt one of their family members.

Your high-speed collision has had a side effect in these cases. If the person who feels emotional distress needs to seek therapy or go on anti-anxiety mediation because of what happened, the court might find you liable and order you to pay for that.

This is an interesting legal scenario where your high-speed chase impacted someone, if not directly. It’s just one of the reasons why you should pull over if the cops try to arrest you when you’re in your car.

You Ignore Speed Limits

Ignoring speed limits and tearing through intersections or flying down the highway are not activities the police will like very much. If you decide to flee a traffic stop or for some other reason, and you are going double the speed limit or close to it, it’s not likely you’ll get away without serving some jail time.

Posted speed limits exist for a reason. If you’re fleeing from the cops, and you hit another car or person going that fast, you are a lot more likely to seriously injure or kill them than if you were going slower. A judge will keep that in mind at your sentencing and throw the book at you.

You Injure or Kill Someone

Killing or injuring someone is, of course, probably the worst possible car chase outcome. Speeding and running red lights are one thing, but hitting someone and killing or crippling them is quite another.

That’s the worst-case scenario that will probably add manslaughter charges to your court appearance. It is difficult to imagine a case where you would not get double-digit years in jail if you drive away from the police, and this is what transpires.

You Damage Property

Property damage you cause when you drive away from the police is not as bad as killing or injuring someone, but you can add it to the bill when they catch you. If you run into a lamppost and knock it over, you will have to pay the city or county back for that. If you hit someone’s mailbox or run it over, you will have to pay them back as well.

Damaging property is almost unavoidable if you flee from the cops at a high speed. The faster you drive, the more likely you are to lose vehicular control, and that might lead to you crashing through a storefront or destroying other property.

Hitting Another Vehicle

There is one last situation where your high-speed antics will cause the police to bring more charges against you, and that’s if you hit another vehicle. Maybe there is someone in it at the time, or perhaps there isn’t. Either way, you will need to pay back that person for the property damage.

If you do run from the police and hurt someone or damage property in any of the ways we’ve described, that’s not smart, but you have no choice but to try to move forward from the mistake. You will need to find and hire an excellent criminal defense lawyer.

They might very well tell you to accept a plea deal. If you plead not guilty, and you then lose your case, that’s when you’re probably going to have to stay in jail for much longer than you otherwise would. Try to learn from what happened and turn your life around from this point forward.

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This is how technology is changing the face of E-Sports

E-sports has been one the biggest success stories in the world of both tech and sports in the last few years as new technological advancements combine with an appetite for online competition to create the perfect storm.

The pace at which this has happened is evident in the fact that E-sports are now leeching over into the realms of traditional sports, with organizations such as FIFA and F1 having reluctantly welcomed E-sports elements into their respective folds.

Here we cast an eye over the technologies and gadgets that have made this rapid expansion possible as well as looking at what the future could hold. So why not kick back, re-heat that coffee that has just gone cold and have a read of what E-sports innovators are up to.

The typical E-sports tournament looks a bit like this, but there are others that bear no resemblance to the standard setup that most people imagine

Gadgets Are Making Online Gamers Comfortable

One of the main developments in the E-sports world that has enabled players of everything from poker to Call of Duty play longer and harder is the wide range of excellent gadgets and ergonomic hardware that is available.

This all starts with things like a gaming lair setup that consists of a desk – preferably an electronically adjustable standing desk – and a comfortable gaming chair. The latter come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges, although when it comes to ergonomics there are some experts who extol the virtues of quality office chairs rather than the racing inspired chairs that look so good on poker live streams or at huge E-sports tournaments.

What is for sure is that these two technologically tweaked pieces of furniture are some of the most important parts of any E-sports setup.

Live Streaming Tech Blurs Lines Between Fans and Athletes

While gamers being comfortable in their gaming studios is important, chairs and tables have been around for thousands of years, but something that is altogether new in the world of E-sports are online streaming platforms like Twitch.

These have enabled E-sports celebrities to make their way into the entertainment mainstream as well as having encouraged other gamers to take the plunge of trying to become pro streamers themselves. This means that most streaming platforms now have hundreds or thousands of people streaming content all around the world at any given time, something that was thought impossible only a few years ago.

The interesting thing about this is that E-sports fans are now different from traditional sports fans, because they are often partaking in their chosen sport at the same time as watching and interacting with the top players in the world – the sort of interaction and fan engagement that most other sports just cannot match.

F1 is just one of the traditional sports that adopted E-sports only for the F1 E-Sports Series to begin dictating how driver recruitment is carried out, much to the surprise of team bosses

AR and VR Loom on the E-Sports Horizon

As data becomes more valuable to tech companies than the money they receive from players for access to games, there is extra focus being put on games that can extract boggling amounts of data from their users.

The most obvious example of this is in AR and VR games, where everything from player reaction times to facial movements can be tracked by high-tech headsets and hand controllers. Those devices are now becoming infinitely more useable than their original iterations, often being connected to a PC or console via Bluetooth rather than pesky wires. Added sensors also mean players are able to be agile and to interact with more aspects of the virtual world they are immersed in.

As yet there has been no way to properly bring VR and AR games to streaming platforms, but once this happens it could only be a matter of time before people are locked into a gaming flow state that gives them access to huge virtual worlds, all for the price of their personal data.

 

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How to make time-lapse videos for Instagram

Browsing social media has become a major leisure activity for a large number of young people. Previously, these were harmless platforms for sharing interesting thoughts and beautiful photos. Now, on Facebook and Instagram, there is a real battle for the time and resources of each user.

This trend is especially noticeable in the Instagram feed. For any artist, online store, or just blogger, the main goal is to attract the attention of users. All of them are trying to create a community of fans around them that would be potentially interested in purchasing their products.

In order to win the competition for people’s attention, you need to look for new cool ideas and interesting tools constantly. Timelapse video may be what you need. So turn off the sound on your camera to avoid distracting anyone, and let’s get creative. 

What Is Timelapse?

Timelapse video is a creative technique that allows you to capture the slow-motion of various objects to create unique and unexpected images. In other words, it is a way of creating a video in which it can be recorded for hours and then compressed into a short, fast clip.

Timelapse is perfect for bringing lots of your ideas into life. Artists can use it to fit the entire creative process into one video; chefs can show the process of cooking, etc. This is why these videos are the most engaging and help get the audience’s attention.

Previously, in order to get such an effect, it was necessary to study videography techniques for hours and sit for the same amount of time over video editing software. Now, everything has become much easier: there are several interesting programs for both iPhone and Android. With their help, you can edit videos in a matter of seconds.

Creating Timelapse Videos With Instagram’s Hyperlapse App on iOS

First, let’s take a look at a program called Hyperlapse. This video editing software was developed by Instagram employees just for creating accelerated videos. The program has one big drawback: at this stage, it only works on iOS. However, if you own an iPhone, then Hyperlapse is a good choice for video editing. So, all you need is a smartphone, a slow-motion app, and free memory space on your device.

To start recording video in Hyperlapse, tap the white circle at the bottom of the screen. After that, you will see a timer that shows how long the real video is going (at the left) and how long the accelerated video will go (at the right). If you are going to post this material on Instagram in the future, you should remember that the maximum video duration is only 60 seconds. When you have removed everything you want, you can click on the white circle again, and the recording will stop.

Now you can proceed to adjust the speed of the final video. After finishing the recording, you will see a slider with which you can change the speed from x1 to x12. When you realize that you have achieved the desired result, click on the green checkmark at the top of the screen, and the video will be saved to the gallery of your iPhone.

The undoubted advantage of the Hyperlapse application is its autonomy. Such programs independently edit video, stabilize it and clear the picture.

A little secret. Before you start shooting a video, you can tap the screen with four fingers, which will lead to the opening of the secret menu. In the new window, you can choose the resolution for the video, the frame rate and set the speed up to x40 on your own.

Android Software for Creating Timelapse Videos  

If you do not like the Hyperlapse program, or you are a happy owner of an Android smartphone, then you should familiarize yourself with other ways to shoot accelerated video. There are tons of different video editing software out there, and you need to be smart about finding the best deals.

A good video editor offers you a lot of different features, not just the timelapse one. For example, applications from Fxhome allow you to use over 500 after-effects for your videos, Lightworks video editing software is an excellent choice for professional editing.

In addition, some programs allow even beginners to edit video, have a simple interface and a free period of use. These programs include, for example, the cross-platform video editor Shotcut. It’s worth noting that the program is open source, so everyone can take part in improving the software on their own. 

It’s a good idea to tweak your timelapse video a bit by adding captions, stickers, and music. Movavi editor is ideal for such purposes. The editor also provides a trial period for those who want to test its features.

A Bit of Inspiration

Here are some of the ideas for creating timelapse videos:

  • Behind the scenes work. Try to show customers a different side of your business that is usually hidden from them. For example, you can record your team’s meetings.
  • Unusual angle. If you are a small online store, try to show how your product can be used for unusual purposes. 
  • Classic timelapse. You see such videos more often, but this does not mean that they have become less effective. For regular bloggers, it can be interesting to show subscribers something that is usually hidden from their views, such as playing sports or cooking.

Conclusion

When creating content for Instagram, remember that you should not only be creative but be of real interest to users. Timelapse is a great tool to lure potential buyers or subscribers to your page. This article includes the most popular and convenient programs with which you can speed up moments from your life and share them with the whole world. Try to show your talents and upload your first timelapse video to Instagram.

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Woman sets two world records for collecting more than 4000 vintage games

My head is ablaze with excitement after learning that a Black woman has won not one, but two world records for possessing the greatest collection of LCD and playable gaming systems.

According to the numbers, Linda Guillory’s two world records are made up of 1,599 LCD gaming systems and 2,430 playable gaming systems, virtually a variety of games that can only be found in a top online casino. Guinness World Records reported today that Guillory of Richardson, Texas, has won both awards for her huge collection of thousands of portable, tabletop, and even watch-based gaming systems.

These aren’t gaming systems in the traditional sense of consoles and handhelds; instead, they’re more akin to the Tiger Electronic handhelds of the past. Traditional video games are also included in Guillory’s library. Guillory shows off a large cabinet of vintage video games in Guinness’ profile video, claiming to own every Nintendo game produced in North America.

Guillory began collecting games when she was eight years old, after discovering a damaged 1979 Red Conic basketball game, according to Guinness. She said in the video that she dismantled the handheld and repaired it herself so she could play again. She accumulated a little collection of games until some of them were destroyed in a home fire. She later decided to search up some of the old games she used to own to see if any were still available following a discussion with her brother over who was the better player. She found and acquired her favorite Pac-Man tabletop machine, and her collection grew from there.

“I wanted to see if I still could beat my high score. As I searched, I saw dozens of games I always wanted as a child but never had.” Guillory told Guinness.

Guillory told Guinness, “I wanted to test whether I could still top my high score.” “As I looked, I came across hundreds of games that I had always desired but never had as a kid.”

When I was invited over to a friend’s house on rare occasions, I would push my face against their Nintendo 64 consoles in amazement of something that was out of my grasp. I’d be envious of their game collections, knowing that I could only have one or two for the systems I was allowed to have. I lost out on a lot of the games that today’s gamers would consider “mandatory playing,” so when I read Guillory talking about the games she didn’t get to play but wished she had, my heart sank with sadness.

The fact that she is also a Black woman just adds to my admiration for her. Because of the relatively recent movement for increased diversity and inclusion, black women in gaming are frequently viewed as a novelty. We are ecstatic when “new” Black women join the space because we are so scarce, but we have little knowledge of those who came before us. The few video gaming “elders” I had were men, as is true for many Black female gamers (and female gamers of a particular age in general).

I am a 33-year-old woman. I only know one other Black woman my age who enjoys video gaming. I’m sure there are others. I just don’t know who they are. Finding Ms. Guillory is like finding a lost treasure, something that has been sought for a long time yet is rarely discovered. I’d like to learn more about her background.

Guillory, an electrical engineer, wants to share her love of gaming with kids and teach them how to build their own gaming systems. She also wishes to have her collection preserved in a museum.

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Here’s a few tips that will help you conquer social media algorithms

Social Media has taken over the world! What started as a place to catch up with old friends and share your life with families has now become much more. These days, social media is a career, a marketplace, a news stream and so much more. Influencers on many social media platforms can make six-figure salaries thanks to the power and reach of these platforms. However, one aspect of social media that many influencers and rising influences struggle with is the social media algorithms. The algorithms that run these platforms are continually being improved and updated to improve user experiences and stop those who try to manipulate the system. While this may sound good, it can make the process of creating content and growing your reach an extremely difficult task, unless you understand how the algorithm currently works. Here are some ways to conquer Social Media Algorithms.

Diversify!

Diversifying on both content types, content strategy and across multiple platforms is key to ensure a constant reach. This allows you to offer a wide range of entertainment through your content. This means when one type of content is not doing as well you are still covered, since you have more than one to rely on. While text and image posts are so 2008, it does not mean you should get rid of them completely. However, you should mix them up with multi photo posts/ carousels or make use of video posts, which have been shown to have enormous reach.

While Instagram may seem like the biggest platform and TikTok may seem like the new kid on the blog, it is still best to diversify your content across multiple platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and even Tumblr. More platforms can lead to more reach.

Learn How the Algorithms work

You cannot expect to master something or be ahead of the game when you have not taken the time to study it. Taking the time to learn about each social media platform and how their algorithms work is a vital part of mastering the social media space. Reading social media blogs, following those who share about algorithms and running constant social media tests are all part of mastering the algorithm.

Act Fast!

No matter how good your content is or how captivating your story is, timing can make or break your reach. By acting fast and efficiently as something happens or at the right time is the best way to reach the most people. It is also the best way to join trending #tags and climb to the top of these #tags. Act fast and post at the right time.

Pay to Play

You may think that running ads is going to hurt your organic growth strategy, but you could not be more wrong. By paying for ads, you will get more exposure that could lead to more followers. More followers leads to more engagement that in turn can lead to reach that is more organic. Try experimenting with some paid ads to see what works best for your brand. Another option in the pay-to-play space is to sign up with a platform that assists in increasing the social media metrics that matter most to that network usually by improving engagement.

Be Consistent

While each social media platform is different and each algorithm works differently, consistency has been shown to be crucial. Posting high quality content consistently has been shown across the board to be a great strategy. However, posting consistently across multiple platforms can be time consuming. This is why many social media influencers use social media scheduling like Buffer or Hootsuite. These systems allow users to design and plan content ahead of time. It allows them to schedule it to post at a specific time, allowing more freedom and flexibility in their schedules.

How to create high value content?

High value content is what social media platforms are trying to push through their algorithms. This is content that users want to see, but how do you create it?

Here are four tips to creating high quality content:

  • Be Real – Authenticity has been shown repeatedly to be rewarded on social media. By being real and honest with your followers, you can create a more engaged audience.
  • Post Good Quality Imagery – High quality imagery and video content are vital in dominating the social media world. With billions of people using social media, you need to have good content to stand out. It has been shown that poor quality imagery actually is penalized by social media platforms leading to less reach and less engagement.
  • Be Relatable – If you are not speaking to where your followers and audience are at, you may as well give up. Stay up to date with news and the happenings that are affecting your audience so you can celebrate and sympathise with them.
  • Make Your Content Captivating – Sharable, captivating content is often the content that goes viral. Why? Because it is so, captivating that everyone wants to see it! Make your content captivating and shareable to reach a broader audience.

While social media may have once been “just a hobby”, it is now a business and a world of its own. While good content is key, that alone is not enough in 2021. To get to the top of the social media trends you need to understand the algorithms of various platforms. Spend the time studying the algorithms to work out the best ways to increase your reach in 2021.

 

 

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Bored at home? Here’s 5 ways to entertain yourself online

In a time when technology seems to be progressing at the speed of light, we’re all experiencing a surge in new entertainment options. From next gen gaming consoles to sophisticated smartphones to streaming services for just about everything, we’re spoilt for choice these days. So, which options are worth investigating further and potentially signing up to? Read on to find our top recommendations for online entertainment both at home and on the move.

Online gaming

Online gaming is big news right now, and it seems like it’s here to stay. Tune in via Twitch or YouTube to watch the pros battle it out in tournaments held across the world, before brushing up on your own skills live from your living room. Many hit gaming titles, like Fortnite and COD: Mobile, have gained popularity through being free to play. However, even online favourites like slots and table games are available for free if you know where to look. Sites like Arabian Betting have trustworthy and well researched reviews covering all the best online casino bonuses. Whether it’s welcome bonuses, free spins or reloads that you’re looking for, you can trust that they have checked out everything from deposits to percentages to T&Cs. So, whether you’re craving a battle royale melee or you want to sample the latest slots titles, you can try before you commit to buying anything.

Educate yourself anywhere

If you’d rather feel productive during your downtime, check out a learning platform like DuoLingo, Skillshare or FutureLearn. Whilst some platforms concentrate on specific areas of learning – for example, DuoLingo teaches a wide range of languages but nothing beyond that – others offer a comprehensive list of educational opportunities. Through Skillshare, users can pick up skills as diverse as flower arranging and landscape photography or build their self-confidence and negotiation abilities. Meanwhile, FutureLearn features courses from world class universities and can even be used to achieve a recognised qualification in certain subjects. Although the free options for platforms like these can only take you so far, if you are interested enough to continue with your studies then it is worth considering putting your money where your mouth is.

Listen to music wherever

Music acts a universal language, introducing us to different voices and cultures that we may not otherwise have discovered without it. Platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and Soundcloud have brought enormous and comprehensive music libraries to everybody via the internet, but this does have a potential downside. It can sometimes be difficult to decide what to listen to next as there is simply too much choice out there. Using built-in recommendation features and seeking out playlists is one way to expose yourself to new talent without getting lost in the search process. The AI used by companies like Spotify and YouTube is pretty clever, and you may be pleasantly surprised by what it comes up with if you give it a try.

Socialize virtually

Of course, one of modern technology’s greatest achievements has been connecting the world via messaging apps, video calls, and social media. Whilst it’s always worth keeping a close eye on your social media consumption to make sure you’re not going overboard, there’s no need to write it off altogether just yet. Simply get smart about how you use it. If you have a favourite hobby, seek out fellow hobbyists on Instagram to pick up tips and start a conversation. Alternatively, you could join a local Facebook group and become part of a reading group or knitting circle. It’s easy to get lost in the world of viral shopping and influencer drama, but the original premise of social media was to be…well, social. So, get to it!

Be creative digitally

Perhaps you’ve already explored Skillshare and learnt something new, or you’ve set up an Instagram profile for your arty doodles – if so, you might be looking for further creative activities to do online. The internet offers up loads of ideas, including online coloring pages, podcast creation tools, music making page and, that old favorite, the blogging platform. Pick something that appeals to your artistic imagination and get started. It could be something just for you, or it could be something that you choose to share with the world – it doesn’t matter. What matter is that creativity can lead to improved mental and physical health, as well as increased happiness levels.

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5 common pitfalls that can ruin your travel experience in a hurry

This year, it seems likely that the travel industry should see a noticeable uptick. Some people are still a bit nervous about flying, but as the pandemic dies down and more people have received the vaccine, that should change. Indeed, many individuals look forward to the vacations and family visits they could not take in 2020.

If you are going to hit the road this year, you’re likely to have a good time if you can avoid some potentially unpleasant situations. Let’s talk about a few of those so that you can try to prevent them.

Getting in a Car Accident

If you’re driving to go on vacation or to visit family instead of flying, it might well be cheaper, but it will probably take you longer to get where you are going. You may be okay with that. The prospect of taking a car ride with your family to Disneyland or some other fun vacation spot might sound great to you at the moment.

Your family can bond during this special time together. Car accidents such as fender benders, though, are one thing you should go out of your way to try to avoid.

Fender benders or more severe car accidents are never pleasant, but if you get in one when you’re far from home, there’s an extra added annoyance element. That’s because you’re in unfamiliar territory, and the police might call you later for a court date that’s hundreds or thousands of miles from home.

To avoid car accidents, don’t speed, try not to let anything distract you when it’s your turn to drive, and don’t tailgate the cars in front of you. If you follow all traffic laws while you’re out of town, a car wreck is much less likely.

Sunburns and heat stroke

Maybe you’re headed to the beach in Florida, California, the Carolinas, or elsewhere. America has some gorgeous beaches that are just waiting for you to explore.

While you’re staying with the family at a lovely seaside resort, make sure to wear plenty of sunblock. Even if you are not very fair-skinned, you need to watch out for the sun’s powerful rays, especially as we approach the hottest time of the year.

Climate change means that each year, we’re seeing record-breaking temperatures around the country, and that is likely to continue. Try to do what you can to avoid a painful sunburn by slathering on the sunscreen when you hit the beach, and make sure your kids use it as well.

Overindulging

You might also decide that vacation is the perfect time to cut loose a little bit. You may even want to party more than usual because you have been stuck in the house quarantining for months, and this is your first opportunity to go bar hopping or order room service in more than a year.

Even if you’re old enough to drink legally, you shouldn’t overindulge with alcohol. If you do, you might risk a painful hangover, and that’s not pleasant anywhere or anytime.

If you drink too much, you might also lose your room key, wallet, or phone. You might hook up with someone and then regret it later. Too much alcohol almost always ends in a bad situation, so know your limit and when to call it a night.

Using Unmarked Taxis

You might reach your destination city and start looking for a way to get around. There might be public transportation, or you may have a rental car.

You might also use taxis to get around. If you do, though, make sure that they are real taxis and have markings indicating their status. You should see the taxi company’s name on the vehicle, as well as a phone number.

If a driver says they’re operating a taxi, but it doesn’t look like one, that’s a strong sign that you should stay away. It might be a taxi, but it may be an opportunistic robber waiting for a chance to snatch up an unsuspecting tourist.

Eating Unsafe Foods

You should also be careful and watch what you eat when you’re on vacation. If you’re going to indulge in some seafood, it’s best that you only consume it if it’s fully cooked. There’s nothing with sampling the local food, but the fact is all countries have different types of food bacteria that are used to be the locals but might cause… problems for visitors. Some people like raw bars, but that’s a great way to get food poisoning. It’s better not to live life on the edge since you don’t want to end up confined to your hotel room, hugging the toilet the rest of the time you’re there.

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History tells us the Milwaukee Bucks should win the NBA championship, but they won’t

Of all the remaining teams in the conference finals, the Milwaukee Bucks were the team that had earned an NBA championship.

In five consecutive playoff appearances, the Bucks lost in the first round twice, they’ve been eliminated in the semi-finals, they’ve lost a heartbreaking series to the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals, and now they’re finally in the NBA Finals. If you’re a fan of NBA history then you know that 97% of the time, NBA champions have to through at least a couple seasons of heartache before breaking through.

Based on that established pattern of losing-before-finally-winning, if you were to do some Naija football betting or putting money on the NBA, the Milwaukee Bucks would be a heavy favorite to bring home the title.

Bucks lack identity

Getting into the NBA Finals, a team not only has to go through the trial and tribulations, but they spend those years establishing identity; one with predictable and unstoppable offensive sets. That lack of reliable offense is what will hold the Bucks back from taking home the championship this year.

When it comes down to it, the Milwaukee Bucks are way too inconsistent on offense and the Phoenix Suns too reliable on offense for the Bucks to pull out a win the NBA Finals.

We’re all well aware that two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is their superstar, but he’s yet to figure out a way to dominate the Suns when his heads-down drives are walled off. It doesn’t help that his free-throw shooting has been atrocious.

There’s been a lot of talk that Khris Middleton is their closer, but he’s had as many stinker games as he’s had dominant ones. No one dislikes Jrue Holiday, but he simply doesn’t have a scorer’s mindset. Brook Lopez has looked great in a few games, but his presence is too much of a defensive liability to make him worth playing. How many times have we seen Milwaukee’s offense completely abandon them during these playoffs?

On the other side, you know who the Phoenix Suns are on offense. To a man,  each player knows their role. Devin Booker is their primary scoring option and is capable of going off for 35 points on any night, Deandre Ayton picks and rolls and rebounds, Jae Crowder and Mikal Bridges hang out at the three point line when the first few options don’t work out.

And that brings us to the other reason why the Bucks are going to have a tough time winning four games in the NBA Finals: Chris Paul. Let’s forget the motivation that comes from CP3’s first NBA Finals in his 16 year career, it’s more about his leadership and ability to create shots on any given play. Whether it’s pick and roll, the threat of lobbing to Ayton, getting Lopez or Bobby Portis on the island, his deadly handles and his deadlier midrange game. His play over the last few seasons has solidified the 6-2 guard as one of the top five point guards of all-time.

Yes, Giannis and Middleton and Holiday will put together some good games, and they might pull out two wins during the series because of that, but their inconsistency has been their identity throughout their 2021 NBA Playoff run. Unfortunately for their fans, the Deer District, and the city of Milwaukee, that inconsistency and lack of offensive identity will result in another season of disappointment.

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What is the typical dose in an MDMA pill? This is how many milligrams in molly

MDMA is an illegal synthetic amphetamine that’s becoming increasingly popular in the club scene. Otherwise known as Molly, it’s a stimulant that increases your heart rate, increases your serotonin and dopamine.

The combination of these psychological effects on your body and brain makes molly the drug of choice to go dancing (and dance all night).

Since “molly” is illegal that means it’s also unregulated so if you get your hands on MDMA, you should trust your provider and know what you’re getting yourself into.

If you’re new to MDMA/molly, the first thing you should know is that you’re getting it from a trusted person; someone you (or your friends) have had experience with, have tested out or used the product, or tested it with a Fentanyl strip (though MDMA isn’t typically cut with Fentanyl)

How much MDMA is in typical pill?

After you feel comfortable (as much as you can) with the origin of the molly, the next thing you should get to know is how much you’ll be taking that night. Depending on who you got it from, you might be taking a pill or getting the MDMA in crystallized form. So how much MDMA is in dose?

The amounts can vary, but molly pills contain anywhere from 80-125 milligrams of MDMA. From experience, we can vouch for that range as we’ve been told that a capsule contains 90-120 mg.  All that said, the powder can have a wide range in it’s strength and affect (again, it’s unregulated).

If you don’t have MDMA in pill form, you likely received it in a container with a gram or half-gram in it. This can be both positive or negative as it allows you to better dose it out over the night — especially if you’re new to the drug. Obviously, in the powder or crystal form, you should pre-dose it or ensure you’re not overdoing it throughout the night.

How much does MDMA cost?

Another positive about MDMA is that it’s relatively affordable when compared to spending the night at the club buying multiple drinks. Alcohol can quickly add up to hundreds of dollars especially if you’re partying in an expensive city like Miami, San Francisco, or New York City. In pill or capsule form, MDMA should run you approximately $15-$20 per pill and depending on your tolerance and dose, the high can a few hours or throughout the night.

 

How to plan an action-packed weekend in London

A trip to London is always exciting, especially for those who’ve never been before. Getting to experience British traditions, visit historic buildings, wander around galleries and generally soak up the atmosphere is a wonderful way to get to know this city. However, if you’re into a more action-packed holiday then a city break isn’t always the first option you’d choose. We’re here to show you that a weekend in London can be more adventurous than you might think and you won’t have to miss out on any ‘traditional’ sightseeing opportunities either!

Get On the Buses

There are a few tips everyone should know before visiting a new country but when it comes to visiting London there is one thing you should know above all others; the buses are brilliant. Many people flock to the underground to get around town and whilst it is certainly speedy, it’s usually crowded and can get a bit hot and sweaty. London buses are also busy, but generally a little less. Their biggest selling point though, is that you can do a bit of sightseeing as you get from A to B. Buy yourself a bus ticket for the weekend and you’ll be delighted that you did.

Enjoy a Full English Breakfast

A full English breakfast will give you all the energy you need for the day.

A full English is something of an acquired taste. Packed with greasy, salty, fried foods it is a meal for the very hungry and not too health conscious. With that said, a good one is a wonderful thing. You should be able to order a traditional fry up fairly easily on most streets in London, but one of the most famous can be found at Terry’s Cafe on Great Suffolk Street. This no-frills cafe serves good quality food, in large quantities, at reasonable prices. After one of these breakfasts you’re guaranteed to be ready for whatever the day throws at you.

Get To Know London From the Sky

The O2 Arena is an incredible modern building and viewed from the ground it is pretty special. However, Up at the O2 have made it possible to climb right to the top of the roof. As well as being able to see the building from a totally different perspective (and the opportunity for some Instagrammable pics) seeing London from the sky is incredible. A visit during the day will allow you the best view of the individual buildings, but it can also be very romantic up here watching the sunset.

Take Part in a Centuries-Old London Tradition

If you really want to experience the history of London then what better way than by literally submerging yourself in it? Hampstead Ponds were built in 1770 as drinking water reservoirs for the city, but it wasn’t long before they became a favorite spot for swimming. Nearly three hundred years later they’re more popular than ever and perfect for a bracing dip. The water is cold, but incredibly refreshing, so remember to pack your swimming costume, it’s worth it!

Late Night Entertainment

If you’re still not totally worn out after all of that then you’re in the right place, because London never sleeps. The nightlife in London is bustling, but if you want true 24-hour entertainment then a good choice is to visit the Hippodrome Casino. This casino has a rich history which is explained on helpful plaques placed near notable features. They have a wide selection of games, a well-stocked bar and friendly staff. Oh, and they never close. If you want to enjoy gaming but don’t have the stamina to get all the way across town to the Hippodrome, then why not try out one of the best online casinos in the UK? This list provides information on safety and security, as well as pointing out the best deals. You can access them safely and legally from your hotel room and you’ll have more play money than your mates at the Hippodrome if you use a no deposit bonus.

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So the New York Knicks made it to the NBA playoffs, so what’s next?

For the first time in EIGHT years, the New York Knicks managed to qualify for the NBA Playoffs, while their dream may have come to a short end after they suffered an opening round loss. Things are however on an upward trend, despite them having come up short, with the potential to enter the offseason with plenty of space on the salary cap, meaning WAY bigger things could be on the horizon for the New York based franchise. With that the focus now shifts towards the 2021 offseason, so it’s time for us to take a look at where the Knicks stand. Let’s get into it.

So, where do we begin? First is the NBA’s Most-Improved Player of this season, Julius Randle has a partial guarantee of $4.0 Million for the 2021-22 season and as much as he struggled in the playoffs, the Knicks guaranteeing the entirety of his $21.8 million salary for the upcoming season feels like a pretty safe bet, considering he had a really solid season. Not only that but the Knicks may be set to lose a fair few players, leaving them with quite a lot of roster spots to fill.

Almost certainly the most notable would be Derrick Rose, the Knicks acquired him in the lead up to the trade deadline of this season. He played 35 games this season, in those 35 games D.Rose averaged 4.2 assists and 14.9 points on .487/.411/.883 shooting splits. This man earned enough votes for him to finish in THIRD PLACE in the voting for Sixth Man of the Year, sitting just behind Joe Ingles and Jordan Clarkson who both play for the Utah Jazz.

Not only that however, Alec Burks, Elfrid Payton, Reggie Bullock, Taj Gibson and Nerlens Noel are going to be unrestricted free agents, alongside that, Theo Pinson, Jared Harper and Frank Ntilikina will all be Restricted Free Agents while there’s a team option worth $1.8 million on the contract of Mitchell Robinson.

One thing that the Knicks need to do now they managed to push into the playoffs, even if they didn’t make it deep, is to manage their expectations. There isn’t a single team in the NBA this season that has outperformed their expectations more than the New York Knicks, nobody expected anything from the Knicks. They were predicted to win “24.7 games” which would’ve put them with the 3rd worst record in the NBA. Instead, they went on to win 41 games pushing them into the playoffs for the first time since 2013!

The work that the Knicks have put in this season has not gone unnoticed. In the most recent edition of ESPN’s Future Power Rankings, New York jumped from Number 27 last March to Number 7.

An improvement of 22 wins isn’t the result of just taking one quick year of spending like crazy in free agency, making panicked trades hoping for a quick patch up. What they did was acquire the correct coach for their project in Tom Thibodeau, they then worked hard to pick and choose the right talent that would also fit in with their project. The result? New York now has a blueprint to use as the people in charge build their roster, not only for the upcoming offseason, but for the future of the franchise in general.

So, what are the steps they should be taking for the upcoming offseason? There are a few things they could do, they could go ahead and try to build through the draft, they can push development on the inside and re-sign some of their key free agents, such as Alec Burks and Derrick Rose. They could try and land one big-name free agent to try and build their system around, since they may have up to $50 million in salary cap space, though this would definitely be at the cost of their own free agents. Or they could make a big trade using draft picks and young players combined with their cap space.

Realistically what the team currently needs is a starting point guard and a starting short forward, they also realistically need some depth to manage the quick turnaround in games that the NBA has, in almost every position but power forward. They have the following they can use to rebuild;

  • Potentially $50 million in cap space
  • Two first round picks and a second round pick in the draft.
  • Draft assets for 2023
  • $4.9 million cap room around their midlevel in exceptions
  • $5.8 million in cash to send or receive in a trade.

What do you think? What would you do with the resources they have available? Where do you think the Knicks will end up next season? I think there are many Pennsylvania betting sites that are tipping them for a playoff place again, but they have a lot of work to do to ensure they make the playoffs back to back, would you agree? Let us know!

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LGBTQIA+ Therapists Are Essential: Here’s how to find the right one

The right fit makes a world of difference when it comes to finding a therapist. Many people are aware that therapists often use different therapy modalities, have varying educational backgrounds, or focus on specific concerns such as anxiety or trauma. However, what you may not know is that there are also therapists who specialize in working with various populations. This is imperative for many people when it comes to getting the most out of therapy.

Why LGBTQIA+ Therapists Are Essential

Why are LGBTQIA+ therapists so important? It just makes sense that someone that has a similar identity may have shared experiences in which they can help delve deeper into. There are many reasons as to why this is the case, but here are some of the most vital:

Understanding

Since an LGBTQIA+ therapist is more likely to be versed in matters that impact LGBTQIA+ individuals, finding an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist can give you a sense of understanding that you might struggle to find otherwise. Sometimes, you’ll want to talk about your life in the context of an LGBTQIA+ experience, and having someone who understands that context makes a world of difference. This may come down to the nuances of your relationships, gender dysphoria, systemic barriers facing LGBT community, world issues or events that impact LGBTQIA+ individuals, terms that you use, or something else.

Trust

Whether you’re seeking individual therapy, group therapy, or couples therapy, it can be a lot easier to start trusting a mental health professional if you go into it knowing that you’re safe both physically and emotionally. You don’t have to trust a provider on the first session in any case, but it can help you have a better therapeutic connection in the sense that you know that you can truly be open and show every aspect of who you are in therapy.

Even if a therapist is accepting, if they don’t specialize in the LGBTQIA+ population, what can sometimes happen is that a person feels as though they have to keep things inside as a reflex. On the other hand, if you know what population a therapist works with, it can be a lot easier to let your guard down and talk about what’s going on in your life, especially if that’s something you’d struggle with otherwise.

Progress

When you feel like you can talk to your therapist about anything that’s on your mind, and when you’re able to achieve that sense of safety and understanding we all want in and outside of therapy, you’re more likely to make the progress you want to make. Depending on what you’re looking for (some people will seek ongoing mental health support, whereas others may attend one or two sessions to get a letter for a medical procedure through the informed consent model, etc.), this can save a lot of time, money, and stress. It’s also worth noting that certain concerns, such as eating disorders, are more prevalent in the LGBTQIA+ population. An LGBTQIA+ therapist is more likely to understand how these different factors may intersect so that they can support you holistically.

Finding A LGBTQIA-Friendly Therapist

Here are some ways to go about finding an LGBTQIA+ therapist:

  1. Ask your doctor for a referral to an LGBTQIA+ therapist in your area.
  2. Search the web for an LGBTQIA+ therapist in your area using search terms such as “LGBTQIA+ therapist near me.”
  3. Ask local LGBTQIA+ community organizations for recommendations. This may be particularly beneficial if you aren’t comfortable asking your doctor or are struggling to find providers who meet your needs. If you are a student at a college or university, you may have a counseling center or LGBTQIA+ student resource center that can help.
  4. Use an online therapy website. Many online therapy websites like BetterHelp have licensed LGBTQIA+ therapists. Often, when you sign up for a reputable online therapy website, they’ll have you take a quick questionnaire that’ll help you find the right match. It’s also often faster and more affordable to find a provider through an online therapy website.

If you want to learn more about mental health and therapy, visit Mind Diagnostics to take mental health quizzes and read about everything from depression to even video game addiction. When you’re ready to try therapy, you can tap in your zip code and you’ll see a range of providers in your area who work with various populations, concerns, and modalities.

Simply type in your zip code, and you’ll see a range of providers in your area who work with various populations, concerns, and modalities. Regardless of how you reach out for support, take pride in doing so. Asking for support is something to be proud of, and you deserve to get the help you need.

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