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Happy Sunday! I hope you can get outside, even if it’s freezing, just to get some fresh air. My son is with Grandma and I got to bed early last night, so I’m feeling pretty good for someone who got up at 6am with a back ache.
This week was pretty busy as far as work and this blog goes. I uploaded some new craft supplies to Etsy, listed a new Spring-themed ring for sale on this website, and I learned that mind mapping really is the best way to outline blog posts.
With my free time before my son woke up, I looked through my Feedly feeds and found some posts and articles that you all might like to read. So, let’s see what’s going on in the world:
In 1991, the African wild dogs that lived in Serengeti National Park disappeared. The original hypothesis of what happened is that the researchers caused this by handling the wild dogs, fitting them with radio collars and taking blood samples. It was thought that all this handling compromised their immune systems, leaving them susceptible to rabies.
A new study challenges that hypothesis, though. Wild dogs to the east of the park that were exposed to the same stresses didn’t face the same fate.
The study’s authors think that it’s more likely that competition with the growing numbers of lions and hyenas caused the disappearance of the African wild dogs.
There have been surprisingly few wedding startups since the dawn of the internet, and even fewer successful ones. Zola and The Knot are two success stories, but what makes the wedding industry so impervious to outsiders?
The wedding industry is known for being rigid, but it has changed to fit in with our online world. Pinterest, for instance, has said that 40 million people use its service to plan a wedding every year.
The whims of Google and SEO have tanked some startups, and the successful ones like The Knot are probably selling your emails to advertisers to stay afloat.
In my mind, there’s just so many parts to a wedding and people prefer them to be integral and working together. Startups that focus on just one aspect of a wedding probably won’t make much money, but going broad will require more money, a larger team, and a better strategy. It’s just a hard industry to break into.
Pollution is getting worse the world over. There are some efforts to clean up around the UK, but there are still 2,000 areas in the UK with alarming numbers in air quality. It’s a health issue, especially since nitrogen dioxide is one of the main culprits. Nitrogen Dioxide irritates the lungs and creates breathing issues.
My social media plan right now focuses almost entirely on Pinterest. That’s not to say everyone should do the same, though. This infographic will help you choose the right social media website for your needs.
“Show me $1 and I’ll show you 10 “money gurus” who claim they can turn it into $2.”
Financial gurus are ruining the internet, and they might be ruining your wallet, too. Sure, there are some good ones out there, but most are experts in only one thing: making money off of you.
This article is a lesson to not trust every expert that walks your way, even if they really are experts. Experts don’t always have good morals.
Speaking of bad morals, you need to learn how to avoid these scams. Anyone can fall prey to a money scam, so it pays to be prepared.
Going on vacay with a baby is hard. It’s more like moving than a week away.
A better idea might be use Amazon Prime or some other shipping service to send what you need to your destination. Less to pack, less to worry about!
There are a lot of rules about what plastic you can and can’t recycle. Here’s a new rule: recycle your bottles with the cap on.
“So what’s the right way to recycle a plastic water bottle? First, remove the cap and crunch the bottle up from the base until most of the air is removed. Screw the cap back on, then toss the bottle in the recycling bin!”
Self care and pain management tips on Pinterest are actually helping people with chronic pain! It’s a sad fact that medical intervention often falls short with chronic pain, so spreading different techniques of dealing with it through Pinterest is a great thing to do.
Fossil fuel companies are marketing power houses with a ton of money to throw behind propaganda and advertising. Should Google and social media companies hold them accountable for spreading false information that could lead to climate change denial or otherwise further the harm to the environment? Should fossil fuel companies be blacklisted from buying advertising like firearm companies are?