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The 9Rules Network Best Content Of The Week, Feb. 15 – 21

One of the things that I both love and hate about February is that it’s over quite fast. I love that it whizzes by especially when I just want the month to be over so I can leave the baggages that have accumulated all throughout the month. But I also hate that it’s so fast that I don’t get to enjoy it.

To slow down your February somewhat, here are some of the best content on the 9rules Network for the week of February 15-21.

Would You Like to Pay by Cash, Credit Card or Twitter?

I received an email this week about a new ebook on the rise of the app. I was interested, so I visited the website and found something I’d never seen before, a “Pay with a Tweet” option.

Click the option, and you get a pre-filled Tweet (which can be altered somewhat) that mentions the product along with a link so others can get in on the deal.

The “pay with a tweet” option is nothing new, but it is getting a lot of attention lately. If you’re trying to build a product or service through web marketing then this is a tactic you really should check out.

 

A Freelance Lesson From Jeremy Lin of the NY Knicks

Lin worked like crazy for years, waiting for this opportunity. When it finally came around, he was ready for it. Make sure you are putting 100% effort into your freelance business. Stay up to date on everything there is to know about your niche.

The Jeremy Lin craze looks like it’s not going to end anytime soon so might as well use Lin’s newfound fame to good use by using stories of Lin’s work ethic and background as a jump-off point for career lessons. I have to say that this article has succeeded in its objectives.

 

Facebook Timeline Lifestyle Apps Surge in Traffic

In January, Facebook announced the launch of 60 new timeline apps including Pinterest. At the time, Spotify was already seeing a benefit from having users share their playlists on Facebook – their membership rose to 1.4 million subscribers. Less than a month into the launch, the Facebook development team has reported dramatic gains in traffic and user engagement for lifestyle networks.

Pinterest’s growth is very explosive. It’s arguably one of the fastest growing lifestyle apps and for good reason. It’s a very addictive concept and fits nicely into Facebook. Other lifestyle apps are also growing fast and this article is an interesting read on that topic.

7 Out of 10 Children Use the Family Tablet

Nielsen surveyed tablet owners with kids under 12 and found that 7 out of 10 kids were allowed to use the tablet. This was a 9% increase over the previous quarter.

The majority of the kids, 77%, used the tablet to play games. 57% said their kids were using it for educational purposes (and we believe them, don’t we?)

Kids have a natural aptitude towards using touchscreen tablets and I agree, it’s a great learning tool. Expect to see kids get their own personal tablets when the prices for these costly gadgets go down.

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The 9Rules Network Best Content Of The Week, Feb. 8 – 14

It’s the month of love and the end of this recap of the best content on the 9Rules Network falls on Valentine’s Day. The romantics look forward to this day while others look at February 14 as a  commercialization tactic. Whichever side of the fence you’re at, you’ll still have a lot of fun reading these choice articles from the various sites that compose the 9Rules network.

Problem With Procrastination? Try This: Do Nothing.

In Roy Baumeister and John Tierney’s fascinating book, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, they suggest the “Nothing Alternative” to this problem. That is, if you want to get yourself to do something, make the alternative to that task to do nothing.

Anyone who has had to deal with an important task head-on knows that it is sometimes hard to just go and do the said task. Procrastination is a very real problem. The solution of not doing nothing for not doing nothing may actually work.

7 Tips to Help Improve Your Child’s Handwriting

There’s a reason why so many preschool projects involve rice, beads, beans, and shells. Working with these tiny objects builds your child’s fine motor skills and develops hand muscles necessary in handwriting. Look for ways your child can develop fine motor skills at home. Opportunities abound, from misting the plants to finger painting.

My son has to face the challenge of having bad handwriting when he was starting out in school. We actually did some of the tips here and it really worked. Parents with preschool-aged children, take these tips to heart.

Why I’m Not Yet Sold on Jeremy Lin

In the last 15 years, point guards have made careers by abusing the Lakers and this season is no different. The current Lakers roster is not constructed to bottle up slashing point guards. I’ll join the “Linsanity” after Lin goes up against Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, and Tony Parker and lights them up.

Anyone who’s been following the NBA has likely been bitten by “Linsanity”. The New York Knicks’ Jeremy Lin has captured everyone’s attention. But here’s one guy who’s not buying the hype and he tells us the reasons why.

Financial Tricks to Master for a Happier Life

Many high earners will tell you that they aren’t happy with their income. This is because they are already used to the amount of money that they are making. Everything is all relative. In order to feel happy, make improvements. And it doesn’t even have to be related to making money, either.

Money is not the root of happiness, people will tell you that. But for many people, it is the source of unhappiness. Here are some really useful financial tricks that will make you a happier person.

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The 9Rules Network Best Content Of The Week, January 25 – 31

January flew by so fast. I haven’t even gotten over my post-Holiday hangover and February’s already looming on us. In case you missed it, here are some of the best content to be published in the 9Rules network for the week covering January 25 – 31.

80 Games Every Family Should Play

Bop It, and its successors, are popular, noisy handheld toys which encourage hand-eye coordination and are a lot of fun to play. They can be played solo or in various ‘pass it’ modes allowing two or more people to join in. The concept — to correctly follow spoken or sound effect instructions by pulling, twisting or otherwise manipulating the “Bop It” — sounds simple but can be surprisingly fiendish.

I gave my son a Bop It for Christmas and he absolutely loves it. This is a great training for hand-eye coordination and also teaches children how to correctly listen to instructions. All of the other games listed in the article are also very educational and/or fun, and it also encourages playing as a whole family, which is a big plus.

Firefox 10 Released

Mozilla has released Firefox 10, the latest iteration of its popular open-source Web browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux machines. Mozilla is committed to release a new version of the browser every 6 weeks.

What is new in version 10 is how Firefox handles extensions upon auto-updating to the new browser version. Firefox 10 for Android will have multitouch gesture support to the mobile browser.

Mozilla is really fully committed to their fast track release schedule for Firefox. It has recently released version 10 of the popular Mozilla Firefox browser. Time to update your browser if you’re using Firefox. Dear Mozilla, for the next version, could you please add an auto update feature? It will really help users.

8 Beers That Best Describe the Most Popular Social Networks

Today we raise a glass to Libatious, a social network for beer drinkers that launched today from its headquarters in Brooklyn, NY.  The site has a database of beers and breweries from all over the world for users to explore, bookmark and rate – an intriguing blend of Pinterest and Yelp.

In the real world, beer and social media go together like soda and pop rocks.  Just for fun, here’s a sampling of eight beers to pair with eight different social networks, inspired by the beers found on tap at Libatious.

Here’s a cool take on two things people love to do – visit their favorite social network service and drink beer. It’s a mashup of sorts, but the good and entertaining kind.

Flannel Design Wall Tutorial

I’m still “moving in” and getting settled in my new sewing area (as well as the rest of the house, if the truth is told), and of course, I want a design wall of some sort. There is not a lot of room or empty wall space, but there is one wall that will do (ignoring the electrical socket and pass through right in the middle of it that I would never use anyway).

Decorating your home is a very involved project but one that is very fulfilling especially if you really transform your domicile into something really beautiful. Home projects are nothing to sneeze at so this article on decorating a wall is a great insight into what such a project entails not just in the technical aspects of it but the practical hands-on experience of doing the project.

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The 9Rules Network Best Content Of The Week, January 17 – 24

This week is the Chinese New Year. Time to assess and take stock of your life and make changes for the positive. These are some of the best content that we have encountered in the 9Rules network.

The Artist’s Drug of Choice

Art is a curative. Art is strengthening. Art is what taught me that I am an artist. Art is what keeps me healthy. If I’m not getting my fix, everything else will suffer. I need it.

I know I’ve featured Jessica Doyle’s blog last week, but her recent blog post on the artist’s struggle with personal demons is quite compelling and strikes a chord with any person who has to go through the same things in the pursuit of true creativity. Doyle’s positive take on art as a form of positive addiction is a great affirmation of what art can do to artist and not just the people who see the final work.