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Guatemalan woman nears two years living at church that offered…

first_img Featured Events Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Photo: Yonat Shimron/Religion News Service[Religion News Service — Greensboro, North Carolina] Juana Luz Tobar Ortega spends her days at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church sewing pillow covers, sculpting clay cups and bowls and cooking papusas and tamales.But Ortega’s many homemaking skills belie the harsh reality of her life: She cannot go home.Later this month, Ortega will mark her two-year anniversary in sanctuary. The 47-year-old Guatemalan native took refuge at St. Barnabas on May 31, 2017, after receiving an ankle bracelet and an order of deportation. 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The film looks at the plight of the Ortega family after Juana left her husband, Carlos, four children and two grandchildren for sanctuary. The directors hope the film shines a light on noncriminal deportation cases like Ortega’s, which have multiplied in the wake of the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown.Ortega, who has no criminal record, has lived in the United States for 26 years, most of them in the North Carolina town of Asheboro, about 30 miles from Greensboro.Before taking sanctuary, she worked as a seamstress for a furniture company in nearby High Point. Six years ago during a raid on her employer, she was arrested for entering the country illegally and released. It was then she first realized her asylum claim was denied. Each year since, she checked in with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and received a one-year stay of deportation – until in 2017, when for no stated reason she was given 30 days to leave the country.Faced with the choice of leaving her family and going back to Guatemala, or awaiting a knock at the door from an ICE officer, she sought church sanctuary.Ortega’s family visits her at the church every weekend. Her two granddaughters often stay with her during school vacations. But for all practical purposes, her life is on hold.“I came into the project excited about the idea of sanctuary as a form of protection for people facing deportation,” said Christine Delp, who co-directed the film with Pilar Timpane. “And I came through not really sure whether sanctuary is a good or bad thing. It’s like being in limbo. There’s an extreme emotional, financial, physical toll on families.”Hundreds of congregations across the country have pledged to support undocumented people at imminent risk of deportation. A far smaller number have actually housed them.There are now 48 people taking sanctuary in houses of worship across the U.S., according to Church World Service, which maintains a database. Three have been in sanctuary since 2016, when the most recent sanctuary movement began, and 21 are coming up on their second anniversary.Houses of worship are considered “sensitive locations,” meaning that federal immigration enforcement officers will avoid arresting, searching or interviewing people there under most circumstances.The congregations that have people living in sanctuary have worked hard to advocate on their behalf.So far, they’ve had limited success.Some people in sanctuary have successfully won a stay of removal and have been reunited with their families. (One woman formerly in sanctuary at another Greensboro church was granted a green card last week, entitling her to permanent residency.)But the majority are still waiting.Timpane, co-director of the documentary about Ortega, which has shown at 11 film festivals and won the grand jury prize for short documentary at the New Orleans Film Festival, said she still struggles with people’s misunderstandings about the immigration system.“It continues to surprise that we get questions like ‘What did she do? Why is (she) getting a deportation sentence?’ — rather than ‘What can be done to change the system?’” Timpane said.St. Barnabas, North Carolina’s first congregation in recent history to offer sanctuary to an undocumented immigrant, took in Ortega knowing her stay would be indefinite, but feeling called nonetheless to help her.Juana Luz Tobar Ortega, center front, poses with her family for a photo released in 2017 by American Friends Service Committee, which was helping her resist a deportation order.To keep her safe, it instituted new rules: The church doors remain locked. A volunteer is on duty 24 hours a day. And no immigration enforcement officers are allowed on the premises without an arrest warrant signed by a judge.The church turned a vesting room and storage area into a bedroom and sitting area for Ortega. Her son-in-law, a plumber, installed a shower in one of the church bathrooms.Besides sheltering her, church members revved up their advocacy on Ortega’s behalf. They’ve written letters, made phone calls, visited Congress to push for an immigration policy that keeps undocumented families together and allows a path to citizenship. Failing that, they have raised the possibility of a private bill that might allow Ortega a stay of deportation.The church was buoyed by last year’s midterm elections when Democrats took control of the House of Representatives — including the House Judiciary Committee, and Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship. A church group drove to Washington to visit with Rep. Jerry Nadler, the committee chair, taking some of Ortega’s pottery as a gift. The group also visited with Sen. Thom Tillis, one of North Carolina’s two Republican senators.But so far, there’s been little movement on immigration.The Rev. Randall Keeney, the church vicar, said he’s become disillusioned by the nation’s politics that have failed so many undocumented people.“I used to think our representatives acted out of conscience,” he said. “I don’t believe that anymore. I think they only act out of expediency and for political reasons.”Last year, the ankle bracelet that ICE strapped around Ortega’s leg broke. The church, which has been upfront with ICE about her whereabouts, called the agency to inform officials about it. ICE offered to fit her with a new bracelet.The church said no.This weekend, Ortega’s third child, Jackeline, will graduate from a community college with a degree in animal science. Ortega won’t be there to cheer her on when she accepts her diploma.Her youngest, Carlos Jr., whom she lovingly calls Carlito, is a high school junior. Ortega tears up at the thought that she might miss his high school graduation next year.Then she wipes away the tears and reminds herself why she chose sanctuary.“It’s better for me to stay here,” she said. “Here I have my family. If I went back (to Guatemala) we’d be separated.”Jackeline, Carlos and Carlos Jr. are U.S. citizens, while Ortega’s two older daughters, born in Guatemala, have qualified for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.“It’s hard for us,” said her eldest daughter, Lesvi Molina, who stays with her one night a week. “But it’s nothing compared to what she’s dealing with. It’s very overwhelming to feel like there’s no way out.” Press Release Service Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Cathedral Dean Boise, ID This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Hopkinsville, KY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LAlast_img read more

MUI urges govt to limit foreign workers, leave halal certification out of omnibus bill

first_imgThe Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has called on the government to reassess the controversial omnibus bill on job creation, particularly in regard to provisions regulating halal certification and the employment of foreign workers.In a written statement issued last Friday, MUI secretary-general Anwar Abbas said the bill should aim to protect the economic interests of citizens by limiting the inclusion of foreign workers in the national workforce.“[The bill] must protect national economic sovereignty and limit [the number of] foreign workers,” he said. Furthermore, Anwar urged the government to extend the same business flexibility granted to large corporations to the more than 70 million micro enterprises across the country, claiming that smaller businesses often lacked the knowledge and security required to stay afloat.Read also: Guide to omnibus bill on job creation: 1,028 pages in 10 minutesHe also suggested that the state entrust all matters related to halal certification to the MUI, lest the bill would risk violating religious principles.“Halal [certification] should be separated from businesses and instead returned to its essence, namely Islamic principles, which fall under the MUI’s domain,” he stated.He said the bill, which stipulates halal certification to be one of the requirements for a business permit, had therefore granted state authority to infringe on religious jurisdiction.“On that basis, the MUI believes that, in regard to halal certification, the government should position itself as an administrative institution, while the MUI is positioned as an internal body that has the authority to issue the halal fatwa on products,” Anwar said.Topics :last_img read more

DiBella, Team B.C. drops a thriller in shootout at Canada Winter Games

first_imgElla Matteucci of Frutivale assisted on a goal by Nicole Medori Saxvik North Vancouver to give Team B.C. the lead. But Canada’s most western province could not hold off the late charge by Manitoba to secure the victory.Team B.C. advance to the contest by pounding Nova Scotia 8-2 Friday in relegation action. Karoline Huber of Kelowna scored twice to lead Team B.C.Team B.C. lost 4-0 to high-powered Quebec in quarter final action Thursday to drop into the relegation round.Team B.C., which includes Nelson Minor Hockey product Aimee DiBella, lost a heartbreaking 1-0 decision Wednesday to Team Saskatchewan to drop into 1-3 in Pool A play.

Team B.C. opened with a 4-0 loss to Alberta Sunday.

Team B.C. then lost 4-1 to Ontario Monday. DiBella had two minutes in penalties.

DiBella & Company finally got a win Tuesday, defeating Team Newfoundland & Labrador 4-0.

Along with DiBella on Team B.C. is Kootenay Wildcats teammate Daley Oddy of Cranbrook.

Matteucci played last season for the Cats but this year is playing in Wilcox, Sask., at the Notre Dame Hockey Academy.

During the first week of the Canada Winter Games, Team B.C. Men’s squad backed into the playoffs before reeling off a string of victories to claim the gold medal.

The Team B.C. squad include Luke Bertolucci of [email protected] The movers and shakers at B.C. Hockey made a ton of changes to improve the results of the female provincial team on the national scene. However, while the province did better its final resut the best the squad to manage was a sixth-place showing at the  Canada Winter Games in Halifax.Team B.C. fell 2-1 in a relegation thriller to Team Manitoba Saturday as the Canada Winter Games wrapped up.Team Alberta defeated Ontario 3-2 to claim the gold medal while Quebec edged Saskatchewan 4-3 to win the bronze.Team Manitoba scored with Team B.C. clinging to a 1-0 lead late in the game before capturing the contest in a shootout.last_img read more

Enceladus Geyser Heat Much Higher Than Thought Possible

first_imgThe Enceladus problem – accounting for the heat source of a tiny moon of Saturn – just jumped by more than an order of magnitude.  “Cassini Finds Enceladus Is a Powerhouse,” reported Jet Propulsion Laboratory today.  “Heat output from the south polar region of Saturn’s moon Enceladus is much greater than was previously thought possible,” the press release said; “….15.8 gigawatts, approximately 2.6 times the power output of all the hot springs in the Yellowstone region, or comparable to 20 coal-fueled power stations.”  That’s “more than an order of magnitude higher than scientists had predicted” based on a re-analysis of infrared data taken in 2008.  Previous estimates were 1.1 to 1.4 gigawatts.    The results were published in the Journal of Geophysical Research on March 4.  Lead author of the study, Carly Howett [Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado] was dumbfounded by the results.  “The mechanism capable of producing the much higher observed internal power remains a mystery and challenges the currently proposed models of long-term heat production,” she remarked.  The only suggestion for a way out of the problem was to propose episodic outbursts.  “A possible explanation of the high heat flow observed is that Enceladus’ orbital relationship to Saturn and Dione changes with time, allowing periods of more intensive tidal heating, separated by more quiescent periods,” the article suggested.  That proposal, however, has the bad philosophical side effect of making our observations a special time: “This means Cassini might be lucky enough to be seeing Enceladus when it’s unusually active.”    Since extra heat might melt the ice, an appeal to life was predictable: “The possibility of liquid water, a tidal energy source and the observation of organic (carbon-rich) chemicals in the plume of Enceladus make the satellite a site of strong astrobiological interest,” Howett said.Quick!  Look over there!  The use of the L-word is a tactic similar to the used car salesman pointing to a hired streaker when the prospective buyer is about to look under the hood (04/27/2009, 06/26/2009).  A persistent buyer might not be distracted.  Then the salesman tries another tactic: “That’s strange; it was working before.  Every time I tried it the engine ran fine.  You just happened to come by at a bad time.”    Among all the other Saturn surprises (12/07/2010, 02/02/2009), Enceladus was already a big problem for the assumed age of the solar system (A.S.S.) (08/30/2005, 03/13/2007, 01/28/2011 bullet 2).  Now it is a BIG problem (pronounce it beeeeeg; señor.  But señorita: Encéladus is not pronounced like enchilada).    Darwin skeptics who nevertheless cling to Lyell’s myth of millions and billions of years should take note of observations like these (08/04/2007).  The two moyboys (03/31/2007 commentary), Charlie & Charlie (Lyell & Darwin), were part of the same radical movement Peter warned about (II Peter 3:3-6). (Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Scientists Paranoid about Losing Access to Baby Body Parts

first_img(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 You would not believe the hatred and disgust that Big Science has for anyone trying to protect the unborn.Nature‘s Editorial this week broke records for hate speech. If you oppose abortion, and were appalled by the undercover videos last year showing Planned Parenthood officials selling baby body parts to labs, including one top official who wanted to use the money to buy a Lamborghini, here’s what Nature thinks of you. If you happen to be a Republican, let’s assume you agree for the most part with a report the Congressional “Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives” just completed that recounts multiple incidents of lawbreaking by scientists and Planned Parenthood, and concluded that science does not need fetal tissue (Nature uses the euphemism “controversial material”) for its research. If so, the following venom is aimed at you, too.The committee engaged in “fantasy politics”They “distort the truth”They wrote a “science fiction story” that’s a “fantasy” like a “dystopian tale”They “predicted a bizarre future disconnected from its past”They applied “cognitive dissonance”And that’s just the warm-up paragraph. It gets worse. Republicans, Donald Trump and anyone who doesn’t believe scientists deserve unlicensed free rein to do anything they want with unborn babies are in the Editor’s sights.The authors of this fantasy were the Republicans who were part of a US congressional investigation into the use of tissue from aborted human fetuses for researchthe result would be funny if it weren’t so serious.the officials applied their own, distorted, vision of how science worksthe Republicans’ investigative report shows a careless — or perhaps all too careful — disregard for facts and historySuch a report should be an aberration. There are concerns that it will not be.it is especially worrying given the political changes ahead for the United States.President-elect Donald Trump could embolden the anti-science lawmakers in Congress to ‘investigate’ other areas of controversial researchSo are the Editors of Nature going crazy? Let them indict themselves: “As such, it would not be totally paranoid to worry that the report released last week…  is a taste of things to come.”We Want Our Baby Body Parts!Now comes the attempt to rationalize what the undercover videos showed: corrupt and blatant disregard for the lives of the unborn. Leaving bloody baby body parts on countertops and in buckets. Quibbling about the price for limbs, organs and brains. Modifying the abortionists’ procedures to get the best parts. Breaking federal law. Lusting for filthy lucre while cauterizing their consciences. Violating any reasonable standards of decency. Watch the editors put the guilt, however, on the Congressional committee instead of the perpetrators in Planned Parenthood’s houses of horror. Can they do it? You bet.The use of fetal tissue from abortions is a prime target for politics in the United States, where access to abortion is a perennial political issue. The investigation was launched after a series of undercover videos showed employees of women’s abortion clinics and companies that distribute fetal tissue for research discussing the procedures they use for collecting the tissue and the fees they charge for the service. It gave those opposed to abortion a new way of attacking those who provide such tissue.In which other directions could this damaging and partisan interference spread? Biologists remember the struggle to access embryonic stem cells during former President George W. Bush’s term in office. Fears are mounting that this attack will be renewed.We Want Our Embryonic Stem Cells!Speaking of embryonic stem cells, Nature‘s Editors never stopped lusting for those, either, even though ethically-safe induced pluripotent stem cells are just as good (see previous entries). Here’s what the Editors say about that. Republicans had better not tie scientists’ hands again, they warn:The Republicans’ report on fetal-tissue research harked back to the old arguments about embryonic stem cells — the familiar, evidence-free mantra that convenient alternatives can easily replace a controversial source of mater­ial. (Despite the open hostility, there was never a congressional investigation into the use of embryonic stem cells.) The report also went a step further, rewriting the long history of the role of human fetal-tissue research in vaccine and therapy development, and even directly attacking one researcher for his vocal support of the research.This paragraph is a textbook example of turning the tables in an argument with emotional propaganda: (1) Describe your opponents’ argument as “old.” (2) Call it “evidence-free.” (3) Call it a “mantra,” suggesting their arguments are just repetitive, mindless chants. (4) Use euphemisms like “controversial source of material” (this is human babies we’re talking about!). (5) Accuse your opponent of “open hostility.” (6). Accuse your opponent of “rewriting history” as you engage in that yourself. (7) Call an investigation an “attack.” (8) Call your dirty work “research.” Run this quote by our Baloney Detector, especially the parts about loaded words, fear-mongering, non-sequitur, and other tactics of distortion.Then Nature issues its call to arms:It is important for the scientific community to rally round those who would speak up to defend research. Let us hope that this report is an isolated incident. Even so, researchers should prepare for more of the same.There’s more to say about stem cells. We’ll save that news for a separate post. In Science Magazine this week, Greg Miller reported on new imaging techniques for fetal brains. That’s great, but is this a subtle justification for abortion?The findings provide the first direct evidence of altered brain function in fetuses that go on to be born prematurely, and they might ultimately point to ways to remediate or even prevent such early injuries.Miller repeatedly refers to the human baby in the womb as a “fetus” with a “fetal brain,” but then notes, “How this process unfolds is largely a mystery.” In light of Nature‘s naked disdain for the fetus, watch a remarkable animation of the unfolding development of a baby from fertilization to birth on YouTube. You were like that once. Is your life valuable?We wish we could reinforce the positivistic picture of science that you learned to respect in middle school or high school, with its fluttering butterflies and colorful flasks, but it’s just not true any more. Big Science has become a leftist, materialistic, pro-Darwin special-interest hate group, and their targets are Republicans and conservatives – anyone who doesn’t bow the knee to them with their inflated egos and distorted view of the world as “nothing created everything.” Don’t buckle under to their hate speech. Face it and confront it. Donald Trump took on the major media today, calling them out as perpetrators of “fake news.” That’s what we all need to do to Nature, Science, and the other progressive, globalist, Democrat pressure groups. Tell them, “Cut the fake science! You shall not spend my tax dollars to support murder! You shall not call that ‘research’! You shall not rewrite history with hate speech and euphemisms! You, Editors—not us—are the perpetrators of anti-science!” There is nothing in science that says one must be a leftist progressive globalist. They chose that worldview. The actual evidence of nature supports creation and intelligent design. Nature and the other Big Science pressure groups are out of line, manhandling the noble reputation of science for leftist ends.We all know the proper stance against bullies. Nature is one of them. Call them out. Don’t let them get away with this callous whitewash and propaganda. They need to cower in fear before the public that pays for their ‘research’. The public has every right to limit what they can get away with, especially when it is bloody murder.last_img read more

Surfacing new uses for corn critical to long-term viability of farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Increasing demand for corn and corn farmer profitability is key to the National Corn Growers Association’s mission, and this was clearly evident at the recent meeting of NCGA’s Corn Productivity & Quality Action Team (CPQAT).Farmer team members from across the U.S. discussed several potential avenues for finding new uses for corn to drive demand. Potential areas of focus are new food uses for corn, new plant-based chemicals from corn and more specifically using corn as a feedstock to replace chemicals currently manufactured from petroleum.“Developing new uses for corn is nothing novel. It has always been important. Within the last 20 years, fuel ethanol went from being a new use for corn to our second largest market.  And look at the impact that has had on farmer profitability,” said Larry Hoffmann, chairman of the CPQAT. “But trying to keep corn use ahead of our growing productive capacity is a never-ending challenge. We are currently exploring the concept of an open innovation contest as a way to engage researchers to drive corn use.”Open Innovation focuses on uncovering new ideas or new applications of corn. This process allows us to look beyond our normal research networks and find new applications. Projects uncovered through the open innovation process may be eligible for financial support or other in-kind activities to accelerate them through the research phase and into commercial production.last_img read more

SMB draw collective effort in win over Phoenix

first_imgMOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The Beermen, who are eyeing a Grand Slam, have a 7-3 record and are in a three-way tie with TNT and NLEX for the third spot. The Beermen almost had a fourth player notch a double-double after Arwind Santos put up 15 points and nine boards. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—There are a lot of things June Mar Fajardo enjoys like winning titles, capturing awards, and seeing his teammates excel.The reigning three-time PBA MVP is known for his selfless nature and when a couple of his teammates put up double-doubles, Fajardo was quite proud of the achievement.ADVERTISEMENT Dela Cruz, Hontiveros bid farewell to PBA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Terrence Watson had 26 points, 11 rebounds to go along five assists, three steals, and three blocks while Alex Cabagnot posted 24 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists.“All of us have to step up, and if possible we should all get double-doubles,” said Fajardo after San Miguel edged Phoenix, 109-107, in the PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Sports Center here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFajardo also came away with a double-double of his own, finishing with 24 points, 17 rebounds, and six blocks.“It’s a good thing we got the win, one more game until the end of the eliminations and we have to win our last game so we can get to the top four.”  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

10 Simple Strategies for Business Blog Content

first_img ? Do you feel like your brain is empty and out of ideas for blog posts? This is a common feeling. (I know I, personally, have often felt this way.) The reality is that the web is full of too many great ideas and — Take a look at your different types of content 2. Aggregate Industry Information– Everyone has good ideas. As a blogger, a great way to put together a powerful blog postis to compile popular industry statistics, images, videos, etc. into one articlethat makes it easily accessible for your readers. This saves them time spent researching and eliminates the need to visit dozens of sights. When aggregating content, be sure to give credit and link to the original source of information. Topics: from Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack 6. Make Charts– People love data. Most businesses have data about their industry and use it to make important business decisions. While some data may need to be kept confidential, other data can be made into chartsthat can become a blog post, providing readers with valuable industry insight. , that you should never run out of things to blog about, regardless of your industry. When it comes to blogging well and often, it usually comes down to how you see ideas and how well you explain them in a way that matters to your audience. It doesn’t matter if you are blogging about manufacturing or swimming pools or any other industry for that matter, the basic process for coming up with great — Take a stance. OpEd writers argue one side of an issue. No industry is without controversial topics. Pick a couple of hot-button topics and write an opinion article about the issue. 10 Ways to Keep Your Blog Full of Content 4. Seek Out Guest Authors– Let other people think of ideas for you. Think about other experts and leaders in your industry and approach them about contributing a guest article to your blog. You’ll find that many people are willing to this for free in order to gain exposure to a new audience and generate a link or two back to their own blogs or websites. By securing a few good guest authors, you can outsource blog ideas and save some time in your schedule for other types of content. View more qisur website analytics — Think like a reporter. Has an announcement recently happened that has an impact on your industry? Take a few minutes to summarize the news announcement and then explain what it means for your industry. Beyond helping your readers, breaking news regularly will help to improve organic search traffic, because search engines place value on the first sites to discuss a particular subject. 9. Review Industry Books presentations Polarizing blog posts Business Blogging Analytics What tips do you have for keeping blog post ideas flowing? Which of these strategies do you use? Are you sick of .  Website analytics provide a lot of information about your readers. For example, you can see where they are geographically, what type of computer or smartphone they use, as well as other valuable data. If you notice that you have a large portion of visitors from an unexpected location, it might make sense to write a few blog posts related to industry issues in that geographic area. business blogging 8. Look at can be applied to any business. 100 Marketing Charts and Graphs Photo Credit: . 1. Answer Customer Questions– After spending years in an industry, it is easy to use jargon and lose sight of how customers see the industry. A good way to solve this problem to create valuable blog content is by looking through your email or checking with your sales and support teams to generate a list of common customer questions. Take each question and write blog posts that clearly answer them without using industry jargon. like this often attract more traffic and comments than traditional posts. HubSpot Internet Marketing Originally published Jun 1, 2010 11:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 7. Think Like an OpEd Writer 3. Think Beyond Text– Text is great, but it doesn’t have to be the only type of blog content you offer. Think about other types of content. For example, you could publish video or audio interviews of industry experts. You could create a blog post with pictures taken at an industry trade show. For a day, remove text as a possible form of blog post content and think about other content types that can be valuable to your readers. — Provide your own twist on what others have to say about your industry. Read some recent industry books and then write or produce video reviews that point out the good and bad in each of those books as well as indicate which segments of your audience may enjoy reading them. 5. Make Lists– Coming up with new blog posts is often a function of framing ideas in the correct way. Think of common industry issues and situations in the form of lists. Lists can be how-to, best-of, etc., but often serve as a catalyst for coming up with a fresh angle for an common topic. Example: 10. Break News blog contentlast_img read more