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4 Quick and Easy Ways to Get More Page Views

While the majority of bloggers focus a lot of energy on getting more unique visitors to their blogs, there are many who depend on racking up the page views, usually to make money with CPM advertising. Because they are getting paid for each ad impression, they not only strive to …

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How to Turn Your StumbleUpon Traffic Into Loyal Readers

As many bloggers know, StumbleUpon can be a great source of traffic to their blogs. But later on, some of them find that most (or all) of the traffic they receive are only one-time visitors. So how does a blogger ensure that some of those visitors return? Let’s get into …

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12 Reasons Why Most Bloggers Don’t Make Much Money Online

Despite all the free advice available to those who want to blog to earn a living, the vast majority don’t make much money. A blogger will read a blog or ebook that says “do this” or “do that” and will do “this” and “that” and a number of other things, …

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Greek Theatre: Staging Madness and Democracy

In Plato’s Phaedrus, Socrates declared that “madness which is a divine gift [. . .] conferred great benefits on Hellas”. One of those great benefits was theatre, for ancient Greece has always been hailed the mother of both Democracy and Theatre. During the 5th century BC, Athens embarked on a …

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The Life of Valdimir Nabokov

“Please tell your son that he will never be a writer” (Vladimir Nabokov and Some Poets of Russian Modernism). This prophecy, supposedly made by a distinguished Russian poet to Vladimir Nabokov’s father, proved to be quite a short-sighted condemnation of the young Russian-born author. Nabokov went on to become one of …

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Darkness Within: An Overview of Achebe’s Critique of Heart of Darkness

Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart, demolishes the premise of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, proclaiming that the latter is a “thoroughgoing racist.” (Achebe 1789) In his essay, “An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness,” Achebe violently criticizes the European perception of Africa and how it …

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Everett Shinn: The Revolt of a Wooden Canvas

The euphoric reward of practicing an art may at times present an opportunity to claim a rather dignified self-image; an illusory sense of superiority. Such a condition had baffled many minds that perceived it as an affront to the unspoken, artistic adjuration. A reaction was the natural impulse of those whose …

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John Donne’s Batter my Heart: The Unholy Call of Reasoning

“Doubt as sin,” writes Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher, in his publication Daybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality (86), criticizing the dogmatic pillars of Christianity that adhere to a resilient belief of God and religion. A true Christian, argues Nietzsche, ought to rectify their faith through “blindness and intoxication,” where “reason” …

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