Story about sharing “The Angry Brothers”

Once there were two brothers who were great friends and always played together. However, one day they had a huge argument about one of their toys. In the end, they decided that from then on they would only be allowed to play with their own individual toys.

They had so many toys and things that they agreed to spend the next day sorting out which toy belonged to whom. So the next day each brother got to work, making a pile of his own things. When they had finished doing the big toys it was time to sort the little stuff. However, they had already taken so long that it was time for bed, so they left the small toys for the next day. The same thing happened the next day, because they had started dividing up parts of the house.

Day after day it was the same story. They were spending their whole time deciding what, among all kinds of things, belonged to either one of them.
Anything would set them off: seeing an animal, a tree, or even a stone. In the end, they had accumulated two complete mountains of stuff which had to be kept out in front of the house.

As the years passed, nothing changed: every morning they would meet up to argue about which things belonged to whom. They were getting older, and everyone now knew them as “the grumpy old men”. No one had ever seen them smile.

That was, until one morning they went out and found that their two mountains of stuff had been totally mixed up together. Someone had been there, mixing their things up! After all that time and effort they had spent to separate everything!

Furious, the brothers tried to find who had done it. Soon they found a pair of children playing on the other side of the mountains of stuff. They were happily playing together, picking everything up, careless of whether they were mixing it all together. They looked really happy, enjoying themselves to the max.

Seeing the children so happy, the two grumpy old brothers realised how foolish they had been for so many years. They had given up playing with anything, instead spending their whole lives arguing over what was theirs to play with. How sad they felt, for spending their lives in anger. At the same time, though, they were happy to have finally realised their foolishness.

They spent that day, and the rest of their days, playing together with those two children, mixing everything up, and sharing it all. People even stopped calling them the grumpy old men. Now people called them the ‘Big Kids’.

A little story about sharing that may change your life

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.

One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs.

His bed was next to the room’s only window

The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.

The men talked for hours on end.

They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation..

Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.

The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.

Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats.. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by.

Although the other man could not hear the band – he could see it in his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days, weeks and months passed.

One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep.

She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside.
He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed.

It faced a blank wall.

The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window.

The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.

She said, ‘Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.’

Epilogue:

There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.

Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.

If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can’t buy.

‘Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present .’

https://myrivendell.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/a-little-story-about-sharing-that-may-change-your-life/

Sharing Our Cultures by Liva Graudina Participated in 2004 Represented Latvia

Sharing Our Cultures made me feel like I was part of the international community, that I really belonged somewhere. We came from different cultures, but we had a similar story to share – we had all come to Canada and were going through a similar experience. I had the chance to participate in sharing not just my own culture, but other cultures as well. Where else would a Latvian get to wear a Sari and perform a traditional Indian dance? It was a great event and will always be part of my best memories in Canada. Thank you Sharing Our Cultures! Liva (participated in 2003-2004)

http://www.sharingourcultures.com/english/

7 Ways to Increase Your Blog’s Social Media Shares

social media how toAre your blog posts irresistibly sharable?

Do you want more people sharing your content across social channels?

Blog posts are the hub of your social media presence.

In this article you’ll discover how to use your blog to improve social media shares on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

#1: Integrate Blog and Social Media Comments

Many bloggers are discovering something interesting: When they update Facebook with a link to a new blog article, fans are leaving comments on the Facebook update instead of the blog.

7 ways to increase your blogs social media shares

Find out how you can improve social media shares from your blog.

If this is happening to you, take advantage of it. Replace your existing blog comment system with Facebook comments. Facebook comments integrate comments from both your blog and Facebook.

In other words, when someone comments on an article via your blog, the comment shows up on Facebook. When someone comments on your Facebook update linking to your post, the comment shows up on your blog.

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Make your blog comments more visible to Facebook users.

You can also use this tactic with Twitter. The Twitter Mentions as Comments plugin searches for tweets about your blog post, and then adds those tweets to the original post as comments.

This kind of social proof shows others that people are talking about your blog even if they aren’t doing it on your blog, and it encourages more sharing.

#2: Add Social Sharing Buttons

Readers like things to be easy. If you make it easy for them to share, they’re more likely to do it.

To that end, social sharing buttons are the basis of integrating social media into your blog.

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The social share bar on Social Media Examiner makes sharing easy for readers.

Whether it’s the Tweet button at the top of this post or the rows of share buttons at the end, you need them to have any chance at increasing social sharing.

As for which buttons to include, consider your audience. Which networks are they using? Which ones are they avoiding?

If you’re not sure, it’s OK to include all of the sharing buttons for a little while. Soon you’ll be able to tell which options your audience is using most, then you can take the others off.

#3: Link, Quote or Interview Experts

Linking to a high-quality resource, quoting an influencer in your niche or even interviewing other bloggers and experts are ways to increase your credibility and your social media mentions.

The truth is that those you mention in your blog posts are likely to share with their own networks.

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Social Media Examiner shared a Simply Measured post that mentioned the 2014 Social Media Marketing Industry Report.

Quote experts or fellow bloggers in a post, and they will likely share it on all of their social networks. It’s a good way to reach new audiences.

#4: Trade Valuable Content for Shares

Many websites offer free resources to readers who sign up for an email subscription. Why not do the same for your blog content? If you have popular posts with consistent traffic, “lock” them and ask readers for a share before they can access the content.

While this is an effective strategy, it’s a little counterintuitive because it requires people to share an article before they’ve read it. To alleviate this, don’t lock up the entire article. Instead, reveal a strong introduction that entices the reader to share to continue.

WordPress sites can use the Social Locker plugin to lock a post. Readers can unlock it by liking, tweeting or pinning that article or by giving it a +1. Restricting access to valuable content can lead to a lot of social activity.

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Require visitors to share your content before reading it.

#5: Include Attractive Images

These days it’s all about the images. Every social media network from Pinterest and Facebook to Google+ and Twitter emphasizes visual content. That means each one of your blog posts should have an image that inspires your readers enough to share it.

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Attractive images entice more readers to share your content.

What makes an attractive image? Something that’s clean, professional and includes text that explains what your post is about. Remember that people share content that reflects well on them. Make your images positive, inspirational and educational.

There are a number of resources that can help you enhance your images with text overlays and various effects. PicMonkey or I’d Pin That both help you create an image that grabs attention in a news feed and is easy to pin. (Make sure you have a Pinterest button on the picture to make it easy to share that way.)

#6: Create Prepopulated Tweets

Part of promoting your posts (and driving social media engagement) is making sure you have something worth sharing like a quick, pithy statement that adds value to your audience.

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Use a plugin to let people share your content easily.

Tools like Highlighter or ClicktoTweet make it easy for readers to grab a takeaway from your blog post and spread it through their own networks.

When you use a tool that tweets for you, keep in mind that the message should be a truly helpful takeaway and needs to pack a powerful punch in fewer than 140 characters.

#7: Offer Extra Giveaway Entries

Do you run giveaways on your site? If so, offer extra entries to your giveaways when your entrants like, tweet or pin something on your site. It can lead to a huge social media response.

For example, if you’re trying to build a following on Twitter, ask entrants to follow you to get an entry, and then provide another entry if they tweet about the giveaway with your hashtag. Tools that manage these giveaways make it easy on you and effortless for your participants to complete the required actions. These tools will even randomly select your winner.

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Ask for more social engagement in exchange for more entries.

Want to get even more social interaction with your giveaway? Partner with two to five other bloggers to host a joint giveaway.

In a joint giveaway everyone pitches in to provide a single big prize, and then promotes the giveaway across all of their social media channels (including their blogs). All partners get exposure to new audiences and increase fans, followers, likes, shares and blog readers.

Be sure to review the terms and conditions of each social media network as some don’t permit asking for actions as entries. For example, Pinterest has strict rules regarding giveaways and contests.

Wrapping Up

With a few plugins, sharable images and some strategic partnering, people will be sharing your content in no time.

When you make it easy to share, people are more than happy to spread the word (especially if the content makes them look good). Each share, like or comment bumps up your overall social media metrics and can lead to new fans.

What do you think? Have you used any of these tactics to grow your fan base? Which ones have worked best for you? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Source : http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/increase-social-media-shares/