If you’re one of the few people who wish they can delete their facebook account, well it’s now allowed. I just recently discovered that there’s a way to do it. It was hidden by Facebook through a deep link and no one would be able to see it unless you research it.
Having a Facebook account can be daunting these days and you may even want to delete your account entirely and fly to a different planet so you can achieve everlasting peace.
But kidding aside, before you hit the delete button, you may want to download a copy of your information from Facebook:
Click the downward arrow at the top right of any Facebook page
Click on the link at the bottom of the main menu that says “Download a copy of your Facebook data”.
And you will receive a confirmation look like below.
Take note that you will not be able to retrieve or activate your account once you delete your account. If you did that, let me treat you Congratulations! May you find peace on the other planet where you will be heading soon.
I’ve been blogging and developing custom WordPress websites for my clients for the past few years. And one of the problems I often encountered was the website was too slow to respond.
Is website speed important?
Either you use your website as your online journal or business, the speed of your website is extremely important and necessary. People today, have the lack of patience to wait. If anything doesn’t happen in a few seconds, the chances are people will avoid your website and the search engine bots crawlers too!
With that, if your website is slow, you will lose visitors and potential customers. As well the rank of your website in search engines will be affected.
Google has repeatedly reminded the web owners the importance of load speed in its search engine algorithm. The biggest web search engine doesn’t want to send its traffic to a slow website.
I’m not that yet expert in WordPress and still exploring some of its functionalities, but here are my top 10 WordPress plugins that helped me to increase the speed of my website dramatically.
Just a bit of note, I only recommend the plugins that I used. And this is for self-hosted blogs.
I recently discovered that every time I hit the publish or update button in posts, it creates a revision of your post and stores it in your database. It happens if you are using the WordPress Editor.
The same how it works in your unapproved and spam comments. It would dramatically affect your website speed.
To counteract this, thanks to the team who developed the WP Optimize plugin. It cleans up all of your post revisions and all those unapproved and spam comments from your database. It also optimizes your database for better performance.
One more thing I like about this plugin is that you don’t need to execute it manually as you can actually schedule it to run automatically.
To speed up the process, you need to leverage the power of browser to cache pages and badly, WordPress cannot do it without a plugin.
WP Super Cache does the job of remembering the items the browser needs to load. It generates a static HTML file from your WordPress blog. Once the file is created, your server uses that to speed up the process.
The plugin runs automatically once it’s uploaded and activated. It also has advanced settings, but for a beginner like me or you, the default settings work best.
Your WordPress Blog hosted this file locally on your server making your server to load it repeatedly whenever a new user visits your website. Google Libraries plugin does a good job of allowing your website to host these files and other scripts on Google’s AJAX Libraries API.
The plugin was a bit technical one and you don’t need to know more about how it works, but it does a great job improving my website speed.
Normally, some of the scripts and style sheets in your website will load synchronously. This plugin converts render-blocking CSS and JS files into NON-render-blocking, improving the performance of a web page.
Synchronously, where scripts are loaded sequentially, one after another, starting with the <head> tag
Asynchronously, where some scripts can be loaded simultaneously.
With synchronously, the other script has to wait for the first script to load completely unlike loading asynchronously, it doesn’t wait for other scripts. Scripts can run simultaneously.
Websites normally have line spaces in its codes. I am guilty of doing this because for a developer to understand the code, I often practice of putting breaks with each line. But it has an effect on the page load.
Autoptimize plugin creates a minify or compressed version of your WordPress scripts making your website to load quickly.
CloudFlare offers a lot of benefits to your website. They offer a FREE Subscription wherein you can use their flexible SSL to make your website secure by running it with “https”, and it offers a CDN or content delivery network.
CloudFlare makes a cache version of your website. When your website is down, it can immediately display the cached version of your website for your readers.
Today running on https is important. Google Chrome started to display if sites were secure or not.
Later on, I will update this article on how to setup your website to run on https using Cloudflare Flexible SSL. But for now, here’s a quick tutorial how to setup your WordPress Site with CloudFlare.
I figured out that one of the cause, why my website responds too slow, was the images I had on it. Since I used large and high definition images, the server needs to download this images every time the user load the web pages.
Each time your website loads from the browser of the user, it downloads everything. Lazy Load plugin does a great job of loading my images only when I need it.
To define lazy loading, according to Wikipedia, it is a design pattern commonly used in computer programming to defer initialization of an object until the point at which it is needed. It can contribute to efficiency in the program’s operation if properly and appropriately used. The opposite of lazy loading is eager loading.
Spiritual discipline can be done in any form. There is no complete list of it but often we think it was only limited to self-denial by fasting, solitude, silence, practicing sabbath, worshipping, service, praying and bible reading.
Who thinks that writing can be a spiritual discipline? Besides, not everyone is gifted with written communication. If our words possessed the power to make a difference or tear someone down, I think written words have more impact than anything else.
Because written words will remain forever even its creator was gone already. The Bible, for example, was written by different authors and have been translated into different languages, though the authors have died of persecution already or some of the old age, the words they wrote was still here. In fact, Bible has been the number 1 best-selling book of all time.
Today people communicate differently, work differently, and play differently. Yet many Christians failed to recognize this fundamental change.
I’ve heard countless oppositions from people of the same faith, failed to recognize that an entrepreneur can marry God’s word into his business. But with all what is happening in the blogging world, where everyone was posting their highly opinionated thoughts, satirical news, edgy articles, I even see books getting sold-out more on entertainment, gossips, and books written by some celebrities who doesn’t have anything valuable you can read with it.
With this culture, can we really marry God into the world of writing and still impact people through it? Can we really make writing a spiritual discipline?
The answer is: Yes
The Gospel message has not changed since 2000+ years ago, but the way people receive and process messages have changed.
Here are the reasons why:
1. Writing is a form of worship.
When we worship, our focus instantly shifts towards God. Music instantly shifts our focus to God. When we see beautiful places, we instantly in awe of how God created the earth.
The same when I am writing, my perspective shifts. I may stare at a blank word document for a few minutes but when I start to write, my focus instantly shifts to my inner world. My inner world is full of inspiration and it makes me forget everything that contributes to my stress caused by external factors.
My daily writing habit brings me to an adventure and gives me hope where everyone failed to see.
2. Writing is creating.
Jose Marti once said: “Mankind is composed of two sorts of men — those who love and create, and those who hate and destroy.”
Writing is creating. Whenever I write, I feel creative even though I can’t draw. God created the world with his vast array of imagination. Of course, we as humans don’t have the power to create things through our voice, but we are known for creating by first imagining it, then recording it — by writing.
After devotion is also an opportunity to create a piece of art. I write what God has told me each day in a journal.
When I write, I create words, then words become sentences that form an entire paragraph. Until that paragraph forms a page, until it becomes a book.
When Apostle Paul was writing the epistles in prison, he was creating a part of the Bible we have today.
3. Writing is missional.
We write every day. We create messages, reply to emails.
I mentioned earlier how many Christians, opposed adopting technology in sharing the gospel. They think it was not effective. But when Bobby Gruenewald, the founder of Youversion, the famous Bible website before it turned to become a mobile app, he changed how people think of technology.
In my article Coding For Jesus, I shared how people from different churches collaborate how to intensify ministering to different people with different culture with the help of technology.
When I write, I can be missional too. I have a lot of friends and former classmates surprised me when I saw them being converted to Christianity and I don’t share the gospel with them personally. One classmate just shared to me that he constantly see what I post on Facebook.
There are few people also whom I don’t know leaving a message how they were inspired of what I have shared with them leading them to attend a church.
Oh! did you know that I have been saved and eventually converted also in a non-traditional way? I was encouraged to attend a church when I sought for more knowledge about God, then I stumbled upon the blog of one pastor in the church I am attending. You can check his blog here.
When the disciples wrote what is in the Bible they know that they have the mission to use it as an instrument to change the world and until now it continues to change the lives of many people.
4. Writing is serving.
Whenever I write, I have the opportunity to serve different kinds of people since I publish what I wrote online. When everything goes online, the chances are many people from different nations will be able to read it.
I serve when I write down my source of pain, and how God is trying to redeem me from it. I serve when someone was able to relate to my experiences.
And believe it or not, you can write even you are not a writer.
At the end of the day, I want my Master to say: “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 22:23)
It’s been a year since I started this blog and I haven’t shared yet why I started this blog. I blog about any particular topic under the sun for the past few years. I started a satire blog that made fun of people, started a gaming blog about the online game I used to play, started a blog for newbie programmers who wanted to find a source for their coding needs, and mostly I started a blog that was old-fashioned as it seems, where I wrote all my letters to my dear future wife.
But, none of them worked. I ended up stuck, do not know where to start, so I deleted all of them. I used to envy other blogs who has a great number of followers and I want to imitate them. But all of those are plainly an amateur move.
I started this blog for three reasons:
I love to write, and I want to share my thoughts about writing, blogging, and finding one’s purpose to the world.
I want to succeed as a writer, and share my journey with you.
I want to use this platform to glorify God.
Starting this year, I will be writing articles to this blog thrice a week.
To get the most out of this site, I highly encourage you to read all the blogs that you might interested, check out the resources, and contact me if you need help in starting a blog or finding your purpose. You can also contact me if you want to guest post in my blog.
That could mean the following getting together with you for coffee to talk about it or it could mean contracting me to do some writing or consulting.
I want to connect with you and explore how we can powerfully communicate through written words.
So please, read on, share this with your friends, and come back here soon.
Yesterday, we just had our quarterly meeting in the organization I chose to cooperate with, to lead with and to serve with.
We have been serving our co-employees for their holistic development in terms of physical well-being, and financial well-being.
I chose to be part of the financial wellness team because I believe most people quit because of financial problems rather than stress problems, and financial literacy is closer to my heart since I am too an advocate of it.
I just wanted to share a lesson I’ve learned yesterday that I hope it will help you somehow in your quest for a better life.
“Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!”, or I’d rather say “Choose me! Choose me! Choose me!”
Most of us are trained to wait for someone to choose us or pick us up. In the office, employees often wait for someone to make them in-charge or before they speak up. Writers often wait to be pick by agents or publishers before they publish their work. Entrepreneurs often wait for a venture capitalist or investors.
I remember one Sunday afternoon when I was preaching, to ensure kids participation, I often pick a kid to recite the answer and share it with the whole class, then he or she will get a prize.
Since most kids are participative, I was having difficulty who I am going to pick, and there was a young boy voluntarily stand up and pick himself to answer the question.
Note: He pick himself, I didn’t pick him.
Such a wonderful picture of courage, and having no fear to fail. He doesn’t care whether he will answer it correctly or not, the important for him that moment is to speak out.
True enough, that children, if trained properly, imagine how impactful are they when they become adults.
Sadly, most of us are trained to doubt ourselves. The fear of being rejected bound us in the tyranny of being picked and therefore it made us not to speak out, not to take risks and not to face our fears.
We have willingly submitted ourselves under the leadership of a cruel and oppressive leader that lives within us.
We live in a world with excessive bureaucracy or adherence to rules and formalities, especially in the corporate world, whereas one of the reasons why employees quit because they can’t decide for themselves, they can’t start projects on their own, they can’t use their creativity to move forward because of the leaders who possessed the red tape attitude.
Comply, comply, comply or else you will fire.
I admit as a rank-and-file employee, I find that bureaucracy is oppressive in so many ways. If you are an employee, you don’t decide, the upper management decides. This could exist in many organizations but not all and it such a blessing if you are working with a company preventing the red tape.
I find it one of the reasons why most people if they have the resources, often choose to take the path of entrepreneurship which I will take, once I am ready.
As Seth Godin says in his book Poke The Box, “Reject the tyranny of being picked. Pick yourself”.
He is right:
Don’t wait for permission from others before you start achieving your dreams.
Don’t wait for others to validate your work to be able to continue.
Choose yourself, encourage yourself because in the end when everything else fails, no one will be there to cheer you up, it’s only you.
To continue the story, we started our meeting with a game. The game will encourage everyone to move and meet a new friend (at least 5) and ask a question from the given list of questions to ask and one must give a different question to each person they meet, repeating the same question is not allowed.
I reluctantly participated but because I felt I must, I was able to complete it first and immediately went in the front so as to avoid having the same person asked by a different person with the same question I asked.
I won! Haha. I bet you get the idea now. It’s always worth it to finish first, to come early because early birds often gave the chance to speak up, while latecomers, since they are late, often the last to serve and often didn’t have a chance to speak up.
It’s been a few days ago the last time I am compelled to write about calling. Why? Because most people don’t know if they are on the right track, and that’s okay.
We are living now in an information age wherein, more and more people have started finding their calling in so many different ways. Some are looking for it by living in another country or exploring things that they haven’t tried yet and most people end up empty, living anxiously how they could live a better life and wishing if they only knew their calling, they would not end up disappointed.
I was in the same situation two years ago.
I wanted to become successful in any way I can with my own might.
Have attended different seminars that tackled about finance and entrepreneurship.
Have tried to start a personal finance blog and the last thing I did was to apply to become an insurance advisor that I ended up resigning from it because I find it really hard at least for me to achieve the success I want in life.
I ventured into many things yet I have found myself in the same place, paralyzed by uncertainty and fear.
Those moments triggered me to ask God: why for some people, it is easy for them to find their calling, and others are not? If you are like me, have you ever asked yourself or other people why you’re calling seems unclear?
Let me share it with you the three lessons I’ve learned throughout the process of finding my calling. This could help you to understand why a calling is never clear.
1. When you’re calling is not clear, you’re on the right track.
“I have never had clarity. I have only ever had trust.” —Mother Teresa
A calling is never clear, there are times I seek God in which direction He wants me to take but He often wants me to move first. It helped me to understand, that when you want to know where you are called at, don’t wait for clarity.
In reading the Bible from cover to cover for years, I never encountered a man or a woman that was called by God having a clear instructions from Him where they should go or what they should do. God never gave them an accurate assignment or an accurate place. Like for example, Abraham. When He was called by God to go the Promise Land, God never told him where it is on the map, or even tell him if there is a hotel or a shelter he and his family can live there.
Abraham, wasn’t clear as well, what God wanted Him to do. He didn’t know how he will be the father of many nations. Like for Moses, God gave him the order to free His people out of slavery in Egypt but God never told him if he will have an army or weapon that can help him to fulfill the task. In the end, both of them found their calling. They both fulfilled the assignment that God gave to them. They might confuse the first time they received the assignment yet they trust in God during the process.
2. Clarity comes only when we take action.
We don’t often know what we should be doing until we start doing it.
When God called Moses to a great task, he actually doesn’t know what to do. He told God also that he can’t speak on behalf of Him in the congregation of Israel because his lips are faltering. How would Moses lead the people of Israel to the Promise Land if he is unskillful and totally clueless on what to do?
What Moses did? He just started to take action and obey everything God will be saying to him. Though he doubted his own capability at first, but in the end, he trusted God in the process. Throughout the history in Exodus, Moses was able to lead not just thousands but ten thousands of people and able to raise up leaders just like him.
How was he able to do that? He just started doing it. His experience leads him to become a competent leader and that gives him the confidence to lead the Israelites all of his life.
Trusting in the process means taking action even you are totally clueless about it. When in doubt commit.
I never dreamed about being a writer or to become an author when I was young. and then one day, I just tried to write what was in my head. Today, I love sharing my thoughts and experiences through writing.
A calling is a sum total of a person’s life’s experiences, skills and passions that all put to work.
3. Just because it is hard, doesn’t mean you should quit.
“We are what we repeatedly do.” — Aristotle
While many people have started following their passion, from my own experience, it was the most painful and risky thing to do. Many people think they have the passion for something and when the going gets tough, they easily quit.
My commitment was never built overnight. There are nights, I am almost sleepless. One thing that helped me a lot to build my commitment is being accountable. The time I volunteered in the ministry, joined a small group in our church, and started leading one, I have gone through difficult times of maintaining my commitment and consistency.
And I believe, one of the reasons why some people are not successful because they don’t follow their commitments. They never fight for it. I’ve seen many of them started having a passion and end up quitting and isolating themselves in the end.
That’s why passion and desire are not enough. You need to learn to follow your commitments.
Let your passion follow you instead of you following it. What we need is a kind of practice that demands our total presence and a serious attitude to achieve what we want in life.
We are what we repeatedly do. If you want to become good at something, commit to it seriously.
In the end, discovering what you were meant to do and meant to be, requires action and commitment.
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