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The Vigyaa Mentorship Program for Lifestyle Writers

Dear readers and writers, we’re excited to announce the launch of our mentorship program for Vigyaa Lifestyle writers. It’s a program designed to help mentor up and coming bloggers and thought leaders in the Lifestyle niche.

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Vigyaa is an open platform for mesmerizing, inspiring, bright, compelling, unusual and somewhat crazy thoughts and ideas. Anyone can submit a story, but only the best make the front page. It’s a platform set up to promote thought leaders, or those wishing to become thought leaders. Anyone can submit a story, but only the best make the front page.

By means of a clever back linking system we call “tagging," anyone with a great story will land themselves plenty of traffic. Because we promote the front page content. Self-promotion, on Vigyaa, isn’t seen as blasphemous, but smart, and it should be relevant. A link should lead readers to the writer’s site because the readers are so in awe of the thoughts presented in the article.

Having “soft” launched in November 2018 (about four weeks ago as we’re writing this), we’ve already started to see incredible content and steadily growing traffic; reaching 10k views per week. We expect that number to more or less double week by week as we start marketing the platform properly.

It’s an impressive start, but we want to find more writers. Writers who make us think. Writers who inspire us. Writers we can help grow. That’s why we’re starting a mentorship program for select writers in the Lifestyle niche.

Already a writer who just want to write? Start uploading your articles to Vigyaa right away -- you can read the guidelines here.

The Mentorship Program

We are looking for writers with unique ideas; probably writers who have fairly recently started a blog and have shown they’re serious about building a following, but haven’t had time to amass a massive one yet.

The Perks of the Mentorship Program

For everyone who we mentor we offer the following every month:

- one front page post that gets promoted (paid promotion) + shared across social media

- 30 min coaching call with the Lead Editor for the Lifestyle section about writing and/or working as a freelance writer

30 min coaching call with the Head of Marketing for the Lifestyle section

you’ll also have access to our social media manager to ask questions

- $20 voucher for Amazon

We also arrange giveaways for our mentees: the person with the post with the most views that month wins a prize.

Each mentee will be coached for a total of six months, during which they’ll also have their profile featured on the front page once.

The aim is to help you set yourself up as a thought leader in your field. You will have access to our team and we will help you as much as possible in every way possible during your time as a mentee.

Guidelines for Mentees

As a mentee you will agree to upload a minimum of one original post bi-weekly. You’ll have access to the Lead Editor to discuss the topic, if you wish.

You may also repurpose old content from your blog on Vigyaa, but it’s limited to two posts per month. These posts will not be promoted on the front page, but people who enjoy your work will be able to find them and read them. Plus, it’s great SEO for your site, or other sites you wish to promote, as you can link to what you discuss in the article.

Who You’ll Be Coached By

Maria Montgomery is our Lead Editor for the Lifestyle section (and currently the person penning this article, talking about herself in third person — horrors!). She trained as an actor and director at KADA in London and as a producer at UCLA Extension in Los Angeles. After graduation, she became the Sales Manager for Eyestorm, the UK’s largest online contemporary art gallery, but quickly got tired of selling Damien Hirst’s fabulous dots.

Instead, she set off to South Africa, where she ended up an honorary board member for a not-for-profit focused on child education in the township of Hangberg. Simultaneously, she became a digital nomad, working as a freelance writer focusing on content, copywriting and branding. She’s worked with everything from start-ups to big conglomerates and ad agencies, as well as blogged for a number of online publications, including the Huffington Post. Apart from writing, she’s currently busy with a number of film projects, dabbling in entrepreneurship and raising three kids from the township. You can choose if you want her to regale you with tales from around the world, or sound advice about writing, directing and branding. The latter would be recommended.

You will also be coached by our Hean of Marketing, Daniel, who owns a marketing agency and is a whizz with editing. He used to work in marketing for the BBC before heading out on his own and has been known to make videos go viral. He has an excellent understanding of implementing marketing tactics across all digital channels. 

Lastly, you'll have access to our Social Media Manager for the Lifestyle section, Marco. He will be able to answer any questions you may have about marekting your blog on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Marco loves working with start-ups and small businesses to drive traffic, clients and repeat sales. 

How To Apply

To apply for our mentorship program simply email us with 1) a link to your blog 2) links to the social media accounts you’re active on 3)  a sentence or two about why you want to join this program. Please note that it's a six-month commitment. 

Please email us on: editor.lifestyle@vigyaa.com

We look forward to your submissions! 

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On one hand, the shifting to a new home makes you excited. On the other hand, moving to an unknown location sends butterflies in your stomach. Packing during your move is not restrained to your clothes. You have to take a step-by-step procedure in your packing when you are shifting your base. All the household items placed in every room need to pack and load in the moving truck. You make sure not a single thing is left out at your present residence. Although packing the entire house seems to be troublesome for everyone, there are certain steps you can follow when packing your rooms.

Are you thinking from which room you should start your packing? Here is the way out. Start from the decorative room, that is, the living room or sitting room. Talking about the living room, this is the place where most of your pricey objects are being placed for years together. Majority of your electronic items and delicate showpieces can be seen in the living room. Getting your living room packed is not a child's play. You need to have proper planning and careful consideration on each thing you are about to pack. From a cigarette ashtray to a TV set and stereos, all the items in the living room have to be packed in an effective manner. By use of the right approach, you can make the packing of your living room interesting. Do remember to fill your change of address request, the process is time taking but you can do it online also here is a step by step guide to filing us postal service change address online free, it is detailed with the image of each step. Have an overview of the article to know eight steps to pack the entire living room.

1) Dump Unwanted Stuffs:

Make a list of items which are of no use. Having observed carefully, you will come across several items which will be unworthy to you. Collect the unwanted stuffs and pike them up at one place. Sorting out the unwanted items of your living room will give you an idea about the necessary items you have to pack in the boxes.

2) Organize:

Do not rush into packing all the items at once. Keep all the glass wares and fragile items at once. Then, look for the items which are smaller in size and do not take much space. Keep a pile of books, small photo frames, files and small decorative art pieces in separate boxes. Organizing the items will make your packing work easy. Hence, it is recommended not to pack the household objects in the living room without any proper planning. Make your unpacking easier by labeling the boxes after you pack. Ensure to bubble wrap your breakable objects.

3) Pack The Large And Small Picture Frames:

The valuable paintings which you once bought from a store cannot be allowed to mishandle by strangers and outsiders. The beautiful painting gifted to you by your near ones on a special occasion holds precious memories and cannot be thrown in a trash bin. Any art work has a sentimental touch and it requires a lot of attention during the time of packing. The fine artistic work and the intricate designs on the frame have its own unique importance. Hence, you should be very careful when you remove the picture frames and mirrors from the walls. Always place the picture frame and mirrors on a large sheet or newspaper by facing it downwards and bubble wrap the object to prevent any cracks. Each frame, small or large, should be wrapped and kept separately. If needed, seek professional help from packers to get the most delicate glass-based items rightly packed.

4) Lamps And Chandeliers:

After you remove the chandeliers or lamps from the affixed point, you should be very careful while placing on to the floor. Make use of large, plain white paper to place the objects. Get a large size packing box and slowly unhook all the minute screws that are attached with the box and wrap the item with the help of the packing tape. Do not stack any other items above the box. Always, label it with colorful and bold alphabets.

5) Basic Furniture Objects:

Remove all the drawers and wrap them with papers. Keep aside the cushions, pillows and other accessories you use to deck up the look of your furniture items. Take large plastic covers, which are easily available from any movers, and wrap the chairs, sofas, coffee table, dining table and other furniture objects at your place. For additional protection, you can use moving blankets to safeguard the objects from any potential damage and scratches. Make sure, you remove glass doors, drawers and cabinets before wrapping up the furniture.

6) Decorative Pieces:

If you have large decorative pieces such as flower vase, antique clock, wall art pieces, a classy pen set, candle stand, brass statues, clay-based statues, sculptures and so on in your sitting room, you should get the boxes of appropriate size for the safety of your priceless goods. Keep in mind to choose the boxes which are a bit larger in size, so that your decorative pieces do not get tightly fitted in the box. Cover all the corners of the boxes with newspapers or clothes and place your items flat inside the box.

7) Curtains And Drapes:

Who does not use curtains and drapes in the living room? The curtains enhance the appearance of the room. Unhook the screws of the curtain rods and place the rods one by one inside the box. During the transportation process, chances are the drapes and curtains can get crumpled. Hence, pack curtains and drapes in the wardrobe box which is accessible from any moving store. The wardrobe box will shield the curtains and drapes from getting wrinkled. Put the minute screws and rails either in a plastic or in a Ziploc bag. Alongside, put the large window pieces at the bottom of the wardrobe box. In case you fail to get a wardrobe box, you can fold the curtains in a careful manner and put them in a bureau drawer.

8) Electronic Items:

Any electronic items consist of delicate parts which need to be taken care of, especially at the time of handling the products. As you know that mishandling electronic goods can ruin the pricey electronics in no time. Therefore, you need to be very cautious when you pack the electronics. Before you start placing the electronic objects in the packing boxes, you should keep the manual book along with you. A manual book will provide you with necessary instructions you should follow while removing the parts of your electronic device. It is best to place your desired electronic product in the original packing box which was provided at the time of purchasing the device. If not, then you can use the packing boxes supplied to you by your packer and mover. As for large electronic items, it is advised to seek an expert help from a proficient mover. For other basic packing in regards to other electronic objects, have a quick glance over the points mentioned below.

a) Television and Music System:

Ask for assistance, if required during the packing the vital electronic items such as television and music system. Unplug the wires and place it in the individual box. Get hold of boxes which are tailor-made for large and heavy sized-items from your mover to pack the heavy television set. You can also use padding for extra protection. Depending on the type of music system, pack the electronic device part by part to stave off from any damage. Bear in mind to roll and pack the remotes and the reader’s manual book of both devices into the box.

b) Speakers:

Make use of padding to wrap the speakers of any electronic device. Take small speakers at first and wrap each speaker by using the method of anti-static bubble wrap. Place each of the wrapped material in the dish pack. Now, take large speakers and wrap each speaker once again by way of anti-static bubble wrap. Apply padding on the top of the wrapped material for safety purpose.

c) CDs and DVDs:

Pack CDs and DVDs with cardboard. Put them at the edge of a cushion box.

You do not have to worry about packing your living room any more. As the living room contains a maximum number of items compared with the items in other rooms, the packing task may seem to be lengthy and daunting. But, the right process of packing can save your time and energy. The aforementioned right steps will help you pack the stuffs of your living room with ease.

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