Analysis: The POSITIVITYBLOG

OVERVIEW

The POSITIVITYBLOG:  Simple Tips and Habits That Work in Real Life (http://www.positivityblog.com/) is a personal development blog written by Henrick Edberg. Henrick is a 37 year old journalism major that immersed himself into the topic of personal development over the course of the past 10 years. He shares how he has personally grown from his own life experiences and experiments with a goal of continuously building a better life. His blog is designed to help individuals live happier, increase their self-esteem and confidence, reduce procrastination and become more productive, reduce stress, simplify their lives and improve relationships and social skills.

ANALYSIS

Layout

The layout of The POSITIVITYBLOG:  Simple Tips and Habits That Work in Real Life is a two-column blog with a header and a footer. It’s visually appealing with color combinations of black, light grey, and blue with a solid white background across the majority of the page and light grey behind key menus.

pb-header-2017-cThe header is straightforward with simple two-tone text with the main portion of the title capitalized. It also includes a tagline and four menu items directing you to “start here”, “premium courses”, “free email updates” and “resources” tabs.

Directly below the header are links to a few premium courses and includes a link to join over 80,000 people and get free email updates.

The body of the blog is split into a smaller right-hand column, and the main column, which features the latest blogs. The right-hand column provides a list of his 21 popular articles including “how i got 1 million monthly readers”.

The main column of the blog highlights the most recent posts with an image that relates to the topic. Each post notes the title, authors name, and a few sentences or bullet points leading you to the “click to continue” link if the reader wanted to. Just below that link,  readers can note the number of comments the post received.

The blog footer is very small and only includes a link to preview previous posts, contact information, search and archives, free email updates and copyright information.

Content

The blog content is very interesting and appeals to anyone that has an interest in personal development. Edberg draws the reader in with inspiring quotes, meaningful images, and titles that capture the readers attention because they strike a nerve and are real life issues like this one:

How to Stop Being a People Pleaser

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Edberg is open and raw with his readers and shares his own personal experiences and life challenges and how he overcame them. Based on the number of comments, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of reader engagement on his blog. However, Edberg claims that over 80,000 people are receiving email articles and he has quite the Twitter following with over 9,017 followers and over 33,506 likes on Facebook.

Following are a selection of Edbergs most popular articles that are accessible via his free email:

The 7 Common Habits of Unhappy People
– Do You Make These 10 Mistakes in a Conversation?
– Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World
– 16 Things I Wish They Had Taught Me in School
– Bruce Lee’s Top 7 Fundamentals for Getting Your Life in Shape
– Mark Twain’s Top 9 Tips for Living a Kick-Ass Life
– How to Build Self Confidence: 6 Essential and Timeless Tips

Most, if not all of Edbergs blog posts and articles capture my attention. I suppose that’s because I’m a huge fan of personal development and consider myself a work in progress just like Edberg. Here’s one that caught my eye:

16 Things I Wish They Had Taught Me in School

I’m still trying to master #’s 6 & 7, but I’ll get there!

Following each blog post or article, Edberg asks you join his email newsletter if you found the article helpful, shares comments and provides space for your comments, and he includes a link to the previous article.

About the Author

Henrik Edberg is a 37 year old journalism major who lives on the west coast of Sweeden, with his wife. Edberg stands by his rule to “implement what he has learned and to learn from his own experiments and experiences with the goal of figuring out how to build a better life.”

Following are a couple of examples of what Edberg has personally accomplished so far:

  • Switched from a generally pretty negative attitude to a much more positive one.
  • I have become a less shy and much more confident person socially and in other situations.
  • Improved my self-esteem greatly.
  • Become a lot more mindful. I used to live a lot of my life in my head, in the past and in the future. Today I spend a lot more time living it in the present moment. It’s a wonderful thing.
  • I have tripled my productivity and effectiveness. I used to be a procrastinating slacker that never got much done. But over the past years that have changed quite a bit.
  • I have simplified my thinking and many of my other daily and weekly routines and habits.
  • Lost 26 pounds during 4 months in the winter/spring of 2009.
  • I have created a highly successful blog and newsletter.
  • I have created five courses.

That’s quite an impressive list!

CONCLUSION

The POSITIVITYBLOG: Simple Tips and Habits That Work in Real Life drew me in from the moment I stumbled upon it. It’s clean, easy to read, has a good use of space and is well organized. It’s not congested with excessive pictures or graphs and in my opinion, lures you in to want to read more.

The layout is easy to navigate and offers topics with complimentary images. The right column lays out his top articles nicely so the reader an easily select from the list without having to navigate down the page. The option for receiving articles via email is active throughout the blog and that provides a convenience to the reader. However, most people like to utilize social media platforms but I had a challenge locating the links on his blog. After digging for a bit, I eventually found them at the bottom of his contact page. It would be easier if those were placed at the top of the page or below his picture.

Overall, the blog is informative, inspiring and pleasing to the eye. While Edberg offers a lot of advice and shares his personal experiences, he in no way claims to be a professional therapist and strongly encourages his readers to seek professional help should they have a serious personal crisis, thoughts of depression, severe anxiety or suicidal thoughts.

 

Chipping away at the 48!

I really thought I’d be further along, but as of today, I still have 45 peaks to climb before I reach my goal of hiking all of the 48 4000 footer mountains of New Hampshire. My love for the outdoors started when I was a child and my love for hiking started during a career counseling session in 2010 when I met an unemployed man in his mid-forties who was completely deflated and never thought he’d return to work. It was his passion for hiking and serving as a hike coach for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society that kept him afloat during that challenging life transition, and it was that same passion that shined through during our conversation that drew me in.

Although the main purpose of our counseling sessions was for me to assess his current situation and help put a plan of action into place, we were always drawn back to the topic of hiking. Somewhere along the line our relationship morphed from counselor/client to client/student and eventually we became friends and he began sharing hiking resources and coaching me as he did with his team. Eventually he took me on my first hike, which I should add was not a 4000 footer, but a great place to start, the Welch and Dickie Mountain Loop Trail. Here I am on my first peak! No proper attire or gear, but I made it and was completely entranced by the view.

Welch Dickie

After our trip to Welch/Dickie, my friend realized I had caught the hiking bug and went into super coach mode. He shared an abundance of resources with me and I figured I would pay it forward to you. Below you will find a link to the 48 4000 footers in NH, access to dedicated mountain weather forecasts for more than 11300 major summits, and tips for hiking in all kinds of weather.

http://4000footers.com/nh.shtml

http://www.mountain-forecast.com/

http://www.bigskyfishing.com/hiking-gear/hiking-clothing.shtm

Following that first hike, my friend suggested I invest in a good pair of hiking boots, proper clothing, and some gear so off we went to REI, Reading, MA. REI is a great place for all of that stuff plus they have a great rewards program and offer all types of “how to” classes and adventure trips.

That summer, I not only reached the summit of my first 4000 footer, Cannon Mountain, I also climbed my first ladder, which scared the hell out of me. Check these out:

Cannon Ladder

Cannon Mountain

I have since climbed the summits of Mt. Tecumseh:

Mt Tecumseh

and Mt. Pierce

Mt. Pierce

If you’re the least bit curious about hiking the 48 4000 footers of New Hampshire, check out this inspiring video of a man who did it in 30 days for a great cause:

No matter what your activity level is, there are hikes of all levels that mostly everyone can enjoy. One of my favorite places to take a stroll and is great for those with a sedentary lifestyle is the Carlisle State Forest, also known as Great Brook Farm State Park.  My others are the Middlesex Fells Reservation which is spread over 2,575 acres and stretches across five towns north of Boston and the Blue Hills Reservation which stretches over 7,000 acres from Quincy to Dedham, Milton to Randolph. The “Blues” is a great place to prepare for your first 4000 footer!

My plans for this summer and fall include:

Carter Dome

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Mount Lafayette loop with Mount Lincoln

Mount Lincoln

Mount Lafayette

Next year I hope to pick up the pace and reach a lot more summits in my quest to chip away at the 48! Otherwise, at the rate I’m presently going, it will take me over a decade and I’m not so sure my knees will hold out!

Hope you enjoyed my blog and learned a few things about the 48 4000 footers of New Hampshire!

Check out Barefoot Theory for some great tips:

https://bearfoottheory.com/hiking-101-tips-for-beginners/