Your Complete Guide To Twitter Abbreviations

So. You joined Twitter. Changed your avi from an egg, wrote a bio, followed a bunch of celebrities in your fields of interest, followed some other normal folk, got followed back.

You are having a great time: reading tweets and laughing, giving some tackles here and there, just enjoying the space then you get hit by some vele, bona hakuna matata (deftly inserted Afrikaans, usually placed at the end of a very interesting tweet that began in English). You survive that. But then you find that you are being hit by abbreviations at every turn. Lol. LWKMD. LWFMD. SMH. KMT. SOML. NGL. IDK. IDC. HMU. LMK. OTP. IKR. MYB. FR.

Now the real panic sets in. And if you are like me, hours and hours later your brain ins still playing the game, a giant scrabble like puzzle where you keep trying words to make sense of it. Sometimes after a minute or two, light dawns and you realize that SOML was Story Of My Life, Idc was I don’t care and Ngl was Not gonna lie.

Other times, you aren’t so lucky. What next?

For on, you can ignore the abbreviation and its writer. This is Twitter not semester finals. If they wanted to be understood they could be clearer, adede abehe amo.*

For another, you can go on a fact-finding mission. Ask Google. Ask the Urban dictionary. DM that nerdy/hip friend on the TL that always knows what’s going on. Seek and you shall find.

You can take it a step further and ask in the thread, below the tweet, display your dated, old-fangled self for all to see. Get ready though, this can be embarrassing drawing the trolls like blood. You have been warned.

You could send the writer a DM, politely asking what the abbreviation meant. This is discrete and usually effective if you follow them and have DM access. If you don’t follow/don’t have access, don’t bother.

Ladies and gentlefolk, that it for getting through the landline of Twitter Abbreviations. Ignore, explore, inquire or not. Keep having a good time and don’t forget to share.

Love you all.

 

*Annang, means: that is their business
SMH: Shake My Head
KMT: Kiss My Teeth
HMU: Hit Me Up
LMK: Let Me Know
LWFMD:Laugh Wan Fall Me Down
LWKMD: Laugh Wan Kill Me Die
IDK: I don’t Know

OTP: On The Phone

MYB: Mind Your Business

IKR: I Know Right

FR: For Real

Advertisements

For Leah Sharibu, A Hero

There is a wall
in my mind where thoughts of you should be.

I can’t imagine the horror,
pain or the insults you have received.

What I do know is: you are a hero
A general of the faith, an Icon of your time

Young kids will grow up hearing your exploits, your faith and your fearlessness in the face of evil

Everyday we pray for you and one day will see you again

Till then you are on our prayers
on our lips, on our phones
in our hearts
Till we meet again.

Eight Businesses Young People Can Start With Little Or No Money

One thing almost all young people worry about is money. Most of us don’t have enough, don’t have it regularly and some of us don’t have it all. One of the ways to get money is start a business. Most businesses need lots of money and skills to start but some can be started with little or no capital.

These are eight jobs/businesses you can start with little or no money.

1. Teaching

When most people think of teaching, all they see is a classroom and a white board. It is more than that. Teaching involves passing on your knowledge, skills and experience to others.

If there is anything you can do well, than that is a potential teaching gig. Identify things you are good at and make a teaching plan. Can you sew, swim, dance, code, write, cook? Are you great at maths, martial arts, statistics, or English? Whatever you are good at, there is someone who wants to learn and is willing to pay. All you have to do is organise your lessons and find a medium. It could be online, home-based or in a facility.

Once you start, word will spread and more students will come in. And with them the money you need.
2. Marketing

Every business wants more patronage. Even the big businesses with billion dollar budgets. However, not every business can afford a team of marketing experts; that is where you come in.

Target businesses that have good services but lack visibility, an ideal location. Negotiate with them for commissions on the clients you bring. Spread the word through all your contacts online and offline. Smile to the bank or from the bank, or to your PayPal. All are good.
3. Agenting

Agents are in high demand across all sectors. You can be a real estate agent. You can be an athlete’s agent. You can even be a writer’s agent. There are so many opportunities. All you need to have a good eye for the niche and the connections between the buyer and the seller. Done.
4. Cleaning

Cleaning is a fact of life and one that most people would rather outsource. You can start small within your neighbourhood and build gradually from there. Many one man cleaning businesses have gone on to employ hundreds. Do it of you have a flair for it, or as a stepping stone. In any case, it is a vital business with an easy entry point.
5. Shopping

Most wealth people don’t have time to search for the things they want. Online shopping has helped but there is still a gap. That is where you walk in. You offer bespoke shopping services for the rich and busy. Spend some time acquainting yourself with the markets. Know the discounts and sales as well as the vendors you can trust. Match your client’s wish list with real goods that meet their needs. You earn a commission from your client and sometimes from the vendors too. Paid.
6. Personal training

Scientists have announced that for the first time ever, the overweight people on earth outnumber the others. That is serious. And for you that could be serious business. If you need to, get fit yourself. If you are fit then find a niche you can flourish in: yoga, cycling, dancing, running, callisthenics, any one. Learn all you can and grow. Focus on being supportive, present and committed to your clients. They can get info and routines in books, on websites and on YouTube but there is just one you.
7. Content writing/editing

Anybody (literate, healthy and willing) can write, but not everyone can write to specifications under deadlines. If you can, then you are in. Spend some time to study the market. Follow handles that talk about freelance writing. (check @TiceWrites out). Read job boards. Advertise. Know the going rates and aim for better. Network. Get help: proofreader, editor, agent. Be patient. Start from topics you are passionate/ knowledgeable about . Read the kind of work you want to write. Bring home the money, honey.

8. Child minding/Baby-sitting

Self-descriptive. But you don’t have to stay basic. Add activities. Add classes. Add trips to local parks and libraries. As outdoor exercises.Be creative. Be fun. And watch parents seek you out all day long.

So there they are, the inconclusive list of businesses you can start free. Capitalise on your knowledge, skills, passion and networks. Starts small but dream big. Keep learning. And watch your credit alerts ring all day like a ticking clock.

*

Thank you for reading this. Please follow the blog to get our content directly in your inbox. Give me a follow on Twitter @StNaija . Advertise your businesses here (limited free banner space available, send an email). Let me know if you have tried any of this in the comments. And please share.

Stay winning ✌🏾

image

 

 

How To Teach Your Dog New Tricks

Teaching your dog new tricks is a great way to bond with your dog. It is also helps you understand each other and get the behaviour you desire from your pet. Teaching your dog new tricks can also provide entertainment,make friends and win prizes and fame.
It can also be very rewarding, satisfying and fun, helping you relax or have a good laugh every now and then.
To teach your dog a new trick you will need to be committed and focused, here are some tips to help you succeed.

Start Early, The Younger The Dog, The Better The Results

Everyone knows you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but many people wait too long to begin teaching their dogs. As soon as your dog has had a health check and settled in, teaching should begin.

Teaching your dog tricks will need patience and commitment from you. You should devote some time for it every day and make each teaching session short. Ideally, fifteen minutes or less. Don’t despair of your dog seems to be more interested in playing that the trick you are teaching. Be firm and focused. Learn to pay attention to your dog so you can sense tiredness, hunger or boredom.

Don’t push or punish when things aren’t going as fast as you thought they would. Be kind and patient, ensure teaching begins as early in your dog’s life as possible.

Start Easy, When Teaching Your Dog New Tricks, Begin From The Basics

Some folks want to teach their dogs to fetch, walk on hind legs and say good morning on the first day. Teaching dog’s new tricks doesn’t work that way. You begin from the easiest tricks and gradually work your way up.

There are many tricks your dog can learn. Some are simpler than others; begin with the easy ones.

To begin, you need a training plan and some treats. Your training plan will spell out what you want your dog to learn, what time the teaching nah session is scheduled for and the treats your dog will receive. Every time your dog does a trick successfully, you reward them with a treat. At first, you might reward the smallest attempts but with time you demand more from your pet. Ensure that you have treats your dog actually likes for the teaching session. Give treats generously when your dog learns a new trick

The first trick you might want to teach your dog is to come when their name is called. Usually, calling them by name repeatedly before feeds gets them to know the name is theirs and to respond when called.

Teaching your dogs new tricks should be a gradual process. Don’t proceed to more complex tricks until the easier ones have been mastered. It is nice to have a plan or scheduled where you lost the tricks you want your dog to learn and the approximate time those lessons might take. This will keep you focused on teaching. It will also help you assess the progress you are making. You can also note quickly the tricks your dog has a natural aptitude for and design more like that.

Keep Learning About Your Dog And How Best To Train Them

There are hundreds of different dog breeds, all with unique strengths and differences. To get the best out o teacher nah your dog tricks you need to know your dog. Research as much as you can about your breeds strengths. What was the dog bred to do? What are the tricks that come to them naturally? How long does it take for them to learn new tricks on the average?

You should also pay attention to your dog. What can they do? What do they like most? What treats get them excited?
Knowledge is power. The more you know about your dog the easier it will be to design an informed training plan. A training plan that embraces their strengths and personality, one that will work.

 

Enjoy The Process Of Teaching Your Dog New Tricks

Teaching your new dog tricks will take time, patience and lots of energy. You will need to keep at it even when the results aren’t as great as you hoped they would be. To stay on track with the plan you have to make the process fun for you as well.

Choose an environment for training that works for you and your dog. Make sure it is clean and safe. If you can make it a cosy, pretty and/or spacious, that will be helpful too.

Make sure you are well hydrated and not hungry, tired or irritated during training time. It helps to have rested before time. Have your favourite music playing to set the tone and boost your mood (not too loud though, so your pet doesn’t get irritated and so your commands can clearly be heard).

Dress comfortably, preferably in exercise wear that allows you to move, run and sweat.
Make the training time as enjoyable as possible for you and your dog. That way it won’t be a burden but a fun bonding learning experience that you both look forward to.

Teaching your dog new tricks is a rewarding experience that should help you and your dog bond and have a great time. It won’t happen without your committed investment of time, effort and treats. To optimise the experience start early and easy, gradually increasing the scope of tricks. Knowing your dog’s breed, it’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as your dog’s personality will help you know tricks your dog is naturally adapted to learn and most likely to excel at. The training process should be fun for you and your dog. Invest in a pleasant experience. Know that all dogs learn at their own pace. Some are faster or slower than others. Prepare, begin, commit and watch your dog excel. Commit to the process and you can enjoy a long happy time ahead with your smart,well-trained dog.

image

For My Favourite Artist(s)

My baby,

I know you are scared
to put your words on the page because how do you top your past laurels?
Forget that. Just know, I am here waiting for what you write next
and for me you are always everything.

No one is perfect, but do you know how much dies every time you shut up the wells of your soul?

Deserts are made of the dust that piles down the way waiting for you to write again.

So, please don’t close your spring, break your pen, kill your gift, muffle your voice and bury your words.

Bring them: boring and plain, imperfect and frayed, flawed and promising,
We are waiting.