Guest Bloggers Wanted: Towers Of Zeyron Wants Your Guest Posts About Everything

Yes We Are Accepting Guest Posts!!! We Welcome All Guest Posters, Newbies And Experts Alike!

October 2020 Update

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March 2020 Update

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If you’ve ever earned a dime at a job or a business, then you pass the qualification threshold to guest post here: you know how to make money!

It doesn’t have to be making money online, but that’s our core theme at Towers Of Zeyron.

That said, I’ve been so frustrated at sites that expect every guest poster to know their theme as well as they, which is guaranteed to be a narrow circle.

So there are two broad categories of guest posts I will accept here (wait til the thought police sees this one!):

  1. Make Money Online
  2. EVERYTHING ELSE, and I mean ANYTHING

Examples Of How My Open Editorial Policy Helps You

So if you are a programmer and want to send me a technical post, that qualifies under #2 and I will publish it. I’m sure it will be valuable to someone on the internet who stumbles across Towers Of Zeyron.

If you are an unemployed bum living in California and want to protest that state’s unemployment benefits law, why YES, Towers Of Zeyron will publish your post too!

And in between all these, as you can see, anything else qualifies as long as it’s not:

  • Spammy
  • Racist
  • Offensive
  • Obviously prejudiced against other people or individuals

Any links to your own site should only be in an “About The Author” section at the end, and you can include up to 2 links to yourself there. Your site should not be inappropriate as defined above.

Other than that, I give you carte blanche to guest post. If you can, also promote your post to your audience once it’s live.

I will typically review and publish guest posts wthin a few days, but allow up to 2 weeks to have contributions go live.

Please share this post to your social media so that we can reach more people and help as many people as possible.

Instructions: APPLY TO BECOME A CONTRIBUTOR, THEN POST YOUR ARTICLE ONCE APPROVED

Unlike sites that make it hard to guest post, at Towers Of Zeyron, we make it easy for anyone, newbies included, to contribute.

So before you ever waste your time writing for some high horse site, consider guest posting on Towers Of Zeyron. There are four steps you must follow:

  1. You agree that Towers Of Zeyron owns the copyright to all contributions, anything you post becomes the property of the site.
  2. Read the “Editorial Policy for Contributors” section below to see what kind of contributions and guest posts are acceptable for the site, and to get complete guidance on your post.
  3. Join the group here and submit your post requesting access to become an author on the site, please tag an admin in your post https://www.facebook.com/groups/smallbizmarketinggenius
  4. If successful, you will be approved ideally within 1-7 days, and you will receive credentials. Log in to the site and create your articles and contributions. After writing your post in our WordPress CMS, make sure to click “Publish” so it goes live. If you don’t see this option, get in touch in the Facebook group above so we can help out. Contributors can add new posts as often as they like. All contributions should abide by the editorial policy outlined below.

EDITORIAL POLICY FOR CONTRIBUTORS

We accept posts that would be interesting to entrepreneurs in a variety of categories:

1. Self development (our favorite category)
2. Make money online
3. Investing and stock trading
4. Starting a business/entrepreneurship
5. Internet marketing/affiliate marketing/digital marketing

We also publish posts outside these topics because we are primarily a contributor-driven blog, so whatever floats your boat, write that, as long as it does not cross social norms of decency and appropriateness.

Make sure your post is at least 800 words long, the longer the better. If your post is over 2,000 words long, such as a long guide or other piece, we are much more likely to give it a fast track publishing.

Make sure to link to yourself only in an ” About The Author” section at the end of your posts. Other links may cause your posts to be classified, wrongly or rightly, as spam. To improve the chances of your author account remaining active on the site, adhere as strictly as possible to this rule. If you must include a link in the body of the post, make sure it is to your own site or email list, and not an affiliate or cloacked link as this creates problems for us.

That’s it! Happy posting!!!


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Luxury Gifts For Building Your Brand

The Luxury Seller's Mastermind


The Luxury Seller’s MasterMind

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • understand powerful brand-building secrets

  • be equipped to raise your online sales through multi-step marketing funnels

  • know copy secrets that can double or triple sales conversion

After the course, you will be enrolled in the MasterMind where we will discuss other luxury branding updates and participate in the Towers Of Zeyron Community.

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ENROLL ME IN “THE LUXURY SELLER’S MASTERMIND” AT NO COST, NOW!

(Watch out for the first lesson in the series!)

 

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The Movement Is Nothing Without Work. You Need To Become A Grinder

the movement

Here at Towers of Zeyron I’m building a movement.

It’s tremendous fun, this whole passion and lofty ideas thing.

But hey, it would be a lie if that was all there was to it, to the whole process of starting a movement.

There’s much more to it than that. For one thing, it takes work, tremendous work.

And that’s something I can’t emphasize enough, if you are in the process of building your movement.

You need to become a grinder.

You might be the CEO, CTO, whatever type of O you want to be, but have you heard of the Janit-O as well?

That’s right.

The movement requires you to be janitor as well, on top of every other duty you have.

This is like a military bootcamp where civilization needs to be built up from scratch again.

Every real business that starts from scratch, every new scientific basecamp, every new work of art, is kind of like that as well, in my not so smart opinion.

So unless you are willing to do everything yourself before your new recruits show up, they are just not gonna get done.

Unless you can light the bonfire today, yourself, then I guess there will never be a camp-fire and a huge welcoming camp at all.

We are creatures of civilization. We troop towards signs of civilization.

Smoke.

A fire.

The sound of voices.

Music? Even better. Nothing screams “Civilization!”, perhaps, louder than music.

The more the merrier.

And on and on.

These things all have to be cranked up in your movement.

tesla

And you might think, “I’m just one guy, or one gal, what’s the point?”

Stop right there.

Before there was Newton, or Pascal, or a Nikola Tesla, there was one raving mad guy in a small room or lab somewhere, with ideas in his head, a pen and pieces of paper in his hand.

To the rest of the world such a guy was simply nothing more than “that weird fella Tesla”, or “that strange young mister Einstein”.

Had these great men ever given up, our entire civilization would have been set back, perhaps centuries into the dark ages.

See yourself as an agent for change. In your hands, you hold the keys to a different reality. But only you can turn that key and unlock the doors.

So if you’re gonna create the movement, you need to engage in a little bit of before-the-fact grinding.

Stop dreaming and start doing. Even if you think you will fail.

Even if there’s no-one to cheer you on.

I never said building a movement was easy.

But it’s so totally worth it.

And you could have told me that last one yourself.

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How To Make Your Art Count: Build A Movement

the movement

Movements are powerful things.

They galvanize people and get them moving in a uniform direction with a shared purpose.

Movements can be transformative. Or as we have seen with a lot of political movements, they can be destructive and downright deadly.

So, why would you want to build a movement around your art?

It’s how you spread your particular kind of art to others around you that care about it and can help it spread.

I was watching a riot being depicted on a TV screen a few days ago. There was a fire, smoke, people running on the streets, vandalism, the works.

The scene that struck me in particular was when a group of people, maybe 6 or 8, went over to a car that happened to be sitting idly by, and they began showing with all their might, and in what seemed like a fraction of a second, they had overturned the car and let it come crashing down on the other side.

We all know cars are heavy things. You wouldn’t have much chance of lifting one up by yourself, let alone flipping it altogether.

But it turns out when the group of people combine like that, some truly inconceivable things become a piece of cake.

In fact, when your movement is powerful enough, you are likely to suffer from the too-small-ideas syndrome.

movement

How frequently has this occurred in the political arena? A political movement, not realizing their trans-formative power and potential, settled on destroying the economic fortunes of another class, not realizing they could build a bigger and better pie for everyone in the country.

A mega corporation, not realizing the potential of a fledgling technology and the movement around it, passed up on the opportunity to invest in what would become the biggest technological movement in the world.

Now, if you are an artist of any kind, a writer, musician, comedian, actor, what-have-you, it’s really up to you to create the kind of movement that your art fits with.

Building a movement is a bit like tending to a tree. You can let it grow organically most of the time, but you have to be there to do things like plant the seed, water the little tree, and prune the growing tree, and clear away debris, things like that.

As you build your movement, you art will begin to do things that you never thought it could. That, my friends, is the power of the movement.

 

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5 Science Fiction Heroes That Should Inspire You To Give Yourself A Kick In the Backside And Get Creating

Morpheus

If there’s one thing you should take away from the stories I publish on this site, this is it.

Instead of wasting time and sitting around and complaining about how your art is not moving forward, or your business, or that your job is boring, and so forth, you need to get up and start creating your legacy right now.

To get you started, I’ve collected a series of lessons you can learn from science fiction heroes about creating work with a lifelong impact.

After you read this, get ready to run off and go create the work you’ll be remembered for. That’s what we are here to do after all!

Morpheus

1. Morpheus – be willing to man up and do the hard work, especially when no-one else believes.

For those of us who are fans of The Matrix, Morpheus ranks up there with the very best scifi heroes.

Calm, steady, and full of esoteric knowledge that no-one else has taken the time to acquire, Morpheus is light-years ahead of all, his fellow humans as well as their machine enemies. This allows him to set in motion the events that will ultimately deliver the humans from certain annihilation at the hands of the machines.

Neo
2. Neo – You Must Be All In, Whatever It Takes.

Sometimes it takes nothing less than all you’ve got to win a fight. Start thinking that this is normal.

To get a good result that changes the world, you gotta be willing to sacrifice yourself. Fortunately for us, not literally, but you’ve got to be willing to pay the cost.

This is the lesson you should draw from Neo, the central hero of The Matrix movies.

Faced with a machine army that just will not yield, Neo takes the only way out to save humanity – sacrificing himself as a pawn for the machine overlords so that he can deliver the rest of humanity from certain death.

Brave New World
3. Bernard Marx from “Brave New World” – Begin To See Things As They Are

It takes a science fiction novel with deep intellectual motifs like Brave New World to really drive home the vast gap between perception and reality.

Bernard Marx slowly comes to a realization of how imperfect the world he lives in really is, despite its utopian technological social engineering. In an age in which technology rules the day, this free-think is sure to rock the boat.

We love nice, comfortable half-truths, anything to shield us from the truth.

The truth is hard to stomach sometimes, but it’s the only way to remedy situations. To become your true self, you must accept to see things as they are.

riddick

4. Riddick from The Chronicles of Riddick – Man Up and Endure The Pain

Riddick is a tough survivor. Chased by a bunch of tough enemies everywhere across space, he puts himself through hell to elude and defeat his pursuers.

If you are still a soft character in your art or business, consider watching “The Chronicles of Riddick” movie series to get used to the idea of pain.

Pain is only temporary. Manning up and taking it on the chin is the only way you can move forward in the business world of today.

avatar

5. Jake Sully from Avatar – Stop Being A Money-Whore And Do The Right Thing

It’s no good studying becoming more effective if all you ever do is pursue a destructive agenda, your own or somebody else’s.

This is the crucial and painful realization at the heart of Avatar, a sci-fi movie that shows humanity’s attempts at colonizing the alien planet of Pandora.

Jake Sully decides to break with the human invaders and join the fight on the side of his former enemies, the peaceful aliens who call Pandora their home.

If a sci-fi character can put justice before money and fame, you should be able to do it.

You should really do yourself a favor and watch these movies in your downtime, where you’ll see these lessons more clearly.

Be the fall-man. And don’t complain. Do something about it.

Take the Red Pill or forever be a serf.

Here, the Red Pill is simply allowing yourself to awaken to the fact that you do not have to live a day longer in the artificial world created for you by convention and commonly-held limitations in your abilities. If you are artistic, go out there and start creating art.

You don’t need a badge, an approval from the president or anyone. If you have a legal mind, go out there and start working on your craft.

If you are a musician, pick up a guitar and start rocking.

Whatever you are, you don’t have to be a prisoner of society’s conceptions of where you belong in life.

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The Real Sci-Fi Challenge: Because Our Best Ideas Are Feeble

our best ideas are not good enough

Here’s a big, bold challenge. Let’s take the best scifi ideas out into the real world, combine them with code and see if that doesn’t yield plausible solutions for today’s boldest challenges.

I’m calling this the Real Sci-Fi Challenge

With good reason. As bloggers and scifi writers our words can remain in imaginary universes and leave the world woefully unchanged so we need to work on implementation.

And for developers, the criticism is no less: we spend a lot of computing power computing useless trivial garbage and our ideas often lack breadth and imagination to engage real problems.

The Two Worlds Must Finally Collide

Hopefully, we can all begin to target bigger problems and begin to solve big thorny problems and address social ills in the process.

Are you ready to take on the challenge? Because our best ideas are feeble.

Today’s tech companies get a bad rap for not doing enough to solve big problems. I tend to agree.

As a sci-fi writer when I’m not coding, solving big problems is how we create exciting societies of the future where today’s problems have all been solved, and newer, more challenging problems are always on the horizon.

Our real-world work, sadly, tends to be a lot less exciting. I mean, a user-dashboard, another CRUD app, a game on an iPhone?

I’m already somewhat ahead in this challenge, but you should seriously consider taking it on and coming up with some ideas of your own to improve things as they are.

I already came up with a few unusual ideas, spanning everything from biohacking to raise our productivity levels to some solutions for water problems in emerging markets.

I came across Jennifer Dewalt’s blog, who was building webapps for a good 180 days, 180 web apps in total. I don’t know where you come from, but where I’m from, that’s a lot of code!

Later, I read a post on levels.io that described his ambitious goal of building 12 startups in 12 months, mostly focused on solutions for digital nomads.

This is not so different from National Novel Writing Month.

So if you a writer, I invite you to this challenge as well.

But now let’s get those ideas off the pages of our sci-fi works and into the real world.

Thus, given my whole intention to move the needle a bit on some of these big problems we have in Africa and the emerging world, I mean, who wouldn’t want…

On the internet people can be anonymous and names get blurred. This is a real problem for authors and entrepreneurs because we are trying to build a brand, and still have something of a private life! Many of my friends call me Ten in real life, and I’m publishing some sci-fi novels by my real name: Tendai Mutunhire. Anyhow, you can call me “Tomahawk”, that’s my scifi-cowboy coder nickname, that way if you can’t find my “About” page and remember my real name, you don’t start calling me “Scifi Challenge guy” haha.

So I’m taking on the challenge. Along with crafting my scifi novels in the Laudian Chronicles series, I’m beginning work on the first few startup ideas from the future, to sort of, bring some of that back here.

Technology can help accelerate the rate at which we solve problems, mitigate some of the problems we already have, and solve some of the massive inefficiencies in our markets and economies. Take, for instance, one of my ideas which is all about tapping into new levels of productivity in the daily lives of potentially millions of people by using these so-called “biohacks”, little optimizations based on the right organic biomaterial, compounds, supplements and dietary hacks to achieve peak productivity. In the far future, such biohacks are likely to be routine, widespread and customizable. If you are interested, read on!

Everything has to be about higher productivity now! If startups are gonna remain relevant, in the future, we need to start building systems that raise productivity, not reduce it. Snapchat, anyone? Nothing against it, but I live in Africa, and what I see all the time is the need for new solutions that can do something to raise productivity levels at a macro level. Easier said than done, so hopefully big thinkers from the scifi community and the coding community will emerge out of the woodwork with promising big new ideas.

We spend a lot of time on email, much of it quite irrelevant to us personally. There’s an obvious area of optimization, potentially applicable for millions of people. So that’s just an example of the scale of problems that I feel drawn to right now. It’s all boldly, perhaps foolishly, ambitious of course. I mean, replace email?! I don’t know, that’s why I’m launching it myself, partly it’s for the adventure, to see what happens. In a sense, the real world can be almost as exciting as the strange worlds we create in science fiction.

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

I need you to take on the challenge for yourself, or get involved in other ways. To make sure you get the updates via email, sign up for my occasional newsletter. I plan to send an update about once every two weeks or so. And leave comments on this blog so we can keep the discussion going. If you want to write a novel yourself, or build a world-changing startup, feel free to let me know so we can keep track and maybe make a bigger community around this.

If you have comments or other things to say, I suggest commenting on the blog, I’ll review comments and stuff but will try to stay off Facebook and other channels.

Except of course, Elixir channels. Sorry, that was a silly programming joke 😉

Now I think there’s a lot of lessons to be learned from something like this.

On the writing front, I have a few cozy ideas I’m crafting now and I’ve started reading some inspiring fiction again after a long hiatus so the ideas sort of hit me on the head more often.

For code, this is a good excuse to deploy cutting edge tech, and hopefully create an enduring impact, and learn something in the process.

I came up with a small list of world-changing ideas I’d like to see happen, so this will be a lot of fun. I don’t know how long it will take to implement these 5 or so startup ideas but I expect it to be long and difficult, can’t wait!

But that’s the adventure!

Now to see what the future of computers might look like, let’s do a basic history lesson and identify some of the major movements in software over the last 50 years.

An outline could look like this. (Read this section, it looks boring, but it’s very important!)

  1. Back In The Day, Machines learn to solve hardware problems e.g. pass some current through a wire and warm some wires together, giant giant machines that cost millions of dollars!
  2. In the Second Stage of Computing Machines, computers now learn to operate on a more abstract level, learn to solve math problems. Using 1s and 0s. 1 + 1 = 10 (binary)   2 + 2 =  100, and so forth, now I can just drop into an iex terminal and run: 2 + 2 // 4

And I get the result, but of course it took us a while to get to that point. But finally, computers could solve math problems!

  1. Then computers and software advanced under Bill Gates to the point of learning to solve Business Problems! Yaay!!! Who’d have thought! How smart is that! Can you imagine what a major breakthrough the personal computing era was. Spreadsheets, spreadsheets, spreadsheeets baby! VisiCalc! PC, IBM, Macintosh. A computer on every desk, a PC in every home! Truly, that era must have been a lot more exciting for entrepreneurs than today’s dumbed down Facebook era. Happily I’d trade with one of those guys. But yeah, business problems, a major win!
  2. Then, the current epoch, which really started with the internet bust during the Dot.com era, and truly coincided with the birth of the “brogrammer”. But note, computers were able to learn how to solve what I will call “personal problems and itches”. A whole lot of them, anything you can imagine for the “consumer individual”.

“I need to watch the game” Broadcast.com, Netflix.com etc.

“What will my pets eat” Pets.com, Amazon.com etc

“Where my music at!” Napster etc.

“I need to make friends” MySpace, Friendster

“I need to show my pictures!”  Flickr, Facebook, Instagram etc

“I need to back up my files”  Dropbox, Box, MegaUpload, Google Drive etc

  1. The future, an unknown challenge!

And #5 is still a blank.

Let’s try to see what might fill that blank over the next 10 years.

Hint: think some big hairy problem they show in the disaster section of the news!

In the Western World, a lot, if not most, people are already online. Very little growth there.

The major growth on the internet is now happening in places that do not often feature in the public conversation except when discussing what I alluded to above.

Little-known villages in India, small towns in China, places in Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh. Urban centers and not-so-urban centers in all these places.

Mobile phones.

Social network users who have never touched a PC, and don’t need to!

But now we are entering, as I said, an epoch in which the internet’s users are people in unmapped rural areas and under-developed countries, and with a whole lot of new challenges that have nothing to do with posting pictures to Facebook and showing how cute their cats are!

In other words, we are now faced with the predominant issue of big socio-economic ills.

Let’s review the history of computers again and just recollect how well or how badly they did in each of the prior eras, 1 to 5.

i.Era 1. Sure, computers could solve moving current through a bunch of wires.

ii.They could even solve mathematical problems. 1 + 1 = 2.

iii.And business problems. I mean, Microsoft did that so well, you just need to look at the traditional domination of Microsoft on the PC to realize how well!

iv.Same thing for computers solving personal itches, like sharing and doing the stuff that’s all about me! Easy stuff for bits and bytes!

v.But what about the new age of socio-economic problems? These are intertwined, difficult to extricate, noisy, gory, messy, bloody problems. How about that, huh? When you tackle this type of problem, you impact, not individuals and their consuming happiness (which has been done in the prior stages and is important, within limits), but societies and the destination of a civilization.

Where are the limits vis-a-vis what software can help us accomplish today?

Can computers combat radical Islam and protect kids in Somalia?

Can computers deliver better education to young kids in Tanzania?

Can computers help bring jobs to jobless youths in Soweto, South Africa?

And can computers alleviate the flooding problem in the Philippines?

Now the previous rounds of problems look almost too easy, and a bit uninspiring, compared to this. Now you are getting the meat of thorny, big, hairy, scary, life-and-blood problems. And don’t let anybody fool you and tell you it’s easy to solve the big problems in the emerging world. No more “4 Hour Work-week” baby!

Will today’s programmers rise to the challenge?

Boy, I wish Sean Parker was here to see this, am sure he could at least cook something up to begin! A flourish of brilliance or something, to rally the troops!

Or, reaching back even earlier, if only R. M. Stallman could see these problems here! A long way away from Emacsen, but could use that sharp mind!

And what if we could inspire a young Bill Gates to write an operating system that helps deliver secure voting free from interference? Could Eric S. Raymond, Yukihiro Matsumoto or Linus Torvalds concoct a mod to return the global economy to growth again?

Haha, I tricked you! THIS DARK, SCARY, IMPOSING RESPONSIBILITY IS ALL UP TO YOU PROGRAMMERS AND THINKERS OF TODAY!!

As programmers, bloggers, writers and whatever else we do, we need to start pushing ourselves towards solving these big era problems that are the rightful target of the next generation of computer programs.

Let the next Snap-whatever be a way to swipe and deliver love and happiness to a hungry kid in Syria. Or stop the war, or something.

Don’t worry if this appears daunting, it is! Some of our ideas will seem a bit frivolous before the sheer magnitude of the socio-economic challenges of the epoch.

And that’s a measure of the gravity and magnitude of the problems we now face.

And hopefully we can get programmers starting to think about the next billion internet users and the very real socio-economic problems that are a towering facet of their lives, and how our programs and software can meet them where they are as they emerge to join the internet.

So now before I begin, I challenge you, to answer for yourself, yes or no:

Can computers solve socio-economic problems?

The way that they solved electronic circuits, math, business, personal web services, and social networking.

In the past, you could always place a bet on the side of the computer eventually figuring out and being able to solve the stated problem effectively, in a straightforward amount of time:

Math?

Beating humans at chess?

Backing up files and running nuclear systems?

Driving a car?

All easy-peasy problems for our computing tools.

But strife in the third world? Morally defunct governments that destroy societies? Social ills in the townships and villages? Disasters due to inadequate resources and urban planning?

Personally, I think it’s far-fetched.

Particularly because socio-economic problems play with a lot of institutional influence, and quite often, the character of the people that control the social playing field.

So, in a sense, they involve a huge degree of “human problems” and “plain human fallibility”, not so much “tech problems”.

An astute observer will say “There’s no reason why talented hackers of the future cannot bring down evil governments”. We are still to see this really play out in modern times, and the history books will record it for future generations of hackers if, when it happens, but what about constructive type problems? Delivering healthcare to underserved villages? Achieving a redistribution of state oil revenues towards alleviating food shortages in the general populace, instead of the monarchy or dictator’s party lifestyle in the islands, and the like?

Much less dealing with drought preparedness and evacuations when earthquakes and disasters occur in marginalized areas?

Anyone who has sized up computers long enough and considered the possibilities will tell you these are tough things to write algorithms for.

Computers can’t.

But computers and software, utilized right, I think it fair to say, will be a big help to the social workers, activists, missionaries, writers, bloggers, and humanitarians who want to make a genuine difference.

And if programmers want to remain relevant with their little apps and gizmodos, they better start making the stuff that enables these people to do a better job to address the big problems we must solve in the immediate future.  

So this is the challenge I throw down to every programmer and thinker today. Before you deploy your next CRUD app, think about the unspoken billions around the world who have no lights.

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