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Need Inspiration? Try These Writing Tips

September 20, 2014 at 10:47 am

writing inspireWriting can be a powerful tool if used effectively. It will allow you to express your feelings about a current issue or public discussion, or share a personal experience or realization you may have recently had to deal with. Writing requires both your creativity and your ability to piece together your thoughts and language skills to come up with a written piece of work that commands attention, evokes emotion, and encourages action.

But what if you just don’t know what to write about? This happens to every writer at some point in time. You may have a vague idea of a topic or subject material you want to discuss, but you just do not know how to begin. Or you probably don’t even have any idea what to write about, and you are looking for something or someone interesting to help get your creative juices flowing.

Inspiration is all around you, if you can recognize what ideas, things, experiences, or other subjects can be incorporated into your writing project. You can start by simply stopping what you are doing, taking a deep breath, and looking around your surroundings. Some writers try so hard to think of something funny, interesting, scary, infuriating, or romantic that may or may not be in their current vicinity, and this is often a difficult way to find immediate writing inspiration. On the other hand, something or someone around you that you may have not noticed yet just may be the next great subject for your writing.

Changing your habits or your scenery can also help to release your creativity and minimize boredom or monotony. If you have a usual writing spot in the house, try to sit outside or move your computer to another area of the house where you don’t usually write. You can even go to a nearby coffee shop or park, or any other venue where you can set up your computer and try to get writing ideas while soaking in the new environment.

Writing inspiration will often come to you when you are not looking for it, so don’t be afraid to change up your routine a little bit if you are looking for ideas to write about. Take a walk around the neighborhood, or go for a quick hike or bike trip if there are nearby scenic trails. If you have the time for it, meet up with friends or loved ones you may have not seen for a while, and have light, heartfelt conversations about what they have been doing so far. Visit some of your favorite places that you have not been to for some time. In other words, instead of forcing inspiration to come to you, let it flow naturally by just relaxing yourself and waiting for ideas to appear.

You may also find inspiration from other written sources. Take some time to read recent or past works by your favorite authors. Browse through the latest issues of your favorite magazines and periodicals. The Internet is also a virtual treasure trove of various literary works. You can search the Web for different articles, blogs, online magazines, and other sources. Make sure to contact the Charter Customer Service number right here if you experience any problems with your Internet service, or have questions about your connection.

5 Ways to Share your Passion

September 3, 2014 at 11:43 pm

Share your PassionIt has been said that passion is universal humanity. Without it, religion, history, romance and art would be useless. Yet sometimes when we’re so passionate about something, we feel as if no one shares the same amount of excitement we have. How can this happen in a world of seven billion people?

The range of activities we might feel passionate about is limitless. Some people love sports and team activities, which might make it easier for them to go find partners to practice with. The others who are interested in the artistic side, such as writing, literature, books or culture, might find that they enjoy doing things alone.

After a while though, if you truly enjoy what you’re doing, you would want to share the feeling with others. Though at first you may not know how to start, you’ll find that knowing a person with a similar passion is an engaging experience on its own. You don’t just exchange tips on how to get better, you also have someone who will root for your success, and even update you about the current news in your world. Here are some tips on how to share your passion with others:

1. Invite them to see how cool it can be.

Usually people just aren’t familiar with your brand of enjoyment. Perhaps if you start by simply lending a book for them, without any pressure from you, they might start showing interest too.

2. Show your consistency.

If the people you’re with think that your passion is just a phase you’re going through, they are likely to ignore it. If you regularly practice it and they always see how happy it makes you, they will be curious to try it as well.

3. Get better at it.

You can continuously practice your passion but if you don’t further your learning, you won’t get better at it. If it’s an activity like reading, read more and more books and you’ll notice that the ideas you get from them will come up in conversations. People will listen more to a pro than an amateur, so start getting better and let them see it’s something worth knowing.

4. Find like-minded people.

Before sharing your passion to someone who knows nothing about it at all, you might find it easier first to join a club or attend classes where you can meet people with similar passions. You can learn from how they share their passion to you, which you can then pass on to other friends.

5. Talk about your passion.

There is nothing more boring than to hear someone go on and on about an activity that the speaker herself is not interested in. But when you love what you do, it will be seen in your body language and facial expression, and even show in your tone of voice and choice of words while talking to the phone. Why not find and connect with new friends on the internet and tell them about the incredible activities you’ve been enjoying lately? Don’t have an internet connection, even though you’ve been talking about getting one for the past 10 years? Break your procrastination, call the Comcast phone number here, and get your internet setup now.

It’s fun to see friends and talk to them in person, but in times when you can’t, the internet can certainly make it easier for you. Sharing your passion through the web with them can be equally rewarding for you both.

 

Trends in Web Design

October 20, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Web Design TrendsAs the internet expands and web design grows as an art form, more and more innovations allow for new ideas and creative changes to the way web design is done. In past years, trends have included simple color schemes, touch screen adaptations, and the integration of quick response. Moving deeper into 2013 and on into the new year, there will be a refreshing group of ideas that influence our web design templates for the better. Just like any art form, the artists have given us a taste of their work already and are only just beginning.

Ever since the new decade began, web design has embraced more CSS3 coding. The tools have been set and it has been wonderful to watch the interesting products that have become commonplace web design technique due to CSS3. These include:

  • Animations with CSS3
  • Box Shadows with CSS3
  • Fullscreen Typography with CSS3
  • Transparency with CSS3

If you have ever spent a day browsing random webpages or simply used a social media website in the last three months, you will have seen most of these beauties used. Tumblr, for instance, is very popular for using simple designs with transparency and animations. Also, the website is riddled with well designed CSS3 form boxes. While the tools that make these websites popular are part of the theme, the true magic lies in the design method. These are just some of the most common template themes:

  • Responsive Layouts and Universal Layouts
  • Retina Based Images and Layouts
  • Fixed Header Bars
  • Infinite Scrolling
  • Vertical Navigation

Since the considerable increase of families with mobile devices and wi-fi internet increasing all over the United States and Europe, there has been a very profound change in web design layouts. When accessing the internet from a phone or mobile device in past years, you would generally have to enter the mobile address instead of the usual “www.” Now with responsive layouts, the layout is based on the device and can generally be read by any device just the same.

Retina images and backgrounds were first introduced by Apple with the iPhone 4 and have since been adjusted to all apple products. These images are higher quality and allow twice as many pixels as an image would usually have. Designers have begun to include these images on their website for retina based devices.

Fixed header bars and infinite scrolling have become almost necessary in website building. The attractiveness of these two combined makes some of the biggest websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram incredibly popular. The only downside to this new browsing technique is its rather fast internet requirement. Vertical navigation also adds to the attractiveness of many new and popular websites. It is actually a great alternative to infinite scrolling, especially with high text volume websites.

All in all, we can only guess what the new design will look like this year. With new technology and developments occurring every day, the path is clear towards greater design opportunities and much more.

APA Tutorial: Writing Essays the Right Way

June 25, 2013 at 10:38 pm

APA TutorialNo matter what anyone has told you, there is in fact a correct way to write a paper. This paper could be a term paper, a research report, an experimental study, a literature review, a theoretical article, or even a case study, either way you must learn the correct and the wrong way to write your paper.

A literature review is a critic of a literary work. A literature review will typically include: title page, introduction section, and a list of references. An experimental report follows the scientific method so this essay will include several more sections and is a more in depth paper. An experimental paper may include: title page, abstract, introduction, results, and references.

There are several steps to writing in correct APA style including: typed, double-spaced, and 12 pt. Times New Roman font. When writing in APA style you should use a page header at the top of every page, and an essay should include four major sections: title page, abstract, main body, and references.

The first page of your paper should be the title page. The second page should be the abstract, and the third will be the beginning of the text. When addressing the topic make sure you are specific and aware of personal bias. When writing also be aware about what individuals prefer to be called and acknowledge the people and their participation in your research.

When you start a new page make sure to include the page header on the top of the page and the on the first line of the paper center the word abstract. Abstract on the page should not be bolded, underlined, italics, or in quotation marks. The line following the abstract should include a couple short sentences giving your readers a summary of the key points in your paper.

When writing a paper citing your sources and references is especially important if not the most important part of your paper. To avoid plagiarism, take precautions and collect all the information you need from the site in order to form a correct citation.

When writing a paper you should combine all sources and citations to create a final reference list. The reference lists allows the readers to find the sources with ease.

APA style is simple once you set your mind to it and start writing. Stick to APA style and do not stray from your topic. Make your points specific and make sure each point has a meaning; otherwise, just let the words flow out of your mind and onto the paper, and enjoy the writing experience. Keep on writing.

How to Hire a Good Web Designer

June 25, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Woman Web Designer When hiring a good web designer, there is no cookie cutter answer to the best decision an employer can make. One of the first things that needs to be considered when hiring is considering if the designer will be working for a start-up company or an already well-established organization. A start-up is going to require more creative traits and versatility that are extremely valued at start-ups but are not necessarily as important at a large company that doesn’t have the same obstacles a newly formed business may have. Hiring a good web designer is rooted in finding someone not simply to get work done, but in finding someone with a personality that fits a company’s existing culture.

Tech skills become irrelevant after a period of about two years, so it is much more important to hire someone with the ability to quickly learn skills instead of only being able to use what worked in the past. Related, when interviewing someone for the position, an employer should try to avoid using specific questions such as what year Java was officially released or the creator of Python in lieu of open ended questions such as asking what design patterns the designer likes using or what new skill he recently learned and how it has helped. From asking open ended questions, the employer can find out how well the designer can communicate information and explain terms that are relevant. Questions that are a test of problem solving and organization can really evaluate a designers style of work.

Once the ideal candidate for the job is found, it is recommended that they are started off with a smaller project. Instead of throwing the new employee right into an enormous project, having them start on a small project gives more opportunity to observe them outside the interview and recognize any traits that they need to work on. Do they make a good team player? Did the designer go above and beyond with the project? Can they effectively communicate with their team? Evaluating the designer in a smaller scenario can give an idea of how they will act on a larger project that will have more impact on the company. In fact, it could almost be advised to hire a designer as a contractor so they can prove themselves before being hired as a full-time employee.

Lastly, the mantra “hire slow, fire fast” should be taken into account. When hiring a quality web designer, be sure that they fit to the personality of your team. If they make significant mistakes that put teams and companies in jeopardy, fire them quickly. This rule is especially in a start-up company where one crucial mistake can be extremely costly. It is the same idea as “measure twice, cut once. If an employer does enough research on a potential employee before hiring, they can stop potential problems the employee may cause if he is not driven to help the company succeed. So when hiring a good developer, remember to hire an individual that will benefit the company based on his personality traits, one that has a success driven personality, and has a knowledge of new and emerging topics in web design.