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Finding the Motivation

So, I don’t know if this ever happens to you, but sometimes I feel like my motivation is a fickle creature. Sometimes it will rage inside my chest and beat its drum with all the power of an elephant. Other times it changes into a mouse and disappears into a dark corner. No matter how I try to coax, it won’t budge.

All my desire to finish a project I’ve started vanishes and it feels impossible to move forward.the-cat-toy-1515154

 

While creating a website in my class, I found a page where we can post our URL so that our classmates can check and critique them. Well, I decided to investigate some of my classmate’s work.

I was blown away by what everyone had done and when I looked back at my own website, I sighed. So much work to do… I felt so behind. And my motivation shriveled and scurried away.

What do you do when your motivation dies?

Well… after working on this post, here are some of the ideas I’ve come up with.

Looking at pictures:

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Looking at peaceful pictures helps me to calm down and relax. I love reading motivational quotes that get me pumped to try something new or keeping moving forward on my projects.

Listening to Good Music:

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Music inspires me. “Where words fail, music speaks” Hans Christian Anderson. I couldn’t agree more 🙂

Looking at something silly:

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And then I realize that everything will work out. I can laugh off my frustrations and continue moving forward.

My website may not be as good as the others, but that’s okay. I’m doing the best that I can and that’s all that matters!

I think that this quote can fit my situation well 🙂

“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others” Ayn Rand.

If all that motivates me circles around beating others, than what’s the point? There’s always going to be someone who’s better than I am and worse than I am. I can’t compare myself like that. I wanted to build my website in order to work at home. If I stop now, that dream will die! I can’t give up now! I’ve only just begun.

I think so long as I’m doing my best, the rest will come in time. My website may not look as modern and up to date as others, but that will come in time. The one thing that I need to focus on right now is building content. That’s all that matters.

Anyways, thanks for letting me ramble. I hope that this post might help motivate you to go out and accomplish something great! Good luck to you on all of your dreams and endeavors! You can do it!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Four Tips for Website Building

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This week in class we discussed how ad words help build traffic to your site. Basically, what I learned is that you need to make them specific and targeted towards your audience.

So, for example, if you’re selling yoga pants, don’t let one of your ad words be “yoga”. Put “Yoga pants discount” or something along those lines. Because yoga would be too broad and bring in people who may not necessarily want to buy from your site.

However, for the purpose of this blog post, I wanted to talk about something a little bit different. I wanted to talk about some of the things that I’ve been learning as I’ve been working on my website. So, are you Ready? Set? GO!

Website Building 101:

1. Got Questions? Use the internet!

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It’s pretty obvious, but it’s a good reminder. More often than not, if you’re struggling with something with your website, someone else has struggled with the same thing.

2. Pictures say a thousand words

If you feel like your website is missing some pizzazz, then download a few pictures and spruce up your site!

3. Beware of the Copyright

Be careful where you get your images or you could face a lot of potential problems.

Places you can get photos for free without worrying about copyright:

Stock.xchng
Morgue file
Photos8
Flickr Creative Commons

Just make sure to read the agreements and policies before downloading the images.

4. Utilizing Key words

Now, I’m not an expert on this, but using keywords are everything. I need to do some more research, but you’re going to want to have a certain amount of keywords spread throughout your website. That way search engines are more able to pick up your website.

Even if you have a cute catchy title, if you don’t use any words that people put in search engines, your site is going to remain in the cold dark corners of the internet world.

5. Use links within links.

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Links are a great way for your viewers to navigate throughout your website! Make sure to have links that help travelers make smooth transitions through your site so no one gets lost.

A few essential links: Home, About, Privacy Policy

Conclusion:
Building a website can be lots of fun, but it does take a lot of work! The deeper and deeper I dig into website building, the more that I realize that I don’t know all that much. But that’s okay, I’ve got plenty of time to learn some fun new skills! Good luck on your website building ventures! And thank you for stopping by!

Building a Website

This week our focus was on getting our website up and running with our own domain name, host, and site builder. On top of that we needed to figure out what business structure we wanted to follow and the licenses and taxes that we needed to worry about. It’s been a long week 😛 But I’ve got to tell you, I love this class!

I’ve been learning so much. Apparently there are different requirements in each state concerning licensing and all that, but if you’re focusing on a Sole Proprietorship, there are fewer things that you need to worry about. Since that’s what my business will become, it was definitely nice to see 🙂

Taxes always kind of give me a headache, but for the most part, I only need to worry about adding my own personal income tax. The other major thing that I need to worry about is getting a fictitious name for my business, as well as a P.O. Box. But that’ll come later.

The best resource for all of that stuff was just looking on the IRS homepage. It still gave me a headache, but it wasn’t too difficult to follow!

I’ve got to tell you though, it is so much fun creating and building a website. I love writing articles and posting them online. I love being able to create the look and feel of the site. I love the feeling of being able to say that it’s mine. And if it goes anywhere, I could be earning money in my sleep!

How cool is that?

You know, the best part about this is that when I was sixteen years old and tired of going to my same job day in and day out, I had a moment where I just got so angry and started an internet search. I felt like I was wasting my time selling smoothies. I discovered the idea of earning a passive income.

That sparked my interest.

There was such a thing as earning money online through websites? I didn’t have to go to a nine to five job? I wanted to find a way, but I had no idea how! I was scared, and worried that I would fail.

Well, now, several years later, I’m finally making it happen. I’m taking steps forward in the right direction and it feels so nice.

Sure, there are things that I still need to learn. Like SEO and advertising and I still need to write a bunch more pages… but I’m taking the right steps forward. And that’s the best feeling of all 🙂 I’m finally building my own website!

If you ever wanted to build your own website, what would you create? What would you want your focus to be on? You don’t have to wait you know. You can create your site. You can make it happen! Make your dreams a reality!!

 

 

Site Design

Week Four

Alright! This week I’m getting into the nitty gritty of designing a website! It’s been lots of fun being able to learn so many things about site design. It’s a lot different than writing a story or an essay.

What I’ve Learned:

1. Do Your Research

  • Know your budget and know what hosting sites are out there.
  • Check out review sites like whoishostingthis.com and others.
  • After doing a little bit of digging, I discovered the host Siteground. It’s not perfect, but it had some of the best customer reviews!

2. Know your Limits

  • If you’re on a time crunch know what you can and can’t do.

3. Make Those Mistakes

  • It’s going to happen. You’re going to screw up. So get down and get dirty! Learn! Have some fun 😀
  • I learned the hard way that I’m not a fan of WordPress.org. It was incredibly frustrating and annoying, but I’m grateful for that process because now I know I like to use Joomla.

Key Notes

From the discussions in class there have been several running themes revolving around site design. Here are just a few of the ones I noticed.

Color. You’ve got to keep the color scheme simple with two maybe three different colors that work together. More often than not, websites focus on having a neutral or white background with a darker text. It’s what most people are familiar with and it preserves your eyes.

Content. This is repeated over and over and over again. Content is king. You’ve got to have good content if you want to have a good website. Nobody is going to want to read what you’ve got unless you’ve got quality, useful information.

Layout. I had never heard this before, but it applies. Try to have your site in an F format. Translation: Keep the larger and longer paragraphs at the top and then get shorter and simpler as you go down.Most people like reading content that’s two to four sentences in length.

Also, a good rule of thumb is to keep the site a minimum of four hundred words. That’s about the length of a full page and helps you to focus on providing enough content to be useful.

Search Engines. These are fantastic in a site. Sometimes when I’m looking for an article and I can’t remember the exact name, I love being able to look for the article with a simple search.

These are just a few of the things that my classmates talked about, but there are definitely a lot of resources out there to help you create a quality website.

Conclusion:

I am now proud to say that I have designed a running website! http://www.spookdragon.com/.

Is the design simple? Yes. Do I wish I had a different template? Sure, but I only have a few weeks to get my site up and running in order to get a good grade for my class, so I can’t really be picky 😛 Besides, I’m still proud of it ;D

I hope this helps you in your own site design!


 

If you’d like to learn more check out these sites:

https://www.webwiz.co.uk/kb/website-design/

http://www.cyberindian.com/web-designing/8-tips-for-great-website.php

http://www.tamingthebeast.net/articles/ecommerce-site-s1p1.htm