31 Mar 2016

Why People Start Blogs & Three Reasons To Start Your Own BLOG!

Blogging was not just something that I stumbled across and started doing. When it came down to blogging, it was a matter of when I wanted to start and what did I want to blog about. When blogging you’ll always find yourself pondering questions such as, “am I wasting my time,” or “is anybody even going to read this crap?”

Well, throw those two questions out of your head right now.

Blogging should be stress free, after all it’s done mostly in the comfort of your own home whenever you have some “me” time. Worrying over those questions would just add stress and strain to some.

Another stress can be over what you may be blogging about, but believe it or not many people use blogs to do any of the following:

  • To Help Others by raising awareness and addressing social or political issues.
  • Establish themselves as experts on the topics they cover, varying from video games and movies to business and the economy.
  • Express their own thoughts and voices on situations and want others to hear them.
  • Or the most likely reason, to make a profit. Many people make a profit off of their blog. No matter what niche the blog is in, profits will always come when there is traffic coming to the blog.

There are many more reasons behind why people start blogs, but those are just a few that fuel their decision to ultimately start blogging.

In this article I will address my own three reasons why I believe people should start their own blog, so without further a do.

There is money in blogging

That may sound like such a breezy and easy job to most, but believe it or not blogging is not as easy as it may seem. In order to get the money going, you have to build an audience for yourself. In order to build an audience you have to develop quite a following for your blog and make sure you distribute your posts and promote you and your blog all over the web, through SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and all forms of social media you may or may not be active on such as Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIN, Pinterest and more.

That’s not even the end to that, in most as in almost the entirety you have to get your site a registered domain and end up spending money to get yourself set up, sort of like investing in yourself. After that is said and done, through Google Analytics and Adwords and any other form of revenue generating sources you can find, will the $$$ start coming in for your blog.

It’s easy as 1, 2, 3

Blogging takes little to no experience at all to get yourself going. Although blogging can be looked upon as journalism, you don’t need any degree in journalism to get started blogging. Many people love blogging because there’s no one over your shoulder telling you what you can or cannot write. That being said there’s really no boundaries in writing on your own blog. You can have your blog up and running in 10-20 minutes just by starting up with WordPress and getting everything together on a Host, such asHostGator. With just about $30-50 dollars you can be on your way to something that can ultimately end up as a success for you, just depends on how devoted and determined you are about it and what you’re audience enjoy.

Blogging is a project

No matter which way you look at blogging, it is indeed a project. Blogging can ultimately bring out the creative side in a person, whether it’s through them designing their own website, designing their own logos and banners, or even the writing behind their content. Blogging can help you discover a part of yourself that you may not have known existed until then. Never shy yourself on trying something new, especially with a low cost project like blogging. If you can’t invest in yourself then who can you invest in?

Blogging allows you to discover more to the world, such as social media, servers, web host, other blog owners, how media and publishing works and even the field of journalism itself. There’s really no downside to blogging, everything points to you getting recognized more and more by individuals who are just like you.

In this article I covered the reasons on why people ultimately decide to end up blogging, as well as my own three reasons on why I feel every one should take up hobby of blogging.

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30 Mar 2016

Three Ways to Grow & Maintain Followers on Social Media

With the age of social media still upon us, many people and both small businesses an large ones are turning to social media to:

A. Grow their audience.

B. Get discovered more easily.

C. Campaign

D. Share and create more products as well as recruit talent for some.

Although the task of growing an audience may be simple to big name brands and others, it’s quite a long and effort filled tasks for most. So I decided do some research, bought Instagram likes for initial testing on my account, and to look up a few quick ways on how to grow and maintain followers on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr and more.

1. Provide Content That’s Rich in Vaue

Let’s face it, nobody likes boring content or content that your targeted audience can’t even relate to. If you’re looking to grow, follow your niche. Post content that provides valuable insight and interest to your audience and they are sure to retweet, share, and view the content.

In turn you’ll see more engagement towards your social media account and people will likely talk more with you on the content.

In this case you can also consider the quality over quantity rule. You can be as active as ever with your posts/tweets and pins posting as many as you can but if it lacks quality, nobody is viewing them.

2. Get active

If your on social media just to view posts from your competitors or keep tabs on them, that may not be a good idea and odds are you’re not growing much with your social media accounts.

Billions of people use social media each and everyday and if you’re not actively on your accounts then odds are your missing chances and opportunities to grow and connect with more and more people each day.

As you’re looking to build an audience, the more active you are the more people will see your account pop up and notice your tweets, posts, and pins and are more likely to engage with them. These people in return can become your audience and will likely be the ones sharing your content if it’s of interest to them.

3. Start Engaging With Your Engagers

By that, I mean engage with the people who support your posts an tweets. For example if someone retweets one of your tweets or pictures and comments about it, why not respond to that tweet and either comment back or thank them. The more people see you engaging with your audience the better your social media accounts look and the more likely others are to engage with you and even the followers of the person who shared it would engage with you as well.

Take it upon yourself to build these relationships with people online and over time you never know what connection can lead you somewhere.

The more engaged you are with your audience the more you’re trying to build your support system, show thanks and gratitude by sharing things with them and providing them with valuable content.

There are many relationships I have made with people online that to this day I appreciate and has gotten me to different places in life.

Practice these ways over and over and you may see increases in followers and your audience in due time. Remember with social media everything takes time and doesn’t happen over night.

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29 Mar 2016

Budgie Desktop 10.2.5 Now Available With Solus 1.1 OS

Josh Strobl from the Solus Project had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability of Budgie Desktop 10.2.5.

We are happy to announce the release of Budgie 10.2.5. This release builds upon our vision of a desktop environment focused on simplicity and elegance, by introducing further refinements to the user experience while expanding options for enabling a more tailored desktop experience.

Budgie Desktop 10.2.5 is the fifth maintenance release in the 10.2 series of the free open-source graphical desktop environment used on the flawless Solus Linux operating system.

This version of Budgie promises to be tailored to your experience.

Budgie is just as much about enabling you to tailor your experience than it is providing a sane out-of-the-box experience. We have expanded on desktop experience options by providing you the ability to:

  • Enable desktop icons
  • Select different cursor themes
  • Select different fonts for things like Window Titles, Interface, etc.

Via Josh Strobl’s announcement:

All the changes above accompany an abundance of other improvements, some transparent to the user but equally important to the experience.

  • Budgie is now stateless.
  • Built-in theme has been ported to GTK 3.20.
    • As a result, we select the correct theme based on the GTK version.
  • Fix window accountancy errors in budgie-wm, fixes several Steam titles
  • LightDM lock screen functionality has been restored.
  • Resolved instances where budgie-panel wouldn’t render across the entire display, as well as fixing rare instances where budgie-panel would have a titlebar.

New Bluetooth applet:

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Budgie Desktop 10.2.5 can be downloaded right now as a source archive from its GitHub page.

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28 Mar 2016

Mageia 6 Linux Enters Development With Two Fan Favorite Desktop Choices

The Development team for Mageia Project has announced the development of the latest version of their Linux Distro, Mageia, with Mageia 6.

The last update for Mageia was in June 2015 with the release of Mageia 5.

Mageia 6 first development snapshot brings the Beta of KDE Plasma 5.6, along with the latest GNU/Linux technologies, including Linux kernel 4.4.5 LTS, the second milestone of GNOME 3.20 (3.19.2), Glibc 2.22, systemd 229, LibreOffice 5.1.1 office suite, as well as the Mozilla Firefox 45 and Chromium 49 web browsers.

In a blog announcement from the Development team:

After the delays caused by upgrading the major parts of the base system and switching to the Plasma 5 Desktop Environment, we are very happy to announce that the first development milestone of Mageia 6 has been released and is ready for testing by the community.

Note that only the classical ISO images have been released, those being the i586 and x86_64 DVD images. The live ISO images are not quite ready. If the live images can be made functional soon, they may also be released, otherwise they will come with the next milestone release.

If you would like to test these ISO’s, you can find a link to download them from your preferred mirror on the Mageia website. Please keep in mind that this is still an early development snapshot.  We would appreciate any feedback on how this release works for you.

Also listed in the announcement:

Mageia 6 dev1 will ship with the following:

  • Kernel 4.4.5
  • Glibc 2.22
  • Plasma 5.5.95
  • GNOME 3.19.2
  • Mate 1.13.0
  • Cinnamon 2.8.6
  • LibreOffice 5.1.1.3
  • Firefox 45
  • Chromium 49
  • Updates to all of the other major applications and tools

http://mirrors.mageia.org/

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25 Mar 2016

Linux Gaming News: Stardew Valley Developers Say Linux Is Their Top Priority

A developer for the hit Steam game Stardew Valley hosted an “Ask Me Anything” thread on Reddit recently and among the questions a Reddit user asked when will we get Stardew Valley on Linux/Mac OS.

The developer responded:

“Mac/Linux ports are one of my top priorities. I will start looking into it seriously very soon, I promise. I’ve been doing things one at a time, and I will get to the Mac/Linux question here soon. It’s just a matter of what order I do everything in, and it’s hard to know exactly what’s best.”

Stardew Valley trailer:

About Stardew Valley:

Stardew Valley is an open-ended country-life RPG, coming to PC on February 26th, 2016!

You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home? It won’t be easy. Ever since Joja Corporation came to town, the old ways of life have all but disappeared. The community center, once the town’s most vibrant hub of activity, now lies in shambles. But the valley seems full of opportunity. With a little dedication, you might just be the one to restore Stardew Valley to greatness!

Features

  • Turn your overgrown field into a lively farm! Raise animals, grow crops, start an orchard, craft useful machines, and more! You’ll have plenty of space to create the farm of your dreams.

 

  • Improve your skills over time. As you make your way from a struggling greenhorn to a master farmer, you’ll level up in 5 different areas: farming, mining, combat, fishing, and foraging. As you progress, you’ll learn new cooking and crafting recipes, unlock new areas to explore, and customize your skills by choosing from a variety of professions.

 

  • Become part of the local community. With over 30 unique characters living in Stardew Valley, you won’t have a problem finding new friends! Each person has their own daily schedule, birthday, unique mini-cutscenes, and new things to say throughout the week and year. As you make friends with them, they will open up to you, ask you for help with their personal troubles, or tell you their secrets! Take part in seasonal festivals such as the luau, haunted maze, and feast of the winter star.

 

  • Explore a vast, mysterious cave. As you travel deeper underground, you’ll encounter new and dangerous monsters, powerful weapons, new environments, valuable gemstones, raw materials for crafting and upgrading tools, and mysteries to be uncovered.

 

  • Breathe new life into the valley. Since JojaMart opened, the old way of life in Stardew Valley has changed. Much of the town’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair. Help restore Stardew Valley to it’s former glory by repairing the old community center, or take the alternate route and join forces with Joja Corporation.

 

  • Court and marry a partner to share your life on the farm with. There are 10 available bachelors and bachelorettes to woo, each with unique character progression cutscenes. Once married, your partner will live on the farm with you. Who knows, maybe you’ll have kids and start a family?

 

  • Spend a relaxing afternoon at one of the local fishing spots. The waters are teeming with seasonal varieties of delicious fish. Craft bait, bobbers, and crab pots to help you in your journey toward catching every fish and becoming a local legend!

 

  • Donate artifacts and minerals to the local museum.

 

  • Cook delicious meals and craft useful items to help you out. With over 100 cooking and crafting recipes, you’ll have a wide variety of items to create. Some dishes you cook will even give you temporary boosts to skills, running speed, or combat prowess. Craft useful objects like scarecrows, oil makers, furnaces, or even the rare and expensive crystalarium.

 

  • Customize the appearance of your character and house. With hundreds of decorative items to choose from, you’ll have no trouble creating the home of your dreams!
  • Over two hours of original music.

 

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24 Mar 2016

Latest Ubuntu Gnome 16.04 LTS Beta Released

The update is to the recent Ubuntu Gnome 16.04 beta, this one can be called Beta 2. It still features the Gnome 3.18 desktop and no word on when the 3.2 desktop will be arriving, although it was released on March 23rd.

As said previously Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 LTS Beta 2 had fixed the Sharing panel in GNOME Control Center.

The biggest news with the update is that Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 LTS now uses the GNOME Software as default graphical package manager instead of Ubuntu Software Center, and the GNOME Calendar and GNOME Logs applications have been installed by default.

Although the Beta 2 is available as of right now, there are many known bugs and problems associated with the program right now. No word on when updates and fixes will be rolling out.

 

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23 Mar 2016

Two Free/Open Source software alternatives to Microsoft Office

Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice is an open source office productivity suite, designed by professionals for both consumer use, providing users with sophisticated tools for processing word documents, create spreadsheets, presentations, graphics and databases.

The application is made up of a word processor by the name of Writer, a drawing tool called Draw, a spreadsheet utility called Calc, a formula editor titled Math, a database management tool with the name of Base, and a presentation app named Impress.

Apache OpenOffice supports Linux, Windows and Mac OS X operating systems, running on both 64-bit and 32-bit computer systems.

Apache is translated in over 170 different languages.

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Libre Office

LibreOffice is an open source productivity suite that provides all the necessary office components for small-business, educational and non-profit organizations. It is a fork of the well-known OpenOffice.org application.

Libre Office is packed with it’s six main components: Writer, Calc, Impress, Base, Math, and Draw. Same names as Apache, the two used to be the same sofware until they split.

Libre Office is the one that updates more frequently and has become the most preferred software to use.

Both office suites include the same applications for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and databases. Both projects share the vast majority of their code, openoffice.org.

My Solution

Libre Office is my preferred choice in the free office suite debate. It has the track sheet of frequent updates and has the most potential to develop into something even greater in the long run.

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22 Mar 2016

Fedora 24 Alpha Delayed/Release Date Announced

Fedora’s Program Manager Jan Kurik announced that the Alpha build of Fedora 24 Linux will be delayed for a few days due to bugs.

Release status of the Fedora 24 Alpha Go/No-Go Meeting is NO-GO. Due to present blockers [1] in the Alpha_1.5 build, the decision is to slip the Fedora 24 Alpha release for few days. As in many countries there are going to be Easter beginning at the end of the next week, it has been agreed to plan the next Go/No-Go meeting on Wednesday, March 23rd at 5PM UTC.

Fedora 24 Linux is currently scheduled for release on June 7, 2016.

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21 Mar 2016

Solus OS Linux Integrates a Budgie Desktop

Solus OS developers has announced that the new Solus 2.0 will feature a budgie desktop that will be fully customizable.

The next version of the Budgie Desktop comes with many new features including support for enabling and disabling desktop icons, support for tweaking fonts for “Window Titles,” “Documents,” “Interface,” as well as “Monospace,” Bluetooth support, and the ability to use multiple audio input and output devices on your computer.

With Apple going wireless with their headphone jacks, it’ll be nice to see if computers follow suit and go entirely wireless with headphones and audio devices sooner or later.

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Among an updated budgie desktop, developers have also added updated applications such as Mozilla Firefox 45.0.1, Mozilla Thunderbird 38.7.0, Nmap 7.10, Transmission 2.92, YouTube-dl 2016.03.14, Git 2.7.3, and Atom 1.6.0.

Be sure to update your Solus OS system now and don’t miss out on all of the new features and updates.

To check out Solus OS, visit: https://solus-project.com/

 

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20 Mar 2016

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