Art work merchandise

Some of my artworks are now available on t-shirts, hoodies, bags and a variety of other merchandise here: Spreadshirt – Less than average


 

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5 amazing tools you should use to improve your blogging.

Sometimes it can seem as if whatever you try on your blog you are not getting anywhere. It can be really difficult to turn those creative juices into views and interaction, fortunately there are many tools that can help you put a little extra shine on your content.

Below is a list of the top 5 tools that I personaly use and that have given me a degree of success.

1. Hemingway editor

The Heminway editor is such a useful app that grades the readabilty of your work. It is so easy to use as you can either type your post directly into its editor, or copy and paste your work in afterwards. The idea behind the app is to ensure your blog posts are written in such a way that they are simple to read for all people. The difficulty of sentences is ranked, as well as the number of adverbs used and your use of passive phrases.

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2. Canva

Canva is a free app that allows you to make striking blog covers and interesting social graphics quickly and easily. Using an intuitive drag and drop interface, Canva allows you to pick it up and run with it almost instantly and requires no prior knowledge of graphic design.

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3. Evernote

Evernote is a really useful note taking app that makes keeping track of all of your ideas really easy. A basic personal account is available for free, though you will be charged a small fee for the fully featured bussiness account. The personal account has always been enough for my needs, but if you want to use some of the more advanced collaborative features you may want to go for the bussiness account.

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4. Unsplash

The visual elements of your blog are just as important as the written content. High quality pictures can really take your content to the next level. Unsplash is a great free repository of free, high quality images. This is an excellent alternative to costly stock images, while still giving the high quality that is so important to your blog.

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5. Buffer

Buffer is a useful application with which you can schedule your hashtags, social links and other content to be shared to social media as and when you want. This allows you to have a near constant social media presence without putting in hours of work. It is a simple set up, and Buffer does the work for you.

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Creating compelling content when you’re out of ideas.[Infographic]

So often I sit staring at a plain screen, wondering what I should write about in my latest post. It is always nice to try and create fresh, new content that has not been seen before. Unfortunately, that is a difficult thing to achieve. After all, everything has been written about, or drawn, or sung about or whatever. There is so much content available to all of us, all of the time that it can seem literally impossible to come up with something new. The good news is that you don’t need to come up with completely fresh content, giving your own take on other peoples work is just as useful and allows that work to reach a wider audience.
With that in mind, here is a great info-graphic created by Copyblogger based on work by their very own Danny Iny.

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Three days, Three quotes, day three

This is the last day of my Three days, Three quotes challenge. Thanks again to Vocalblogger15 for the nomination.

“Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself”   Henry James

I love this quote, remember that you are the only person you should allow to make judgements for you. Other people will have their own reasons for making whatever judgement they make about other people, as is their right. I don’t think anyone should ever begrudge a person for having an opinion on anything, including other people, that differs from their own. Never let these things get in the way of your relationships, that only leads to sadness.

Now for my final set of nominations:

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Three days, Three quotes, Day Two

“When we realize how little we mean to the universe, We realize how important we are to each other” Tom Delonge

This is a quote by one of my all-time favourite people, The previous guitarist and vocalist for pop-punk pioneers Blink-182, as well as the creative force behind the amazing Angels and Airwaves. Now an author, entrepreneur and UFO enthusiast (that last one is a bit strange).
The point of the quote is so simple, focus on those around you, the people to whom you can really make a difference. There is nothing wrong with trying to make a difference in the world, but the best way of doing this is to make one where you can, walk before you can run in a sense.

 

Today I nominate
Day One