Cultivating Creativity in Our Kids ~ Daddy Long Legs and The Inchworm Book Release

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Daddy Long Legs and The Inchworm Book Release

 

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It wasn’t too long ago that arts education in schools was thought to be a luxury, and arts classes were cut from the curriculum to make room for more time to prepare for standardized tests. Currently, there is more and more information available that shows how crucial the arts are to creating well-rounded, well-prepared learners and leaders.

 

Last year, you may remember that I hosted an event for AAU Global Production Media Group and it was held at Spirit of Huntington Art Center in Huntington Station. NY which is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides children with special needs and Veterans the opportunity for art and creative expression that can transform their lives.  Looking around before the event, I saw so many creative pieces created by some very talented kids.

 

There are many reasons for the arts to be included in an educational system, and just as many ways that involvement in the arts has been shown to help students in their personal, social, and academic development.  

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The bottom line is essentially this: The arts help students to attain life skills, not only skills in a specific artistic discipline.  The arts draw on a range of skills and abilities that encourage the development of study, social, and personal skills in addition to specific artistic techniques.  

 

For example, students involved in the arts scored consistently higher on math and reading tests than students of the same socioeconomic class without exposure to the arts.  This effect is sometimes termed “rotary learning” as education in the arts not only increases achievement in arts related fields, but in other academic areas as well.  

 

Arts education develops students who are self driven and motivated as they are often the toughest critics of their own work.  It teaches students to learn for the experience of learning and not just for the grade.  Involvement in the arts teaches students how to try new things, manage risk, and handle failure.

 

The arts provide students with a multitude of options for expressing and communicating their ideas and students learn to think about problems from a broad range of perspectives.  These kinds of communication and problem solving abilities are essential to all work environments, regardless of the field.  The ability to generate ideas and communicate them effectively is essential in workplace and this ability can be cultivated through involvement in the arts.  If schools want to prepare their students the best that they can to enter the working world it would seem foolish not to incorporate an arts program that has as much integrity as the science or math programs that already exist.

 

And the list goes on: education in the arts levels the playing field for disadvantaged children.  It offers a continual challenge for successful students as the possibilities for improvement are always endless.  The arts are able to reach students who do not do well in a typical classroom setting and ultimately gives them a reason to stay in school.  

 

These students usually excel in the arts and this success leads to improvement in the classroom.  Participants in arts related after-school programs typically do better in school and their personal lives than others in same socioeconomic class without arts involvement.  Student artwork helps teachers to know their students better so that they can understand how they learn and teach more effectively.

 

Finally, an increase in arts education and exposure in schools and communities has the potential to cultivate a greater interest in the arts which could support the professional arts field.  Maintaining interest in and commitment to the arts is necessary for the survival of the arts in the United States because it relies so heavily on earned income from ticket sales and private donations.

 

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Now arts are not only important in the schools and community centers but they are also important in the home as evidenced by Demetrius Bullock who along with his Bryce who has just completed his first comic book entitled “Daddy Long Legs and the Inch Worm” launching with book signing scheduled for February 9th.

 

To see more of Demitrius’ work, head over to Artzscape, which is located at 205 North Market Street in Wilmington, Delaware.   Check out his Instagram account and websites: Motion Illustrationz and Demitrius Bullock.

 

Let’s Chat: Do you encourage creativity with your kids and/or grandkids?

 

UPDATE:

The Book Release Party was amazing, check it out.


 

Social Media & a Blog – Driving Traffic with Twitter

 

Social Media and a Blog

Driving Traffic with Twitter

 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Social Media allows you to reach more people and a wider audience because it’s social and people go to social media platforms to socialize – duh!

Social Media platforms such as Twitter provide a wider audience and trust me, your blog may show up in Google searches but until people actually know about it, you are not likely to get a lot of traffic.

 

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Social Media makes it easier to connect with people, it reaches more people through a chain reaction. An increase in traffic will generate leads and attract you to advertisers.

There are unique ways in which to reach people depending on the Social Media network. People want to connect, people want to share…it’s the new white picket fence.

Twitter is by far the most popular microblogging website

 

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Twitter:

 

Connect in real time with people you wish you had in High School. Celebrities and followers in the same niche or interest groups. Twitter is another great way to connect with people and share information. It is the perfect platform for sharing links, articles and establishing yourself as an expert. It’s also a great and easy way for others to share your content, reaching more people.  

Twitter is by far the most popular microblogging website and it goes hand in hand with other blogging platforms so make sure to have a presence and be active on it.  

Twitter user statistics

There are 330M monthly active users

A total of 1.3 billion accounts have been created

Of those, 44% made an account and left before ever sending a Tweet

Only 550 million people have ever sent a Tweet

500 million people visit the site each month without logging in

As of Q3 2017, 23% of US citizens are monthly active users of Twitter

80% of active users access the site via mobile

707 is the average number of followers

391 million accounts have no followers at all

Katy Perry has the most followers, with over 108m

Journalists make up 24.6% of verified accounts

83% of the world’s leaders are on Twitter

79% of accounts are held outside of the U.S.

Twitter estimates 23m of its active users are actually bots

 

Twitter marketing statistics

65.8% of US companies with 100+ employees use Twitter for marketing

77% of Twitter users feel more positive about a brand when their Tweet has been replied to

58% of top brands have over 100,00 followers on Twitter

92% of companies Tweet more than once a day, 42% Tweet 1-5 times a day, and 19% Tweet 6-10 times a day

The average Twitter user follows five businesses

80% of Twitter users have mentioned a brand in a Tweet

54% of users surveyed by Twitter reported that they had taken action after seeing a brand mentioned in Tweets (including visiting their website, searching for the brand, or retweeting content)

The last two years have seen a 2.5x increase in customer service conversations on Twitter

Join in on tweetchats – especially those of popular programming

 

Thank you for reading Tweeties and follow me on Twitter!

Taking Inventory with the Google Pixel 2 XL

Taking Inventory with the

Google Pixel 2 XL

 

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Did you get a new smartphone for the holidays?  If you didn’t and are in the market for one you might want to check out the Google Pixel 2 XL.

 

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You may remember this blog post review for a previous model of the Google Pixel Smartphone from Verizon Wireless.  Well recently I had another opportunity to check out the newer version, the Google Pixel 2 XL, and I love this model even more!

 

Not only did I love the style, sleekness, widescreen and long battery life, I loved having the Google Assistant in the palm of my hands who not only helped me organize my day but also kept me aware of the weather and road conditions with just a simple side squeeze that works even when the phone in a locked status.

 

However, along with taking fantastic pictures in any light and the ability to quickly order gifts and gadgets using the Geek App I also loved the brilliance and clarity of the videos.

 

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While reading the Sunday paper, I came across an article by Elizabeth Weise, entitled 15-minute inventory video is good insurance” and decided to make a digital diary and upload it to YouTube.  God forbid, if we ever lose all of our belongings in natural or not so natural disaster, I will at least have a video inventory of our home’s contents!  

 

I still think about and pray for those affected by the hurricanes, wildfires and now mudslides!

 

The Google Pixel 2 XL is the highest rated smartphone camera that takes beautiful photos in any light and had a fast-charging battery.  The back of the Pixel 2 XL is a mixture of glass and aluminum.

 

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The aluminum is covered with a coating that gives it a blackboard-like feel; resistive, grippier and slightly textured. It’s an excellent finish and gives you a sturdier grip than on most other smartphones. The Google Pixel 2 XL is 6 inches, and the screen on the Pixel 2 XL is the biggest on a Google-branded handset. 

 

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Head over to your local Verizon Wireless store to check out the Google Pixel 2 XL then come back here and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.

 

 

What is the most important feature of your Smartphone?

 

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ABC’s of Blogging

 

ABC’s of Blogging

Always Be Creating

 

 

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As a blogger you are constantly writing, but how do you capture and keep your audience’s attention, what do you need to do to keep them coming back for more? Start by learning your ABC’s – Always Be Creating.

 

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Have you ever stood in a grocery store line and read a headline such as this in one of those magazines or “newspapers”? Did it capture your attention, or perhaps the picture of an alien baby peeked your curiosity to read further. Well that is how you have to think when writing a new post, no, it doesn’t have to be as dramatic as alien babies but it should make your readers want more.

 

Tips To Keep Your Readers Coming Back For More

 

Build Excitement

Grab the attention of your readers by creating fun or exciting titles for your posts. Sometimes it helps to write the title after you’ve written the post. The sum of the post can spark a more interesting title after it has been written.  Once you have written your post, read it aloud which may trigger a titillating title.

 

Bye-Bye…Go Outside

The best posts are inspired from real life, leave the house, leave your laptop or computer. Go for a walk, take a road trip, attend an event, ‘live life’. Read books and magazines, talk to friends, get out in the real world you never know what will spark a post idea.  Don’t forget to take a camera to capture moments to get your juices flowing!

 

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Do Something (DIY)

Show and tell. People love learning something new and enjoy watching it even more. Create a YouTube or Livestream a Facebook video showing an experience or provide a tutorial then write about it.

 

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Interview

While you are out and about living life, perhaps there is someone out there you can interview? Is there a new restaurant or hot spot opening? Is there a sporting event or play happening at the local high school or college, maybe even an author or entertainer is in town for the weekend. If you can grab an interview or a get a testimonial it will definitely add credibility to your blog.

Have Fun

Everyone likes a good joke or a funny cartoon. Show your personality with something light, we all need a means of escape every now and again if only for a few minutes.

Quotes & Inspirational Messages

Read something inspirational, a quote or poem, share it with your readers, again, we can all use some uplifting words in our lives.

 

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Little known Facts

“This day in history” can spark ideas for great posts and they are fun. Share a little known or inspiring historical fact, make sure to fact check them first. You can also write posts about “what life would be like without….” an invention or an event.

Sharing is Caring!

Blogging isn’t a competition, it’s about sharing information, stories, ideas, and inspiration so recommend other blogs. Care less about your numbers and more about your reader, they will thank you for it and stay loyal longer.  My blogging friend, MadamTooMuch has some great sites that she loves to share so go over there and check her out.

 

Let’s Chat > How Do You Keep Your Readers Coming Back for More?

 

 

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3-P’s of Blogging: Passion, Purpose & Perseverance

BLOGGING-TIPS

3-P’s of Blogging

Passion, Purpose & Perseverance

 

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PASSION

When choosing a topic or niche, whether it’s crafting, pets, DIY, travel, cars, sports, foods, or fashion it must be your PASSION. Your passion is what drives you to share your blog with the world. It is what you will be writing about for months or even years from now.

 

“Passion is what drives you to share your blog with the world”

 

Niche Blogging – when choosing a topic, start broad then narrow it down to a very specific topic. For example, if your passion is PARENTING, narrow it down to “parenting children with special needs” or “parenting multiples” or “parenting bi-racial children”.

If your interest is high-end fashion, narrow it down to just shoes or purses. The smaller the niche the more targeted your audience becomes and the competition pools gets smaller making it easier to get noticed. These are samples of niche blogs.

www.seaofshoes.com

www.purseblog.com

Passion in life is good but we all know that it can sometimes cause tunnel vision so be flexible, engage your readers, respond to their comments and value other’s opinions. Depending on your topic or niche there will be some that don’t always agree with what you have written but you can diffuse them with “I appreciate your opinion” response or simply delete those negative/spam comments.

 

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PURPOSE

What is your purpose? Are you blogging to educate, entertain, or inspire others, or are you blogging just share the daily activities of your family, hobbies or pets? Once you make that decision, the next thing you want to think about is HOW OFTEN WILL YOU POST?

Will you be posting daily? 1, 2, 3, or even 7 days per week, taking into account that you can spend an average of 2-3 hours per post depending on the topic/niche. You can always be flexible in your posting schedule but you must be consistent.

As you gain followers, they will be looking for new content and if you are sporadic in your postings eventually they will lose interest and move on to another blog. In your writings, be honest, cite your sources if using other’s material, posts or images, and write using your voice as only you can – “Do You Boo Boo!”  

 

 

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PERSEVERANCE or PATIENCE

When starting your blog you may want to start small, but not too small and stick with it even if no one is reading it. When I created DeDivahDeals.com, the first published post was a small picture of a bottle of nail polish, there were no words, captions or links and there were definitely no “likes.” As a matter of fact not one of my blog posts received a comment or even a “like” for 3 months and I was posting every day sometimes twice per day.

 

 

Finding and sharing deals was my passion so I didn’t give up, I just kept posting, reading, commenting and following other blogs until I got noticed with that first “like” – and you never forget your first and it’s icing on the cake if it comes with a comment!

When first starting out, read and follow other bloggers as this will help you when writing your own posts. You are not reading these blogs with the intent of copying them, but rather to learn from them. If you have a question or need assistance with something, reach out to them as most active bloggers are honored to be asked, so don’t be afraid to do so.

 

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Do you have any other blogging tips to share?

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