Blog is short for weblog. Before there were blogs, there were websites. At least that was the case with me. A few years back, I signed up to participate as an affiliate marketer with various companies. You can be an affiliate in a variety of ways, such as, attach a link to your e-Mail signature, post ads (free online classifieds or paid advertisements), work them into your Squidoo lensmaster profile and lenses, or if you have a website, you can place the referral links at your website, and - depending on the blog platform you’re using - you can integrate them into your website.
A blog can be a stand alone project, i.e., it’s just a blog and that’s all there is. It can also be a great enhancement to and in fact, become an essential part of your website. There are several blog publishing platforms if you’re interested in giving it a try. I’m no expert, but I have learned by doing, and I am continuing to learn. This lens will speak to my own personal blogging experience and there is a section for the Featured Lenses which are more informative and educational. To name a few, I use (or have used) Blogger (the official Google Blog), WordPress, Tumblr, and the Webs Blog, a blogging app that came with the website building application provided by Webs.com.
Tumblr is an awesome micro-blogging platform and Pinterest is terrific for sharing your interests and has incredible visual appeal. For business and personal reasons, I hope both platforms will be around for a long long time.
Is Pinterest the New Tumblr? - This is an article from IFB (Independent Fashion Bloggers) and it tells a quirky tale. They posit that Pinterest may be the new Tumblr.
Why is this quirky?
Anyway, I hope one doesn’t replace the other. I like them both! But in the grand scheme of things, who cares what I like! It’s just business. Eh, Guido?? :)
AGAIN! Another list published? That’s fantastic!!
Art, books and music. How could we ever manage without them? They’re so essential to the human psyche. Honestly! Some people get thrown into prisons and they’re like:
OK! Got a good book I can read? Pencil and paper so I can sketch (or write)? Eh! Don’t worry about the stereo or the radio. I hear music in my head! I’m good!
Reading level: Ages 4 and up. An introduction to Van Gogh, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, etc. 4 years old is not too young to begin teaching a child how to appreciate art and encouraging him or her if they have the talent. This is a short book that teaches the styles, works, and techniques of the great masters and features many activities to nurture the child and guide them in creating their own masterpiece. Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters (Bright Ideas for Learning)
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Spotlight on a great artist that I discovered. He isn’t inlcuded in the book suggsted above on great artists. He hadn’t been born yet. :)
♦ Alfred Alexander Gockel was born 1952 in Ludinghausen,Germany. He published his first work when he was only 8 years old. Mr.Gockel says of his work: “I like to touch the viewer’s soul with my vibrant colors.”
His art collection is subdivided into two major categories: unique artwork and graphics. Today he is one of the most prolific distributors of modern art posters, with customers in 50 countries.
Gockel, was commissioned by the U.S. Olympic committee to create an official piece of artwork for the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy, which is titled “USOC Olympic Celebration”.
Gockel’s unique style – boldly colored abstract images lined in thick black against a white canvas – has become his signature. He was named 2011 Official Artist of Top 10 Jazz Festival and his jazz artwork is super cool. But personally, I fancy his floral prints.
To describe the man’s art is one word?
Check out my board on Pinterest. Find out what other ARTISTS I Fancy!
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