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6 Groovy Tumblr Blogs

By on Nov 30, 2011 in Blogging |

Tumblr makes having your own blog super simple. Posting and sharing has never been so easy. You can post anything you like with minimum effort, whether it is text, photos, quotes, links, music and videos it will all be up in a matter of only a few clicks. It also has a built in social element allowing the almost instant ‘reblogging’ of another member’s content. Think what retweeting is to Twitter, reblogging is to Tumblr. And also like Twitter you’re able to follow your favourite Tumblr blogs and watch their new content arrive to you in a stream. It’s all very hip. Here are six fine examples of the platform that will have you Tumblring before you know it. Animated Albums http://animatedalbums.tumblr.com/ It’s a simple premise that works wonderfully well. Classic, and not so classic, album covers are taken and then animated. If you always wanted to see David Bowie gliding across the cover of Low or the Beastie Boys being sealed into their sardine tin on the front of Hello Nasty you now can. There’s a handy artists index at the bottom of the page to find any favourites you might have. Just had a giggle at Tracy Chapman’s manically moving hairdo… Pretty Colours http://prettycolors.tumblr.com/ A site dedicated to colour, one post at a time. Kind of what one might expect the Pantone website to look like. Entries are squares of colour, nothing more and nothing less. Striking posts are #6f00b5, a deep rich purple and #ff386e, a pink verging on day glow proportions. Architecture in Puddles http://puddling.tumblr.com/ Architecture in Puddles has the URL of ‘puddling’, a way of describing the past-time, one presumes, of photographing architecture in the puddles. That is what you’ll find an abundant amount of here, buildings rippling, reflected and upside in puddles. It might sound like a cliched way to capture the hard beauty of modern structures, but if truth be told, scrolling through the entries is quite the calming experience. Things Organized Neatly http://thingsorganizedneatly.tumblr.com/ As you’d probably guessed, this is photographs of things organized neatly. It feels like so much more than this though, and it is, there is something about perfectly aligned corkscrews and precisely laid out slices of apple. It is said humans seek order and patterns in everything they do. If that is the case, this site is king. Bookshelf Porn http://bookshelfporn.com/ Imagine what you think a site entitled Bookshelf Porn would be, now imagine it without the naked peeps. That is this site. Just glorious rows of bookshelves, the most exquisite libraries and collections housed in the most fantastic ways and all photographed with due care, attention and class. I Can Read http://icanread.tumblr.com/ A collection for the pensive among you, I Can Read presents quotes, phrases and words in as many ways as you can imagine. It’s all designed to make you feel a little better about whatever it is that might be on your mind at any particular moment. One example is a photograph of black pen graffiti reminding us of C.S. Lewis’ words, “You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” This is only a few posts subsequent to a pencil etched scrawl stating, “We could hold hands & then you could kiss me & and then we could fall in love, ok?” All good stuff. Hopefully these examples will have you coming up with grand ideas to start your own Tumblr. Maybe, coffee stains that look like countries or photographs of manhole covers… or maybe you just fancy somewhere to keep track of some cool stuff. Either way, Tumblr is the place to do it. David James researches and writes about social sites and quirky design topics for the novelty Christmas presents retailer Find Me A Gift. This article was written by a guest author. Would you like to write for...

5 Awesome Online Grading Apps for Teachers

By on Nov 30, 2011 in Blogging, Computers, Internet |

There’s no doubt that being a teacher is tough. You’re teaching all those kids, dealing with their parents, changing with growing technology, and much, much more. Nevermind actually teaching kids, but there’s also all of that grading. It can be overwhelming at times, no? But what if you used the latest technology to help you improve yourself as a teacher? You can easily utilize the latest in online grading apps to help you grade your students’ work faster and easier than ever. Read the top five on the market below. Teacher Tool Teacher Tool is an iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad app that helps teachers with their work. Teacher Tool is essentially a teacher’s gradebook, calendar, notebook, and course register all in one easy app. It can save grades and even make suggestions for mid-term or end-of-the-term grades. The app also does more than just keep track of grades. It helps you track your students’ absences and if they’re unexcused or not. Best of all, Teacher Tool is free GradePad Also an iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad app, GradePad is $2.99 but offers teachers a ton of useful tools. GradePad helps you manage groups, create assessments, and then track performance over time. This app is also great for coaches and trainers who need to evaluate skills over a period of time. Engrade Engrade is a free online site that allows teachers to create their own custom gradebook. They can set their own grading scale and easily enter in grades. Better yet, Engrade gives students and their parents access to their gradebooks, so they can keep track of their grades throughout the semester. Plus, Engrade offers other useful services, such as attendance tracker, online quizzes and flashcards, and a homework calendar. And, all of this is completely safe and secure. JupiterGrades Formerly SnapGrades, JupiterGrades is very similar to Engrade in that it offers the ability to create your own custom gradebook and keep track of your students’ grades easily along with attendance records. However, to get the more advanced features, such as report cards, lesson plans, transcripts, and more, teachers have to pay a fee in order to upgrade services. Viper Viper is much more than your typical teacher grade tool. This website will allow you to check your students’ essays in order to see if they plagiarized any part of it off of the Internet. With Viper, you can even program it to proofread, edit, and grade your students’ essays Give these apps a try to determine if one is right for you. No matter whaty ou choose, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a leaner, meaner grading machine. About the Author: Shala Bortle is a fan of technology and loves watching how technology can be applied in the classroom setting. When she’s not studying trends in education, she can be found check for information on niobrara oil and other shale sites in the US. This article was written by a guest author. Would you like to write for...

Social Networking’s Shift for Global Authority

By on Nov 29, 2011 in Blogging |

Today’s social media revolution on the internet is changing many of the systems in place in the world. As power has always been an exercise of exclusion, and who has the power to do that, social networking presents a powerful tool for people to get around that. We’re talking about inclusion. One of social networking’s greatest feats has been to give a voice to the voiceless. Recently, we have seen a number of countries existing under oppressive regimes be given the power and ability to communicate the real stories of the day to day horrors that they have endured. Historically, this news has always been bought to us by the media, but social media is now beating traditional media in terms of where people get the news from. This shift means that the potential for journalists to be ‘bought’ by unscrupulous social leaders to send untrue messages, has become less of a problem for the spread of truth in society. Power structures of old have enabled those in power to determine what the truth is. This is not the case anymore. We’re seeing a shift from the authoritarian determination of the truth to a consensus. Is this a bad thing or a good thing? Certainly there are pros and cons to both methods of the propagation of truth and consequently the spread of power. With a decentralisation of power and truth comes a number of things to consider. Firstly, there is an erosion of the ability for a centralised power to exclude a voice from a dialogue. We have seen this recently as stories from Middle Eastern countries have emerged of atrocious cruelties and social inequalities. The dismay of the western world has forced political leaders to pay attention to this and take action. It is foolish to think that our political leaders were not aware of the plight of these people before, but simply the fact the general population was less aware stopped action being taken. It is unreasonable though, to suggest that the Western World’s action was the reason for these social changes. The most important part of the equation was the union of people together against a government system they found unacceptable. Social media makes for less government and authoritarian bullying, definitely a pro. So, what of the evil side?Simply put, social networking allows for lies to be spread between groups of people. Certain groups such as anti-vaccination groups are now able to easily connect and share ideas with likeminded folk. Doctors are finding some annoyance is the amount of net diagnoses that seem to be occurring since the internet’s explosion. Social media simply allows a stronger enforcement of incorrect information, providing it is popular enough. This is a sound argument for the authoritarian structure to exist and promote ideas centrally. Social media and the internet continues to erode the concept of what is authority now. The greatest challenge now will come from the role of Google and other major search engines as the new arbiters of truth in modern society. Will we eventually see social media push this out if it becomes uncontrolled? Time will tell. This essay is presented by Bathroom Renovations Perth, a service that connects Perth bathroom renovators with the people who need them. This article was written by a guest author. Would you like to write for...

Importance of Getting Customer Testimonials on Review Websites/Online Reputation

By on Nov 21, 2011 in Blogging, Business & Marketing |

There are many ways in which you can increase customer confidence in your potential online customers. One of these is to increase the amount of customer testimonials that you have on your site. This is a fantastic way of increasing the trust of new visitors to the site and makes them more likely to deal with your business, as it shows others have been satisfied with their experiences with you. I was having a difficult time convincing visitors to trust me which was obvious when monitoring my conversion rates.  While I was managing to obtain a fair amount of new traffic to my website via a search engine optimisation campaign, it was proving slightly harder to push through sales. Convincing Customers to Sing Your PraisesAfter a conversation with the experts I decided that it was worth at least testing to see if adding testimonials had any effect on conversions. The difficult part was convincing my past customers to take a few moments of their time to help me out with a good testimonial. There was no easy way for them to do this directly on the website, so I made changes their which made the whole process easy for anyone to use. I actually found that asking my local customers to leave a testimonial was a great place to start.  These are the people I have had plenty of direct contact with, and without them my business probably would not exist today.  If you deal with locals it is worth asking them to provide you with a review face to face. It doesn’t need to eat into your time, and I found that many people where more than happy to help me out. I told them where I would be using their comments, which would be online, in printed material and email marketing too. Listen to the Advice of the Search Engine Marketing ExpertsHere are some of the ways to encourage your customers to leave a testimonial about your service which you can then use to grow your company. Make contact with the customer after a sale: If you have an email address or a telephone number contact the customer and ask them if they have been satisfied by the service you provided. If they are you can request that they share their experiences through the testimonial. You could have a few points ready to see if they agree, such as excellent customer service, quick delivery, and friendly employees.  If they agree to what you have suggested you could ask to send them a copy of the testimonial via email for their approval or request they provide you with a quick testimonial in their own words. Ask for a testimonial at the point of sale: You can make the testimonial part of your customer service at the sales register. You could have a simple form to hand asking to give certain aspects of their shopping experiences a score out of 5 for example and leave a small section for them to write a few words which you can use on review websites or wherever necessary. Incentivize: Offer a discount on their next purchase or similar, sometimes you need to offer something to help make it worth their time. There are a number of places you can get people to leave reviews for your site. Google places can be a good option. If you have not claimed your business on Google Places I recommend you do so and start collecting testimonials there. White Chalk Road SEO Perth is a specialist Internet marketing company, based in Perth Western Australia. This article was written by a guest author. Would you like to write for...

Rewarding Patient Loyalty

By on Nov 15, 2011 in Blogging |

Everyone knows that it is so much easier to keep existing patients than it is to recruit new ones. And when it comes to the practicality of the entire thing, it’s significantly cheaper to keep current patients as well. This is because you do not really have to spend much on external marketing just to retain your present patients. Some dentists are still under the false impression that in order for their practice to flourish they need to bring in a steady number of new patients each month that they fail to give prompt attention to their existing patients. Especially now that we are in a recession, smart dentists are concentrating their efforts into keeping their existing patients and building loyal patrons among them. Here are a couple of simple ways to do just that: Say thank you.These two words can mean so much more than you think. You’ll be surprised at how much your customers will become endeared to you just because you know how to express your appreciation. You can send an e-card within hours or a postcard within days that your patient booked an appointment with you. Or you can send out a card annually to your active patients as a means of showing your appreciation. Opt for simplicity.Make things easier for your patient by removing some of the barriers that are put in place for prospects. Some of these barriers are used in lead generation like opt-in forms and voice response. Think about it this way. Your repeat patients have been with you for months if not years already. Don’t you think that they deserve to have a dedicate phone line or website which caters to just them? Reward loyalty.Nowadays, you cannot really trust that a person will be loyal to you. This is why if certain patients continue to avail of your services, then it’s only appropriate that your reward them for their loyalty. You do not have to pull out the red carpet. The simple act of creating an “inner circle” event which only your loyal customers have access to can be enough to appease your repeat patients. The idea is to show your loyal patients that you appreciate them no matter how tokenistic that may be. Personalize your services.You feel special whenever a waiter in your favorite restaurant greets you by name. This is the same experience that you ought to grant to your patients. Having your front office workers greet your patients by name as soon as they step into your clinic is a great first step. And then follow this act up by giving advice and counsel which is specific to every patient’s needs. Elliot likes writing and is interested in Dental Marketing and Dental Practice SEO. Please take care of your teeth. This article was written by a guest author. Would you like to write for...

Introduction to Blogging

By on Nov 15, 2011 in Blogging |

So you want to blog, too… And why wouldn’t you?  Increasingly more people are blogging now.  People are using blogs to tell their thoughts on issues, businesses are using them to advertise their products, and even college professors are using blogs to record lessons in class.  With all the blogging going on all over, there is no reason you wouldn’t want to join. Blogging is one of the most popular activities today.  You can tell the world what you think of something quickly and effectively, and you will be almost guaranteed a listener.  You can add pictures, videos, or even music to your blog.  Sounds fun, doesn’t it?  Of course it does.  So how do you get started?  Well, here is a quick guide to putting yourself in the blogging world: The first step to blogging is knowing about a blog.  You should be familiar with the parts of a blog so that you won’t be confused when posting.  The general features of a blog are: the title, the body, the trackback (This is where you can link sites to your blog), permanent link (the URL of your blog article), and comments, if you want readers to be able to comment on your blog.  Most blogging templates are very similar that include areas for posting these.  Templates make blogging very simple for beginners. The easiest way to get blogging quickly is to become a member of a blogging website.  These are often free to join, and there are numerous options for a type of website to join.  All you have to do is sign up and start posting your thoughts.  Some are themed blogs, and some are general.  You can always find the appropriate blog site for what you want to discuss.  Search for a blogging website to join that fits what you want to talk about. When you join a blogging website, you will automatically become part of that community.  You will be able to post your own blogs, or even read and comment on those of other people.  They will be able to read your blogs as well, and comment on them too.  This sense of community is one of the reasons people flock to blogging. Joining a blogging website can also give you an idea of what to talk about.  You can, and should, browse through the lists of blogs on your website posted by other people so that you can get an idea of what people are saying.  This will help you decide what you want to say in your blogs.  You can also get a feel for your blogging community in this way. Once you are part of a blogging website, you can begin telling the world whatever it is you want to say.  You can also read the blogs of others and comment on them if you’d like.  Take part in discussions and tell your thoughts to the world.  Once you get used to this, you can move on to bigger and better things in the blogging world. Starting a blog is easy.  Blogging is so popular essentially because it is so simple and useful.  Everyone can do it, and many are. You can now, too! This article was written by a guest author. Would you like to write for...