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Blog Traffic April 21, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — mmsmady @ 11:44 am

I found this blog by a successful blogger named Jon Acuff, that made an encouraging statement about statistics and blog traffic.

http://www.jonacuff.com/blog/how-to-stop-worrying-about-your-blog-traffic/

How to stop worrying about your blog traffic.

April 11, 2012

“In 2008, I became the first person in history to go to a counselor to talk about Google Analytics.

Technically, there wasn’t a trophy or anything, but I’m pretty sure I hold that title.

Blog traffic became a drug for me and I hit the refresh button on Google Analytics like a junky.

I don’t hate Google Analytics. I think it’s a great tool.

It’s an amazing way for you to measure blog traffic.

But it’s a horrible way for you to measure self-esteem.

I got those two things twisted. Lesson learned.

But blog traffic is a continual source of anxiety if you’re a blogger. You never feel like you have enough, no matter what amount you have. So today, I thought I’d share a really simple secret about how to stop worrying about blog traffic.

And despite telling my 9th grade math teacher I’d never need math when I grew up, this secret is all about the numbers.

According to statistics, there are 2.4 billion people online around the world.

There are an estimated 450 million blogs online.

If you divide the number of people online by the number of blogs online, each blog should have approximately 5.3 readers.

If you’ve got 10 readers, congrats, you’ve got twice as many as you should have.

If you have 20 readers, you’ve got a pretty good-sized audience.

If you have 100 readers, you are crushing it!

Is that silly? Sure, but it’s no sillier than thinking a certain number of blog readers will make you feel happy. That number doesn’t exist. Trust me, I’ve had 10 readers and 1 million readers and neither number was the answer I was searching for.

Your blog, the one with 10 readers, is great.

Your blog, the one with 100 readers, is great.

Your blog, the one with 1,000 readers, is great.

The average is 5.3 readers per blog. You’re absolutely killing it.”

 

Cool thought process right? (AND he mentioned Google Analytics, WHOA!)  This thought however, can not only be applied to blogs, but anything you put on the internet.  Like a portfolio website for example!  It only takes a few interested viewers, to create job potential.  You can stick something on the internet in all the right places, laid out in all the right ways, but ultimately, you have NO control over how many people will visit, or how many people will like your site.  You have to get over yourself, and accept that you will most likely never be a wonder for all to view on the Web (or even in real life for that matter).

The key, is to not let that fact stop you from trying new things, and refining what skills you learn, in anything you do.  Even if only five people visit your blog, website, article, whatever, that doesn’t mean you should give up on those things if you have a desire and a passion for them.  Just keep chuggin’ away, and one day your efforts might be rewarded.

INSPIRED YET?

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April 13, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — mmsmady @ 9:47 pm

All my life I have had plenty of creative dreams and inspirations, but generally, I feel like whatever I manage to produce lacks in comparison to the vision I originally conceived.  This revelation has become increasingly apparent to me, the older I have become.  As I have moved from high school to college to what will eventually be the “real world” I have realized that I am just one little fish in a really really REALLY big pond – and it seems the pond only grows bigger.  What do I have that makes me stand out?  What can I make that is original?  Some days, I feel like I have nothing, I don’t know enough, or have enough skills to make an impact on the world (or at least the job market).  But then I have too look backwards again.  Sure, I might not be great at making websites or using Photoshop now, but I am leaps and bounds better then what I was before.  Freshmen year, I hardly knew what PS was!  That’s something right?  And if I keep on practicing those skills they’ll only get better right?  All I can do is keep on working and learning and dreaming, and if NOTHING else, I will at least know what does and doesn’t work.

I saw this video the other day, and I felt like it hits the mark on how many creative people such as myself feel.  Perhaps it will be an encouragement to you as well!

 

 

April 2, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — mmsmady @ 2:19 am

Dude.  I LOVE the United Pursuit Band.  I listen to them ALL THE TIME.  My boyfriend pointed their website out to me tonight and I was like O MY GOSH THIS IS SOOOO HIPSTER!  My second though was, “This s a really cool website, how the heck did they manage it?”

Is this a fad?  Or is this the future of the web?!?!?

Check it out herererererereere:

http://unitedpursuit.com/

Oh, their music might be something to check out too.

 

 

A Little Macintosh History! March 28, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — mmsmady @ 1:25 pm
I found this online yesterday and thought i was really cool.  Since we all love Macs, here’s a little Macintosh history!

kare

The Face of Macintosh: Susan Kare’s Sketchbook

Posted By  on March 20, 2012

You know all about Steve Jobs. He was the face of Apple, iconic black shirt and all.

But who gave us the first actual face of Apple — that iconic grin?

It was Susan Kare.

 

PLoS Blogs had a very interesting look at her contribution to the Macintosh GUI.

Here are some pieces of pixels you may recognize:

Susan Kare designed the first proportionally spaced font family that was much different than the monospace fonts that dominated the scene.

mac font

Kare was put to task to design the Mac’s GUI, but since no app had been created for designing icons, she headed to the art supply store and grabbed a $2.50 sketchbook and began to create the Macintosh interface:

Pretty cool, right?

Kare’s approach to icon creation is something we can all learn from. She didn’t think of an icon as an illustration, but as a symbol of communication, much like a street sign.

 

I’m sure you recognize this one:

This is actually a Saint Hannes cross or Saint Johns arms. In fact, it can also be seen on Swedish road signs marking places of interest. :D

It’s inspiring to see how these icons were birthed, all from a $2.50 sketchbook. It can be easy to think we need just the right app or download the perfect plugin to make all the difference in our media communication. We can see from here, that’s got nothing to do with.

Just create.

 

Thinking of 404s… March 11, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — mmsmady @ 9:53 pm

Check out this website!

 

http://churchm.ag/404-pages/

 

The Future of Print Media? February 25, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — mmsmady @ 3:30 pm

In both my Media Ethics and Typography class, we have dealt quite a bit with issues of print.  There seems to be a continuing shift towards the use of less and less paper in favor of other medias such as internet news, kindles, nooks, and on line blogs.  It is easier then ever to simply read info online.  I have even noticed this change in many of my college classes.  More and more of the reading I have to do for classes, I end up reading online or on Blackboard rather then in my printed text book.  It makes me wonder about the future of books and newspapers in general – the easier it becomes to read information on the web, the less there is a need for printed work.  What will be the future for bookstores, newspapers, magazines, and libraries then, I wonder?  Will they become (I certainly hope not) obsolete?

Just for kicks (haha!), will the future of old print look like this?  Will paper be a thing to be worn and not read?

Hmmmmmmm….

 

Typography! February 17, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — mmsmady @ 12:33 am

I light of the typography I have been playing with in Dreamweaver this week, here are some inspirational pictures of inspirational typography that will hopefully INSPIRE YOU.  Be inspired.

Can you guess what they are made of??? (hint: rubber bands, ice, and jello!)