The Importance of Digital First Impressions

Have you ever heard the saying, “Your first impression is your last impression”? I’m sure you have in some type of verbiage. Even though this may sound silly, it tends to be true.  Human beings judge other people and situations as quickly as they possibly can. I honestly don’t believe it’s out of malice, but out of our deep-seeded survival-oriented mindset. With that being said, there is a whole other level to first impressions as we’ve always known them. Now, there is the concept of a digital first impression. In a world of social media, working remotely, and conducting businesses solely online, your digital first impression means EVERYTHING. So many things have changed in the world of technology over the last few years, and it can be hard to keep up with what proper online etiquette should be. Since this post won’t always be updated regarding new standards in tech, I’ve decided to give you some broad and timeless guidelines to how you should present yourself on the virtual level. Here are the areas of the online world that you need to consider. Continue reading

Finding Your Creative Outlet

Creativity. It’s the thing that gives us hope to get through our monotonous days, attracts fans to works such as Alice in Wonderland, and advances society from generation to generation. Some of us deem ourselves as more creative than others, but deep down we all have that spark of creativity. In some artistic fields it’s much more prevalent (artists, designers, chefs, etc.), but you still find it in the more scientific fields as well. Even when you look at computer programmers and developers, you’ll see creative differences. To someone like me and you, their code may just look like a bunch of words and symbols scrambled on a screen, but they might be creating the next innovative program that will completely change our lives. Instead of not giving yourself credit for your creative side, I challenge you to channel your creativity and make an impact! Check out the steps below on how to get started. Continue reading

What I’ll Miss the Most about IMCP

 

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was panicking. Panicking that I wouldn’t get in, panicking that I had made a mistake by starting a new job, and panicking that I wouldn’t be good enough. It was the first day of the Interactive Media Certificate Program, and I still wasn’t sure if I had actually made it into the program yet. I was so nervous! In the background, I had already applied and accepted a part-time job at a tech startup and hadn’t even told my job at the time that I was planning on leaving to go back to school. Everything was boiling down to that initial class meeting. I was number 42 out of the 44 people that were allowed in the class. In the beginning, it was so packed that I had to use my own laptop and didn’t even have a workstation with a desk. About two weeks into the program I was able to get a workstation that included a desk and a classroom computer, and about three months in everyone in my row had dropped from the program. Now only about 16 of us have actually stuck it out through the nights and weekend classes that have made up the last 10 months! A week from tomorrow I will have earned my certificate in interactive media and graphic design and I almost can’t believe that this journey is coming to an end! Even though I was nervous about committing to such an intense program, I have absolutely no regrets! Looking back, I am so much more knowledgeable and marketable now as an advertiser than I was back in September. These are a few of the reasons that I’m so glad that I took this program.

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What One Year of Blogging Has Taught Me

I can’t believe I’m already able to say this, but tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of my first blog post! I honestly never envisioned myself as a blogger until that first post was published. I knew having a blog would be a plus when applying for jobs, but I never thought I was an “expert” in any particular subject area. Also, as it turns out, blogging on a consistent basis can be quite the commitment! So how did I end up with this website that I’ve devoted countless hours to? Well, it all started out as a portfolio site for a college class during my last semester at San Diego State University. We had to create a portfolio site on WordPress with a home page, about section, a resume and any work samples from our field-related courses. This website was originally created on the Journalism and Media Studies school’s intranet, but I had the option of exporting the site onto my own public WordPress site once I had graduated. I decided to do this mid-May of 2016, but felt like there was something missing. When I realized that WordPress gave me the option to having a blog site, I thought that I might as well go for it! I wrote my very first blog post, “So You’ve Graduated, Now What?”, and published it on May 25, 2016. It was this initial post that has paved the way for #WeeklyPostWednesdays. Since then, I’ve learned so many things about blogging and know that I have so much more to learn in the future! Continue reading

Why It’s a Great Time to Be Alive for a Digital Nomad

nomad

[noh-mad] n. a member of a people or tribe that has no permanent abode but moves about from place to place, usually seasonally and often following a traditional route or circuit according to the state of the pasturage or food supply.

 

Now that we know what a nomad is (courtesy of dictionary.com), what the heck is a digital nomad? Well according to Investopedia.com…

Digital nomads are people who are location independent and use technology to perform their job. Digital nomads work remotely (telecommute), which is now economically possible due to cheap internet access, smartphones and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) to keep in contact with clients and employers.

 

If you’ve ever had an idea that you felt set you apart from the crowd, now is your time to act on it! You can easily become a digital nomad due to some of the factors that I have listed below. Continue reading

Here’s Why Cheaper Isn’t Always Smarter

Most of us have a love/hate relationship with money for obvious reasons. We love the idea of having nice things that make our lives more tolerable, but we still don’t want to break the bank. I am a huge fan of saving, especially since I don’t have much of a disposable income these days! I’m not a coupon-clipper per say, but I do enjoy a good sale! Even though my ego inflates the more discounts I take advantage of, there are just certain times where I know that I need to fork out some more dough. It pains my cheap heart to say this, but these are the times that I believe in spending more money.

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Holding onto Patience in an Impatient World

Can you imagine having to wait for at least two weeks at a time to hear back from one of your loved ones via some handwritten letter? Once upon a time that was considered the norm, but now it’s hard to even wait an hour to get a text message back. We live in a world where everything is meant to be delivered in express mode and designed to be enjoyed on-the-go. Need a quick bite to eat? Use the drive-thru. Need to get a ride somewhere? Request a Lyft. Need a new outfit for a wedding next week? Order something online with next day shipping. We tend to forget how much modern technology and societal expectations have spoiled us with speedy results. One of the major downsides to all of this is that we as a people have become lazy, impatient, and just plain rude. Patience has now become a rare and valuable currency. This is my guide to staying patient in an impatient world.

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