Being Wrong

JosephPearce1I have been on Pinterest for a couple of months now. Yesterday I repinned a really cool quote about living the creative life.

Immediately I got over 20 repins. What the heck!?! I have developed a steady stream of followers and get my fair share of repins but this was a lot. So I had to ask myself, “why?” That self reflection reminded me on why I pinned it in the first place.

I am afraid to blog.

Yep, I started this blog 2 years ago, posted quite a few things this summer and then abruptly stopped in July. Yeah, I got busy. Yeah, I have a daughter graduating from high school and another one in college who lives at home. And yeah, I am running my own freelance business and so is my husband. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I am busy and so are the gazillion other women (and men) who blog.

Busy is real but really I am afraid. Afraid of what? Bottom line probably it is just of being wrong. Is it really that simplistic? Why do I have this need of always being right? Most of it points to perfectionism. If I make a mistake, if I am wrong then I have failed. Failed myself. Failed my family and friends. Failed God. I am not sure if other faiths have this problem but from my perspective too many North American Protestants go to great lengths to be perfect in the name of Jesus.

There it is right there. That last sentence, read it again.

That is what I am afraid of, a bold controversial statement. I have a lot of crazy ideas and without a doubt many of them are wrong. But unless I say them out loud (at least digitally) and you and I talk about them (calmly) how can I learn? On the other hand, just because you disagree with me, why do you get to be right and I am wrong. We both could find plenty of examples on either side of that statement.

So I guess that is the other reason I am afraid of blogging. Controversy. A friend of mine shared this video with me.

Such incredible truth. When she told me about it she qualified it with, “The speaker is a little controversial, so be aware”. He’s a Christian writer, thinker, philosopher so of course he’s controversial. Christianity IS controversial. Jesus was incredibly controversial, so much so that people killed him over it. So why as Christians would we feel the need to qualify controversy and why would I shy away from controversy in my blog? Some of it is that I want you to like me. But I think it is really that I like discussion but not arguing. You might not agree with me but don’t get all mean about it and rant about how I am wrong. Even if I am.

But I want this to be a creative geek blog. I want to help people find their way on the world wide web and in other technology and create cool things with cool tools. I am afraid that if I talk about my faith then non believers will not want to read my technical content.

What?

There are no non believers. Clearly a controversial statement, but even atheists believe in something: science, reason. This crazy way of thinking only dates me as being over 30 or 40. Most younger people embrace faith of all kinds. Plus, I can really get geeky about the Bible and the study of faith. See, plenty of blog fodder.

My guess is that like me, there are a lot of people who let their fear of being wrong stop them from being creative and thus so many pins on Pinterest. Do you know about Pinterest.com? It is this really cool social network of pictures. Lots of cool things from food to design to outdoors. Be careful. It’s addictive.

See there you go back to the geek. If you are fighting the fear of being wrong let me know in the comments. If you think I’m wrong let me know that too. I can take it, I am blogging about the creative life.

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The new face of viral video

In the last week I have seen two really good examples of viral video as advertising. This concept has been around for a long time–remember Burger King’s Subservient Chicken campaign–but these two videos really struck me as taking the genre up a notch–not your standard YouTube fare.

The first one started a few of weeks ago. Plot Device is about a kid who pushes a button and changes movie genres in his life. It is very clever and really well filmed. The guy who directed it grew up with my kids so the home town crowd is really proud. The real interest for me though is the Behind the Scenes of Plot Device. Red Giant is a software company that develops visual effects plugins for Adobe After Effects, Premiere, Avid, Final Cut Pro and more. They hired Seth to make a movie that highlighted these visual effects and then had him explain how he used each one. When I first saw the film I didn’t think, “Oh that’s an ad for a software company.” Their name was at the front but it looked more like a backer or a production company. I just thought that this young filmmaker just got backers to support is art. It is really hard for a client to not want to let their branding overshadow everything else and I think Red Giant did that.

The second video I saw today. My daughter posted it on her Facebook status. She saw it on stumbleupon.com. This video, Splitscreen: A Love Story, again was really well filmed and very well edited. The crazy thing is it was shot entirely on the Nokia N8 mobile phone and won the 2011 Nokia Shorts competition. Contributors had to make a pitch. Eight finalists were selected and each was given $5000 and two Nokia N8 mobile phones. Nokia paid $40K and gave away some product and got 8 ads that are worth far more that $5000 a piece, but they gave away some control. Yes, they selected the final choices but they didn’t micromanage every detail and send back countless times for revisions. They allowed artists to have artistic freedom. This young filmmaker is helping Nokia cut through the iPhone/Android clutter by positioning Nokia as a high end camera that, by the way, you can also use to make calls and text.

Two very young directors hired to make movies not ads. Two clients stepping back and letting their products sell themselves and trusting directors to tell their story. This is the new face of internet advertising and I like it. What online ads have you seen that are worth sharing?

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WordPress Kindergarten: Posts vs. Pages

According to WordPress.com , the two distinct differences between posts and pages is that:

Posts are entries listed in reverse chronological order on the blog home page or on the posts page if you have set one in Settings > Reading.

While pages are:

Pages are static and are not listed by date. Pages do not use tags or categories. An About page is the classic example.

For most sites you would put an about us or contact us information on a page and then use posts for content that you would update more often. If your site is a personal blog the posts are your blog. For business sites you could use posts for information about different products or news about your business or you could just list all your services on one static page.

That is pretty much it:

Post=chronological entries
Page=static page

 

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WordPress Kindergarten: Dashboard

This video shows only the tabs and sections that will be covered in the WordPress Kindergarten tutorial.

Here are a list of the tabs that are covered.

  • Pages
  • Posts
  • Pictures & Media
  • Categories
  • Tags
  • Menu
  • Widgets
  • Plugins
  • Get Social
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    WordPress Kindergarten: Log In

    So you have this great new wordpress website. You made it, someone made it for you, or you just haven’t addend content in a while. Now what do you do? How do you start adding all this great content?

    Easy.

    All WordPress logins are the same. You type in:

     yourwebsite.com/wp-admin

    That is “yourwebsite” being the url or domain name that you set the site up plus “/wp-admin”.

    A login window pops up and you fill in your user name and password, click the login button and you are taken to your WordPress Dashboard.

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    WordPress Kindergarten

    You’re not a dummy. You’re just a beginner.

    So you have this great new WordPress website. You made it, someone made it for you, or you just haven’t added content in a while. Now what do you do? How do you start adding all this great content?

    Easy.

    Go to WordPress Kindergarten.

    Below are links to 12 short videos that will take you step by step in learning how to add content to your WordPress 3 website.

    1. Log In
    2. Dashboard
    3. Posts vs Pages
    4. Pages
    5. Posts
    6. Pictures & Media
    7. Categories
    8. Tags
    9. Menu
    10. Widgets
    11. Plugins
    12. Get Social
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    7 Reasons You Should Be a Part of Social Media

    If you are a social media junkie this list may seem irrelevant. But we all have friends who very condescendingly say they “don’t have time for (insert social site here)”. Now I don’t advocate living more on the internet than in your real life, but the worlds are continually overlapping and you miss out if you aren’t connected. So if this list is obvious to you, share it with your mom or anyone else you wish were more connected. 

    1. Social media is interactive. Email is not dead and it probably never will be, but it is cumbersome. You forward a cool video or some meaningful quote to a bunch of people and mostly it sits in their mailbox no matter how much you threaten them if they don’t forward it to XX number of people. But you post the same quote/video on your Facebook wall and who know who might comment or Like your post. It’s faster and easier to interact with your friends and it doesn’t clog their inbox.
    2. We should help organize the world’s data. I see it more and more, we are all responsible for the world’s data. In the information age, it isn’t realistic for any one institution to manage everything. We can all contribute to Wikipedia and IMDB and we should. Even when we search we help Google to understand what people are looking for. If you have a Gmail account and stay logged into it, Google helps you back.
    3. You have a voice and you know something about something. Not everyone should blog–but why not. Maybe you just get a tumblr and post pictures as you live your life. Maybe you are the one to post pictures in Facebook albums to document events. Share things you are passionate about and you will probably find others who share your passion.
    4. Pay it forward. You are going to need information at some point. Help others out before you need them to help you out. Get a yelp account and tell your favorite restaurant how great they were. Retweet a good deal or coupon you see. Like your friend’s status or profile pic. There is a real person behind almost every bit of information out there. Let them know there information is relevant but please be helpful and kind if you don’t. Web rage doesn’t help anybody.
    5. We are all big brother. Any parent who has a kid on Facebook should be on Facebook themselves. Sure I stalk my kids and my kids friends. And my friends stalk my kids. We all know that. It keeps us all honest. Your virtual life is an extension of your real life. Everyone is watching you in both worlds — be kind and behave.
    6. Everyone else is. It sounds like a good reason not to jump on board–just because everyone else is. But really EVERYONE is jumping into social media. You can get coupons on Twitter, you can see movie trailers on IMDB, Facebook has started renting movies, Hulu shows a lot of recent TV shows you might have missed. Every one of those sites is social and shareable. If you don’t at least wade into the social media shallow end you will find it harder and harder to keep up as technology continues to advance.
    7. It’s fun. Seriously it is. I have reconnected with high school friends. I can keep up with out of town relatives that I rarely see. I can find out who sang that song, who starred in that movie, how to build and repair almost anything in just a couple of clicks. If you don’t believe me sign up for stubleupon and optimize yourself. Let me know a couple of hours later what you think.

    There are plenty more reasons to share online and each of these items will eventually become their own post. So what are your favorite reasons for being cyber social?

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    Glossary and Terms

    Very boring title. But sometimes I like to use big, ACT, technical words and I also have a tendency to invent all new words and phrases, so here is the catchall page for words or phrases I feel like might need more clarification. Hopefully I will keep this page up to date but if you think I need to add a definition, let me know in the comments.

    Web rage – Not a word I made up but when I use it I primarily am referring to comment posts on blogs. My feeling is that anyone who feels the need to vent in a blog’s comment section needs to get their own blog and see how it feels. Remember you aren’t talking to a machine you are talking to a person. Don’t say anything online you wouldn’t say at a party. This article on cio.com explains it well.

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    Where it begins

    This is my first post. I wonder where it will lead.

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