Your Monster in Your Haunted House

happy-halloweenCreate your own haunted house.

Plan the layout, the type of rooms, the design and colours. Write about the street appeal and what people see, hear, smell and sense from out on the street.

Then, create the monster living in the house, the surprise in the centre of the maze of rooms and storytelling. What happened to create this monster and what will happen in the future? Do things get better or worse for your monster in your haunted house?

Art from: ASCII Artist.com

How to Really Get People Interested in Following You

It’s not about tricks, fooling people and just getting high numbers of followers. You need real people, actually interested in following you and paying some attention to what you post, sell and care about.

These following tips will work well for you in any social media and site writing. Take some time to make an impression rather than looking for short cuts which don’t get you far.

Do Your Research

First, find your niche. Build your blog around a topic that you are passionate about. Next, design your blog with a theme that suits its purpose. Peruse the many themes available from Tumblr to give your blog an attractive design (see Resources). Post content on your blog on a semi-regular schedule to attract new eyes and keep your followers engaged. Finally, follow other blogs that cover topics similar to yours and follow back those who follow you.

Create a Buzz

The most successful Tumblr blogs are those that create a genuine buzz, and the most organic way to create a buzz, and gain lots of Tumblr followers a result, is simply to create a quality product. Tumblr is loosely organized around categories such as Food, Fashion, Beauty, Art, Culture and so on; check the Tumblr Spotlight page (link in Resources) to see how blogs are organized by content and review some of them to see successful blogs in action.

Interact

Tumblr is a social network more than just a bunch of blogs, and interacting with others helps you get followed. You can interact with other Tumblr users in several ways: you can “like” posts by clicking the heart icon for each post; you can reblog posts, which is a tribute to the original author and the originating post is cited in a reblog; if replies are enabled for a post, you can leave a short comment; if a blog has an Ask page, you can send the blog owner questions and comments from this page; lastly, you can message a blog you follow using Fan Mail.

Source: Tricks to Make Tumblr Users Follow You | The Classroom | Synonym

The Best Secret Door Ever?

People like a story with a secret. But there is more to a secret than the secret itself. How would you design the ultimate secret door? Would it be mysterious, dark and dangerous, sparkling and light or something no one ever noticed until…

secretdoor

I like this one. It blends into the wall. The painting covers the seam at the top of the door and who would think a secret door would just appear right in the middle of a big painting on the wall? Nice camouflage.

For me the ultimate secret door would be in plain sight. Anyone could have seen it if they had just noticed the tiniest of tiny seams in the wallpaper. Of course, the seam would be placed right on the stripe pattern of the wallpaper. A casual glance would have no hope at all in finding it. If someone actually looked, carefully… they would decide it was just their imagination and think a secret door is just romantic nonsense anyway.

Why Make Robots in Human Form?

Why do we usually create a robot to look like a human? Practical design for robots would suit the work they perform. A robot doesn’t need a face to function. Arms, legs, hands, a head, etc. how much of that design is practical and functional to suit the robot’s purpose?

So why give them the look of people? Does it make them seem more a part of our world, less intimidating or sterile? We have machines which don’t look human.

Why do we want robots to be more than machines?
robotSource: CHUCKMAN’S ROBOTS: JOHN CHUCKMAN’S ROBOTS – ARTWORK – CARTOON – ROBOT IN MEN’S ROOM

Write Solarpunk

Solarpunk is a science fiction genre. I like the sound of it. Steampunk has the mechanical attractions along wtih the Victorian fashion. Cyberpunk tends to be dramatic and expecting a terrible future. I’ve heard other “punk” phrases but don’t remember them at the moment.

Solarpunk seems to be about living and having a future, with everyone included. I’ve been told I’m foolish, but this is how I see things. I don’t really believe people will allow a completely dark and terrible future for ourselves. Surely, we aren’t that stupid.

solarpunkfarmer

…solarpunk appears as a loose collection of ideologies, manifestos, and desires for a sustainable, achievable future. It’s elegant high-end technology powered by renewable energy. It’s a shift away from geometric centralised infrastructure to a decentralised, organic, free-flowing design. It’s microgrids instead of national grids. It’s stained glass solar panels, and natural fabrics merged with solar cells. It’s bespoke instead of mass-produced. It’s permaculture and microbreweries. It’s communal instead of corporate. It’s radical sustainability: when hippies and hipsters meet, and techno-geeks crash the party.

According to Flynn, solarpunk is about a “future with a human face and dirt behind its ears.”

“A lot it is just reacting against the things that people feel aren’t fruitful and aren’t sustaining, and are the consequences of the lives that we have been told we’re supposed to want,” says Flynn.

While steampunk aesthetics feature a complex mix of Victorian-era clothing, riveted metal, leather, and Gothic tendencies, solarpunk art is leaning towards a green Art Nouveau aesthetic, with stained glass and wrought metal topped with solar panels and surrounded by greenery.

Source: Solarpunk: a new movement sees the future in a positive light – Features – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Make Widgets Cater to Bloggers

A widget should provide something I want. Why would I want to give these buttons from Bloglovin space on my blog? They serve no purpose for me. I can already use WordPress functions to get email sign ups and followers (and keep the information on my own database). Unless I have a huge following on Bloglovin, I don’t need to show those numbers.

This widget really only advertisers Bloglovin. That’s fine but… my space is worth something to me. I like Bloglovin but I don’t like them enough to give them free advertising on my site.

If you design a widget you want bloggers to add to their sites – think about it from their perspective. What can you offer them? Why would they want to post your widget? What can your widget do with will give value to the blog/ blogger over time? (Why should they keep your widget?)

bloglovin widgets

Source: Widgets – Bloglovin

Content Designer/ Writer Job Post

Found this posted to FreshGigs.ca

Content Designer/Writer Full-Time

Our philosophy is and yours should be ‘people using our products come first’.

We’re working to create marketing products that people want to use and words play a big part in that. Join the Trade and Marketing Division of the Ministry of Economic DevelopmentEmployment and Infrastructure where you will write, design, develop and produce marketing content, materials and products to market ministry programs and initiatives to target audiences through multiple content formats.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role:

  • you will create marketing products to market ministry programs and services using the written word, digital technologies, graphic design and other media
  • you need to be user-focused and know how to write and create with a real-life person not a department in mind

How do I qualify?

Marketing and Communications Knowledge and Skills:

You are able to:

  • create marketing content using a wide variety of media including written, digital, video, graphic design, etc.
  • take complex language, concepts and processes and make them easy to understand
  • clarify and communicate content objectives and bring a broader perspective to a topic so that it can focus on the right information for the user

Technical Knowledge and Skills:

You have proven experience:

  • writing for the web and creating marketing content that is clear, accessible and usable
  • developing marketing material in a variety of mediums and formats
  • choosing the best format for communicating information to the user
  • using existing content and repurposing it into alternate formats for additional uses
  • implementing content marketing strategies
  • using metrics and user feedback to define/refine content
  • marketing in a B2B setting

Analytical and Evaluative Skills:

You can:

  • analyze client needs and target audiences and recommend the most appropriate approach/medium/format, etc.
  • plan and design user-focused content
  • identify content gaps and overlaps and map out content strategies for different audiences using different formats
  • work with a multi-disciplinary team to understand user behaviours and feedback and develop effective content

C is for Canada

ascii art canada

 

I may be the only one who gets the idea behind my design. But, here it is. I wanted to do something fresh because I started the A to Z Blogging Challenge to help get myself back on track. I used to post daily, then I got too many other sites and put that extra pressure on myself. Blogging became a chore and I lost track of the elements I really like about web publishing. One of them being creating my own images whether my own photos, hand drawn cartoons or ASCII art (like this).

Uncluttering your Blog: Keep your Clutter Bug in Check

Clutter builds up on your site quickly if you stop working on it. Each time you add something new to your blog, in the sidebar, the footer or the menu and header – stop and think about it.

  • Is it necessary for your blog readers?
  • Does it say something about yourself and your blog that you actually want to say?
  • Could it be moved to a subpage of your blog and not really be missed?
  • Is it slowing down the load time and, if so, is it worth it?
  • Have you located it in a way which it’s function is easy to understand?
  • Don’t keep any broken links, including images.
  • Consider moving archives, link lists and categories/ tags to their own subpage.
  • Condense and prune your tags and categories. Use a general category for things which don’t fit into the main theme/ topic of your blog.
  • Consider using plain text links rather than image files, widgets and etc.
  • Downsize and/ or double up when giving your own links to be followed on social networks.
  • If you run ads, limit them to ads which are actually performing well.

Tidy Up Your Blog’s Sidebar

Focus on your readers. What are you keeping in your sidebar for yourself? What do you actually read and like to see in a blog sidebar when you read another blog? Let that be your guide to deciding what to keep on your own blog sidebar.

Work out the most important thing in your sidebar and on your blog.Create a list of everything in your sidebar – list them in order of importance. If you have more than ten things choose a few to be voted off the island. See if you can limit your blog sidebar to 5 or fewer items.

Remember, less is more. Put away anything you want to keep but don’t really need on your sidebar. Use features like pages and even your footer to tuck and tidy away extra items.

More to Read

Daisy Yellow’s Creative Experiments

Daisy Yellow is an art journalist with regular posts with Creative Experiments, Kick Start your Art Journal and Art Journalling 101.

Use familiar stuff in a new environment

This is easy. Take your show on the road. If you draw mandalas at night before bed, draw at a cafe. If you mostly shoot photos of your kids, photograph iron gates or weathered doors. If guitar is your thing, get friends together to play at your house.

Use new stuff in a familiar way

Build on something you know how to do. If you paint flowers with watercolors, paint the same subject with acrylics. Shoot a roll of black + white film instead of digitals. Sketch with thick markers rather than a black pen. Make orange-spiced pecan muffins instead of blueberry-walnut.

Use familiar stuff in a new way

This means playing with your materials! If you know do mono-printing with a rubber brayer, use a brayer to make an art journal background. If you embroider on aprons, try stitching on an art journal page.

Explore completely new stuff

What sparks your curiosity? What would you try if failure was irrelevant, just to try it? If knitting is your passion, experiment by making a bracelet with FIMO polymer clay. If you design digital graphics, try pottery or learn to knit a scarf. If you usually play guitar, try painting with watercolors. For me, freestyle embroidery was intriguing yet out of my comfort zone. You can also pursue this idea by taking a class ~ you can find a course (web or live) in hand dying fiber, photography, photoshop, watercolor, ceramics, jewelry making, sewing, guitar, sculpturing recycled junk, making bread.

Read all the posts from past Creative Experiments on Daisy Yellow.