Jul 4, 2014

"Oh Appy Day": Pinterest

Three is a lucky number, isn't it? And so is seven but not thirteen, thirteen is an "unlucky" number. I bet that grabbed your attention and if not, better luck next time. Anyways, today is the first in my blog series "Oh Appy Day" which will chronicle specific apps that I've tried either for the purpose of the blog series or that I use personally. On to the next order of biz!
Today I will be reviewing the Pinterest app which I'm currently using on my Android device. It is also available for ios just in case you were wondering. I would have to give the Pinterest app a 4 out of 5. Surprised, well I'm not and this is why; the first reason is that I love, love, love, love, love, Pinterest and I honestly don't know where my life would be without it. The second reason is that there is just one pesky little problem (well at least I think it is a problem) that bugs me to the ends of time!
To elaborate on my first reason, let's start with the pros. Pinterest has an absolutely amazing look to it (check out the image above) which makes it easy on the eyes (lol) and practical for viewing loads and loads of information at once. Not to mention that it provides you with relevant content that may be of interest to you based off of the information you usually view. It's kind of like having your own personal assistant that can read your mind and knows exactly what you're thinking. Lastly, I'll highlight one new feature which again I adore, and that is the search bar. The search bar now adds to that read your mind effect (pictured below) that you only used to get when you viewed a pin. It now provides you with multiple search options and choices based off of previous searches, pins, and etc.

Now, to elaborate on my last reason, the single con I've discovered with the Pinterest app and Pinterest in general. The search results, they always appear to be the same unless you've changed your search term. No matter how many times you search the word "blogging" you will see those very same pins at the top of the results. I bet if you searched the word "blogging" six months from now the same search results would appear. Hopefully this will one day change so I guess we'll just have to keep our fingers crossed. And to the Pinterest app, give yourself a pat on the back because you have received a 4 out of 5 and in my book, that's reason to celebrate. Woo hoo!

Toot Toot-torial: Blog Photo Templates

Photo templates, give all blog posts that wow factor and make everything look more professional and organized. Not to mention they are a great way to catch a reader's attention, whether it be on your blog or on Pinterest, while also snatching the attention of new readers. There are many blog photo templates out there for purchase and there are also many free photo templates. I have more experience using the free photo templates because. . . well, I don't really wish to spend money on making my blog photos look good, but I am willing to spend time on my blog photo templates to ensure that they look AWESOME! So when you really think about it, free blog photo templates + time = AWESOME Blog Photos! It all works out in the end, hooray!
The image above is a before and after shot of a free blog photo template that I got from Katrina at puglypixel.net and used for my blog post. Katrina is super duper and everything she does is perfect and if not perfect, it's as close as it gets. Below is a video tutorial that I've created for you all to show you how I edited Katrina's free blog photo template and used it for my first blog post (looks familiar doesn't it! ). I apologize in advance because the video* has no verbal narration and no written annotations but do not fret for I plan to add those annotations in later this weekend.

The Best Blog Post Ever Written

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The best blog posts are written when, and only when . . . I don't know. . . the sun is in perfect alignment with all of the planets in the entire universe! Fortunately, this is not true and writing in general, let alone writing a blog post, can be quite difficult. So, once I realized that I would be writing my first post,  I immediately ran to Pinterest for guidance because everyone knows that Pinterest is all knowing and all seeing when it comes to our technological world. Of course my search resulted in many relevant and helpful results but there were also quite a few irrelevant results that I had to weed through in order to get to the good ones. Nevertheless, I was able to assemble this splendid little blog post for you all.
The first order of business is letting you all know why I started my dandy little blog, and that is because I needed a method of developing my coding skills and decided that creating a blog would be the best way to do this.Though coding will be the main focus of this blog it will cover topics about everything and anything (hint, hint, check out my header if you haven't already). And, when I say everything and anything I mean everything and anything and this is because I love to keep things interesting and feel as though focusing my entire blog on coding would get BORING! So, look forward to my future blog posts that will express my many hobbies, talents, and etc.
Not only do I plan to use this blog to practice my coding skills but as a way to help others with their coding skills too through the use of tutorials. I definitely know that if it weren't for certain blogs that I would not have been able to be as seasoned at coding as I am now so I figured that it would only make sense if I contributed what I know to others who may not know as much or are seeking to learn more. Web and or blog design sort of fall hand in hand with coding so I'll also be sharing information and resources about both web and blog design.
Last but not least I have a little something to help you celebrate the festivities, a free, custom, Fourth of July Monogrammed Wallpaper, Happy Fourth everyone!

PenPal: The Search Begins

It’s so difficult to find a decent penpal these days! I’ve attempted to find a penpal via Tumblr but my efforts have been fruitless.

Now, I’ve decided that it’d be best if I attempted to find a penpal through my blog. That way my future penpal (which could possibly be you) would have a better understanding of who I am and what I’m looking for in a penpal.

There are two main things that I’m looking for in a penpal;
#1: Someone who would not mind contacting me via email at least once a week (if not at least once every other week).
#2: Someone who owns a blog, website, or something of the sort (so that way we can help each other out and that way we’d also share a common interest).

Okay, now that you know what I’m looking for in a penpal, contact me via email (dumdiddydum.wordpress@gmail.com) or Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram if you’re interested (and feel free to tell me a little bit about yourself), or tell someone else who might be interested!

Question of the Day: Have you ever had a penpal and if so what was it like (and if not what would you  look for in a penpal)?