November 7, 2010

What you should know if you want to create a Personal Website

You may be one of those who are thinking about creating your own personal website. It is very easy to setup a blog or personal website on any of the free website spaces available in the Internet. I believe it is a good idea add that you should seriously think of setting up one. You might have a few wonderful ideas that deserve to be heard and someone out there might be interested in what you have to say.

Having a personal website affords you with the opportunity of making known to the world your thoughts and ideas about a subject matter that you are interested in. You can setup your website to enable your readers to comment on your posts or articles so you will have a general idea of how receptive they are to your ideas. If you are passionate about a cause that you believe in, then the Internet is just the right medium to generate a following and move people to action. The Internet is would still be here even if you have left this world and passed on to the other side of existence. Hence, your thoughts and ideas would still be available for the next generation to learn from.

On the other hand just like in real life, there are in cyberspace a lot of people with evil intent. You will come across with people who will discredit your ideas and make fun of things that you have to say. Or, they may copy your write-ups and make money out of them. There are even psychotic individuals who will copy your work and make it appear that you are connected to people who are involved in pornography and terrorism. These evil-doers hide behind the anonymity afforded in the Internet to do horrible things that they can't do in real life.

But you can also make use of the anonymity afforded by the Internet by not making known your real identity. Thus, you would more likely dismiss those mischievous acts and take them lightly since nobody really knows who the author of your website is. So lesson number one is don't put your real name on any page of your website, unless, you're a professional who is advertising your services.

What you need

The first thing that you need to have is that you should have something that you want others to know about. You may have found yourself in a peculiar situation that you have developed a good amount of thoughts and ideas that others may find useful in various aspects of their lives. You should preferably have some expertise in the subject matter that you want to talk about based on your professional or work experience. There should be a lot of things that you can talk about in your chosen niche.

You must have access to a computer that has a reliable Internet connection. It would be preferable if you could own your computer so that it will always be available to you whenever you are inspired to write something. You should also have a facility for writing in your language. You can improve your writing skills by knowing more about what writing is about and how it works by looking for useful information in the Internet. You should also preferably be adept at keyboarding so that you won't be spending an inordinate amount of time preparing your article. You should preferably acquire some knowledge about websites, how they are made, and how the Internet works.

Do I have to Spend Money to Setup my Website?

You don't have to spend money for you to create your personal website and make it available in the Internet. There are free web spaces that others make available to those who would like to setup their own websites. Google and WordPress are the two most notable providers of free website space. Esnips is one entity that gives you a lot of spaces where you can store any digital product that you own like write-ups, music, videos, and other documents. Esnips also allows you to submit posts very similar to the way that you post to a blog.

What Steps you have to take

All you have to do is to have an account with free web space providers and you're good to go. There are plenty of instructions on how to go about building your website. You don't need to know any of the programming languages used by Internet browsers in displaying your web pages. Everything has already been taken care of and the only thing that you need is the post or article that will appear on your website.

What you need at the start if just the name and description of your site and your email address. Then and there you can already create your first page and make it live in the Internet. Don't worry if you think you don't know much at this point to be able to come up with a notable personal website. You will learn along the way all the things that you need to know to make your site attractive and useful.

Now, you must think about what sort of information you would make available in your site. It must always have something new so that people who are following your site will always have fresh information to view or listen to in your site. Then, produce all the materials that you want to include in your site and post them using the tools made available by your chosen free webstite provider.

Is it True that I can Earn Money from my Website?

Yes you can but not as big amount as those who are business in the Internet. The most often used money-making scheme is to offer some space in your website for advertisements. However, only those notable and really great websites earn sufficiently enough money from advertisements. You may if you want offer some personal service on a project basis for those who would like to avail of your expertise. For example, you can set up a free language learning site and then offer to provide fee-based one-on-one tutorial services.

What are the Pitfalls that you should avoid?

As I have already said just like in real life, there are evil-minded persons roaming in the Internet looking for innocent people that they can victimize. You should be careful about putting any personal information that others can use to their advantage.

There is danger that your work will be plagiarized so you should include techniques in your work to protect them from being copied. But even in real life we are exposed everyday to criminal elements. These people will be there as long as there are human beings on earth. I have a nonchalant attitude toward them. I believe that they can steal my work but not my brain. I pity them because they have to pick on the crumbs of my brain just to earn a small amount.

There will be other evil-doers that simply want to destroy your work or credibility. But in my view, what they are destroying is your persona on the Internet, not the real you. We must admit that some information that you can find in the Internet are just plain crap. But we should not condemn the whole of the Internet. There are just a small number of individuals who have nothing better to do out there in cyberspace.

Read my other article on which place you can set up your website on Google Sites or Blogger at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2009/12/should-you-build-your-free-personal-web.html

Read my other article on three skills that you need to develop if you want to improve your personal website at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2012/01/three-skills-that-you-need-to-develop.html.

Read my other article on creating a personal website on Google Sites or WordPress at: http://publishtoweb.blogspot.com/2009/12/creating-free-personal-website-at.html

Read an article on ways to improve your blog or website at: http://sites.google.com/site/thetechnicaljournal/ways-to-improve-your-blog-or-personal-website.

Read an article on the harmful effects of the computer and the Internet at: http://sites.google.com/site/thetechnicaljournal/the-harmful-effects-of-the-computer-and-the-internet.



November 3, 2010

Practical Ways to Improve your Writing Skills

The need to improve your writing skills depends on how important good writing ability is to your career or profession. Very few people will have the option of not having to write anything. For most of us, committing our thoughts and ideas on paper is almost always a required activity. Not everyone will have the time to listen to you or view your video and a written document is still the best means of sharing what you want others to know.

Your time is the most important resource that you have in your professional life. Writing can become a time-consuming task if you will not make an effort to improve the way you write. Time is also the most important resource that your audience has. Poor writing will result in their time being wasted in understanding what you want to impart to them. Hence, improving your writing skills would benefit not only you but also the community where you operate.

I have compiled a few tips that you can use to launch a project for improving your writing ability. Your goal is to be able to write effectively and save on the time it will take you to perform your writing task. You don't want to be misunderstood by your readers, nor do you want to bore your readers with information that they may not need. You don't want to spend too much time writing and your readers would not want to spend a lot of time reading your written work.

Understand What Writing is about

Writing is committing your thoughts on a medium to make it available to your readers when they have time to read your work. When writing, you are capturing your ideas from your brain and physically converting those ideas into digital form for easy storage and retrieval later.

Face-to-face communication is the best approach for conveying your message to other people. However, this is not always practical to do and that is why writing was invented. When your audience is reading your work, you are not there to explain yourself. That is why you should help your readers to understand what you want to say by using a writing style that is easy to read and does not waste your readers' time.

Have a Positive Attitude toward Writing

Your will have a difficult time improving your writing if you maintain a negative attitude toward writing. Other people also have a writing phobia that hinders their ability to launch a writing activity.

Writing is not that difficult to do. I am writing this article and I don't find it extremely difficult because I have a goal that I want to accomplish by doing it. Try thinking about the benefits that you will gain by becoming an effective writer. Set up your own objective for your writing improvement work so that you will gain a perspective on why you need to undertake this project.

Doing what you're afraid to do is the best way to banish that fear from your mind. Engage yourself in a lot of writing practice by writing on topics that interest you most. Having a lot of written works under your belt will convince your mind that writing is not something to be afraid of.

Improve your Typing Skills

Writing is a mental and physical activity. Our mind and our body operate on a different time frame. The brain works infinitely faster than our hands. Thus, it is important for you to be able to catch up with the speed in which your brain operates. One way to do this is to improve your keyboarding skills. Typing by using just a few fingers will not work. It is not too late to study touch typing and improve your typing accuracy and speed. Aim initially to achieve a 25 words per minute typing speed, then go for 45 words per minute.

Learn How to Slow Down your Thinking Process

Another way to decrease the time lag between your brain and your hands is to slow down your thinking process. Writers have developed this ability unconsciously in the process of undertaking the many writing assignments that they have accomplished. It takes some effort to practice this skill initially but as time goes on, it will become second nature as you embark on more writing activities.

Teach your Mind How to Organize Ideas

What you have written reflects how your mind has organized your thoughts and ideas. Your mind has an innate ability to group ideas that belong together. This is a mapping activity where you set aside spaces in your brain for distinct ideas that you want to include in the work that you are writing. Your mind will use concepts and categories to organize all the ideas that you want to include in your write-up. Your mind will also tell you the sequence in which these ideas should be released to your readers. Thus an outline takes form which you can write down to serve as a guide when writing your article.

Improve your Mastery of your Language

Learning how to speak your language has already provided you with the basic rules and structures that you can use to build your sentences. However, the rules are stricter when writing because of the limitations of the written form. Grammatical errors in speech are excusable and do not greatly affect the effectiveness of the communication. But in the written form, grammatical mistakes can hinder the effective flow of ideas. In addition, readers prefer certain qualities in a writing style that makes them more motivated to read your work.

Know a Lot about the Topics that you Expect to Write on

Read a lot of articles and reports on the subject area that you would be writing on. Researching for information causes a lot of delay in a writing task. Having ideas about your topic that are fresh in your mind can greatly speed up your writing process.

Reading articles about other topics can expose you to the different writing styles of other authors. You can use this opportunity to look for techniques that you can use in your own writing to make your written work friendlier to your audience. It could also provide you with ideas that you can include in your future writing assignments.

Practice Writing

Writing on topics that interest you most is a good way to exercise your writing skills. Our muscles tend to deteriorate when they are not used frequently. The same is true with our writing skills. You can set aside time for your writing practice and practice less frequently first then increase the frequency until you have reached a point when you find it easy to launch a writing activity.

Let a Good Editor Improve your Written Work

Letting a good editor improve your written work is one of the best ways of enhancing your writing skills. You can compare what you have written with how your editor has improved your work and find out the secret of a good writing style. Having your written work corrected by a good editor is a unique opportunity that you should not miss. Being edited is the normal course of events in the life of an aspiring writer.

I think that editors can be the best teacher for writing courses because they are the people who are most exposed to mistakes in writing. One cannot become a good editor without himself becoming a good writer first. So if you know of someone who is good at editing, make an effort to befriend him and later ask him to help you improve your writing skills. You will discover how your writing will have improved once you let a good editor work his magic on your article.

Then you will be ready to develop your own unique style as you graduate from being a writer to becoming an author.

Read my other article on how to control your mind during the writing process at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-to-control-your-mind-during-writing.html

Read my other article on how to write an article for your website at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2009/12/what-and-how-to-write-article-for-your.html

Read my other article on good ideas about writing as a mental process at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2011/03/good-ideas-about-writing-as-mental.html

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