- The Social Media HatSocial Media Manager, 2012 - presentI work with business owners to first identify content marketing and social media opportunities to promote their business and engage clients, and then help them to implement strategies and techniques to achieve those goals. In other words, I can help get your blog started, figure out what you're going to write about and who would be interested, which social networks to post to and when, and how to use social media to entertain, educate and engage your potential customers.
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pulls off another fabulous read today with this focus on comics and superheroes and their impacts on society and storytelling. One of my favorite topics!
Not only do I love the stories themselves, but I enjoy the lessons to be gleaned from both the morals and the fact of the stories themselves - why these tales and Archtypes exist is fascinating to me.
So sit back and enjoy another wonderful journey.
Although I have never publicly admitted it before a large part of my moral education came from reading comics. To a 10 year old whose parents moved around a lot, Comic books provided an escapist world where the sense of alienation, frustration with new cultures and behaviour and innate anger were counter-balanced by the belief that right was never the easy thing to do, that power meant vulnerability, that being stronger, smarter or even more insightful made one different but not better. That making hard choices was unpopular but it was still the thing to do even when popularity (or at least acceptance) was what you craved.
We know now, of course, that Comics are more than just escapism. They are our unvoiced yearning for actualization turned into pop-culture and ‘sanitized’ so we can openly talk about it. They are the myths of our times, an externalization of our hero’s journey, the epic monomyth that Joseph Campbell wrote about (http://goo.gl/dOZcOs) when he wrote his comparative mythology masterpiece The Hero With a Thousand Faces (http://goo.gl/YzTTjQ).
Even when we take into account the potent biochemical cocktail provided by the growing adolescent mind to which massively muscled male heroes and improbably attired female heroines find a subliminal hormonal resonance, Campbell’s proposition that “A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man,” still rings true.
Whether we Cosplay (http://goo.gl/8bWw4T), bringing fictional characters to life (http://goo.gl/QE1k1Z) or consider Comics as a tool for exploring specific issues (as shares - http://goo.gl/KYoc9T, for instance) the sure thing is that we always find something that resonates with us which reveals something about who we are (and maybe, even what we believe in).
Within G+’s rich tapestry, reveals himself to be a DC Comics fan - http://goo.gl/z45YYB, revels in a twist on “poor little rich boy’s” (after) life - http://goo.gl/Id2CNJ and shares with us Symbolia (http://goo.gl/b8i8rY). goes for contemporary dark (http://goo.gl/DeYG28) while uses his choice to make a stand (http://goo.gl/sn0LUw).
The point is that comics are too deeply woven into our psyche. As Robyn Dunbar claims in his Social Psychology and the Comic-Book Superhero: A Darwinian Approach (http://goo.gl/E1IoCU) “…comic-book superheroes persist because they offer a cultural means of negotiating the gap between the small group size that human beings have evolved a cognitive architecture to deal with, and the much larger group size that is entailed by modern social arrangements.” In other words they are bridging points (rather than escape paths) allowing us to rationalize the cognitive dissonance (http://goo.gl/KUvQ9) of the world being different to what we want it to be.
Such is the power of the superhero that some psychologists are using it as treatment (http://goo.gl/3hnhHv) whilst others as a means of reaching otherwise inaccessible minds (http://goo.gl/3LMqq3). At one level, of course, comics are just storytelling, shards of narrative that cut or fit in with, our own (as the reshare shows http://goo.gl/enH5rg) and as such they have the ability to affect us, mirroring perhaps aspects of our journey, taking on some of our hurts, magnifying them, and showing the path to recovery (http://goo.gl/404JlP).
As a youth I read voraciously and my appetites in Comics were pretty broad. But alongside the far from exhaustive list of Superman (http://goo.gl/uZz3QQ), The Green Lantern (http://goo.gl/9BM9eo), The Green Arrow (http://goo.gl/u7dIFO), The Flash (http://goo.gl/lfQRLm), The Hulk (http://goo.gl/76Uk7w), Swamp Thing (http://goo.gl/hOjaIG), Batman (http://goo.gl/tW8bH3), Spiderman (http://goo.gl/zEq0q), and Conan, The Barbarian ) http://goo.gl/CZgqZq), I held a soft spot for the X-Men (http://goo.gl/ygkhCd), yearning to belong, ostracized at every turn and yet being true, both to themselves and their calling.
Such is the hold superheroes have over us that their narrative now features in the journey of our minds (http://goo.gl/6idqiF) as we move through life, making choices that can label us as either the “good guys” or their opposite. It’s in that, that Cosplay’s ability to help us become better than we are (http://goo.gl/GsraoW), becomes a need felt universally, irrespective of culture (and cost).
The Android app environment of course has a few options for those who want to read comics on their devices as points out (http://goo.gl/nJXmkd).
Comics may be gateways to great dreams. They may teach us that might does not make right, that morality comes at a price, that power without responsibility is a losing proposition. They show us, perhaps, that there is no “easy” to be had. That we must fight for our ideals, our beliefs, our dreams even. One line that struck home truer than one of Oliver Queen’s titanium tipped shafts was in The Atlantic where in deconstructing Iron Man Noah Berlatsky wrote: “…Tony Stark must accept that his sense of self cannot be sustained in isolation." (http://goo.gl/07pl5p).
We now know that none of us can. Our sense of identity thrives on the connection. Superheroes have become our shared mythology, the backdrop to a common moral understanding. Comics serve both as gateways and tools: bridges and escape chutes. We find ourselves coming back from dark places, through them, to the present just as we sometimes take the journey the other way, fleeting into worlds where we can safely exercise our sense of everything that makes the world, worth living in.
And on that note reach for the coffee and the donuts, the croissants and the cookies and have an awesome Sunday wherever you may be.
shares this gorgeous print of how much time it was thought it would take to travel to distant worlds, and reminds us that it is those very thoughts which give us such immense freedoms and creativity and drive.
"He can with cunningly contrived pieces of glass bring many thousands of other worlds to him" - while the original print was referring to telescopes, I find it amazing to think that this is even more true today with our iPhones and iPads and other smartphones and their glass displays. We're bringing conversations from around the world into our own hands and homes. We're sharing information and ideas and having conversations with others. We're participating in live video shows and discussions with not a single care where someone is or what the difference in time or culture might be. We're exploring our own world and, often, exploring the far reaches of space, when intrepid souls like Commander Hadfield and others share with us.
It's so fitting that COSMOS returned last week. If you didn't catch it, be sure to record a rerun or find it online, as we are treated to an amazing voyage.
I love sharing and experiencing these kinds of moments and ideas and imagination with my daughter, as I get to experience the wonder and awe of a child through her, and be re-amazed myself.
Do something this weekend to make yourself awestruck. Whether it's to look up into the heavens and imagine the depth and distance of the stars and galaxies, or something a bit closer to home. Wonder. Wander. Explore.
and are kicking off a 4-part series today all about blogging. Starting with guest , they'll be digging into what it takes to actually earn an income with your blog and content, so be sure to tune in!
I'll be a guest in a few weeks along with and . So make sure you RSVP each week!
David Oldenburg & Christine DeGraff take you through a 4-part series called, "Blogging For Cash!"... This week (week # 1) Craig Fifield is a special guest for "Dominate Your Competition" Craig will be talking about blogging SEO, how to write a post that ranks and webmaster tools and analytics! Sure to be an AMAZING show :-) Be sure to catch the show live, comment and engage with others on the event page and RSVP with a "YES" to all 4 parts of our epic series! Follow us LIVE at #onlinemoneyshow
has done a phenomenal job of compiling a great collection of sites where bloggers can find free images to use on blog posts.
Just be sure to always provide an image credit on your posts!
I've scoured the internet searching relentlessly for the best resources for free images. I can tell you-- there's a lot of crappy sites out there. I've done my best though to save you time and potential frustration by listing the 16 best places online.
Read the full list (and a special bonus) here: http://dustn.tv/find-free-images/
Some of the listed resources include:
At the end of the post I also reveal a new project that allows me to ensure you have the highest quality resource for images online. I hope you enjoy.
Got any resources you'd add to the list?
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To recap what's been happening:
Late Wednesday evening, it was noticed that Google+ had made a change in how link shares were being displayed for some links. Posts with images from some sites were getting a new treatment that featured a much larger image, link description, and hovercard-enabled name of the site/Page included in the link preview card.
As of yesterday morning, the heights of these images had been scaled back to a consistent size, while maintaining the ratio of the image, resulting in taller images being displayed with white space to either side. But the remainder of the link preview card was intact, and the new images were still far larger than the old thumbnail previews at approximately 500x500.
Now, this morning, many users are reporting (myself included), that all links shared have reverted back to the old link preview treatment. As you can see below (as of this share), all that is displayed is the old thumbnail image, the title of the article and the URL that it links to.
Have we just witnessed a failed experiment, or is this just a momentary rollback while Google tweaks this new feature. When the new treatment was first rolled out, there were some who complained about the way large images were allowed to display at full height (scaled) and suggested that it would be a distraction and an invitation for more spam. Yet yesterday's adjustment would have seemed to account for that, as that course correction completely eliminated the option to share links that generated abnormally tall images.
What do you think? Was this is bad idea, or are you hoping we see the new link preview cards again soon?
Stay tuned for more updates as they occur. Once the new cards are implemented and stabilized, we will be sharing and discussing best practices, like image sizes and scale. If you'd like to be notified of these and other new blog posts, please let me know and I will add you to my Blog Notification circle.
If you're having trouble getting Google+ to use the right image when sharing your posts, you may want to implement one of the available Meta Tags. With the right Meta Tag in place, Google+ will take one look at your blog post and know the exact URL to use to grab the image you want.
Not only can this save you time, it can also make sure that when other people share your posts, they're also sharing the right image.
With the new large image link preview cards, this is going to become more and more important. So I wanted to share this older article which was written to apply to all of the major social networks, but is really appropriate for this week's developments.
Yesterday we saw Google+ implement new link preview cards that allowed for very large images - often as large as if the image had been shared as a photo rather than just a link. But today we're seeing Google make adjustments to those images.
Have you noticed?
The posts that I shared yesterday and many of the shares I'm seeing this morning still have large images, but they're not as big as yesterday.
So it would appear this feature is not only a gradual rollout, but a work-in-progress as well.
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor developments!
For more great insight into these changes and other implications, be sure to circle .