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How To Submit Music To Blogs (And Start Making Money)
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It’s a great time to be alive for music lovers everywhere. We have access to an infinite library of different artists and genres to choose from thanks to the internet.

However, for those independent artists who are trying to get their name and music out into the world, the competition can be fierce. So, how do developing artists stand out and keep themselves from being drowned in a sea of emails and mixtapes?

Well, it takes hard work and strategic planning, but it’s possible to get the attention you’re seeking through a simple and organized approach. If you are choosing to submit music to blogs with a high traffic rate, below are a few things to keep in mind when you decide to reach out.

Solidify Your Brand

Before you decide to put yourself out there, it’s important to have a full understanding of who you are as an artist. Branding is a crucial piece in making yourself memorable.

Branding yourself is a lot like putting together a puzzle that represents your artistic identity. Putting together certain pieces such as a certain font, color scheme, symbol, sound, style, or personality can cohesively create a theme in your music and artistry.

A solidified brand will show music blogs that you’re serious about making music your career. The confidence you have in knowing who you are and how to professionally represent yourself will help you stay clear of the dreaded email trash bin. And hopefully, you’ll get a positive response.

Research Before You Submit

After you’re confident in how you represent yourself to your audience, it is important to put in some extensive research before you submit music to blogs.

Reaching out to a website that promotes only rappers when you are a wedding band, such as David Rothstein Music, is completely irrational, right? Well, it happens all the time. That’s why it is important to make sure you’re not wasting your time and energy on a website or blog that doesn’t reach out to the same demographic as you.

Before committing to sending your art to someone, you should look for certain things they promote, the most important being genre. Once you’ve decided that the music blog you’re interested in is right for you, then you can move forward with trying to get their undivided attention.

Create a Sales Pitch

After you have decided to submit music to blogs that feel like a right fit for you, it is then time to work on a simple, yet professional email that will help you sell yourself to the reader/listener.

The first thing you will want to focus on is the music, of course. You will want to give a brief introduction to the song(s) with the title, an educated comparison on who/what it sounds like based on your musical inspirations, and the story behind the song(s).

Once the music has been presented, it is a good idea to give a story of yourself as an artist. For instance, you may want to include a little bit about where you came from, your musical background, any amazing opportunities you have had, who inspires you the most, and why you were drawn to music as a career path.

Giving insight into your creative background allows the blog to personify the artist behind the email address and put a personality to the music they’re listening to. The artistry of music is all about the heart, soul, and story. If you have a captivating sales pitch that includes all of those, then you’re sure to stand out from the crowd.

However, when you are writing your sales pitch, be careful to not write a novel. Yes, the reader/listener is interested in who you are as an artist, but they also have a lot of submissions to sift through. Telling them about how you wrote your first song when you were five because your dog died will be completely irrelevant to who you are as an artist today.

Keep it short. Keep it simple. Keep it unique. Keep it relevant to who you are today.

Sending the Right Format

When you submit music to blogs that may have an interest in promoting you, it’s extremely important to know what kind of format they will accept your music in. You will look pretty foolish and get a first class ticket to the trash bin if you send music in a format that they can’t play or don’t accept.

Depending on the type of website or blog you are reaching out to, there are many different formats that could be accepted. They may have it listed on their website, but if you’re unsure, it would probably be a smart decision to shoot them a quick email asking to clarify the types of formats they accept just to be on the safe side.

Here are some different formats different outlets will accept:

Radio

  • Hardcopy CDs
  • MP3s
  • EPKs with download links

Blogs

  • Embedded music player
  • Videos
  • CDs
  • Digital Press Kits

Festivals

  • Digital press kits
  • CDs
  • Hardcopy press kits

Record Labels/Producers

  • CDs
  • Press kits
  • Videos
  • Streaming links

Taking the Risk

Making the decision to submit music to blogs is a huge step for any aspiring artist. Once you have a solid confidence in your artistry and branding, then the only thing left to do is take the plunge in getting your name out there.

Even if you don’t receive any feedback from the first few times you make a submission, don’t give up! Take each refusal as a chance to improve your approach. Any famous musician you know of today had been turned down many times before the right person found them.

The music industry is all about hard work, making connections, and taking risks. The story you submit in your sales pitch could be the beginning of a much longer fairytale if you play your cards right.

Consider this article as an outline for your success. Take suggestions, take risks, and always stay true to your music. And if you have a music blog yourself, be sure to check out our tips on how to promote it to your fans.

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5 Ideas For Fun Custom Bobbleheads
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A doll with a head that bobbles: that is the classic bobblehead doll. And that could very well be the end of the story.

But it’s not.

The fun begins when bobblehead dolls are customized to represent something or someone in particular. A custom bobblehead doll is the perfect blend of art and laughter.

But before the fun begins, you have to decide what or who your custom bobblehead doll is supposed to represent. You will never run out of ideas for custom bobbleheads.

Here are 5 to get you started:

1. Your Favorite Pet

Who says bobbleheads have to be modeled after humans. Pets are people too. If not, at least they are great subjects for custom bobbleheads.

Make this gift card out to yourself.

You likely can’t take your favorite pet with you to the office. But you could put a bobblehead of her on your desk.

It will be like she’s right there with you, except without all the barking, territory marking, and… You get the idea.

2. Bobblehead Selfie

All of the power, science, chemistry and engineering that goes into smartphones these days has been reduced to one thing by the masses, taking selfies.

If you are going to take selfies, why not take them to the next level?

A custom bobblehead selfie is a great gift that reminds friends, family, spouses and other domestic partners that you are always there for them. So don’t hesitate to give the gift of yourself.

3. Confidence Boosters

If you think self-esteem is tough for adults, try being a kid again. It is harder than ever to navigate the grade school social highway with your ego intact.

Parents can give the gift of self-confidence by presenting a child with a bobblehead of themselves as their favorite superhero. It can be a reward for good grades on an exam, or politeness, or neatness, or any good thing that can be called out in a special way.

Because it is a custom bobblehead, your child’s likeness could be them ripping open their shirt to reveal a superhero emblem underneath.

Just know that some places charge extra to customize the body. There will also likely be a separate charge for glasses, masks, and head gear. When pricing your custom bobblehead, be very specific about what you want.

4. Sales Incentives

Sales rooms are powered by egos and incentives. Custom Bobbleheads of your sales team can help you tap into both.

The winner of your weekly contests can be represented by their triumphant bobblehead prominently displayed.

5. Bobblehead Family

As the old saying goes, the family that bobbles together… Well, you get the idea.

Next time, instead of a family portrait, why not try something a little different?

Why not do family bobbleheads every few years. The kids will love them, the grandkids will adore them. And for the first time, the Joneses will want to keep up with you.

There is no end to the creative ways to customize and utilize bobblehead dolls. If you are an out of the box thinker, give one firm bobble for “yes!”

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Considerations in Choosing a Dog

Choosing a pet is for some a simple thing, while for others a more than a serious endeavor. Usually, the pick of the pet can be based on location, family situation, intent, are there children, or various other factors. Where it gets complicated, or intense, is when one has to take into consideration potential health issues. And one of the more relevant issues is the propensity for hip problems. Certain breeds are more likely to develop joint issues.

Probably the most simple question when looking at a new puppy is to ask ” Did the parents, or any other pups in any of their litters ever show signs of joint issues?”. And before I start, I would recommend talking to a vet about exercises to maintain mobility, activities to be avoided, and the need or recommendation of adding supplements to a dog’s diet.

Here is a list of 9 breeds that have been shown to have a predisposition to joint problems.

1. German Shepherds: It’s well known that Shepherds are predisposed to hip dysplasia and other joint issues.

2. Labrador Retrievers: With a propensity towards obesity, amplify stress on joints.

3. Dachshunds: With their long, low bodies, they can develop back problems, especially if they become overweight.

4. Rottweilers: Have a genetic propensity to develop hip and elbow dysplasia and even arthritis.

5. Newfoundland Retrievers: Like other big breed dogs, they can hip dysplasia /arthritis partially due to rapid growth rate.

6. Great Danes: Huge frames and rapid growth tends to lead to hip/elbow dysplasia and even arthritis.

7. Saint Bernards: Huge, fast growth can cause stress on the joints leading to hip issues.

8. Old English Sheep Dogs: Suffer the same fate as other large breeds.

9. Mastiffs: Also prone to hip/elbow dysplasia, as well as candidates for arthritis.

Don’t think I’m down on any of these breeds. I had a Black Lab for quite a while. He was my best hunting partner. He loved to be out goose hunting. He was always active. He never got overweight. He never had any of these issues. I think knowledge is the greatest tool in preventing or treating conditions as best we can.

Veterinarians sometimes recommend supplements with glucosamine, MSM, and chondroitin when a dog is a young as one year, or at the time when they quit growing. This is something you, as the owner, and your veterinarian needs to talk out. After all, your dog deserves to live the best life possible. And my final advice is “Choose wisely, and enjoy your best buddy”

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Some Pros and Cons With Bull Terrier Puppies

Overall, I think bull terriers are an exceptionally good breed – they are smart and loyal and friendly – still, it is always a good idea to consider every aspect of a breed when considering getting a dog. Some dogs are good choices for small living spaces while others are definitely not. Some dogs are very docile and mellow while others are just buzzing with energy and the need to be active. All of these things and more need to be considered when thinking about getting a dog. Here are some pros and cons to a fairly popular breed, the English Bull Terrier.

On the plus side, bull terrier puppies are loyal and friendly with people. That makes them a good choice for a busy, more public lifestyle. The pups also tend to be extremely good with children so they are a good choice for families with small children. These little dogs are also very intelligent. This intelligence, coupled with their love of people, make them very easy to train, thus making them a good choice for a person new to dog ownership. Other characteristics that I consider very positive are that they are short-haired and do not shed very much – this makes for a dog who is easy to groom and take care of. And, let’s face it, not everyone who wants a dog has the time to brush it three or four times a day as is required for longer haired dogs.

On the other hand, puppies of this breed do have some potential challenges. These are not things that make it a “bad breed”, I don’t believe any animal is bad. These are just things you need to keep in mind and prepare for if you choose a bull terrier for sale for your next dog.

These puppies do not tolerate isolation very well. Being left alone too long can lead them to destroy things by chewing. They are also too short-haired to tolerate too much cold weather so, if you live in a cold climate with a bull terrier, you probably want to keep doggie sweaters on hand for it. Probably the biggest concerns with this breed are the fact that they can be chasers, meaning that they might chase and accidentally hurt smaller critters that look like prey to them. They might also be runners, meaning that they may chase after something that catches their scent and they might show affection by nibbling on your hands. Not to worry though, it is very easy to teach them good manners and appropriate behavior. Besides, every single dog breed in the world has pros and cons, bull terriers are no exception.

This article is penned by Lora Davis. Bull terrier puppies from Boss Bull Terriers in Montgomery, Alabama are playful with a mellow disposition and they are incredibly smart – that means you will get a dog that is gentle with small children but playful enough for older children and very easy to train because they are so smart! If you are looking to buy bull terrier puppy then call Boss Bull Terriers in Montgomery, Alabama – (334)721-5051!

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How To Decorate For Your Graduation Party
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Every milestone deserves a celebration. Graduations are huge accomplishments and ones you will want to share with family and friends.

When planning a party, graduation decorations are easy to find. The standard tassels, graduation cap, scroll diploma and class of banners, are a must.

Choosing the right combination of grad gear and personalization to reflect the person being celebrated requires additional effort.

Celebration themes are the rave these days. Parties should reflect the personality of the person you are honoring, and you are sure to want the perfect photos to remember the day.

If you have a graduate on the horizon, whether it’s preschool, high school or college, you want to go all out.

Continue reading for decoration ideas to celebrate the graduate.

Determine How Many People to Invite

Graduation is a time of celebration and outwardly demonstrating how proud you are of the honoree. Before you start shopping for graduation decorations, you will first need to know how many people will be invited to the party. The guest of honor can help with this, unless you are planning a surprise party.

Will it be an intimate setting with close family and friends? Will it be a large party including classmates and other people known by the graduate?

The number of people you invite can have an impact on how simple or elaborate the celebration will be. Once you have a number you can set your budget.

Remember, the number of people in attendance isn’t important. The ultimate goal is to create a memorable moment for the graduate.

Choose the Perfect Venue

The venue you choose can make or break your event when it comes to choosing graduation decorations.

Some locations will not allow you to hang items on the wall or from the ceiling. You may or may not be able to light candles.

If you have a particular color scheme, it could clash with the venue’s decor.

Hosting a graduation party outdoors comes with its own list of things to consider.

Will you have an alternative location just in case the weather takes a turn for the worse? Hanging decorations could be challenging if there are no trees, poles or walls.

When hosting an event in an outdoor venue take into consideration that decorations are more likely to blow over, and get damaged. Bring extra tape and paperweights to secure tabletop items.

Another item on your list should be seating. There are three shapes in tables and each seats a certain number of guests.

Create a Theme Using Graduation Decorations

Whatever decoration you choose, carry the theme throughout your set-up. This includes centerpieces, photo backdrops or photo-booths, signage and favors.

Create a color scheme and stick with it. Your table linens, chair coverings, and draping should all be in the designated colors.

It is also very popular to ask guests to dress in certain colors to carry the theme forward.

Consider hiring a deejay that can incorporate graphics into their lighting displays. How cool is it to have the graduate’s name illuminated on the wall along with graduation cap and diploma.

Have fun with your theme by adding items that reflect items the graduate loves. If she plays tennis, include tennis rackets. If he loves surfing, throw in a surfboard.

Don’t forget to reflect the college the graduate will be attending or has recently graduated from.

Design the Invitations

The invitations are often the best part of the decorations. You could say they are the blueprint to what the final set-up will look like.

There are so many trinkets, cut-outs, stickers and invitation papers at your local craft stores. The sky is the limit so let your creative side come through.

Make the invitation a keepsake by including a cap and gown picture of the graduate. You could also have guests bring it with them to win a party favor.

Another idea, if you need a program for the evening, is to use the same cover design from the invitation.

Your graduation decorations could even incorporate the invitation design into your photo backdrop.

Decorate With Flowers

Incorporating flowers for events in bulk can come in the form of floral sculptures. These creative works of art can create a centerpiece that will be the talk of the party.

Imagine a giant graduation cap or Class of 2018 made of flowers.

If that is out of your price range, make centerpieces in the graduate’s school colors. Flowers can also be used in graduation decorations by placing them in large vases and strategically placing them in the venue.

You could create a floral pathway at an outdoor party on the beach. You could also place a thank you note on their stems and give to guest as they depart.

Popular flowers for a graduation include frilly carnations, daisies, sunflowers and other fun colorful blooms.

Order the Perfect Cake

One last tip for graduation decorations is the cake. Cakes have come a long way, and they can be shaped into any object you can imagine.

For your graduation celebration, you can do something simple like buying a sheet cake with “Congratulations!” written on it. Let’s be honest, that would be really boring.

Go all out with a themed cake like Dr. Seuss’s book “The Places You’ll Go,” which is often quoted during graduation speeches.

Do a three tier cake in the graduate’s school colors and a graduation cap on top. What about a diploma cake or a stack of books representing their favorite subjects.

When it’s time for the cake place sparklers on top for a real celebratory moment.

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5 Fast Facts About The Paris Climate Change Agreement

It seems like you can’t read a newspaper or turn on a television without reading a new study on climate change. With melting ice caps and species dying, things are a bit frightening.

And given recent events, it seems discussions are more heated than ever.

President Trump’s decision to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Change Agreement was a controversial decision, to say the least. Previously, the U.S. was working with 195 other countries to try and combat the effects of global warming.

But what is exactly is the Accord and what does it mean for international diplomacy?

Keep reading for some quick facts to get you up to speed.

5 Fast Facts About the Paris Climate Change Agreement

1. The United States Can’t Pull Out Overnight

It’s going to take a few years before the U.S. is officially done with the Paris Accord. While Trump’s decision made headlines, the withdrawal will take more time than he thinks.

Just how long will it take for the United States to revoke their membership? About 4 years, which coincides with the next presidential election.

This means that Trump’s decision can be easily reversed should he not serve a second term.

2. There are Only 3 Countries Not Participating in the Agreement

Originally, there were only 2 countries — Nicaragua and Syria — that didn’t sign on to the Accord. Should President Trump’s decision stand, the United States will become the third.

Even areas that the U.S. has traditionally had issues with such as Russia and North Korea participate.

3. The Paris Climate Change Agreement Isn’t Legally Binding

As it turns out, the reason Nicaragua declined to sign was for this very reason. While the country acknowledges climate change as a very real threat, they believe it’s up to the richer nations to combat change first.

And therein lies one of the most important aspects of the Accord. It isn’t a legally binding document, so there isn’t much of anything to hold a country’s feet to the fire. Participation is entirely on a voluntary basis.

4. China and India Complicate Matters

And since the Accord is voluntary, there aren’t any tangible consequences — at least not yet.

China and India pose the two biggest threats to the fight on climate change, as both nations produce large amounts of carbon emissions.

You may recall President Trump’s assertion that, “China can do whatever they want for 13 years” while the U.S. has to reduce coal production. In fact, it was touted as one of his primary reasons for removing the U.S. from talks.

His statement, however, is simply not true. PolitiFact points out that the document doesn’t prohibit any nation from anything.

5. Most State Representatives Aren’t Happy With the Decision

Several states have already said that they’re not following the President’s orders. In fact, New York and California have already promised to reduce their emissions.

In an unprecedented move, Trump’s decision united bipartisan efforts to combat climate change.

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5 Common Behavioral Problems In Pet Parrots (And How To Fix Them)

For any pet owner, it’s important to recognize when pets are displaying behavioral problems and to know how to resolve the issue.

And, just as pets like cats and dogs can misbehave, pet parrots can exhibit a range of problem behaviors and cause frustration for their owners.

However, there are certain behavioral issues displayed by parrots which are more widely reported than others.

Read on to find out what behavioral problems to look out for in your pet parrot and what you can do to fix them.

1. Biting

Biting is probably the most common problem seen in pet parrots, and it’s often a result of how the owner approaches and treats their pet.

If you approach your pet parrot with apprehension, it will sense this and respond with a bite. And if you use your hands to shoo your bird away or cause harm, it will learn to associate your hands with something bad. Parrots and other birds don’t have hands to defend themselves so they use their beaks.

Unfortunately, not all birds are as well-treated as those from XtreemParrotlets and may be acting out of fear after experiencing abuse. So, even if you’ve always been kind to your pet parrot, it may be reacting this way due to how it was previously treated.

The best way to overcome the problem of biting is to approach your parrot calmly and only ever use your hands in a friendly way, never for rejection or punishment.

Reward your parrot when it doesn’t bite you, and avoid reacting when it does. If you scream or yelp this will reinforce the behavior and your parrot will continue to bite you.

2. Feather Plucking

This is a serious issue that close to three out of ten birds suffer from at some point, although there are many different causes for it.

A poor diet can cause brittle or frayed feathers so be sure to provide your pet parrot with a varied diet full of nutrients.

A lack of light can also lead parrots to self-mutilate. Put your bird’s cage in a sunny spot of the house so that your parrot gets a daily dose of sunshine and vitamin D.

Feather plucking can be as a result of boredom. Keep your parrot entertained with toys and make sure that its cage is big enough to move around in.

Lastly, feather plucking is often a sign of depression or loneliness. Spend plenty of time with your parrot and give it lots of attention, especially if you have recently spent time away from home or someone in the household has left.

3. Screaming

While screaming and vocalizing are common for most birds, especially at dawn and dusk, inappropriate screaming is a clear problem.

As with biting, you should ignore any screaming or sounds you don’t like and avoid looking at or going to your parrot when it’s screaming.

But, also make a point of rewarding your pet with attention and praise when it stops screaming. Gradually wait for longer periods of time before giving attention so that your parrot learns not to scream.

Screaming can be a result of boredom or stress. So, to eliminate the cause of the problem, make sure your parrot is well-stimulated with toys and plenty of human interaction.

And, just as talking or writing down our feelings can help us cope with stress, teaching your parrot to talk can help it express what it’s feeling.

4. Destructive Behavior

Destructive behavior in parrots such as making a mess of their cage or biting furniture is often a sign that your pet isn’t receiving enough mental stimulation.

Be sure to spend lots of time with your parrot, talk to it and include it in your daily activities, such as family meal times and watching television.

Get new toys for your parrot to stave off boredom and make a point of regularly talking to your parrot and praising it, especially when it refrains from destructive behavior.

5. Becoming Territorial

Territorial birds will react to or attack anyone who occupies a certain area, such as a piece of furniture, claiming it as personal territory.

Birds can sometimes become territorial as a result of hormonal changes. However, your parrot’s territoriality might be a sign that it is unhappy with its environment and isn’t as comfortable with you as you would like.

Bonding techniques such as sharing bird-safe food and giving your parrot regular baths can help, as can relaxing your parrot with soothing music. Try to create a calm, open atmosphere so that your parrot learns to live alongside you and your family without the need to claim territory.

Encourage and Engage Your Pet Parrot to Help Stop Behavioral Problems

These common behavioral problems seen in parrots are mainly a reflection of a lack of stimulation within their environment.

So, be sure to keep your parrot engaged by regularly talking to your pet, giving it toys to play with, and keeping it involved in daily activities.

And, while many of these bad behaviors should be ignored so as not to reinforce them, remember to always encourage and praise your parrot for good behavior.

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5 Tips For Improving Your Business’s Web Strategy

What if a few tricks could give you a hot new business strategy?

It may sound too good to be true. However, getting a great web strategy is as good as getting an entirely new business!

Keep reading to discover five tips for improving your web strategies.

1. Discover Your Ideal Customer

A rookie mistake many businesses make is trying to appeal to everyone. However, your web presence should be focused on your ideal customers.

These are your most loyal customers. Any changes you make should come after you analyze this demographic to discover what their most particular needs are.

Ultimately, this boosts sales from your key demographic. However, it also boosts your word-of-mouth marketing, creating more loyal customers.

2. Embrace Analytics

You cannot truly revamp your web strategies until you have fully embraced analytics. Once you do so, this opens an entirely new world for your business.

Analytics allow you to figure out where customers are finding your site, what pages they linger on, and what drives them away. You can also isolate things like which pages have a higher bounce rate than others.

One by one, analytics allows you to optimize your web design. You can identify your most successful pages and approaches and use that as a template for future success.

3. Build a Better Site

Part of a web redesign strategy is to revamp your site. Keep in mind that all the analytics in the world will still fail if you don’t have a killer design.

There are several elements that go into a successful site design. This includes eye-catching visuals, hyper-responsive design, concise messaging, and relevant content.

Each of these four elements works to entice and engage customers. Sharp visual design lures customers in while responsive design ensures they don’t get frustrated. Finally, simple messaging and useful content ensures they come back for more!

There are plenty of good inspirations for visual design out there. One solid example is bluescreen.se/webbutveckling-hemsida!

4. Start Backwards

Businesses like to have a forward-thinking web strategy. However, one of your best moves is to actually go backward!

This means figuring out your best-selling product and designing marketing and content around it. You’ll want a sales funnel for this particular product as well.

In short, really emphasize what you do best in innovative ways and enjoy the added profits before developing something entirely new.

5. New Year, New Goals

Part of using analytics and refining your strategy is setting new goals for your business. In fact, you should do this every month.

Use the analytics data to identify areas in which you need to improve. Then set measurable goals and target dates for making that improvement.

Ideally, your departments should be making improvements every month. Your overall strategy should include a year of overall improvement!

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Learn Conversational Spanish: A Simple Guide
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Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world.

It serves as the native tongue to one out of every twenty people on Earth.

And research shows that Spanish is much more likely to become spoken by more people over time: not less. It is predicted that by 2050, the United States could be the largest Spanish speaking country on Earth.

Have you ever thought about learning Spanish? Even if it was just to learn conversational Spanish?

It could help you in many ways and can be done with a lot more ease than you think.

Get Access to Learn Conversational Spanish

The Internet has made things so much easier for us over the years.

This includes how easy it has made our ability to access information.

For starters, you can discover more phrases and sentences simply by Googling for websites. There are countless websites to choose from.

Another great way to learn conversational Spanish is through video sharing sites like YouTube. They make videos for people at all skill levels, and you could even start with videos made for children if that was the comfort level you wanted to start from.

I have one word for you: MOOCs.

MOOCs are Massive Open Online Courses that are free or very cheap to the public. Websites like Khan Academy, Coursera, Academic Earth, Stanford Online, and many others offer free foreign language courses all year long.

You can also just go on your phone and download apps like DuoLingo for free, and trade in your Candy Crush time for some conversational foreign language (that still plays like a game).

It Opens Up Doors that You Wouldn’t Expect

When you learn a new language, even if you just learn it at a conversational level, you could be doing yourself a great financial service.

The fastest growing job skill to have on your resume is being multilingual: even if it is just at a base level, you knowing some of a language, gives you a huge advantage over other people in the job market.

Maybe you want to try a new career path completely relating to language.

But maybe you are happy with your current job, and if so, that is great too!

Learning conversational Spanish could help you make a little extra dough by picking up internet gigs such as tutoring online.

Many foreign countries are paying for online English tutors, and this includes Spanish speaking places. If you need some extra money and learn conversational Spanish at least at a base level, this could increase your chances of getting jobs people who only strictly speak English could not.

Learning Spanish Could Make Traveling A Lot Easier and A Lot Brighter

If you enjoy traveling, it is considered polite in most cultures to at least try and speak the native language of the location.

Spanish is the official language of: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela, or about one out of every ten countries in the world.

So, chances are, if you want to do some vacationing, you may end up going to a place where your Spanish may come in handy.

Repeat this to yourself: I want to learn conversational Spanish, but it is ok if I am not perfect. I want to learn conversational Spanish, but it is ok if I am not perfect.

In most places around the world, people just appreciate your efforts and that you are trying to speak to them in their native tongue.

You’d be surprised how many people speak English when you travel around the world, but do not rely on that.

Start with Spanish and go from there.

Connect With Your Neighbors

Over 10% of American citizens’ first language is Spanish, and it is projected that the number will be closer to 15% by 2020.

So, if you live in a city where there is a Spanish speaking population: why not try talking to some of your neighbors?

Not only can it be comforting to them [if you have ever been to a foreign country, you know the comfort of hearing someone speaking your native language (even if it is broken)], but it also allows you to practice.

Learning to speak conversational Spanish would allow you to connect with more people from your community.

And who knows? Maybe you could find someone to give English lessons to in trade for some Spanish ones.

Learning Conversational Spanish Expands Your Entertainment Options

Learning even the most basic Spanish could help you broaden your options when it comes to what there is to watch on television.

Here in the United States, there are tons of television channels in Spanish.

Tragic love stories, horror movies, intense soccer games? You could watch them all, and with the most basic understanding, pick up on a lot of whats happening.

Another benefit that comes from this is that when you watch television in a foreign language, your brain tends to remember the phrases you already know better, and it can also help you pick up on new words and phrases as well.

It Can Make You Better at English

When you are learning a new language, you have to pay attention to things you do not pay much attention to in your first language.

When you have to think more in-depth about a second language and “its rules,” it makes you think more about English on a linguistic level.

Because you have to pay attention to things like syntax and grammar during translation between the two, it can help you build different sentence structures, and look at your own language through new eyes.

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The Digital Trends Revolutionizing Advertising Photography
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Does anything capture the times better than photography?

Some of the most dramatic moments in modern history have been captured as iconic photographs, and advertisers have been trying for decades to make their products just as iconic.

That’s why the digital revolution for advertising photography is so exciting. We’re in a social age where images can be shared at the speed of light.

Let’s take a look at just a few of these exciting changes rocking the industry.

In the Moment

The rise of technology like the GoPro and VR devices has really put a focus on the first-person perspective.

Photographers are trying harder to capture a moment as seen through an individual’s eyes. This viewpoint has become associated with fidelity and truth in an era of so-called fake news.

The first person perspective is also a coup for advertisers because this kind of photography is emotive and easy to identify with. With professional product photography, even products can be made to feel intimate and personal.

Going Native

Native content is blazing the trail for the future of advertising.

Native content describes content designed to blend into its environment, such as a tweet on Twitter. Digital marketing campaigns use this trick to get ads shared to an audience of millions.

Photographers are jumping on this trend as well to make their photos look candid and natural, like any post on social media. The aim is relatability. Selfies and group shots can promote anything from brand sodas to holiday destinations without being overt.

Advertisers have always struggled to bridge the trust gap between themselves and their customers. Native content erases that gap so that advertising photography looks identical to snaps from friends and family.

Flair for the Dramatic

Scrolling social media and short attention spans lead to some interesting results.

Subtle photography is out. Instead, photographers are looking for dramatic shots that capture people’s attention right away. Think intense angles and vivid colors. The images need to leap off the page to get noticed.

Even if it’s an album showcase, you need to start strong. Once the viewer is hooked, they can appreciate the subtlety of later shots.

Photos compete hard against video content. But a well-composed, visually-striking photo can say more in seconds than a video can in minutes.

Noir Stylings

Building off that last point, nothing says ‘dramatic’ like black and white. And it’s not just for art lovers.

With the recent release of some high profile movies, black and white photography has returned to the mainstream zeitgeist. We’ve crested the wave of hyper-saturated, filtered photos on platforms like Instagram, and moved back to credibility. Monochrome photos feel authentic by association with old times.

Black and white are also the colors of corporate success, as well as most electronic devices. They say stylish, expensive, and grown-up.

Black and white also has the same advantages it’s always had: hiding flaws!

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