Five Essential Product Traits


Copyblogger has a good list of 5 essential traits your product should have if you want it to sell.

1. It must solve a problem.
2. It must have mass appeal.
3. It must be unique.
4. It must offer instant gratification.
5. It must be demonstrable.

They call this the “Billy Mays 5-Step Guide to Selling”, though they give no proof that the legendary pitchman endorses this list. I still think it’s a good one though.

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What is Crapensta and other stuff


New York City neighborhoods are often named using acronyms. For example, there’s Tribeca (Triangle Below Canal Street) and SoHo (South of Houston Street).

New on the scene is Crapensta, or the Crap Around Penn Station. When you’re in Crapensta, you’ll know it.

Check out Crapensta twitter for more information about this neighborhood. They seem to have coined the term Crapensta. Brilliant. I think they should create and sell an illustrated map that helps people who live or work in Crapensta find decent places to eat or chill. It could be something whimsical along the lines of Nancy Chandler’s map of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Buying a Used Car Seems Less Daunting

The idea of buying a used car is daunting to me. Because I live in New York, I have never bought a car. If I were going to buy one, I’d probably look for a used car, but I would have no idea how to evaluate one in a savvy manner. The whole process seems daunting.Read More »

High school graduation gift ideas


My little brother has just graduated from high school and I was getting crazy about finding a good gift so it’s a topic of my blog post today.
If someone close to you has recently graduated high school, then you might be looking to find a good present to buy the new graduate. While what you can buy will depend on what you can afford and your relationship to the student, you have many options.
If the student is going to college next year, anything that could be useful in college is a great choice, ranging from dorm accessories to entertainment. If the student is not attending college after graduating high school, anything that he or she could use otherwise would make a great gift.

I would also make sure that the student doesn’t have any of these beforehand… there’s nothing more awkward than giving a gift and finding out the person already has it!
Here are a few general areas to think of when deciding what to get:
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Social Media and Getting a Life!


Should I unplug now or later?

Social media has permeated every facet of my life. I stay connected with friends that I haven’t seen since high school or early college days (Facebook). I keep my writing skills sharp with this blog. I throw out fun witticisms to my friends while watching ballgames (Twitter) and network to find my next full-time employment (this blog and LinkedIn). In my current capacity as a social media intern, I even use a little bit of all that to perform my job. Yep, there isn’t one facet of my life that social media doesn’t have a place.

Except the bathroom.

You read that right. The bathroom. I don’t take my laptop into the stall. I don’t carry my cell phone (in fact, I don’t have internet on my cell phone at all) to the shower. And I certainly don’t have a PC hooked-up next to the toilet.

And that got me to thinking. (Uh, not that kind of thinking) Unplugging.

Strange as it may sound, getting completely away from technology for a few minutes, hours, even days, can be fantastic. According to some studies, it can even be healthy (apparently, social media can warp our brains )

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WordPress Pro Plugin

January 5, 2015

General

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As a noob affiliate marketer, and a WordPress devotee, I’m always looking for plugins to make my life a little easier.

I came across a program called WordPress Affiliate Pro, and while I haven’t bought it yet, I’d like to.

Usually these things come across as the perfect way to throw away money- being ebooks with nothing new to offer, or a program that can be gotten free somewhere else. But this one is different, or at least it seems to be.

There are two main types of affiliate ads: banner (it’s still called a banner ad, even if it’s 125X125), and text.

In either case, it takes forever to log into the affiliate account to grab the code, search out the appropriate keywords, copy/paste/insert link- and you have to do it for each location on each post and page that you want the ads on. Even if you keep a file of the individual codes for easy access, it still takes time to get the links live.

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What to expect when you are 27 years old


I always knew that 27 was going to be huge year in my life, the one where I would crystallize my future. I mean Van Gogh started painting at 27; Jim Morrison, Janice Joplin and Jimi Hendrix were all immortalized at 27. Here I am, about to end a year of self-discovery and let me tell you, I found my muse. I conquered 27 at I am officially about to conquer 28!

A Year Of 27:

  • Loving myself
  • Truly falling in love (again)
  • Tripling my savings
  • Traveling and working for one month in the US
  • Paying off my car (part of my student’s loans)
  • Finding myself
  • Flying out to help someone move
  • Becoming a Godmother for the first time
  • Learning patience teaching people how to solve the GED practice tests
  • Running a mile under 9 minutes
  •  Meeting and befriending incredible people
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Expat Life? I’m moving to Houston

September 12, 2014

Career

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Big news, I decided to move to  Houston, I have a job already, I will be leading GED courses there in Houston and helping people to pass the GED exam. So it’s time to say goodbye to my many friends. Who doesn’t know how to say goodbye? It’s the polar opposite of hello; one of the first words that we learn as children. We don’t feel threatened by the feeling when we say goodbye to our parents at school because we know at 3:00 pm sharp, we are en route to say hello again. When do we make this shift of blissful ‘goodbye’ innocence to cognitive ‘goodbye’ awareness?

Somewhere along the line of our relationships that extend beyond family, we learn that goodbye doesn’t have any guarantees. We may or may not ever say hello to that person, that place or that thing again. Accepting this reality is perhaps one of the toughest things I am learning today.

My life is full of goodbyes. I started moving around the world when I was 14 years old. From that moment, I knew that every hello needed to be more passionate, more sincere, more welcoming. I would inevitably be leaving my friends, my new favorite city and my new life. This has been both a blessing and curse as I’ve grown older.Read More »

Boxpark London and other attractions you need to know in London

July 28, 2014

Design

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We took a little break from DIY’ing on Sunday to visit Columbia Flower market and Boxpark, a pop-up mall in Shoreditch, East London.

It opened up at Christmas and since I only just got the chance for a visit it, I thought it was worth a share. BOXPARK is made from shipping containers and is designed as temporary retail space. It has a pretty good mix of fashion and lifestyle brands with galleries and cafes set on the upper level. (It was hard walking away from the cosy OnePiece)

I was more excited about the place itself, with it’s stripped back, refitting of shipping containers, exposed steel frames and timber patios above. The plan is for it to be open for five years where it can then be packed up a moved elsewhere.

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How to Complete a Project


The weeks are flying by and it’s been hard to even keep up with one post a week. Life is good, just crazy mental trying to figure out my step really. As promised to my student readers, here are some thoughts about completing final project such writing a thesis:

Final project or thesis is a requirement of a student completing his studies. Some students think this is the toughest stage in all stages of lecture-even some of them are not able to finish it. In general, the obstacles often faced by students in completing the final project / thesis is 90% of their internal self and the rest are from external factors, such as lecturers uncooperative, unfavorable economic conditions and luck (the will of the one above). Here are tips effectively complete the thesis / Final Assignment:

1. Intention & Motivation. The first step you should do-and the most heavily-is cultivate in yourself that the thesis is the only bridge your future or in other words your door to ‘out’ of the campus as well as ‘entry’ into the world of work. It is true without any degree you can get a job, but it certainly packed a bachelor’s degree will be better able to increase your chances of getting a better job.

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My Tuscan holiday

July 18, 2014

Lifestyle

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It’s been a lovely week! I’ve been in full tower designing mode, it has been great! Although I’m still crazy busy, I feel like I’m actually able to stay on top of things, so this once a week blogging is definitely helping out.

The fabulousness of the week, continued into the weekend! Friends of ours have bought their first flat together and we got to pop around to see their amazing place in Stockwell for a delicious dinner.

Sunday morning I was woken up to the smell of sizzling bacon, nothing better :

I’m now ready to start another week…

Today’s post is all about a sense of permanence and temporality. These two restaurants in London were meant to be temporary pop-up, but have become so successful, they’ve ended up being more permanent pieces in the city.

The Filling Station

The first is the Filling Station in King’s Cross, a converted BP garage right on the canal.

The Second is a Hix restaurant, “Chicken and Steak” also known as the Tramshed in Shoreditch. Again, meant to be a pop-up restaurant near Old Street, it is filled with Damien Hirst pieces, like the formaldehyde “Cock and Bull”.

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