Log of what of Raven-Sky Bryant has learned at Techie Youth

Fri. Aug. 5, 2022

How To: Digital Art

Selling digital art is a great way to make money for anyone. Selling digital art is entry-level which makes it easy. This still requires dedication like other ways of making a profit but this should come a little easy to those that are passionate about art. There are many ways to do digital art. Some include computer-based sketching, editing photos, tracing over already made images while adding color, and video installations. There is various software that can be used for digital are. Two common ones are gimp, adobe illustrator, and adobe photoshop. You can also use grita, Inkscape, and coral painter. It is important to keep in mind that there is only so much money you can make from digital art because it ultimately is digital and people have a limit to what they will pay for it. Also, people will do copyright fraud because digital art is hard to protect.

Thu. Aug. 4, 2022

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi is a small computing device used to learn to program. It is a propriety closed system so you are in control because it is open source. Additionally, it runs Linux. The pros of this device is it being small, affordable, and has low power consumption. The cons are that it is slow because of its small size. The size also makes it limited on how much you can do. Overall it shouldn't be used for big tasks. Although it is small it could be used to make various products. Such as an auto etch-a-sketch, mini mars rover, walkie-talkie, and talking toys. You can make money with raspberry pi by selling circuit boards. There is a market for this because a lot of people aren't willing to start these from scratch. Also, you can build gaming consoles and servers. If you create servers you can sell them to people that have specific interests in that server. A popular console to make its retro consoles since people buy them for feelings of nostalgia. Lastly, you can even make home automation and security products for sale. All in all, there's a lot you can do with raspberry pi.

Wed. Aug. 3, 2022

Basic Electronics

Basic electronics are what help to run our everyday electronics. All of these electronics are essentially run by a battery and follow basic principles to run. It involves circuits and voltage to power items through electricity. The flow of electric current comes from the resistor which is the resistance measured by Ohms. The capacitator stores the electrical energy, The capacitance is measured in Farads which means that you are measuring the amount of energy that the capacitor can store. Not only does the capacitor store but it filters, time, and decouples. The inductor is just like the capacitor but instead of storing electrically, it stores magnetically. These are some of the things needed to power a circuit. This is important information because it helps us get electricity. With knowledge of basic electronics, it is possible to pursue engineering careers. Most importantly, it helps us get a better understanding of more complex systems.

Mon. Aug. 1, 2022

Adobe Illustration

Adobe illustration is great for laser cutting. It is a vector-based program which makes it great for cutting out different shapes. You can use the drawing templates they offer to make the process easier. This helps with verifying scale and material type. Additionally, you can have several files from the same materials or different materials. There is flexibility in customization. The pros to using adobe illustrator are that it's great for people familiar with adobe products and is available on windows and mac pc. However, it can become costly at $21 a month and there are hardware requirements.

Sat. Jul. 30, 2022

Laser Cutting

Laser cutting is used to cut shapes out of different types of materials. The most common and inexpensive material is cardstock. 2D laser cut parts are used to make 3d objects. When cutting out the 2d laser parts you can glue them together and create a 3d object. Laser cutting is used mostly for small objects that can be precise and detailed. For instance, earrings or toys. It's best to draw out your plan or idea beforehand to avoid unnecessary mistakes. Additionally, you have to do your research on laser cutting services because they have different specifications for how you model your work. It's also easy to outsource laser cutting services. Outsourcing is when you pay a company a fee to print out the pieces for you. Online services are common for outsourcing laser cutting services. If you're more comfortable with in-person services you can look up local buisnesses that offer this service.

Fri. Jul. 29, 2022

3D Printing: Solid Works

Solid works is software used for 3d printing. They offer online and in-person training courses for people interesting in learning more about 3d printing. They also offer built-in tutorials while you're working. Additionally, they have blogs and forums with frequently asked questions to use as a guide. With solid work, you can start designing as soon as you're ready. As you're designing the software helps to detect errors and inconsistencies. Several external elements such as vibrations, part stress, and deflection are detected while using the software. This helps you have a smoother printing experience.

Thu. Jul. 28, 2022

The Fundamentals of 3D Printing

3D printing can be a tedious task but with the right resources, it's easier. The easiest and cheapest things to print are the same color and material. Using plastic is the cheapest and easiest way to print something. You can make a lot of money by customizing products for people. You then could sell these items on a third-party website like eBay or Etsy. There are several software packages you can use to 3d print. TinkerCad, Blender, and Autodesk Meshmixer are good software to use. They are free and easy to use if you are a beginner. Lastly, when your work does well it makes sense to eventually buy your own 3d printer to limit per unit printing costs.

Tue. Jul. 26, 2022

Artificial Intelligence

There are six major branches of artificial intelligence. These branches are machine learning, neural network, robotics, expert systems, fuzzy logic, and natural language processing. Machine learning is how we give computers the ability to learn without the need to be constantly programmed. This gives computers the ability to use data for solving real-world problems. Neural networking is an algorithm that finds elemental relationships in data by mimicking the human brain's ability to operate. Robotics is various sciences and engineering that deals with using robots. Essentially robotics is the designing, producing, and operating component of Artificial Intelligence. Expert systems use "if-then" principles to deal with multilevel problems, This is done to ensure that the execution is responsive, reliable, and understanding. Fuzzy logic is where we get flexible reasoning for uncertainties. It is supposed to imitate human logic. Lastly, natural language processing is the process of gathering, analyzing, and understanding information from text data. This helps the computer and humans communicate with regular language.

Mon. Jul. 25, 2022

How To Gain On Social Media

In order to gain followers on social media, you need to produce quality content. What this means is that it needs to be engaging and clear if it's pictures or videos. Consistency is also key, if you're inconsistent people will be hesitant to follow you because they want regular content. Hashtags are a great way to get people to see your posts. You should use trending hashtags long with hashtags relating to your content so that your page reaches more accounts. Additionally, paying for promotion is great too. A lot, of social media websites, changed their algorithms to where your profile is shown to more people through paid promotions.

Sat. Jul. 23, 2022

Google Analytics and Content Creation

Google Analytics is a great tool to monitor the traffic coming to your website(s). It provides data visualization to see how your website is doing. This helps you get a better understanding of user behavior. Eventually, you'll be able to find your target audience and work on ways to keep them engaged and coming back. For high-quality content creation, it is recommended that you know your audience, brainstorm ideas, refine your ideas, and prioritize a list of ideas. These few things help you master your niche and keep people coming back for more of your content.

Thu. Jul. 21, 2022

Landing Your First Developer Job

When applying for your first developer job you need to have a portfolio for proof of experience. You can find a tutorial or technology to build your portfolio. You upload this to your GitHub since jobs want to see your familiarity with GitHub. Indeed and Monster jobs is a good tool to use for job searching. On these sites, you can see what the jobs you are seeking requires. With this information, you can build your skills and learn the technology that they use. Also, you should ignore entry-level jobs that require two or three years of work experience and still apply. You can still send your resume and portfolio, you just have to ask them to consider you for a different position. Jobs have positions that they don't openly discuss so you never know. You just have to tell them your skill set and what you could do. They may give you a job from this. Additionally, you can even do this with senior positions. In your cover letter, you would put that you're not a senior and you're willing to learn. Your cover letter should say what you want to learn and the skill sets that you have to offer. Reading about a company's values when applying helps too. Most importantly you shouldn't lie about your skill sets.

Wed. Jul. 20, 2022

WordPress, Google Analytics, and JavaScript

WordPress allows people to host and build websites. It is one of the most popular content management systems because it allows people to customize their websites to fit any of their needs. The programming language is PHP which makes it easy for most people to navigate WordPress because no experience is needed. Google Analytics is used by people to track how well their website is doing. Essentially it is a marketing tool that tracks engagement and shows statistics. JavaScript is used in game development. It is mostly used in online and mobile-based games.

Tue. Jul. 19, 2022

Creating Websites (continued) and Web Security

You can get your website online by getting a domain and a web host. Host gator works well. they're the cheapest and have good customer support. To upload your files you can use cyber duck. A domain name is an address to your website. DNS is the domain name system. DNS resolves names to numbers and domain names to IP addresses. The only thing computers know is numbers. You look up the name first and it'll give you the number. SSL is when the browser makes a request to the server for a secure webpage. It sends back a public key and an SSL certificate. The browser takes the SSL certificate and inspects it to make sure it's related to the site and that it hasn't expired. It uses the key to encrypt info and uses the private key to decrypt the extra information.

Mon. Jul. 18, 2022

Creating Websites

HTML is used to write websites. We use HTML to customize websites to our liking. CSS is used to further customize these websites. With CSS you format the webpage which is a part of the styling. This allows you to change the layout and to add colors and fonts. HTML allows you to add titles, lists, links images, and whatever you find useful for making your website. Overall HTML and CSS are like the coding component for building a website.

Sat. Jul. 16, 2022

Remote Web Development- Software Development

A lot of people are attracted to remote developing careers because of the salary. The reality is that the career is very hard and it takes a lot of learning and training. One of the best ways to get into this field is to take paid certification courses. These courses are straight to the point and won't waste your time like youtube videos. Time is very important in a career like this because it takes a lot of time to learn the various coding languages used like HTML, CSS, javascript, and python. If you come into this career only caring about money then you will fail.

There are several benefits to remote web development jobs. You can work from anywhere, it's a high demanding industry, it pays well, and it increases your problem-solving skills. These four benefits are the most appealing to this career. The biggest con of remote web development is that it requires a lot of discipline. You are responsible for keeping yourself on track at home since there's no manager or supervisor over your shoulder while you're working.

Software developers are involved in the process of making applications and entire software. They are responsible for making sure our applications and websites run as they should. There are back-end and front-end developers to do this. The back-end developers focus on the server side or what we can't see that is needed to run an app. The front-end developers are responsible for the client-side or what we see while running apps. Often times the front-end developers end up doing what back-end developers do too.

Fri. Jul. 15, 2022

Writing Careers- Guest Blogging

Guest blogging is different from regular blogging since you invite a guest to write for your blog. This writer has expertise in what your blog is about. For the writer, this is beneficial in getting your voice heard and getting paid. Additionally, this helps with building relationships and gaining a new or bigger audience. As the host, this is beneficial because it gives you new content and it helps improve your SEO. This new content could bring awareness to your brand because it will show how multifaceted your brand is. There are many ways to become a guest blogger. You first have to set clear goals to know what you want to exactly do. Then, you have to do your research on companies to see which ones align with your goals. Overall the process of becoming a guest blogger isn't hard, you just have to be a good writer and passionate about it.

Wed. Jul. 13, 2022

Writing Careers- Copywriting

There are a plethora of careers for writers. Copywriters don't have training involved but it is best for people with strong writing backgrounds to go into this field. This field requires you to have clear and concise writing skills. Just because you're a good writer doesn't mean you'll be good at copywriting. Your work should be readable and straight to the point with the main idea in mind. There are three types of copy writers which include in-house copywriter, freelance copywriter, and remote copywriter. In-house copywriters on average make $45,538 a year and freelance copywriters make $67,721. Remote copywriters earn the most at $80,547. If you're passionate about writing copies and you want to make a lot of money, remote copywriting is the best option.

Tue. Jul. 12, 2022

How To Rent A Commercial Space and How To Win People Over

When renting a commercial space you want to get a good landlord that you can work with. You don't want to be in a situation where a landlord doesn't follow the agreement or leases you a building with hidden issues. Another major thing is to make sure there's sufficient heating and air conditioning for your space. You don't want an uncomfortable environment in your commercial space. Additionally, making sure the place is up to code is essential for running a commercial space. If not you're met with fines and lawsuits. The questions you should ask are if the windows are functional, can you change the locks, and if the space is zoned legally for what you're doing. These questions let you see if the space is functional or not.

In order to win people over you need to be a fun person that takes interest in other people. You have to have a genuine interest in what they do. People love to talk about their interests and what they do so you should let them in order to win them over. Everyone has something that they're passionate about so listen to people and try to pull on their emotions. Also, it's important to open your mind to new opportunities even if you don't find what a person is saying to be interesting. Something may be a good opportunity that you didn't know about. Lastly, don't always focus on what you're trying to gain but on what the person is trying to gain. You just have to find a good lucrative point that's good for them and profitable for you.

Mon. Jul. 11, 2022

Executive Summary

Your executive summary should invoke confidence while being one powerful page. It should start with a thought-provoking question because this will lead to why your business is needed. The executive summary is essentially a mini version of your business plan. A five simple paragraph format is good. The first paragraph is the overview, the second is the target market competition strategy, the third is operational highlights, the fourth is sales projections and plans to break even, and finally the fifth is financing and sources. The overall goal is to keep it simple and organized.

Sat. Jul. 9, 2022

How To Analyze If Your Startup Will Fail

In order to analyze if your startup will fail you have to ask yourself if your idea is good then why did nobody do it before. This could be because it is hard, not a good idea, or profitable. You also need to address the weak points and come up with a contingency plan. This is to make sure that you have a plan if things fail. It is also important to know where your profit model is coming from. If you don't know this then you can't expect to make money. You want there to be zero maybes. You have to do your research and see who failed before you and why. This gives you the advantage to fix obvious weak points or walking away instead of wasting time. The right contingency planning can help you succeed. You learn more from failure than success.

Fri. Jul. 8, 2022

Stress Management, Physical Health, and Mentorship

You have to control your emotions. Happiness is a choice just like anger. No one can make you mad because you are the one that let them. You're responsible for how you respond to situations where people do things that you do not like. A good practice for controlling your emotions is to smile in the mirror for ten seconds when you are mad. This will calm you down and help you control your emotions.

Physical Health is very important for leaders. The strongest leaders are in shape. When you're active and you take care of yourself you are in a better mood and more productive. When you are out of shape you are lazy and you're not in a good mood. It is important to prioritize physical health because it can affect your mind.

When looking for a mentor you shouldn't go and ask them to be your mentor. It's a bad question which is why you have to ask specific questions. Do your research first and have something to offer the mentor in return. Don't wait on a mentor to come around because a mentor is there to guide you, not give you all the answers. If people see you on the right path they will want to help you succeed.

Thu. Jul. 7, 2022

Smart Loyalties and Saving

You should always put yourself and your career interests first. If you see a better job offer you should take it because companies aren't loyal to their employees. You may think your job is secure but it may not be. You should have a valid reason to believe that it is because when budget cuts need to be made companies do not hesitate to get rid of you.

The best way to save is by having two incomes. You should spend the smallest one and save the biggest one. Tracking expenses is helpful too because it helps you cut back on unnecessary expenses. Additionally, it is important to always find ways to increase your income. You can do this by finding the time to do so. You have to reflect on how much time you waste and see how you can cut back on wasting time. This helps you find more time to make more money.

Wed. Jul. 6, 2022

LinkedIn, Resumes, and Pre Screener Interviews

LinkedIn is a great tool to market yourself to potential employers. Today I learned the correct way to use LinkedIn. Profile summaries are great for talking about the problems that you want to solve. Also, a distinct profile picture is important for your profile because it shows that you are serious because it's not used on other apps or websites. Recommendations are important for your profile because it makes you stand out. They're basically like references from people that you previously were employed under.

Applicant tracking systems are used for picking out job applications. This is why it's important to have skill sets on your resume. Most recruiters don't spend a lot of time looking at resumes. They could spend as little as ten seconds looking at your resume which is why your skills should be there.

Pre-screener phone interviews ask you about salary expectations. Companies do this because they want to see if your range fits within their budget. It is important to provide a range instead of a specific number because it gives wiggle room to negotiate. Additionally, it is important to ask who will conduct your interview beforehand. This gives you time to see if you and the interviewer have commonalities in order for you to build a strong connection and increase your chances of landing a job offer.

Tue. Jul. 5, 2022

Enjoying Life While Making Money and Making Money From Social Media

In order to enjoy life while making money, you need to be passionate about what you're doing while being realistic. For instance, a lot of people like to sing but everyone can't sing well. You can make money from almost any hobby you have as long as you are good at it and motivated. Having remote jobs allow for freedom and the ability to take more control over your life which makes life more enjoyable. When working remotely it doesn't necessarily have to be under a company. It could be from your own business or freelance work. For instance, if you like art you can start your own business by making art and selling it.

In order to make money off of social media, you have to put more thought into your content and be organized. Finding your niche is very helpful as the first step because afterward creating content becomes natural.