Log of what of Trevon Waddell has learned at Techie Youth

Thu. Aug. 11, 2022

Websites and stock photos

I learned that websites like Amazon, Payhip, Blurb, and E-junkie are all used for selling ebooks. For example, with Amazon you can publish your ebooks on the online store for free and get exposure while keeping up to 70% of the total sales price. In addition, Payhip is a website that gives you the ability to sell any type of downloadable digital material, including ebooks. Additionally, Payhip will only keep 5% of your sales which makes it a good deal. In addition, I leaned that some ebooks utilize artwork from photographers and editors These photographers and editors use popular apps such as Adobe Stock, IStock, ShutterStock, and Gettyimages just to name a few. Creative people use programs like Adobe Stock to help them earn money through their creatively. You have lots of creative freedom and tools at your disposal. However, you content approval can be complicated if your image is under or over exposed. Lighting and atmosphere are things that should always be considered when selling artwork or having your work be well received.

Wed. Aug. 10, 2022

The world of modeling

I learned about the process of modeling and how to create a professional modeling profile. If you are going into modeling, you are going to want to create a cover image that showcases your modeling capabilities. Models need an impressive cool and interesting image, so people know what type of model you are. There is a verity of different models such as professional models, commercial models, or promotional models. Therefore, it's important to know which model type you are so you can know the requirements. In addition, when presenting your best pictures, you should think about what platform you will be utilizing. Using different social media apps like Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and more are all good ways connect with possible employers. Doing this will allow you to develop a fan base and be invited to modeling groups where you can get more job opportunities.

Mon. Aug. 8, 2022

The world of digital goods

I learned what Digital goods are and what the market looks like for them. Digital goods are products that exist in a digital form, meaning it's something that is sold and consumed online/remotely. I learned that digital goods are things such as E-books, images, movies, videos, streaming music, and more. people obtain these digital goods from streaming services like Disney pulse, Netflix, and other places that provide digital products like Amazon. Therefore, the market is very big for digital goods and are being consumed all over the world in many different forms of entertainment. People typically get digital goods for entertainment purposes, but they could also be used for education. Teachers buy digital books, textbooks, and more for the students. Additionally, different countries have different tax systems, meaning that they apply to digital products. Therefore, it's important to know what digital goods you are paying for and how you can keep yourself from losing money.

Fri. Aug. 5, 2022

The world of selling art

Today I learned more about how to sell art both online and to corporations. There are two ways for how to sell your art, create or curate. Curate is for people that are not personally an artist, but have a great eye for art. They can still get into the game of selling art as a curator. Curators handle the business side of selling art. They're typically a partner to artists, a curate makes a percentage of the selling price in exchange for their business knowledge and service. Meaning both the artist and curate benefits from working together. In addition, artist can sell their work to corporations. This means an artist will have to make contact with corporations in order to sell their work. An artist should consider approaching small businesses in your area where they're a customer or client such as a law or accounting firm. This is something a lot of artists do becomes its local and they have friends there to help promote their artwork.

Thu. Aug. 4, 2022

Online advertising

I learned more about online advertising and how it's one of the most effective ways for businesses to expand their reach, find new customers, and strengthen their revenue streams. Before you start any many advertisements it's important to know your audience. Knowing your audience will allow you to directly advertise to them and their interest. Additionally, this allows you to maximize the effectiveness of your advertising while also appeasing the targeted audience. In addition, the use of tools such as sponsored content, visual ads, email marketing, and analytics are all useful elements of the online advertising process. These elements of advertising can help support you in getting the attention of a larger audience while increasing your chances of someone buying your product.

Wed. Aug. 3, 2022

Grant writing and funding projects

I learned more about grant writing and how it's utilized. Grant writers are people that help individuals and organizations with receiving grant funding, any nonprofit industry can use the skills of grant writers. An example of grant writing is a community development grant that would be a teen center. There are many categories that grant writers can focus on such as public policy, international development, housing, business, etc. All of these topics require a grant writer who has skills such as written communication skills, organizational skills, creativity, and dedication to a project. These are all important elements for grant writers to have. All in all, grant writers are good for making sure a project can be realistically completed and effectively executed.

Tue. Aug. 2, 2022

Winning strategies and the world of a technical writer

Today I learned about winning strategies that can be utilized for creating content that people will like. In addition, learning what technical writers do. Technical writers work in their own office with computers for up to 8 hours a day. This group of workers are intelligent and have frequent interactions with clients, tech support, and more. You need to be out growing and interactive with other people. However, the work can be very intense and solitary. This means you will be mostly by yourself on a day-to-day basis working on templates and illustrations. One of the most important elements of this job is being interested in science and technology. Additionally, when creating content that people will like you have to think about what will get the most attention. For many years, SEOs have been using linkbait. This is content that’s deliberately designed to attract attention and create controversy. This will get the attention of journalists and everyone that encounters the topic.

Mon. Aug. 1, 2022

Online Fundraising

Today I learned about fundraising and many different forms it can take. Firstly, fundraising is simply a way to raise money using the Internet. There can also be online fundraisers, in fact online fundraisers have become more popular since the pandemic that hit the world late 2019. Most nonprofits have adopted this as their preferred way to raise money because of various different reasons. It’s easier and more convenient, cost-effective, improves accessibility, increases reach, and attracts new supporters. Social media challenges, Google Ads, live stream events, and more are all methods for raising money. All in all, online fundraisers are an effective way to gather people in a community together to support a cause.

Fri. Jul. 29, 2022

Editing, emotion, and colors

Today I learned about editing and color grading. These elements are utilized to properly convey moments of emotion, action, and to show the furthering of the plot. Editors have to decide how much time they want to spend on a scene. They need to know how long they should spend on a character’s emotions. Sometimes this means using one continuous shot or multiple shots because they should always be utilized to convey the character's emotions in a given scene. Furthermore, as a video editor you will be utilizing tools such as J and L cuts. These cuts are for creating rhythm and developing the desired reaction from your audience. They’re called J and L cuts because of the shape they make in the editing process. In addition, the creation of an emotional or impactful scene is supported by color grading. Color grading is changing and enhancing colors in a video or film digitally. You will have to focus on elements like balance and contrast. Keeping the image consistent with the tone and making sure your video isn’t under or over exposed. Additionally, white balance is a tool that allows the editor to make adjustments in video to logically connect to the tone. For example, if the movie is taking place in a snowstorm the colors will be cooler and bluer. This differs from a movie in the jungle where things would be warmer and greener.

Thu. Jul. 28, 2022

Remote work and the power of writing

Today I learned about remote customer service and grant writing. A remote customer service is someone who reaches out to customers with new offers, preemptive solutions, product news, etc. However, they’re working from home instead of an office building. They perform the same responsibilities as a customer service rep, but their team is either partially or fully remote. In order to excel in this line of work you will need to develop and practice good everyday skills. Skills such as communication, networking, scheduling, and just being responsible with your time. Additionally, you should have or be actively developing remote/tech-based skills such as maintaining a strong internet connection, communication in a live chat room, and being able to utilize your devices properly. Learning and mastering these skills will allow you to work jobs such as Remote Call Center Agent, Remote Customer Service Rep, Remote Customer Support Engineer, Remote Customer Support manager, etc. in addition, I learned about grant writing and how much people get paid for doing it. Grant writers can work in education, art, culture, human rights, community development, and much more. The expected income is around $69,200 for a grant writer but this can vary from person to person.

Wed. Jul. 27, 2022

Marketing campaigns to keep an audience

Today I learned about marketing campaigns and how to get the attention of your audience. Something that I found very interesting is that one of the most effective ways to generate links is to create content that’s the best and the most authoritative in the category. You want to be able to capture the attention of the viewer while being better than the competition. This is why you don’t want your competitors to get more clicks/views in a category that you are working in. Furthermore, you have to be systematic with how you create and promote your content. This is because without it you would just be creating content and hoping that something sticks. In addition, creating content that's newsworthy, educational, helpful, and interesting, can attract links from other writers and content creators that have a huge positive effect on SEO. All in all, you want to create content that other people want to link and view.

Tue. Jul. 26, 2022

Copywriting and blogging

Today I learned more about blogging and the different types of blogs people have created. In addition, I learned what it means to be a copywriter along with how the process works. A blog can focus on a variety of different topics, for example you could create a blog about company updates, products you liked, the workout you use, and communicate with friends and family. Additionally, blogs can be utilized as a creative outlet to practice writing. All you have to do is be creative and capture your audience’s attention. Once you get that covered you can utilize the different blogging methods such as lifestyle/personal brand blog, passion subject blog, broad niche blog, crash-test-dummy blog. Then copywriting is something that businesses utilize in getting the attention of a large audience. This is for the primary purpose of moving a consumer closer to a purchase. Creating eye-catching headlines is one of the most popular methods of a copywriter. This is because it engages the audience while getting their point access in a creative way. This is what separates the good and bad copywriters. The good copywriters always put their reader first. A lot of businesses tend to focus on the business and not the reader.

Mon. Jul. 25, 2022

Magazines, journals, and publishing a masterpiece

Today I learned the differences between magazines and journals, tips for aspiring magazine writers, and how to publish a book. Many people around the world read magazines and journals but for different reasons. Something that separates the two are elements such as purpose, content, style, and presentation. Magazines are written with the primary focus of entertaining while being informative. This differs with journals because their primary focus is academic or scientific research and information. Furthermore, magazines use non-technical language while journals use technical terms. Lastly, one major difference between the two is who is writing them. Magazine authors are composed of freelance workers while journals are composed of scholars and professionals. Additionally, one important tip for magazine writers is to utilize your personal experiences. This allows you to develop a more interesting magazine because you are putting elements of yourself into the story. This method makes you more engaged in what you are writing about. Then if you want to publish a book you should first consider why you want to write a book in the first place. Ask yourself questions like, are you an entrepreneur or freelancer with a really good idea for a book that should be published? Asking and then answering questions like these can help you better understand what you want from publishing a book and if it’s something that's worth your time.

Fri. Jul. 22, 2022

Data entry and the creating visual harmony

Today I learned what data entry is and where it’s most commonly utilized. In addition, I learned about the many different types of tutors in the world. Lastly, I released elements of art, especially the use of elements like pattern and color when constructing a well-received artistic design. I learned that data entry is the action of transcribing information into a computer program. Transcribing is the process of putting thoughts, speech, numbers, or patterns into a written or printed form. Furthermore, this information is most commonly utilized for transcribing handwritten documents, information off spreadsheets, and sequences of numbers, as well as computer code and even names and addresses. This is when the role of a typist is very important for the completion of transcribing information. A typist is someone that earns money by typing for others. earns money by typing for others. The typist is able to keep up with the rapid flow of information, numbers, data, etc. In order to become a good typist, you will need to practice and what better way to practice than with a tutor. Tutors have a huge range of topics they cover such as math, science, reading, statistics, language, etc. Tutors can help a lot of different people and can support you both in person and remotely. However, if you aren’t interested in data and want a more artistic career, you should focus on the elements of design and understanding the basic color theory. Color theory is all about primary colors, secondary colors, and how they are best utilized to create a visually interesting design. With all of these elements combined you can achieve color harmony. This means you have created something that is pleasing to the eye while engaging the viewer creating a sense of order and balance.

Thu. Jul. 21, 2022

Endorsing checks and PayPal

Today I learned how to endorse checks and how you can use PayPal to shop online. When someone writes you a check, you then need to endorse it so that you can cash the check or be able to deposit it. Furthermore, endorsing a check helps the bank in verifying you as the recipient which authorizes the bank to make the transaction in your name. This is important for when you want to spend or save your money. Additionally, you will need to sign your name on the back of the check. This action along with providing additional information can help protect you from the danger of fraud. However, you should wait to endorse a check before deposit. This is to prevent someone from fraudulently depositing a check made out to you which means you lose that money, and it now goes to someone else. In addition, PayPal is a good way to shop online while splitting your purchase into four interest-free payments with no late fees. That means you can shop for your favorite brands like Nike, Target, and Best Buy without the complication of unforeseen fees.

Wed. Jul. 20, 2022

Getting to know stocks

Today I learned about the different types of stocks in the world and what cryptocurrency is. I learned what a common stock and preferred stock is and how they operate. A common stock is for someone who is new to stocks and is looking only at a few shares. This means people with common stock own a share in the company's profit as well as the right to vote. While a preferred stock is when shares are less prone to losing value, however they’re also less prone to gaining value. Additionally, they both have pros and cons that should be considered when deciding the right choice for you. For example, a pro for common stock is the potential for higher long-term rewards. While a con is that you are more likely to lose investments if the company goes into bankruptcy. Furthermore, a pro for preferred stock is the ability for shareholders to recover at least part of investment in case of bankruptcy. But they have no voting rights and have lower long-term growth. Both are good and bad for different reasons and should be researched before committing to a stock.

Tue. Jul. 19, 2022

Ace an interview with confidence

Today I learned how to approach an interview and what to do for preparation. I learned that when getting ready for a job interview it’s important to do research on what the job wants from you. In addition, learning the location, subject, time and date is important for showcasing your professionalism. Therefore, you are going to want to learn the skills and experience the company values. This allows you to know what the employer values and what questions they may ask. This means you should practice answering these questions so you will be prepared and avoid too many surprises. Then during the interview, you should always maintain focus and show that you are actively listening to the person who is interviewing you. Being an active listener means that you don’t miss any information and you assure the interviewer that you are paying attention. Furthermore, you shouldn’t interrupt the person asking questions and instead you should wait for an opening or when they ask you a question. Following these tips and strategies will support you in making a great first impression.

Mon. Jul. 18, 2022

Build connections and avoid distractions

Today I learned about the importance of networking, online connections, and how to avoid scammers. When working with other people it’s important to spend time learning about your coworkers. When there is a break away from work you should take that opportunity to talk and get to know who you are working with. This is not only exclusive to an office setting but can also work from home. This communication can lead to the exchanging of ideas and allows you to meet professionals in your field and others that are interesting to you. Additionally, this allows you to look at different job opportunities and career paths. However, when looking at different job opportunities you should always look out for possible scammers. To avoid scammers, you should ask yourself questions like, is this deal too good to be true, is this company reliable, and ask yourself if they are asking for too much information up front. These are some questions you should think about before accepting anything from someone offering a really good job.

Fri. Jul. 15, 2022

Mentors, Admirers, and Role Models

Today I learned about the importance and impact a mentor can have on a person’s life. Firstly, some people tend to confuse mentors and role models. Role models are typically famous people that have a lot of admirers. These admirers look up to these role models because of many reasons like their fame, wealth, and personality. While a lot of people look up to their role models they don’t usually engage in direct conversations. This means people don’t talk to their role models which also means their role models are unaware of them. This differs greatly from what a mentor is and represents. A mentor is someone that is in closer contact to you meaning that you talk to them regularly. A mentor is usually a professional in a field of study and always has life experience that can be utilized in helping a person achieve successes. While the two are different this doesn't mean that a mentor cannot be a role model.

Thu. Jul. 14, 2022

The daily importance of time, heath, and emotions.

Today I learned the importance of not only time management and daily schedules but also the importance of having an understanding of your physical and mental health. Time management is important because it gives you the ability to complete tasks without procrastination getting in the way. When managing time, it's important to keep track of what you are doing in order to complete those takes/goals. This can be done with the use of a schedule. This can be done easily because there are many different ways to keep track of your daily activities. You could use the many different online planners and Kanban Boards to keep an easy-to-follow schedule. Therefore, you spend less time stressing out about the many things you have to get done in the day. This is why having an understanding of your mental and physical health can be beneficial to completing your goals. Your health can be supported by doing physical activities and sports that you enjoy, eating foods that are beneficial to you helth, and most importantly getting plenty of rest. All these elements combined can help in having a good and healthy lifestyle.

Wed. Jul. 13, 2022

Running a profitable business.

Today I learned about the many different profit models and how they can be utilized to best support a business. Firstly, I learned that a profit model is a company's plan that focuses on the profitability and viability of the business. It's the blueprint of how a company will operate and how things like sales will be generated. Therefore, with a proper business model, a company could be doomed to failure because they will be operating in a manner that makes gaining profitability difficult. Furthermore, some of these profit models are production, rental/leasing, commission, and advertising. All of these focuses on the importance of delivering goods and services, production components, and operating components. These are all very important elements in running any business no matter the topic or demographic.

Tue. Jul. 12, 2022

Experiences & Digital Jobs

Today I learned a lot about the different online job opportunities. For example, some of these jobs could be web-development, marketing & sales, visual assistance, and my personal favorite design and multimedia. I was particularly interested in this line of work because it's a combination of both my art and tech skills. In fact, this is similar to my interest in collage. Furthermore, what I leaned about online jobs could be used in collage to enhance my understanding of the industry. In addition, I learned about the importance of having a clear and easy to follow list of experiences. For example, my LinkedIn account showcases new and prior work experiences. This allows future employers to see that I have done and what I could bring to the table. Therefore, showcasing all your expectances even if they're not the most significant builds an image of what kind of worker and person you are.

Mon. Jul. 11, 2022

Checking and Saving

Today I learned a few important concepts involving checking and saving accounts. I learned the differences between the two. For example, I learned that checking accounts have fewer limitless on withdrawals while saving accounts are the limited number of withdrawals per month. In addition, I learned that the saving account are designed to hold your money. Furthermore, you can access this account for paying bills online, however you cannot make direct purchases. In order to do that you would have to transfer the money to a bank account first. This differs from a checking account where you have very little limitations involved when wanting to access funds. This means you are free to make any direct purchase with a checking account as long as there is money in that account. However, a negative of having a checking account is the monthly fees. This can be avoided if you maintain a minimum balance or actively using direct deposit.