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Twinkies, Twilight, and Tidings of Comfort and Joy

17 Nov

The end of this week marked the end of two eras: Hostess and Twilight. Both relatively sad and both extremely over-dramatized… and by that I mean Twilight.

Our future generations will never know what a “Twinkie,” “Ding Dong,” or “Wonder Bread” is. It is a major and depressing loss within the confectionery industry for Hostess snack cake fans every where.  Apparently the Twinkie specialists decided to close shop after labor disputes led to an unavoidable bankruptcy. Not to say that I actually enjoyed eating any of these snacks after the age of 12, but I feel as though part of my childhood has died. Perhaps this was the catastrophic event that the Mayans predicted to occur at the end of this year…

As for all you Twi-hards out there, the final installment of the Twilight movies premiered Thursday night to complete the era of vampire seeking teenagers.  Whether you were Team Jacob or Team Edward, the sparkling vampire and baby-loving werewolf have ended their reign as fantasy boyfriends for middle aged women every where. Christian Grey, you’re next! I was unfortunately dragged to the movies with my mom and watched the melodramatic montages project on the silver screen for two hours. Needless to say, this final movie was just as exaggerated as the past four films.

In the midst of these hard time, we can look to the future to find inspiration and happiness. Christmas is 37 days away, so that’s what I’m looking forward to. I am also excited to see how this girl handled the final installment of the Twilight saga.

To brighten the mood for those of you in mourning, here is a little Christmas cheer that will hopefully turn your frown into a smile. Enjoy!

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So Pinteresting you’ll keep coming back for more.

20 Oct

In case you didn’t know, Christmas is 66 days away! You can check out the exact time until Santa packs his sleigh and heads your way here. You’re welcome. The reason why I am starting out this post about Christmas, other than the fact that I just LOVE Christmas, is because I’ve recently have to do research on Pinterest and what’s better than Pinterest right now other than the Christmas crafts?

Pinterest has always been my means to slacking off when I’m bored, waiting on someone, or when there happens to be computers in my classroom and I just can’t help myself. Did you know that that Pinterest is tied in second place with Tumblr for most time spent on a social media website? The average time spent on Pinterest is 89 minutes a month. I can honestly say that I have a large part within this statistic. I probably spend 89 minutes a day on Pinterest. AT LEAST. I’m honestly getting sidetracked by Pinterest while trying to write this blog.

For those seldom few of you who aren’t blessed to have been graced by the presence of this website, they recently ended their closed beta phase in August and EVERYONE can join now… without an invitation. You’re welcome.

If you don’t already have a Pinterest, I know what you’re thinking. Why would I get another social media outlet? Because it’s awesome! Where else can  you organize crafts you’ll never do, plan an imaginary wedding, and publish the latest fashion trends that you can never afford? Nowhere. Pinterest is where it’s at and I encourage you to join.

I know there is a lot of controversy circling this medium concerning copyrights, but to enjoy this medium all you have to do is be smart about it. This general rule can be applied to ALL forms of social media that you may already be a member of. Get informed first and enjoy later. I can assure you that the good weighs out the bad. Seriously, CHRISTMAS CRAFTS! What else more could you need?

So for those of you fellow pinners out there, go check out my boards. Not only will you find some nifty ideas, but if you pay close attention to the “Buy me this.” board, you will know what to get me for Christmas/Birthday/just for funsies. For those of you not already on Pinterest, get one. Try it out, and if you don’t like it you can always delete it. I can almost guarantee, though, that  you will find something that keeps you addicted. Crafts anyone?

Here’s a look at a Pinterest creation gone horribly wrong. NAILED IT!

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The Perks of Being a Vlogger

7 Sep

While surfing the web (mainly creeping on Facebook), I decided to do some added research for class and look up some famous video blogs. Let me just start out by saying that the market is bombarded with people hoping to catch a break by recording their day to day activities and posting them on YouTube. I had no idea how to know which “vlog” would be best to watch. So naturally I went to Google. (Speaking of which, their Star Trek theme was adorable).

Anyways, I typed “most popular video blogs” into the search bar and went to the link that said “10 Most Popular Video Blogs Online.” Knowing  that by doing so that I was feeding into the theory that people are more apt to click on or read articles that contain a number in the title. All of the links that I clicked on always seemed to contain one video blog: The Shaytards.

After reading further, I discovered that the main blogger “Shaycarl” embarked on this adventure by wanting to maintain a weight loss vlog. This eventually lead to an everyday occurrence when Shaycarl vowed on his 29th birthday to vlog every day of that year, and the rest is history. The Shaytards is now a popular vlog with over 900.000 subscribers who watch this family communicate and interact with one another.

So what are the perks of an online vlogger? YouTube partners make, on average, $2.50-$5.00 per view. If you have a channel, you will make anywhere from $.01-$.05 per view. This may not be enough to quit your day job depending on how often you post, but for those vloggers who upload videos everyday, you can definitely earn a pretty penny.

I may not invest myself in this form of media any time soon, but the perks of being a vlogger are nothing to scoff at. As we continue this up rise of social media through documenting our every day lives, all of us can potentially claim our 15 minutes of fame. So watch out YouTube, right now I may only have the possibility of getting extra credit in class, but maybe one day I will be able to save up for a European vacation courtesy of future YouTube subscribers.

And just as an added bonus, check out this really disturbing vlog that I found whilst surfing YouTube…

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