Top 8 Fantastic Sites to Help Keep Your Kids Creative

The imagination of a child is like no other and if it is fed and nurtured from the beginning, the results could be extraordinarily positive. It’s crucial to keep children’s minds active in their formative years, since that’s when they do most of their learning and retain the most information. It’s also important to encourage a child’s sense of creativity, giving them the freedom to grow and expand their minds. In the past, parents worried about their kids watching too much brainless television and sought to find educational programming they could learn from. Today, the problem is pretty much the same, though the media has changed. Kids are constantly on the computer, surfing the web, but what are they looking at? Are they being productive or simply staring at a screen that inspires nothing out of them? Have no fear because we’ve got a list of some fantastic websites that can put you parents at ease, knowing your child is using their minds and being creative all while they are visually stimulated and entertained.

1. Kerpoof

Kerpoof is a fun, colorful, creative spot for kids to enjoy, create, and even learn in. As there are several online games to choose from that each display a level of interaction, Kerpoof allows children to tap into their artistic side and expand their knowledge. In “Spell A Picture,” kids can produce an image by spelling out words of objects that they then can choose and compose anywhere within the frame. The educational element is masked by the fun of coming up with new words to see the different objects and characters. Some words like “man,” typed multiple times, produce different visual results. Another fun game called “Make A Drawing” is your typical drawing pad with the added bonus of a color palette that has the ability to function like a real painter’s palette, allowing kids to experiment with mixing colors.

 2. Tate Kids
Tate Kids is the Tate Modern Museum’s answer to creating an artistic virtual space for children. The site offers a number of innovative games all while expanding a child’s creative horizons and educating them about art along the way. For the kid interested in graffiti, there’s a great game called “Street Art” that prefaces the digital pastime with a little insight on what street art is and even cites Banksy as one of the most popular street artists today. Once in the game, children are free to express themselves through a series of spray paint cans that range in size and color. Hold down your cursor long enough on the simulated wall and your paint will run just like real graffiti. Tate Kids has also integrated a social aspect, letting kids create and share their own art galleries. The site even gives tips for being crafty offline.


3. Built by Kids
Built by Kids is a lifestyle website that was a 2012 Webby Award nominee in the Family/Parenting category. It is a site designed to keep families physically engaged while building their relationships and bonding over creative activities. Built by Kids proudly boasts that it is created “WITH, BY and FOR children” and firmly believes that “by teaching children practical skills and encouraging them to submit to their creativity, children become more confident, capable and cosmopolitan.” As such, the site features several familial activity ideas conveniently categorized by age (from toddlers to teens) and skill level (easy to challenging).
4. National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids aims to entertain young children while simultaneously introducing and further expanding their knowledge about our planet and the animals that live on it. Serving as the children’s version of the original National Geographic Society, the site offers similarly educational and enlightening content that’s more suitable for the innocent wonderment of a child, gearing a lot of its focus on discovering animals. In addition to games and puzzles, there is a “Fun Stuff” category that includes crafts, recipes, and “Photo Fill-Ins,” an activity that allows kids to creatively insert dialogue into the thought bubbles of cute and funny animal photographs. There is also a section devoted to photography, encouraging young photographers to upload and share their own animal photos.
The imagination of a child is like no other and if it is fed and nurtured from the beginning, the results could be extraordinarily positive. It’s crucial to keep children’s minds active in their formative years, since that’s when they do most of their learning and retain the most information. It’s also important to encourage a child’s sense of creativity, giving them the freedom to grow and expand their minds. In the past, parents worried about their kids watching too much brainless television and sought to find educational programming they could learn from. Today, the problem is pretty much the same, though the media has changed. Kids are constantly on the computer, surfing the web, but what are they looking at? Are they being productive or simply staring at a screen that inspires nothing out of them? Have no fear because we’ve got a list of some fantastic websites that can put you parents at ease, knowing your child is using their minds and being creative all while they are visually stimulated and entertained.
5. FluxTime Studio
FluxTime Studio is a site that allows your kids to try their hand at animation. In the age of YouTube, where children and adults alike can get stuck mindlessly clicking on an endless supply of cat videos, it is far more productive to present your children with a website that gives them the power to create content rather than simply watch it. FluxTime Studio allows users to edit and generate an animated video for free with the use of its library of colorful clipart in addition to the ability to draw directly onto the screen, frame by frame. The completed project can then be sent out as an e-card. There are greater perks, including the ability to save your work, if you choose to create an account, for which there are a varied number of membership options and price listings.

6. Sesame Street
Sesame Street is a well-known children’s television series that has been running since 1969, teaching kids just about everything with its rich educational content. The franchise’s website is equally influential in spreading knowledge and promoting creativity. The site boasts a series of original artistic games for younger kids that allow them to play around with visuals. There is a digital coloring book, allowing your tiny tots to click and color images of their favorite Sesame Street characters. Kids can get a sense of creative freedom, realizing that Cookie Monster doesn’t have to be blue in their version. Other games like “Bert and Ernie’s Printmaker” and “Big Bird’s Collage Studio” allow children to construct their own creations out of stamps, stickers, macaroni, and popcorn without the mess.
7. Make: Projects
Make: Projects is part of MAKE magazine, offering a wide selection of do-it-yourself projects to choose from. Although many of the activities seem right up an adult’s alley, as kids aren’t nearly as interested in making their own vinegar or building a plywood coffee table, there is an ever-expanding library of DIY projects curated specifically for children to try out. From constructing a balloon blimp to designing a robot costume, Make: Projects’ kids section doesn’t disappoint on the creative front. The site offers interesting experiments and fun activities for kids to tackle, of which there are over 40 at this point. Additionally, Make produces a series of DIY videos for children that is also hosted by a child called Silvia’s Mini Maker Show.

8. piZap
PiZap is a great site for young aspiring photographers, graphic designers, and digital illustrators to play with fun and easy image editing tools. The site provides a free online platform for kids to let their imaginations take flight visually. With an assorted library of clipart, backgrounds, and effects with a cartoonish appeal, kids can be entertained while they create original works. Whether your child chooses to use the supplied images or upload some of their own to tweak and upgrade, the activity allows them to exercise their creative designing skills. They can produce new collages and illustrations or stylize and edit existing photos. Additionally, your children can build their own stories by inserting text either by typing it out themselves or using the given alphabet graphics. Once completed, the entire image can be shared or downloaded.

The imagination of a child is like no other and if it is fed and nurtured from the beginning, the results could be extraordinarily positive. It’s crucial to keep children’s minds active in their formative years, since that’s when they do most of their learning and retain the most information. It’s also important to encourage a child’s sense of creativity, giving them the freedom to grow and expand their minds. In the past, parents worried about their kids watching too much brainless television and sought to find educational programming they could learn from. Today, the problem is pretty much the same, though the media has changed. Kids are constantly on the computer, surfing the web, but what are they looking at? Are they being productive or simply staring at a screen that inspires nothing out of them? Have no fear because we’ve got a list of some fantastic websites that can put you parents at ease, knowing your child is using their minds and being creative all while they are visually stimulated and entertained.

1. Kerpoof Kerpoof is a fun, colorful, creative spot for kids to enjoy, create, and even learn in. As there are several online games to choose from that each display a level of interaction, Kerpoof allows children to tap into their artistic side and expand their knowledge. In “Spell A Picture,” kids can produce an image by spelling out words of objects that they then can choose and compose anywhere within the frame. The educational element is masked by the fun of coming up with new words to see the different objects and characters. Some words like “man,” typed multiple times, produce different visual results. Another fun game called “Make A Drawing” is your typical drawing pad with the added bonus of a color palette that has the ability to function like a real painter’s palette, allowing kids to experiment with mixing colors.

 2. Tate Kids Tate Kids is the Tate Modern Museum’s answer to creating an artistic virtual space for children. The site offers a number of innovative games all while expanding a child’s creative horizons and educating them about art along the way. For the kid interested in graffiti, there’s a great game called “Street Art” that prefaces the digital pastime with a little insight on what street art is and even cites Banksy as one of the most popular street artists today. Once in the game, children are free to express themselves through a series of spray paint cans that range in size and color. Hold down your cursor long enough on the simulated wall and your paint will run just like real graffiti. Tate Kids has also integrated a social aspect, letting kids create and share their own art galleries. The site even gives tips for being crafty offline.


3. Built by Kids Built by Kids is a lifestyle website that was a 2012 Webby Award nominee in the Family/Parenting category. It is a site designed to keep families physically engaged while building their relationships and bonding over creative activities. Built by Kids proudly boasts that it is created “WITH, BY and FOR children” and firmly believes that “by teaching children practical skills and encouraging them to submit to their creativity, children become more confident, capable and cosmopolitan.” As such, the site features several familial activity ideas conveniently categorized by age (from toddlers to teens) and skill level (easy to challenging).
4. National Geographic Kids National Geographic Kids aims to entertain young children while simultaneously introducing and further expanding their knowledge about our planet and the animals that live on it. Serving as the children’s version of the original National Geographic Society, the site offers similarly educational and enlightening content that’s more suitable for the innocent wonderment of a child, gearing a lot of its focus on discovering animals. In addition to games and puzzles, there is a “Fun Stuff” category that includes crafts, recipes, and “Photo Fill-Ins,” an activity that allows kids to creatively insert dialogue into the thought bubbles of cute and funny animal photographs. There is also a section devoted to photography, encouraging young photographers to upload and share their own animal photos.

Seven powerful success principles

A principle is a rule or law concerning a natural occurrence. When principles are applied, the results are predictable. Today I want to talk about seven success principles that will make your success a natural occurrence. These principles are timeless; they will work today the same as they worked 2,500 years ago, the same as they will work 2,500 years from now.

If you follow the success principles, success will surely be yours. Contrary to popular opinion, public debate, and what you may have seen on television, success is not the result of good luck. Success comes from the proper application of principles.

With that said, here are 7 powerful success principles.

1. Prepare

“It’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.” -Paul Bryant

Success occurs when the prepared individual creates their own opportunity. Are you prepared? Preparation is the foundation of success. It often takes years to prepare for success, there are no overnight successes. What appears to be overnight success is usually the result of at least 10 years of preparation.

2. Get Started

“What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you’re not in action today, you don’t have a tomorrow, just a longer today. So get into action now, and begin to move in the right direction.

3. Move in the Right Direction

“The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.” -Oliver Wendell Homes

Are you moving in the right direction?

If you’re moving in the right direction, no matter your speed, you will eventually get to your intended destination. It’s not that important where you are right now, what matters is where you’re headed. Don’t get discouraged because you haven’t arrived; it’s only a matter of time before you walk into your dream.

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4. Dream and Act

“To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.” – Anatole France

What you dream today will become your tomorrow…if after you finish dreaming it you wake up and turn it into a reality. Dreaming is necessary, it frames your thinking, but it’s not enough. You need to develop a step-by-step action plan to turn those dreams into reality.

5. Think Big

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” – Michelangelo

Think bigger! If I have a little cup, I can fill it with a little water; if I have a big cup, I can fill it with a lot of water. Your thinking is the cup that determines what you get out of life. Expand your thinking and you will expand your life.

6. Grow

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” -Charles Swindoll

Life is about growth. The challenges of life, the seeming impossibilities are really just opportunities for you to grow. You need these challenges; how can you grow without a challenge? The challenges make you stronger, they make you better.

7. Be Determined

“The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed” – Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Og Mandino said, “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” Are you determined to succeed? Have you made up your mind? When you decide to succeed, when you cut-off all other options, when you’re determined to succeed, you will find a way to do it. So stay focused, success will be yours.

Thank you for reading, and please this article along!

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How to Create a Balanced Life

“Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.” ~Robert Fulgham

I’ve been feeling a bit wiggidy-wack over the last couple of weeks.

That’s my euphemism for feeling off, scattered, not quite balanced. Feel free to borrow it!

I’ve had way too much input, and the overload has stalled my output. It feels like I’m a runaway train that has sped off the track, and now I’m just spinning my wheels getting nowhere. Actually, I am accomplishing things, but it’s more of a shotgun approach rather than either  deliberate or effortless.

I know the shotgun approach is no good. It’s far too random and can lead you down a worm hole. There are so many things I like to do,  need to do, and want to do that I get paralyzed trying to decide which direction to take first. I’ve had to step back this week and recalibrate.

I often find myself torn between living deliberately and living effortlessly. Maybe you know what I mean.

Deliberate or Effortless Living?

Deliberate living is an approach to life and work whereby you create priorities and goals and then build your daily actions around those. You are planning and working toward something. This can be a very productive and successful method for managing your life.

Living effortlessly means you allow life to unfold naturally, without specific goals but within the parameters of your values and life priorities. My friend Leo Babauta has written a lot about living effortlessly and has created his life so it can unfold without much planning. There is certainly peace and simplicity in this approach. You live in the moment.

I’ve found with the deliberate approach that  I miss spontaneity over time. I begin to feel obligated to follow through on my plans even if I feel pulled or inspired in another direction. Yes, I can accomplish a lot, but it isn’t always joyful.

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When I live the effortless approach, letting life take care of itself, I fluctuate between stretches of calm punctuated by moments of sheer terror or overwhelm. There are simply too many details of my life that can’t take care of themselves, as much as I’d like them to (ie: kids, bills, laundry, etc.).

I’ve discovered that I am happiest (and less wiggidy wack) when I can achieve a balance between a deliberate and an effortless life. I like to call this living a “creative life.”

The Creative Life of Balance

A creative life involves pulling from the palette of both the deliberate and effortless approaches to paint an evolving, shifting picture for your life.

Some days you might need a bit more of the blues and greens, and other days you feel inspired by the browns and yellows. You can mix colors and paint the canvas to suit your circumstances or desires. You can apply broad and effortless brushstrokes or try your hand at deliberate pointillism.

As the creator, you have the ability to plan your painting but also leave room for inspiration and spontaneity. A mix of balance, composition, and personal expression make for beautiful art.

Of course, it’s easy to talk about achieving balance, but in practice it is a fine and delicate art. In fact, it’s an ongoing creative act that requires daily attention. Life is in constant motion. Circumstances shift. You evolve or change your mind.

Have you ever seen one of those Bongo Boards?  You balance on what looks like a skateboard without wheels but with one single roller underneath. The trick is to shift your balance back and forth so you stay on the board and the roller doesn’t pop out from under you. It’s hard to stay perfectly centered all the time. You have to continually recalibrate to maintain balance.

I’m sure you see the analogy here.

Life Balance Techniques

Every day we must recalibrate to maintain balance in our lives. I have found that there are certain techniques you can apply to help you recalibrate and achieve that balance. Here are a few of them:

Self-Awareness

It’s impossible to create balance if you don’t know who you are or what’s important to you. Underneath the persona you have created over a lifetime of responding to expectations, fears, and obligations, is the real you. It takes a period of self-reflection and self-discovery to find that person.

Most of us don’t reach adulthood without losing some or part of our authentic selves along the way. Knowing who you are, what you value, and what brings you sustained joy will help you create the foundation for a balanced life. If you haven’t taken the time to learn about yourself, you need to find a good tool to help you do that — and then do it. It’s the most important work you will ever undertake.

Practicality and Realism

Part of having a balanced life is having a practical and realistic outlook on life and what you can and cannot do at any given time. For example, as much as I’d like to live a very simple, streamlined life, I’m not in a position to do that right now without negatively impacting people I care about. Even if I were in the position, I know that simplifying many areas of my life would take a huge chunk of time and energy. And that’s not how I want to spend my time right now.

Within the context of our existing lives, we must make choices for what is most important and most valuable. If there are several equally important choices, then just pick one and recognize that uncertainty is also part of the adventure of living. One truth we must embrace is that uncertainty doesn’t need to be a reason for inaction.

Timing

You can do most of what you want in life, but you can’t do it all at once. There are around 16 waking hours in a day. Part of that time is spent with life necessities (eating, hygiene, driving, etc.).  And of course a job that takes a good chunk of our time.

So really we have only a few hours a week of “free” time to create as we wish. I have found that it’s far more satisfying to focus on a few things intently rather than cramming in many activities and never feeling deeply satisfied with any of them. If there are many things that interest you, pick a couple and focus on them for a while, fully savoring them. Then move on to something else later.

I’ve also learned that since work takes up so much of our time, I’d rather do work that I love and make less money if necessary. Of course, you don’t want to go into debt doing that, so you have to find a way to transition from one to another. Because we spend so much time working, I think making this transition is one of the most valuable life endeavors — even if you must temporarily give up other things you enjoy.

Intention

It’s quite useful to examine our intentions when we are working to create balance in our lives. When you are trying to choose an action, take a hard look at your intention behind it. Are you motivated by guilt, obligation, fear, ego? If your intentions are negative, you will likely meet inner resistance to the activity or plan.

Sometimes you must proceed anyway because practicality or security demands  (ie: you must do work you hate or fear being fired). But just having the awareness of your intentions can often take the sting out of the situation. Once you are aware, you are making a conscious and creative choice rather than simply reacting to circumstances or demands.

Scheduling Non-Negotiables

One very practical step I take when creating a balanced life is first filling in the non-negotiables of my life. You can’t do this without having undertaken the self-awareness steps mentioned above. But once you have a handle on who you are and what’s important to you, then you can begin inserting the regular activities that are a must for you.

For me, my non-negotiables include spending time with my kids; getting a good night’s sleep; exercising; working; spending time with friends; keeping my house in reasonable order; and having down time to relax. Time for those are plotted into every day. The art is in the details and timing of each of these.

I’d like to paint, simplify and de-clutter, cook more, take yoga, garden, and many other activities that intrigue me. But at this point, I’ve re-calibrated and created my life with the activities that are most important to me. There will be time to do these other things, but for today, I’m savoring both the activities of my life and the process of creation.

How are you creating a balanced life?

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Letter to Young Friends by Benjamin Franklin


Letter to a Young Friend  by  Benjamin Franklin

给年轻朋友的一封信  富兰克林

My dear friend

我亲爱的朋友

    I know of no medicine fit to diminish the violent natural inclination you mention; and if I did, I think I should not communicate it to you. Marriage is the proper remedy. It is the most natural State of man, and therefore the state in which you will find solid Happiness.Your reason against entering into it at present appears to be not well founded. The circumstantial advantages you have in view by postponing it, are not only uncertain, but they are small in comparison with the thing itself, the being married and settled. It is the man and woman united that makes the complete human Being, Separate she wants his force of body and strength of reason; he her softness, sensibility and acute discernment. Together they are most likely to succeed in the world. A single man has not nearly the value he would have in that state of union. He is an incomplete animal.He resembles the odd falf of a pair of scissors.

我知道没有药物能够消除你们所提到的那种疯狂的自然倾向; 即使我知道,我想我也不该告诉你.婚姻是适当的药物。它是人类最本能的状态, 因此是一种最幸福的生活状态。你拒绝现在进入婚姻殿堂的理由显的不够充分.你认为推迟婚姻可能存在好处,不仅不一定实现,而且,那些利益跟婚姻本身以及婚 后的安定相比起来就微不足道了。男人和女人只有联合起来才能组成完整的人.女人缺乏男人的力量和周密的推理,而男人缺乏女人的温柔、感性和敏锐的洞察力。 因此当男人和女人联合起来。就能够无往不胜。单身和离婚生活的男男女女不可能具有婚姻生活中的价值,是一种不完善的动物。他简直好比半把剪刀–孤掌难鸣。

    If you get a prudent, health wife, your industry in your profession, with her good economy, will be a fortune sufficient.

如果你拥有一位健康而谨慎的妻子,你的辛勤工作,加上她的勤俭节约,必定会创造充足的财富。

                                                Your affectionate Friend

您真挚的朋友

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Top 7 Essential Skills for Managing Change

It’s a cliché, but change has always been the only constant. In recent times, the pace of change has accelerated greatly, and we all need to find ways to deal creatively with this fact of modern life. Leaders, in particular, need to face and manage change in a constructive way, but everyone who wants to be successful – in career, in relationships, in life – must learn how to see and manage change the way that successful ‘change leaders’ do. Such leaders are adaptable and creative, responding to change in three key ways.

1. People who respond well to change will have a high ‘ambiguity threshold.’ Change is inherently ambiguous, and those who deal creatively with change will have a high tolerance for uncertainty and ‘shades of grey.’

2. Skillful managers of change will have a constructive ‘internal monologue.’ They will see themselves as inherently powerful and having the ability to control elements of the situation in which they find themselves. Some circumstances cannot be changed, but the way we respond to them is always a choice, and we always have a sphere of influence, however small. By focusing on this sphere of influence, and not expending energy bemoaning the area outside it, the circle will start to expand and give us progressively more control. Solutions to problems always exist, and the ‘internal monologue’ should reflect the desire to find them and the certainty that they can be successfully implemented.

3. Those who deal well with change will have a good reservoir of emotional, physical and mental energy from which to draw when things get tough.

Managing Change

The above ways of dealing with change tend to be innate, with some people having a greater capacity for one or more of them than others. However, they can be learned, and the following are seven tips for improving your skills in managing change.

1. Spend time reflecting on your own core values and your mission in life. A sense of purpose is essential to success and effectiveness, and those without a clear idea of what they are doing and why they are doing it will not have the foundation to keep going in the face of change.

2. Be persistent. Success is usually more to do with tenacity that genius. Persistence is only possible when you have clarified your values and when you are able to build on the bedrock of purpose. Successful people keep going in the face of change, finding new and creative ways to achieve a positive outcome.

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3. Be flexible and creative. Persistence does not mean pushing through by force. If you are unable to achieve success one way, try another, and then another. Keep looking for more creative solutions and innovative responses to problems.

4. Think outside the box. Read widely, and don’t confine yourself to your own area of ‘expertise.’ Try to see links between apparently separate and diverse elements in your life and experience.

5. Accept uncertainty and be optimistic. Life is inherently uncertain, so don’t waste your energy trying to predict the future. Of all the possible outcomes, focus on the most positive one. This is not to be a ‘Pollyanna,’ but to accept that if you respond well and work to the best of your ability, a good outcome is as likely as any other. Don’t waste your energy being negative.

6. Keep fit and healthy. Eat well, get enough sleep, exercise regularly. Meditation can help, too. This will keep up your energy levels and allow you to keep going in tough times. Not taking care of yourself physically, mentally and spiritually is foolish and short sighted.

7. See the big picture. Change is inevitable, but if you take a bird’s-eye-view of the landscape, the change won’t be so disorientating and you will keep perspective at all times.

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软文写作实践操作细则:从哪里寻找素材打造高质量软文

高质量原创内容写作技巧

相信到目前为止仍有许多站长,害怕写软文,特别是原创软文。不知道写什么内容、从哪里入手。其实原创软文并不难,只要你细心的观察、用心的投入。

在分享如何寻找软文素材前,不妨带大家一起来热身一下:

写软文首先要对软文素材分类有一个大致的了解:

常见的软文素材分类有以下6种:

1、分享类:分享自己的经验、心得体会

2、情感类:引起消费者和读者的共鸣;

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4、流行性:具有传递意义与价值;

5、恐吓类:有目的性的恐吓消费者达到观看的目的;

6、激励类:鼓励的方式;

7、权威、神秘类:以权威部门的话来吸引人

写软文的目的是什么?可以从下面6点去思考:

1、为什么:清楚为什么写这篇软文;

2、做什么:写这篇软文达到的目的是什么;

3、写什么:正文的主要内容也是软文的主要定义;

4、写给谁:这篇软文主要传输的群体谁?例如:是针对80后or90后;

5、何时说:抓住AD的切入点,融合到内容中。发布的媒介和区域是什么;

6、怎么说:要利用一些软文的表达方式以什么样的形式表示出软文的时效性

嗯,了解了这些后,下面笔者带大家走近今天的精彩部分:如何寻找软文素材?

关于如何寻找素材,其实很多人都可能会说素材源于生活,要我说,素材源于网络、源于生活、源于分析、源于感悟。笔者的软文素材来源于哪里呢?

1、源于自己的工作经历
从事某个行业、某份工作,期间都有着很多经历,可能包括与上司、同事,可能是工作中的一些小细节等,例如:SEO介绍、实践操作细则、成功小贴士 这篇文章是笔者工作期间的一些亲自体会。

2、源于生活中的感悟
生活中我们可能会接触到形形色色的人,如在北京的公交、地铁上每天我们都能够发现不同的面孔、春节期间情绪变化、对80后朋友的期望与鼓励,例如:网络絮语:换乘地铁30米却走了20分钟,谁的错? 两年没回家,这次春节回家前的准备及情绪变化 、网络碎语:写给80后的我们,不给力,神马皆是浮云 这些都是真真切切的内心体会,这样的文章更能让读者产生共鸣。

3、源于知识、技术的分享
分享对他人有用的东西就是一篇好的软文,拿网络行业来说,笔者曾经分享过如何利用百度知道推广婚纱摄影行业、如何确实目标关键词、如何利用信息网做网络推广、博客推广常用的手段、如何写企业网络推广方案等,例如:婚纱摄影行业,如何利用百度知道做网络推广? 、从哪几个方面去确定网站的目标关键词?、浅谈如何借助信息网做网络推广 、博客推广常用的手段有哪些? 、企业网络推广方案怎么写? 这些都属于知识性文章,相信对广大网络推广朋友会有很大帮助。

4、源于对数据的分析
关于数据分析其实是非常重要的一块,这里笔者其实做得并不是很到位,这里推荐大家多看看牟长青的文章,有很多精典的文章都是通过数据分析展现出来的,一个简单的数据分析文章:博客推广一个月数据统计分析总结 ,通过对比数据分析往往能说明很多东西,这也是实战重要性的体现,一个优秀的网络推广者一定在数据对比分析有自己独到的见解、擅长并喜欢分析数据。

5、源于对网络新闻、网络动态的关注、分析
写软文就应该多向新闻学习,记得颠覆式网络营销创始人郑俊雅老师告诉我们:要多关注互联网,尤其是天涯论坛,上面的文章标题都个个精典,为何他们的标题如此吸引人。多关注网络新动态,发表自己的感悟,关于这类的笔者好像写得很少,就举2011年四月举行的“电商圈”大赛吧,笔者没有参加这次比赛,不过还是挺关注比赛的,写过一篇文章:我是如何看待如火如荼的“电商圈”大赛,得到了很多参赛电商圈朋友的关注。

6、源于一个小小的话题
写软文最重要的就是找到一个好的话题,如果感觉很困难,不妨将别人的话题拿来借用一下,笔者感觉,一个好的软文写作者应该是不论给你一个什么样的话题,都可以打造出一篇闪亮的文章,如看到网上有关于精准网络营销的话题,就也想试着写一篇类似的文章,于是就写下了这篇文章:精准网络营销,才能使企业柳暗花明又一村,笔者体会这类的文章还真是需要丰富的阅历、扎实的功底。

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7、源于平时对想法、灵感的积累(最重要的一点)
笔者的文章就是来自于突然间的想法、灵感,不要临时抱佛脚,在工 作、生活中我们时常会产生一些想法,不管是好是坏,建议大家先将它记录下来,想想看一天哪怕有只有一个想法,一个月就30个、一年呢?记录了想法就等于记 录了这个话题,在以后可以随时调出这些想法,打造我们想要的文章,其实笔者已积累了大量的想法,只是因为时间的原因很多想法都暂时隔在那里,等以后有时间 会一点点拿出来大家一起分享。如这篇文章:优秀网络推广者要有《赢在中国》108将的创业激情,这些都是一开始积累的想法。
小结:关于软文写作还有很话题,由于时间的原因在后期在与大家一一分享吧,笔者认为应该将软文写作当成生活中的一部分,关于软文素材可写的太多太多,聊天、新闻、广告消息、去逛街走到某处看到的新鲜事都可以作为软文的素材,希望大家做生活中有心人,将软文写作进行到底。

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10款国外站长最常用的SEO优化工具

工欲善其事,必利其器. 在工具性能上来说国内外的SEO优化工具总是有少许差别,尽管对于大部分网站优化工作还得靠人工去做,但SEO工具作为辅助工具,是站长都应该必须了解的。

本文就将介绍10款国外站长常用的SEO优化工具,对于国内站长来说,通过这些工具可以了解国外搜索引擎优化的思路、技巧,同时对于做英文站、外贸站的站长也有参考价值,最重要的是:它们都是免费的。

1:TrafficTravis—SEO分析工具

推荐级别:10/10 (点此访问

TrafficTravis—SEO分析工具

这 是国外站长最受欢迎的一款SEO工具,Traffic Travis有一个免费版,功能有关键词分析过滤,关键词排名跟踪,另外最有用的就是分析关键字的竞争情况,包括获得搜索引擎前20名得网站的SEO竞争 分析,例如PR值,外链数量,DMOZ和yahoo收录情况,页面标签使用状况,和一个简单的关键字优化难度,免费版有一些限制,比如不能导出分析结果。

2:Backlinkwatch.com—反链检测

推荐级别:9/10 (点此访问

Backlinkwatch.com—反链检测

一个强力检测反向链接的网站,它可以精确的查找到链向你站的网址,和出站链接,并给出相应的PR、OBL、FLAG值,这一点对广大站长朋友是非常方便的,针对Google的优化。

3:XENU Link Sleuth—死链检测

推荐级别:9/10 (点此访问

XENU Link Sleuth—死链检测

Xenu是一款功能能简单,但对SEO十分重要的蜘蛛爬行模拟工具,只需输入一个网址,单击“OK”,该软件就能顺着网址链接爬行道其他网址上,对于检查死链接非常有用。

4:SEO Tool Bar (火狐插件)

推荐级别:8/10 (点此访问

SEO Tool Bar (火狐插件)

官方说有50万站长使用SEO Tool Bar插件,通过这个工具可以快速查看网页排名,并且很快看到页面的反向链接来自什么地方。

5. SEO Quake (火狐插件)

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SEO Quake (火狐插件)

Seo Quake是一款强大的SEO工具,在分析竞争对手的信息时,以前需要在搜索引擎网站上查询很多次,而使用Seo Quake 可以方便的查看结果记录中的相关信息。

6:MajesticSEO.com和OpenSiteExplorer.org—外链对比

推荐级别:7/10 (MajesticSEO.com)(OpenSiteExplorer.org

MajesticSEO.com—外链对比工具

比 雅虎外链查询还强大的外链接查询对比工具,这两个都是,Open Site Explorer是大名鼎鼎的Seomoz开发的工具,被认为是用来代替yahoo site explorer,基于自己的链接数据库。游客只能查询前200个链接,注册用户可查询1000个链接。在性能上没有TrafficTravis(第一 个)优秀。

7:LinkDiagnosis.com—反链检测工具

推荐级别:6/10 (点此访问

LinkDiagnosis.com—反链检测工具

LinkDiagnosis 也是一个反向链接检测工具,和Backlinkwatch(第二个)一样,可以作为Backlinkwatch的补充,卢松松就不多做介绍了。

8:CuteRank.net—关键词排名检测工具

推荐级别:10/10 (点此访问

CuteRank.net—关键词排名检测工具

CuteRank是SEO专业人士经常使用的关键词排名检测工具,它可以“检查”和“追踪”网站在多个搜索引擎,包括谷歌,雅虎,Bing,Ask和AOL上的排名并且能跟踪排名在搜索引擎上的结果。

9:RankChecker—检测关键词排名工具

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RankChecker—检测关键词排名工具

Rank Checker是个很好用的检查搜索引擎排名工具,它为你省去了自己去检查搜索引擎结果页的麻烦。

10:AutomaticBackLinks.com—自动增加外链

推荐级别:10/10 (点此访问

AutomaticBackLinks.com—自动增加外链

AutomaticBackLinks 是一个自动增加反向链接的网站,用户在页脚放入网站反向链接代码后,你的网址会自动链接到PR值比你高的相关内容网页上,但同时你也要链接其他相关网页, 有点类似于国内的批量链接交换,这对于做英文站SEO优化,却又苦于找不到链接的站长来说是个不错的增加外链的方式。

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Top 10 Most Inspiring Quotes By Steve Jobs

We will forever remember Steve Jobs.  ”There may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.” — President Barack Obama.

Here is our 10 most favorite quotes by Steve Jobs:

  • “I want to put a ding in the universe.”
  • “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
  • “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?”
  • “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
  • “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
  • “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”
  • “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
  • “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.”
  • “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.”
  • “If you haven’t found what you love yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

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“I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun.”  ~Katharine Hepburn

Fun is underrated.

As adults, our lives are complicated and often very serious. We are involved in the serious business of grown-up stuff. We work hard. We support our families. We worry about money and higher prices. We fret about the condition of the world, politics, our children. We have endless chores and tasks without much time for fun.

Sometimes when I act silly and dance around the kitchen, my kids look at me like I’m a freak. I know what they are thinking. I can read their minds. “What do you have to be so happy about you loony tune? You’re a grown-up. Stop having fun this instant.”

I used to straighten up right away when they gave me the stink-eye. That was before I grew younger as I’ve aged. Now I just dance some more. I’ve realized that fun is essential. What are we working so hard for anyway?

Fun doesn’t have to be expensive or extravagant.

I did learn that from my stink-eyed children. In the summer, they can have fun from morning until bedtime, only pausing for meals. One summer I watched my son and his friends construct what I lovingly named “The Polish Taxi” (no offense to Polish people). The Polish Taxi was a plastic lawn chair duct taped to two skateboards. It took them hours to construct it. Then they spent the rest of the day pulling each other around behind a bicycle. Now that’s fun.

I did something really fun and fairly out-of-character for me recently. I went to REI and bought a bicycle. A pretty nice hybrid bicycle that involves gear shifting and wearing padded pants. (The last bike I owned had a banana seat with flower power stickers.) We live near a bike trail along the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta, and I have been riding a lot. Getting on that bike was like a time-travel experience back to childhood. It was liberating fun.

Now I look for opportunities for fun. I figure all of the hard work I’ve done with my career and raising children deserves some pay-off. And even if you’re in the middle of working hard and raising children, you should still have as much fun as possible, because life is short and there’s no guarantee of a Polish Taxi in heaven.

Here is a simple guide to creating more fun in your life:

1.  Take yourself and your life less seriously. Lighten up about the serious business of being an adult. Serious business will always be there whether or not you choose to focus on it all the time.

2.  Embrace the truth that fun is good. You don’t need to feel guilty or embarrassed about having fun. Being an adult doesn’t mean you’ve lost the child-like quality of wonder and joy and wild abandonment.

3.  Don’t be self-conscious. It’s OK to look goofy and unabashedly happy sometimes. Let your hair fly in the wind.

4.  Remember what was fun as a child. I loved riding my bike. Some of the old-fashioned stuff is still the most fun. Here are some other fun things you might try again:

  • flying a kite
  • sledding
  • canoeing
  • skating
  • dancing
  • throwing a ball
  • camping
  • fishing
  • wading in a stream
  • reading in a hammock
  • building a sandcastle
  • having a picnic
  • playing cards
  • jumping on a trampoline
  • riding with the windows down

4.  Nourish your friendships so that you have partners in fun. Some of the most fun occasions in my life have been with my girlfriends. Become the fun instigator of your circle. I’ve recently thought about having a pajama party brunch when Will and Kate (the Royals) get married. Imagine the stink-eye I’ll get from my teenagers! Hah! That will be fun too.

5.  Build time for fun with your spouse or partner. Think back on the times when you were first together and the fun you created naturally. Rekindle those moments. Be playful. Make him/her laugh with silliness or private jokes. Take fun into the bedroom.

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6.  Share fun with your children. It’s easy to go off into your separate corners of the house to do chores, homework, computer surfing. Connect with your children through fun. They are the masters of it, so let them take the lead with a game, a hobby, or a trip to an amusement park.

7.  Be creative and spontaneous. All fun activities don’t have to be planned or traditional. Maybe creating a Polish Taxi isn’t your idea of fun, but come up with something unexpected or surprising. Start a water balloon fight with your kids or have an impromptu scavenger hunt with your neighbors.

8. Make it non-competitive. There are many sports and games that are loads of fun until it starts getting competitive. Then lighthearted fun can quickly morph into an ego-based urge to win. That’s a different kind of fun that stokes a different part of the psyche.

9. Be child-like, but remember your limits. I was urged by my kids to body surf in the ocean a few years back. They were having so much fun, and I wanted to join in. But with the first big wave, I was slammed to the ocean floor face first and sported a lovely abrasion from brow to chin for the remainder of the vacation.

10. Plan fun into your life. It’s easy to forget about fun. It’s been so long since it lived with us every day as a regular companion. Fun may not come knocking at your door, so you may have to invite it in. Plan fun activities with your family and friends. Look for opportunities to experience fun. Find ways to make the tedious tasks of life more interesting and fun to enliven your spirit and brighten your day.

I’m convinced that we are programmed from birth to have fun and enjoy this beautiful Earth we call home. It’s only as we age that real fun is abandoned for the pursuit of it. As proof of this, I’d like to share this video of toddlers having fun before they learn to tone it down. (Please ignore any commercial message.)

I hope you enjoy! Now go have some fun. And share what you do for fun in the comments.

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Are You Trying to Live Up to Other People’s Values

Do you often feel guilty about things that you aren’t doing – or things that you are doing? Do you find yourself saying “I really should…” or “I know I’m supposed to…” or “I must…”? Are you trying to live up to someone else’s values?

There are so many pressures on us to conform. You might think that you have your own priorities straight (and that you’re failing to meet your own standards), but chances are, you’re being influenced by a lot of external pressures. These could come from:

  • Society as a whole, and the media
  • Your colleagues, friends or classmates
  • Your parents, grandparents and extended family

The problem with trying to live by someone else’s values is that you’ll never feel as though you’re managing it. You can’t please everyone – and you shouldn’t be trying to. At the end of the day, what matters is that you live up to your own values. (In many cases, these might coincide with those of your community, friends or family, of course; but be clear where differences lie.)

Values from Society and the Media

Using the word “values” might seem odd in connection with modern society and the media (often criticised for not holding values or morals). Sometimes, what we take for common sense or received wisdom is really a value so ingrained in us by society, we can’t step outside and see a different point of view.

 

For example, consumerism is encouraged by the media (because they exist due to selling not only newspapers and magazines and other products, but by selling advertising). Our society is obsessed with appearance – just think of all the ridiculous attention paid to whether celebrities are gaining or losing weight.

If you’ve set yourself a goal of earning an extra $5k this year, or of losing 30lbs, ask yourself whether you’ve done so because of your values – or because this is what newspapers, television and advertisers are telling you to do.

Values from Your Colleagues/ Friends

When I was at school, there was a lot of talk about resisting “peer pressure” to misbehave. Your peers are the people who are like you – whether they’re in the same job, at the same college, or simply your group of friends. The danger is that our social instinct and need to belong can push us to adopt values which aren’t really ones we’d otherwise prioritize.

For example, if all your friends place a high value on entertainment, enjoyment and partying – and you value being frugal and making a contribution to the world – you might end up living what feels to you a shallow lifestyle. If your classmates at college are all focused on career and earnings, your dream of traveling may fall by the wayside. And if your colleagues prioritize getting ahead at all costs, what happens to your values of honesty, kindness, and mutual respect?

When you’re buying a new gadget, accepting an invitation, or stretching the truth to make life easier, ask yourself whether you’re being drawn away from your values by your peers.

Values from Your Family

In many cases, we share our values with our close family members. If your parents placed a high value on family relationships, chances are, you do too. And if your family have always prioritized helping out in the community, you’ve probably been involved in various volunteering opportunities all your life.

Sometimes, though, you might feel pressurized or stressed because of your parents’ or grandparents’ values. Perhaps you don’t want to hire a cleaner because your grandpa would be horrified by the idea of paying someone to do jobs that you could do perfectly well yourself – but you know that having the housework taken care of would give you time to launch your new business.

Or maybe your dad’s focus has always been on making as much money as possible in order to retire young; you’re feeling pushed towards a “realistic” corporate career when, deep down, you want to pursue a more creative calling.

Once you no longer live under your parents’ roof, you have no obligation to living up to their values. I certainly wouldn’t suggest you go out of your way to horrify, offend or shock your relatives, but try not to fall into the trap of second-guessing yourself because you’re worried what they’ll think. And relatives won’t always react how you expect. When I quit my job to freelance, my mother and I kept it secret from my grandma for several months – but when we finally broke the news, my grandma was full of praise for my entrepreneurial spirit!

Ask yourself whether it’s time to cut the apron strings and live your life: your parents and loved ones want you to do what makes you happy – not to simply follow their values.

Whose values are you living up to? How can you start getting back to your own values?

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