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Wynd’s Tips #6 Palette Creator extension for Google Chrome

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Hey folks Welcome to Wynd’s Tips Wednesday, where I share a few tips that you can  use  to ease your creation process. Occasionally I’ll  talk about non-Secondlife tips too.

Ya just never know what we’ll be up to at Wyndaveres   so check back often and enjoy!

This week I want to talk about color palettes!

Ever just get stumped or frozen when trying to pick the perfect colors? I know I do.Sometimes I just can’t come up with a palette I like.

Should the bow be blue or red?

What color looks best with green?

Do I want a warm romantic feel or something vibrant and bold?

These little burps sure can hold me back in the wee hours of the night when I’m creating.

The solution to this problem is age old; tried & true, look at photos or  nature & click save,pin, or fav button.

The photos do not need to be of anything in particular just be filled with colors you like.   It’s fun! I mean who doesn’t love browsing beautiful photos?

 

My favorite places to kick back  browse are:

Google + Wynd @ Google + images, Pinterest   and Deviant Art.

Not only will the pure beauty captured through the lens of photographers dazzle you but the creativeness of others will inspire you. Hopefully,  setting you on the path to resolving the bumps in the road of your own creative journey.

 

After you make a few selections your next stop is  “Palette Creator” for Google Chrome.

 

 

If you don’t have “Palette Creator” you’ll first need to be using Chrome.

Chrome is the Google internet browser. If you use something else I suggest you give Google Chrome a try, the extensions/apps are more than worth it!

Once you have Chrome and “Palette Creator” extension installed lets make some magic!

 

Go to any of the images you pinned saved or faved, hover your cursor over the image, and then  simply r-click the image.

Palette Creator for Google Chrome

Next, select how many colors you would like  Palette Creator to  pull from the image. I’ve chosen to create a 16 color palette.

looks pretty cool  don’t ya say? Actually when I created Wyndaveres.com I did use Palette Creator.

I have also used this for dressing myself. It’s great for putting together  coordinating colors in outfits. What a time saver!

 

I even used this to create a full 32 color palette I work from for all my products. It’s  saved me a ton of time and then all my creations coordinate with each other to boot!

This tool is one of my most valued, it’s quick and easy and fun to use.  I do hope you have enjoyed this week’s Wynd’s Tips!

Now it’s your turn!

Head out!  Do something nice for a friend, help an old lady across the street or buy a friend a gift..might a suggest a gift from Wyndaveres? The deed itself is not important, it’s only important that you do something kind for someone, anyone!

If we want to see change in the world we must be willing to be the change!

Thanks again for stopping in, please come back often and pop by to say howdy to me in your Secondlife.

Until next time, Wynd

 

 

Wynd's Tips #4Wynd’s Tips #4 SEO it’s for SecondLife too!

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Wynd's Tips #4

SEO Search Engine Optimization

 

 

 

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for you! If you Optimize it they will come!

Second Life is a search Engine no different from Google. Grab your customers & the SL Search engine’s attention by giving your products User-friendly/Search Engine friendly Names, descriptions, & don’t forget to check off the “Show in Search” option on every new creation! Be Seen & Heard!

If you don’t know what Search Engine Optimization is, think of it as the thesis statement to sum up a story. You want the search engine and  your customers to know exactly what it is you have to sell , at a quick glance. Pick the most important Words for both people and the Sl search to know what it is you are selling and why they should buy it.

Look for a Full 2 part series for both in-world products and  SecondLife Marketplace listings  Next Tuesday and then the second part  2 weeks from then.

OOooorr you can even contact me in world for a one on one chat over a cup of coffee at Wyndavere’s in SecondLife.

 

What YOU Like Means NothingWhat you Like means Nothing

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Welcome to the very first article from Wellness.Wyndaveres.com!

I am grateful to be here with you as you take your first steps on your path to self discovery, as you explore, question, and reevaluate your ideas and begin your journey to redesigning your mind.

I thought it appropriate to kick start your journey with a deep exploration of the word “like.”

What YOU Like Means Nothing

The word like has been a part of the English language since about the 13th Century.

Through it’s evolution…or devolution, it has taken on many meanings.

It has been used as a comparative,as a justification,as a way to express a wealth of emotions and with the birth of social networking ,“like” is now used as a tool as well.

 

 

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary,

as a noun verb “like” means:

  • to have a preference for. I like coffee. ,and boy do I ever.

As an adjective, “like” comes to mean

  • resemble. You look like someone who is likely to steal my coffee.”

Notice the use of “likely,” adverb, meaning probably.

When used as a verb like becomes:

  • agree, enjoy, feel for,want, approve ,or choose.

 

We further complicate it’s meaning when we use it as slang.

Ya know, that special form of speaking we all did as the “cool” kids or still do because we are still the cool kids.

He looked at me with a grimace when I took his coffee and I was like, “what ever,” as I walked away.

In this form like expresses emotion, usually accompanied by some facial expression to indicate which emotion “like” is representing. Similarly, it means “say” or “said,” as in I was like, “what ever.”

 

With the birth of social media (for those of you who have been here before Facebook, Digg, Twitter, or Google + existed) Like becomes a tool.

Marketing and social media use “ likes” to gather information by appealing to our humanistic desires to be popular, setting up a formula to produce a numerical rank,not just in social circles but also in search engines.

Jake posts a a picture on his Facebook page. While on his lunch break (because we all know Jake wouldn’t browse Facebook during work hours) he eagerly checks his post to see if anyone out there liked it. Upon logging in he sees that not one, but five people “liked” his image. His brain bursts with excitement as his eyes see the 5 and translate it into a confirmation that Yes, Jake, you are popular, people enjoy your content, and gosh darn it, people like you!

 

Later that day, Jane a friend of Jake’s, logs into Facebook too. Her page instantly updates revealing all of the happenings of her friends lives. The first thing she reads is Wynd likes this, Jessica likes this, bloggerwitha.com, likes this.

Out of curiosity she clicks the link, seeing that not only do these 3 people but 109 others like Jake’s picture too!

Naturally, to show that she is still one of the cool kids, and we know she is, she clicks the icon and gets the same burst of excitement that Jake got when he first posted the picture early that morning.

She smiles with satisfaction, in knowing that every one of her friends can now see that she also likes Jake’s picture. And that’s EXACTLY what marketers want!

 

Marketing is designed to appeal to this very basic human desire; to be liked or become popular. What started as just a way to sayhey Jake I like you” now becomes a race in rank appealing to our competitive nature, to not just gain popularity but also rank in the eyes of search engines. The competition leaves a bit of stress in the bellies of many as the desire to be liked becomes a NEED in order for our images, posts, and articles to be seen by Google and by the WORLD. .

 

Further complicating the situation , like takes on a yet another form as it becomes a tool to get something we want.

We’ve all seen the ads that read,” if you “like” Wal-mart you’ll get the CHANCE to win a 1000$ gift card.”

So, Angie clicks the link in hopes of getting the reward. In exchange, her page now proudly says Angie Likes Wal-mart! It’s not exactly the message Angie wanted to send out to her 4,902 friends, but they are a smart bunch, and they know that Angie simply wants the gift card.

 

Similar to Angie, I assume that most of you who “like” Wal-mart are not stating that you approve or support the store or it’s company policies but more so, you just want the gift card too.

Your brain processes the information as an if I do this I get this reward, and here the gambling begins. Your hopes raise as you, quite unintentionally, begin to work for the company, acting as a free advertiser as you share the ad, in hopes of getting that reward.

This adds further devolution to like as the very meaning is diminished.

It becomes a tool, announcing untruths; used to get the things we desire.

In effect, leaving the reader in a position of which they can no longer even trust that what you “like” is in fact something you approve of or have a preference for.

Social media leaves a very unclear and sometimes misrepresentation of the “liker’s” use of the tool, and no matter how it is used, whether it is +1, a Digg, a “love” or a “like” the word “Like” itself can not stand alone,without a supportive description to illustrate the intent of it’s meaning.

 

When I was 19, a young woman in my first semester as an architecture student in Boston, I remember sitting nervously awaiting the instructor to enter the room. Eventually he did.

To my surprise he was a young man, maybe in his late 20’s wearing not a suit or slacks but instead he wore jeans and chucks! This is an architectural school after all, you can’t really expect the rigidity of a business lesson when you are surrounded by eccentric design students. He took his place at the head of the class and after a short introduction, he began our very first lesson, and the start to our journey, Why “What you like means Nothing.”

 

What you like means nothing UNLESS you have a cause, or in this case a because, that is later questioned with why?

 

I have included a free worksheet for you to download and use to explore the things you like and start to ask yourself why you like them.

Please continue to part 2 “What You Like Means Nothing -WorkSheet.”

 

“If you approve of, enjoyed, feel this has made your life better in some way I would be ever so happy if you helped in giving me that small burst of excitement using the G+, like, digg button to show your support as you retweet or “share” this article with anyone who you think will enjoy it.”

References 

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/like

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/like

http://www.answers.com/topic/like

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