Some day, I would like to teach English in Thailand and one of the sites I found said you needed to have a major in teaching and luckily one of my many majors is in teaching. In 2012 I attended Full Sail University’s Education Media Design and Technology program after I finished my Media Design program. I unfortunately did not keep my portfolio site up so I have had to dig through my things to find some work from the Education Media Design and Technology Program. I found a group project that I did which was a 24 hour video project about the Amazon rain forest. I found the script in Google Drive.
I made it in 2013 and it was a fun project. It was a great experience to work with a group that was located all over the world. We used Google drive to collaborate and create a script. I then did the voice over for the video using Garageband and sent it to one of my classmates and she made the video.
Here is the finished video! Make sure to stay for the end and you’ll see my name in the credits!
Here is the entire script:
One of the largest rainforests in the world is the Amazon rainforest! Home to one third of the world species, the Amazon rainforest represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests, in its vastly diverse ecosystem. However several harmful factors, threaten the preservation of the rainforest almost everyday. Practices like logging, farming, and hunting can mean devastation to this rainforest. Every year the Amazon rainforest suffers a large loss from deforestation. The losses include loss of plant and animal life and not to mention the pollution that goes on during deforestation. This type of devastation is incredibly harmful to the forest, and also the tribes that live in the rain forest.
So what can we do to help the rainforest from reaching extinction before its too late? The best way to preserve the rainforest is by introducing tourism to the area. The preservation of the rainforest is important because tourism can help the locals of the Amazon rainforest support themselves financially. Tourism can help raise awareness to the area’s problems and also help preserve the area and minimize damage. Recently, the locals of the Madidi National Park created an Eco lodge called the San Miguel del Bala Ecolodge.
It has had positive effects on the locals and has provided the locals monetary support, as well as carve out and mold their changing identity. The local people who have migrated here from the Andean highlands speak the Quechua language. The oldest and best known is Chalalan Ecolodge in Chalalán on the Tuichi River, a successful community-based enterprise that generates significant economic benefits to indigenous communities.The cultures who find their origin here are the Tacana, the Mosete, the Tsimane and the Ese Ejja, all of which have their own language which pertains to one language group.
The protection and the preservation of the Amazon Rainforest is greatly important to not only the people of the rainforest, but to the entire world. Its a new year, new way to save the rainforest!
Here are some more of my Photoshop work:
Check out this short video I made that explains how I made the Photoshop Fun images.
Here is the newsletter called Liberal Smarts that I helped design in 2005: http://issuu.com/jemcafgal33/docs/liberalfinal
Here is the movie I made to go along with this post.
One of the reasons you can start a blog is to share your reviews about something. Reviews make great blogs posts. My favorite blogs, Migrationology.com and iLovetypography.com have many review posts. Migrationology.com reviews places to eat all over the world. What makes this blog great are the videos and photos that go along with it so you can really see what the food is like. You can also see the blogger’s expression of how good the food tastes by watching the videos.
iLovetypography.com has many reviews on fonts. This site has become a go to site for graphic designers looking for type ideas. When you go to this blog you can see all sorts of new, up and coming trends of fonts you have never even heard of. When you go to this site you can look at the fonts you like then you can also click on links so you can purchase the font you like.
If you visit my other blog DiligentTraveler, you will find a blog filled with reviews about hotels and restaurants in Davao City. I was not paid for the posts, but there are ways you can get paid to post reviews. I suggest Googling how to get paid for your reviews if you decide to do reviews. The reason people love to read hotel reviews is because they can get a good idea about a hotel or a restaurant from a blog post.
They can learn about the hotel I am writing about by just reading my blog post, viewing the pictures I have posted and viewing my Youtube videos embedded on my blog posts. Below is a video I made of my stay at Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City.
I hope you enjoyed my How to Blog Lesson for the day, stay tuned for more lessons.
Graphic design has always been my passion, but during my spare time, I like to create mixed media art. I typically create paintings and drawings then collage them together using Photoshop. I also like to collage my photography work to represent an abstract idea. Here are some examples of my mixed media art work.
These pieces were digitally collaged in Photoshop. The orange painting is an acrylic painting with a drawing of old headphones collaged on top. The red painting is a gouache painting with a drawing of a bamboo plant collaged on top.
Here is another collage artwork below. This image is a self portrait I took during my undergrad years at RIT. I then collaged it with a drawing of flip flops. I think combining paintings, drawing, and photographs together allows the artist to create artwork that is new and intriguing.
Here is another drawing of a spray bottle, a drawing of a flower, and a gouache painting collage in Photoshop below:
Here is another collage below. It is a collage of a black and white photograph and a drawing of a perfume. I also colorized the black and white photograph using the selection tool.
Here is another collage below. It is a Photoshop collage of an image of a waterfall and a drawing of a wine glass.
Check out this short video I made explaining how I made the Photoshop Collages images.
Everyone loves a good tutorial. I’ve posted tutorials on my blog in the past and they have gotten many views. When posting a tutorial, make sure to clearly outline how to do a certain thing. A good example of a written out tutorial is from my blog post called Polaroid Frame Tutorial.
I write about how to create a Polaroid frame effect for photos. I include images so that the viewer can see how I do photo editing. When doing a tutorial blog post, you can also add a video. Videos are better because you can clearly see each step of the process. Here is a video tutorial example that I included in my blog. It’s a video tutorial on how to use iMovie.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Make sure to make a tutorial post on your blog if it calls for it and of course, be sure to add images and video to help your reader understand the tutorial. View this iLoveTypography post on how to create a font. It’s a good example of what a tutorial blog post should look like. It has great pictures and I like how it outlines the different ways to make a font.
You can view it here: https://issuu.com/jemcafgal33/docs/thereselawlorbookfinal?e=4209830%2F36384566
Here is a video I made to go along with the Jembetat Cafe and Gallery Redesign book.
There are many types of blogs you can create. I have a few blogs that I have made using WordPress. I have this blog that is mainly for posts that are about my graphic design and photography portfolio pieces and how to blog tutorials. I have another blog that is a travel blog called DiligentTraveler and I also created two new blogs that focus on teaching how to speak Cebuano and Tagalog.
If you are just starting out and don’t have a niche you would like to blog about I would suggest you make a list of your most interesting niches and then go with the niche you are most passionate about. For those who live in the Philippines, I suggest a travel blog like DiligentTraveler because the Philippines has many tourist attractions. For those of you who are fanatics about the native language that you speak and have a wide range of audience that might be interested in learning your language I suggest you create a blog that teaches your audience your native language like my learn how to speak Cebuano and Tagalog blogs.
From what I have seen my travel blog DiligentTraveler has more views than my learn how to speak Cebuano and Tagalog blogs. I have observed that many people are interested in learning about travel destinations like Davao City, the accommodations available in the city, and places to eat. I have discovered that more people are interested in the traveling to Davao City aspect, but not really interested in learning the language because many tourists know that English is a widely spoken in Davao City. Tourists also may not have the time to learn Cebuano or Tagalog before they travel to Davao City or they might be finding that Cebuano and Tagalog are complicated dialects.
If you are a cooking enthusiast you may want to create a blog that focuses on teaching how to cook. There are many blogs that teach how to cook that are very popular. I have seen many successful learn how to cook Filipino food blogs like Panlasang Pinoy. Another factor you may also want to consider is whether you would like to make money off of your blog or not. If you are interested in making blogging a living make sure to choose a niche that has a wide range of audience. Blogs focused on cooking do get many views, but I would also contemplate on whether the food recipes you are writing about are popular dishes. For example, there might be a larger audience for Italian foods and French foods recipes than Filipino food recipes. If do you plan to focus on Filipino dishes make sure you are writing about popular Filipino dishes like Caldereta and Chicken Adobo and perhaps not so much the rare foods that many foreigners will not eat like Dinuguan which is a dish that consists of goat meat and the blood of a goat.
I hope this was helpful for you. Let me know what type of blog you are planning to create and message me if you need help.
Check my short video about what to blog about:
A blog post is where you put in your story and you update all of the time. You can have many many blog posts. Pages are static and don’t really change often. Pages are for things like contact me information, about me page, and things like that. Pages are reserved for things that you want your reader to be able to access easily and quickly.
Here is what I have in my pages. I have a Contact page that contains my email. I have an about page that contains information about who I am. I have a how to blog page with a link on how to quickly access my blogging lessons.
My contact page is there right on the top bar and so if my reader wants to contact me they can just click on the contact button and low and behold my email.
The about page in blog talks about my past educational experiences and past jobs. My blog was created to be a portfolio blog and was something I would give out to my potential bosses. Having this page allows possible future employers to learn about who I am quickly and my credentials.
This is an example of a blog post. I created a post about a game I wanted to create that would teach my readers how to speak Cebuano. I have creates many posts and so you have to scroll down my page to see all of them or you can access them by the categories that they are listed under. For example, this post is categorized as Education. You can click on the Education category and see other posts like it that are about teaching games.
I hope this post was helpful for you and I will go into more detail about categories in a future post. I have a category called How to Blog which can be accessed via this link: https://marielawlorgraphicdesign.wordpress.com/category/how-to-blog/. You can click on that link to access all the posts on how to blog. Enjoy!
Written By: Marie Therese Lawlor
An example of a good blog post.
Visit my blog post on Diligent Traveler to see a good example of a good blog post: https://diligenttraveler.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/my-trip-to-japan/
Topic: First find a topic that you are passionate about. Make sure that the topic is specific and not too broad.
Length: The length of the blog post will vary. It depends on what you are writing about. The important thing is to make sure that it is not too long because the audience might find it tiresome to read your blog post. It is important to include details, but not too many details.
Voice: When writing a post make sure to have a voice that addresses the reader. You can write as if you are writing to a friend. This type of writing is more personal and grabs the reader’s attention.
Images: Photographs are a great addition to your blog post. It adds interest and information. Like they say a picture is worth a thousand words.
Video: Videos are even more attention-grabbing than images. Videos can convey information, make the audience laugh or cry and of course, keeps the audience’s attention.
How to blog example:
Take a look at my blog post titled Traveling Is Not About the Destination
Travel is a topic I am passionate about. I love traveling and afterward sharing the stories about my travels as well as sharing photos and videos. This blog post is about my journey to the Philippines and being stuck in Tokyo, Japan because of a flight delay. It is a specific topic and it is not too broad.
The Length: The length of my blog post is a few paragraphs long and gives information and details, but it is not too long that it tires the reader out.
Voice: When I am writing I imagine I am talking to a friend. This type of method works because it eases me and keeps me from being too detailed. I never want to bore a friend.
Images: I have posted a few images that apply to my blog post and more specifically the paragraph it is under. I have also added captions to the images that give the reader extra information.
Video: I have created videos about my trip to Japan. These videos let the reader see a new side of Japan.
Here are the videos I created about my trip to Japan:
Here is another video I have on my blog post and it is a video of me talking about my trip to Japan on Photobooth: