5 Top Apps For Budding Musicians

The days when musicians had to wait to be discovered by large production companies are long gone. People like Connor Maynard (who’s referred to as the British Justin Bieber) started his thriving music career in his bedroom with a video cam. A lot of budding musicians are following in his – and others’ footsteps and starting out their own careers – charting out their own music successes. Having great apps which are easily downloadable is very important to a promising musician on the quest to get their music career on the right path. These apps can help them a great deal in a variety of ways. Here are the top ones on the go at the moment.

Garage Band

This is an unusually helpful app to potential and established musicians alike. It’s supremely affordable when compared to other music apps which do exactly the same thing. Garage band is a music making software for apple computers and for iPod and iPhone. Its audio recording capability is brilliant and its audio making software is second to none. Most young musicians have at some time downloaded garage band. There are some very good videos on how to use this app available online.


RjDj has been rated and reviewed very highly on the Internet. It’s available in several different languages and is tantamount to a musical DJ on your iPod. There hasn’t been anything else like it, as it allows you to create your own beats out of almost anything you want. You can mix tracks, import sounds, make them yourself etc, Amalgamate all these together for a wonderful, individual and unique sound that no one else, anywhere in the world has made. You can then share your sounds on social networking sites or with friends and watch your fan base grow. Which musician in the world won’t want a piece of this!


Shazam is a must-have app for budding musicians and people who love music alike. It can be downloaded on most devices. Just hold your iPhone etc, up to the TV or radio and Shazam will give you details of the song, the performer etc. It’ll also show you the lyrics, allow you to tag your friends and buy the song instantly. Shazam will even suggest music to you depending on what you’ve already downloaded in your music library.


Spotify is similar to Shazam, but is more widely used by the younger musicians and music lovers because of one huge difference – it’s free! The spotify app will change the audio quality from 720p to 1080p, making it more intense for listeners. Millions of tracks are available. Users can also share tunes and tag friends, and as the music is live, there’s no waiting time for downloading.


If you’re in the music business, whether you’re just starting out, or already established, you would’ve heard of Pandora. This is an Internet radio service flocked by musicians and those in love with music all over the world. It’s ridiculously easy to set up and personalize. You can easily cut out the music you don’t like and concentrate on your genres of your choice. Having said this, Pandora has just announced that (for the time being) if you’re not in the US, you can’t access their station.

So, are you a budding musician set on the path of creating your own tunes? Do you have these apps? What others can you recommend to people who love or make music?

Author Bio
This app list is compiled by John who also guest posts for cash advance site, and he has information to share on his site.

The Avengers, My Family Movie of the Year

Watched the Avengers movie together with the whole family. Had a great time. I’ll consider this the family movie of the year. Heck, yeah there are violent scenes, lots of it. I’ve seen violent movie scenes in my childhood too. I didn’t turn into a violent thug. Again, this is my family movie of the year.

The whole family watched ‘The Avengers’ last night right after work. Needless to say, we had another one of those ‘feel good’ experience during and after the movie. The kids can’t stop chattering about it while we were riding homeward.

If you haven’t watched the Avengers yet, check out the video clip below this article.

My youngest daughter, Shaniah Niles surprisingly enjoyed the movie inspite of the violent parts that she usually just naturally shy away from watching.

Both kids just love the Hulk, especially the way he seemed to be able to work along with the other avenger guys while the enemies are crawling all over them, but as soon as there’s a lull in the fight he turns on whoever fellow avenger is near him and gives him a wallop. The shrieks of delighted laughter from both of my kids were deafening. Is he really all CGI? If so, it’s really good CGI, made perfect by the addition of the original hulk Lou Ferrigno’s voice, though it’s just all growls and a couple of garbled words. And oh, it must be awful being Bruce Banner and living angry 24/7.

What’s up with Edward Norton, by the way? Why would he opt to give up playing Bruce Banner in this movie? I hope it’s about licenses and copyrights, not about money. What? It’s all about the money?

My personal favorites are of course the Iron Man and Thor. They exude cool and invulnerability. The fight scenes between the avengers are fun. It must have been a surprise for Thor to realize that not all humans are as frail as the majority. Just as it must have been shocking for Loki to experience the beating he had from the Hulk. As for the Captain, maybe it’s not the Captain’s character, silent and so selfless as he is, but for me, I was hoping the scriptwriters or Chris Evans would inject a little more humour to Captain America the way Ryan Reynolds did to Green Lantern.

All in all, I can say it was fun all the way, especially knowing that the wife and the kids all had real fun watching the movie too. I remember having the same satisfaction with Cliffhanger (years ago, I was single then), Transformers, etc.

Like I said earlier, the movie is not without its share of violence. Yet, I’d still consider this a good family movie. Not your typical wholesome family movie of course, but we all enjoyed it and the children are not showing signs of making the Hulk their model, bashing people’s heads randomly and being angry all the time.

Additional Avengers info:

I found this message from Ed Norton about his non-participation in the Avengers movie from a wikia.com page:

“As most of you know, I don’t like to talk much about the business of making movies because it means a lot to me to protect the audience’s fullest enjoyment of the ‘magic’ that films can have,. “But I am so appreciative of the outpouring of support from fans of the Hulk and The Avengers that I feel it would be rude not to respond. So there it goes: It seems it won’t work out for me to continue playing Bruce Banner for Marvel in The Avengers. I sincerely hoped it could happen and be great for everyone but it hasn’t turned out as we all hoped. “I know this is disappointing to many people and that makes me sad. But I am so grateful to Marvel for extending the offer and even more so for the chance to be part of the Hulk’s long and excellent history. And I really can’t thank the fans enough for how much enthusiasm you’ve sent my way… It means a lot to me. “I grew up with Banner and Hulk and have been a fan of every incarnation. I’m really proud, and very blessed, to have been one of them and will be thrilled to see him live on through other actors. Hulk is bigger than all of us, that’s why we love him, right?”

And who can resist TRIVIA? All trivia below are also taken from the same wikia page linked above:

  • Joe Carnahan was in talks to direct the film before Joss Whedon got the job.
  • Edward Norton was originally set to reprise his role from The Incredible Hulk (2008) but negotiations between him and Marvel Studios broke down. Norton was replaced with Mark Ruffalo.
  • Jeremy Renner was said to be taking archery lessons for his role as Hawkeye.
  • The film will be the first Marvel film to be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.
  • Before Mark Ruffalo was cast as The Hulk, Joaquin Phoenix was rumored for the part.
  • Morena Baccarin, Jessica Lucas, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Cobie Smulders screen tested for the role of Agent Maria Hill. Smulders was eventually cast.
  • Lou Ferrigno returns as the voice of the CGI made Incredible Hulk whom he first portrayed in 1977.
  • The movie is thought to take place in New York City, as NYC buses and cabs are shown during the trailer.
  • Chris Hemsworth had to increase and expand his dietary/food intake in order to maintain the physique he built up for Thor.
  • Mark Ruffalo describes Bruce Banner’s role in The Avengers as “a guy struggling with two sides of himself, the dark and the light; everything he does in his life is filtered through issues of control.” He furthermore describes Banner’s alter ego the Hulk as “a loose cannon – he’s the teammate none of them are sure they want, it’s like throwing a grenade into the middle of the group and hoping it turns out well!”
  • Mark Ruffalo is personally going to portray the Hulk through virtual-camera motion-capture, which allows him to actually portray the Hulk. Previous live-action versions have had Bruce Banner and the Hulk be played by separate people (Bill Bixby and bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno), or had the Hulk rendered into the film in computer-generated imagery.
  • Director Joss Whedon had earlier been considered to direct X-Men in the 1990s. A big fan of the X-Men, he even wrote a script, from which only two lines made it into the film.
  • Producer Kevin Feige compares the film to Transformers: Dark of the Moon: “It set a standard for that level of ZOMG-awesomeness and scale. We’re working to try to outdo that.”
  • Mark Ruffalo states it was an honour to take over as Bruce Banner from his friend Edward Norton: “Ed has bequeathed this part to me, I look at it as my generation’s Hamlet.”
  • The Science and Entertainment Exchange provided a science consultation for the film.
  • According to Joss Whedon, the film is strongly influenced by the early 1960s Avengers comics, which he was a fan of while growing up: “In those comics these people shouldn’t be in the same room let alone on the same team – and that is the definition of family.”
  • Tom Hiddleston spoke of his role as Loki in an interview by saying, “I can tell you that it’s all of them against me. I am the super villain. So it’s Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Nick Fury forming a team because I’ve got so bad ass.”
  • In the preview, Robert Downey Jr.’s character of Tony Stark can be seen wearing a Black Sabbath T-Shirt. Black Sabbath performed the unrelated single “Iron Man” which is on the soundtrack from the first Iron Man movie.
  • Has an unusually high number of Academy Award nominees in the cast for a comic book movie – or most movies for that matter: Robert Downey Jr.; Samuel L. Jackson; Jeremy Renner; and Mark Ruffalo. However, it still falls short of the five in Iron Man 2: Downey Jr.; Jackson; Gwyneth Paltrow; Mickey Rourke; and Don Cheadle.
  • Two founding members, Henry Pym (Antman/Giantman) and his wife Janet (Wasp), of the avengers are not included in this movie.
  • Tony Stark describes his group as “Earth’s mightiest heroes, that kind of thing.” This refers to the bold label that has appeared on “The Avengers” comic books since its 1963 publication. The phrase has also been used as the subtitle for The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the most recent animated series before the live-action Avengers film.
  • This is the second time that Bruce Banner/Hulk and Thor have appeared together in a movie. They previously appeared together in The Incredible Hulk Returns.
  • According to Director Joss Whedon, The original cut of the movie was over 3 hours long. There will be about 30 minutes of the excised footage included in the DVD Release, most of which revolves around Steve Rodgers (Captain America). Whedon revealed that one of these scenes involved Rodgers struggling to adjust to the modern world in his Brooklyn apartment and another revealed Steve Rodgers’ reunion with Peggy Carter, his love interest from Captain America: The First Avenger.

Leap Year: Superstitions & Oddities About February 29

A leap day is in the offing again. What is in store for you on this unusual day? Check out this article about some superstitions, facts, and oddities of February 29, leap day of the leap year.

The year 2012 is a leap year because it has a leap day which is the 29th of February. And if there are superstitions and odd facts about any common day, you could safely say there must be several for such an unusual day.

But before that, you might wonder why the ancients created a leap day and thus a leap year. Well, looks like the old calendar system gradually got off time and thus the months drift away from the right seasons associated with it. Several attempts at correcting this occurred until finally in 1582, they finally seemed to get it right.

But then again, judging from the way the seasons’ seeming to be off time again at our present time, looks like we might be on for another resetting.

Alright, back to the task at hand. One such oddity is something possibly cool (or scary) for men in that the leap day is supposed to be “Bachelors’ Day”. It is the day when women, this time, does the proposing for marriage, instead of the usual way around. For men who are looking for marriage, this could be cool, but for those who are not into it (yet), be ready to pay a penalty for turning a woman’s proposal down.

Supertitions Related to Leap Day/Year

  • Bad Luck?

    Just as the number 13, or Friday the 13th, is superstitiously considered bad luck by many, so is the leap day. Thus, folks in Scotland and Greece treat this day like the plague, especially when it comes to being born on that day, or to marry on that day, or do just about anything.

  • Good Luck!

    Apparently, if you’re not from Scotland or Greece, then the leap day is the best day for starting some important undertaking or business venture. That also includes good fortune for those who are born on a leap day.

    A leap day proved to be good for Christopher Columbus back in 1504 when he was marooned in Jamaica. The Jamaicans got tired of offering him food (and women?), but he got them to treat him good again after scaring them that God will darken the skies if they don’t treat him like a King. Of course, Columbus knew there’s going to be a lunar eclipse that leap night. Long story short, before the lunar eclipse ended a few minutes later, the natives were awed and thus pampered him again.

    I guess it would also turn out to be good for men to insist on setting a wedding on a leap day. This way, you need only spend for wedding anniversaries every 4 years.

There you go. There are only 2 important factors to supertitions after all. Some thing or some day is either lucky or unlucky, right?

Some Facts & Oddities Related to Leap Day/Year

  • Leap Sundays 28 Years Apart
    Sundays that fall on the 29th of February happens only every 28 years. The last one was in 2004, the next would be in 2032.
  • Born/Died on a Leap Day
    There might be several others but only one notable person was born on a leap day and died on another leap day 68 years later- Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania.
  • Chinese Leap Years Occur Every 3 Years
    Every 3 years, the Chinese year consists of 13 months. Thus, unlike our leap year which has a leap day, the Chinese leap year has a leap month.
  • Presidents born on a Leap Day
    Born on February 29, 1924 – Carlos Humberto Romero, President of El Salvador
  • Presidents who died on a Leap Day
    Died: February 29, 1944 – Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, President of Finland (born 1861)
    Died: February 29, 1956 – Elpidio Quirino, President of the Philippines (born 1890)
  • Every 4000 years, February only has 27 Days
    Ok. That’s just a suggestion. With the current Gregorian calendar, we now have 365.2425 days per year. But according to the Royal Greenwich Observatory, it should only be 365.24219 days. Thus, every 4000 years, we are off by 1 day. To make up for this, February should have only 27 days once every 4000 years.

That would be all for now folks.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Don’t tell me you missed the memo again. Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day! So, how do you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day today?

valentines day cardHappy Valentine’s day everyone! I could easily have searched Google for some witty poetry to say right after that first greeting. But I suppose, after having gone through decades of Valentine’s days, you’ve probably seen it all.

I am not that much of a reader though, so there just might be some poetry or quote out there that might still surprise me and give me the chills. Do you know that exactly 89.23%* of the population in the whole world is like me in this case? (Please follow the asterisk at the bottom of this post if you want to dig deeper into the details about this statistic).

Here’s one for instance that just might be a challenge for you to understand:

“No one can understand love who has not experienced infatuation. And no one can understand infatuation, no matter how many times he has experienced it.”

Mignon McLaughlin

And I must have been absent back in high school when my literature teacher discussed this line:

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind”

William Shakespeare

I’ve always thought that it’s neither with the eyes, nor the mind, but with the heart. But who can argue with Mr. Shakespeare?

David Letterman has also at one time given some Valentine’s Day tip that’s kind of cruel for the ladies but very economically sound for the guys.

“Break up on February 13th, get back together on the 15th.”

David Letterman

Ok. Enough quotes. Back to earth, and back to a little brain storming regarding what to give my wife for Valentine’s day that wouldn’t burn an irreparable hole in my wallet.

Flowers. Ok, that’s a given. Never have a Valentine’s day passed without me having given flowers to my girlfriend (who is now my wife).

Chocolates. She always appreciates chocolates. But I like most to see the surprise on her face when I give her chocolates spontaneously, for no reason, and without the benefit of a special day.

Dinner. I know there’s always the risk of a difficult search for a restaurant that is not filled to the brim with couples, but somehow we always get through the night with a really satisfactory dinner, though not always in a restaurant we originally planned to go to.

This Valentine’s day, I want to give her a little something she doesn’t usually expect to get. Well, if I suddenly become richer than Bill Gates tomorrow morning, I’d definitely order and have delivered to her, say, a gift-wrapped yellow 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia. That’s after I have a red one delivered to me, of course.

If not, I’d just probably ask someone on the other side of the globe to create a short video message telling her that I love her and have it uploaded on youtube. Fiverr maybe? I’ll just make sure not to let her know that it only cost me a couple of five dollar gigs to have it made.

*89.23%….pssst, actually, I just made this up, off the top of my head.

How a SIM Only Deal Can Save You Money

Get more control and have more options open for you by choosing SIM Only deals.

With the rate of unemployment increasing every day, the economy of the world is starting to experience a downturn, and as a result more and more people are going into debt every day. The problem with this is the fact that most people are going into debt because they have to keep paying for services they hardly need or use and they can do nothing about it.

One major service that keeps draining money from the pocket of the masses is communications, and that is because most people don’t know how to go about it.

As an expert that help people find the best SIM only plans, I’m starting to get tired of the fact that people keep paying excess for mobile services they don’t use. Personally, I think everybody should start using a SIM only deal to get the best service without going into debt, and in this article I will be giving you a few tips on how going for a SIM only deal can help you save money.

You Determine the Length of Your Contract

The number one advantage of going for a SIM only deal is that you determine the length of your contract. In other words, instead of being forced to pay for 12 or 24 months because you’re going with a standard contract you can easily subscribe to a 3 months or 1 month contract if that is what you want.

Most of us don’t even know if we will love an ISP for more than a few months, and it can be really frustrating to be forced to sign up for more months than we care to. By going for a SIM only package you won’t have to sign up for more months than you care to.

You Can Decide Not to Accept a New Smartphone

Another reason you can save money by going for a SIM only deal is that you can decide not to accept a new smartphone. In other words, you won’t be forced to get a smartphone you don’t need, and as a result you also won’t have to pay, “in excess”, for it.

I believe deciding which smartphone to use is a choice you have to make for yourself; and if you need a smartphone you can easily get it online or in the nearest store to you, so you shouldn’t be forced by your ISP to pay for a mobile phone you don’t want.

You Can Choose Any Network of Your Choice and Customize the Service that Comes with Your SIM Card

One major way a SIM only deal can also help you save money is that you can determine which network you want and the services that come with your SIM card. For example, most of us only use our mobile phones for making calls, so it wouldn’t be fair if we have to pay the same amount as those who use SMS and web also. You can easily negotiate with your ISP to give you a “call only” plan if that’s what you want and not have to worry about paying for services you don’t need.

Paul Tobis is an expert writer that talks about SIM Only deals.

3 Steps to Enjoy Your Internet Connection Performance

Thoma John Timsim adds a few more pointers for a better surfing experience regarding your internet connection

Post by: Thoma John Timsim

Many people have been asking me this question on my blog for some time now that how can they enjoy their internet connection on their computers, even at this time when most net access aren’t up to the rate some ISP used to promised their prospects. I normally answer them politely and some of those replies which I used to give them are what I shall be sharing with you in this article.

There are many reasons that can cause you not to enjoy your internet connection and some of them are what we shall be revealing in this article so that you can be able to browse the web and enjoy it without hassle.

Upgrade Your CPU for Faster Net Experience

When it happens that you weren’t able to browse the internet faster because everything is becoming slower and slower every minute – one thing that you should check is to know if your computer operating system is out of date or not. To know if your OS is out-of-date or if it is not up to what it is needed to run the modem, you can do so by checking the system requirement on your modem or dongle to know if your computer is up to what is required or not.

In many cases, you can be seeing errors when you are browsing the internet due to low level of the CPU, in such situation, you should make sure that you contact a nearby computer practitioner or better still, change your computer’s CPU or buy new one.

Also, it may happen that you will need to increase your computer’s RAM to make the system work faster to make your internet connection go faster.

Stop Sharing Your Internet Access with Just Anybody

You should share your connection with like minded people only. When you share your internet connection with other people, either your co-worker or your closest friends, you may discover that you aren’t able to control what they are using your connection for, and that could cause you to have limited internet access on your computer because they are sharing the same resources together with you. And that will certainly limit the amount of browsing time for everyone on the network including you.

Even at times when you feel like sharing your connection with people, you should make sure that you limit the connection by using strong password and also limiting the amount of bandwidth that each person on the network can use at a time. This will help you save more of your bandwidth and also help you enjoy browsing the internet.

Don’t Force Yourself to Browse

When you force yourself to browse the web, you will notice that you won’t be able to do what you wanted to do better than when you have the power and the passion to do that thing. It normally happened in most cases that when a person forces himself or herself to browse the internet, the person will end up becoming frustrated because of the outcome of what the person will get along the line – the body will be working against the person.

Whenever you force yourself to browse the web, you will notice that you won’t be able to achieve what you’ve set out to achieve through that browsing session that when you do it at your leisure – the time when you have the ability to do what you want to do on the internet.

Thoma John Timsim is a blogger and a writer who loves to write reviews for companies and start-ups. He also loves to share latest computer security tips on his technology blog, techatlast.

What you should do to Enjoy Internet Connection Better

Here are a few things Thoma John Timsim suggests to make your internet experience more enjoyable.

Post by: Thoma John Timsim

What happens when you begin to see your internet connection malfunctioning?

It means there are factors that are contradicting with its configuration or there are factors that have been affecting some of its functionality, and that can cause you to experience negative internet experience. So, how can this problem be put at bay so that you can be able to browse the net successfully? The perfect answer to this question are what I took time to provide for you in a simple to understand manner so that you can enjoy your internet connection without any hassle on your side.

When you are experiencing errors on your browsing activities, below are the tweaks you should try on your connection in order to put a stop to the problems at hand.

Surf the Web Anonymously to Avoid Limits from ISP’s

Sometimes, some internet service providers limit what their customers can do and what they can’t do while using their internet packages. And that action can make it hard for the user browse the net faster.

In some cases, the user won’t have access to browse websites in some locations of the world because of the limit from the ISP and some others. To solve it, you should contact your ISP to rectify this for you or better still you can go for another ISP company that can offer you far better package than the current one you are getting from the current ISP.

Disable Sharing

One other thing that can determine if your internet connection will work better for you or not is when you are sharing it with other people. You should make sure that you’re not sharing your internet connection with just anybody you see around you, even someone that is closest to you if you don’t want to have so many issues with the connection. And if it is a must for you to share your connection with people that are very close to you, you must make sure that you limit the amount of things that they can do on your PC with your connection or if it happens that the person is using the connection via Wi-Fi access, you can limit how the person will use your network over the wireless router settings without hassle.

Upgrade Your Package to Avoid Limits

It may happen that you are using a limited bandwidth internet connection package which has limited internet connectivity and that will certainly limits how you can browse the internet. So, you should make sure that you subscribe to the best package that can give you what you really need which is to browse the internet every time and everywhere without limitation.

Check the Broadcasting Station of Your Service Provider

Most times, it may become clear that your ISP is the cause of the challenges you are experiencing with your internet connection. I don’t mean that they deliberately giving you stress on the connection but, what I mean is that they might not know it or they know and don’t tells you about it. If your ISP’s broadcasting station is too far from the place where you are staying or where you are browsing the internet from, chances are that you might not be able to browse the internet faster without some limitations. One of the limits that you can experience is that of low signal strength when you are browsing the net. And that means when the signal is low, you can’t be able to surf easily.

Thoma John Timsim is a blogger and a writer who loves to writereviews for companies andstart-ups. He also loves to share latest computer security tips on his security blog.

Is the Internet (Technology) Helping or Hurting Your Job Search

Is the internet helping you get the job you aspire for? Or, is it leading you nowhere? Let’s see what Roxanne has to say.

I’ll be honest – finding work on the internet only ever works if you have specific skills and know where to go online to sell them. I sell my own work every day on the web, but that’s because I know how to search for places in which to sell it (thank you Google) and because my product (words) is something that finds a natural home on the web. Using the internet and its associated technologies can be extremely useful for finding jobs (like mine) – but you have to know how to apply that technology.

The connections that internet providers are now making available are powering a whole new way of using the internet, where multiple platforms and applications don’t just run side by side but bleed into each other (think about commenting on a programme that is still being broadcast, on your digital TV but also on your Facebook page). Social media technology, which doesn’t work without those high speeds and big bandwidths backing it up, has started to change the face of job finding for good. So maybe my own experience (when I used to look for work on the web, before I started selling my services as a writer, I’d sign up for all sorts of online agencies and never hear back from them again) is out of line with modern times.

The basic problem I (and all my friends) used to have was that any job site we used was also used by pretty much everyone else in the universe. So there’d end up being millions of potential candidates for any job and we’d never see an interview. In that respect we were like a web site that is trying to optimise for a really widely used search term – competing with so many other sites that it will never see the light of the first two pages on the SERPs.

Modern net technology has moved away from that blanket approach – everything that happens online these days is small scale. That’s the whole point of social networking, which is now driving everything that happens online. Social networking is all about exclusivity – while the old net model was a false impression of inclusiveness, so inclusive that no one stood a chance. Social networking makes you define a network of contacts and work within it – and that’s a much more fruitful way of getting work.

Internet providers, as I have said already, are making this happen with the increased speed and power of their signals and connections. The more technology that develops from the exclusive social network model (you’ll have seen a lot of it already, like Google’s plus one and the Facebook “like”), the more power our internet connections will need to run the sites we use, and to allow us to fully engage with that tech.

Finding work online is all about getting a network together and using it to recommend you (a recommendation is exactly like a plus one or a like) to potential clients. That’s becoming more and more possible as the power of our net connections spirals into its next level. Look to your internet providers for the tools to join the revolution. 

Roxanne Peterson

Thinking of Earning Money From My Photos

Do you think we hobbyists can earn a little something from our photographs? I did a quick research and I do think we can.

I’ve accumulated a considerable number of photographs after almost a year of on and off hobby-photography and am now thinking of earning money from these photos. Although I still felt I need to learn a lot, I’ve gained at least a wee bit of confidence in my photography. Yes, I do some post processing, but who doesn’t these days? I’ve seen some photos from folks who who don’t do post processing and a lot of them are just not that pleasing to the eye.

One of my friends asked me how he can make money out of his photographs. I’ve seen a lot of his photos which he posted on facebook and flickr and they’re all awesome. He especially makes stunning landscapes. That brought me to thinking about making use of my photos to earn too.

One possible way to earn is through a photo-blog. I have blogger friends who have photo-blogs but I’ve never asked them how much they earn using the adsense blocks they put up in those blogs. From what I’ve learned so far in the blogging arena, keywords are key to gaining (the right) traffic and thus earnings. My biased belief is that one doesn’t earn much, adsense-wise, with photo blogs that post random pictures of anything. If they do, then there must be some structure and strategy they use that I’ve yet to know about. Some photo blogs I love to visit are scenicadelaide and jrondaldlee. I guess one strategy they use is to include a few paragraphs of text in the photo post. These gets some keywords embedded in there for seo purposes.

Another friend however, who now lives in Canada swears he earns a little something every month from his photographs he submitted to such sites as fotolia, dreamstime, and other stock photo sites. This I suppose is where I would load my photos in the hope of getting a few cents out of them. Yes, there would be millions of photos out there, and I can only imagine how mine would fare in that ocean of images. But like they said, whatever idea you’ve got, taking action is the secret to knowing if it will work or not.

Here’s a list of stock photography sites I’ve stumbled just recently. This guy from photopreneur really did a lot of research to gather this information. Check it out by clicking here.

Me, I’m going over my database to find my passwords to some of the sites I’ve created an account with some time ago. I think it’s time we earn some money from our photographs. 🙂

PS. As a hobbyist, I only have the basics in terms of equipment:

Wish List Entry:

Meet the Bunwich

Our new pet dog, Bunwich, arrived home a couple of days ago. Isn’t she a beauty?


Almost 2 years ago we brought our very first family pet home and I wrote a post called ‘Meet the Bandit‘. Now, another girl pup has joined us. Ladies, gentlemen, and dogs….meet the Bunwich!

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While Bandit is a mix Japanese Spitz and Chihuahua, the friend from whom we got Bunwich said Bunwich is a poodle. Really, I love dogs, but I still don’t know and don’t intend to learn their breeds and all. I just love them. Of course, I don’t do the pet-licking-my-face routine. I play with them but I keep them at a safe distance from my face because, like I’ve said in the other post, I am sensitive to dust and pet hairs. My kids don’t seem to have that sensitivity though.

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My kids, 6-year old Shaniah Niles, and 12-year old James Lionel, shrieked in delight when they saw the Bunwich for the first time. While Bandit is snow white, Bunwich, born March 5 this year, is a mix of darkness and light browns. I think there are a few white fur on her chin and under belly though.

Getting a good shot at her indoors was not easy as she can’t sit still even for a second. She such a dynamo that I had to have my wife hold her so I can take a shot. I took several shots and the majority were blurs. It took all the patience I could muster just to get a few good ones out of several wasted shots.