How to Make Your Blog More Attractive by Flash Animations

Here are millions of new bloggers come to the Internet with their fresh blogs. At the first view, it’s quite impossible to attract any visitors to your sites since you can’t figure out how many blogs similar to yours are born at the same time. Even if someone comes to your site, possibly he will decide to leave or stay after a quick scan at your homepage in few seconds. So how can you seize the chance of the few seconds to make him stay?>?

Forget the highlight on text, odd website design or funny images. You audiences have already been immune to these tricks. In that case, why not let your blogs active with Flash animations?

In the following paragraphs you will get familiar with how to have Flash animations to boost your blog in three steps.

What things to prepare for Flash animations? Collecting materials will be a quite big problem. There are three solutions to gather and make materials for your Flash movies.

1. Download images from image hosting sites. Many image sites like Flickr and Google Image offer libraries of images. However, some of them are copyright protected, so you should send request to the original owners of the image and ask if it’s OK to use the image on your blog.

2. Capture screen of your blog. Use screen capture tools to gather some key point image you want to show at homepage. There are also some add-ons offering screen capture features like Screengrab in Firefox browser.

3. Record video clips. For how-to or presentation theme blogs, you can add a short demo video. You use camera to record a self introduction video, or just make screencast with screen recording software like Camstudio (free) or DemoCreator (with video editing features).

How to make Flash animations? Once you finish collecting all resources, it’s the time to start making Flash animations. Here we offer you two ways, depending on different end users for different demands.

1. Generate Flash with Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is the world leading Flash producing software which allows you to make amazing Flash animations. However, it’s not freeware and you might spend long time to master it, so it’s only recommended to those professional webmasters and bloggers.

2. Use PowerPoint and PowerPoint converters combination. PowerPoint is much common and easier to use for general users, compared with Adobe Flash. You can create a new slide show and insert all objects you collect into it. By adding animation effect and object decoration, you can also make a vivid slide show. Then convert the PowerPoint into Flash-based file with some PowerPoint to Flash converters like PPT2Flash.

How to publish your Flash animations? You should spread your Flash movies as wide as possible, increasing more chances people would watch it and find your blog. One thing you have to know is that many websites and blog platforms accept their specific video formats, but you don’t have to worry since the PPT converter mentioned can handle it easily.

1. Upload Flash to Google Site. You can use PPT2Flash to save your PowerPoint as SWF file which is allowed to upload to Google Site. Remember to leave your blog link at video description bar so people can come to your blog by clicking the links.

2. Embed Flash in your blog. WordPress is one of the most popular blog publishing platforms which offers many customized features to create your unique blog. You can upload Flash file or paste the SWF URL to WordPress and it will appear at your homepage.

Conclusion Hope this article will help you increase your blog traffic and attract more visitors by making your own Flash animations. With the help of screen capture and PowerPoint to Flash conversion tools, there won’t be so many difficulties to make your blog stand out from the crowd. If you have any new ideas, please share to us, too.

Blogging Tips For Bloggers

Want more visitors to reach your blog? Want they hear your blog? Or do you want to increase your income on your blog?

You can use these tips to optimize your blog:

1. Content is your king

If we imagine blog as a kingdom, then your content is the ruler of your blog. Your King. Content holds everything.

People search for information on the internet. For that, you can serve content that satisfy your visitors.

If you served them a good quality content, they will surely impressed by your blog and increase possibility to visit your blog regularly.

For website/blog owners, if they found good quality content, there is a possibility they will put a link for it or bookmark it.

Content for your blog can be your posts, your blog templates, or anything that you placed on that blog.

If you really got a good quality content, they won’t hesitate to come to you again and again. You even don’t have to bother about your layout.

Or maybe referring you to another sites, saying “This blog has high quality content.”

Visitors will be really disappointed with your blog if your content are copied from another sites/blogs, especially from top sites.

Use topic that you master, because with that, you really know what’re you doing. You can post opinions, reviews or all that you know on your blog with that topic.

2. Post regularly

Make new post as fast as you can and publish them as fast as you can, but consider timing too. You don’t always have to post good quality content, but just post something to make your blog readers’ feel that your blog is updated regularly.

You have to make sure that there are some good quality
content between these posts.

3. Layout

In reality, “People judge a book by it’s cover”

People rate your blog. What differ a common blog and a professional one is it’s layout.
Even if you didn’t have high content, people will think your blog is a high quality one because of your layout.

And even before they read the content, people will think that your blog’s content is good, because they look at your layout.

But beware about this, if you have a good quality layout but bad content, people will really disappointed. It makes them think that your blog is really made by an amateur that just depend on the layout that can be downloaded and searched freely.

Regular people prefer light template because it’s easy to read.

But usually gamers/anime lovers prefer dark template, because it bring the sensation of playing games or watching animes, or because it is cool in
gamers’ eye.

Make sure if you want to make your blog layout become cool, you must first upgrade it’s content.

4. Promote your blog

This is really important. Someone will know about some blog if they was introduced to it. You can place signatures between forums, social networking sites, mailing lists, and other community online. Be active to promote your blog, go to sites that possibly related to your blog.

Even if it wasn’t related to it’s topic you can promote it to them too, who knows they have an interest on your blog topic.

If your blog have a good quality articles, you can submit your articles to any sites that need your article. like http://www.ezinearticles.com and others. It will drive more traffic to your site.

5. Use free services from another sites

Like feedburner (RSS feeds), del.icio.us (Bookmarking services), Technorati (blog ratings), or another.
These web 2.0 websites services can help you to promote your website and increase your website rating in front of visitor’s eye

6. Monetize

If you are using blog service that allow you to monetize it, you can place ads in it. Then you can start earning from your blog. Nowadays, the ad format that is really popular is a pay per click ads.

Blog Design Inspiration for Making Your Blog More Inviting

If you’re looking to make money blogging, your blog design just might get in your way. You want to keep your visitors once they land on your blog, but sometimes, good content just isn’t enough.

So here are some tips for designing an inviting blog that keeps your visitors coming back and even signing up for a newsletter if you have one.

1. Get Rid of the “Noise”
One of the most common mistakes new bloggers make is adding a lot of animation and flash to their blog design. One or two animated graphics on your sidebar, away from the main blog content, is okay. But you don’t want so much that it interferes with your message.

Annoying colored font that’s hard to read is something else to avoid. If your blog design has black or dark color background, don’t use red, gray or another dark color for your text.

If you have a white background, stay away from yellow, orange or any other light color.

You want your visitors to be able to read your content clearly. You don’t want them straining to read or they’ll just leave.

More noise that some bloggers add are videos or audios that automatically start playing as soon as the visitor lands on the page. If it’s a short and inviting video, that’s okay, but you don’t want a long salesy type audio hitting them right away.

Any of this “noise” can make your visitors leave as soon as they get there – and never come back.

2. Keep Your Content Fresh
If you’re new to blogging, you should be adding fresh new content at least three times a week, if not more often. You need to keep the search engines coming back to crawl your site and you want your readers to keep coming back for more new information.

If you’re only adding new blog content once a month or so, your blog will look stale and unused to the search engines and to your visitors.

3. Add Graphics and Video
Another way to enhance your blog design to keep your visitors coming back is to add some relevant and interesting graphics and videos. It’s always a good idea to embed a video into your blog posts.

4. Stick to Your Blog’s Main Topic
If you’re blogging about gardening, don’t add blogs about car repair. You’ll confuse your visitors and you might even lose some of them forever.

Gardening and cooking are related topics so you can blog about what you do with your fresh garden vegetables.

Or if your gardening is about flowers and other landscaping, you can add some blog posts about those things.

5. Make Your Content Readable
Some people who are new to blogging may not have the best writing skills. I’ve seen blogs where the paragraphs just keep going on and on with no paragraph breaks.

This makes reading really hard for your visitors. So keep your paragraphs short.

Adding bolded sub-headlines to your paragraphs will help readers skim through your content too. Bolded subheadings adds some style to your blog design too.

If you follow these tips, you’ll have a blog that’s inviting, attractive and appealing not only to your visitors, but to the search engines too.

Top Animal Stories of 2011

Ah December, the month where we realize the year has flown by and we scramble to remember what, exactly, happened the last 12 months or if things we think happened this year really happened like 4 years ago (when I’m reminded of things that happened in January and I think that’s so long ago I feel old). So for the next two weeks you can look forward to every publication putting out their top lists of the year. This blog decided to not be excluded. There were plenty of stories that made their way into national and world news, including a cow on the run (there’s something about a food animal that makes a break for it that we just kind of have to get behind), but there were two top animal stories of 2011 that caught the attention of pretty much everyone:

The first was Hawkeye, the Labrador retriever, who lay at his owner’s casket during the funeral. Jon Tumilson, a Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan when a Chinook helicopter was shot down (a story that also made headlines for a good while in August), and the dog was as visibly pained as the human mourners. The photo was taken by Tumilson’s cousin who thought that the image said more than anyone there could have said about the bond that man and dog shared, and she thought those who weren’t able to make it to the service deserved to see it. I, for one, am glad she did (even though taking pictures at a funeral is taboo) because it’s an image the world deserved to see. It shows the dog not only understood what was going on, but had emotions about it. The dog didn’t lie down by other people he knew, didn’t follow Tumilson’s friend (who took over ownership of Hawkeye) to the podium while he made his speech, he stopped in front of his owner’s casket and stayed. You’d be hard pressed to come up with another explanation for the dog’s behavior.

The second animal story followed two penguins at the Toronto Zoo who appear to be in love. The only problem is they’re both males. This wouldn’t be the first time gay penguins made the news (a gay pair from New York inspired the children’s book And Tango Makes Three), and certainly not the first time gay animal behavior has been observed in zoos, but it is the first time a gay pair was split up. The split wasn’t to appease conservative groups (who got all angry about Tango and seem to want to forget that animals aren’t being conditioned to be gay like they’ve said humans are), but rather to perpetuate the species. Buddy and Pedro are endangered African penguins. The main purpose behind most zoos is to educate the public and perpetuate the captive population in order to safeguard against extinction in the wild. Say what you will about the bond Buddy and Pedro have, no one can deny the two males can’t reproduce together. The good news is that once the pair have done their business making baby penguins with the ladies in their group, they’ll be reunited. The Toronto Zoo is not in the business of denying their animals relationships, so come next spring they’ll be back where they want to be.

“There is No Leaving” – How to Keep Your Animals Happy When You Leave Them

At the “tail” end of the day, I asked Panther Ridge founder Judy Berens to select the neediest cat for our group to connect with. She chose Mattie, a 16 year old Clouded Leopard. Mattie ran over to the fence to greet us immediately and I received a clear Judy/Matti love message right away: “Love me, love me, love me.” She looked like a kitten desperately wanting to play.

It seemed like she was very lonely, and I asked if she wanted a mate. No, she wanted Judy! Judy agreed, and said they were very close. “Mattie would be happy to curl up in bed with me if I let her!”

Judy went right in the enclosure and you can see in this photo the love oozing between the two. Judy said she was feeling badly that lately she hadn’t been giving Mattie enough attention. Mattie would respond by biting her ankles as she tried to walk around or leave.

I noted that Mattie wasn’t angry; she was attempting to grab Judy and keep her there longer. This reframe of emotions can be very useful to unravel a difficult situation. Because Judy felt guilty, she assumed Mattie’s behavior was coming from anger.

Judy sat down in Mattie’s pen while our group practiced their newly refined communication techniques. One student shared that she learned to always tell her animals where she was going and when she would be returning, using pictures and imagery that an animal could reference (see exercise below). I agreed, adding to send positive thoughts daily, letting them know you are okay, instead of sending worry, and guilt that we are away and they must be sad.

So in Mattie’s case, Judy wasn’t traveling, but spending her time with 20 other cats and sanctuary duties. Judy felt overwhelmed with sadness at not being able to do more for Mattie. One of the participants, a holistic vet, reassured Judy, telling her that she couldn’t possibly do more, that all the animals were extremely healthy and vibrant, had beautiful clean stimulating environments, and for the most part were extremely happy. It was so true. She went on to say; “and you can be with her in your heart.”

So we talked about how Judy could send love, rather than worry or guilt, whenever she thought of Mattie or walked by her pen. “Love, love, love”, says everything is okay. I explained that when we shift our energy, our intentions and thoughts, the animals will feel it and respond accordingly. Consciously sending love fills the long hours of physical separation.

Judy began sending love instead of guilt and sadness at not being able to play more, and we all watched as Mattie shifted too. When I felt that Mattie was calmer, I asked Judy to begin to stand up and move slowly toward the gate, sending love, love, love. Mattie came toward Judy, but not with the same gusto. She grabbed at Judy’s legs with her paws, but didn’t bite, and I asked Judy to stand still, and again beam love. Mattie instantly rolled over on her back, and let go of her legs. “This is habit too,” I commented. “She is used to chasing your legs when you head out.” Habit, not anger. This new understanding changed Judy’s entire emotional response. “Send more love, and wait.” Mattie slowly got up and calmly retreated to the back of her cage. “Now, begin to walk toward the gate without changing your energy.” Judy did this beautifully. As she closed the gate, Mattie just watched serenely from a distance. “In this space of love, there is no leaving.”

Problem: Animals Become Distraught When Left

I noticed that my puppy Suki would be really calm if I told her where I was going, how long, when I would return, and why she couldn’t come with me. On the few occasions I forgot to mention it, she would look like she was about to bolt through the window.

Whenever you are going out or leave your animals for a time, your animals may feel sad, upset, or even aggressive.

One very smart “investment” horse was so tired of everyone coming and going without explanation she began attacking them when they left her stall. It was only when I asked the people to share with her their plans: “I am getting the grooming bucket, or tack, or that they would come back tomorrow to ride”, etc. that she would begin to let them in and out of the stall without incident.

Animals understand much more than we think. They know when you are planning to go on vacation long before you get the suitcase out. So how can you ease their minds this summer? Tell them what is happening! Trying to hide it is not working is it? So have a good heart to heart whenever you are planning a trip. You should also be doing this whenever you are leaving the house without them (and in the summer please leave them home in the air conditioning… cars just get way too hot).

Exercise to Calm Animals when Leaving them Behind:

* Center yourself and become quiet

* Get your animals attention by calling their name

* Focus on your heart space and feel warmth and love

* Tell them you will be leaving and the reason why-very important! They may not like it but they will feel included and considered and they may even gain some understanding of the human perspective

* Explain why they need to stay home (or wherever they will be) e.g. it is too hot and you will suffer, etc.

* Tell them when you will return (pictures follow thoughts so you may picture 7 sunsets, 7 dinners, etc)

* Pick a time every day to connect with them: e.g. each morning you will think of them and send loving energy and let them know you are okay. One person sent her dog the color yellow as it was the color of a favorite robe she left with her dog when traveling.

* Make sure your thoughts and emotions are positive when you connect, because if you are worrying about them, they will feel the worry and it will be compounded as they wonder if you are okay.