Changes are in the way for Zion Eye Media

Change

I’m totally for change (not the Obama kind), and am by no means a stranger to change. But as things happen in life, there are times where change is very good, even in the midst of uncertainty. I’m never one to shy away from change, but I’m one of those cats who want to know why change is happening in my life, so that I can be better adaptable to the coming environment.

What’s the new change? Here are a few of the changes that are going to happen in the next several months.

Newer Zion Eye Media

Can I say I’m so much of a designer that I cannot be satisfied with my own work? I’m my own worst critic, and because I always want to improve, that improvement is going to be implemented on my site. So a new design along with new features are going to be implemented for Zion Eye Media. Stay tuned for that.

Renewed Focus

It’s hard to show off your skills and abilities on your own site when most of the time you’re working on someone else’s stuff. Posting blogs, for example, gets harder to write for your own blog when you’re writing posts for several other people. So a renewed focus for me is to put more time and effort into writing for my own blog. It’s not going to be easy, but change never is. Right?

Expanded Creativity

I started out Zion Eye Media as a flash designer, illustrator, and digital marketer in 2004. Since then, my creativity has expanded as technology and best practices evolved, and that has given me the opportunity to push the boundaries in my art and design. With changes happening in my site, changes are also in the way in some of the creative work being placed there. More art, more design, more things that I am passionate about doing.

These are definitely good news, and I cannot wait to show it off. Keep checking my site for more updates, and sign up for my newsletter to get updates on my blog.

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BUMP App: Saying Goodbye to a Good Friend

Saying Goodbye to Bump AppWhen I was first introduced to the Bump App, I was very excited and eager to use it. Being the geek that I was/am, I loved the idea that you can literally “fist bump” your contact information to any iPhone/Android user (provided that the other person had the app as well). Being a small business owner/freelancer myself, it was a great idea to be tech savvy and provide your business contact information to someone instead of just passing them a business card. Some people would prefer the business card approach. To me, Bump was the answer I needed for a more tech-savvy individual.

In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, Bump is an app for the iPhone and Android smartphones and was acquired by Google in September 2013. The app allows users to share contact information, photos, videos, and other types of files by “bumping” two phones together (or fist-bumping). It’s been downloaded 125 million times, so you know that app is pretty popular. In January 2014, Google announced that the bump app was reportedly being rolled out to be shut down by February.

I’ve been using bump ever since I got my first iPhone. I loved it. I used it as much as I can to those that would want to use it with me. Even those that did not have the app, I highly recommended it to them. It was a great conversational piece as well as a tool to speak about technology, social networking, and the ability to interact with people.

Unofficially, I was Bump’s biggest brand ambassador.

Sadly, I found out mid-January that they were no longer supporting the app, nor making it available for use. I was devastated. Shocked. Surprised. I did not see that coming at all. To find out that Google is shutting both Flock and Bump down left a bad taste in my mouth. Just like with all other good things you hold on to, you don’t want to let it go, even if all you see is the other side of the story, and not necessarily thinking that maybe – JUST MAYBE – they’re going to do something better.

Better than Bump? Definitely worth considering. Technology is moving at a faster speed than business can cope with, so I don’t doubt that there will be bigger and better apps in the future. But is it going to be worth downloading? Who knows.

Maybe this is like seeing your kid go off to college – that separation that they’ll be on a world of their own, detached from you – and knowing that they’ll be bigger and better, and overall different, the next time you see them (unless they call you for money every week).

Or maybe this is like a caterpillar and its journey in morphing into a butterfly. Eh, too much analogy.

I will always be a brand ambassador, and hopefully I can be the same to their new products. But since Google is behind it, maybe or maybe not. Who knows.

Farewell, Bump. Here’s my last fist-bump to you, my friend.

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My First WordPress Post Using Jetpack’s Post By Email Plugin

I’m trying out Jetpack’s Post By Email plugin feature, and this is my very first post from this WordPress plugin. I’m sure a good portion of you already have seen this feature and make the best use of it. I’ve seen Jetpack before with the statistics it offers, but because I primarily use Google Analytics, I haven’t really had much reason to use it. Until now.

“But dawg, you should download the WordPress app so that you can write posts on your smartphone!” Ideally, that would be the case, and I do use the app for several blogs I write for. But sometimes working on the app can be very frustrating from time to time, especially with larger posts. After doing some Google searching, I found Jetpack’s Post By Email to be very good so far.

I won’t write much detail into this post, but I do want to point out a couple of good pointers on why I am loving this feature.

Use of Shortcodes

Jetpack uses shortcodes to help the user tailor their posts the way that WordPress does. Using shortcodes for WordPress post elements like titles, categories, publish state, images and galleries helps in formatting the post just the way you want it to be. Just like other WordPress shortcodes, Jetpack formats theirs in brackets. Once you get the hang of using shortcodes for your posts, formatting them to your style can make it easier to write when you don’t have a laptop or an tablet handy.

Ease of Use

Emails have been around for a long time, so it’s no surprise that we can use emails to write blog posts. Using emails as a medium and replacement from using the WordPress admin panel (or even the app) can be much easier and simpler for the generic and basic user who may not be that technically savvy to begin with. While writing emails are just as simple and easy (understanding that there are those who do not know email etiquette), the trick really is to get the hang of using shortcodes within an email setting. Once you get that part out of the way (which is super simple), writing the posts is a breeze.

Quasi Conclusion

I’m sure I’ll be writing more about this feature, but for now it looks very promising to start. I’m digging the shortcode and HTML format support, and as an frequent email user, it is very handy to know that I can write posts without having to open the WordPress app. I’d be very interested in learning the ins and outs about the feature, and the hope is to take more advantages of it in the coming future.

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Redesigning Your Website Is Like Redecorating Your Home

I am a perfectionist.

There, I said it. It’s always difficult for me to accept that fact, and as much as I hate to admit getting that gene from both of my parents, sadly it is the truth. What’s even more painful is trying to be perfect in everything that I do on my own website. Juggling full-time employment, freelance work, life, family and other passions end up screwing my ability to even do the slightest improvements and other fancy things I want to do on my site.

Being a perfectionist can also screw up your sleeping habits.

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Downloading Safari Is A Safari In And Of Itself

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Writing on the heels of my iOS7 review, I feel like I have to be on my toes all the time when it comes to writing about Apple and its products. I know a lot of you fanboys – some are my close friends and others whom I met online – and I know it’s difficult for you to swallow that even Apple isn’t perfect (can you say Map snafu anyone?). But as much as Apple is noted for its innovation and progressiveness, it is also [being] noted [by moi] for lacking some basic and common elements, where in this case it is noted in its web presence.

Take for example, finding a way to download Safari.

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