Monday, January 18, 2010

Blogging Less and Tweeting More

As you've probably noticed, I haven't been posting nearly as much on my blog lately, compared to last year. There are quite a few reasons for that and I just wanted to use this post to explain why my blog isn't the complete center for marketing myself now. And don't worry folks, I will still blog a bunch!

Here's my list of excuses. Oops, I mean reasons for posting less! Along with some lessons about each that you will most likely relate to:

1. Life

I have learned a lot throughout my college career, and one lesson that always sticks out to me is the lesson of life. I've been thrown quite a few curveballs in my day, and as I grow older, the more curveballs I'm pitched. Sounds like a math equation Lately, I have taken the time do a bit of relaxing, pursuing hobbies [drums], hanging out with friends and concentrating on getting started on a short film I will be doing with a good friend of mine.

Sometimes, I think it's best to take some time off and just concentrate on other things. At the same time, this will let you cool your jets and let your creativity catch up with you (in this case blog writing).

2. Work

Since I blog for my work, I have literally doubled the amount of writing I was currently. This makes it hard to come home from work and write my own blogs. There are only so many ideas — that are post-worthy — a day that I can come up with, people! I guess you could think about the old saying "quality over quantity."

3. New Blog

Lately, I've also been thinking about making the switch over to Wordpress and leaving the wonderful world of Blogger. With a big change like that, I'd need/want a new layout for my blog. The design will stay the same. I'll always like lions and this color pallet!

Anyways, stay tuned for more on this. It will probably take through the summer for me to completely launch the new blog, but I'll keep everyone posted.

4. Twitter

As common as this is to say, Twitter is super easy, quick and to the point. I like using it to ingest my news and daily bed of information. One feature that they recently launched is lists. Here's a link to the one's I've started. Follow them if you have an account too. Since then, it's become a whole new way to organize for me because I can categorize specific Twitter accounts by genre (ie. News, Graphic Design, Film, Animation, etc).

Tweeting takes less time and is still very productive if you use the service right. Make sure you check me out on there (@joshcorken). I post daily. *wink wink*

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

2010 Web Design Trends and Predictions

As the new years rolls around, there have been quite a few posts on some very notable blogs about the predicted trends for web in 2010. Obviously they aren't 100% guaranteed, but these guys usually know their stuff. Here are a few great reads that will probably benefit you, giving new perspectives to the future of interactive design and visions for new projects you take on.

Web Design Trends for 2010 by Web Design Ledger
10 Web Trends to Watch in 2010 by CNN
Pantone is Blowing Up in 2010 by Fuel Your Creativity

Also, here's a good post on some resolutions "freelancers" should keep in mind. I know not all of us are freelance designers, developers, programmers, animators, etc, but these are great points we can still take a lot from.

10 New Years Resolutions Every Freelancer Should Have by Freelance Folder

Oh, and how could I forget an article written by my work [xiik Interactive Marketing] about 2010?! It's definitely a good read, as all the others are.

Five Resolutions Your Business Can't Afford to Break by xiik Interactive Marketing

Be sure to share this, enjoy and have the very best 2010!