Archive for August, 2009

Gloson Photography (24 Photos)

By Gloson On August 31, 2009 13 Comments

I love photography. And recently, I have become very interested in photography. I don’t have any professional cameras (or not I should’ve started earlier), but just a small cheap one (which doesn’t capture as well as other cameras do).

One fine day, there was this beautiful purple sunset. It was spectacular! So, I decided to take a photo of it. I also took some other photos. Next, I enhanced the photos using Picasa (I only used it to make the pictures more contrast).

Then, I started my flickr account (Please add me if you want :-) ) and uploaded the photos there.

By the way, today, 31st August 2009, is Malaysia’s 52nd National Day! So here are the photos of my beloved country :-)

Purple Sunset
Purple Sunset

Building Silhouette
Shot on an evening (Same time as purple sunset).  I darkened the buildings using a photo editor.
Building Silhouette

Night Lights
Shot in the late evening outdoors when I was spinning my digital camera around :P
Night lights

Then, the morning after the next day, I went cycling to take some photographs. Here are some best ones that I took.

Zoooom!
Shot while the car is moving. When the car came, I quickly hit the ‘snap’ button and turned the camera to the direction of the moving car while the camera was capturing the scene.
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Car Reflection
Car Reflection

Daydreamy
Shot of my bike while swaying my camera around on a morning.
Dizzy

I’ll Come Back Later
I'll Come Back Later

Flowing Ideas
I shot this picture on the grass while swaying my camera. Then enhanced it with a photo editing program.Flowing Ideas

The next day, I took more photographs :-) Here are the best ones.

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My Growth: Photos When I Was a Little Kid

By Gloson On August 29, 2009 8 Comments

A few days ago, my dad found some old photos of me in his computer. Those pictures were taken when I was 3, 4, and 5. So, I thought I might like to share them with you ;-) . Here they are!

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3 Years Old

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3 Years old

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3 Years Old

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4 Years Old

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4 Years Old

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4 Years Old

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4 Years Old

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4 Years Old

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5th Birthday

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5 years old

Fast Forward >>>>>>

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9 years old

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10 years old

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10 years old (Almost 11)

Photo by Howard U.

11 years old

I appreciate my father for introducing me to the computer and finding these photos. I also thank my mother for taking the time to nurture and take care of me when I was young. I hope you enjoyed my photos. :-)

Cheers!



22 Reasons for You to Blog

By Gloson On August 24, 2009 90 Comments

I have been blogging for over a year now. Oh yeah, and guess what?

This post is the 100th post on Gloson Blog! So I thought I better make it grand.

I’d like to share 22 reasons for you to blog here (or 22 benefits of blogging). Pretty cool for the 100th post, huh?

By the way, one of the most common reason people stop blogging is because they don’t have a reason to do it. They don’t have a source of motivation. So, here is the list of reasons for you to blog. ;-)

You Should Blog Because... (Picture by Gloson/me)

Blogging will improve your…

1. Writing skills Photo by athena.

One thing blogging has improved a lot in my life is my writing skills.

I have noticed that my writing skills started to improve rapidly during the first few months I started blogging. And soon, I realized that my writing was becoming more professional.

My writing skills improves because when I blog, I write. Writing is the best way to improve your writing skills, right? Obviously. And when I write, I need information and I go to read other blogs too. And reading is another essential for improving your writing skills.

2. Communication skills

When you blog, you get feedbacks. And when it comes to feeding back the feedbacks, you have to communicate. And when you learn to communicate, you improve your communication skills and learn to communicate better.

3. Tech skills

When I was 8, I started creating websites using simple HTML and created www.wholebrainlearning.net. I haven’t updated it since two years ago.

Photo by Laughing Squid Now, I know basic PHP, CSS, and coding, and more HTML. It is because I have had to tweak my blog design to make it more unique, and also add more features to my blog’s theme.

Do you know that my other website, Poetry Talents, is using the same theme as Gloson Blog (this blog)? It’s only a matter of modification.

4. Thinking skills and creativity

Blogging can give your mind some good exercise. A good blog post takes effort to write, right? Right. And you can get creative with your blog posts too.

Photo by monkeyc.net

Blogging gives you the opportunity to…

5. Make mistakes and learn from it (experience)Photo by Sybren A. Stüvel

You will make some mistakes as you blog, and that’s cool 8) , because if you make mistakes, you will learn and will not repeat the same mistakes in life.

And even cooler 8) 8) 8) , you can turn your mistakes into killer blog posts ;-) . Mwahahaha…

6. Make friends

Blogging is a great place to meet people and make friends with them. As you meet and interact other bloggers, you make friends with them and help each other. But be careful who you make friends with!

7. Make money

I also got the chance to put Google Adsense to my blog and make a little money through it. Photo by Jeff Belmonte Although I don’t focus on making money, some other bloggers do.

They make money though Google Adsense, advertising, affiliates, and even writing blog posts for other people. Some of them even make a living out of blogging! However, you need to use the right tactics and strategies.

8. Help others

By writing useful articles, you help other people solve their problems or discover something. Helping people gives you happiness. At the same time, you make friends.

9. Inspire people and make a difference

Blog posts also sometimes inspire people to do better. You could write an inspirational, motivational, or a thought-provoking blog post. When people see that I started blogging at 10, they might get inspired to start a blog too. Hee hee…

10. Build name/brand

If you write a lot of good articles and help a lot of people, you build your name/brand on the web. Blogging might even make you famous one day.

Photo by stacya11. Listen and learn from feedbacks

You can find out your readers’ thoughts and suggestions about your stories or ideas by looking in the comments section. Sometimes, there might even be quality comments like constructive criticism, that teaches us to become better.

You can also post question posts too. I’ve made a post asking why my readers unsubscribe from blogs and received some interesting replies.

12. Experiment and research

Blogging gives you to opportunity to experiment and research. For example you could see which type blog post is more popular and why that is so.

13. Learn about what life really is

Sometimes, blogging gives you a perspective of life. For example, sometimes you get hate comments and there are people who will become jealous of you. Well, that is what real life is like too. In fact, I think most of the things in blogging apply to real life. Blogging also teaches you how to deal with that situation.

14. Become a leader

When you write useful articles and get lots of blog readers/followers, you are being a leader. With that, you can accomplish more and help others grow.

15. Create something new and valuable

By blogging, you can create something new, original, and valuable and share it in your blog with your friends.

Blogging is a place to…

16. ExplorePhoto by Kapungo and learn

As you blog, you will learn more things. Usually people blog about a certain topic that they are passionate about. Blogging will expand your knowledge about that topic very much. Since I’ve started blogging, my knowledge about technology and blogging increased a lot.

17. Express and share

Let’s say you are passionate about something. And blogging is a great place to express and share your passions, and be heard.

18. Keep in touch

Personal blogs are a terrific way to keep in touch with your friends or family from different parts of the world, by posting stories, videos, pictures, etc.

Blogging is

Photo by bogenfreund19. A better use of time

Instead of using your free time for playing that favorite computer game of yours, why not write a new blog post?

20. A journey

When you post articles, you are like writing a diary or a journal. After some time, when you look back at your oldest posts to your newest posts, you can understand more about yourself and learn to improve.

21. FunPhoto by kaibara87

You know, it’s fun writing articles on topics you are passionate about, helping people solve problems, and doing blogging stuff!

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

22. Discipline

When you are blogging, you discipline yourself by finding the time to blog or sticking to a posting schedule.

It’s a good challenge to take up. It raises your self-esteem and gives you the ability to do more difficult tasks. (Yes, I’m not perfect in my blogging consistency. But I’ll try and try again to stick to posting at least once a week ;-) )

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Update (26 Aug 09) Bonus Reason:

Blogging teaches you to be patient

When I first started blogging, there were not much visitors, comments, or subscribers on my blog. But now, after a year already, I have a good number of visitors, comments, and subscribers. Blogging teaches us to be patient and tells us not to give up.

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So there you go, 22 reasons (or benefits) of blogging. If you think I have missed out some more points, please share it in your comments. I hope this post motivated or inspired you to blog! Happy blogging!

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