Intro: Enjoy your life

How to enjoy some form of life

I would say one of my the things I need to enjoy to enjoy life is acting and filmmaking. What I thrive for at the moment is working on getting cast as extras on movies, but that I would not want to be an extra for the lifetime if I want to pursue acting. It would be better if it were a featured extra or even a small recurring role on a movie. I was recently doing a lot of movie working during the Summer of 2017 and it was really fun and exciting, I have met a lot of new people and actually saw the stars who were in the movie. I learned a lot more about the film industry after doing extra work for movies. For example, learned that it could take 10-14 hours just to make a 10-minute scene. Also, we sometimes have to drive to another spot in order to get this scene done. Also, learned that it takes a lot of time and commitment to make sure they have the right scenes that go with the flow. Sometimes, the stand-ins and the people who assign the extras of where they should go, sometimes they changed their minds as well. I also took time off work in order to attend these calls. Which shows I really want to do this and not go to work. Also, another thing I like to do is play my guitar and violin, I have been interested in learning these instruments when I was younger. And now I have the time to play them both. I would say that it has been a while since I have played guitar and now I am learning violin at the moment. It is quite a journey to learn a lot about these two hobbies I dedicated my time on.

A violinist named Jason Yang inspired me with the violin.

I also think traveling is the best thing I have done, in January of 2017, I was visiting Hong Kong, Thailand, and Japan. Great places to be around and get the nice vibe in it. I will definitely be back here soon.

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I NEED A VACATION!!!

I NEED A VACATION!!
Do you need a vacation? I certainly do. I know, I’m young and I should have lots of energy and I shouldn’t be tired. I hear that from my parents all of the time. I get it. They work 40+ hours a week and they run a house and are raising two young men; they get tired. But, guess what? I get tired too! I wake up early every day and get my brother to school, then I get ready for school. I attend class four days a week and then I have two on line classes. On the weekend I don’t get to sleep in either because I work every single one. I NEED a vacation.

Where would you go on vacation? I know where I would go. Disney World of course! Who wouldn’t have fun watching humans run around in 100 degree weather in furry suits hugging thousands of people? Those people must need a vacation too.
I want to go lay by the pool in the warm sun and then head to the parks for the rides when it cools down. Rollercoasters are definitely my favorite. The more insane the better. I usually end up riding them by myself because the rest of my family is scared of them. They don’t know what they’re missing.
I also need a vacation to Disney World to eat. If you love to try different foods and tastes then this is the place that you need to go. There are so any different types of cuisines that I never have enough time to try all of them. At home I eat the same things over and over; at Disney I have the variety. You can even eat at different places together. You want Japanese and I want French? That’s ok we can each eat what we want; I love having that choice!
I know that doing all of these things really isn’t resting and getting caught up on my sleep, but, they are all things that I enjoy. When I go there the rest of the world and all of it’s problems disappear. And, even though I hate to admit it, I do enjoy spending time with my family; they are goofy and crazy but that’s what being away from home is all about. And in case I didn’t tell you, I really need a vacation now!

 

Blog of “Young Adventuress”

Overview- 

The blog that I chose to write about is called young adventures. This blog caught my eye since it is all about a young girl on her own and traveling the world. Liz Carlson writes this blog and shows us her Instagram perfect pictures throughout her travels across the world. Liz tells her audience how she quit her job to travel around the world full time. She just thought her traveling around the world for a year would bring her back to college to later become a professor. She never thought that she would end up loving it so much that she became an English teacher in Spain. She then studied abroad and got to travel more of the world. She has stated multiple times throughout the blogs that she loved her life and wouldn’t change it for the world.

https://youngadventuress.com/start-here

Analysis- 

This blog is very clean and simple when you first open to its page. The main picture is of her on a vacation and a main statement that states “Get to know me”. Below this is all about her and how she become a young twenty-eight year old traveling across the world alone and loving life. One thing that I really love about coming into this blog is that she has a clean looking logo that describes her whole adventure. It is an arrow with the statement ‘young adventuress’ with mountains across it. I think that logo alone could explain her whole blog. It shows what she wants to do and explains who she is without going into much detail. The first main page is all about her and how she became this travel blogger. When you get to the bottom of the page, she has tabs of each place she’s been. Liz also put all of her social media accounts on the bottom and her email. In her paragraphs about her, she described her blog audience as her friends in a weird way and wanted to keep that friendship going by becoming friends on Facebook or any social media platform.

When looking through the rest of her site, she has a lot of blogs that are tips on what do to in a certain city you are in. Whether this be travel tips, what to do, any attractions to see and so on. In every post she creates there are a ton of picture about the topics and also links that are to some of her other posts that she made about a similar topic or the same area. Every page is clean and colorful, making this blog be very adventurous. At the bottom of a blog is a section where it says “related adventures”. I think this part of the blog is a really interesting view,  I would never think to do this. People all the time are searching for related activities or places to be and go and see. This helps people find their way around more and become even more interested in her blogs and certain subjects. All of the images that are on Liz’s blog and pictures that she has taken on her numerous adventures across the world. The most popular post that I have found based on comments was the blog called “Troving around New Zealand’s South Island”. A lot of interest took place for this blog and I’m not sure of what reason. Many of the comments that were on there didn’t explain very much to get one clear answer. A lot of the blog post titles were based on what place she was visiting then. Each post was different when it came to the place she was writing about and what the content of the place was.

Conclusion- 

I thought the blog did especially well when it came down to the layout of the site. The beginning of the website really caught my eye and made me want to stay even longer to try and find things out about this author. The pictures were incredible and made me want to go to all the places she had went and visited. The way the author wrote was also something I enjoyed. She wrote like she was talking which gave it a cool friendship role. It felt like I had someone reading it to me as I was reading it. I did think that the important information like the type of blogs and sections could be placed in a more reachable area to show the audience the different options they have when first going onto the site. In some posts I felt that there were a lot more pictures that text on the blog which I would feel the opposite of what it needed. Some people may not agree but she still made me interested by grabbing me and pulling me into the blog more by showing so many pictures.

Life in Long Island

Long Island is home to many different cultures and many different landscapes, within a short distance. Life in Long Island is encompassed with all four seasons, letting those who live on Long Island experience both summer and winter, beach and snow days. Despite it not being the first thing that comes to mind, Long Island is also home to many beautiful vineyards. There’s also the chance to catch the LIRR, or the Long Island Rail Road, for a short train ride into New York City. NYC is an experience of nightlife unlike any other. Next, obviously is Long Island’s beautiful beaches, with exceptional sand and warm water, not to mention how close beaches are to any point on Long Island.

When people think of Long Island, I’ve found that most automatically think of the Hamptons, or McMansions with celebrities like Billy Joel, or even older famous gents, like Jay Gatsby and their houses in West and East Egg. This is definitely apart of Long Island’s history, and the Island itself has many beautiful cultural landmarks. These landmarks are usually accompanied with beautiful trails and scenery.

But Long Island isn’t just a home for celebrities, it’s also homes to many more ‘regular’ folk, like you and I. With suburbs and parks, Long Island is also very proud of high school and college sports teams. Long Island can be a very family friendly place, with activities for the whole family, including some of the aforementioned museums, as well as petting zoos and for rainy afternoons, establishments like Dave and Busters.

Long Island isn’t just a great place to live, it’s the place to live, with its diverse culture and people. It has many places to explore and things to do, and it is also a great place to raise a family with some excellent schools and extra curricular activities.

 

“Enjoy life and live the Adventure”

Quote by Louis Cole

     Your twenties are the prime age for experiencing life. Whether that means traveling, finding yourself, meeting new people or trying something different, living your best life should begin now. With balancing a minimum wage job and going to school, my days off used to consist of never leaving my bedroom. You can say that my social life was pretty nonexistent. A 21 year old college student with no social life? Something wasn’t adding up. Thankfully, after limiting my online shopping addiction, the only thing that was able to add up was money! This meant that the days of watching other people live their lives (while trying to live vicariously through their Instagram posts) were over! Or at least toned down quite a bit.

     Once I turned 21 earlier this year, I knew that something had to change. I needed excitement in my life, I needed to be spontaneous and start living. I mean, life is too short to be trying to live someone else’s life. This meant that I needed to tone down on binge watching Youtube and Netflix. Although it was hard, I think what inspired me the most was seeing all these video influencers documenting their life and travels. In particular, videos of people around my age experiencing the world made me want to do the same. I stumbled upon this video and listened to her personal experience abroad. Not only did I attempt to journal because of it, I also realized there was a world out there waiting to be explored and experiences out there to help shape us as a person. Continue reading ““Enjoy life and live the Adventure””

Concerts & Vacation!

Hello Everyone – Welcome to my FIRST ever blog post!

A lot of people ask what I do for fun when I am not working or going to school 24/7 and the truth is I LOVE to go to concerts and travel anywhere I can.

In 2016 alone, I went to over 8 concerts. Concerts in small venues like House of Blues all the way to concerts at the TD Garden. I saw people like Kanye West, Jay Z, J Cole, Drake, Young Thug, Travis Scott, A Boogie Wit the Hoodie and so many more.  I like to travel but between work, school and concerts I realized I didn’t have enough time. So i came up with this insane idea of combing the two and WOW it was brilliant.

You got that right, I was that insane person who paid $475 to go to Coachella. In fact I already bought my tickets for next year that is how amazing it was. It was my first time flying and my first time going to California. Coachella is only 3 days long but i went 4 days earlier to get the full Cali experience. We did everything from going to the Santa Monica Pierre, to In & Out and the typical Celebrity House Tour.

Here is a clip of Coachella and what its all about. Click Here.

I not only go to listen to the amazing artists but to see and meet new people and just live life. I already have planned for next year that for Coachella 2018 I want to go to Vegas but its the BIG 2 1 for me! I also just last month when to New York/Philly for a festival and was able to even meet one The Migos! Here are some pictures of my Cali trip. Its one place I cant wait to go back too!

IF you don’t believe my story of how amazing the experience was with the food, atmosphere, and weather, then check out this amazing site that explains why YOU should go to Coachella next year and not just because Queen Bey will be there. What are you waiting for? I’ll see you there!

Expert Vagabond

OVERVIEW

Expert Vagabond

https://expertvagabond.com is a blog about a man named Matthew Karsten, and his travels all over the world, over the past seven years. Matt is a travel blogger and photographer that began his travels in 2010 to 2017. Inspiration to travel, useful traveling tips, and funny stories, are what his blog is filled with.

Picture1Expert Vagabond: About

ANALYSIS

The layout of the website Expert Vagabond is easy to navigate through, and very informational. The header features a cartoon picture of Matt with his backpack towards the left of the site. In the header there are different sections: Blog, About, Best Of, Destinations+, Travel Resources, Contact+, and a search bar. As you scroll down connections to his social media accounts are listed for readers to follow. Matt has widgets to RSS feed, twitter, Facebook, google+, YouTube, and Instagram pages.

Below the header, a picture of Matt hiking the arctic trail is displayed along with the words, “Explore the World with Me.” There, a mini introduction where he states his name and what you can learn from his blog is stated, with a link to enter the “Best of” column of the site. In big bold letters National Geography, lonely planet, travel channel, Mashable, and Go Pro are all listed. Researching why I found out that he has been featured or mentioned on some of these sites for traveling.

Scrolling further down the home page there are four sections, starting with popular posts. Here, three popular blog post are listed, with interesting pictures to catch the reader’s eye. Clicking on the pictures or the title of the blog underneath each picture, will direct you to the blog of interest to read further. To catch the reader’s eye further, under each photo there is also a sentence about what the blog is about. An example is listed below:

“The crazy story of receiving my very first tattoo in Thailand, and not even knowing what it would be!”

The next two section are just like the first above, but are called Adventure Travel and Useful Travel Tips. The fourth section is called latest blog post, and like the rest there are three pictures below the section title with the article name. The difference is the reader can see how many comments each blog has received and there is a two-sentence explanation for the blogs. Lastly, a read more hyperlink is listed under the three blog post, that gives direct access to the blog of interest.

Coming to the end of the home page there’s an orange link that says “READ MORE ON THE BLOG,” this link redirect the reader to all recent blog post. Below the orange sign there are eight photos of beautiful pictures Matt has taken, and in the middle there is a hyperlink that states follow me on Instagram. The websites footer, is displayed in the color black; it has a small menu option to the right, and to the left copyright information is listed.

CONTENT

Traveling is the main focus for Matt’s blog; to let users experience traveling the world through his eyes, with hopes it would inspire others to do so as well. One of his most recent post that sparked attention from his readers was called Why I Quit Being A Digital Nomad (And Moved Back To The US). This article is about some life changes that Matt has made, and how it will affect him traveling 365 days in the year. The blog discusses some of the downsides to constantly traveling, examples including: no consistent home, loneliness, and missing friends/family. He also explains how he married a woman with the same passion to travel and is going to be traveling at least six months out of the year.

Matt has a good follower base on all social media platforms; for the blog post above 106 readers commented, leaving positive feedback on his blog website. Looking further into this blog post, I checked his Facebook account, which also had the blog advertised. There it had 555 likes, over 871 shares, and about 90 comments. All of Matt’s blogs include pictures, but some have videos as well. Creating a title for anything can be difficult, but not for this blogger below are some blogs posted that I read simply because of the title.

Welcome to my travel blog! This is where I share entertaining stories, useful travel tips, fun videos, inspiring photography, and crazy adventures with you from my travels around the world.” Underneath the name introduction, Matt begins his about me section with the sentence above and it fits the description perfectly about his posts. When a reader is entertained and enjoys what their reading it leaves them wanting to read more. Matt is not a dull blogger, and a few of his blog stories left me laughing, which is never a bad thing for any reader. He catches the reader’s attention in many ways, by using laughter, pictures and even videos to keep the reader connected. Below is a video of an adventure of Matt in Spain:

CAMINITO DEL REY – Dangerous Hike in Spain

The website, expert vagabond does not only have blogs it also has a list of places the blogger has been in the world and there are promotions to work with his team. This is mainly for companies that want him to promote for their businesses and more information can be found out by emailing him. Matt keeps readers updated with where he currently is located (California), books he is currently reading, and even shows readers how to start their own blog. There are statistics of people who visit his sites, and he has a pretty big follower base. Matt also offers best traveling tips to perspective travelers, see below:

My 30 Best Travel Tips After 7 Years Traveling The World

Expert Vagabond: Contact+
Expert Vagabond: Facebook & YouTube

Above are examples of how Matt’s followers are involved with him as a whole. They share his work, comment and watch his videos and actively follow the blogger through either his blog site or one of his social media pages.

It is always hard to communicate with all followers that email you especially when you follower base is large. Matt does have his email posted to his website for readers that have questions and suggest readers to read his about me section where some questions are answered. As most bloggers do Matt recommends readers to subscribe to his blog and at the end of each blog there are links to share on Facebook, tweet, or pin the blogs of interest.

Conclusion

This blog is very informative and has the reader wanting to continue to read the post. He catches readers attention by taking remarkable pictures of what can be seen out there in this world and keeps it entertaining. When his laptop was stolen he showed users how to track it down, in a funny way. Matt is a writer, that is able to turn a serious stressful situation into one that will have the audience entertained and laughing.

Overall my experience on Expert Vagabond has been very informative. There were plenty of laughs and I even started a little buckets list of places I would like to visit. I honestly think this is a great blog and I wouldn’t change a thing.

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Expert Vagabond-Iceland Photography: The Land Of Fire & Ice