Today, I thought that I should write this post that I had originally set for myself to write last week. WTF Mr. BdonBits!? Sorry self, but better late than never, right? The objective of writing this is to list a few skills I have or am currently working on and explore some ideas to utilise these skills in such a way that will produce some cool stuff for random internet peepz and the rest of the world. What am I going on about? Let’s just dive in and we’ll see…
Skill A – SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
- Making iOS/Android apps
- Making websites and tools
Resource A1 – Tools
Resource A2 – Learning
- Online courses
- Current job
Content Ideas A
- Make iOS/Android apps for people
- Make websites or web tools for people
- Create a code blog for my solutions to encountered problems
Skill B – GRAPHIC DESIGN
- Designing logos, cards, posters
- Photo editing
Resource B1 – Tools
Resource B2 – Learning
- Online tutorials
- Design blogs
- Design communites
Content Ideas B
- Offer free design services to friends/family/coworkers in order to build a portfolio
- Put portfolio on imgur or create a website for the portfolio
- Get involved in graphic design communities in order to get an idea of how to market
- Advertise services on sites like Kijiji, Craigslist, Etsy, Pinterest, etc.
Skill C – DJ
- Mixing music
- Making mashups
- MCing events
Resource C1 – Tools
- Record pool subscription
Content Ideas C
- Post mixes and post on YouTube, Mixcloud, Soundcloud
- Create a YouTube channel to talk about mixing technique, philosophy, and new music
- Advertise event DJ/MC services on classifieds websites
So, yeah. Those are the major things for now I guess. It’d be insane to make all of the ideas happen, but pretty interesting if I could start and maintain just a few. Plus getting paid to do any of these would be just so awesome. If you have any guidance on ramping up these skills or making them marketable, let me know!
Seeya next time,
Let’s have a virtual standup. Here are some things that I’ve been up to over this past week:
- Agreed the task of building a web portal for a friend where people can upload stuff into a database even though I’ve never worked on anything like this before.
- Played StarCraft 2 for the second time ever. I was Protoss.
- Learned some cool axe-throwing tricks. Bullseye.
- Painfully refactored a large component of the app I’m working on at my job. All about that sustainable pace, yo.
- Got a DJ gig at my cousin’s school for Halloween. Spin dat.
- Learned a bit about accessing an iPhone’s permanent storage in Swift 2. Only like 150 more lecture videos to go until I’m finished with this iOS developer course.
- Got a real bed. Thank you father of girlfriend for being so awesome.
- Listened to a bunch of podcast episodes about entrepreneurship and wealth creation. Very motivating.
- Signed up for dollar shave club. Shameless plug in T-minus 3.. 2…1. Get some insanely priced blades with my link HERE and hook me up with some free blades while you’re at it *thumbs up*
- Signed up for a DJ record pool. This will make it easier to get some consistency happening in any mix shows I throw down. I’ll explore this in future post though.
- Did a couple themed workouts. They were fun and only slightly painful. Tons of equipment-free options that you can do in an area with limited space.
- Designed a Star Wars-themed birthday card for my cousin’s upcoming birthday. Hope he likes it. I definitely enjoyed making it. After I make a few more I might make a little portfolio of them and see if anyone wants me to make some for them. Sweet.
That’s pretty much it. Decent amount of stuff I guess. For this week here’s what I’m hoping to accomplish:
- Write a blog post about my skill sets with the hope of sorting things out and prioritising what can be used to produce something.
- Find some resources that will help me get started with the web portal building task I agreed to.
- Go through some more iOS developer lectures.
- Be an awesome software engineer at work
- Do a few more themed workouts
- Find a massage therapy place that does direct billing. Or figure out how to get reimbursed for massage therapy through my work benefits. My back has been killing me from sleeping on the floor over the past few weeks.
- Have an awesome DJ set at the Halloween dance this Friday.
That seems attainable, right? Cool. Anyway, it’s your turn now. What have you been up to this past week? What are you getting up to this week? … I don’t expect any replies since I have like 1 follower which is myself. I’ve talked to myself online before, it got boring pretty fast… Hang on, if I quickly get bored talking to me, does that mean other people do too?! Am I a boring person!?! What do I do!!? … *breathe* Just breathe… Yeah. Cool. We good.
See you again soon,
So, it seems like my stars of interest, motivation, and free time are all beginning to align to the world of voiceovers and podcasts. We’ll see how this keeps up over the next few weeks, but the idea of recording fun, interesting, or completely ridiculous conversations with my friends has been always been an exciting thought for me. I have some (maybe) decent recording equipment already from my DJing hobby, so it might not sound like too bad if I were to use it for podcasting or voiceovers.
I guess some things to sort out first would be to choose a couple of topics or an overall vibe for the podcast to have. Does the creator choose that, or do they just jump in and let the show shape itself over time? The second option sounds way more fun.
I just got into to a bit of investigation on the topic and have turned to voicebunny.com and the AskPat podcast on Soundcloud for some tips and tricks. Hopefully I can produce some cool stuff to share with everyone, or just have a really awesome time recording shows with my friends. I’ll keep you updated!
Talk again whenever,
I started off writing this post with some philosophy in mind about how the people we choose to surround ourselves with says a lot about who we are, but I couldn’t find enough elegant words to make an attractive full post about it, so instead, let’s take some meaningful life quotes and edit them to be about burritos then look deeper.
“A burrito is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”
This is very beautiful. It is suggesting that we take our time with our burritos and try to really experience them as opposed to gobbling it down strictly for sustenance. Remarkable.
“The most important thing is to enjoy your burrito – to be happy – it’s all that matters.”
Well… This is basically the same as the last quote, but with different words. Hang on. Epiphanic moment happening right now. Whoa. What if, not only are these two burrito quotes basically the same thing written differently, but any two things in this universe are the same thing, written differently? BRB, starting a religion.
Nevermind, yoga stole my idea a few hundred years ago already I guess. Moving on.
“The great use of a burrito is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”
This one doesn’t seem to make any sense at first glance, but like anything in this world, if you look at it long enough, you can make up something meaningful about it. Check it out. Trade your burrito for another burrito with more preservatives in it. One step closer to immortality. Or an upset stomach.
Well, that was fun. Seeya next time?
My name is Brandon and I have some ideas. Let me give you some context first. This year I have been through a few things I guess. Got my BSc. in Computing Science, travelled Europe for seven weeks, got a job as a software engineer for a music and technology startup which provided some awesome training down in Los Angeles, and now I’m settling into a new apartment in a new city where I maybe know three people. I have a lovely girlfriend back in my hometown about 300km away, so I spend my weekends back there. Aside from work, during the week I don’t have much going on and I got student loans to pay, so I am looking to create some content for the interwebs to stay entertained by learning stuff about a few of my hobbies and interests like software development, graphic design, DJing, food, fitness, funniness, and mindfulness. If you would care to join me on this adventure, keep checking back to see what’s up.
Talk again soon,