The World of Creating Content

In this world of digital cyberspace where the boundaries of what is and isn’t possible are constantly being pushed and questioned…there exists a space. Lot’s of space. Space that beckons, and calls out to those with more creative thoughts inside their brains than they know what to do with. I have been quoted as saying the following: “The internet is a dreamers revolution. One that holds unprecedented potential for many who wouldn’t get a chance otherwise.”  I find it to become more and more true as times goes on.  Finally the stage has been set for us users. After many, many years of paid programming television, movies and books that might only grab our attention due to their critical acclaim, and the Internet still being fairly young in comparison, we now have something. You see the Internet has evolved into something more than just a search engine that is used to hold large arrays of information. It has given us an opportunity. The prospect of creating content! Ordinary people like you and me can now create content to be displayed and mass viewed by a large audience! Now I know it sounds like I am a little late to the party with this article, but please hold any pending judgements you have until the end. For me personally, there are two main reasons I consider the user created age of the internet to be so awesome:

  1. We get to create the content. Duh. Dry humor aside I can’t underestimate how cool it is as a user to be able to decide and deem what I find important and am passionate about and be able to share that stuff over the web. Not only is that form of control nice, but it is able to put you in touch with like minded people from all niche’ corners of the internet. The internet brings like minded people together, and creating content on any one of the SM platforms is a quick and easy way to find yourself in the company of people who like the same stuff you do. I believe the appropriate term that people use to define this type of gathering is ‘community’.
  2.  The second reason this is awesome is because of the unyielding opportunity it provides. Both from a personal satisfaction standpoint (which we have already touched upon) and from a business standpoint. “But Kerage, isn’t the internet still a bit unstable as a business entity with platforms like YouTube? And I thought the point was to have fun and do what you love anyway?” Right you are dear reader, but just hear me out on this one. When I throw around words like ‘opportunity’ I mean that in the sense that the business side of things may not be clearly defined when you first start out. Let us use YouTube as an example. Many of the channels that I subscribe to started off with humble ambitions, or no ambitions at all. They just wanted to share what they were doing creatively with other people. That creativity and passion allowed their humor and charisma to shine through their work and gained them more followers. The followers helped share and spread the word of their content. Before they knew it, some of them had huge followings of fans, others gained business brand deals, and some even merged with larger companies to move on to more ambitious projects. The point of this is that you never know who might be looking at your content, and how they might react to it. That’s what I mean when I say unyielding opportunity.

All you need is a little know how and some elbow grease. I would encourage any of the creatively inclined to give this user content creation stuff a shot. Be it through YouTube, Google Plus, Facebook, Instagram, personal blog or website. For anyone struggling with this, I have a few references below that you may want to check out. One from a blogger named Brian Clark who has an excellent list of “22 Ways to Create Content When You don’t have a Clue.” And even further below that I will have a an article showcasing some examples on how user generated content is re-shaping the landscape of content marketing. Until next time ladies and gents. This is Kerage, signing off.

22 Ways To Come up With Content When You Don’t Have Clue

How User Generated Content is Changing Content Marketing

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The World of Creating Content

How to Paint a reproduction Fish

To paint a reproduction fish, you will need a few things to start. Here is a list:

  • Fish blank (perch is a good starter)
  • Air Brush and compressor
  • Water Color pencils (middle chrome)
  • Sealer (flat gloss)
  • Pearl Ex powders (yellow, green, spring green, interference gold,)
  • Reference photos
  • Pan Pastel oil paints (pathlo blue x dark, yellow ocher, bright yellow)
  • Glue
  • Masking tape
  • Charcoal stick
  • Epo fin grip
  • Paint (candy dark green, candy bright yellow, candy paynes gray, Candy light green, Candy sail fish blue, candy red)
  • Lacquer thinner
  • Paint brush (small type a scrubber or stiffer bristle)
  • 00 steel wool
  • Gloss (triple thick glaze.)

 

To start you will tape the fins off. You will then spray Candy Dark green lightly along top and side of fish. Clean air brush with lacquer thinner. You will then spray Candy bright yellow from the mid-section and blend it into the belly of the fish. Clean Air Brush. After this you will use the charcoal stick to outline the bars on the side of the fish. There are 6 main bars. Next you will use Candy Paynes grey to fill in the bars. Spray is mediumish. Next you will use 00 steel wool and lightly take paint off on the fish so that it’s just missing from the tops of the scales. Next you will use the Derwent middle chrome pencil draw all over the fish, up/down/side/side. Use a damp paper towel (no water running from it) and activate the water color by patting it. Next remove the tape from the fins. For the fin work we will start with candy paynes gray. Spray it dark at the base of the fin and lighter as you go up. You do this for both dorsal fins and the caudal fin. Now you take a stiff brush dip it in lacquer thinner dab some off on paper towel then use brush to rub paint back and forth on the fins. It will cause it to look splotchy. After cleaning air brush you then you candy bright yellow. Adjust spray very lightly so you can go close and spray the fingers on the fins. Clean air brush, Repeat with paint brush. Now lightly spray Candy light green on lower half of rays and fins and lightly on back of fish. Clean air brush after each use. Next Candy Paynes gray lightly on webbing of fins and dark at top of hard rays. Next use Candy Sailfish blue to deepen the top of bars and lightly between bars and down bars. Next use the pan pastel bright yellow on the belly and side of fish. Now use pathlo blue xtra dark on the bars of the fish. Now take a piece of steel wool that small, twist it and tighten it, and randomly clean scales. Next seal the fish. Now is the powder work, this is where reference plays a big part. Follow the reference but here’s the colors to use and average places to use. On the back to mid body Green, Yellow. Back and side Spring green outside edge of scales. Now seal it. Interference gold is used on the bottom half of fish.  Use yellow pan pastel to touch up the yellows on fish. Yellow ocher pastel on the head. Charcoal to create the black dots/lineage. Powder work (use reference) For paired fins Candy Bright yellow then Candy Red. Also do that on anal fin. Super glue to fish use epo grip to rebuild the fin buts. Wait a few house touch up work according to reference. Gloss the fish.

How to Paint a reproduction Fish

Rock Island State Park: Wisconsin’s Camping Jewel

Rock Island State ParkI love living in the city, but let’s face it, everyone has that moment where they need to get away from the hustle and bustle of their busy life and embrace a moment of quiet. For the past 28 years, my family has been making the trek to the tip of the Door County Peninsula, hopping on a boat to Washington Island, slugging our camping gear onto a smaller boat and getting away from it all to the 912-acre island known as Rock Island State Park.

Now, everyone has their own definition of camping. Some people say it’s throwing everything you use on a daily basis, from your three favorite blankets to your iPad, into your car, driving to a campsite and pitching your tent right next to the driver’s seat. Others say it’s grabbing your Swiss Army Knife and a clean pair of socks and trudging through the woods until you’ve found the perfect spot to forage for berries and a dry spot to sleep. I’d say camping Rock Island style falls somewhere between the two.

Pottawatomie Lighthouse, Rock IslandRock Island State Park is the perfect camping destination; it’s close enough to civilization in case of an emergency but far enough away that it offers enough seclusion to unwind and forget about the craziness back home. With no electricity, showers or vehicles on the island, campers will experience life without modern technologies (trust me, it’s liberating). The picturesque island offers hiking trails, beaches, beautiful stone buildings filled with history and the Pottawatomie Lighthouse, Wisconsin’s oldest lighthouse.  A camping trip to Rock Island takes some planning, but the payoff is well worth the effort. So, what should you do to get the best experience? Here are few tricks to help you plan your next camping trip to Rock Island.

The Best Time to Visit:

Rock Island State Park
Photo by Eric Rentmeester

The end of July through August is a great time to visit. I’d suggest planning a weekday trip over a weekend. In recent years, the popularity of the island has attracted many day visitors, so you could end up sharing the beach or a trip to the lighthouse with a lot of other people.  If you do camp on the weekend, don’t worry! If you plan your excursions just right, you’ll avoid the busy day-tripper traffic and still feel like you’re the only one on the island. The other great thing about visiting in the later part of summer is the weather is usually pretty nice, and by that time Lake Michigan and Green Bay have warmed up somewhat, so those morning showers in the water are more tolerable (I mentioned there are no showers on the island, right?).

Booking 101:

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The best way to reserve a campsite is through Wisconsin’s DNR State Park Systems website or ReserveAmerica. Reservations can be made for camping up to 11 months in advance. So, if you’d like to reserve a highly sought-after campsite, your best bet is to reserve the site on the first day booking is available. Trust me, with only 40 campsites available, they reserve fast! You really can’t go wrong with any site you choose. There’s so many different options: sites right on Green Bay or Lake Michigan, sites tucked away in cedar trees, two large group sites and even five sites located farther away from the rest of the sites for an even more secluded experience. Regardless, the sites are spaced out nicely so you’re not on top of your neighbors. One word of advice: avoid campsite #34. Let’s just say it’s right next to one of the pit toilets, and if the wind blows just right, you won’t be spending much time at the site.

Getting There: Life on the Open Waters

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Getting to Rock Island requires two ferry rides. The first boat ride is on the Washington Island Ferry to Washington Island. From there, you’ll drive to the other side of the island and leave your car there to take a passenger-only Rock Island Ferry to Rock Island. Make sure you check ferry rates and times before your trip. They vary depending on the season, and you don’t want to miss the boat!

Pack Light and Bring Cash!

The #1 thing to remember when packing… don’t bring anything you don’t want to carry a half a mile to a mile, because that’s how far it is from the boat landing to the campsites. The best thing you can do when planning your trip is to make a list of essentials to pack. Organize by kitchen, equipment, food and clothing. And always plan for inclement weather. Also, don’t forget to bring cash! There’s a spot on the island to purchase firewood, and they only accept cash. If you don’t bring any, you won’t be making a fire. You could take the boat back to Washington Island to get cash, but you’ll end up having to pay another boat ride fee to get back to Rock Island, and who wants to do that?

So, you’ve arrived and set up camp. Now what?

Rock Island Sate Park Sunset
Photo by Eric Rentmeester

Relax! Take a hike! Go for a swim! Enjoy the slow-paced, peaceful experience Rock Island has to offer (the sunset alone is worth the trip). Sure, you might not be able to surf the internet, catch up on the latest episodes of The Walking Dead or drive to local stores for shopping, but a trip to Rock Island is a chance to enjoy the outdoors, spend time with family and friends and truly clear your mind and recharge for a brief moment.

For more information on Rock Island or tips and tricks to plan your trip, visit these sites below.

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/rockisland/

http://wisferry.com/rock-island-faq/

About Sarah Rentmeester:

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Sarah Rentmeester is a professional copywriter with eight years of experience in retail marketing and advertising. She received a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Sarah finds inspiration in pop culture, music, fashion, art and everyday life that’s happening around her to write effective copy for print and digital media. Born and raised in Green Bay, WI, she currently resides there with her husband and Boston terrier, Frodo.

Rock Island State Park: Wisconsin’s Camping Jewel

Welcome to Social Media Content Management!

Welcome, welcome, welcome. If you have not done so previously, you have now entered the wonderful world of blogging. Can the backside of things look intimidating? Yes. Is there a lot of settings and tools? Yes. Do not worry though, this is your sandbox to play in and learn together. You will have specific capabilities as you will only need to be able to post blog entries, view comments, and in turn respond to those comments. Trust me, this will be fun.

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