January 28, 2011

Kid friendly snowflake crafts - Albany Arts and Crafts | Examiner.com

Kid friendly snowflake crafts - Albany Arts and Crafts | Examiner.com

January 22, 2011

My Writing Adventure - RedGage

In my many hours of reading other peoples articles on the various sites I am writing for, I came across the name of a site I had not heard of: RedGage

I have been on only a few days and am loving it.  It is so easy to maneuver and make money.  All you do is upload!  Upload what, you ask?  Everything and anything!  You can upload pictures, videos (from your computer only, unless you have videos from YouTube.)  blog entries, documents and links.

They also have contests you can enter to win $25 every day.

I am having a blast putting up pictures, sharing my links and blog entries.  I am enjoying seeing everyone else's uploads as well...and making money!

I encourage your to check out RedGage and in the referral area, put my name tonyabarker.  Thanks alot!

So far, after 5 days and $.04 for just posting up my favorite things, definitely a 5 out of 5 pencils!

"Sanctity of Life" Week January 17-23

defines "sanctity" as "1: holiness of life and character  2  : the quality or state of being holy or sacred."
"Sanctity of Life Sunday" was established to celebrate the special blessing of life.  A time to reflect on the importance of each life we encounter and those that we don't.   The "Sanctity of Life"  Sunday has been expanded to a week.  It is celebrated January 17 -23.

January 16, 2011

Drawing Manga

Manga is becoming very popular these days.  Don't know what Manga is?  It is a japanese style of drawing.  Manga turns into Anime when the Manga drawing is produced into an Anime movie or television show.
If you are interested in learning to draw Manga, here is a great article to get you started.

Tips For Drawing Manga

Basic tools for drawing Manga range from pretty inexpensive to very expensive.  These tools will be in the "pretty inexpensive" range and are a great way to get you started.
1.  Pencil - 0.5 lead mechanical pencil
2.  Paper - you need to find good strong paper that will withstand all your erasing and won't make

Continue reading on Examiner.com: Basic tools for drawing Manga

January 15, 2011

My Writing Adventure- Helium

The Internet is such a wonderful place to earn extra money if you can find the right media .  I love to write.  I have decided to take a chance and join a few writing sites and see how I do. I know the potential for earning money is there.  I know that I need patience to let my earnings grow.  Patience is not my strong suit though.  I decided to do a few different sites.  This way, I can kind of be a "guinea pig" of sorts for others.

I love this site, for the most part.  I will tell you....READ ALL THE INFORMATION YOU CAN BEFORE YOU START WRITING ABOUT THE SITE AND HOW IT WORKS.  Did you hear that clearly?
The reason being that my daughter and I joined Helium.  She joined about 2 days after I did.  She is earning money, and I am not.  I have written 11 articles, and she has written 7.  Why?  I did not understand the "rating" system.  When you publish and article, you will be automatically directed to a rating page.  One title, two articles, and you pick the one you like most.  Ok, so I did a whole bunch of them!  That is not the way to do it.  I had 75, but my rating percentage was very low.  You need 75% to get a rating star so you can earn money.  My daughter rated 12, 10, and 11 over the next three days and got her star!  I am at 217, as of today, and my rating score is 70%.  I started 12/31/10, and still have not earned any money.  So PLEASE make sure you only rate about 10 a day, or you will be in the pickle I am in.

Other than that glitch, they have so many ways to write articles, that it is a writer's dream.  You can find titles for an article, go to the market place and get paid in advance for writing an article, write for a debate, do a "how to" article, share a news article, or write for a contest.  You will have a VERY hard time finding something to write about at this site.

After you write your article, you will be "rated".  You want to be in the top three of that article title.  My daughter wrote a "dark fantasy", (yes you can write stories ) and she is rated #3 out of 42!  That is pretty amazing, and encouraging to keep writing. 

I will continue to blog about my experience at Helium.  If you have any questions, please comment.   I will be sharing the other writing sites in different posts.

I give Helium 4 out of 5 pencils!  :)

January 12, 2011

My First Debate on Helium- Should Young Children Have Mobile Phones

I do not understand why a child would even need a mobile phone. I understand that it is the "cool" thing to own a phone these days, at any age, but does it really mean that it is necessary?

How responsible is a young child? They are still in the process of learning responsibilities. You are setting them up for possible failure. How many times has your young child said to you, "Where is my _______?" Most of the time it is clothes, school books, library books, or toys. Will it be any different with a costly mobile phone?

Who do they need to call? When I was a child, we had play dates at each others houses. If we needed to call anyone, it was done in front of parents. I can honestly tell you, that not until I was a teen, .....

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Let me know what side you are on.