Inspration Required.

Work has been going pretty well lately, it’s proving to be a bit difficult on my inspiration though. I have the stamina to complete the tasks I have, there’s no question about that. The issue is where I’m unable to come up with ANYTHING for the new clients coming in that hasn’t been done before. I know there are some very creative people out there but it’s one of those situations where once you’ve seen it done before, you know it’s wrong to go out of your way to recreate it and then pass it off as your own. Of course, there is an exception to the rule. If a client asks you to recreate a template that they liked (paid or free, or just on someone else’s website) then you have to do what the client wants – without…

Stylish Web Design

I do a lot of surfing around the Internet, probably more than I really should considering I have a mountain of work to do. Today I came across a site that’s pretty similar to my own. It’s a design blog that houses numerous articles for just about everything connected to the Internet. I spent a lot of time reading through all of the articles and a few of them really stood out for me, mainly the one I read about customizing user accounts on Windows Vista and the favorite article of mine was on the topic of how important joining a spyware community can be in order to keep on top of all of the spyware upgrades available for your computers. While many people tend to overlook it, I have to say that from a designers point of view the…

Considering Debt Consolidation

So with money being really tight right now, I’m looking to consolidate my loan with another company in hopes to have a lesser interest rate and maybe even figuring out how I can get some extra money so I can use it towards getting at least a down-payment on a car so I can finance it monthly through the dealership itself. It’s a long-shot but I don’t have much of a choice right now, so I’ve been looking into debt consolidation online . Unfortunately I have to say that I won’t be consolidating the loan with HSBC (the original lender) because the interest rates are still too high for my liking and I’d have to go through this huge reapplication process in order to even GET more money out of them. I don’t want to travel up to New York…

Continuing my search…

While continuing my woe’s about money via AIM with a friend of mine, she pointed me in the direction of picking up a payday loan. While I absolutely appreciate her trying to help me out, there’s something she doesn’t realize about payday loans. They require being paid back within one month of accepting the loan and you typically have to have a job on the books for more than six months and previous tax-filings to go with it. Now, while I do have the taxes, I don’t currently have a monthly paycheck, I file all of my taxes from the design and hosting work once a year – which is completely fine. I just don’t think I have the ability to get any of that right now. So I’m looking into more conventional loans. I do think that for quick…

In search of Auto Insurance?

Over the course of the next few months I hope to have enough money to go out and pick up a car from one of the local dealerships. It’s going to be a pretty big deal for me considering I’ve never owned one before. Sure, I’ve used cars when I’ve needed to but I never really sat down and thought “Ok, time for my own”. I’ve decided upon a Chevy and if I could truly afford one of the new Malibu’s then I’d be set. Unfortunately I doubt I’m going to have $25,000 to get the one I truly want but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to keep it as a future goal for myself. As of right now I’ll take either a Cavalier or a Cobolt based on functionality. I really am a Chevy girl, it’s a family…

ASF Loans

For a little while now I’ve been looking into Small Business Funding, mainly because of my current working situation. I’m barely making the bills so finding a loan to help me out would really be the best thing for me. I can handle breaking even every month, it would just be nice to have enough money to treat myself to the things I really need when designing for clients. A big expense of mine is anything computer based. I’m pretty strong with my preference to use a Mac. Unfortunately having a windows based laptop can get annoying when you’d really prefer to be on the Mac but you’re on the move, so naturally one of the first things I’d look into is a Macbook Pro. I know that a standard MacBook isn’t that bad but I personally prefer a larger…

It’s unfortunate…

I recently received a message on myspace from an old high school friend of mine.  She went through the whole “How have you been?” routine, letting me know that she had some important news for me and felt bad that she had to get back in touch with me this way.  She then went on to say that a mutual friend of ours from high school has passed away due to a drug overdose.  She apologized for losing touch and coming out of the blue with information like this but she also wanted to make sure that she told me with enough time to spare for me to come back to New York if I chose to pay my respects to the family.  I told her to send my love to everyone based on the fact that it just wasn’t…

Blog about your Blog

If someone asked you to Blog about your Blog, what do you think you’d say? Without comparing yourself to the other weblogs on the internet, how do you rank your site? Could you put your effort into your site? Are you looking to Increase Web Site Traffic by joining numerous directories on the internet and getting yourself involved with blogrolls? There are many questions that someone can ask you about your site. Many people put countless hours of effort into their website, and for a plethora of different reasons. Some use the internet as an emotional outlet that only a written journal can’t fulfill. Others use it specifically to stir up drama and upset people all over the world because they don’t know when to lay off on certain topics. Blogs are used to make money by advertising for numerous…

Friendsation

I just wondered across a new up and coming site called Friendsation.com. It’s another social networking site that targets Dating and Live Chat. There are numerous Chat related mediums available to you. Registration is free and you can send instant messages to other members. There are live online chat rooms and there are also live Phone Chat options for members to talk with people all over the United States for free. This kind of makes me think that they’ve managed to work Skype into the mix, but I didn’t really get to poke around the site for too long, the dog is rather clingy today. It’s currently in the Beta version and over time more resources will be available to you. For starters, besides the chat option, there is a personals option, as well as a blogging platform for you…

Winter wolves

I’ve been doing some surfing around the ‘net for some new pc games to play. I’ve kind of gotten sick of the ones that I’ve been playing on a regular basis recently. You can only play Snood for so long before you want to actually throw shrunken multi-colored heads around. I came across Winter Wolves, it’s a newer site where you can download a few different games. I downloaded Quizland because I’m more into puzzle games than anything. I downloaded the trial because I don’t see a point in paying for something before I try it. I’ve only ever done that once and it was based on the fact that it was software that I knew I needed to have. I don’t even think I remember the name, now that I think of it. So I downloaded this game called…