Jacki Kellum

Juxtapositions: Read My Mind

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Listen to the Language of the Birds – The Melody of the Spirit

Have you ever considered how foolish it is to believe that groups of letters can represent substantial meaning? Yet, that is the construct of writing. We form letters together, and we expect our readers to take a leap of faith and to connect them to some greater understanding. For instance, we might expect the letters “a-p-p-l-e” to, by some magic, make us feel all tart, crunchy, juicy, and red inside. Yet, by merely spelling the word “apple,” a writer is telling his readers very little. A writer must add a bit of polish to the letters and hopefully, they can begin to mean.  Art is another way that we might sometimes bridge the divide between words and meaning, and  music is yet another way to do that, too. Sometimes, I believe that music may be one of the most successful ways that we can communicate emotions and understandings that lie deep within our souls.

Music is the shorthand of emotion. – Leo Tolstoy

I believe that music, for humans, is like the language of the birds.

“Where words fail, music speaks.’ – Hans Christian Andersenbirds-language

During the medieval period, people believed that in their singing, birds had a more direct means of communicating than that of words.

The Tao says that feeling cannot be conveyed verbally and that as soon as we begin to verbalize a feeling, the emotion vanishes, and even in Ancient Greece, music was believed to have an almost magical power.

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. – Plato

Quite often, music catches me and whisks me away into an emotion or a previous part of my own history. To some extent, I agree with Dick Clark that “Music is the soundtrack of your life.”

Certainly, when I hear the song “Johnny Angel,” I think about the days when I was in 7th grade and my friends and I would squeeze into a booth at the local snack bar and put quarters into the little jukeboxes that were mounted at the ends of each booth. I was 12-years-old, and I always ordered a fried hot dog sandwich and french fries, and my meal was served in a little, red, plastic basket with stiff white paper springing out of it. I always drank a cherry coke.

There is no doubt that songs carry us back to different parts of our own histories. In reality, however, I believe that what we hear in a melody is more than a replay of our own personal pasts. I believe that music also touches a deeper chord than that.

I am in the process of learning to use the free app Audacity, and I am editing copyright-free music that I find on the site Jamendo. The past few nights, I have listened for hours to musical clips that I have never heard before. I clearly like some of the arrangements better than I do others. Some music is happy, some is dark, some is sad, and some is downright cacophonous.

“A ‘scream’ is always just that – a noise and not music.” –  Carl Jung

Keep in mind that all of the music clips on Jamendo are original, and I have never heard any of the music there before. Therefore, I have no nostalgia to direct me to like one piece or another, and none of the songs remind me of letter sweaters, bobby socks, poodle skirts, and saddle oxfords. I simply prefer some sounds over others, and I believe that it is because of the way that some sounds connect more favorably to something inside myself than others do.

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” – Victor Hugo

Nature also has an ability to directly communicate with me.

“I find peace where the sun kissed leaves dance in the melody of the cool breeze that floats through the air.” ― Saim Cheeda

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I believe that there are musical notes that feel right to us and that there are elements of nature that feel right to us. I also believe that there are words that are just right.  I further believe that all of us have within ourselves a need for order–a need for that just rightness. Ultimately, I believe that when we deviate from that elemental rightnesss, we begin to suffer or long.

“Neurosis is the suffering of a soul which has not discovered its meaning.”
― C.G. Jung

“To the extent that a man is untrue to the law of his being…he has failed to realize his own life’s meaning.
The undiscovered vein within us is a living part of the psyche; classical Chinese philosophy names this interior way “Tao,” and likens it to a flow of water that moves irresistibly towards its goal. To rest in Tao means fulfillment, wholeness, one’s destination reached, one’s mission done; the beginning, end, and perfect realization of the meaning of existence innate in all things.”
― C.G. Jung

In the Hindu tradition, that place of fulfillment is believed to be within the Soul.

“Symphony starts when you walk together, feel the heart beats and understand the unspoken words.”
― Amit Ray, Enlightenment Step by Step

“Life is not a battle to win but to sing a melody.”
― Amit Ray, Enlightenment Step by Step

“Reconnect with the highest truth and ignite the divine sparks in you.”
― Amit Ray, Enlightenment Step by Step

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The Taoists believe that the homesick have lost “The Way,” and the Hindus believe that the homesick need to be awakened to their Souls or to be Enlightened. Christians believe that people simply need to trust Jesus, who Christians call “The Light of the World.” And finally, there are the people who claim to be seeking nothing at all.

“Observance of customs and laws can very easily be a cloak for a lie so subtle that our fellow human beings are unable to detect it. It may help us to escape all criticism, we may even be able to deceive ourselves in the belief of our obvious righteousness. But deep down, below the surface of the average man’s conscience, he hears a voice whispering, ‘There is something not right,’ no matter how much his rightness is supported by public opinion or by the moral code.”

― C.G. Jung

I do believe that some people have become numb to the subtle whisperings of the soul and that with their fancy trinkets, exotic trips, and their fast lifestyles, they have almost completely drowned out their longings for wholeness. But I also believe that everyone, except for the most hardened sociopaths, still have occasions when they long to allow themselves to sing and to sing, “Not worrying if it is good enough for anyone else to hear…[But to] Just Sing. Sing a Song.”

“Wake up, live your life and sing the melody of your soul.”
― Amit Ray, Enlightenment Step by Step

©Jacki Kellum September 2, 2016

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René Guénon on The Language of the BIrds Here

Maybe You’ll Still Be Successful – Even Without Marketing & SEO – But Don’t Count On That!

Being Successful with Any Kind of Online Business Requires More Than Magical Thinking!

Maybe you’ll still be successful online–even without marketing & SEO–but don’t count on that! 

  1. You Need a Real Marketing Plan. 
  2. You Need to Increase Your SEO.
  3. You Need to Be Found Online.

Let’s talk about some practical approaches to building an online presence.

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Many would say that creating a website would be one of the first steps toward building an online presence, but my blog sites have been  better tools for me.  I venture to say that this would be true for most writers or for people who are verbal. I am also a painter, and I have tried simple online galleries, but I have another need to talk about ideas and my feelings and my projects. The more important thing, as far as marketing goes, is that other people seem to want to listen.

For a couple of years, I had several free WordPress blogs, but I feel that I have outgrown the free blog option, but for a long time, my free WordPress blogs worked great for me

godaddyNow, GoDaddy is hosting some full WordPress.org sites for me, and they have a .com address. In my opinion, this approach offers me the best of two worlds–I have both websites and blogs. This site is one of the sites that GoDaddy is hosting.

Regardless of how you do this, however, an online home–a place where people can find you–is essential to marketing online–even if you are only marketing yourself.

 

If you are trying to increase your SEO or your Search Engine Optimization, or if you simply want to be found on the Internet, you must become serious about marketing yourself. Millions–probably Billions–want that same thing. The people who win the race will be the people who learn how to effectively sell themselves online.

Now, this may sound confusing, but I believe that maintaining an active blog is still very important for marketing yourself. That’s right–even if you have a regular website, I still believe that blogging regularly–even a couple of times per day–is essential for being found online.

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How Blogging Helps Increase Your SEO

I began blogging 2.5 years ago. At that time, my intention was to create an online gallery for peddling my paintings, and somewhere I had read that I needed to attract attention to my site. I researched various types of blogs, and I elected to launch a WordPress blog.

At that time, I knew that many people would be interested in free tutorials for Photoshop and for Adobe Illustrator, and to draw people to my site, I initially created many tutorials for the Adobe products. From the earliest date, however, I also began to blog about something else that I felt I knew a little bit about. For my first graduate degree in English, I wrote about William Blake, and at some time past, I did feel passionate about the Romantic ideals and about how the experienced and emotionally bankrupt adult of the world had stripped life of its emotion, energy, intuitiveness, and imagination.

It had been a long time since I had written that thesis, but I began to write posts about the loss of imagination and the Waste Land that resulted from the loss of feeling. Unlike the Adobe tutorials, these posts required that I actually write, and that was something that I had not done for quite some time. I was stunned by the number of readers that I attracted through those earliest posts.

I attribute the fact that anyone read those earliest posts to Google. Somewhere, I had read that I needed to tag my posts and that by tagging, I would draw viewers. Like a child in elementary school, I did as I was told, and it worked. Strangers began to find my blog site. But I began to realize that my cart and my horse were totally confused. Although I did use the Adobe products myself and although at one time, I had studied William Blake, that was not what I was trying to sell 2.5 years ago. For a while, I simply quit blogging, but the Adobe tutorials continued to draw viewers.

In October of 2015, I decided to return to my writing, and I plunged into writing, as a form of expression. It was as though a cork had been released. If you look at the following graph, you can see that in October of 2015, I posted wrote many articles and because I had learned how to tag my posts and because Google had already found me, people read my creative writing, too.

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I continued to write in November, but shortly after that, I became ill and did not write much again until May. In July, I decided to move forward with a project that I had begun before I became ill, and that project was the Mine Your Memories Writing Event.

At some time during the fall of 2015 or during early winter of 2016, I began responding to the WordPress Daily Prompt, and because of that effort, my writing improved, I attracted a relatively large number of readers, and I also attracted several followers. And again, some of my success was because of Google–and some of it was because of the WordPress Groupies. Any way that you look at it, blogging has been an invaluable asset for me in increasing my SEO–even for elevating my page rank.

Sharing Images Online Is A Way to Market Yourself

As I said before, blogging is a great tool for drawing attention to yourself.  Because your blog is a great place to share images online, your blog becomes an even greater resource for building an online presence. Today, I began blogging on a new combination blog and website that is also hosted via GoDaddy. That site will be very helpful for people who are serious about being found online. Today, I posted the following articles about how to find and use images and how those images will hep increase your Search Engine Optimization:

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How to Find & Save Google Images Here

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Dangerous Myths Regarding Google Images – How to Be Sure That Your Images Are Free to Use Here

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Pixabay Is An Outstanding Resource for Finding Free & Copyright-Free Images Here

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The Creative Commons Is the Best Kept Secret Secret for Finding Free & Copyright-Free Images, Music, Clip Art, & Videos Here

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The Uncle Sam Poster “I Want You” is Proof of the Power of Images Here

For now, this is all that I’ll say about the importance of marketing yourself online, but allow me to repeat my original position by saying that marketing yourself is essential for people who are struggling to have their books, or the art, or the writing, or their videos, or the music found online. Maybe you can succeed in the 21st-Century without increasing your SEO, but I honestly doubt that you will. The economy is not good, and more and more people are launching Internet businesses. The competition is overwhelming. Increasing your Search Engine Optimization is vital for people who hope to rise to the top.

©Jacki Kellum August 10, 2016

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The Creative Commons is the Best-Kept Secret for Finding Copyright-Free Photographs, Clip Art, Music, & Videos,

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In the previous post, I told you about Pixabay, which is the best place that I have ever seen for finding top quality photographs. You can access Pixabay at www.pixabay.com.

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The Creative Commons is a registry of links to several places where Copyright-Free images, clip art, music, videos, etc., can be accessed. You can find the Creative Commons at www.http://search.creativecommons.org/

I use the Creative Commons all day every day, and I have the site Bookmarked on my computer. I always begin my image search via Pixabay, and to do that, I click on the Pixabay tab, and then, I enter my search term.

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Notice, however, that on the Creative Commons, there is also a direct link to Google Images, and that is the second place that I search good images.

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In addition, there is a direct link to Open Clip Art,.
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The Creative Commons is an essential resource for me, and remember: It is filled with treasures that are Free and Copyright-Free.

©Jacki Kellum August 9, 2016

Pixabay Is An Outstanding Resource for Finding Professional Quality Free-Copyright Photographs

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In the two previous posts, I have told you how to find Copyright-Free Google images that are of good quality. Now, I want to tell you about an even better resource for finding Copyright-Free Images that are of GREAT quality, and that site is Pixabay at www.pixabay.com

As I also said before, the images for my blog posts are almost as important as my writing. In my opinion, a blog post is not complete until it has been illustrated well. I wholeheartedly endorse the fact that A Picture Is Worth 1,000 words, and I maintain that great images have the ability to communicate things that words simply cannot.

Allow me to share some of my favorite  Pixabay images:

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Allow me to reiterate that the Pixabay images are of professional quality–like Stock Images, and they are free for you to use.  Before you can download any of the higher quality images, you must create an account with a password, but I can assure you that you will not receive ANY unsolicited emails or advertisements from Pixabay. I cannot endorse this site enough,

©Jacki Kellum August 9, 2016

Dangerous Myths about Google Images and Breaking the Copyright Laws – How to be Sure That Your Images Are Free to Use

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Playing Dumb about Copyright Laws is Waiting for a Bomb to Explode.

Begin to Protect Yourself from Copyright Fallout! Know Which Images that You Can Use and Which You Cannot Use

Huge Myth Regarding Google Images: Not All of Google’s Images Are Copyright-Free – In the previous article, I told you how to search for Google Images and how to save the  images to your computer. A word of warning, however:

If you want to find images that are Copyright-Free, You Must Apply some Filters to Your Search.

Let’s perform the same search in Google images that we performed in the previous post.

To find a Google Image: go to http://www.google.com

Click at the top right on the word Images

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When the Google Image screen opens, you will enter your search word or phrase in the search window

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Type your search word or phrase in the box [as shown below].

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Then click on the blue box that is holding a magnifying glass. You can also hit the Enter or the Return Key, and a cluster of possible selections will appear. 

After your window has filled with search results, which in this instance will produce images of soaring birds, you must begin to apply your filter. Beneath the Search Window and at the right end, you will see the words “Search tools.” Click on that

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When you click on the words “Search tools,” another row options opens beneath the first row.

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Click on the words “Usage rights,” and a drop-down menu will appear.If you have applied no filters on your search, the words “Not filtered by license” will be checked. DO NOT use those images. They are NOT copyright-free. Check one of the other options, and with each check, different images will fill your window with results, according to whether you will use the image commercially or non-commercially.

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In the next article, I’ll share a few more secrets about finding other copyright-ree images with you.

©Jacki Kellum August 9, 2016

 

 

 

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