Saturday, January 24, 2015

SEO TIP OF THE DAY: YouTube Titles and Why You Shouldn't Use Hyphens

SEO TIP OF THE DAY: One of the first things I learned in SEO was to NEVER type hyphen in the title of a YouTube video; doing so will basically "subtract" the part of the title that comes after the hyphen, which means there will be less keywords (which help your include your video in a larger variety of searches). This will lead to your video getting less exposure than it could if it had all of the keywords.

An example of a keyword:
Think of a "tag", "hashtag", or "label".

Friday, January 9, 2015

How The Term "Curvy" Is Being Incorrectly Used

I usually never discuss controversial issues, but I seriously feel the need to (respectfully) address the fact that the term 'curvy' is being applied exclusively to overweight (for lack of a better word; maybe voluptuous?) women. It is being incorrectly used, because curves can be found on any body type or weight. Even on skinny women. I'll even attach some photos if you aren't yet convinced of my point.


Source: Sodahead.com

Source: Swaggernewyork.com


Many years ago, a "curvy women" referred to someone with large breasts, a small waist, and a full bottom and curves (AKA an hourglass figure). Nowadays, it's a synonym for chubby ladies to make them feel better about their bodies. I'm all for loving your body, but the term really is incorrect. And nowadays so many women in the new curvy clique have developed supremacist attitudes and have even resulted to skinny shaming! It really needs to stop. Stop with the labels and the body shaming.



What is a curve?












There you have it.
We all have curves.
Tall.
Short.
Old.
Young.
Skinny.
Chubby.
Or in the middle.


Get over it!


And most importantly, love your body.


Even if you're trying to improve it, love and care for the current body you have.



"Thin women CAN be curvy, and fat women CAN be curveLESS. It is a
body SHAPE, not a body SIZE." - Shiksaa of UrbanDictionary.com

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Men Are Not Entitled To Sex | A Biblical View On Quitting Pre-Marital Sex

I've been trying to come up with a topic to write about all day, but I couldn't seem to think of anything very interesting or that I really felt passionate about. Then I stumbled upon an article about a woman that wanted to abstain from sexual acts with her boyfriend until marriage for religious reasons even though she had already been sexually active with him. As I'm sure you can guess, her boyfriend wasn't very happy. She reached out to a self-proclaimed "Dating Expert" online; not only did he point out that it was a little late to be regretting it (although a bit more rudely), he ALSO put down her religious beliefs and basically called her SELFISH for wanting to become celibate/abstinent until marriage. I read a lot of the comments, and I have to say I agree with the comments that were defending her. HER BOYFRIEND IS NOT ENTITLED TO SEX WITH HER, HE DOES NOT OWN HER BODY. SHE ISN'T A PROSTITUTE. HE ISN'T HER PIMP. AND IF SHE FEELS THAT BECOMING ABSTINENT/CELIBATE IS THE RIGHT THING FOR HER THEN WHO IS THIS "DATING EXPERT" TO TELL HER SHE'S SELFISH FOR NOT WANTING TO HAVE SEX. Sure, her boyfriend may not understand, he may not respect (or even care about) her wishes, he may say he "needs sex", he might even cheat, but if that's true... HE ISN'T WORTH IT AND HE NEVER WAS. The "expert" also went on to make a very ignorant and offensive comment.

Quote:   "What does “closer to God” mean? What happens to all the unfortunate God-fearing women who have been having pre-marital sex without changing their minds? Are they screwed? Are they all going to hell? Or will they just not be as “close” with God as you are? And, correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t God all-forgiving?"   

First of all, the idea that God is "all-forgiving" is mistaken. There IS only one unforgivable sin (Rejecting/Blaspheming the Holy Spirit), but the fact that there is even ONE, means that he is not ALL-forgiving (if we are speaking in the literal sense). Secondly, He WILL forgive you for your sins IF you REPENT. What is repentance? REALIZING AND ADMITTING THAT YOU ARE WRONG AND TURNING AWAY FROM YOUR SINS, MEANING YOU HAVE TO STOP DOING THAT SIN. 

What repentance isn't: *Commit sin* "Oh, I'm sorry!" *Commit same sin* "Oh, I'm sorry!" *Commit same sin* "Oh, I'm sorry!" A person who keeps doing the same sin and says "I'll just say sorry after!" is not only KNOWINGLY sinning, but they are also being rebellious towards God AND insulting him! John 14:21 (NIV):  "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear."  (Galations 5:16): "So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature" the acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity" I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God."

I understand that people WILL slip up, but that doesn't mean that you should stop trying! No one can exactly be like Jesus or God, no one can be perfect, but if you really believe in Him and love Him, then you will want to obey his laws and commandments. James 4:6: “God resists (stands against, opposes, hinders) the proud (arrogant, smug), but gives grace (help, aid, assistance, ability) to the humble.” (John 9:31 GWT) "We know that God doesn't listen to sinners. Instead, he listens to people who are devout and who do what he wants."

People nowadays seem to think that the Ten Commandments are null and that they only applied to the Jews. Is that so? Then would what about the commandment "You shall have NO other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth," (Exodus 20:3) and "Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold," (Exodus 20:23)? Are those null and void now, too? God is an all-present, all-knowing supreme being. If He meant that they were only to be followed for a specific time He would have SAID so. He wrote it all for a reason; He said what he meant and he MEANT what he said. If one of the commandments still rings true, then they ALL do. We can't pick and choose which commandments we want to follow, or assume that God meant for us to do one and not the other. If He didn't mean it, He wouldn't have said it. And if we weren't capable of it, he wouldn't have commanded it. 

Debating the commandment(s) against adultery (sexual acts with someone other than your spouse) and fornication (pre-marital sex) with: "But humans NEED sex. We are sexual creatures!" is both a cop-out and an implication that humans are so weak that they can't survive a certain amount of time without sex. That is both ludicrous AND offensive to the human race. We are not sexual weaklings and mewling quims. We are strong and we can survive nearly anything. As for temptation, to quote 1 Corinthians (NLT): "The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure," and 1 Peter 5:5-6: "Submit to God, resist the devil. God wants to exalt you, not you exalt yourself. He will exalt you in His way and in His due time.

Lastly, the idea that it's too late for this poor girl to go back to being abstinent or be a "good Christian" is absurd and false. If she feels this is the right thing to do, then she has the right to do it. The Holy Spirit talks to us through our conscious. Also, if someone is abstinent (yes, even after they've already been pre-maritally sexually active) God will bless her life AND her relationship with her partner/spouse.

I'd like to end this post by saying that I usually don't post such controversial topics (whether religious, political, etc.), but I strongly felt like I NEEDED to address this issue. I'm not perfect, I make mistakes, and I even know that I can be a hypocrite at times, but I'm not afraid to contradict myself at times and grow past my old opinions and beliefs. I also felt the need to correct this ignorant view of the Bible, sinning, and repentance. I'm not the most religious person in the world, I'm not a "zealot" or a "Jesus Freak", and I may even act worldly at times (I'm human, I make mistakes), but I am spiritual, I believe what the Bible says, and I know when to admit that I've made a mistake, and I'm always learning, changing, transforming; growing into a better person. And most importantly, I know what the Bibles says, and THAT specifically is why I need to share what I know about it when someone misquotes it or is ignorant of what is written in it. If you're going to be against it or debate it, at least know what it says before you try to make up some excuse of why it's wrong.


Other Resources:

"Until Marriage" by Lolo Jones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_SRO9mpt4Y

http://www.urbanfaith.com/2012/07/why-unmarried-christians-are-having-sex.html/

http://christiananswers.net/love/story-f-premarital1.html

http://christianity.net.au/questions/how_do_i_stop_sinning_sexually

http://www.christianitytoday.com/iyf/advice/lovesexdating/i-dont-regret-having-sex.html

http://www.celibrate.org/index.php

http://www.wikihow.com/Live-a-Life-of-Celibacy


"Where is it written that we are not complete or whole unless we have sex? I have seen many friends investing all of their energies into relationships only to walk away with nothing" - Anne Marie Simpson, 33, London, UK

Sunday, December 14, 2014

THE TMI TAG | AMY ROSANOVA (AmyRoseSavage)




TMI TAG QUESTIONS:

1: What are you wearing?
2: Ever been in love?
3: Ever had a terrible breakup?
4: How tall are you?
5: How much do you weigh?
6: Any tattoos?
7: Any piercings?
8: OTP?
9: Favorite show?
10: Favorite bands?
11: Something you miss? .
12: Favorite song?
13: How old are you?
14: Zodiac sign?
15: Quality you look for in a partner?
16: Favorite Quote?
17: Favorite actor?
18: Favorite color?
19: Loud music or soft?
20: Where do you go when you’re sad?
21: How long does it take you to shower?
22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
23: Ever been in a physical fight?
24: Turn on?
25: Turn off?
26: The reason I joined Youtube?
27: Fears?
28: Last thing that made you cry?
29: Last time you said you loved someone?
30: Meaning behind your YouTube Name?
31: Last book you read?
32: The book you’re currently reading?
33: Last show you watched?
34: Last person you talked to?
35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
36: Favorite food?
37: Place you want to visit?
38: Last place you were?
39: Do you have a crush?
40: Last time you kissed someone?
41: Last time you were insulted?
42: Favorite flavor of sweet?
43: What instruments do you play??
44: Favorite piece of jewelery?
45: Last sport you played?
46: Last song you sang?
47: Favorite chat up line?
48: Have you ever used it?
49: Last time you hung out with anyone?
50: Who should answer these questions next?


THE PEOPLE I TAG:

SandraMariie
BernicesBeauty
TheSoulOfIceland
MakeupByKate
CookieChip (CookieChipIry)
GigiNKez
GiadyKitty

Friday, December 12, 2014

Facebook Considers Dislike Button? | My Opinion

That's right, folks, the creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, is considering installing a DISLIKE button. All I have to say is: WHY?! In my personal opinion, I think it's a very bad idea. This installment could only lead to more cyber bullying and trolling. According to Zuckerberg, he stated that the site would have to find a way to make sure it didn't become a way to demean people's posts., but how are you going to control what people do with a DISLIKE post? What is the point of it? It's so negative. Do you really want a list of all the things you DISLIKE on your page? Is that really what you want to focus on? Seeing all the things that irritate you or bring you down isn't going to lift you up and make your day better, it's only going to... keep bringing you down! And can you imagine how you would feel if one of YOUR posts got a dislike? I know I wouldn't like it! I think it can only cause more negativity and more stress. What happened to: If you don't like it, keep scrolling! (?) Why do we choose to focus on the negative? There's already a cyber bullying dilemma, so why are we trying to fan the flames? If you think it is a bad idea, then please speak out about it, too! Let's strive to create a more positive & inspiring world. Please share this post with your friends and feel free to post the link or a screen shot of this article in your own blog or social media as a reference. Thank you! :)


Mark Zuckerberg's video post about why they don't have a dislike button on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10101783733700161&set=vb.4&type=2&theater

He explains that sometimes clicking a like on something sad doesn't feel comfortable, and
we do need something to express an appropriate emotion, but we need something to do it
in a positive way, and not something that could be misused to demean someone's posts. He
goes on to explain about the positivity issue, as well! I'm so glad he sees it that way, too!

My Experience | Encouragement For Discouraged YouTubers

Hello my friends! I've feeling kind of discouraged over my YouTube channel for a while. (I'm guessing that if you're reading this, perhaps you're in the same boat? I just want to let you know that it's going to be okay!) I was feeling like my videos just sucked; that they weren't professional enough, helpful, or even that entertaining. I felt like nobody was watching. But then I started going through some REALLY old videos of mine (and removing some of them), and I realized by watching them just how much I've progressed from that, the days where the lighting and my editing skills weren't that good (hellooo: shaky camera & voice over feedback, anyone?!), where I could only upload up to 30 seconds, or where the lighting was bad, and the quality wasn't that clear, and sometimes I didn't even bother to add music (or let's face it.. get off my bed for a freaking vlog!) I realized that my videos are much better today, and I also realized that they will be even better in the future. Being a YouTuber is a work in progress. I'm always progressing, AND I always WILL if I keep at it. No matter how many people try to bring me down, or used to try to bring me down, I won't give up, because making and producing videos is something that I'm PASSIONATE about, and if you love something, whether it's a person or a job or whatever, YOU never let it go or abandon it. So if you're ever down on yourself about your skills or something that you love doing, just remember that you're getting better each day, and you're better than you were yesterday; practice, practice! You may not be there yet, but you're sure as hell closer than you were yesterday, my friends! Don't give up, and I definitely won't be giving up! Stay your beautiful self! ~Amy

Christmas Traditions | My MUST DO's For The Holidays + Fave Christmas Movies/Specials | Inspired by Joker's Harley

Hey friends! So I really just felt like blogging, but I didn't know WHAT to write about. SO, I gave myself a challenge, and that was to write about the FIRST post I saw when I got onto Facebook. And it just so happens that this was the very first post that I saw:



I am a big fan of the Cosplayers "Joker's Harley" and "Harley's Joker", so I was also pretty psyched that Alyssa's post was the first one I saw, because not only do I love those two lovebirds (!), but she also asked a great question that I can answer in my blog, so it all works out! Win-win! 

Question:

What's your MUST DO for the holidays?

Answer:

Well, that's kind of a tough one, because I haven't had a SOLID/CONSISTENT Christmas/Holiday tradition since I was a kid. We don't go looking at the Christmas lights or bake Christmas cookies anymore, but we still always put up a tree, and if I had to pick something that I most likely do every year that has stayed the same is watching Christmas Specials, AKA Christmas-themed episodes from my favourite shows, and not necessarily because I HAVE to, or WANT to (I mean, I do want to, but I don't go out of my way to look them up), but mostly because they just usually come on TV and it's hard NOT to watch them! I basically just do whatever I'm in the mood for during the Holidays.


A Few Of My Favourite Christmas Specials/Movies:


MOVIES:

Beauty and the Beast Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas
(Okay, so THIS one I really had to suck it up to write it on this list, because of the fact that I have a love/hate relationship with it. I hate that all the wannabe scene kids are obsessed with Jack Skellington, and I hate how overrated/overused he is, but I do love the movie, the music and the characters, and I also  remember Halloween Town was in the second installment of the Kingdom Hearts games that I would play as I was a kid!)

It's A Wonderful Life

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

A Christmas Carol

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

Heidi (with Shirley Temple - I know this isn't actually about Christmas, but part of it takes places at Christmastime, so it really gets me in the spirit!)

The Santa Clause (mainly the second one, as I haven't watched the first one enough to remember a lot of it)

ELF

The Nativity (not exactly a FAVE, but sometimes I might be in the mood to watch it)

Ice Age (It has to be the first or the second, and maybe the third, if I'm in a tolerant mood. Anything after that just drives me crazy)

*Note: Home Alone is not on this list because -even though I do like the movie- it isn't one of my absolute favourites and can actually be annoying if you've seen it too many times, which is my case!*

TV SHOW SPECIALS:

Tom & Jerry's Night Before Christmas (I believe it was.. or there might be a nutcracker one)

Spongebob Squarepants

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Shrek the Halls

Fairly Odd Parents

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia

*Note: I'm sure there are more show specials that I like, but I really can't think of any others, so I'll update this post as soon as I remember!*

A big thank you to Joker's Harley for unknowingly inspiring me to write this post! If you're reading this: HEY GURLLL!!! Seriously though, go check her out on Facebook:


Let me know down in the comments what your favourite Holiday Traditions are, and you can also write a post about it, too! If you do, send me the link and I will check it out!


Thank you for reading!


~Amy

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Live Blog | Sex and the City, S2E3 through S2E5

Season 2 Episode 3, "The Freak Show":

Samantha almost hooks up with a guy, but he calls her an older woman, and she gets upset; she goes to "freshen up" (...and check her face for wrinkles), and when she comes out, her hook up is chained up in the closet (*ahem* BDSM, anyone?) The girls are at a restaurant/bar and Charlotte meets a man notorious for 'great' sex. They end up seeing each other a lot. Carrie goes blind dating for the first time in two years, and they all turn out badly. She questions if all Manhattan men are freaks. Carrie meets a man named Ben at the water fountain, they talk about their bad experiences in dating, and they exchange numbers. Samantha sees an old friend who had plastic surgery (fat from her buttocks transferred to her face! Ew!) Carrie and Ben have a "non-date" and share a "non-kiss", they end up going up to her room after all, even though he said he wouldn't, and they have more dates. She talks to the girls about it. They then continue to discuss sex and relationships. Carrie sets Miranda up with a guy just happens to be a bozo who hates the country and hasn't left Manhattan in 10 years. She tries to leave the date, and the guy calls her a freak behind her back, but he's the real freak. Miranda mentions that if the bozo is a freak, then Carrie's Ben must be, too. She later asks him if there's anything weird about him, and he shows her a Tweetie-bird tattoo he got at his friend's bachelor party (whose marriage did not last, by the way), and she showed him her knee stitches from the third grade, when she got into a fight with a bully. Charlotte realizes she can't be with the sex freak guy, because he's just too sex-obsessed.

Season 2 Episode 4, "They Shoot Single People, Don't They?":

Ben and Carrie are getting closer to relationship status. He leaves for his soccer game, and she rummages through his whole apartment to find the freaky thing about him, He catches her, and the relationship ends. The girls talk at a bar about how women are alone, even when they're with men. Carrie was supposed to get a photo taken for a single & fabulous article for a magazine. The girls stay up all night drinking, and Carrie really LAAAATE for her shoot. The girls go power walking, and a guy named Josh that Miranda has hooked up with twice is STILL trying to get at her. She's trying to avoid him because the sex is bad and she had to FAKE her orgasms. Charlotte is getting with her handyman. The people are so rude to Carrie at the shoot. They take bad photos of her and print them in the article and in the magazines. She freaks out and rants to her friends. Miranda hooks up with Josh suddenly, and she has to fake many an "O" again. Carrie is staying trapped indoors from embarrassment of the magazine article that bashed her, she also questions why the fear of rejection has led woman to "fake" things. The girls discussed why men were so clueless to a woman's pleasure. Samantha's new boyfriend is promising to take her to the Hampton's. She tells Carrie and promises to take Carrie with her. Carrie says it's too soon in the "relationship" to be going on a vacation. Miranda lets Josh know the truth about her faking it. He assumes it's her body, because no woman he has been with has "EVER had to fake it", and THEN he realizes it. OH SH*T. EVERY woman that he's been with has had to fake it. Carrie has a realization that maybe SHE'S the one faking it.. Faking to herself that she's happy being SINGLE. Carrie goes out to a nightclub with her gay best friend, Stanford, who brings the STYLIST from the shoot! He says he had NOTHING to do with the cover of the magazine. Samantha's new man, who led her on with the idea of "We", has stood her up, and the restaurant bus boy helps her after she makes a fool of herself. Carrie meets Jake (BRADLEY COOPER) and they party all night. Charlotte fakes intimacy with Tom, her handyman. Miranda goes back to ignoring Josh. Samantha goes back to hating the playboy again. Carrie starts to embrace her singleton life, and tries to be okay with the fact.

Season 2, Episode 5 "Four Woman and a Funeral":

A designer named Javier dies by heroin-overdose. Everyone at the funeral is wearing his fashions. His sister, Josefina, inherits the company. Charlotte meets a man at the funeral when the hat that Samantha lent her flies off her head and flies onto his dead wife's grave. The girls try to talk her out of going out for drinks with the widower. Miranda buys a huge apartment all for herself. Carrie ponders all the things she's never completed in her life and the things she's never done. She invites "Mr. Big" to dinner. Samantha ALMOST hooks up with a married man for some business proposal she's making. Everyone is giving Miranda a hard time about being a single woman. She has to keep telling them: NO. It's just me. "Is the payment coming from your father?" -No. It's JUST me. She talks to the girls about it. She has a great job, a great life, and she still got looked down on for being a singleton. The wife of the man that Samantha tried to hook up with has her go from A-list to blacklist in a short amount of time. Charlotte's guy breaks down after a picture of his dead wife resurfaces, but Charlotte helps him through it and they have sex. Carrie goes on her date with "Big". She almost hooks up with him, but then she is able to escape. Samantha tries to go out to many different places, and realizes that now only is she black-listed, but she's basically DEAD-listed. Miranda meets her new neighbour, who tells her that the lady before her died in the apartment. She freaks out and calls Carrie, who offers to come over, but Miranda shrugs it off. Samantha tries to grovel to the highest class lady in the city, who ends up being the wife of a man she groped at a party. She turns her out. Miranda has a panic attack, and has to pay $500 to find that out. She has been freaking out about being alone forever. Charlotte realizes that her widower man is using his dead wife as an excuse to get women to sleep with him. "Big" shows up at Carrie's house because she had been ignoring his calls. She did NOT want to have sex with him, so she takes him bowling. They still end up having sex. Duh.

American Horror Story: Freakshow | Most Disappointing Episode? S4E9 (Spoilers: None - Mild)

I'm going to try to write a post that doesn't give away spoilers (for once?) I know I usually give a ton of spoilers when I Live Blog 'Sex and the City' and also 'The Carrie Diaries', but this one is going to be different because it's a much better show. Americab Horror Story. I've been watching the show for months now, and Season 4 just premiered in October, so I've been watching it whenever I can. And I've never live blogged it (or just regularly blogged about it), but last night's episode was so shocking, such a twist, that I feel the need to blog about how I'm feeling about it. I'm not going to say what happened, as I realize that there are going to be a ton of people who have not yet seen Episode 9: , so it's just going to be some of my thoughts. Let me be completely clear, I'm not disappointed in the show or the episode (it was still a pretty good episode), but I'm very disappointed in Jimmy, and I'm sure that his mother would be, too, if she knew what was going on. I have never once had anything (ANYTHING) to complain about in any of the episode ever, although there were some things I wish didn't happen, like the children murders in season 1, but that adds to the backstory, of course. But THIS? No. It should not have been written in there and it was absolutely horrid and disgusting, and in very bad taste. I feel as if Jimmy knows better and would never do such a thing, so what he does in this episode seems very out of character for him. I'm disappointed, but I hope he will bounce back in Episode 10 and regain our trust & affection, and clear his good name. That is all. Thanks for reading!

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