YouTube http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1950/all en-US 8 Best Hobbies for Introverts http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-hobbies-for-introverts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-best-hobbies-for-introverts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_camera_photo_000054266132.jpg" alt="Woman trying out best hobbies for introverts" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As an introvert myself, I find it challenging to engage in many aspects of life. I'm not one for big gatherings, competitive sports, or taking weekly classes filled with people I don't know. If <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-everyday-situations-that-introverts-ace">you're introverted too</a>, or know someone who is, this list of eight hobbies is well worth checking out.</p> <h2>1. Take Up Origami</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0486432920/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0486432920&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XMYLKHJ5MGUUSTSG">Origami kits</a>, which include starter paper, can be bought very inexpensively on Amazon or from your local discount bookstore. You can also find thousands of patterns online, and YouTube is filled with instructional videos that take you step-by-step through the process. Put on a little relaxing music (or head-banging rock, if that's your thing), and enjoy a hobby that relieves stress and results in some wonderful paper sculptures.</p> <h2>2. Make YouTube Videos</h2> <p>While being a famous celebrity may not be ideal for an introvert, becoming a YouTube personality might be. These days, all you need is a webcam, some very basic video editing software, and&hellip;an original take on an idea! If it becomes big enough, you can do your hobby full time, and make millions. Yes, millions. Here's a list of the <a href="http://www.tvguide.com/galleries/youtube-stars-make-more-1089689/">biggest YouTube stars</a>, and as you can see, they do pretty well for themselves &mdash; and it all started by doing something they love, at home. If you don't like to be on camera, consider <a href="http://www.alistdaily.com/news/ion-ranks-youtube-s-biggest-unboxing-stars">unboxing videos</a>, or even <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/PewDiePie">gaming videos</a>. Do it well, and you can retire!</p> <h2>3. Learn Magic</h2> <p>You don't have to become a magician to learn magic, and you don't have to go big when you first start out. In fact, all you really need is a deck of cards, and access to YouTube or any other site you find that hosts free magic lessons. Once you master sleight of hand, you can move on to bigger tricks. It can take months, or even years, to get a trick right. But the satisfaction you get when you finally nail that first trick is well worth it. Master a few of these, and you'll always have something to do at parties besides feeling awkward!</p> <h2>4. Play an Instrument</h2> <p>With access to free lessons online, and resources like Craigslist and Facebook for private, one-on-one tutoring, it has never been easier to learn to play an instrument. Your library is also a great resource for these kinds of books and videos, and it's free. If you can't afford to buy the instrument you want immediately (for instance, not many of us have a piano), you can find alternatives. Perhaps start with an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UN8O5VO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00UN8O5VO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XRJVENGIA3GFMOT2">inexpensive keyboard</a> (some instruments are even available for rent). And there's always eBay!</p> <h2>5. Write</h2> <p>Some people blog as a hobby, and have thousands of followers. Others write screenplays for TV and the movies (and if you get good at it, it could launch a new career). Stephen King's book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1439156816/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1439156816&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TII5U5RFGMTXBY7E">On Writing &ndash; A Memoir of a Craft</a> is an excellent place to start if you've never written anything before. They also say everyone has one novel in them, so why not try coaxing yours out?</p> <h2>6. Photography</h2> <p>As a professional photographer, you need excellent social and people skills to do your job. But as a hobby, photography is perfect for introverts. These days, everything is digital, and you can find some good quality digital SLR cameras on eBay. If you prefer, you can go the old fashioned route and try film cameras (although getting a hold of film is nowhere near as easy at it used to be). Whichever way you try, keep a blog or online gallery of your favorite photos, and share them with the world.</p> <h2>7. Learn a Language</h2> <p>Or several languages. You can find many of the tuition books and videos you need online for free, or a small price. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=rosetta%20stone&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=N5UZSK4DKT7ADP6U">Rosetta Stone</a> gets rave reviews, but has a higher upfront cost of several hundred dollars. With the Internet, you can also watch foreign language TV and movies, and even engage in chat rooms, anonymously if you wish, to hone your skills.</p> <h2>8. Build Movie Prop Replicas</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Screen%20Shot%202015-10-23%20at%2012.10.53%20PM.png" width="605" height="372" alt="" /></p> <p>I've made everything from a Bane vest to an Iron Man arc reactor. My latest two props are from Ghostbusters &mdash; a proton pack and a ghost trap. Everything you need to build movie props, like these, can be found in hardware stores, thrift stores, and on eBay. You don't have to spend a lot; for example, all of the parts used in my ghost trap came to less than $40. Instructions for almost any prop you want to build can be downloaded from a fan site. You can use them to Cosplay, to dress up at Halloween, and to decorate your house or office.</p> <p><em>Are you an introvert with an interesting or unusual hobby? Tell us more about it.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-hobbies-for-introverts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-ways-to-make-your-life-more-interesting">25 Easy Ways to Make Your Life More Interesting</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-35-best-ways-to-spend-your-free-time-frugally">The 35 Best Ways to Spend Your Free Time (Frugally)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-a-crafty-airbrush-out-of-old-junk">Make a crafty airbrush out of old junk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-autumn-is-good-for-your-mind-and-body">6 Ways Autumn Is Good for Your Mind and Body</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-without-a-job-part-2-boost-income">Getting by without a job, part 2--boost income</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks activities crafts hobbies introverts photography shy people YouTube Mon, 26 Oct 2015 15:15:35 +0000 Paul Michael 1598469 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Money-Saving YouTube Channels http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-money-saving-youtube-channels <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-money-saving-youtube-channels" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_watching_youtube_000043524454.jpg" alt="Woman getting money-saving tips from YouTube channels" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on YouTube channels that could save you hundreds every month, the right way to store and organize your spices, and tips to save money this summer.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/youtube-channels-could-save-you-hundreds-every-month">These 21 YouTube Channels Could Save You Hundreds Every Month</a> &mdash; Watch House of Aqua's Zero Dollar Decorating Challenge videos for ways to give your rooms a new look without spending any money. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2015/04/13/store-organize-spices">How to Store &amp; Organize Your Spices</a> &mdash; Hold your spices in small jars with tight-fitting lids. It's even better if they're glass &mdash; they won't transfer flavors even if you reuse the jars for other spices. [Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/save-money-summer/">4 Tips to Save Your Family Money This Summer</a> &mdash; Whether you're having a staycation or traveling across the country, you'll need a spending plan to avoid paying for your vacation long after it's over. [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Why-Trader-Joe-So-Cheap-34885089">Too Good to Be True? How Trader Joe's Sells Affordable Goods</a> &mdash; Most Trader Joe's locations are smaller than the average grocery store, allowing them to spend less on overhead and to pass on the savings to their customers. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://adebtfreestressfreelife.com/the-cost-of-breaking-up-and-the-money-problems-you-can-avoid/">The Cost of Breaking Up (And the Money Problems You Can Avoid)</a> &mdash; You can't spend like you're a two-income household anymore. Figure out your new spending plan &mdash; what expenses can you cut, and where can you save? Will you need to relocate or get a roommate? [A Debt Free Stress Free Life]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://fitzvillafuerte.com/how-to-stay-motivated-at-following-your-monthly-budget-a-lesson-in-psychology.html">How To Stay Motivated at Following Your Monthly Budget: A Lesson in Psychology</a> &mdash; Apply the peak-end rule to your money-smart habits and feel motivated to keep it up every month. [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dontpayfull.com/blog/5-types-of-low-budget-weddings-anyone-can-plan">5 Types of Low-Budget Weddings Anyone Can Plan</a> &mdash; You can save a bundle on the wedding venue by having it in a decent-sized backyard. If it's yours or a friend's backyard, you can nix the venue costs altogether! [Don't Pay Full]</p> <p><a href="https://www.dailyworth.com/posts/3451-8-reasons-to-be-early-to-work">8 Reasons to Be Early to Work</a> &mdash; An empty office with few distractions is a great environment for buckling down and getting work done. [Daily Worth]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrush.com/feeling-envious/">Feeling Envious? Make It Work For You</a> &mdash; Take your feelings of envy as a sign that you want something. That something may not be obvious, so give yourself time to figure it out. [Money Crush]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/why-i-refuse-to-let-my-children-cry-it-out">Why I Refuse to Let My Children Cry it Out</a> &mdash; Not responding to your baby's cries in order to sleep train him may have detrimental effects on your child's development. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-money-saving-youtube-channels">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-119-amazing-meals-you-can-make-from-a-can">Flashback Friday: 119 Amazing Meals You Can Make From a Can</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-more-hobbies-you-can-start-for-free">10 More Hobbies You Can Start for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-the-high-cost-of-cheap-gas-hurts-you">This Is How the High Cost of Cheap Gas Hurts You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pick-up-one-of-these-frugal-hobbies-this-weekend">Pick Up One of These Frugal Hobbies This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips YouTube Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1390528 at http://www.wisebread.com Free Videos Offer Stress Relief and Relaxation http://www.wisebread.com/free-videos-offer-stress-relief-and-relaxation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/free-videos-offer-stress-relief-and-relaxation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tablet-5112254-small.jpg" alt="woman using tablet" title="woman using tablet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While many of us might relax by reading a good book or working out at the gym, there's a large number of people who have turned to watching YouTube videos featuring some of the most ordinary &mdash; but occasionally strange &mdash; behaviors. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/super-solid-yoga-tricks-to-help-you-relax">Yoga Tricks to Help You Relax</a>)</p> <p>The videos seek to trigger a mysterious phenomenon known as <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_sensory_meridian_response">Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response</a>, or &quot;ASMR.&quot; In short, it is a tingly sensation in the back of the head and down the neck. Those who claim to experience ASMR say it is triggered by a wide variety of things, from deliberate hand movements to soft voices or sounds, including fingernail tapping or hair brushing.</p> <p>&quot;For me, one of the biggest things is crinkles and crinkly bags,&quot; said Lindsay Ragone, a television editor in Canada who claims the sensation has helped her address a sleeping disorder. &quot;I&#39;ve watched hundreds and hundreds of these videos, if not thousands.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sleep-better-with-calming-words">Sleep Better With Calming Words</a>)</p> <p>Ragone is currently producing a film on the topic, &quot;<a href="http://braingasm-film.com/">Braingasm</a>,&quot; featuring interviews with people who produce these videos on YouTube. Another documentary, &quot;Tingly Sensation,&quot; is also in production and has <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tinglysensation/tingly-sensation-documentary-film">received more than $11,000 in funding</a> through Kickstarter.</p> <p>At this point, <a href="http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/asmr/">there is no scientific evidence that ASMR is a real thing</a>, though at least one <a href="http://theunnam3df33ling.blogspot.com/2013/02/an-fmri-study-on-asmr-will-take-place.html">researcher at Dartmouth</a> is exploring the phenomenon. And Ragone said there is some debate among YouTubers about which videos actually trigger ASMR and which offer a more general feeling of relaxation.</p> <p>Either way, Ragone noted that some ASMR-themed YouTube channels feature tens of thousands of subscribers, with some individual videos notching millions of views. And the comments on YouTube are almost universally positive, with users praising video producers for helping them deal with everything from sleep problems to stress and even depression.</p> <p>&quot;Generally, the reason people get into these videos is that they come across them accidentally one night on YouTube and realize &#39;Oh my God, that&#39;s that thing I felt, and I didn&#39;t know how to describe it,&#39;&quot; Ragone said. &quot;There are people who say, &#39;I didn&#39;t know this was a thing. I&#39;ve had this my whole life.&#39;&quot;</p> <p>In general, ASMR enthusiasts have remained something of an underground community, though the phenomenon was the subject of a story on <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9Kpu-x67og">NPR&#39;s This American Life</a> earlier this year. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-free-ways-to-learn-something-new">Free Ways to Learn Something New</a>)</p> <p>Do you think this may be the key to your attempts at relaxation? Here&#39;s a look at five of the most popular ASMR producers on YouTube.</p> <h2>Gentlewhispering</h2> <p>Known simply as &quot;Maria&quot; by fans, her channel is highlighted by <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/GentleWhispering">ear-to-ear whispering</a> using a binaural microphone. (You&#39;re supposed to use headphones to get the full effect.) The video below, which features a variety of supposed ASMR triggers, has a whopping 3.2 million views. Also check out the <a href="http://youtu.be/CHiKxytbCWk">tingly towel-folding tutorial</a>, which has 426,000 views.</p> <p>&quot;I know some people who say the sound of her voice can set them in a trance,&quot; Ragone said.</p> <iframe width="605" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RVpfHgC3ye0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>The WaterWhispers</h2> <p>Known as &quot;Ilse&quot; to the ASMR community, this YouTuber has cranked out more than 200 videos <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/TheWaterwhispers">featuring ear-to-ear whispering</a>, nail tapping, and various role-playing scenes. Her most popular video below is more than an hour long and features 11 supposed ASMR triggers, including gum chewing, book scratching, and newspaper page flipping. It has 576,000 views.</p> <iframe width="605" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sfo0ZSgc86A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>ASMRRequests</h2> <p>One of the more prolific YouTubers, known as &quot;Ally&quot; to her fans. Her channel features about <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/ASMRrequests">two new videos a week</a>, in which she usually taps gently on an object while talking about it in a quiet and deliberate voice. (<a href="http://youtu.be/3dbP9HyJXlw">See the two-hour discussion of "Star Wars," featuring light tapping on a laser disc</a>.)</p> <p>Her role-playing videos are also popular. The video below has her acting the role of a space-travel agent from the future. It has 907,000 views.</p> <iframe width="605" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/oapgiZc5i-g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>HeatherFeather</h2> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/HeatherFeatherASMR">HeatherFeather has more than 100 videos</a>, usually featuring her facing the camera in some sort of acting role. She&#39;s played a hair stylist, a makeup artist, and even a tattoo consultant. Many of her videos experiment with various &quot;trigger sounds&quot; ranging from hair brushing to chewing gum.</p> <p>The video below features a 3D microphone and a panning effect with a variety of supposedly &quot;tingly&quot; sounds. It is HeatherFeather&#39;s most popular video, with nearly 383,000 views.</p> <iframe width="605" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6YkPh999hWg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>EphemeralRift</h2> <p>One of the more popular male <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/EphemeralRift">ASMR producers and also one of the most creative</a>. His videos feature everything from role-playing to <a href="http://youtu.be/BtM_p-MDFOg">beer drinking</a>, all in an attempt to trigger ASMR in the listener.</p> <p>See the video below of EphemeralRift discussing a post-apocalyptic world where sugar is unavailable except through a fictional &quot;CandyMan.&quot; It is one of his most popular videos, with more than 285,000 views.</p> <iframe width="605" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Bv1qmHjYPKw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>&nbsp</p> <p><em>Are you an ASMR aficionado or &quot;ASMRtist&quot;? Have you tried (or would you try) ASMR to help you relax? Whisper your experience in comments!</em></p><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-videos-offer-stress-relief-and-relaxation">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-hobbies-for-introverts">8 Best Hobbies for Introverts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-might-be-breathing-wrong-heres-what-you-should-do-instead">You Might Be Breathing Wrong — Here&#039;s What You Should Do Instead</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-cheap-and-easy-formulas-for-homemade-windshield-de-icer-plus-bonus-tips">3 Cheap and Easy Formulas for Homemade Windshield De-Icer (Plus Bonus Tips)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-finally-make-your-finances-paperless">5 Ways to Finally Make Your Finances Paperless</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-yoga-can-teach-you-about-money">5 Things Yoga Can Teach You About Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks ASMR insomnia relaxation YouTube Fri, 01 Nov 2013 09:48:04 +0000 Tim Lemke 1059764 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Ways to Incorporate Video into Your Business http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/11-ways-to-incorporate-video-into-your-business <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-label">Link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.openforum.com/articles/11-ways-to-incorporate-video-into-your-business" target="_blank">http://www.openforum.com/articles/11-ways-to-incorporate-video-into-your-busines...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/small-business/11-ways-to-incorporate-video-into-your-business" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000012137541Small.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I started my online business in 2008, using video for your online business was new and experimental. Fast forward to today and video is absolutely everywhere and then some, even those with no real business are cashing in on fame and fortune thanks to mega popular <a href="http://youtube.com/" target="_blank">YouTube</a>.</p> <p>Although everyone seems to be tuning into the importance of video, it&rsquo;s still a daunting thought for many business owners who aren&rsquo;t quite sure where to add video to their online brand. But it&rsquo;s not so hard. Here are 11 ways to make use of video.</p> <h3>1. Use video to entice people to sign up for your newsletter</h3> <p>By far the biggest way to drive sales to your business is through a mailing list or a newsletter. But getting people onto your mailing list is not always easy because nowadays, everyone has some sort of &lsquo;free&rsquo; offer to entice people to join. More and more people just do not consider these freebies very valuable any longer.</p> <p>Video is a great way to entice people onto your newsletter because you&rsquo;ll be breaking away from what everyone else is doing and showcasing yourself and your company in a very real and engaging way.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: John McIntyre recently created a personal development site called <a href="http://makelifegobang.com/" target="_blank">Make Life Go Bang</a> that features a video of him sharing 50 reasons to sign up for his newsletter. This interesting method means people won&rsquo;t join just for a freebie and also helps them quickly connect with his mission and personality.</p> <h3>2. Better engage with your blog posts</h3> <p>More and more people are using video in blog posts to present their products and services in a more visually appealing way. Video can often be more engaging and entertaining than a printed article.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: David Siteman Garland from <a href="http://therisetothetop.com/" target="_blank">The Rise to the Top</a> and Andrew Warner from <a href="http://mixergy.com/" target="_blank">Mixergy</a> are two of my favorite video bloggers because their passion shines through in every video they produce. By taking time out to interview interesting people, they&rsquo;re helping other entrepreneurs and start ups learn the ins and outs with stories that inspire and motivate.</p> <h3>3. Create a dedicated video page</h3> <p>While using video in your blog posts or to entice newsletter subscribers is a great start, you can take things further by displaying all of your videos with one dedicated page on your website. This will lower your bounce rate with new visitors and help people filter through your interesting content better.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: Entrepreneur Pat Flynn has a great dedicated video page on his blog <a href="http://smartpassiveincome.com/" target="_blank">Smart Passive Income</a> that works with the Wordpress plugin <a href="http://tubepress.org/" target="_blank">TubePress</a> to bring all of his recent Youtube videos right onto his website. It&rsquo;s an easy way to showcase his videos and keeps his readers engaged with his content for longer periods of time.</p> <h3>4. Add video to your about page</h3> <p>To help connect with new visitors, why not create a video demonstrates your personality and company vision to share on your about page? It will be a welcome change from static images found on most other about pages and will give people a real glimpse into who you are in a very short time.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: Michelle Ward, the <a href="http://whenigrowupcoach.com/" target="_blank">When I Grow Up Coach</a>, uses video on her about page in this way. As a business owner, you want to ensure you attract the right customers and by sharing a snippet of your personality &ndash; or your company&rsquo;s mission &ndash; right on the about page, you&rsquo;ll engage the right people while saying goodbye to those who wouldn&rsquo;t be the right fit anyways.</p> <h3>5. Sell more on your sales pages</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re serious about selling a service online, video can help attract and convert potential customers on your sales pages. By giving visitors the chance to learn more about what you&rsquo;re selling and your motivation behind it, you&rsquo;ll see a higher interest rate, more people willing to share your message, and more customers at the end of the day.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: <a href="http://taragentile.com/" target="_blank">Tara Gentile</a>, creative business coach, uses video often on her sales pages to entice potential buyers to get to her know better and decide if the product is the right fit for them. Of the benefits, she says, &ldquo;I know my enthusiasm and passion is what helps to sell a product. I can spend hours writing copy, crafting headlines, or perfecting prose, but 3 minutes in front the video camera says more than I can ever hope to with written words. Video makes the intangible, tangible. And that, inevitably, converts more sales.&rdquo;</p> <h3>6. Excite on your product pages</h3> <p>We live in a world in which stunning photography is the norm &ndash; even amateurs with cell phone cams can produce images the equal of those shot by professional photographers. That means having wonderful photos of your products isn&rsquo;t going as far as it used to.</p> <p>Use video on your product pages to show people exactly how your items work, their key features, benefits, and also to give people a closer look into what life would be like by owning them.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: Catherine Choi of <a href="http://soyoungmother.com/" target="_blank">So Young Mother</a> uses video to feature her diaper bags, lunch boxes, and <a href="http://www.soyoungmother.com/products/cooler-bags" target="_blank">cooler bags</a>. Whenever I visit her website, I always take a moment to view one of her videos because her video marketing is so engaging &ndash; as if she&rsquo;s right there in person explaining her product details to me.</p> <h3>7. Master the YouTube stream</h3> <p>YouTube recently announced their videos get <a href="http://thenextweb.com/google/2011/05/25/youtube-hits-3-billion-views-per-day-2-days-worth-of-video-uploaded-every-minute/" target="_blank">over 3 billion views a day</a>, and all those eyeballs need to go somewhere, so why not toward you? You can easily embed YouTube videos on your website and take advantage of the crazy volume of traffic YouTube gets daily, exposing new audiences to your message and increasing your brand awareness over time.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: Mashable wrote a great post about <a href="http://mashable.com/2009/06/01/youtube-brands/" target="_blank">5 brands killing it on YouTube</a> but one that stood out to me most was <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/homedepot" target="_blank">Home Depot</a>. Sharing their expertise with YouTube watchers means people will continue to think of them anytime they want to change their kitchen cabinets or replace their tiled floors. Maybe you can share your expertise in the same way?</p> <h3>8. Stream live for more interaction with fans and customers</h3> <p>By making yourself fully available for questions and chats live, you&rsquo;ll win people over continually because you&rsquo;ll become known as someone who cares deeply about your customer&rsquo;s needs and wants.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: Even though <a href="http://garyvaynerchuk.com/" target="_blank">Gary Vaynerchuk</a> has built a multi-million dollar business stemming from <a href="http://tv.winelibrary.com/" target="_blank">Wine Library TV</a>, he still jumps on <a href="http://www.ustream.tv/user/garyvee" target="_blank">ustream</a> to chat with fans and followers. This good will encourages people to get to know him better and increases his likeability and brand.</p> <h3>9. Brighten up your digital products</h3> <p>If you sell virtual products, such as business tools and training, video is the perfect medium to use to better connect with your customers and explain things that sometimes text just cannot.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: While I&rsquo;ve tried a lot of virtual products that include video, Danielle Laporte&rsquo;s <a href="http://whitehottruth.com/shop-adore/the-spark-kit/" target="_blank">The Spark Kit</a> includes an incredible amount of beautifully made videos &ndash; frequently interviews with experts and some of her flying solo &ndash; that share insightful tips and inspiring nuggets.</p> <h3>10. Add some magic to your support area</h3> <p>Many companies use video in their technical and customer support areas because it cuts back on customer emails and phone calls considerably. Whether you sell something physical, virtual or service based, you can use video to answer frequently asked questions, demonstrate how to use specific features of your products, and much more.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: My invoicing and time tracking system of choice, <a href="http://www.getharvest.com/" target="_blank">Harvest</a>, does a great job of showcasing tons of different help queries in their <a href="http://www.getharvest.com/help" target="_blank">support area</a> with video. I&rsquo;ve found that by taking a moment to filter through their pages, I have less need to email with questions, which is quicker for me &ndash; and cheaper for Harvest.</p> <h3>11. Cut down on training time for new employees</h3> <p>By creating training videos, easily done with screencasting software, you&rsquo;ll connect with your employees in a deeper way and clarify all aspects of the work you need done very simply for them. In addition, you can reuse videos any time a new employee is brought on board, freeing you up to work on more important matters.</p> <p><b>Real business example:</b> As I expand my team, I can clearly see the benefits of recording training videos and sharing them with new employees compared to alternatives such as email communication or live training sessions online. I use <a href="http://www.telestream.net/screen-flow/overview.htm" target="_blank">Screenflow</a> on Mac to record my training videos and this eliminates confusion over little details and ensure my people are quickly up to speed when they sign on to work with me.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/justine-grey">Justine Grey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/11-ways-to-incorporate-video-into-your-business">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/250-tips-for-small-business-owners">250+ Tips for Small Business Owners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-freelance-clients-part-two">How to Find Freelance Clients: Part Two</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-hobbies-for-introverts">8 Best Hobbies for Introverts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-ways-to-get-a-small-business-loan">10+ Smart Ways to Get a Small Business Loan</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-helpful-tools-to-manage-your-small-business">6 Helpful Tools to Manage Your Small Business</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Small Business Resource Center marketing small business training video video support web marketing YouTube Mon, 25 Jul 2011 19:54:30 +0000 Justine Grey 629994 at http://www.wisebread.com The Make You Wanna Holla Presentation http://www.wisebread.com/the-make-you-wanna-holla-presentation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-make-you-wanna-holla-presentation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Listen baby listen.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="116" height="115" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">I can&#39;t speak coherently and I can&#39;t write at all -- let alone stay on topic.</font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">&#160;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Subsequently, I’m already prepared for the electronic picket signs and the “haterific” rants about selling out, wasting time or &quot;dummy-it’s-called-an-I-pod&quot; responses.</font></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><br /> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Or maybe I’m just feeling myself and the readers of this post may indeed have imbibed their “acc-rite jooce,” before reading this, in which case I have nothing to worry about.</font></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><br /> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Today’s subject, kiddies, is how to throw a boss summer patio party or eclectic dinner party in the technological age - I mean really do it up – without digging in the crates.</font></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><br /> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">It occurred to me, shortly after myself and a then prospective female No. 1 companion were exchanging </font><a href="http://www.youtube.com/"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">YouTube</font></a><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> links and trading songs via e-mail. It was a veritable, “well, what do you know about this,&quot; contest where she hit me with everything from the soul stylings of Tyrone Davis to old recordings of Chicago and Muddy Waters. I put her up on Average White Band and hard-to-find Isley Brothers recordings as well as grooves from Marvin Gaye she never heard. Gotta love technology and what Roger Troutman would call &quot;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBeUo9ahnfQ">Computer love</a>.&quot; </font></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><br /> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">The metaphoric Sylvania danced above my head. Party Time.</font></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><br /> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">The ingredients: a PC or MAC – laptop or desktop will do -- with a plug-in port for a large LCD screen or an up-to-date TV set and Internet access. </font></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><br /> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">I’m not inventing the wheel or even thinking up an original idea here but why get a Bose wave radio and thumb through your I-pod. Like the man James Brown says, “get involved, get into it.” </font></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><br /> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">You can go from Beethoven to Coltrane to Snoop Dogg to Eric Clapton with a quick search without digging in the crates, calling XM Radio tech support or getting carpal tunnel syndrome setting up random music joints on a CD changer because the disc holder decided it doesn’t want to slide out for you. </font></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><br /> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Three keys to a YouTube party.</font></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><br /> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in; tab-stops: list .5in" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman"><span><font size="3">1)</font><span style="font: 7pt 'Times New Roman'">      </span></span><font size="3">One-Upmanship is the key. Find a unifying theme (i.e. Jazz Night, Vanilla Ice, Retrospective, Tantra, uh John Tesh anyone? ) Have fun wowing and surprising each other. </font></font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in; tab-stops: list .5in" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman"><span><font size="3">2)</font><span style="font: 7pt 'Times New Roman'">      </span></span><font size="3">B.Y.O.D (Bring your own document with the links to your jams already in it -- Excel and Word files will do).</font></font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in; tab-stops: list .5in" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman"><span><font size="3">3)</font><span style="font: 7pt 'Times New Roman'">      </span></span><font size="3">Rotate, Rinse Repeat: (The host should have a list, where they designate a typist for 20 minute intervals to jot down their own jams. This is wilding out interactive style to elicit groans or “oh snap” reactions). </font></font></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><br /> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">For you dweebie html-jocky hipsters who wear Converse All-Stars with tweed thrift shop pants (don&#39;t trip, I love the pants), here’s how you can save your links and </font><a href="http://performancing.com/wordpress-tips/wordpress-hacks-using-custom-fields-auto-embed-youtube-videos"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">embed</font></a><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> them for repeated use in a prepared file. </font></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">In a realm where the DJ is dead and many spend more time texting and e-mailing than talking, defeat the </font><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resistance_is_futile"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Borg</font></a><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> with a little bit of imagination. Plus if you&#39;ve got your joint on a reliably-fast free wireless network, it costs no money me hearties. </font></p> <p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Have fun, but just don’t let me see anymore headlines like this: <span><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1565953/Family-beaten-after-YouTube-party-invitation.html">Family beaten after YouTube party invitation</a>. That situation -- where a “teenager was airlifted to hospital and his father left with a broken nose after 100 teenagers gate-crashed a party where an invitation appeared on YouTube – was unfortunate.</span></font></font><span><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">War is not the answer, only love can conquer hate. That’s Marvin from the 1971 title track to the seminal soul album “What’s going on?” You might want to get your game right before you try this at home.</font></font></span></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jabulani-leffall">Jabulani Leffall</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-make-you-wanna-holla-presentation">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/boost-your-computers-ram-in-seconds-very-easy">Boost your computer&#039;s RAM in seconds. Very easy.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-this-the-end-of-youtube">Is this the end of YouTube?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hack-a-mac">Hack a Mac!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/throw-a-house-party-for-free">Throw a House Party for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/weird-things-you-didnt-know-about-valentines-day">Weird Things You Didn&#039;t Know About Valentine&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Commentary computer free link Mac party PC Snoop Dogg YouTube Tue, 22 Jul 2008 22:36:49 +0000 Jabulani Leffall 2256 at http://www.wisebread.com GYM Class: THE DIY, DIFNF Thesis http://www.wisebread.com/gym-class-the-diy-difnf-thesis <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/gym-class-the-diy-difnf-thesis" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Wisebread GYM Glass picture.jpg" alt="Do it yourself, Do it for nearly free" title="Got those tickets to the gun show!" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="116" height="107" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>Our modern America is a no longer a producer’s economy but a consumer economy. That’s not conjecture or philosophy, it’s a sad fact and the reason for the current credit crunch in equity, debt and housing markets as well as the reason George W. Bush wants to give you $800 bucks in a rebate check so you can go straight to Circuit City, Target or wherever, to “boost” the economy.</span></p> <p><span>It’s tricknology folks. </span></p> <p><span>And what I mean by that is that a lot of times as consumers we are compelled by false shortages, told to go shopping, lest the terrorists win. Moreover we often buy things more for piece and peace of mind than for utility. <span> </span>And corporations count on us to buy items and let them collect dust so that when we see the dust, we are convinced that the good we purchased is obsolete. A lot of treadmills bought for the home serve as laundry hampers, dry-wall holder-uppers and post modern art as a case in point.</span></p> <p><span>This is why from late November through late April of every dual calendar year, exercise machine firms, fitness centers and gyms -- I like to call them, one-way banks or reverse ATMS -- see their greatest uptick in revenue. <span> </span>Many are determined after Thanksgiving to get that weight down, but too busy or cold in the post-Super Bowl, <span> </span>pre-spring doldrums to care that 24-Hour Fitness, Bally’s Total Fitness, Gold’s Gym and Equinox are getting direct deposit like they’re employed by you. </span><span>Hence, the reality: physical fitness is an $11 billion industry and the weight loss business tops out at $30 billion. That’s $41 billion clams for just about the most indulgent, fattest country in the history of mankind. </span></p> <p><span>What gives? Apparently us, in time and money.</span></p> <p><span>Now if you go to the gym to be seen, look cute in your new jogging suit, get premium advice from that ripped dude or that hot chick who is so cut she needs a band-aid, then more power to you. If you’re disciplined and have a certain fitness goal that can only be attained by being motivated by others, then fine. The gyms I mentioned are all decent places to do these things.</span></p> <p><span>Just realize that for a 30-minute workout, three to five times a week, you will likely spend an average of $200 a month in both real and opportunity costs. Not everyone is a between jobs actor, an independent contractor or a M.I.LF who doesn’t work and stays home with the kids. Many really <em>don’t </em>have time for fitness as most of America is working to buy the ab-flexer rather than actually use it. Here’s how many gym routines tend to work: </span></p> <p><span><em>So to go to the gym you get in your car, you park, you go in, you check in, you get dressed, you come out, you stretch, you do some measly cardio workout on a machine or lift weights wrong or go to a class that works up a sweat. You shower, you get changed, you get in your car, you sit in traffic and maybe you buy a burger and you get home just in time to go to sleep. If you do it in the morning, repeat process and rinse down with Mocha and a scone. You could potentially drop $5,000 per annum in this routine if you’re not careful and be the same porker/flabmiester/wasteful gym rat that you were after Turkey day.</em> </span></p> <p><span>This blogger’s advice: DIY, DIFNF. (Do it yourself , Do it for Nearly free)</span></p> <p><strong><span>Run: </span></strong><span>That’s it. Go somewhere and run ‘til you get tired. Walking fast is also good.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Get a rope: </span></strong><span>Buy a cheap plastic or leather jump rope: 300 repetitions everyday, you’d be surprised at the results.</span></p> <p><span><strong>You take the weight:</strong> If it&#39;s too cold to go outside, wear small weights on your wrists and ankles and run, jump or walk in place.</span></p> <p><span><strong>Smooth-E:</strong> Eating fruits and vegatables will shape off pounds immediately. If you don&#39;t like the taste grind it up and drink it down.</span></p> <p><span><strong>Use Rubber and/or YouTube.</strong> Allusions aside<strong>, </strong>find some rubber tubing and do resistance stretches and lifts. Internet research will show you how if you&#39;re interested. Not using that bike you bought? Slip the bike&#39;s clean innertube around your upper back, stretch it out in front of you with your hands, get down and crank out 200 reps of pushups! Same for sit ups. And forget workout tapes and DVDs, if you have the technological capability, YouTube has an extensive library of workout jerks for you to mimic. Someone mentioned in the comments section that podcasts are good to listen to as well.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Hit the pipe: </span></strong><span>Not that pipe, you&#39;d probably get skinny faster than you want to. I&#39;m talking a metal 3/4&quot; PVC and connectors with pipe insulation for the handles that will set you back less than ten bayzacs. You can use this to make a push up bar, or chin up bar, which can be built in a half an hour.</span></p> <p><span><strong> </strong></span><span><strong>In the bag</strong>: Buy a heavy bag for your house and punch the crap out of it with some padded gloves or some handwraps-- with controlled compact punches and sharp breaths --  until you&#39;re soaked with sweat or can barely lift your arms. Punching it 100-300 times a day is the equivalent of a really good workout, probably the best cardio and conditioning excercise around actually.</span></p> <p><span>The gym is cool, just like eating out, just like going to a bar instead of a liquor store. But if you employ the DIY, DIFNF method, when you make the summer debut that you worked out all spring and winter for anyway, your pockets will more than likely be fatter than you are.</span></p> <p><span>BTW, if you have a fitness center at your apartment complex or are close with someone who does -- a relative, a girlfriend/boyfriend or good friend --- and you still pay to workout, (picture me shrugging my shoulders and wagging my finger) you should do some serious thinking. </span></p> <p><span>It&#39;s time to beat tricknology and look good doing it!</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.oo-rah.com/Store/pt/pt1011.asp" target="_top"></a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jabulani-leffall">Jabulani Leffall</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gym-class-the-diy-difnf-thesis">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-a-dental-discount-plan-save-you-money">Will A Dental Discount Plan Save You Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-sleek-marketing-ploys-aimed-at-getting-more-of-your-grocery-money">5 Sleek Marketing Ploys Aimed at Getting More of Your Grocery Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-cheapest-way-to-get-fit-and-strong-in-30-days-or-less">The Cheapest Way to Get Fit and Strong in 30 Days or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-post-really-suk-kuks-examining-islamic-finance">This Post Really Suk-kuks: Examining Islamic Finance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/conspicuous-spending-fading-to-black">Conspicuous Spending: Fading to Black</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Excercise fitness running savings YouTube Sun, 20 Jan 2008 18:31:19 +0000 Jabulani Leffall 1654 at http://www.wisebread.com Free Music Lessons Online! For now... http://www.wisebread.com/free-music-lessons-online-for-now <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Guitar.jpg" alt=" " width="270" height="191" /></p> <p>Ever paid for private music lessons? Pricey, no? I know that my accordian lessons got to be too much for my feeble salary to cover.</p> <p>Now, you can learn music online. Through You Tube! <a href="http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=guitar+lessons">Video lessons, all for free</a>. Or at least, until tomorrow, when You Tube is ordered to take the lessons down.</p> <p>Lots of musicians offer online video lessons, either on You Tube or through You Tube in conjunction with their online learning web sites. As explained on <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9291453">NPR</a>, these videos may or may not remain online for your personal use, depending on whether or not the posters are required to take them down due to copyright. You see, most of the chords and songs that they cover are under copyright, and, well, we all know how the music industry <a href="http://consumerist.com/consumer/riaa/faces-of-the-riaa-244519.php">feels about copyright infringement</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/troy-hadley">Troy Hadley</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-music-lessons-online-for-now">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Just Ask.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Art and Leisure chords copyright guitar lessons music lessons online learning YouTube Tue, 03 Apr 2007 01:01:08 +0000 Troy Hadley 439 at http://www.wisebread.com Is this the end of YouTube? http://www.wisebread.com/is-this-the-end-of-youtube <p> <img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/youtube.gif" alt="YouTube" title="YouTube" width="227" height="216" /></p> <p><a href="http://googlewatch.eweek.com/">GoogleWatch</a> , one of my fav blogs about one of my fav resources, reported today on the $1billion <a href="http://googlewatch.eweek.com/content/youtube/viacom_sues_google_and_youtube.html">lawsuit served to Google by Viacom</a> . And so did almost every other news network around. I found over 1400 stories on it...this one is big it seems. One of the main rumblings I heard about the YouTube boys selling to Google was fear of a huge lawsuit, which they didn&#39;t have the funds to fight, but Google does. Hmmm. </p> <p>However, what I liked about the GoogleWatch story is the &quot;18 reasons why Google &amp; YouTube Are Guilty of Copyright Infringement.&quot; It gives a new perspective on it, and as someone who really loves YouTube (I&#39;ve found a lot of great videos from my home country on there), it&#39;s an eye opener. You can read the complete article on GoogleWatch <a href="http://googlewatch.eweek.com/content/youtube/18_reasons_why_google_and_youtube_are_guilty_of_copyright_infringement.html">here</a> , but here are the Top 5 infringements listed.</p> <p>1: YouTube&#39;s value is largely based on infringing works.</p> <p>2: Google maintains control over YouTube&#39;s business, and contributes to YouTube&#39;s infringement by syncing Google Video search with YouTube&#39;s library.</p> <p>3: Although individual users are the ones to upload videos, YouTube copies the videos to its servers, indexes the metadata, and creates thumbnails. YouTube then publicly displays and performs the infringing works. The complaint: &quot;Thus, the YouTube conduct that forms the basis of this Complaint is not simply providing storage space, conduits, or other facilities to users who create their own websites with infringing materials. To the contrary, YouTube itself commits the infringing duplication, public performance, and public display of Plaintiffs’ copyrighted works, and that infringement occurs on YouTube’s own website, which is operated and controlled by Defendants, not users.&quot;</p> <p>* This is an important point, since Google has argued -- as any ISP or file storage provider would argue -- that they are not liable for illegal actions taken by users, as they are not aware of that activity until notified by a third party.</p> <p>4: Embedded videos and e-mailing vidoes from YouTube constitute public performance, too.</p> <p>5: The embedded videos that attract the most users are copyrighted works, and YouTube displays its brand over them. </p> <p>I sincerely hope YouTube stays around, it&#39;s become a top 10 site that I visit. But I suspect this one is going the way of Napster. Power to the people, but only if it&#39;s all good and legal, right?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-this-the-end-of-youtube">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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