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    Grammar Cheat Sheet for Bloggers

    Grammar Cheat Sheet for Bloggers

    Tonight I got a mail from Paul at artofblog who suggested an article – “Grammar Cheat Sheet for Bloggers” it´s about the importance of using the correct grammar at the blog. I read the article and it contained a lot of useful information. So I decided to share that useful stuff on my site.

    Excerpt from artofblog – Grammar Cheat Sheet for Bloggers

    Who or Whom? Data or datum? And why do some people freak out when they see “15 items or less” at the grocery store?

    If you’re running a blog, getting grammar right is really helpful. For one thing, it will protect you from roaming gangs of Grammar Nazis patrolling the internet. But more important, it’ll make you a better writer. Your readers will appreciate it, even if they aren’t conscious of why.

    This guide will cover those pesky words that we all get confused about from time to time. It will show you the right word to use when you’re clacking away at the keyboard. And above all, it will make your writing clearer.

    Grammar Cheat Sheet for Bloggers

    Just One Small Caveat

    The purpose of grammar is not to be 100%, absolutely correct. It’s to make your writing easier to understand. And there are few things in grammar where everyone agrees anyway. What’s more, grammar is constantly changing.

    With that in mind, some of these rules skirt the official, unyielding rules of those who believe grammar to be prescriptive. Rather, they reflect how grammar is working today (for an example, check out data vs datum).

    This guide won’t necessarily put you in first place on a grammar game show — but it will make your blog posts a lot easier to read.

    Affect vs Effect

    If you’re only going to learn just one rule from this cheatsheet, make it this one.

    Using these words incorrectly is so common that it’s difficult to know what the right usage is when you read it, let alone how to write it. That’s true of effect/affect more than anything. Fortunately, we’ve got a shortcut for you.

    The Official Rules

    In general, “affect” is a verb that means to have an impact on something and “effect” is a noun, as in the effect of something on something else. However, just to confuse things, “effect” can also be a verb meaning to cause something to happen.

    And, to further complicate things, “affect” can be noun, but only very rarely — generally in psychology.

    Examples

    Affect as verb
    The boy was affected by the trauma he had witnessed.
    Affect as a noun
    The experiment triggered a strong negative affect on the participants.
    Effect as a noun
    The effect of the economic downturn was a depressed job market.
    Effect as a verb
    I hope to effect significant change at my organization in the coming years.

    Rules of Thumb

    Given the variety of forms these particular words can take, you might still be confused. Fortunately, there’s a shortcut.

    Assume that if a verb makes sense, it’s probably going to be “affect.” And if it’s a noun, it’s probably going to be “effect.”

    If you’re not sure, try switching in another noun and another verb to see if the sentence makes sense.

    Take, for example, the sentence, “The boy was streetcar by trauma he witnessed.” It doesn’t make any sense, since “streetcar” is a noun.

    But take the sentence, “The boy was bamboozled by the trauma he witnessed.” It does make grammatical sense, because bamboozle is a verb.

    The same goes for effect.

    Consider: “The streetcar of the economic downturn was a depressed job market.” Versus: “The bamboozle of the economic downturn was a depressed job market.”

    As you can see, only “streetcar” sounds right.

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    Read the whole article at artofblog

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    10 Cool and Astonishing Steampunk Artworks That Will Blow Your Mind

    astonishing steampunk artworks

    One simply just never get tired of astonishing steampunk artworks. In short one can say that Steampunk is a fusion of tech and fantasy where it combines scientific and technological advancements with fantasy. It often contains science fiction models,

    I don´t know how many articles I published about steampunk artworks. So tonight I decided to collect 10 more steampunk artworks that is just astonishing, ENJOY the list!

    10 Cool and Astonishing Steampunk Artworks

    astonishing steampunk artworks

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    Don´t forget to share the awesome steampunk posters with your friends!

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    10 Beautiful Dog Inspired Logotypes

    10 Beautiful Dog Inspired Logotypes

    Check out some Dog Inspired Logotypes.Every company needs a good logo and when it comes to companies involving dogs, well then the dog should be at focus, and by no means look angry!

    The only exceptions I can come up with is that you involves a angry looking dog in a sports-logo, like ice hockey logotypes, where your aim is to invoke fear upon your competitors. But lets head on to the list with Beautiful Dog Inspired Logotypes!

    10 Beautiful Dog Inspired Logotypes

    1. Fun Dog Logo

    Fun Dog Logo
    Source: logopond

    2. Snoots

    Snoots
    Source: pinterest

    3. Saint Mate Logo

    10 Beautiful Dog Inspired Logotypes
    Source: thelogomix

    4. Dog Pet Logo

    Dog Pet Logo
    Source: Pinterest

    5. Bear’s Logo Model

    Bear’s Logo Model
    Source: Dribbble

    6. Fetcher

    Fetcher
    Source: Pintrest

    7. Puppy

    Puppy
    Source: dribbble

    8. Coquette

    Cocuette
    Source: coolhomepages

    9. The Dog

    The Dog
    Source: dribbble

    10. Organic Dog Treats Logo

    Organic Dog Treats Logo
    Source: dribbble

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    10 Great Examples of Full-screen Websites

    Full-screen Websites - Royal Ascot Like Nowhere Else

    Full-screen Websites can be very attractive. If you find the perfect image or background for your website, then you should consider using a full-screen as your design.

    Tonight I collected 10 great examples that used the entire screen, instead of traditional design.

    10 Great Examples of Full-screen Websites

    24h for a resourceful future

    20 Great Examples of Full-screen Websites

    Very cool and elegant. The Earth is at focus and the message is clear

    Eagle Films

    Eagle Films

    This is “the second phase” and if you move the cursor, the robot will move in the same direction.

    JNTHN.SE

    JNTHN.SE

    A classic full-screen. I got a slight feeling of retro design.

    La Reserve Geneva

    Full-screen Websites

    Riangle

    Riangle

    Trubochka

    Trubochka

    When you move your cursor, the straw follows, very cool and elegant.

    Pullman Hotels France

    Pullman Hotels France

    Classic elegance is everything here, and this for sure want one to book a room immediately.

    Offbox Architecture

    Offbox Architecture

    It loads with just a square until you get the full box of architecture tools. Very clever and also a proof of “less is more”

    Royal Ascot Like Nowhere Else

    Royal Ascot Like Nowhere Else

    Very “Royalish” and it has all the elements off the old empire

    Naive New Beaters – Words Hurt

    Full-screen Websites

    This showcase just proved how stunning it can be, by using a full-screen background. Don´t forget to share this full screen showcase!

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    20 Creative Wallpapers To Download

    Creative Wallpapers

    Lets explore some creative wallpapers. Wallpapers are great, either to use them as a background or to use them in a design project. Sometimes it can turn into a great result by just using a part of it.

    Tonight I collected 20 absolutely free wallpapers for you to download. You are provided with the download link beneath each image. So grab these freebies and start a new exciting project, or simply switch your desktop image.

    20 Creative Wallpapers To Download

    Top 20 Creative Wallpapers 2017
    Size: 1920 x 1200

    Grab it from wallpaper-gallery.net

    Top 20 Creative Wallpapers 2017
    Size: 1920 x 1200

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    Full HD 1080p Creative Wallpaper
    Size: 1920 × 1080

    Grab it from wallpaperscraft

    Top 20 Creative Wallpapers 2017
    Size: 1600 x 900

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    Top 20 Creative Wallpapers 2017
    Size: 1680 × 1050

    Grab it from getbg.net

    Top 20 Creative Wallpapers 2017
    Size: 2544×1696

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    Top 20 Creative Wallpapers 2017
    Size: 2560×1600

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    Wallpaper
    Size: 1920 × 1080

    Grab it from: wallpaper-gallery.net

    Creative Wallpaper for Home
    Size: 1920×1200

    Grab it from: wallpapersafari

    Creative Wallpaper
    Size: 1600×1000

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    Creative Wallpaper
    Size: 1600×900

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    Size: 1680×1050

    Grab it from: hdwallsource

    Creative Wallpapers
    Size: 1024×576

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    Creative Wallpapers
    Size: 1600×1000

    Grab it from: 7bna.net

    Creative Wallpapers
    Size: 1280×720

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    Creative Wallpapers
    Size: 1920×1080

    Grab it from: 7bna.net

    Creative Wallpapers
    Size: 1920×1080

    Grab it from : tremendouswallpapers

    Creative Wallpapers
    Size: 2560×1600

    Grab it from : tremendouswallpapers

    Creative Wallpapers
    Size: 1600 x 900

    Grab it from: fashionwtf.com

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    Beautiful Vintage Disney Movie Posters

    Beautiful Vintage Disney Movie Posters

    It feels great to start publishing here again. I kick of with vintage Disney movie posters. The brothers Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney founded 1923 – the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio. They also operated under the names The Walt Disney Studio and then Walt Disney Productions.

    The same year animator Walt Disney created a short film entitled Alice’s Wonderland. Later Disney moved to Hollywood to join his brother, Roy O. Disney.

    After the demise of the Alice comedies, Disney developed an all-cartoon series starring his first original character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, and the rest is history.

    Beautiful Vintage Disney Movie Posters

    Pinocchio

    Beautiful Vintage Disney Movie Posters

    Pluto

    Pluto

    The Jungle Book

    The Jungle Book

    Mickey Mouse

    Mickey Mouse

    Snow White

    Snow White

    Bambi

    Bambi

    Peter Pan

    Peter Pan

    Donald Duck

    Donald Duck

    Walt Disney Dumbo 1941

    Walt Disney Dumbo 1941

    First Aiders (1944) Disney cartoon short poster

    First Aiders (1944) Disney cartoon short poster

    Goofy in How to Play Baseball 1942

    Goofy in How to Play Baseball 1942

    Wow, so refreshing with retro posters! Don´t forget to share these classics!

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    Monochromatic Colour Photos – Yellow and Red

    Monochromatic Colour Photos

    Lets explore some monochromatic colour photos – with focus at yellow and red. This is my first post for a long time and I have decided to start up this blog again. So what better way to restart, than to post beautiful yellow and red monochromatic colour pics!

    Monochromatic colour schemes are derived from a single base hue and extended using its shades, tones and tints. Tints are achieved by adding white and shades and tones are achieved by adding a darker colour, grey or black.

    The use of a monochromatic colour provides a strong sense of visual cohesion and can help support communication objectives through the use of connotative colour. The relative absence of hue contrast can be offset by variations in tone and the addition of texture.

    10 Monochromatic Colour Photos

    The Yellowish series

    Monochromatic Colour Photos

    Monochromatic Colour Photos

    Monochromatic Colour Photos

    Monochromatic Colour Photos

    Monochromatic Colour Photos

    The Reddish series

    Monochromatic Colour Photos

    Monochromatic Colour Photos

    Monochromatic Colour Photos

    Monochromatic Colour Photos

    What a marvellous series of reddish and yellowish pics! Don´t forget to share these beauties!

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    3 Places to Get the Best Photos For Your Website

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    Where do you get best photos for your website? Photography is one of the most important elements that makes a website visual.

    “A picture is worth a thousand words”

    Photos contain visual images of still emotions. High-resolution photography on a site can make a website look much more professional and appealing to the average website visitor. Web sites that have better images, will satisfy the average first-time visitor and produce a longer on page visitor stay time.

    3 Places to Get the Best Photos For Your Website

    The internet was global a long time ago,but now billions of people are using the internet around the globe even more than ever before. This form of connection has spread around news, studies, and most importantly,photography.

    Finding quality photos for your website is a must do, read below as we have grouped 3 places where you can find quality pics for your site.

    3 Places to get the Best Photos for your Website.

    1- Creative Commons. Creative Commons Photos are photos that are taken by amateur-professional photographers and released free on the web. There are millions of creative commons photos out there today. They are available in all sizes and have tons of category selections for the average person to pick from.

    Creative Commons Photos contain sublicense. Before using a Creative Commons photo on your site, you must check out its sublicense prior. Some photos require free commercial use and no attribution, these are most popular.

    Other sub-licenses may not allow commercial use or re-designing an image. Always remember to select the best sub-license for your needs when going to a creative commons photo search directory.

    What is the main benefit of using creative commons photography?

    Creative Commons is a free directory. Being that it’s free, you don’t have to spend anymore finding great images for no cost at all!

    2- Stock Images. Stock images are professional images that are available for a small fee. Web sites that sell stock photos will most likely have a fee per photo or an easy subscription plan that includes multiple photo downloads for a monthly or yearly plan option.

    Stock Images are very popular because they contain only professional photography in a studio or outdoor environment. These images have great lighting, colour themes, and there are millions of selections.

    What is the main benefit of using stock photography ?

    As stated above, about 90 percent of the photographers who release their images for sale are professionals. They have experience with lighting in a photo and they have some amazing editing skills. These are top qualities photos for your website to use.

    3- Create your OWN! This is one of our favourite top choice selections. By creating your own photos, you will be the only one using them which will make your website even more unique than the rest! When creating your own photos, you can customize them perfectly to capture the essence of your brand.

    What is the main benefit of creating your own images?

    By a small investment, you will create quality and custom photos for your company website. Your work will be distinct, creative, and custom just for your brand. No one else will have your photos except you! This is a unique as it gets.

    What are the 3 best-ranked photo editing software of the year?

    1- Adobe Photoshop – Rules the Kingdom of Photo Editing.

    2- PhaseOne Capture – Creative Color Sources .

    3- Serif Affinity photo – Amazing for Illustrations and Details .

    What are the most preferred images for websites to use?

    1-Work Environment. Work environment photos allow a web visitor to get a great idea of companies work atmosphere.

    2-Office Building Picture. Office building picture provides a website visitor a sense of security and company reliability

    3-OutDoor Activities. Outdoor actives are interactive and fun. This type of carefree vibe will attract the average web visitor.

    4-Close Ups and Smiles. Close ups and smiles will make a web visitor feel very positive about a website and have a welcoming feeling.

    Use the above guide and find the best way to get the best pics for your website!

    This article was submitted by ntwdesigns

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    Beautiful Freebie City Break UI Kit from Pixelkit

    Beautiful Freebie City Break Kit from Pixelkit

    Here is a beautiful freebie called City Break UI kit in PSD format, all free to download. This week I got a mail from Victoria at Pixelkit and she offered me a delightful Kit to post on my website as a freebie. I was delighted and here you see the result, the beautiful UI kit.

    I had a couple of kit to choose from, and my choice fell on the stunning City Break kit and it is really delightful. I haven`t had any time for working on this website, but at occasions like this, I am happy to make an exception.

    So go ahead and grab this freebie for your next project. This elegant kit is brought to you by the friendly people at pixelkit.com.

    A preview of the beautiful City Break UI Kit – PSD format

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    City Break UI Kit

    It is a modern hotel UI kit with a wide variety of elements that will help you create cool designs and web layouts aimed at hotels, B&B, vacation websites and other similar ventures.

    Don´t miss the opportunity to grab this UI freebie that´s just stunning and best of all – absolutely free to download!

    You can download the whole package here – zipped version.

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    Beautiful Freebie Iceberg UI Kit from pixelkit

    Beautiful Freebie Iceberg UI Kit from Pixelkit

    Here is a beautiful freebie UI kit Iceberg in PSD, all free to download. This week I got a mail from Olga at pixelkit and she offered me a delightful Kit to put up on my website as a freebie.

    My choice fell on the stunning iceberg kit and it is really delightful. I haven`t had any time for working on this website, but at occasions like this I am happily make an exception.

    It´s very beautiful and I strongly recommend it in your design. So go ahead and grab this freebie for your next project. The elegant kit is brought to you by pixelkit.com.

    Here you can preview the PSD

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    Beautiful freebie UI kit Iceberg in PSD

    Beautiful freebie UI kit Iceberg in PSD

    You can download the file here – zipped version

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