How I use Anchor.fm and YouTube to turn my blog posts into TTS

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When I started my blog three weeks ago, one of the services that were presented to me was to turn my blog posts into podcasts with a service called anchor.fm, and I initially didn’t want to do it because I never liked my voice on video. One night, I looked into it further, and out of curiosity, I signed up for the service. After signing up and creating a podcast (which is the same name as this blog lol), I connected my site to the platform and I saw all of the posts (I had 13 posts at the time when I signed up) that I can turn into podcast episodes, and they also add posts when they get published so now I upload a text-to-speech version within the hour after a post goes live. Today is my 25th episode, so I thought I can give a tutorial of sorts on how I use anchor.fm and YouTube to bring TTS to my blog posts

Services I used

  • Anchor.fm, to turn a blog post into a podcast episode
  • Microsoft Video Editor, to make a simple video using the audio
  • YouTube account, to upload the video with all the necessary
  • The blog post in question, to post the YouTube embed

For this one, I’m going to use the 1st WordPress Adventures post I made last Sunday for reference

WARNING: This is a long tutorial, so strap in, y’all

1 — well, the post has to go live. I schedule my posts to go out daily at noon eastern, so the things I’m about to show you took place up to 30 to 45 minutes after posting.

2 — I log in to my anchor.fm app and automatically they find a new post to turn into an episode (you can sign up for anchor.fm and then follow instructions to connect your site to the platform).
3 — I click on “create episode” and the service will start generating the script.
4 — there is an option to either use automatic TTS voice translation or to record your own voice. Like I said, I hate how my voice sounds, so I clicked on automatically convert to audio.
5 — I run into two options… Remy and Cassidy. Remy is the female TTS voice and Cassidy is the male counterpart. I always pick Remy because I am female, after all.
6 — Then click save and continue.
7 — again, you’re presented with two options… record audio (with your own voice) with Anchor and record video on Riverside. I ignore it and click on save episode
8 — You can edit the title and description before publishing. I usually leave them alone except change HTTP to HTTPS because who uses HTTP these days
9 — This is what it will look like. This podcast is 3 minutes 33 seconds. I will be using that in the video portion of this tutorial
10 — I scrolled down to the player and click on the three dots to select “download audio file”
10 — I was taken to another page where I again click the three dots and click download to start the process. Now, I will use the audio for the next 6 steps in this tutorial
11 — I opened my native video-making service Microsoft Video Editor, which came with Windows 10. These steps will be about MVE, but you can also do this on your own native or downloaded video-making service
12 — I clicked on “new video project” and named it TMIPITW 016. I name all of them TMIPITW followed by a three-digit number. WordPress Adventures #1 was number 16 in the series
13 — I added the title card. Then I changed the background color from blue to black. In step 9, I revealed that the podcast is 3 minutes and 33 seconds. I set the duration to 214 seconds (which is one second more than the time allotted to fit the audio). (60*3)+34=214
14 — I went to custom audio and then added the audio file.
15 — Then I added the text — that is, the title of the blog and then I add “Blog link in description” because I will be uploading it to YouTube in a bit. Then I made sure to fill the status bar so that the title will appear throughout the video.
16 — After that, it’s time to finish the video. There are three options for video quality… 1080p, 720p, and 540p. 1080p was recommended to me, but I use 720p because less space on my portable hard drive. Then, we let it render
17 — Then it’s time to upload. I went to Youtube and clicked on the plus camera option and picked Upload Video
18 — I selected the video I just made and then the process starts
19 — For my first blog, I added the description manually. Now, with subsequent videos, all I did was to import the video details from the previous videos. As you can see, I imported everything except the title and I change the link in the description
20 — I always add a video, a subscribe button, and the playlist to the ending credits
21 — Let it check for copyright, which was a quick process. Sometimes it’ll be done as I put details on the videos
22 — I set the visibility to public and clicked publish. I also grabbed the link, which will be used to embed the video to the blog
23 — I opened the blog post on my editor and clicked the plus sign between blocks. Then I selected YouTube and added the link to embed it
24 — This is the finished product.

And then we profit. I’m kidding, but this is my super long tutorial on how I added a TTS version to my blog posts.

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Is the Pomodoro Technique worth it?

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Short answer: yes

But what is the Pomodoro Technique and why is it a popular way to break down big tasks into smaller ones?

Pomodoro is Italian for tomato and it refers to a sauce that comes from it. It also serves as a working interval to focus on a part of a larger task.

Meet Francesco Cirillo, who invented the Pomodoro technique we all know and love today.

The idea behind it is that you pick a task and you work on it for 25 minutes. 25 minutes is the kitchen timer Cirillo based his technique on. Then, you take a short break (usually 5 minutes). Then you repeat the process until you’re done with the project at hand. It also notes that after every 4th Pomodoro session you take a longer break, usually about 10 to 30 minutes.

So why use this technique to accomplish bigger tasks?

  • It makes the project less daunting
  • It prioritizes the easier tasks so that you can take on bigger ones
  • It reduces everyday distractions
  • You’re studying for a big exam but don’t want to take hours at a time without breaks
  • It also helps with procrastination (the main reason why I love this technique)

In short, 25-minute work intervals with 5-minute breaks is the way to go if you’re trying to get things done. However, the Pomodoro techniques have since extended to other intervals (ex. 50/10 or 45/15), so you have options of how you divide them and which tasks to take on.

30 Things I Learned From Watching (and Reading) Anti-MLM Content

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For the past 2 1/2 years, I found myself watching anti-MLM content. Mind you, it’s a huge rollercoaster of emotions and gathering information on some themes I have noticed ever since I started watching in April 2020, but all-in-all, it has been eye-opening. As someone who is on a spectrum and cannot do a regular 9-5 for the life of me, seeing the movement has opened my eyes to the shady practices these companies made. Now, I don’t want to say I consumed all anti-MLM content. I also watched pro-MLM content to get a sense of what they’re doing and how they’re employing the tactics. I quickly found out that I cannot do these things without switching my personality up 180, so we’ll leave it at that.

Thanks to Steven Hassan, BuzzFeed, and Owner’s Magazine, as well as a few videos from YouTube that I will link at the bottom of the post, I have compiled a list of 30 things about MLM huns that I learned about over the course of this pandemic

Switching industry names

It’s still Multi-Level Marketing, but they will also use “social selling”, “social retail”, “direct marketing”, “direct sales”, “network sales”, or more recently… “participation selling”. Yes, Beachbody’s CEO said this. As someone who don’t really pick up similarities right away, watching anti-MLM content has simplified that for me so that when they do take on new names for their industry, I will be able to pick up on it quickly like anyone else.

Failing to actually check profiles

“Hey, hun, I check your profile and I think you would be great fit for what I do” or “Hey, girl, I checked your profile and I see you have an amazing life. You would be killing it in network marketing” are some of the messages I have seen hunbots send to people that were shared publicly. I will admit, some of it was humorous.

Pain point research

If they do actually check profiles, they will find a pain point. A “pain point” is a specific problem faced by a current or prospective customer in the marketplace. It could be used as part of a selling point by the seller to sell a product that can help that situation. An example could be someone who had problems with their pregnancy or someone trying to lose weight or it could even be a new mother on maternity leave or even if someone is going through a health crisis. For huns, though, they use these pain points to offer solutions, even where there is none. Some will use these pain points as part of brainwashing and blackmailing, which I will get to in a bit. Using pain points in sales isn’t a bad thing, but the way I have seen hunbots use them made me cringe a bit because all it does is prey on people’s desperation.

Recruitment on Social Media

This is usually done within the first few messages. Once they ‘get’ to know you, they will start their recruitment pitch. Some of the pitches they use are about having this “unbelievable opportunity” to have uncapped income (aka income potential), or the biggest line they love to use… location/financial/time freedom. They will also send you a link to buy a starter kit FROM THEM (or else they wouldn’t make money). Some will also send you a link to a Zoom call to give information that they should have given you in those first few text messages.

In-Person Recruitment

Not all MLM recruitments take place online, and some of them will start out/end online, but then if you ever get invited to a coffee chat at Starbucks, or if you ever been to Sam’s Club or Target, you might risk getting recruited. The Amway posts on r/antimlm are great examples of in-person recruitment. The common themes among Amway recruiting are someone and/or their spouse retired in their 20’s and 30’s to start a business and them handing you a book to read so it can be discussed on Zoom. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki is a popular book mentors hand out to their recruits.

The “Anyone can do it” vibe

In general, I hated this saying. It tells me that the person who uses it is privileged and doesn’t know the extra steps others use to get to that level. Huns will say this all the time when they’re on Zoom calls with their teams. “If I can do it, anyone can”. Actually, they cannot or else it would be saturated. Another thing they do is that they will recruit everyone and claim that the market is not saturated. If you recruit 5 people and they recruit 5 people each, and those 25 get 5 people each, you will get to 13 levels before you’re out of people in the world. This is called exponential growth.

The Brainwashing

This is a big thing I learned from watching and reading anti-MLM content. Let’s say the person getting recruited is worried about what their family and friends will say if they tell them about the opportunity. The hunbots will tell them to cut out ‘negativity’. That could be cutting out friends and family who saw the red flags, or blocking strangers on social media who call them a scam or a pyramid scheme. They would even go as far as to attack the anti-MLM community for spreading hate and propaganda, when really the community is raising awareness about the business model. This was a great learning lesson as someone who can easily fall for people because of their friendly tones (and they will get you with that). In the MLM world, critical thinking goes out the window.

Lovebombing

If you do sign up for the opportunity, they will shower you with lots of love. By that, I mean, they will add you to all the groups, all the chats, etc. I find this toxic because while they love you at first, they will either outright ignore you or give you the runaround if you need help. So much for friendships, right? LEAVE. CLIQUES. IN. HIGH. SCHOOL.

Double Speak (aka goalpost moving)

One of the things I hate the most, MLM or not, is the double speak. The hypocrisy is uncanny with these huns. They will tell you when recruiting about working in “pockets of time” but when you actually join, all bets are off. They expect you to work 24/7 and to attend all Zoom meetings and join accountability groups. In general, whatever they say, they will quickly jump in the opposite direction.

Treating Valid Reasons as Excuses

“I don’t have time”, “I don’t have the money”, “I’m not good at sales”, those are valid arguments. Some people don’t have the last $99 on hand to join these companies. Some have a lot on their plate and cannot make time to work the business. Some, like me, aren’t good at sales. But for these huns… they have an answer to everything. No time? Work the business while watching Netflix. No money? Put it on a credit card or skip an important bill (that makes my blood boil). Not good at sales? They will train you how to be “coachable”.

“Pyramid Schemes are Illegal”

Their go-to argument when you assert your anti-MLM position. This will also be said in their social media posts thinking they did something. There’s one problem with that statement… their products serve as loopholes. If not for fizz sticks, shampoo, and various essential oils, they would be straight-out pyramid schemes. I have also seen them perform whataboutism with reputable companies, accusing a) those companies of being pyramid schemes and b) CEOs of said companies making money off the rich.

The “titles”

National Vice President? Managing Market Builder? Five-Star Diamond? Presenter? Artist? Those are all real titles given to huns at various MLM companies. These titles mean nothing in the real world, and I always get a laugh everytime a hun presents herself as a Double Star Vice President among others who are also Diamond Star Vice President. Also, the pay isn’t great, I’ll get to that later

Emotional Damage

Yes, there’s a reason why you don’t share secrets with anyone. Huns will goad you into sharing your most intimate moments just to make a buck in sales. If you try to leave your MLM or complain that you’re not doing well in the business, they will threathen to blackmail you. This is a horrible tactic to use in general because of the tactics they use to get you to share your deepest secrets to them.

Gatekeeping Money

You’re making money. I’m making money. We spend the money on bills and things we actually like. You love Starbucks coffee? Go for it. You’re in a middle of binge-watching a show on Netflix? Have fun. You saved up enough money to buy make-up at Sephora? Girl, you deserve it. The huns think they are not only entitled to other people’s money, but they have the gall to tell people how they spend their money, like we’re not worthy enough of a paycheck. I mean, it’s my money. I spend it whatever I want (after paying bills, of course)

Hide-and-seek naming

Whether during recruitment or posting publicly on social media, one constant I see among hunbots is that they don’t reveal the company name outright. They request that you DM them to find out who they work for and what they do. There’s a few reasons why they do that. They don’t want people to search on Google. They want to build curiosity. Honestly, I think they’re doing this on purpose because they want people to jump on it real quick and not do any research beforehand, which leads to…

FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

They’re always looking for 3 more people, but those “3 more people” can turn into 18 in a snap. Gee, I wonder why. But really, they do this because they have to replace the people that left their teams. Another way they do this is to post media about conventions, retreats, and flaunting “free stuff” in such a way that people would see it and go “oh, I wish I could be like them”. Thankfully, they don’t generate more than a few leads at a time, so make what you will.

No Means Not Right Now

No is a complete sentence. Always remember that. In the MLM world, ‘no’ is only valid for a moment. They take that no and will keep messaging their potential recruits as often as they can without breaking TOS. This is done as “checking up on their potential customers”. To me, that’s spam. This is the quickest way of getting blocked, reported, and even getting banned on social media.

Making Claims about Income

“I make 6 figures from my side hustle” isn’t the flex it usually is. Even so, they don’t really seem to back it up with hard proof. Instead, they’ll brag about having 2 houses or have a nice car. Making income claims are against the rules, but it seems to be the least enforced and making many revisions haven’t really helped

Making Claims about Health

This is especially true for wellness MLM companies. Product A would help with asthma, Product B would fix autism, Product C cures cancer, and so on. Most MLM huns don’t have the right credentials to back up what they say, and for those that do (because they do have nurses, dietiticians, and scientists among the ranks), they misuse their credentials to make false claims about the products.

Misuing figures

Have you heard these two stats: “99.x% of reps lose money in an MLM” and “Of those who make $100k a year in an MLM, 82% are women”. These are the real stats, but MLM huns have warped the latter one so much, so they be saying something like “82% of women who make $100k a year are in network marketing” I had to look it up multiple times to make sure it’s the right one because they misuse it so much

Misusing Religion

If there’s a constant element in MLMs, it’s religion. Just like in politics, MLMs misuse religion for their own gains. I have seen bible quotes misused over and over again like a game of telephone. Most claim to be Christian, but in name only. If you have heard the story about how Jesus flipped the table on greedy merchants, than you already know what this is. “God put me here, God put me there, God sent me this, God sent me that” — Now I’m Catholic, not a practicing one (I grew up with it), but I’m pretty sure that God doesn’t want us to scam people or to be greedy.

Self-Blame

AKA “If you’re not successful, it’s your fault”. The business model gets absolved of all blame and it transfers it to the individual. It’s demoralizing because it’s a brainwashing tactic that will keep you in the business far longer than you need to be and also because then they make you think that you have to work harder to at least get your upline’s attention.

Get Uncomfortable

They love saying that. Do it uncomfortable, do it scared — basically, go all in without a backup plan. That’s all I got from this, and I will say, I agree with this… but please, have a backup plan

Overpriced products

Recently, a Phoenix-based lifestyle anchor I was following posted a flash sale from Monat — $66 for 3 products, which also includes a free product if you spend $100 or more. Two things came to mind… first of all, how dare she. Her hair looked amazing before she started using the product. Two, it’s pretty obvious that this isn’t the first flash sale Monat posted this year. In fact, they do it often. This is just one example of MLM companies overpricing their products so that the uplines get a cut from their downlines depending on how far down it’s allowed. Now, back to the TV host. She might not be selling for Monat, but it’s still disappointing to see her shill for it every week.

Quotas/Inventory Loading

Have you ever heard any stories about former MLM huns telling their stories about how they had to buy products monthly to stay active? Have you ever been in an MLM where they tell you that you have to put the orders on autoship to meet your quotas? Yeah, that’s pretty much what this is. LulaRoe, Paparazzi, Young Living, Monat, Arbonne, and Herbalife are some of the MLM companies that will make you buy products in order to sell them, and often times… they can’t sell them fast enough, so they keep buying and buying products until they run out of room. I have seen photos of LulaRoe consultants donate leggings to Goodwill (a common theme on r/antimlm). I have seen pictures of Young Living and Paparazzi reps sell their products in bulk on Facebook Marketplace after they quit their businesses. It’s stupid, but also sad to see this practice happening.

Disclosure Statements

In a word, bleak. Some MLM companies post their annual income disclosure statements annually to give us a picture of how their reps are doing and also as a road map for potential recruits so that they can get a sense of how much they can make in each rank. But that’s not the only thing about income disclosure statements. Most of them don’t post them, and for those that do, it’s a huge yikes. Going by the figures, you would realize that it’s just not worth it

The CEO tagline

Being in an MLM means that you get to be your own boss, your own CEO per se, and the hunbots run with it. Most MLM CEOs are men, while the majority of their workforce are women. The truth is, they actually don’t know what it takes to be a business owner. Hell, I don’t know much about running a business either, but I’m pretty sure you have to do your own pricing, inventory, shipping, website building, etc. The lack of actual business sense rings true when they have to file their taxes… as 1099 contractors. Which leads us to…

They’re bad at taxes, mostly (but really bad)

When they file taxes, as independent contractors (and some think that a 1099 and a business owner is the same thing), they get a 1099 tax form the following January if they make $600 or more in the previous calendar year. Most will not make that much, let alone for years, but that’s not the only thing I saw with this. They also love to write off everything, and I mean everything. We’re talking travel expenses, meal expenses, gifts they have received. Yeah, it’s bad, but wait until they get a huge bill and it’s game over

Devotion to CEO and other major players

If you’re thinking of joining an MLM, get ready to fangirl the CEOs, the top leaders, and your uplines. This is part of Steven Hassan’s BITE model, and eating up the words from the major players is part of the Information portion of the model. I’ll do a blog post on that in the future, but I can tell you this… devotion is a one-way street (two-way if the downlines make them money). TL;DR, they are commercial cults.

Other MLM Competition

Finally, the last thing I learned about watching the content is that some MLM huns seem to think that other MLMs are scams. They will badmouth them and accusing them of doing the same things they’re doing (aka projection). They will also badmouth their sidelines (aka those on the same rank as them) just to save face. Some MLMs themselves go as far as to block their reps from joining other MLMs as along as they are active in them.

So these are the 30 things I learned from watching and reading anti-MLM content. If you ever got a message from someone on social media and thought about joining the MLM company, I will tell you right now… don’t. I can’t stop there, so here are some things you need to know and do before even jumping onboard

  • Ask them what MLM company are they with and what they do. If they cannot give an answer right away, it’s a red flag. Legitimate companies always state who they are, what they do, and most importantly, the requirements and qualifications needed to start said job.
  • Ask them if you have to pay to join the company. No legitimite job requires you to pay upfront before starting. If a job requires you to have a separate laptop or to have a uniform, they will provide it to you for free. Same with training. They pay you to train. In MLM companies, you have to pay for a starter kit, training, and in some cases, you have to keep buying certain items to stay active
  • Do your research. They will tell you, “no, don’t look it up on Google”, and that should raise enough flags for you to go on Google. Typing “is xyz an MLM” is a fantastic place to start. You can also go here and either type in the company or use the drop down button to find the name. Also, keep searching for things like reviews, lawsuits, and YouTube videos explaining the tactics the company uses. Be very wary of some companies with only positive reviews. If there are negative reviews, see them first, and weigh them with positive reviews.
  • If you have friends and/or family members that might be in a MLM, the best course of action is to try to talk to them about how they fare at their company. If possible, bring facts, figures, and receipts with you. They will try to either reject or rationalize the figures, but above all, make sure you remain calm but firm in your position

I want to thank you for reading if you have made it this far. This is something I wouldn’t say I’m 100% passionate about, but this is a topic that I would like to write about in this blog. If you like, stick around and read my other blog posts on other topics, or click on the links at the top of the page. I don’t have the necessary software to do videos, so instead, I will leave a few for reference

I’ve Been Blogging For A Week

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And it felt like I got a new hobby to play with, even though I don’t have a niche.

But I did spent some time last week before and after work searching on Google, Reddit, WordPress itself, and other sites for tips on being successful while blogging. I have gotten some valuable tips along the way, and I will like to share what I have learned and experienced

You don’t really need a niche: Most bloggers have a niche and are using that to make money for their knowledge, but if you don’t have a specific niche, that’s fine too. I personally don’t have a specific niche and have a variety of topics to write about. Considering my blog is a week old, I’m actually okay with it. Even if you want to make money off your blog, you might not need a niche to do it. I would say, just be knowledgeable on the various topics you want to write about. So far, I have already written about Eurovison, anti-MLM, Rocketbook, and Bingo… all vastly different topics, and that’s not even scratching the surface

SEO: I’m still learning Search Engine Optimization, but what it does is that you can create backlinks for your site, curate relevant keywords to your topic at hand, and gain more visibility to Google and other search engines. I was told this is important for marketing, so I will be focusing on this behind the scenes a little bit more.

Theme: If you haven’t read my blog post So I’m New To WordPress, I’ll leave a link. On that post, I wrote about my struggles to get the theme I wanted plus the color scheme that not only I like, but it also doesn’t strain the readers’ eyes. I went through three themes before I decided on the one you’re seeing now, mainly because I wanted to use excerpts on the front page. If you are someone still strugging with a theme, I can tell you this… find the one that you like, but also one that helps the reader see your posts clearly.

Keyword Researching is definitely a thing: So I had to look this up because I wasn’t really sure where they were going with this, but I did find a website where you type in your keyword and it’ll show you how it would perform as well as other keywords you could use. That’s what I did with my Bingo Blitz post. This is also part of the SEO, but basically, the best thing to do is to use the low frequent tags to gain traffic, and then you can move up from there.

Sharing your posts also help: I have mine set to share automatically on Twitter and LinkedIn, but you can also plug your blog on other social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. Now I haven’t shared on Instagram yet, but then again, I don’t really use social media a lot. I also found out that you can share your blog on Quora and Pinterest and you may get more traffic, so I will be trying that out too, since I have accounts on both.

Posting as often as you possibly can: This was a big one for me because I thought initally that you have to post, let’s say, 5 times a day, but fellow WP blogger Mac’s Opinion gave me a great recommendation — post daily. Some bloggers can get by with posting 2 to 3 times a week, sometimes 4, but I feel like, because I’m starting out, I want to post daily. Of course, because of my job, I can’t physically post daily, so instead, I use the schedule option so that each post I make, I set it to 12pm EDT every day to keep up with my posting schedule. If you want to try that, make a post, and then after you’re done, when you click Publish, go to the arrow on the ‘Publish’ tab (just below visibility) and you can schedule your post there. This is also great for drafting purposes when you can make changes to your posts before it goes live.

Finally, just be yourself: With all these tips in mind, and life in general, it’s always important to be yourself. You don’t have to copy every single thing a successful blogger does, but you can always put yourself out there for other bloggers to read your posts. I have struggled to be myself nearly all my life, but I can tell you, it’s rewarding once you let go of things that are holding you back. Blogging is a great avenue to share tips, tricks, and your opinions on various topics, and you might find an audience for it.

These are all the tips I was able to get from my research last week. Do you know any others? Drop them below in the comments section. If you’ve been coming back to this blog or if you are a new visitor, thank you so much for reading.

No, I’m Not Sponsored by Rocketbook, Thanks For Asking

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That doesn’t mean I can’t talk about how useful the product is tho

Note: This is a general review of the two notebooks I currently have and therefore, not doing a specific review of each product. I might do that once I get my hands on the Multi-Subject Notebook

I currently own 2 Rocketbooks: Rocketbook Core (formerly Everlast) and Rocketbook Fusion. I got my Rocketbook Core Notebook back in 2018 from my mom who bought it from Amazon a year earlier just to try it out. She liked it at first, but then she gave it to me along with the Pilot Frixion pens that came with it.

This notebook was, at the time, one at a kind because you can write down your notes and then upload them to a cloud via a special Rocketbook app where you can send them to your email, your Google Drive, or your Microsoft OneDrive, or wherever it’s supported using the symbols at the bottom of each page via a QR code.

I immediately fell in love with it because I used to buy regular college-ruled notebooks like crazy and Rocketbook Core, and later Rocketbook Fusion, serve such a purpose that I don’t need to waste paper. There’s also the obligatory “this also saves the environment” tag, which I’m on board with.

Then in 2019, I found out about Rocketbook Fusion, which came with 7 different page styles. Among them are a task list, weekly and monthly calendars, a goal template, an ideas list, the usual dot-grid pages that came with the Rocketbook Core and Rocketbook Wave, and lined pages. The lined pages were the selling point for me. By the beginning of 2020, I received my second Rocketbook. I also bought new pens and a microfiber cloth that you can erase the pages with. I didn’t buy the spray bottles, so I used my empty perfume bottle to spray water onto the pages to wipe the pages clean.

Rocketbook Fusion is still my favorite notebook in this series, but now, 2 years later, my eyes are set on other Rocketbook items. The storefront on Amazon, as well as on their own website, has a variety of products, like Orbit, Flip, Matrix, Mini, Multi-Subject, Academic Planner, Panda Planner, Teacher Planner, Cloud Cards, beacons for your whiteboard, and filler paper. You can also buy Pilot Frixion pens and dry erase markers, spray bottles, and ink refills. I am planning to buy the Multi-Subject Notebook later this year. It comes with dividers so you can place them however you wish, but I don’t think I will be using them since I’m not in school (however, I write down things, so this is a plus)

In the past 8 years, Rocketbook went from an idea of two guys — Joe Lemay and Jake Epstein — at a pub to a multi-million dollar storefront. From the two notebooks that I own, I can say that it has helped me with the clutter, like I mentioned earlier, wasting paper is a thing of the past. I will absolutely recommend it to my readers here, as well as students who want to plan their school schedules and people who want to jot down notes, draw from their imaginations, or even those who want to declutter and go paperless. I will tell you that you will never go back once you start using it.

In addition to the two links below, the Rocketbook App is available on the App Store and on Google Play. Once you download the app, create your profile, set up your destinations, and you’re ready to upload the pages. Have fun.

Amazon Storefront Website

Rocketbook Official Website

So I’m new to WordPress…

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And I wanted to start a blog here to share my views as well as a focusing mechanism, if you will, because for the last 20 years, since middle school, I have had a hard time focusing on even the basic stuff. I would not plan my days accordingly and therefore, go hours and even days without doing what I was supposed to do.

In other words, I was winging it.

But even though it’s a problem that is never fully going away, I wanted to find ways to mitigate it. I usually use Google Keep, One Note, and my Rocketbook notebooks (I have two and planning on buying a third) to keep me company while I sort out my days.

I know it’s not as exciting as actually planning the day the night before, but for me, it helps. I will share those apps in a later post.

For now, I will drop this equation here, and I’ll show you the steps to get the answer at the end of this post: -3(5x+9)=18

For this post, I spent the day fixing the template. I had a vastly different template when I started this blog Sunday night and I spent all of Monday fixing it and playing with it. I ended up hating my first template and switched to the second. The second one was alright — I was able to customize it — but I was still missing something. I had three posts (this is my 4th), and they weren’t showing up the way that I liked. I wanted to show just the excerpts of these posts, but the whole posts were being shown, so I really searched for a free WordPress template that shows excerpts and it’s easy to read while showing off my favorite color scheme.

Enter the one you’re looking at now.

So, yeah, it’s trial and error. If you’re new to WordPress like me, just play around with the templates, create your posts, and see where it goes from there. I was able to add the sidebar widgets that came with it, so I have an about me, a search function, categories, and tags on the right-hand side of this blog. I’m even trying out the in-house ad function because eventually, I want to make money off this. Right now, it’s a hobby of mine. I know I said in my first post that I am a math wiz, but I also like to write, so this is a perfect outlet for me to be creative (and be more creative than I really am).

Despite my forgetfulness, I was able to get by alright in my job. I can learn things academically without a problem, but when it comes to real-life stuff, my brain goes kaput. If you’re having the same issue, welcome. I am not a professional doctor, so I urge you to go to one if it’s part of a bigger health problem you might be dealing with. If you are reading this, thank you for stopping by.

And now, let’s revisit the equation I dropped earlier: -3(5x+9)=18. We are looking at an equation that requires distribution and solving for x

First — distribute the -3 to the inside parenthesis. Remember that multiplying a positive by a negative (and vice versa) will give you a negative: -15x-27=18

Second — add 27 to both sides. The + and – 27 will cancel out and you’ll be left with -15x=45

Finally — divide both sides by -15. Just like multiplication, the positive/negative signage applies to division. Dividing a positive by a negative (and vice versa) will give you a negative: x=-3

And if you want to check to make sure it’s correct, just plug in the -3 and solve. Remember the PEMDAS rule

-3(5(-3)+9)=18

-3(-15+9)=18

-3(-6)=18

18=18

My First Post (on WordPress) as The Most Inconsistent Person in the World

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Yep, you read that right (and judging by my bio), I am a very inconsistent person. Most people may or may not admit it, but I can admit to being an inconsistent person in real life. Why do I mean by that? Well, for starters, I don’t go through life normally. In fact, I am on a spectrum and remembering to do and say things have been really tough. Also, I am tone-deaf on a LOT of things. I don’t know if there is anyone else out there that feels the same way, but if there are… I got you.

In this blog, I will share my tips on focusing on even the most mundane of things using my favorite apps, as well as sharing my thoughts on my favorite things in the world. I love watching Eurovision (even as an American. I will get to that later), playing Pokemon and Bingo games (specifically Bingo Blitz and Bingo Pop), watching anti-MLM and general scams videos, YouTube Poops (think of them as pop culture on steroids), laughing at memes (not necessarily making them tho), watching the news just for news anchors, and being a lurker. By day tho, I am a freelance tutor. I mostly tutor math. In fact, I am planning to include a random math problem in nearly every post by posting a question at the beginning and then solving it at the end.

My blog is targeted to people over 18 who have trouble focusing on even the basic things in life, and those who also need an outlet to say what’s on their minds without people swarming them (within reason, of course). I actually started this on Google Blogspot, but I can tell you… let’s not do that. So I moved here to WordPress.

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