Blogging How-To: Title Images Part 2

Remember that blog post I wrote last month about creating title images for blog posts? Well, I’m back again with more title image tips, including ways to find fonts, troubleshooting to make sure your image shows up on Facebook, and creating abstract backgrounds!

If you haven’t already, be sure to read my original blog post, since that tutorial lays the foundation for this one. Also, I use the free image editing program GIMP in both of these tutorials, so if you don’t have that program, you can download it here. If you’re not familiar with GIMP, don’t worry – it’s a pretty easy program to learn!

So, are you ready to learn some more tips and tricks? Keep on reading!

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Week In Review – April 21

Welcome to Friday!

I’m back at school again this week, and it’s been going pretty well! I had a good time with my family over Easter, and it was nice to be home for a few days this weekend. I also had a great time seeing Beauty and the Beast with my friend, so that was fun too!

This week I wrote a post about a few writing lessons that can be learned from Ace Attorney, one of my favorite video game franchises. I had a lot of fun putting it together, so if you missed it, I’d love it if you’d stop by and take a look at that!

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Writing Lessons from Ace Attorney

First things first, we need some good background music. This is most definitely not a ploy to get you to listen to one of my favorite soundtracks of all time. Not at all.

Way back in May of last year, I read a book titled Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson which I really enjoyed. After reading it, I noticed that there were writing lessons that could be gathered from the story, and I compiled those ideas into a blog post I called “Writing Lessons from Steelheart.” Since then, I haven’t written any more “Writing Lessons” blog posts, but that changes today.

As you may or may not know, I am slightly obsessed with enjoy a series of video games called Ace Attorney. To make a long story short, you play as Phoenix Wright, a rookie defense attorney, as he investigates crimes and defends the innocent from wrongful convictions. As you can imagine, these games don’t feature a lot of fast-paces gameplay – instead, they focus more on puzzle-solving and logical thinking as you put the pieces of the case together and determine the truth.

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Phoenix Wright, star of the Ace Attorney series

Because of this, Ace Attorney happens to be heavily story-driven. It’s like reading a mystery novel, except you’re the main character. With all of the story and narration involved in these games, it makes sense that there are a lot of writing lessons that can be learned from them.

Since there are a lot of games in this series, I’m just going to focus on the first three, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Justice for All, and Trials & Tribulations, which actually fit together like a trilogy. I vaguely hint at a few plot points, but I did my best to keep everything spoiler-free. Without further ado, here are some writing lessons from the Ace Attorney Trilogy!

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Week In Review – April 14

Welcome to Friday, everyone!

I hope you all had a good week this week. Mine was busy, but not too bad all things considered. By the time you read this, I’ll be on my way home to spend Easter with my family, which is exciting! It’ll be good to spend a few days back home.

This week, I blogged about a few of my favorite YouTube channels! If you’re looking for something new to watch, I think they’re definitely worth checking out!

What else was I up to this week? Click below to read on!

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My Favorite YouTube Channels

If you visited YouTube in its infancy, chances are, you wouldn’t have been very impressed. The website looked like others from the mid 2000s, which is to say, not very pretty by today’s standards. Who would’ve thought it’d become the internet giant it is today?

Like it or not, YouTube has become a huge part of entertainment. Instead of following TV shows, we subscribe to YouTube channels about our favorite things. And unlike TV, which is often limited in terms of genre or time – as in, you can only watch certain shows at certain times – YouTube is accessible anywhere at anytime.

Like many other people, there are a handful of YouTube channels that I follow (more or less). This week, I wanted to share a few of my favorites. Maybe you’ve heard of them, maybe not. But I hope you’ll find something new that interests you, and when you’re done reading, I’d love to hear about your favorites too!

Click below to keep reading!

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Week In Review – April 7

Welcome to Friday everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a good week and are ready for the weekend! Mine wasn’t too bad – like I mentioned on Friday, I saw La La Land with my friends on Friday, went to a birthday party and that Battle Royale event on Saturday , and did some other fun stuff this week too.

In case you missed it, I wrote a blog post about Christian metal on Monday, in which I give my defense of the “genre.” That was one that took quite a bit of thought to put together, so if you’re interested, I’d love it if you checked it out!

And as for the rest of the week…

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A Case for Christian Metal

You probably know by now that there are many things I’m passionate about – books, writing, video games, stories, mental health, photography, the list goes on and on. One of those things is music.

I love all kinds of music – everything from the poppy electronic beats of The Jellyrox to the rapping of Manafest to the heavy riffs of Wolves At The Gate. This is also evidenced by some of my previous posts, like my favorite music videos (Part 1 & Part 2) and my favorite lead vocalists (Part 1 & Part 2).

As a Christian, I tend to listen to music that has a Christian message, or is at the very least appropriate and not disrespectful. One of the genres I’ve learned to love over the past year or so is Christian metal which is a vague term, but I basically mean metal/metalcore music that has a Christian message (if you’d like a longer explanation of my thoughts on “Christian music,” you should read my Beginner’s Guide to Christian Rock). Even though I dislike using “Christian” as a genre, I’m going to use it in this post because it will (hopefully) clear up any confusion.

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Nick Detty of Wolves At The Gate

Christian metal bands are often the recipients of a lot of criticism because of the style of music they play. Forget the message. I’ve seen everything from “How do you know it’s honoring God if you can’t understand what they’re saying?” to “The music is too worldly.” Responses to these comments will wait for another day. Today, I’d like to explain to you why I think Christian metal is important, and why, even if you detest the musical style itself, you can at least respect these bands for what they do.

It all started when I went to see Memphis May Fire a few weeks ago…

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Week In Review – March 31

Welcome to Friday!

I hope you all had a great week! Mine was pretty good: as I mentioned last Friday, I went to go see Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them with some friends, and I really enjoyed it! I actually didn’t end up going to the board game night like I planned, though – a friend of mine invited me to her house for dinner, so I did that instead, which was just as fun.

Oh, and I’m feeling better too! (Knock on wood.) After taking all kinds of cold medicine and whatnot, I think I’m finally back to my regular self. I still have a bit of a cough, but I’m feeling much better than I was.

And I finished the introverts/extroverts series this week with Introverts for Extroverts! Thanks again to everyone who helped me, it means a lot!

Curious about what I’ve been doing the rest of the week? Read on!

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Introverts for Extroverts

Last week, I gave the extroverts a spotlight to explain their personalities to introverts. This week, it’s the introverts’ turn. Granted, the internet was basically built for introverts, and thus, they tend to be more understood in online communities. However, the goal of this series is to show both sides of the spectrum, so it’s only fair that the introverts get a chance to speak as well.

As with last week, I received many responses to my survey that it would be difficult to include every single response to all of the questions. Instead, I’ll be quoting a handful of responses for each question, either in whole or in part. Don’t worry though, I made sure to include everyone who participated.

So, extroverts, are you ready to learn something new? Click below to read on!

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Week In Review – March 24

Welcome to Friday!

Spring break wrapped up last weekend for me, so I’m back at school now. So far though, things haven’t been too bad! I put out two blog posts this week – One of them is the first part of my series about introverts and extroverts, “Extroverts for Introverts,” and the other one is my post for March’s Beautiful People linkup. If you haven’t seen them, I’d love it if you took a look!

By the way, remember how I mentioned I was going to a Memphis May Fire concert last Friday night? It was AWESOME! I’ll admit I wasn’t too impressed by the opening acts, but MMF was fantastic! I’d definitely go see them live again if given the chance.

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What else have I been up to? Click below to find out!

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