I decided to create my own website. Both Tumblr and Patreon restrict certain content. After we lost adult gifs on Tumblr and Patreon asked me to remove the Oath, it became clear I needed a platform of my own.
I will still have my Patreon.
TheCleverDame.com will be sort of a “Patreon plus”. The site will have all the content I’m posting on Patreon plus banned content, such as porn gif drabbles, darker story lines and more.
You will also be able to purchase commissions directly from the website.
This will be a monthly subscription based service.
If this sounds interesting to you, please click the line above and sign to get more information as it becomes available.
I have been following @hungrytundras for a while now, and recently they have made me want to revisit my old Flight Rising account. I literally have NO idea how long it’s been since I’ve been on here but I set this up when I was 15 years old…. I’m now 21 so my account is 6 years old.
And just a year ago someone commented to tell me one of my dragons was featured on the front page???? That’s insane to me that one of mine was featured. I think I’m going to update my account and start using Fligt Rising again. I do miss this site so much. Going to need to change my name and stuff if I can cause its SO outdated… and I dont identify as a female anymore so I hope I can so my dysphoria wont play up.
@hungrytundras hope you dont mind me calling you out but you’re the reason my account is going to live again, so thanks!
Eyy, I took some time while slacking off from real work and updated my dictionary and improved the navigation a tad!
Go check it out if you have a sec and give me feedback, thoughts on more terms to add (I have a list posted of stuff I want to add soon, but I’m always looking for more content…or if you have references for me to cite for posted or to-be-posted terms), and any corrections that need to happen, whether it’s terrible formatting, incorrect information, or whatever else.
Also, let me know if you find any broken links…as a single entity who does this as a side-project, it’s hard keeping up with all of the url changes that go on! That goes for the entire site too, especially the resources section. That’s an unmanageable beast, and some help updating urls would be greatly appreciated!
About a year ago I decided to take a step back from writing fanfiction to focus on my own creative projects. To be honest, I miss writing fanfiction and engaging with all of you, but at the same time, I’m glad I made that decision. Since taking that step back, I have made incredible steps towards my ultimate goal, becoming a published author.
Believe it or not, I am hoping to have two books (a children’s picture book and a tarot book) independently published by the start of next year! I have also started querying agents for my novel “Rhys of Novia” and am working on two other novels as well! I’ve been very busy, but in a good way! ^^
The reason I am posting here today is I wanted to share links and such to the different platforms you can follow me on. I have a couple available at the moment that I am hoping to do giveaways through, post content, and the like. If you would like to follow my writing career, you are welcome to follow or subscribe to any of them!
I will continue to use this blog to enjoy fanfiction and host challenges, but most of my updates about my original works will be done through the platforms below. I hope you will consider following and subscribing! <3 <3 <3
*Sidenote: If you are looking for my fanfiction, it has been moved to AO3! :D
My website will be a big part of content that I produce. It will not only house links to my works/books you can purchase and read, but it is also where you can subscribe to my blog and newsletter (newsletter coming soon).
I have not yet decided on a posting schedule for the blog, but I do have content ideas to share, such as book reviews, interviews, and the like! As for the newsletter, once I get it up and going, I am thinking of having it be sent out once a month with links to my SheWrites articles with some other unique content (maybe book recommendations!).
Both of these will be done through my website, so you can use the link above if you would like to access it! :D
I just adore instagram, so I decided to make it another author platform! In the last week, I have created a new instagram account just for my writing. Again, I hope to do some giveaways, upload special content, and the like. You are welcome to follow or message me there! :D
I hope to see you on these platforms, or at least on AO3 for the “Touch The Butts” updates! XD Until then, I guess I better start planning my next writing challenge! <3 <3 <3
Thank you, yes you! Thank you for all the support and love and friendship! I wouldn’t have made it this far without all of you cheering me on. I value our friendship and hope we have many years of chats, challenges, and stories ahead of us!
Absolutely! It just takes me time to go through applications and process them all. I look at every single one by hand, and sometimes I receive ones where I need to reach out for clarification or ones that are straight up from people who aren’t black/of African descent (these are rejected). I processed 100+ last night since June 27th, so all Library membership requests from yesterday or earlier are done. Thank you for your patience :)
P.S. Everyone who leaves me really thoughtful notes and who shares about their stories and heritage with me or even just little things about their journey, I appreciate you so much!! When I’m going through processing all these applications, seeing those messages and hearing from yall gives me more joy than I can describe and helps keep me motivated every time ❤️
most loathed part about this website for me is the little moments where you realize you’re not being shown The Full Picture, like.. scrolling through the blog of someone you follow and realizing that their content isn’t showing up on your dash despite them having posted all day? or like… seeing your own post on the dashboard bc someone you follow reblogged it, but then looking at your activity feed and realizing their reblog doesn’t actually show up in your notes at all? and you realize the post in question has been silently amassing notes without you even being aware of it bc tumblr just.. decided you didn’t need to be notified about it? or sending asks to people only for them to be cut off because you used a certain symbol? (idk if it’s still a thing but like, literally if you sent an ask with “<3″ somewhere in it, there’d be a chance both those symbols and -everything- following them would just be removed entirely from the ask - i’ve been left confused plenty times bc i sent stuff to people and only like half of the ask made it through bc of this)
https://discord.gg/8nyqY3m come join my server! It’s loaded with fun activities and friendly people. Which we have a bunch of cool bots and cool options and so much fun with them. We have moderation bots as well to keep track more. We have 3 admins and the 1 mod being myself. We protect our members from anything and your safety is our priority! For our fluttercord fans, join us today ^^ we would love to have you! You’ll even get a cool welcome image!
I found this cool UTAU website that’s been going strong for 5 years now. It has a large selection of UTAUs with their wikis/home pages linked and samples/covers using each of them. There are over 700 UTAUs featured on the website and you can listen to all of them on there. It’s nice if you just want to hear a bit of the UTAU before you download.
How to Change Your Career from Web Design to UX Design
Changing careers isn’t as hard as it’s often made out to be, especially if you’ve got the right resources to help you make the change. For many web designers, now is the perfect time to make the switch into UX design. To start with, there’s the monetary boost that comes with the change in career. According to PayScale, web designers in the US earn an average of $46,000 annually(1), while UX designers on the other hand earn a sizeable $74,000(2). Secondly, job opportunities for UX designers are booming: CNN reports that a total of 3,426,000 UX design jobs will be created in the US alone within the next 10 years(3). Furthermore, UX design is a meaningful job, not only because you get to work on a product from the inside out, but also because—as DMI has shown—UX design makes a significant impact on businesses, with UX design-driven businesses outperforming the S&P index by 228%(4). So, where do you find the right resources to help you make your career change? Why, you’re reading one right now.
What is User Experience and User Experience Design?
To start with, let’s have a brief introduction to what we mean by “User Experience”. Products have users, and the user experience (UX) is simply the experience a user has from using that particular product. So far, so good?
UX design is the art of designing products so that they provide the optimum possible user experience. If this description sounds broad, it’s because the nature of UX design is pretty broad. Building the optimum UX encompasses an understanding of psychology, interaction design, user research, and many other disciplines, but on top of it all is an iterative problem solving process (but more on that later).
Broadly speaking, user experience can be broken down into 3 components: the look, feel, and usability.
The look of a product is about using visuals to create a sense of harmony with the user’s values, and that creates credibility and trust with the user. It’s about creating a product that not only looks nice, but looks right too.
The feel, then, involves making the experience of using a product as pleasant and enjoyable as possible. It’s built by crafting the interactions between the user and the product, as well as the reactions they have when (and after) using the product.
Lastly, usability underpins the user experience. Quite simply, if a product isn’t usable, no amount of good looks can salvage it, and the only feeling users are going to have is anger and frustration. Ideally, products should be personalized to user’s needs, and deliver functionality in a predictable way.
If you’re still not sure whether UX design appeals to you, we’ve got some articles that help introduce some of the important parts of UX as a career:
The job title “Web Designer” has many definitions, and indeed, what a web designer does is largely dependent on what the client or project requires. Some web designers simply create visual designs and/or high fidelity interactive prototypes of the website, and leave the coding of the website to front-end and back-end developers. The majority of web designers, however, do get involved with both the designing and (front-end) development of the website. Some web designers even regularly do user research and testing as part of their jobs (and if you’re one of them, you’re already almost ready for a job in UX design).
But no matter what your job as a web designer entails, here are some aspects of web design that can also be found in UX design.
Web designers look to solve problems for their clients; UX designers look to solve problems for their users. Web designers work with a problem solving process: first, they find out the problems their clients have, then design a web solution for them, and then proceed to develop and test the website before releasing it. And after a website is launched, web designers often are involved with further testing the site, collecting feedback from users, and then reiterating on the design.
This iterative problem solving process is similar to the UX design process (shown in the image below). UX designers begin with user research; it’s essential to get to know the potential users of a product and find out what their problems are, how to solve them and how to make users want and/or need that solution. User research is often done via user interviews, observations, demographic studies, drafting user stories and personas, etc. Thereafter, UX designers would create a design solution that solves the user’s key needs, and often bring the prototype back to users to test its validity or usability. After the product is launched, UX designers collect more user feedback, which feeds into a new round of user research, thereby starting the process again.
If you’ve done user research before as part of your web designer job, you will find it a great advantage when making the switch to UX design. If not, don’t worry—you’ll have many opportunities to learn the best ways to conduct user research (read on to find out more).
When designing websites, web designers often make use of typography, color and layout to shape the emotions of users. A sense of credibility could be established, for instance, by using darker colors and serif fonts; similarly, a sense of fun could be created using colorful imagery and playful typography. Web designers are familiar with emotional design; that is, creating designs that elicit emotions from users. UX designers are also concerned with emotional design, but on a larger scale—they are concerned with eliciting emotions from users throughout their entire experience of using a product.
To do that, UX designers work with not only typography and color, but also psychology, motion design, content curation and information architecture. Web designers making the change would innately understand what emotional design in UX entails; they simply need to pick up new knowledge in other areas to augment their ability to do so on a bigger picture.
The Differences between Web Design and UX Design
User-focused vs technology-focused
A large part of your job as a web designer is spent on catching up on the latest developments in HTML, CSS and other coding languages—all of which change and improve at a dizzying pace. Which browsers support what versions of CSS? Would CSS animations work in Safari on a Mac? Don’t even get me started on Internet Explorer! These might be a few questions (and frustrations) that are constantly on your mind as a web designer.But UX design isn’t concerned with technology. Instead, its focus is centered squarely on users—technology is only a means for users to get what they need. Only by focusing on users can UX designers create solutions that cater to the specific needs they have, and ultimately, that users will be willing to pay for. UX designers do extensive user research to find out the most they can about their users, most of which the majority of web designers wouldn’t have had the chance to perform.
UX is more than the web
UX design is platform independent. Its principles and processes are applied to many diverse areas outside of web browsers: on mobile apps, desktop software, and even hardware products and retail spaces. On the other hand, the domain of web design is strictly tied to web browsers. This means that UX designers are able to find job opportunities not only in up-and-rising fields like tech startups, but also in mature and stable industries like car manufacturers. As long as there’s a product, there’s a need for UX—and this really opens up your world of opportunities.
The Big Benefit of Web Design Experience when Moving to UX Design
Relevance of web design background
The biggest benefit of moving from web design to UX design is the amount of overlap between the two fields of design. While it’s true that UX design covers more platforms than the web browser, a sizeable portion of UX design work is still done on products that are at least partially web-based (think of social media websites like Facebook and Twitter, web apps like Dropbox, and services like Google). The overlap between web design and UX design is greater if you’ve done some form of user research or iterative process of continually improving a website with user data.
Being fluent in design and website coding terminologies will also give you a boost that cannot be ignored; after all, UX design is a collaborative process where communication is crucial. Being able to use industry terms while talking to your colleagues will definitely put you in a better place than someone who came from a non-design background.
Your ability to create beautiful aesthetics as a web designer will also come in handy when making the switch to UX design. Firstly, aesthetics is a great tool to augment your communications with internal stakeholders. As a UX designer, you have to constantly present your findings and recommendations to internal stakeholders (such as the CEO or product manager), and your ability to create visually pleasing reports and presentations will maximize the absorption of your key points.
Secondly, aesthetics plays a vital role in UX design. A common myth of UX design is that great usability trumps aesthetics—but that is far from true. In fact, a study of more than 2,500 participants by the Stanford Credibility Project showed that nearly half of them assessed the credibility of websites based on their visual appeal(5). This goes to show how aesthetics works hand in hand with other factors like usability to bring about the optimum user experience of using a product.
How to Enhance Your Skills to Make the Jump from Web Design to UX Design
Moving from web design to UX design can sometimes be quite straightforward, especially if you’ve done some aspects of user research in your job as a web designer. For other web designers, however, there is no cause for concern. You’ll be able to make the leap if you’ve spent some time studying UX, practicing some UX skills during your web design work, and constructing a CV which shows your understanding of UX design. If you’re wondering where to learn, there are plenty of options available to you, and we’ve highlighted some of the best below.
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I’m not posting a link because tumblr pushes those down, but just copy+paste it on your browser! It has relevant petitions (as someone who can’t donate or be physicaly present you can bet I combed through them all), places to text or call, resources and legit places to donate!