What Keeps Me Busy Lately?

Busy Woman at MediaSilosI’ve been very busy with my current job these past few weeks, so busy that I don’t even have time to hang out with my old friends. I don’t even have much time with my older sister now, since we don’t usually meet unless it’s evening. My work eats up even my blogging schedule, coz I don’t often update my blog site. What keeps me so busy? WORK.

But yay, congrats to me, I’m working at my OWN office–praised be to God! Yes, yes, yes, that’s right. I have my own office now, my own cube at Davao Chamber of Commerce and Industry corporate building. It’s the first time ever that I got an office, and it’s my personal and business use, thanks to God who has provided well for me. He has orchestrated everything for me.

I’m currently making websites for the local clients, and my target are small business entrepreneurs around the city–which means, I’m usually meeting business-minded people, and that includes big men in Davao City, too. I’m also working with my long-term client from Canada, Gary, for new services–thanks to God, we’re brainstorming and developing new services for our potential clients–locally and internationally.

Recently, I’ve been busy in my office and I’m often out of sight from my old friends, but, it’s ok. This is just the stepping stone, after I fully establish this business, it will grow more, only then it becomes a blast. I have to personally maintain the business since I’m just starting it, it is important to monitor your own business first, before you entrust someone to manage it.

Fortunately, glory to God, my business not only caters web developing, but I plan to expand to printing: tshirts, mugs, badges and pins, stickers, flyers and tarpulins. My older brother will invest in the machines and I will manage it, too, and I’m praying that this business will grow. If it grows, I can hire more people, and in one way or another, I can offer jobs to unemployed people.

I make websites for a very affordable price, by the way, since I target those small businesses who tend to become aloft when it comes to website budget. If you’re one of them, please do drop me a message and we can negotiate. Webinars and video conferences might be one of my services, too. So please look forward to it.

Thankful to God’s provision, Neen.

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Domain Name: Why Is It Important?

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So, I just bought another domain name. Haha. My other writing site is called WriteForACause.Org, and I bought it two years ago. This time, I bought a new domain from Automatic: http://www.ninesilos.com. This web address now points to my WordPress blog, which was previously addressed as : http://www.ninesilos.worpdress.com. This will be my extension of my writing career, and perhaps my ramblings about my work, the workplace, workmates, my city and other personal and professional matters.

Anyway…

Is Buying Your Own Domain Name Important?

If you’re just a blogger who wants to blog to express yourself, or a student who wants to post your school ramblings, then you don’t actually need to buy an exclusive domain name. WordPress allows you to blog as much as you want without buying your own domain, and it’s for FREE. However, if you’re a professional someone and wants to have a website which you can call your very own, buying a domain name is better because it makes your website or blog more professional.

Also, in buying a domain name it gives you more privileges, like for example, if you want to monetize your site then of course you have to get your own domain name, because most advertising companies want it that way. If you want to monetize your blog, buying domain name is important, simply because it’s one the requirements.

Additionally, by getting your own domain name you’ll increase your traffic. It’s like you’re saying to the search engines: “Hey, you, I’m legal! Come and find me.”

So, is domain name REALLY important?

Yes, it is. But it depends upon the kind of website you want, or the “lifestyle” of your blog. Whether you buy your own domain or not, is eventually up to you.

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Steve Jobs versus Bill Gates

Steve Jobs verses Bill Gates

Steve Jobs versus Bill Gates

I’m an IT student–which may surprise some of you by now. I’m not really a writer initially, but I love playing with words. Well, basically, I know who these two people are and their historical contributions to the IT world, they’ve become the models and inspirations of every student, not only in terms of technology but also in businesses.

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

Who are they, really? They’re the big people behind Apple and Microsoft. You might be wondering in what areas these two people are different in terms of success and personalities, and well, I often wonder too. Right now I’m gonna jot down their differences solely based upon my self-research and by watching the Pirates of the Silicon Valley.

Steve Versus Bill

  1. Steve is wise. Bill is wiser.
  2. Steve is a genius in technology, Bill is more like a strategist and a businessman.
  3. Steve is fundamentally odd, Bill is a geeky person
  4. Steve is a hot-tempered man, Bill is a philanthropist
  5. Steve has an attitude problem, Bill is a marketer so he’s good at communication
  6. Steve is self-obsessed, Bill is charitable
  7. And lastly, Steve is dead (may he rests in peace), Bill is still alive.

That’s my cents about these two historic people, but I’m not saying that you may agree with me, okay. You can have all your thoughts to yourself, I’m just sharing mine. Hoho.

If you want to read my articles about Steve Jobs’s successes and failures, refer to the link below.

Factors that Contributed to Steve Jobs Success and Failure

Techno Bootcamp 2013

ideaspaceI expect that this bootcamp will be our stepping stone. That this is not just a contest, but an opportunity to enhance our skills as IT students, an opportunity to bring the best out in us, an opportunity to shine through our ideas. There will be participants from other schools that day, and I hope we could make friends with them, and that we could make connections that would build our future relationships as professionals. I also expect that in this bootcamp, we could win the prize—the many, the better. Last year, two ideas from our school made it into the top ten list, and this year, I believe that more than two ideas could make it. I am hoping so.

IdeaSpace is a foundation that will help turn your techno ideas to reality. If you have great tech idea and passion for business, you might be what they’re looking for, and they might help you what you’re looking for. They help create start-ups with local and global impact.

I admit that at first, I was hesitant about this upcoming bootcamp. I never ever imagined that I could think of an idea which could meet the standards, expectations, and requirements of the said bootcamp. I was never like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs who had great motivations and aspirations especially when it comes to technology. I mean, I like technology, a lot, but I never thought that I could contribute something that could make it even better. But I was wrong. I was really wrong. I am often wrong. I regretted that I didn’t have confidence. I regretted for nearly surrendering when in reality, I could actually do it, I was just full of doubts and never had trusted myself.

Fortunately, this techno bootcamp proved me all wrong. Because this bootcamp actually gives me the hope. True, I was hesitant about it in the beginning, I wasn’t entirely excited about it, but just because I wasn’t excited about it doesn’t mean I should give up—so I gave it a chance. And this chance makes my life turn 180 degrees. Because right now, I am verily excited on this coming September 14, especially since my techno idea was finally accepted by our beloved professor, the one and only Sir Gamboa in the whole wide world. And no, I’m not saying it sarcastically, because even though my previous ideas were rejected by him first, I knew that it was for our own good. So that he can bring out the best ideas from us.

Vision without execution is hallucination. — Thomas Edison

I’m full of hopes now. I am looking forward to that bootcamp day. My idea might not be the best idea out there, but I will give this idea a chance, a chance to prove to everyone that I, too, together with this idea, could make it somehow. I will do my best to conceptualize my idea into something that will hook the judges, and I will create the best business plan about it and convince the judges. Even if it might not turn out the way I planned it to be, I will still give this idea a chance—a chance to sprout its seeds.

I am truly looking forward to that day.

 

Personality Test: ISFJ

Thoughts on my Personality Test

I must say that I’m thankful that we have this kind of reflection in our Technopreneurship class. Through this we are reminded to re-evaluate ourselves. We came to understand what kind of person we are, not because we don’t know ourselves personally, but because sometimes in our busy lives we tend to forget to understand ourselves, and that we often disregard our own personality. I am quite surprised upon seeing the result of my personal test. Most of them are true, while some parts are those things that I haven’t yet discovered about myself. But indeed, upon coming to great realization, it is I, after all. The results speak of myself, no doubts. And I have no objections with it.

So then, I took the Personality Test at http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp and I got the following result: *side note: If you want to check yours, just refer to that link and you’ll have more understanding about yourself. It’s time for self-evaluation!

credits: http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/sbs/sbc/FranchiseHelp/Work-from-Home-Home-Based-Office-Personality-Test-Franchise-Help.jpgIntrovert (89%)  Sensing (12%)  Feeling (38%)  Judging (33%)

  • You have strong preference of Introversion over Extraversion (89%)
  • You have slight preference of Sensing over Intuition (12%)
  • You have moderate preference of Feeling over Thinking (38%)
  • You have moderate preference of Judging over Perceiving (33%)

The result? I’m ISFJ person – Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging

Read ISFJ Full Description Here

My Strengths

  • Warm, friendly and affirming by nature
  • Service-oriented, wanting to please others
  • Good listeners
  • Will put forth lots of effort to fulfill their duties and obligations
  • Excellent organizational capabilities
  • Good at taking care of practical matters and daily needs
  • Usually good (albeit conservative) at handling money
  • Take their commitments seriously, and seek lifelong relationships

My Weaknesses

  • Don’t pay enough attention to their own needs
  • May have difficulty branching out into new territory
  • Extreme dislike of conflict and criticism
  • Unlikely to express their needs, which may cause pent-up frustrations to build inside
  • Have difficulty leaving a bad relationship
  • Have difficulty moving on after the end of a relationship

So well, with those results aforementioned above, what more I can say? The results are true, approximately at least 90% are true out of not being true, if I were to calculate it myself. I admit that I’m more of an introverted person over extraversion, although in some cases I act as if I am extroverted. But that’s because I know how to place myself and because I rather act in a comical way than having people think I’m such an emotional weirdo. Yes, I’m emotional and sensitive, but since I don’t like bothersome things I easily get a way to overcome my emotional side, although it may take some time.

I’m introverted but not really the worst SHY type of a person that you find everywhere, as I said, I know how to place myself in difficult situations—even though I hate difficult things. Nevertheless, my dislike of difficult things is not a reason for me to give up or to abandon my responsibility, and just because I don’t like complicated stuff doesn’t mean I easily give up.

I have this personality in me that, as much as possible, I avoid difficult matters. But whenever I’m already trapped, I do my best to cope up and end it like a BOSS—meaning, I look for an easier way. I avoid the hardest path. In fact, I like Bill Gates especially because of what he said,

“I choose to hire lazy people. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” – Bill Gates

There, that being said! So true. I so love Bill Gates.

Let me recall my score during the Techno class about entrepreneurial skills. I was actually “somewhat entrepreneurial”, and I scored 34 points as far as I remembered. I admit that this is true since I am a business-minded person, although in a different field of interest and not the technopreneurial field (but can I also count that one?) In any case, although I’m SFJ person, although I’m introverted most of the time, it doesn’t necessarily mean that I can’t become a successful entrepreneur. I believe that everyone has their own entrepreneurial skills but in a different way, and some are still hidden and can be revealed later in time. My mother, for one, is an entrepreneur and I believe I inherited this “somewhat entrepreneurial” skill from her. Although I’m not really into speaking in front of many crowds, I can actually do it if pressured and encouraged by people. Just like that, although I’m not 100% business-minded person, I can also become one if pressured by time and encouraged by people who trust in my ability. I am mostly functional and effective when people encourage me, or when at least someone pushes me on. On the other hand, I am less effective if no one encourages me, but in extreme cases, I don’t do anything that is productive at all. I need a push.

I’m introvert in a sense that although I act extroverted, deep inside, I am actually negating and debating my feelings and thoughts. I’m introvert in a way that I act happy, jolly and proud in front of people, but deep within I always wonder if what I say is fine or not, or question myself “Is it okay for me to do this? Is it okay for me to say this? What if they’re hurt by this? What if they’ll laugh at me?” Or something like that. In a way, I have several what if’s in mind to the point that it’s tiring. And I think tiring for me is good, because whenever I’m tired of over-thinking things, I give up my unnecessary negative thoughts and move forward with positive thoughts. Ah, sometimes I think I’m introverted because I’m actually a complicated individual. In a moment I’m like this, like that, and in the minute I laugh or scorn. Maybe because people don’t understand me that’s why I tend to be distant from them in occasional basis.

But oh, the result was really, really, really true when it mentioned something about loyalty. Introvert persons are most likely like that. ISFJ persons tend to have few, close friends, of which I have no objections. I graduated from high school and I can only count with my fingers the only close friends within my circle (in terms of school)—guess what, they’re not more than 10! Haha. I am very aloof to strangers but once I’ve come to know them better, it is then I feel comfortable with them. Once I develop close bond or friendship to someone, I am very loyal to them till the very end. It is also true that I feel the need “to be needed”, especially with my circle of close friends and family. I feel reassured whenever they needed my assistance, help, or anything that I can provide to help them, because in that way I would feel that they trust me enough to even let me help them.

ISFJ people have the desire to serve others, their “need to be needed.” My personality to serve others is one of my assets, and in a business sense, I can use this personality in understanding my employees or co-workers. I am best at sympathizing people, and most of the time I tend to meet their needs first before my own. The negative of this side however, is that I am uncomfortable when it comes to someone supervising me. I am good on one-on-one, or in small groups, but I’m not comfortable when someone is overseeing me while doing my work or something else. I tend to lose my focus and can’t do well at my task. No matter WHO that person is. In order to become most productive, I have to be left alone while working with serious matters, I need peace and silence without eyes lurking at me, otherwise, I might fail.

ISFJ persons like me are warmth and kind-hearted, according to the result, and yes, I do agree and maybe some of my close friends can second to this motion. And because of this I can easily relate to other people’s feelings and problems, I can communicate sincerely with them if needed be, and I think this is a great factor when it comes to work. If I can easily sympathize with people, then my work flows in business hours will run smooth and sound. However, one of the disadvantages of this personality is that I tend to serve others first, disregarding my own need. Sometimes, I fail to notice it myself, that’s why I need someone to speak it out to me so I can notice it.

People like me, are extremely aware of our own feelings, but sometimes we tend to overlook our mistakes. In my case, I don’t usually express my feelings to others, I keep them to myself. Most of the time it’s because I find it unnecessary, often times, I feel scared of speaking them out. Once I develop trust to someone, that’s when I start telling my feelings, but once that trust is gone, all the reasons to tell that person everything is gone. I am the loyal type, as most ISFJ people are, but once hurt, all the reasons of being loyal disappear. In some way or another, it can be rebuilt again, but it may take some time. And, of course, with the grace of God.

On the final note, I’m very good at understanding people, BUT, when it comes to myself, I AM TRULY blind. That’s why if there are flaws in me, someone needs to tell it straight to my face, otherwise, I will think I’m doing the right thing although it’s wrong. And vice versa.

On the very, very, final note, taking this personality test doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re always like this. People change over the period. And change is a long process. Although I’m ISFJ right now, it doesn’t mean that I must always live my life this way. This personality test is just an assessment of who we are, to help us evaluate our pros and cons.

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