Overdue Update Post

Upfront, I apologize for not posting an update here sooner about where I disappeared to.  Time really gets away when you have a lot going on.  I will get into the nitty gritty below the cut, but if you want the TL;DR: I will be stepping away from regular updates on this blog and go to irregular updates.

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Why Exposure to Uncomfortable Social Situations is Good

Everyone in life has a little social anxiety.  For some, it’s a specific social situation, like a party or interview.  For others, it can be literally everything that involves talking to another person.  Regardless, life can be an uncomfortable experience in a variety of situations.  While normally not a problem, for some it can be a crippling affair that affects their quality of life.  The very thought of even attempting to put yourself in those situations willingly can likewise be something to scoff at.  Yet, exposure to these uncomfortable situations can often be the very thing that helps makes the situations less uncomfortable for you.

At this point, many would ask why such exposure is good when it causes such anxiety and stress?  However, that is what I’m here to tell you about today: the benefits you will receive from exposing yourself.  So, whether you scoff or are intrigued, I’ll hope you stick with me for this brief bit and listen to my argument before writing it off.

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5 Questions to Help You Decide to Quit

I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: quitting a project is extremely difficult.  Whether out of pride or love, many people will work themselves to the bone to keep their projects afloat.  To quit is basically the most illegal thing to do in their mental space, even when circumstances and passion for the project have changed.  Even I’ve experienced the anxiety that the idea of quitting can bring, wondering who I might be letting down and how evil I am for not being able to stay committed.

Yet, sometimes quitting is what one must do.  The question remains, then, how does one decide on a less emotionally impulsive level to quit?  Today, I would like to provide you with five questions you should ask yourself in regards to quitting a project.  I strongly believe these five will help you arrive at an answer that is both logical, calm, and extremely revealing of where your own mind is at.

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A Few Changes to Blog Updates

I will cut to the chase on the matter: this blog will be moving back to one update per week.  Updates will occur on Fridays.  I didn’t feel right not saying anything, so I’m putting any readers out there on notice.  If you don’t care about the reasons why, no need to read further.  For those that do want to know, continue on.

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RV Life Tips: Dealing with Bad Sleepy Times

We’ve all been there.  You blink sleepy eyed and decide it’s your bed time.  You snuggle into bed, your head hits the pillow, your eyes close…and whoops your brain decides it’s time to charge forward with every creative idea you can muster.  You toss and turn, trying every method you know to get to sleep, but in the end you’re stuck awake while your precious sleep hours tick away.

Unfortunately, this sort of temporary insomnia is a detriment.  Without proper sleep, your mind fogs over, your body feels sluggish, and ultimately your health is damaged in ways you can’t see.  It can be a hard force to combat.  However, it is not impossible.  As I am currently going through a period of this sleep trouble, I thought now would be an excellent time for me to share my tips with others.  Some you’ll have heard, some you won’t have perhaps.  Either way, I think it’s a good reminder for anyone that if you put forth the effort, you can make sure you’re getting the right amount of sleep.

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How to Improve Your Online Communication Skills

Despite the vast amount of communication present in today’s social media world, it is more obvious than ever where deficits in communication skills arise.  Additionally so, many people who are great communicators in real life tend to be dangerously lax when online.  Regardless of the reasons why, communicating online is not the easiest skill-set for everyone.  One wrong communication misstep can lead to hurt feelings at best, or at worst earn you a terrible reputation that will make people avoidant of you.  Thus, it is an imperative skill to learn well for your online communication needs.

All this being said, this blog is not about making such statements and then throwing you into the lion’s den.  Today, I will be walking you through some really easy steps you can take to make sure that you’re improving, or at least staying on task, for your online communication.

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Vacation Week

Hey all my blog readers out there!  I just wanted to give a belated notice that I will be taking a break from my blog this week.  I haven’t had a real break from it since I started the blog, and frankly I need it.  This is not to mention that between some real life events and project events going on this week, I am just over-stressed and need to take a time out for my own mental health.  I’ll return next week with some new material, hopefully!

Thanks for reading and see you next week~!

Rebel’s 5 Tips for Dealing with Social Anxiety

Like a lot of people, I suffer from some moderate social anxiety.  I have an extreme fear of talking to people on the phone, I freak over minor stuff like having to ask an authority figure a question, and I am the worst interviewer because of how nervous I get.  Yet, I am admittedly a lot better than I used to be ten years ago when my social anxiety was extremely crippling.  Even when you know your social anxiety is preventing your success, it can be a hard thing to improve upon.  However, today I would like to tell you it is possible to work at it and, over time, be less held back by it.  Thus, I’m going to give you my personal tips that have helped (and still help) me overcome my problems with social anxiety.

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Creators and the Audience Growth Problem

“What am I doing wrong?  Why doesn’t my creation have more of an audience?”

These are questions that are often frequent in any industry’s indie sector.  No matter what you create, whether it be comics, stories, videos, games, or anything else, there are special challenges that come with being a solo or small-team creator.  Oftentimes, indie creators feel that no matter how much work they put into their product, they don’t have enough people consuming their content.  This is when those questions start plaguing their minds, and it can lead to some depressing attitudes about future success.

I’m here to tell you that you can succeed when you’ve hit the point where you’re asking these questions.  However, in order to be able to succeed, you have to take a very tough and harsh look at your content and how you handle it.  Since this can be a scary and intimidating matter, though, today I’m going to walk you through the questions you need to ask yourself.  Some of these questions are going to be hard to tackle, and know I mean no particular offense with them.  Yet, by working through them you will be better positioned to figure out what you need to do to grow your audience.

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