Beard Care. Cremo Beard & Face Wash & Balm. 

The cold weather has definitely hit Northwest Arkansas and that brings up Beard Care. It’s that time of season where many men grow their beards. Beard Care and skin care is a must. This season I am using products from Cremo. I picked them up at Walmart. I always have facial hair, but it’s shorter in the warm weather and I typically go with a Beard Oil. A few years ago, I created my own blend, because I wanted to save some money and learn more about beard care in general. There are a lot of resources online, specifically BeardBrand and The Beard Baron. I have learned a lot from their YouTube videos. I fall in line with the Urban Beardsman style of growing a beard, because it’s more than  just growing the beard. I have adopted new dress styles as well as haircut style. I rock the bald fade with hard part in the summer months and taper fade with hard part during the winter. I enjoy going to Coffee shops, riding my bike, walking trails and just enjoying everything this area has to offer.

Yesterday I picked up a bottle of Cremo Beard and Face Wash. I tried a small amount when I got home, but used it this morning during my normal shower routine. The first thing I noticed was the cooling effect that the peppermint oil left. The smell was amazing and the beard soaked up the wash. My skin felt much softer after using a quarter size amount, lathered up. The main reason Beard Washes are recommended is because they are natural products, free of harsh chemicals that strip beards of their natural oils. 

After the wash, I use the Cremo Beard Balm. This product keeps longer beards in tact, and keeps the skin underneath softer and smoother. With a short beard, I like a good oil but as the beard gets longer, I use balm. I put about a dime size amount in my hand and rub it in together, this creates a thicker type substance, like an oil that can be rubbed into the skin, then evenly distributed using a small Boars Hair Beard Brush. I have been using this brand of balm since March and really enjoy it. 

Neither of these products take much use and will probably last a long time. Both cost $10.00 at Walmart and can be picked up in the shaving area. Cremo offers several other products such as beard softeners, and oils. I would definitely recommend checking them out. Quick and easy to use and get.

Let me know if you decide to try out this Brand of Beard Care. 

Until next time, 

James Virgil Boggs 

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Not your typical DakBoard 

The DakBoard is a fairly new product that was designed to give you a family style dashboard for displaying photos, news, weather and calendar updates. You can purchase your own DakBoard on their website or build your own using an old monitor and a Raspberry Pi. I chose to use an old laptop that I installed a Linux Distribution on and an existing monitor that I took off its stand. This was a fairly simple process. The main objective was to get rid of Windows 7 and install Linux Mint, I’m running Cinnamon. I used several tutorials I found searching Google. The first thing I did was try out the Linux Distro by creating a boot drive. Eventually I liked it enough that I erased Windows and installed Linux Mint. I would suggest that you Google ways to create a boot drive, and or install Linux directly onto your laptop. It can be a time consuming process.

As you can see above, that is the finished product. But how can you get DakBoard once you have the Linux installed? I simply went to the DakBoard website on Chrome and signed up for a free account. Once you are logged in, you have the option to set up which RSS news feed you want, photos to display, weather feed and of course getting your schedule to display. That is where you need to download Wunderlist, I got mine from the Google Play Store. In this app, you can create your own events that you want displayed on the DakBoard, just make sure to include your account settings in your DakBoard account. By having this app installed, you can easily update, and delete old events. This is great for on the go, because you don’t have to be on the same wireless network. When your DakBoard updates, it will post your new content. Sydney loves that I use this, because she can easily find out my schedule in the morning when she leaves for work.

The thing I love most about the DakBoard website, is that I can login on any device, specifically my Wall Mounted iPad in the bedroom, or my new Raspberry Pi 3 Box Project that I just created. It’s simple, there’s really no difficult process, other than getting the Linux installed, and I only did that because my laptop was old and barely working on Windows 7. As long as you have an updated version of Chrome, it’s pretty easy to get started. My monitor is vga, so I just plugged it in to the laptop and power supply. I had to go into the settings to be able to use it while keeping the lid closed, again I would search for ways to do that. Once you get that done, you can just plug in a keyboard and mouse and edit your settings on DakBoard in Chrome, as well as going full screen mode so that the entire monitor is filled with DakBoard. Unplug your mouse and keyboard and continue to update your settings on a mobile device. Every time it refreshes, you will see new content that you want displayed.

I like this way of using a DakBoard because I don’t like hanging things on the wall, and I didn’t have an extra Raspberry Pi lying around. I enjoy using old electronics for new projects and this is one of my favorites. It’s simple, doesn’t take up much room and is easy to update every week. There’s no need in taking apart the monitor, trying to tape the Raspberry Pi and other peripherals onto the back and then creating a frame around it. If you are interested in purchasing your own DakBoard, I will leave the link below.

DakBoard 

Let me know what you create with DakBoard.

Until next time,

James Virgil Boggs

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Using Social Media to your advantage! #hashtag

Good Sunday Evening! 

This blog post is going to focus on something I do on a daily basis. Something I have done for the past 5 years when it comes to social media. Almost all of us use social media, we usually share posts for family and friends to see, but what about marketing ourselves, or product to the rest of the Internet world for the sake of our own business or even specialty? I love using Facebook, but for me that’s more personal, its more about the things I enjoy doing. I also link my Instagram page to my Facebook account for quick photo uploads. How many of us are using Twitter? How many of us have a business or specialty that we want to market to reach people outside of our own network? What are hashtags? How are they used? Why should I even be on Twitter? Many people have asked that question for several years now. I started using Twitter in 2011 as a way to promote my music. I was using hashtags like #hiphop #brandnew2011 #music ect.. to reach others outside of Northwest Arkansas and outside of my Facebook circle. I did this so that others could click on the hashtag and discover what other people were sharing on that specific topic. Hashtags and Twitter have allowed me to network with many artists, promoters, producers and even fans of the genre. I have also been apart of using Twitter to specifically promote mixtapes and singles through many Twitter accounts and Facebook pages.

 I have been able to use SEO (Search Engine Optimization) on Google by using those hashtags to my advantage to gain traffic to links about me. You can Google (James Virgil Boggs) and find many links to my music, photo’s, personal pages ect. In 2008 I became certified in HTML and HTML 2 so I was familiar with SEO, but that was from a design standpoint. I’m not writing code any more, so for someone without any expertise in web design, you now have an advantage to gain more followers and traffic to your blog or business page. Promoting yourself has never been easier and should be taken advantage of. Create your business or personal page on Facebook. Sign up for a Twitter account. Create your blog page, even start uploading videos to YouTube and start taking advantage of those hashtags that are specific to your niche. Tag those videos and create a well written description about what you are uploading. You will be surprised at where your video will end up on YouTube once you upload it, even just by using a specific title. I recently uploaded a new instrumental I produced titled “Catch em all”, I did not use hashtags or write a description for the purpose of seeing where it would end up. Just using the title, it appeared with many Dubstep songs that included the Pokemon theme. It was neat to see where the video landed, but for your specific post, I would advise hash tagging and writing a description. It will pay off in the end.

The goal is to draw traffic to you. Are you wanting to network more? Then search those hashtags on all social media accounts you use. Find people that are talking about what you are talking about. Reach out to them. The biggest asset you can bring to yourself is to reach out specifically to those who share the same ideas as you do. You never know how that far that relationship can develop. I will give a quick example of what I am talking about so you can envision a real world scenario.

About a month ago, I was on Twitter searching through two sets of hashtags. One was “Christian” the other was “Writing”. I wanted to find someone who was a “Christian Writer”. I wanted to connect with them, because I was feeling the need to start writing to share my faith and testimony. I knew God had a plan for me and I could not stop searching until I found the avenue to make that happen. After several hours of searching, I came across a Twitter user @jaser75, who was wanting to reach out to Christian men, to guest blog on his website. The lightbulb went off! I knew I needed to reach out. After talking back and forth, Jase and I decided to work with each other. I shared his testimony about his faith and his father on my blog. He decided to come up with an interview for me, because he read my blog and wanted more in depth information on Potter’s Syndrome and mine and Sydney’s faith through it all. We both worked with each other and got all of the information out to the world within a weeks time. 2 days later, my interview hit over 500 views, over 120 social media shares and many conversations since. Jase specifically took advantage of hashtags. He tagged his blog and other social media accounts. I did the same. We reached many with our stories. He lives in Alabama and I am in Arkansas, yet our stories were shared with people all across the world. All thanks to Internet marketing techniques that we both had learned over the years. I learned my skills in music promotion, especially my blog NationWide Artist Promotions, and Jase through being an Author who has to market himself to get his writing out there.

Another thing that happened during this time was me searching Twitter again for “Christian”,“HipHop”, “Writer” and coming across JesusWired.com. They were searching for writers to contribute to their website. I reached out by telling them that I had filled out the application. They reached back out to me and discovered that I had created a podcast based on a blog post I had written. They loved it and I sent them more of my work. We created a relationship and decided I would be a Contributor and Columnist for them. Just this week it was publicly announced. That’s just the beginning, but my point is to use those hashtags, reach out and see what happens. If we want to reach others, we have to be willing to reach out ourselves, but also take advantage of the technology at our fingertips. Don’t be afraid to research. Spend time on Google, YouTube, Blog sites, wherever you find information for your specific topic or specialty and get your name out there. We are a blessed people. We have so much information and have access to that at any given time. Social Media is more than just funny memes or videos. You can build your business and gain credibility among so many people who share what you share. We are all passionate about something. Let’s expand our circle and help each others. “Teamwork makes the dream work”.

Until next time,

Virgil Boggs
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