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#BlackLivesMatter | Introvert (INTJ) sharing my thoughts one essay at a time

Seriously, how much time do you waste at your job?

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If you work or have ever worked in corporate America, this has happened to you at some point. You’re in your office or cubicle doing work when you get an email from a co-worker. You read it, taking time away from your current task, notice that it isn’t urgent, and go back to your task.

15 seconds later that person who emailed you appears in your office. Sometimes I think they appear magically after they hit send, transporting themselves to your area along with the email. …


My favorite horror podcast inspired this article.

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If you don’t know me personally, I’ve become a huge fan of horror movies and entertainment over the last few years (I’m still not a fan of gore or torture porn though because I get queazy at the sight of blood or even just talking about blood.) A couple of years ago I started looking for horror podcasts that I could listen to while going through the mundane work at my day job. That’s when I found Shudder’s Video Palace.

The 10-episode podcast follows Mark Cambria and his girlfriend, Tamra, as they discover…


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Even before COVID-19 rocked this country (with over 6 million cases and 183,000 deaths at the time of this essay), the United States faced an increasing problem with the income gap between the poor and the rich.

A few years ago, McDonald's partnered with Visa to show us how McDonald’s employees could budget their money to make ends meet. The results were laughable.

In this sample budget, the person working at McDonald’s couldn’t even survive on a full month from the earnings at their job. They would be forced to work a second job to make ends meet. According to…


Why you should focus more on selling your work instead of acquiring streaming numbers.

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Can you remember the first album that you ever purchased? For me, it was David Banner’s Mississippi: The Album. I was 16 years old and had just started working at Pizza Hut that summer.

With my third paycheck, I went to the mall and ran straight for the hip-hop section so I could find this album. …


A 10-minute guide to setting up and understanding the basics of Google Analytics

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If you’re an artist, a creator, or someone looking to start a business because COVID-19 has destroyed your income, you’ll need to begin with buying website hosting and a domain name.

After you have created a website and started sharing content, it’s time to observe how that content has worked in drawing attention to your website. You can do that with the analytics provided by the various website hosting platforms, such as WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, and more.

However, to understand the full scope and obtain an accurate…


Artists will need to be creative while the COVID-19 pandemic rages in the United States

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At the moment, the music industry has hit a state of despair. Technically you can say this about any industry that depends on people gathering together (I deeply miss going to watch movies at the movie theater right now). However, the music industry might not recover and it needs to fully redefine what it means to be a recording artist in 2020 and beyond.

For those unfamiliar with the music industry, artists typically make the bulk of their money through the sale of merchandise and…


His book is an amazing read, but we need to account for the most important rap songs over the past five years.

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I was your average child growing up. I loved video games. I discovered a passion for reading. I had a love for music too. In middle school, I discovered hip-hop through the lyrics of JAY-Z and the sounds of Three-6 Mafia, two polar opposites sides of the hip-hop genre. …


It’s so much more than just your appearance to potential customers

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Marketing isn’t as easy as people make it look or sound. We’re not all smooth-talking people that create brilliant campaigns in 48 minutes like Don Draper from Mad Men.

Your business needs marketing services, whether it’s from the owner, a dedicated staff member, or a marketing agency. A business can survive through other avenues, such as referrals and repeat customers. However, these avenues can dry up.

If you have a business, especially a new business, marketing is the easiest way to attract new customers. It can even make them life-long customers if your marketing plan is perfect. …


It’s easy to get blinded by snacks and ping pong tables as an employee

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Imagine you’re heading west during the 19th century. You’ve heard stories from locals in your town that something called the “gold rush” is happening. People are finding precious material with great value by digging up pieces of the land beyond the Mississippi River.

You believe you’re going to head to this area, dig until you can’t dig anymore, and find lots of gold. You’ll become a rich person and never have to work again.

As you’re digging, you strike a hard material. You take a look at it, with its shiny, golden surface, and exclaim, “JACKPOT!”

You’ve found so much…

Joe Coad II

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