Category: Review

Movie Review : Netflix’s Bird Box

Bird box, is the newest addition to the Netflix collection of original movies. It is an adaptation of the 2014 horror-thriller novel by Josh Malerman played by Sandra Bullock as Malorie Shannon.

Malorie Shannon is a painter whom is preparing to give birth to her first child with her sister Jessica’s (Sarah Paulson) care. The film is set in a post-apocalyptic world wherein an invisible evil force has a deadly effect on anyone that has seen it.

In the movie, reports came from Russia that people are committing suicide for no clear reason. While in U.S, Malorie and her sister Jessica are naturally worried. However, they presumed that they were safe for the time being and make their way to a local hospital for Malorie’s scheduled checkup.

In the film, when a person had a glimpse with the creature, it shows them that person’s extreme fear and bait them into committing suicide.

As a critic, I can conclude that this talks about mental illness, what it does and how a person is affected by mental illness.

After five years, Malorie learnt to live with fears along with two children she’s trying to get to safety. She refuses to give the two children their own names and prohibits them to wonder like a normal child would do.

I can sense that Malorie is teaching them as to how she sees the world as an unforgiving place in which it pays not to get too attached to anyone.

The film features the character of Malorie as a woman who rely solely on her survival instincts without losing her humanity.

Upon watching the film, it creates questions to the viewers on how does the monster affect its victims?

What does a person see after they spot the creature that causes them to commit suicide? 

What does the creature really look like and what makes this creature attack?

The viewers are always inquisitive on what will happen next. A film like this makes us wonder on how human race will respond upon reaching its end as we know it.

If the story of Bird Box will continue, as a film critic, I’d like to see it from others viewpoints on how will they find ways to fight the creature, and if they do, will they try to bring back humanity? What will the effect of this event on forthcoming generations?

Bird Box is not a jump-scare type of post-apocalyptic thriller film like the usual. But what makes it fascinating is that, like the creature in the film, it makes us question our uncertainties and shows us a world that is inside those fears. It makes us question on what can we do to overcome and fight those fears as we deal with it.

Is it really worth it to listen to the voices inside us to open our blindfolds? How beautiful is the world out there?

Author: Yuan Francisco

Yuan started his career in advertising business. He graduated with Business Administration and Secondary Education degrees. Seizing opportunities at the age of internet and hustled his way to find better opportune time in the film industry.

How to Start a Blog in 2019 *Easiest Step – by – Step Guide for Beginners

Starting a blog is not as tough or as expensive as it seems.

There’s plenty of space on the internet for everyone. Folks love to share thoughts, give shape to their feelings, and maybe even reach a worldwide viewer.

Blogs are super-effective for a couple of reasons. Topmost of them is that 77% of internet users read blogs, so your audience is already out there. Besides, creating a personal WordPress blog isn’t hard to do, so why not try doing it yourself?

Whether you’re trying to build a freelance business, launch a personal brand, earn a living from blogging, or are just passionate and want to pen about a certain subject, there’s nothing I would commend more than challenging yourself to learn how to start a blog today.

Sure, it could get very tricky in the later stage; but generally speaking, blogging is achievable for every person who has a computer with an Internet connection.

By showing interest to read this post, you have disclosed that you are serious about blogging and working hard to learn the methods to start a blog. This article will give you step by step approach to start your blogging career.

In this post, I’ll show you exactly how to create your own blog with no technical experience required. Which you can replicate to build a blog much bigger than my blog.

I promise it’ll be simple and easy to understand.

Read this ultimate guide on how to start blogging and see where you are today to take actions.

Benefits of Blogging to You

People blog for various reasons. Blogging can help you become a better writer, can make you some money on the side, or give you a platform for sharing your ideas.

Here are the most common reasons why people start a blog and the benefits of blogging.

  • It’s the sturdiest device to boost your online presence.
  • As a resume for highlighting expertise.
  • As a way to express creative ideas.
  • It helps you to recognize more about your passion/interest.
  • You make money by utilizing your skills and services.
  • To earn money as a side hustle – or even as a career.
  • You build your online identity and trust.
  • You become an expert in your industry.
  • To market or advertise a business.
  • You make strong relations with your clients.
  • As a way to network with people sharing a common interest.
  • You help the world by writing articles on your blog.
  • To share information with others that want to learn a new skill.
  • You educate people about your products/services.
  • People become your devoted readers which give you a strong recognition worldwide.
  • To make a difference by sharing political and social issues.
  • You have money and time freedom.
  • You become more confident.

Common Topics that People Blog

Sometimes thinking out what to blog about is the hardest part. Fortunately, we have some great ideas to get you started:

  • Fashion – makeup, clothing, hair, and beauty products.
  • Travel – vacations, best places to visit, your own travels, restaurants, and entertainment.
  • Technology – software, programming, web development, web design, and startups.
  • Business – industry updates, real estate, expert tips, and best practices.
  • Content marketing – how to market your business, SEO best practices, email campaigns.
  • Food – recipe sharing, restaurants, kitchen equipment.
  • Finance – industry happenings, ways to make and save money, budgeting.
  • Health and Fitness – sports equipment, nutrition, exercise, dieting, fashion.
  • Lifestyle – gardening, home improvement, organization, travel, survival.
  • Parenting – child development, product reviews, tips for age stages.
  • Instructional – tutoring, how-to’s, guides.
  • Entertainment – humor, memes, video, music, podcasts.

These are the Easiest Steps on How to Start Blogging

Here we are going to read about each and every step which is essential to build a blog.

I have personally gone through each step to build this blog, so I am not going to write anything without my personal experience.

Check each and every point very carefully and help yourself to become a next good blogger.

You’ll need about 30 minutes or so to get started. We suggest building your blog in one session, if possible.

Let’s read it.

# 1. Identify your Niche

Related : How to Choose a Profitable Niche

There are many different reasons people start blogs.

Some people blog as a hobby. Some blog to expand their business reach online. Some wish to make more money and see blogging as the platform to do that.

Most individual bloggers started a blog because they have a passion for the topic and they have something to say. Also, they believe that they can make money from this subject, either through selling memberships, selling products, or through advertising.

They also believe they can make money from this subject, either through selling memberships, selling products, or through advertising.

“At whatever stage you are in your life, we all have some special skill sets and passions which derive us.”


So, before you start picking a domain name and theme, you need to figure out what topics your blog is going to cover. What are you going to write about on a regular basis? You may already have an idea in mind, but if not, I advise doing some intense thinking.

Write a list of your passions, hobbies, and dreams, and a second list with your skills, experiences, and areas of expertise. Then start thinking about probable blog post ideas for each topic. If you’re coming up short on article ideas, it’s perhaps not the best topic for a niche.

You’ll want to take a decent amount of time with this step, as your niche is the basis for everything else you’ll do with your blog.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Can I write about my topic without getting fed up/bored?
  • Do I have enough knowledge and passion about my topic?
  • Where I want to see 5 years down the line?
  • Will my blog’s tone be influential enough to fascinate my viewers?
  • Is there any audience for my topic?
  • Can I write for 6 months without worrying about income from my blog?
  • Am I ready to learn too many new things?

Once you have vibrant answers to these questions, you are good to go.

Related : How to Choose a Profitable Niche

# 2. Choose a Domain  Name for your Blog

As soon as you have chosen a niche to be in, it’s time to choose a domain for your blog and make sure that your (future) readers out there are able to find it.

For example, Oganiza.com, Crinklehub.com, Google.com, WikiPedia.com or any name of a website are called domain names.

Companies like Hostinger, GoDaddy, NameCheap, Bluehost are one of the top domain provider companies in the world.

So you’ll have to open any of the websites listed above to find the perfect domain name for your blog.

What is a Domain Name and Why it Matters?

In a nutshell, A domain name is the address of your blog. It tells people (and web browsers) where to find your site.

Your domain name is your blog distinctiveness. This is the URL that people type into their web browser when they want to visit your blog. It is how people find you, the name which clients pass to others.

When you type Oganiza.com into your browser in order to visit a site, that’s the website’s domain name.

When choosing your domain name, pick something that’s unique but will be easy for visitors to remember. As a rule of thumb, the shorter the domain name the better.

Mine is Oganiza.com, for example (Oganiza is my family name).

Here are few guidelines before you register your domain name:

  • Try short name and memorable one: Short names are easy to remember and recommend
  • Be easy to spell (aka “pass the radio test“)
  • Be short and sweet, if possible
  • Never Buy Digits in Domain Name
  • Always Prefer Dot com
  • Try to avoid adjacently Double/Triple Letters

# 3. Pick a Web Hosting  Provider for your Blog

You have selected your domain name.

Now the question is – Where are you going to save your data online?

Your blog will have some texts, images, videos and many other things.

To make your website reachable to other people on the Internet, you need a “host.” The host keeps all your website files safe, secure and makes sure that people can access your site when they click on a link or type in your URL.

A hosting is an online server which helps you to store your data.

“Your domain name will be the name of your website, and all the data of that website will be stored on the server (called as hosting).”

Think of hosting like being your home. When someone comes over (types in your URL), they’ll be able to see all the things you’ve been keeping inside. Having a proper website host is one of the most important investments in starting a successful blog.

As the data is a very vital thing for your blog so you must select the hosting company very wisely.

There are lots of great website hosting services out there for your blog.

But what you should be looking for in all of them is:

  • Speed
  • Features
  • Security
  • Support
  • Track record

My recommendation for newbies is to always start small with a shared web host. In shared hosting – you share the server resources with a number of other users. 

The hosting capacity is smaller than other hosting options (VPS, dedicated, etc) but you’ll pay much lesser (often <$5/mo at signup) and need less technical knowledge to start.

# 4. Choose a Blogging Platform (Content Management System)

To start your blog, you need a blogging platform for your site.

A Content Management System (or CMS) is where you’ll be writing, designing, and publishing your blog posts. A good CMS is simple to use and will help you to add the content on your blog.

While there are various platforms to choose from, we think there’s only one serious choice.

It’s called WordPress.

I am using WordPress for this blog which is one of the top content management systems in the world. In fact, the latest numbers say that over 60% of all blogs run on this CMS, including the websites for Forbes, New York Observer, TED, Thought Catalog, TechCrunch, NBC and others.

Reasons to Use WordPress

  1. It’s 100% free
  2. It’s super-easy to install
  3. There are loads of awesome WordPress themes & plugins available (and most are free)
  4. There are lots of free help online (like at Blogging.com!)
  5. WordPress is simple enough for beginners, but powerful enough for experts
  6. It has infinite customizability with plug-ins and themes
  7. It’s mobile Friendly
  8. It’s great for SEO
  9. WordPress is regularly being updated. As long as you update on time and be careful with themes and plug-ins, you shouldn’t run into many issues
  10. WordPress boasts a huge free, online support community.

Now, one thing you need to be careful of is that WordPress comes in two very different platforms.WordPress.com and  WordPress.org. They have practically the same name, but there are very big differences between the two:

WordPress.Com

  • Is free to use
  • Your site is hosted by Automattic, WordPress’ parent company
    (ie, No web hosting needed)
  • No software to download, install or maintain
  • Themes & plugin selection much, much more limited
  • Doesn’t let you pick a custom domain name (i.e.  yoursite.wordpress.com)
  • Has restricted monetization options (you can’t sell your own ads)
  • Doesn’t let you upload plugins (for email capture and other things)
  • Has limited theme support so you’re stuck with very basic designs
  • You have to pay to remove WordPress branding
  • Limited SEO and analytics

WordPress.Org

  • Software is 100% free…
  • …but you need to pay for WordPress hosting
  • Thousands of WordPress plugins (free and paid) to add features
  • Thousands of WordPress themes (free and paid) are available
  • Fully customizable design, unlimited plugin options, and no branding
  • Total control over your own monetization efforts
  • Powerful SEO features (so people can find your site easier)
  • Let’s you start or add an eCommerce store or membership site
  • Small monthly fee (approx. $46 – $100/year +hosting)

# 5. Installing WordPress

Fortunately, installing WordPress is very simple once you have a web hosting service.

Lucky for you, WordPress is famous for their “5-minute install”.

Well, many hosting companies will even install the blogging platforms for you (look for “one-click installs”). Just follow the step-by-step instructions – you can’t make a mistake!

The only decision you need to make at this stage is to give your blog a name. Don’t worry, you can change it later easily enough (unlike the domain name, which is much more hassle to change).

How to Login To WordPress

Once WordPress is installed, you’ll receive an email with your…

  • Username (“admin” by default)
  • Password (whatever password you entered)
  • WordPress Login URL
    (This will look something like like https://oganiza.com/wp-admin/)

# 6. Find a Perfect Responsive Theme

Now that you’ve got the nuts and bolts of learning how to start a blog and it’s put together, it’s now time to turn this blank canvas into a work of art.

WordPress has hell loads of themes and you can pick the theme as per your blog’s category and install it easily.

Now, you may be speculating if it’s hard to navigate WordPress and I can tell you from experience it’s not. If you can navigate around a Word Document — you’ll be just fine.

When you log in to WordPress, there are some free design templates/themes that you can use to modify your site. However, if you’re willing to spend $35 – $199 you can get sophisticated, professional looking theme that will make you stand out from the crowd. You can either buy a theme from the Marketplace.

Some of my favourite places to find themes for blogs are:

  • Themeforest
  • StudioPress
  • Mythemeshop
  • WordPress Library

Truth is, most individual WordPress bloggers do not create their own blog themes. Rather, what most of us do is to pick a ready-made theme (or a raw theme) and customize it according to our needs.

If this is your first time establishing a WordPress blog, my suggestion to you is to begin with a ready-made theme and tweak it along the way.

Nevertheless, if you’re using a free blogging platform, you’re most likely going to be quite limited in the themes and design options you have.

How to Install A New WordPress Theme

WordPress makes it simple to alter the theme of your website:-

  1. From your WordPress dashboard, go to Appearance > Themes > Add New
  2. Now you’ll see all of WordPress’s featured themes. You can pick one of these or search for the names of themes you’ve heard about.
  3. To narrow your search, use the Feature Filter to select the layout, your desired features, and your blog subject.
  4. Once you find a theme you like, you can preview it with your content. If you don’t have any website content or the plugins necessary for the theme, this preview might not look like anything like the final product.
  5. Once you’ve selected a winning theme, just click Install and Activate, and you’re done!

When you are picking your theme, you want to make sure it fits with your goals. For example, if you are writing a professional blog then you will want a formal clean design where as a music blog you will have more license to show off your creativity.

These days you should now been using a responsive design. This means that the design of your blog will adapt to different mobile and tablet screen sizes – which is extremely imperative for usability now that a lot of people are using mobile phones to browse the web.

Here are some suggestions of what to look for when checking out themes:

  • Keep it simple
  • Responsiveness is a must
  • Does it work in different browsers? 
  • Supported plugins.
  • SEO friendliness
  • Support
  • Ratings and reviews

# 7. Install Essential Plugins

If you’re using WordPress as the CMS for your blog, plugins let you increase all kinds of features, like email capture, SEO (Search Engine Optimization), site analytics, ways to enhance your images, increasing page load speeds and more.

The only problem is that, like themes, there are literally thousands of them to choose from. And if you add too many (or poorly built ones) to your blog, it can weigh your site down and make it run slowly.

In my opinion, there are four “must have” WordPress plugins that each blog should have. Go ahead and install these for your blog right away. On the WordPress dashboard, go to “Plugins”, then “Add New” and search for them by name.

  1. Akismet – is one of the oldest plugins that comes along with your WordPress by default. It prevents junk comments filling your blog. It collects all the spam and lets you review it under your blog’s ‘comments’ admin screen. Likewise, it’s free & built by WordPress, Automattic.
  2. W3 Total Cache – It improves the user experience on your site by increasing the server performance, reducing the time taken to download and increases page loading speed.  W3 Total Cache reduces your file sizes so that your blog loads faster for everyone. It’s also by Automattic.
  3. Yoast – It helps you to improve your blog post titles, descriptions, content length and other elements across your entire blog so that you can be found easier by search engines. Which makes it really easy to optimize your blog for search     engines. The more people that can find your content, the better your blog will do. Yoast SEO is a free WordPress plugin that takes care of your SEO optimization.
  4. Jetpack – It is a great multifaceted plugin for anyone who wants to start a personal blog. It automates social media posting by sharing every new blog entry on your social channels.

# 8. Write your First  Post and  Launch Your Blog

Start writing from today itself.

Once you’ve chosen your free WordPress theme and have it installed and activated, all that’s left is to start writing your first blog post. To do that, look for the Posts → Add New option in your dashboard.

High-quality content is crucial to gaining traffic for your new blog. But if your content is simply average, you may not attract much traffic – or even none at all! There are a million blogs on the internet. You need to make yours stand out from the race.

Your blog is nothing without you. All you’ll have to do to make it a blog is start writing today.

No matter how well you are in English, no matter how much information do you have about your topic, and no matter how do you feel about your writing, your blog will grow only and only when you’ll start writing.

With time you’ll start getting writing ideas, and your readers will start appreciating/reading what you say.

Take help from your friends, read further about your subject, pay attention to the newspaper and start collecting the fresh ideas about your subject.

You are just one step away to open the door of blogging for you.

ACT NOW.

Wrapping up

You can create your own content and share it with the world. All your discoveries, all your everyday stories … all can lead to something great. And apart from inserting yourself in nice communities of people who share the same hobbies and interests as you, a personal blog can also lead to improved professional opportunities.

Now, do you know how to start a personal blog? Here’s the outline:

  1. First is to Identify your Niche
  2. Pick a Domain Name for your Blog
  3. Choose Web Hosting Provider for Your Blog.
  4. Select a Blogging Platform (Content Management System)
  5. Install WordPress
  6. Find a Perfect Responsive Theme
  7. Install Essential Plugins
  8. Write your First Post and Launch your Blog

I hope this has been helpful! Do you have any questions about how to start a personal blog on WordPress? Let’s talk about them in the comments section below!