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What don’t you get about people?

We all encounter a plethora of people every day of our lives. Some are desired, most probably not. Life without people would not be life at all. They make us laugh, cry, ponder, sick, better and sad. Though how well do you understand the people around you?

We often wonder why people do what they do. The human mind is a mysterious space. People can really do the most intriguing things. The people you know can seem to contradict themselves, or not properly explain a concept that they believe is clearly explained. Our individuality causes us to misunderstand others; even ourselves. How many hours of our day do we spend pondering about why we do what we do and why others also? Most thoughts will be subconscious.

I’ve spent a lifetime pondering about people, finding us absolutely intriguing. Doing all I can to answer all the beckoning questions we have. After much debating within myself, I have proudly launched PonderThat.net. ponderthat.net/

I try to tackle the biggest questions with the human condition, sharing my findings with as many people as I can. I truly see that our lives will be far better when we have a richer understanding on how we work – “What makes us tick”.

Arguments and fights will reduce, happiness will increase and diversity will become valued.

This is the quest I’m taking, but I don’t want to go alone. I’d definitely like you to read what I write. Yet not only that, I wouldn’t mind if a community was created. If like-minded individuals congregated to write together, sharing all we know for the globe, it would create a more diverse resource for everyone to benefit from.

Most important of all, are the readers. The people who most benefit from what I write. Please do see PonderThat.net ponderthat.net/ and have a read. If you take no interest in my writing, sharing it with people who may truly benefit would be truly appreciated.

If you wish to say anything about my writing, I’m more than open to criticism. I only want to write the highest quality papers for us all.

Thank you Bill, Founder of We Want Your Art we-want-your-art.deviantart.co… and other projects, for giving me the opportunity to outreach my Ponder That.

~ Personia :iconpersonia:personia.deviantart.com/
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SpicyBleachedHead Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student
Wow, that is one dignified quest...it's hard to find people willing to understand other people instead of simply complaining about their unaccepted behavior. I bow to that.

As for your blog, I suggest you use a slightly smaller font size, as well as a different font face and weight. I'm not entirely sure, but I think you're using helvetica for long texts? Well, that doesn't work--especially with bold. It makes the readers not want to read it because it's really thick and it only works well as a font for small texts--as in 1 to 3 words texts, maybe more if reading is not exactly the purpose. But in a blog, long texts are inevitable and reading is more fluent and likeable if the font body is around 9 to 13 pts with regular weight, and the font face is neither too geometric (like helvetica or futura) nor too elaborate (like gothic font faces). I recommend Verdana or Franklin Gothic, though--everybody has them, and they fit the role of easy-read for long texts.
Anyway, this is all so you can have more readers. I hope I'm not being overly critical, I'm merely trying to help you on your quest. Good luck :D
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personia Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist
Thanks. I was thinking of new ways to outreach the work. It's growing, but really slowly :/ A lot of people complain, yet don't listen when they receive the answer. I've turned to writing (and other mediums in the new future) to make my difference and contribution. It's a tough, but worthwhile road.

That's a fair point. I wasn't 100% sure on settling with the typography. I haven't added bold but I see what you mean. I've been on sites with really poor fonts and know how many leave, including me - evening if it's quality content so thanks :) I've given Century Gothic and 17pt (before 18) a go, what do you think? Yeah I know it's the gothic font face, but you did suggest one ;) Verdana looked bold and Franklin Gothic wasn't in my library (I'll add it another time).

I truly appreciate your criticism. Thank you.

P.S If you know of any avenues that I could outreach and/or publish my work, that would be appreciated ^_^
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SpicyBleachedHead Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student
Ohhhh it looks much better now. Century Gothic is not the best for reading (because it's very geometric) but with the white background it looks very nice and pleasing to look at. I think it's ok now--it's much MUCH better than helvetica for that kind of thing. And thanks for taking me seriously, people usually don't take criticism very well, even if they ask for it.

And well, about being a gothic font...see, gothic was probably not the best term to have used...(sorry, my mistake). I mean, in typography, gothic might mean that the letters don't have serif, or it might mean that it's from the middle ages....or it might mean that it's overly pompuous. I should have given a better word, like Blackletter--that's what I had in mind when I said gothic. Anyway, sorry for the mix up.

Aaand, well as for other avenues...I don't know much, but I guess adding illustration to your blog might improve it. But that's quite time consuming. Anyway, I'm seriously rooting for you, it's a really thoughtful project. c:
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personia Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist
Why Thank you!Hmm, yeah I see your point. Know anything better than Century Gothic that I could try? By the way, is the word Ponder That easy to read (including the favicon)? Your welcome. I welcome criticism. I amke this for all and feedback is much appreciated. I only want to the do best I can, so any advice is more than welcome ^_^

Yeah I got what you meant by Gothic, but I didn't know that much :P Wow, I've been thinking of getting further in typography (it is a passion I wish to pursue), now I might make it a higher priority :D I wanted the style of the site to have a clean, but not like a newspaper or archaic text, feel so I didn't go for serifs.

Yeah I barely have time for dA :( What sort of illustrations do you have in mind? I feel it could be unattractive to the writing?
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SpicyBleachedHead Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student
Hmmm....well, sans serif fonts are usually a good idea for web platforms in general--unless it's a specific theme or identity you wish to pursue, so Century Gothic isn't exactly a bad choice. I think that if you want a reaaaally optimal font for your website you could try Archer (a personal favorite of mine)--but let me warn you that it is a very expensive font and I don't know much about web programming and how the fact that a reader doesn't have a certain font will affect in the visualisation of your page (basically idk if the reader won't be able to visualise your page in the font you programmed it with because s/he didn't have your font). Hmmm....I guess you could try softer weights of helvetica, though. I'm pretty sure helvetica light would go great because it's not as "bold" looking as the standard helvetica weight. Univers is a safe one too. I'd also to stick with at most two font faces for your whole website, varying in their weight rather than mixing in other fonts--and have very distinguishable fonts from each other, because otherwise they'll look like each other's mistakes...

And typography is really cool! I've had classes on it at uni and they usually were the best classes of most weeks of that semester. And they were fun because the exercises were pretty simple yet somehow demanding in a way that made you learn a lot by doing them. And well, I had very good humored professors :D

Well...I don't really know about the illustrations. I just thought the website could explore itself more visually--and I guess illustration is not exactly the best word (sorry, not native English speaker so I get confused sometimes) and it's really not that attractive to the writing, considering the thematic discussions. Maybe you could research a little of Bauhaus designers' works? They have really good stuff that makes great composition with mainly text and alignment and color. I'll leave some example images here, but keep in mind these are from the 20's to 40's, so they're REALLY funky looking, but it's good for inspiration. And I know there are many web limitations, but it's still good reference.
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personia Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist
I'm so sorry for such a late response. I've been on-and-off dA for some days due to offline troubles.

Archer does look really nice! Perhaps something I could implement int he near future. Fonts can definitely make or break a site's appeal and aesthetics.

Wow that's so great to hear. It's always good to have humoured professors :D Typography is so intriguing and powerful. It's an art and a science :)

That's OK, I understand your English ;) I'm definitely getting into Bauhaus works! I'll see what I can implement. It would be great on the site. I may perhaps have to keep consistent with my current scheme (unless you may have suggestions), though if the context beckons I may alter.

Thanks for your thoughts on all.
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SpicyBleachedHead Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student
Oh, that's nice. I'm glad I could be of service :D
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Melalina Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
One thing I don't get about people, is that when they SAY they want criticism/comments/corrections, etc. they get pissed off if you do that.

I would personally never give harsh, negative criticism of someone's work. I'm not that good of a writer myself. If I say anything at all, I keep it constructive and it is sometimes even accompanied by an apology. But, I'm really strict about spelling and grammar. I just can't help being anal about those things. When I bring those issues to a writer's attention, they get defensive. So, I just don't do it anymore.
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personia Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist
No, please, I wish to hear your criticism. No matter how "harsh". I try to get people to give me criticism. I strive for perfection :P No need to be a good writer - some of the finest basketball coaches are overweight :) AS long as you know the techniques/fundamentals/principles/concepts :D
I have experienced the same thing. I've heavily reduced the criticism I give to people, and when I do,, it's mostly fluffed. I just don't have the energy nor time to put up with it.
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FadingNinja Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The most annoying part of people on the Internet is When They Do This In All Of Their Sentences.
I mean, seriously, it takes twice as long to type when you try to comment on something. I don't understand why one would do this.
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