Been tough trying to find the time to blog these days. My advertising day job is demanding allot so I don’t have much time to research let alone write out articles about things that grab my attention. Here are a few issues that have been on my mind lately… I thought I’d share them for the heck of it:
1. The Move
For those who don’t know yet. My family and I are moving from our current apartment to a bigger place about 15 km outside of Cairo. That should take place on Halloween (we don’t celebrate Samhain the festival of the dead). New place is nice.. quiet and clean … I hope that neighborhood stays that way cause I am honestly sick of the city. Egypt doesn’t have professional moving companies that will help pack your stuff for you and ship it to the new area. You basically hire a company that has a truck and they hire moving workers (according to the amount of furniture involved) then you agree on a day and pray to God that everything goes smoothly.
2. The Laptop
In a previous post I had mentioned that I was in the process of shopping for a Laptop. I finally settled on a model that had all the specifications that I was interested in. The only hangup for me was that by the time I got around to deciding what model would best suit my needs the laptop was out of stock at the local Tech Mart. Anyway as Allah (God to those who don’t speak arabic) would have it he had a better plan for me. I found out that a friend of mine from the mosque worked for Fujitsu and he would get an employee discount if he bought anything from them. Long story short I ended up paying about 22% less for the laptop than I expected.
3. Work Pressure
Been working on a project for an agricultural company in Egypt (saudi owned) that was the middle east dealer for John Deere. I have been putting in so many hours on this project that I can safely equip your farm for you from Pivot Irrigation systems all the way to JD Tractors and Combines.
I recently saw a blog post from the folks at Voices.com through their Voxdaily blog. I saw this chart included in the post and I honestly didnt know what to make of it.
Why does this chart confuse me? Look closely… they’re saying British English / Australian English and American English are all different languages… not different Dialects of the same language. Yes I’m sure that in some area’s of Australia the english they speak has so mutated that it would make little sense to the untrained ear. But seriously calling australian another language. (shakes his head).
5. Making connections
Recently I’ve been getting allot of mail from Voice Over Business professionals. I’d like to share a few names with you guys and maybe promote their services (why not.. I’m a nice guy):
- Karen Commins contacted me recently telling me that she ran her own blog and would like to be listed in the Taji’s Voice Directory under the blog section. You can access her blog here . Ms. Commins hails from Atlanta Georgia where my father when to Unversity.
- A nice Italian VO artist contacted me recently and wanted me to translate and record something for him. The budget was low and I informed him that his budget would only cover the translation… Since I don’t do translation (I outsource it) I told him the news and never heard from him again.
- A gentleman by the name of Thorsten contacted me about correcting the name of his VO casting company http://www.voiceconcept.net . Voiceconcept is based in spain.
- A gentleman by the name of Arturo Blay contacted me recently regarding adding me to his new Voice Casting company as the Arabian Voice (the correct term is Arabic but i don’t mind Arabian… kinda glamorous) his new company is called “Voz en Off”. I will add the company to the directory list once they launch their service.
6. Google Adwords / Adsense
I dunno how successful advertising with google adwords was… but I think a few of the clients who recently contacted might have gotten wind of me through that system. Since I opted for the prepaid option of advertising with them and since my funds with them have run out… My advert is no longer circulated using their ad network. As for Adsense. That system is ridiculously hard to control … so I removed it from most of my other websites.
Thats it for now… Just a few things that have been taking up precious real estate in my head. Also I included pictures in this post for those of my readers who like pretty colors.
Thanks for reading.