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10 Interesting facts about Sofia

For anyone interested in visiting or curious to learn more about Sofia, here are 10 interesting facts to get started with.

  • 1. Located in the western part of Bulgaria, Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria and has about 1.2 million residents.
  • 2. The name Sofia comes from the well known Holy Sophia Church, first documented in 1376.
  • 3. The city has been around since at least the 4th century BC, ruled at the time by Philip of Macedon and Alexander the Great.
  • 4. Sofia was made the capital of Bulgaria in 1879.
  • 5. The weather is seasonal, with cold winters, sunny summers, spring and fall in between.
  • 6. Besides Bulgarian, other languages used include English, Romanian and Turkish.
  • 7. There are four main nature parks in Sofia, these include the Borisova Gradina in city and what are considered Southern, Western and Northern parks.  The Vitosha Nature Park is the oldest in the Balkans and includes part of Vitosha mountain, attractive for hiking and winter activities.
  • 8. You can get around Sofia by bus, tram, trolleybusses, including the Sofia Metro with over 30 stations and growing.
  • 9. Being one of the main visitor stops in Bulgaria, tourist attractions include the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Boyana Church, the SS Cyril and Methodius National Library, the National Historical Museum, the National Archaeological Museum as well as the parks around the Vitosha mountain.
  • 10. Other attractions include its art museums, such as the National Art Gallery and the National Gallery for Foreign Art.

Using Odysen with others in Sofia

Whether for personal or professional, here are a few ways you can use Odysen with your activities:

  • Use in your preferred language, including English, Hindi and 32 others.
  • Have your own networks for the different groups you’re involved with.
  • Share content such as actions, events, notes, polls, music, office files, photos, videos, news and websites.
  • Promote your work or activities with your own public pages.
  • Get started with the free Basic plan!

Go here to learn more about using Odysen in Bulgaria, including solution examples and other relevant blog articles.

| Posted on | April 18, 2014 | No Comments

Poets and Self-Publishing trends in Southeast Asia

Here are a few recent updates about poets and self-publishing in Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.

  • Living Poets’ Society, The Edge Malaysia: How poets are making a go of it in Malaysia and Singapore, including self-publishing, having a day job, working with partners, working with publishers and discussions of news ideas and plans going forward.
  • Prisoner-to-poet story scoops prize, The Phnom Penh Post: A documentary film called the Cambodian Son tells the story of a 34 year old spoken-word artist and his experiences with Cambodia and Thailand.

Using Odysen with Your Writing

Are you a poet or writer in Southeast Asia and looking for an online solution to better organize your activities?  If so, here are a few ways you can benefit with an Odysen Solution:

  • Private Networks: Use to store drafts of your work, add separate networks to share with others (review and editing), and use to store graphics and other content for self-publishing.
  • Public Pages: Promote your writings on the Internet with your own public pages.  This could be a page from your network or using to manage your own domain.
  • Language Preference: Besides English, you can use in Thai, Indonesian, Malay, and Vietnamese.

Learn more about using in Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, including solution examples and other relevant blog articles.

| Posted on | April 18, 2014 | No Comments

10 Ways to use Odysen in Puerto Rico

Have your own networks with others in Puerto Rico, here are a few ways to use with both personal and professional environments.

Personal

Share content with friends, family and groups you’re involved with.

Friends: Have networks with different groups of friends in Puerto Rico, use to share your favorite websites, blogs and planning events or activities.

Family: Share a network with family members, helpful when living in different locations.

Hobbies: Organize content for your hobbies in Puerto Rico, share with others involved and store relevant websites, photos, videos, or plan an event.

Travel: Add folders for different places in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean or elsewhere and include relevant content in each. This could be useful websites, local blogs, actions for things to do beforehand and storing photos from previous trips.

Organizations: Have a network for your organization in Puerto Rico, use to share websites, blogs and office files for reference, organize a project and keeping members informed of changes.

Professional

Share with colleagues and have separate networks for different clients, partners or customers.

Photography: Freelance photographers can upload and share their photos of Puerto Rico in the Images application, others can review in a slideshow and add comments for feedback.

Website Design: Help others design their websites in Puerto Rico, have separate networks for each client and use to centralize the web pages, graphics and projects you’re working on.

Translations: Store and share translations in written, voice or video formats, others can use in their preferred language including Spanish, English, Portuguese, French and more.

Small Business: Share a network with colleagues in Puerto Rico, use to organize projects, share office files, websites, blogs and other relevant content for your business activities.

Telecommuting: Have a network with colleagues working in different locations, share useful websites, blogs and schedule conference calls with events.

Learn more about using Odysen in Puerto Rico or get started today with the free Basic plan!

| Posted on | April 17, 2014 | No Comments

The Controversy of music streaming and why it might not really matter

No doubt there are problems with all sorts of changes, especially around technology, with the ones used to the old way of doing things not liking the ideas of the new.  And usually for good reasons, a new player enters the process, taking another cut for their efforts and with that it’s usually (or always) coming from the creator.  This being as when the money is being paid or distributed, the creator is the last person to see what’s left.

The Controversy

As music streaming becomes the dominant format that people listen to, and streaming ends up providing so little to the musicians, that musicians are forced to make all their money touring or selling other stuff besides the actual music.  Of course, this is with the traditional music model where you have a musician or band, working with a record label, and the various distributors including streaming to finally connect with the audience.

Why it Might Not Really Matter

One way to look at it is there are just too many people taking their cut, or too many people in between the musician and the audience or customer.  In the traditional model, using a record label was really the only way to have distribution, getting your album or CDs to people in physical stores.  With the Internet and likewise downloading (for off-line usage), and now streaming, needing a record label for distribution is gone.  Sure, they can provide other helpful things such as promotion, but compared to other freelancers or independent workers, everyone else pretty much does it themselves or work with others for specific tasks, such as recording equipment usage or rental, musicians obviously should be no different.

Additionally, and where it ends up not really mattering, is the new musician doesn’t have a record label.  They wrote it themselves, recorded it themselves or with other musicians they’ve most likely met at various open mics or other music events, and distributed it with a service such as BandCamp or TuneCore, automatically distributing it to +20 downloading or streaming services, all while keeping 70-90% of the download revenue and 100% of the streaming, whatever that ends up being.  Is this better than before?  You could say you’re adding a new player in the distribution and taking one out, result being no change.  Well, for the musician without a record label, it’s irrelevant as they don’t have a choice, upload and see what happens or don’t and you know nothing happens.

Of course, the ultimate goal, at least for musicians trying to increase their income, is to be directly connected to their audience with zero distribution cuts.  Others can obviously be involved to help promote or organize events, but this is something under your control, can decide if it’s relevant or not.  You could have your own website, others could download or eventually stream directly from your site.

Or, one just needs to write or perform a song a little better.

| Posted on | April 17, 2014 | No Comments

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