Posted in Blogging, Genealogy, history, puerto rico

Puerto RiKin – A Boricua Blog Showcasing My Puerto Rican Kin

Puerto RiKin

Growing up in Brooklyn and the Bronx, I heard a great deal about my parents coming from Puerto Rico. As a native New Yorker with most of my close family in the States, I did not get the opportunity to visit la Isla Del Encanto until I was about 19 years old. As I got older, a strong desire to become familiar with my Puerto Rican ancestry evolved.

I was fortunate to know my grandparents, but I did not hear much about my ancestors. I was told by relatives that Puerto Rico did not keep good vital records because it was not a United State and that it would be difficult to trace our lineage very far. That may have rung true many years ago, but thankfully with the advancement of online research databases, that is not necessarily the case today.

In 2018, I started researching my family history but quickly became overwhelmed by the prospect of making sense of the incredible data collected on one side of my heritage and the lack of it on another. Luckily, an aunt on my biological father’s side had already started building a family tree and was generous in sharing her findings. My mother’s kinfolk, however, was more of a mystery. I, therefore, decided to shelve the budding interest in my ancestral records for the moment.

When COVID hit in March and I, like many of us, found myself with more time on my hands, I dove headfirst back into studying my ancestors and learning as much as possible about genealogy in general. Since then, I have found a wealth of information regarding my Boricua roots. My aim moving forward is to share as much as I can with my family and anyone that might find the overall process interesting. To help facilitate this goal I created a new blog entitled Puerto RiKin, with a play on the word kin as in kindred, kinship, and kinfolk.

Although the focus of the blog is to highlight my ancestry, I also plan to chronicle my genealogical journey and eventually incorporate content of non-related Puerto Rican family lines. If you have been thinking about researching your family tree, feel free to check out the Resources page for links that will help you get started.

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WordPress Powers More Than 20 Percent of New Websites

(Image courtesy of WordPress.com.)

WordPress is the most popular blogging platform out there and it has been for quite some time. There are about 58 million WordPress websites on the Internet today, and counting.

Currently, WordPress powers about 22 percent of all new websites. Companies using WordPress to power their blogs include CNN, General Motors, eBay, the New York Times, and UPS.

More and more small business are using WordPress to run their main websites, basically because it is easy to use and there are a multitude of design themes to choose from.

I assisted Bogota Latin Bistro, a Colombian/Pan-Latin restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with its dynamic website using WordPress. One of Bogota’s owners just started his own small business consulting firm, MumtazCoaching.com, and I also helped with its initial installation.

What makes WordPress so easy to use it that you do not need to know html or any other computer coding. The most challenging part is setting up the software and database on a hosting site. Once that’s done you can choose a theme and download plug-ins that allow you to add contact forms, Twitter feeds, Facebook Like Pages, etc.

I learned so much working on the sites above that I revamped my personal site at philvelez.com using a self-hosted WordPress site (the site you are presenting viewing is directly hosted by WordPress.com.)

To find out more about the difference between hosted and self-hosted WordPress sites, check out this informative article.

If you would like help creating your own self-hosted WordPress site, feel free to contact me at any time.

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ModernDowntownDwellings.com

moderndowntowndwellings.com
Modern Downtown Dwellings

I am happy to introduce the blog of a designer that was not once, but twice featured in an article in the New York Times. His name is Alejandro Aguilar and he is a specialist in the art of designing small spaces for maximal use. He’s slogan is “Taking the Small Space to the Infinite Dimension.”

Alejandro had been anticipating the printing of his most recent featured article, published today in the New York Times, and needed some assistance with creating a blog to publicize his future design services. So I stepped in to help. After some discussion and a few meetings, the blog is now ready for its debut. Please keep in mind that it’s still a work in progress so feedback is welcome.

Blogs today can serve as main websites for a lot of businesses. So definitely consider it an option if you are ready to use social media to widely promote your business, art, passion, hobby, or whatever drives you to strive.

Check out Alejandro’s work and his present and past media coverage by visiting his blog at ModernDowntownDwellings.com.

If you need help or some guidance with your future blogging needs, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Congratulations on the New York Times article, Alejandro!

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Film Review: Little Fockers

Check out my film review of “Little Fockers” posted to my personal blog at “Velez’s View.”

Happy holidays!

Posted in Blogging, Social Media

Blogging with a Smartphone

About a year ago I bought my first smartphone. As a huge Mac guy, I chose the iPhone 3GS. I thought as a blogger and member of Latinos in Social Media, I should invest in a smartphone to be able to blog in real-time, tweet regularly, and actively participate in location-based social networking.

Since then, I have used my smartphone to post pictures on my blog and videos on Facebook and YouTube, and helped promote restaurants and other businesses via Foursquare and Yelp. With a smartphone, I now have the capability of posting a blog entry while attending an event with the use of the WordPress and BlogPress mobile applications. I can also record audio and video interviews and instantly conduct Internet research when needed. The geo-positioning apps also help me get to where I need to go.

I’ll most likely upgrade next year to the latest iPhone, however I am open to considering other smartphones. I can definitely see myself owning an Andriod HTC EVO 4G or the new Samsung Epic 4G from Sprint.

The smartphone market still has a great deal of room for growth. According to a graphic published in Mashable, 83 percent of Americans use mobile phones, however only 25 percent of these phones are smartphones.

If you are a blogger or active in social media and do not own a smartphone yet, seriously think about it. Prices are still high, but I think in the long run the investment will be well worth it.