Log of what of Ryan Williams has learned at Techie Youth

Fri. Aug. 12, 2022

Day 15 Of Techie Youth -- My Final Day!

Today is my 15th and final day of Techie Youth and I decided for my last ever unit to learn music production because it seemed interesting to me. Today I will write what I learned about music production.

1. It's Fun

I learned that no matter what, As long as you like learning and you like music, You can learn how to make it. It's not super difficult as long as you are dedicated to learning it.

2. The How

Although modern music is mostly created using software like FL Studio. You don't really need any fancy hardware or software to make music. It can be as simple as picking up a guitar and having some creativity(although learning an instrument is needed to do this).

Thu. Aug. 11, 2022

Day 14 Of Techie Youth -- Social Network Community Organizing CONTINUED

Today is my 14th day at Techie Youth and today I continued to learn about social network community organizing and more platforms you can use to do this.

1. Facebook

Facebook is an online social media and social networking service owned by the American company Meta Platforms. Founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg with fellow Harvard College students and roommates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes, its name comes from the face book directories often given to American university students. Membership was initially limited to Harvard students, gradually expanding to other North American universities and, since 2006, anyone over 13 years old. As of 2020, Facebook claimed 2.8 billion monthly active users and ranked fourth in global internet usage. It was the most downloaded mobile app of the 2010s.

2. Twitter

Twitter is a microblogging and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as "tweets", owned by the American company Twitter, Inc. Registered users can post, like, and retweet tweets, however, unregistered users have the ability to only read tweets that are publicly available. Users interact with Twitter through browser or mobile frontend software, or programmatically via its APIs. Prior to April 2020, services were accessible via SMS. Tweets were originally restricted to 140 characters, but the limit was doubled to 280 for non-CJK languages in November 2017. Audio and video tweets remain limited to 140 seconds for most accounts.

3. Pinterest

Pinterest is an image-sharing and social media service designed to enable the saving and discovery of information on the internet using images, and on a smaller scale, animated GIFs and videos, in the form of pinboards. The site was created by Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra, and Evan Sharp, and had over 430 million global monthly active users as of February 2022. It is operated by Pinterest, Inc. based in San Francisco.

4. Snapchat

Snapchat is an American multimedia instant messaging app and service developed by Snap Inc., originally Snapchat Inc. One of the principal features of Snapchat is that pictures and messages are usually only available for a short time before they become inaccessible to their recipients. The app has evolved from originally focusing on person-to-person photo sharing to presently featuring users' "Stories" of 24 hours of chronological content, along with "Discover", letting brands show ad-supported short-form content. It also allows users to keep photos in the "my eyes only" which lets them keep their photos in a password-protected space. It has also reportedly incorporated limited use of end-to-end encryption, with plans to broaden its use in the future.

Wed. Aug. 10, 2022

Day 13 Of Techie Youth -- Social Network Community Organizing

Today is my 13th day at Techie Youth and today I learned about how to use social media to create a community about a certain topic.

1. Instagram

Instagram is a photo and video sharing social networking service founded in 2010 by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and later acquired by American company Facebook Inc., now known as Meta Platforms. The app allows users to upload media that can be edited with filters and organized by hashtags and geographical tagging. Posts can be shared publicly or with preapproved followers. Users can browse other users' content by tag and location, view trending content, like photos, and follow other users to add their content to a personal feed.

2. TikTok

Tiktok is a short-form video hosting service owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. It hosts a variety of short-form user videos, from genres like pranks, stunts, tricks, jokes, dance, and entertainment with durations from 15 seconds to ten minutes. The TikTok mobile app allows users to create short videos, which often feature music in the background and can be sped up, slowed down, or edited with a filter. They can also add their own sound on top of the background music. To create a music video with the app, users can choose background music from a wide variety of music genres, edit with a filter and record a 15-second video with speed adjustments before uploading it to share with others on TikTok or other social platforms. They can also film short lip-sync videos to popular songs.

3. WeChat

WeChat is a Chinese instant messaging, social media, and mobile payment app developed by Tencent. First released in 2011, it became the world's largest standalone mobile app in 2018 with over 1 billion monthly active users. WeChat has been described as China's "app for everything" and a super-app because of its wide range of functions. WeChat provides text messaging, hold-to-talk voice messaging, broadcast (one-to-many) messaging, video conferencing, video games, sharing of photographs and videos and location sharing.

Tue. Aug. 9, 2022

Day 12 Of Techie Youth -- Virtual Assistant CONTINUED

Today is my 11th day at Techie Youth and today I continued to learn about what sorts of jobs Virtual Assistants do and what tools they use to do their job.

1. Social media skills

As a Virtual Assistant, your job might be to manage a company's social media page or pages on different platforms such as Instagram Facebook, or Twitter. Today I learned how to use these platforms and how to grow your account organically using tricks like SEO to boost you in the algorithm.

2. Proofreading

Your job might be to proofread things for companies, especially for companies who might not reside in the United States. I learned how to proofread and tools you can use such as Grammarly to make it easier to check for spelling or grammar mistakes.

3. Virtual Meetings

Virtual Assistants no matter what type is starting to go remote, Because of this it's important they know how to use video conference apps like Skype, Zoom, or Google Hangouts. I learned how to use these platforms and also learned the skill of how to make yourself look professional on camera.

Mon. Aug. 8, 2022

Day 11 Of Techie Youth -- Virtual Assistant

Today is my 11th day at Techie Youth and today I learned about Virtual Assistants, what they are and what they do.

1. Virtual Assistants

As companies grow in size, it becomes increasingly difficult to stay on top of the daily tasks necessary to keep the business running. When employees wear many hats in a quick-moving environment, it can be tricky to keep operations and administrative needs running smoothly. But hiring full-time, on-site support staff isn’t always an option, either and that’s where virtual assistants step in. A virtual assistant is a remote employee who offers administrative support for you and your business, usually part-time. They can do tasks that an executive assistant would typically handle, such as scheduling appointments, making phone calls, arranging travel, or organizing emails. They usually work as an independent contractor, although some are hired as full-time remote workers. Virtual assistants are employed by companies of all sizes and across many industries. There are no set tasks that virtual assistants perform, and assignments vary depending on the employer.

2. Travel

One of the jobs Virtual Assistants can do is help clients find hotels, I learned the different websites to use such as hotels.com or tablethotels.com to compare rates, I also learned how to do research on different hotels and look at their reviews to make sure you're picking the best and/or affordable hotel for your client.

3. Calendar management

Companies need people to manage their schedules for them as they might not have time to do it themselves. I learned how to use tools like Google Calender to manage important dates both for yourself and other people.

4. Office Skills

As a VA it's important to know how to properly speak on the phone with people, What to say and what not to say, As well as how to format the way you speak to get the person to respect you and to respect them. I also learned the proper way of writing a professional email to people and how to format that.

5. Productivity Apps

Finally what I learned is how to use the Google Suite to manage productivity, The Suite comes with different apps that have different purposes such as Gmail(Email), Google Docs(Document Writer similar to Mircosoft Word), Google Sheets(Spreadsheet App similar to Excel), Google Slides(Similar to PowerPoint) and Google Drive(Cloud Storage used to store different mediums).

Fri. Aug. 5, 2022

Day 10 Of Techie Youth

Today is my 10th day at Techie Youth and today I learned about selling digital goods and how to sell digital goods.

1. Digital Goods

Digital Goods can be anything from E-books to Video Games and even WordPress Templates. If it's digital and it can be marketed to people who want to buy it, then it can be done.

2. Udemy

I learned that if you have a skill or talent and can teach it to others, You could create an Udemy course or use a different platform that does the same thing to create an online course that people can buy to learn what you know.

3. Stock Photos

People always need photos whether it's for their website, graphic design, or maybe just because the picture looks nice. You can easily just take a photo and if that photo is good enough it can be sold to people. Although to do this successfully you probably need to invest in a good camera or have a good phone that takes decent pictures.

4. Video Games and Video Game Assets

If you know how to code video games or know how to create game assets or both. You can create it and sell it to people on different platforms. Xbox Store, Playstation store, Steam, Nintendo store, etc. Each platform has its strengths and weaknesses. Heck, you can even have your game on all platforms if that's what you wanna do. However, you'll not only need to know how to code but also know how to market your game to a demographic.

Thu. Aug. 4, 2022

Day 9 Of Techie Youth

Today is my 9th day at Techie Youth and today I continued learning about online trading and the other ways of making money through online trading.

1. Forex

I know I wrote about this yesterday however I learned more information about how Forex works and how you can get into it. There are even apps you can use that teach you how to get into Forex training one of the apps being "The Trading Game" The trading game is a simple and fun all-in-one game and trading simulator for learning Stock & forex trading fundamentals, used by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. You can learn the following with it:

Learn how to invest with the free Trading School

Sharpen your knowledge with challenging quizzes

Develop your skills using the trend predictor

Practice trading with the 11 most in-demand currencies, 22 stocks, 7 cryptocurrencies, 3 indexes, and 6 highly traded commodities


REITs or Real estate investment trust is a company that owns, and in most cases operates, income-producing real estate. REITs own many types of commercial real estate, including office and apartment buildings, warehouses, hospitals, shopping centers, hotels and commercial forests. Some REITs engage in financing real estate. They are also similar to stocks in the sense that you own a percentage of the real estate.

3. Commodites

A commodity market is a market that trades in the primary economic sector rather than manufactured products, such as cocoa, fruit, and sugar. Hard commodities are mined, such as gold and oil. Commodity trading is different than other types of trading as it's based on physical items and therefore has more value. It's also good as it defends against rises in inflation.

Wed. Aug. 3, 2022

Day 8 Of Techie Youth

Today is my 8th day at Techie Youth and today I will be writing about what I have learned today which is online trading, what it is and how it works.

1. Stocks

In finance, stock (also capital stock) consists of the shares of which ownership of a corporation or company is divided. These shares of the company are bought and sold by different people. There are 2 types of stocks as Common stocks(regular stock) and, Preferred stocks which are paid through Dividends(Meaning priority is given to some investors over others when it comes to payout).

2. Cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrency or crypto is a digital currency designed to work as a medium of exchange through a computer network that is not reliant on any central authority, such as a government or bank, to uphold or maintain it. Cryptocurrencies work very similar to stocks except there's a higher risk of losing money due to crypto having little to no regulations. There's also the fact that there's a limited amount of cryptocurrencies you can buy(some are worth more than others) while with stocks there are thousands upon thousands of different companies you can invest in.

3. Forex

The Foreign exchange market is also known as "Forex" for short ) is a global decentralized or over-the-counter (OTC) market for the trading of currencies. This market determines foreign exchange rates for every currency. It includes all aspects of buying, selling, and exchanging currencies at current or determined prices. In terms of trading volume, it is by far the largest market in the world, followed by the credit market.

Tue. Aug. 2, 2022

Day 7 Of Techie Youth -- Creating Niche Websites

Today is my 7th day at Techie Youth and today I will be writing about what I have learned today which is Niche Websites and what they are.

1. How Much Money Can You Make

It really depends, Although creating a Niche Website can be a good way of making passive income however it depends on how you utilize SEO(Search Engine Optimization) and what your specific you're topic is, and whether you can get people to come to your site or not.

2. Google Trends and SEO

When you are trying to figure out what keywords to use for Search Engine Optimization you can use a tool owned by Google called "Google Trends" which allow you to see which keywords are being searched by people, the history of how often that keyword has been searched, similar keywords that have been searched, etc. This tool can be use to put yourself at an advantage as you can find out which keywords work and which ones don't. You can even see if people are searching for niche you're trying to create.

3. Web Hosting

I've mentioned this in one of my blogs "Day 5 Of Techie Youth -- Continued Web Development" but I will mention it briefly here. In order to put your website on the internet, you need to buy web hosting and a domain name so people will know how to find your website. You also need to buy an SSL certificate(Https:// is what that is) which increases your website's security and increases trust with people will who be looking at your website.

Mon. Aug. 1, 2022

Day 6(2 Week) Of Techie Youth -- Providing Services

Today is the start of my 2 week of doing Techie Youth and today I learned different ways you can make money by offering services that people want or need. I will be discussing what those services can be and how you can get people to pay for said service.

1. Writing and content creation

There are lots of companies that need people to write for them, Whether that's writing blog posts or articles, or writing for the local newspaper, you can become a copywriter which is you create text that informs or entertains an audience with engaging copy, You can also write reviews on Facebook about a product you liked and get paid for it. So there are many different writing jobs and you can do them either from a traditional office or in your pajamas and a laptop from home.

2. Tutoring

Are you really good at a specific topic and can teach it to others? When you we're in school did other people come to you for help with their homework? Well now with the advancements in information technology you can make money online by tutoring people in subjects you know and that they need help on. Using a website such as tutors.com. You can make money just by helping people with homework they're stuck on.

3. Data Entry

Companies always need people to type information into a spreadsheet, If you are really good at typing and are organized you can find a remote job helping companies organize data that they give you. This type of work is easy in the sense that you don't need any education or certification however there's a lot of competition in this field so being able to type really fast, will help you stand out amongst other people.

4. Paid Research

You can make some quick cash by signing up to be a participant in a case study, Even Stanford's Psychology Department needs people for their psychology case studies. There are also different companies who need feedback for their products so why not try out a survey or two and make some quick dollar bills?

5. Transcription

Do you have good listening skills and can multitask? Can you also type really fast? Well, transcription work might be for you. Transcription is listening to audio or video and then writing down the text. There are 3 types of Transcription jobs, General, Legal, and Medical. General is much easier to get into while Legal and Medical require specialized training or experience in those fields.

Fri. Jul. 29, 2022

Day 5 Of Techie Youth -- Continued Web Development

Today is the 5th day of Techie Youth and it is now the end of the work week. Today I finished off the Web Development course and it was very interesting. I can't wait to tell you guys what I learned today!

1. WordPress

WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) written in PHP and paired with a MySQL or MariaDB database with supported HTTPS. I learned what WordPress is, What it can do and how it can be used to create websites from it's bulit in website builder or be used to host your html file.

2. Databases

I learned what a database is, How SQL and other languages can be used to create Databases and why they're useful. I also learned about careers such as Data Analysts and Data Scientists who work with databases on a regular basis.

3. Web Designing

I learned what it takes to be a Web Designer, The steps it takes to become one, Tips and Tricks on how to be a better Web Designer, How to get clients to pay for your services, and what to do and what not to do when designing your website.

4. Google Analytics

Google Analytics can be used and embedded into your website to track web traffic using statistics, It will tell who's visiting your website, what pages they stay on the longest, how long they are on the website in general, and where they are from. etc. This is useful as it can help you figure out why, where, and how people visit your website.

5. Applying For Web Development Positions

I learned the steps it takes to get your foot into the door for your first web development job, how you should answer interview questions, what to put in your resume and cover letter, and other things anyone wanting to get into this career should know.

Thu. Jul. 28, 2022

Day 4 Of Techie Youth -- Finished Entrepreneurship & Leadership/ Started Web Developement

Today is the 4th day of Techie Youth and to start the workday I started working on the last few modules of Entrepreneurship & Leadership and even wrote a business idea I had for a computer repair store. I then started learning about Web Development which is what I want to write about today.

Key Takeaways For Today:

1. What It Takes To Get Started

I learned what it takes to get started in Web Development specifically how to find the job you want in this career whether it's in the office or being able to work from home or anywhere in the world. This career is one of the most known careers for flexibility and being able to work anywhere although it comes with the drawbacks of having to constantly learn and keep on top of what's new in order to not be put in the sidelines.

2. Origins Of The World Wide Web

I learned the history of the World Wide Web and how it works. The World Wide Web is also known today as "The Internet" is basically just computers around the world talking to each other at it's core. You need a web browser to access the internet which is a software program, With browsers, you can access websites that are plain text documents that are written in a markup language called Hyper Text Markup Language(HTML)

3. HTML( HyperText Markup Language)

The HyperText Markup Language or HTML is the standard markup language for documents designed to be displayed in a web browser. Web browsers receive HTML documents from a web server or from local storage and render the documents into multimedia web pages. HTML describes the structure of a web page semantically and originally included cues for the appearance of the document.

4. CSS(Cascading Style Sheets)

CSS is a style sheet language used for describing the presentation of a document written in a markup language such as HTML. CSS is designed to enable the separation of presentation and content, including layout, colors, and fonts. This separation can improve content accessibility; provide more flexibility and control in the specification of presentation characteristics; enable multiple web pages to share formatting by specifying the relevant CSS in a separate .css file, which reduces complexity and repetition in the structural content; and enable the .css file to be cached to improve the page load speed between the pages that share the file and its formatting.

5. JavaScript

JavaScript is a programming language that is one of the core technologies of the World Wide Web, alongside HTML and CSS. As of 2022, 98% of websites use JavaScript on the client side for web page behavior, often incorporating third-party libraries. All major web browsers have a dedicated JavaScript engine to execute the code on users' devices.

And Finally, I learned:

6. Web Hosting and Web Servers

I learned what it takes to host a website, The different ways you can do it such as hosting it yourself or using the Cloud to host it. From VPS(Virutal Private Servers) to using a Web Hosting Service like GoDaddy you can get your website on the internet for anyone to lookup, Although to make it easier for people to find you need to buy and configure a domain name( Google.com is an example of a domain) because when websites are hosted by default it uses numbers(IP Addresses are what they're called) an example of your websites ip address could be, That's harder to remember then let's say "mysite.net".

Wed. Jul. 27, 2022

Day 3 Of Techie Youth -- Entrepreneurship & Leadership

Today is day 3 of Techie Youth and what I have learned today is entrepreneurship and leadership.

The following is what I learned in more detail:

1. Bussiness Model

A business model describes how an organization creates, delivers, and captures value in economic, social, cultural, or other contexts. The process of business model construction and modification is also called business model innovation and forms a part of business strategy. I learned the importance of a business model, how to write one, what should and shouldn't be in the business model.

2. Profit Models

I learned the different ways companies structure the way they make money from customers such as subscription-based, the freemium model, leasing, renting and fee for service just to name a few. I learned the importance of why you should research which structure will work for your business as some models are better for some businesses than others.

3. Target Market

A target market is a group of customers within a business's serviceable available market at which a business aims its marketing efforts and resources. A target market is a subset of the total market for a product or service. I learned how to figure out what your target market will be based on what your business is and how to figure out who your customers are.

4. Planning

I learned the importance of having backup plans when making a business in case something goes wrong and knowing when to outright kill the business and start over so you don't waste money and time on something that won't bear fruit.

5. Executive summary

An executive summary is a short document or section of a document produced for business purposes. It summarizes a longer report or proposal or a group of related reports in such a way that readers can rapidly become acquainted with a large body of material without having to read it all. I learned how to write in an executive summary and what to include in it vs what not to include in it.

And finally, I learned how to legally set up your business, how to become a "hands-on" leader, and also how to use psychology to sell products to customers, When to speak during a sale and when not to speak during a sell.

Signing off

Tue. Jul. 26, 2022

Second Day Of Techie Youth

As of writing this, it is my second day working for Techie Youth. Like last time I will write in a listed format what I learned today. Today I completed "Improving Your Quality of Life" as well as the beginning of "Fundamentals of Enterapership" let's get into it shall we

1. Financial Management

I learned the importance of saving money and being smart about how you spend your money. This is important as over time you can use this money to make more money or use this money on doing things that make you happy. You can also use the money to increase your productivity such as hiring someone to do your dishes for example so that you have more time to pursue what will make you more money. Also the importance of not wasting money on things you don't need but rather things that will give you use for a long time.

2. Time management

Time management is super important, It's about writing goals you want to accomplish and achieve this goal within a certain timeframe, It's about removing distractions and temptations to procrastinate and waste time. Fixing bad habits that cause you to waste time instead of using this time to do what you want to do and finish the goals you want to finish. Using this extra time to learn new skills that will put you in a better position in life.

3. Health

I learned the importance of keeping physically and mentally healthy, Why everyone should exercise and have a balanced diet. The reason why people should try to stay healthy is that if you don't your poor health can result in a loss of productivity which can prevent you from doing the things you want to do.

4. Stress Management

I learned how to identify causes of stress in my life and what to do about them. How to adopt the proper mindset and take positive action in my own life. How to not focus on things that at the end of the day, Don't really matter. I also learned how to stay resilient in dark and stressful times through the example of our world leaders and politicians.

5. Role Models

I learned what traits good mentors and role models have, The importance of having a mentor in order to grow as a person, and how to get a mentor. I also learned the differences and similarities between role models and mentors and how mentors are more important than role models for direct growth.

6. Lifestyle

I learned how what kind of work/career you have can play into what kind of lifestyle you have and how to have the lifestyle you want using remote work and our ever-increasing advancements in Information Technology.

Tomorrow I will write what I learn about Enterpership. Stay tuned!

Mon. Jul. 25, 2022

My First Day At Techie Youth

Today is my first day at Techie Youth and I completed my first Introductory course "Intro to Earning Money Online" I learned many different things today so in this blog post I'm going to structure it as a list and then explain what I learned in more detail

1. Remote Work.

I learned the benefits of remote work, How it can improve your life, and How it gives you freedom and flexibility in the fact that you can set up your own hours and work from anywhere in the world. The idea behind remote work is autonomy which personally I think is pretty cool. However, it isn't for everyone and there are downsides that being that it takes a lot of discipline because there's no set schedule meaning you're in charge of getting the work done, It's also possible to burn out quicker without letting yourself step back and have more stress because the line between work and home become blurred. It's also possible to underwork yourself meaning you are not getting anything done and become lazy. There's also the fact that remote work can lead to isolation and other health problems both physical and mental which is why it's important to have a balance.

2. Banking

I learned how to open up different types of bank accounts, how to open up a PayPal, How to buy a cryptocurrency, and open a crypto wallet.

3. Prerequisites to getting employed

I learned how to write a proper resume, how to write a proper cover letter and how to highlight all of my skills and accomplishments and use them to my advantage when applying for a job. I also learned how to research companies and employers and use that to my advantage before applying for a job.

4. Social Media

I learned the importance of keeping a good public image and that employers are able to find skeletons in the closet and use that against you hence the importance of making sure you don't post things you don't want others to see. Employers will often look up candidates and vet them through their social media accounts.

5. Preparing For The Interview

I learned tips and tricks for preparing for all types of interviews such as traditional interviews, phone call interviews, and even video conferencing. The differences in what your using however their all the same in that you want to present yourself in a way that will give you a chance at impressing the interviewer.

6. Salary

I learned tips and tricks on how to negotiate salary, What unethical tricks hirers will use to try to underpay what your worth and how you can counteract it so that way you get the salary you deserve.