Is Social Media Fading Away?

A blog that I enjoy reading is Vegan Runner Eats by Alina Zavatsky.

Alina is a “vegan runner, three-time marathoner, weightlifter, feminist, whole food plant-based diet enthusiast, and a promoter of all things fun, healthy, useful, and creative!” I recently chatted with Alina on Facebook and asked her about her social media habits. Vegan Runner Eats has a social media presence on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram. According to Alina she spends “maybe 2 hours a week on social media marketing.” Alina says that she “used to spend more time and effort, but the engagement and ROI have been steadily going down, especially on Facebook.” Despite this Alina still shares recipes to social media platforms often and receives a fair amount of shares, likes, and reactions.  By sharing her blog posts to social media, Alina drives visitors to her blog. On her blog she offers social sharing buttons that allow her audience to easily share her content.

So is Alina’s experience common now? Are other bloggers finding that engagement and ROI is going down on social media channels? Maybe people are just tired of the constant flow of “in their face” information. Can social media make a comeback or are we witnessing the end of the social media craze? Tell me what you think in the comments.


CSS Animations

I just read Ibrahim Nergiz’s article, “How to Use CSS Animations Like a Pro”                    URL

CSS Animations are one of the coolest design features you can use to “spice up” a website design. Ibrahim Nergiz recently wrote a great article on JotForm titled How to Use CSS Animations Like a Pro. Nergiz details out Keyframes and the use of the Animation properties: Timing, Delay, Play State, Iteration Count, Direction, Fill Mode, and Will-Change.

The rise of pure CSS animations has been very beneficial for designers trying to dress up a website while keeping the load times fast. Using Keyframes to define the different stages of animation eliminates the need for extraneous code written in JavaScript, or (gasp) Flash. By using Keyframes a designer can define an animation stage and then specify that animation name directly in the CSS. This allows a website to still function quickly while adding extra flair with an animation.

Nergiz also discusses the “The Super 4”: position, scale, rotation, and opacity. These are the values that are commonly used when defining Keyframes to create animation effects. CSS Animation is achieved by changing the position, scale, rotation, and/or opacity of an object.  With these “Super 4” a web designer can easily create highly-customizable animations that add movement to their web pages. If you are a web designer looking to make your web pages stand out, I highly recommend checking out Nergiz’s article here.

Welcome to Disposti Web!

My name is Courtney Disposti and I operate 2nd Mouse Media, a website design and web development company based in Hendersonville, NC. Disposti Web is a new blogging venture from 2nd Mouse Media which focuses on offering awesome web design and development tips and tricks.  Topics will be specifically related to Bootstrap Website Design, Joomla Web Development, Android Application Development, and Java Web Development. I look forward to hearing all of your feedback and am excited to begin this blogging journey.