Vote for Doc’s Castle Media in 2014 Mobbies Maryland Blog Competition

What an honor! I have been nominated under three categories in the 2014 Mobbies Blog and Social Media Competition. Yay! Thank you everyone!

I have never been nominated in any competition as such, especially for my writings, and I’m extremely thankful for all of you who were active in deciding to nominate me under the following three categories: Best Label Defying Blog, Best Music Blog, and Best Personal Blog.

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This competition is sponsored by the Baltimore Sun and the Creative Alliance, LLC.

I love to write, though I didn’t always know that. Doc’s Castle Media opened my eyes to my talents. I always knew I had a knack for ideas because I always owned a composition notebook or sketchbook full of thoughts since the age of 10. But to really take an active role in blogging or any kind of journalism, my mind wasn’t with it until it was made one of my duties to complete while working for an internship. I strongly opposed the idea of being a journalist my entire 4 years attending high school. I guess now, I’ve made myself out to be a liar because look at my site! It’s 3 years going strong with over 300 blog posts. I write like a journalist and I do it a lot!

I write because I believe that my voice matters. I believe that my thoughts and feelings about things carry value. My whole purpose for creating a blog was to use my words to influence others to do something meaningful in their lives. Each day, I ponder the possibilities of that actually happening. Seeing that people took the time to nominate me has shown me that my purpose might be working. Apparently, I offer something you all like.

I often talk to people while I’m out in the streets of Baltimore or while on Facebook, and people compliment me on my commitment and dedication to continue writing about what’s happening around the city from a unique and entertaining perspective. I appreciate that plenty of you take notice. I’m even more grateful to hear that many of you read on a consistent basis. It’s still weird getting this type of attention from writing freely. But I love you all more each day as you continue to support me and share my thoughts with the world! It drives me more…like really, I’m so motivated to keep doing this.

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As I’m busting my tail to provide something unique and special for you all, please do me the favor in voting for me, just as you all nominated me, in this year’s annual Mobbies Blog and Social Media Competition. It’d mean a lot to me if I could actually win in any of the categories I’m nominated for.

Below is the link to the directions for voting for the nominees in the 2014 Mobbies. Please register with one of your social media accounts and vote for Doc’s Castle Media!

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As 2015 slowly approaches, Doc’s Castle Media looks to include a few new additions to the website. I’m counting on my readers to offer me some new suggestions for what you all think can make Doc’s Castle Media a little better. Please leave your feedback and concerns in the comments below as I’ll review all of them carefully. Hopefully I’ll get some very good suggestions that’ll spice the site up.

Have you read Doc’s Castle Media submission for the Editor’s Pick in the 2014 Mobbies Competition? Read Hopping on that Train Back to 1990s on Doc’s Castle Media.

What’s the Right Prepaid Debit Card for Me?

Today, I want to take the time out to highlight electronic money $$$! I recently saw an article in the Baltimore Sun Newspaper this Sunday called Be Wary of Fees with Prepaid Debit Cards by Eileen Ambrose that was very informative. It’s important to talk about the subject of prepaid debit cards, especially to those college students out there looking for ways of keeping track of their money.

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To the college students, I feel your pain! I’m a full-time student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in corporate communications with two jobs, still have time to blog, and find time to intern for a small business as well. Money is very important for all of us because we want so many things or want to do so many things. That is why we must save, save, save! I’m looking for a prepaid card to put my money on so I won’t have to swipe my debit card everywhere. I really don’t want to apply for a credit card, either. I recommend people read Ambrose’s article.

Prepaid debit cards often come with monthly fees, withdrawal fees and other stressful money issues that various people who do not own prepaid cards are aware of. I recommend people to research what prepaid card is best for them before going out and getting any card. I may have a few people reading this blog who are familiar with the Russell Simmons’ Rush Card, usually advertised on BET and other music video channels. I named this card in particular because its one of the few prepaid cards that I know of rather than my school’s ID card and my jobs Total card, which deposits money from your paycheck directly to the card on payday. I think college students should have choices, wider ranges of prepaid debit cards to choose from when pondering a decision such as getting a credit card. Instead of sending us credit card applications in the mail, how about applying mailing list within companies that will send out more pamphlets about investing in a prepaid card? That’s something useful for us!

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In Be Wary of Fees with Prepaid Debit Cards, it gives a worthy and informative website to run to for help with our prepaid card research, Nerd Wallet, which compares more than 60 prepaid cards. “The website allows you to plug in how you expect to use the plastic— such as number of monthly ATM withdrawals, bill payments and balance inquires— and then lists the least expensive cards for you.” That’s a good tool to have! Check it out, here.

Hope this was helpful to all those researchers. I know there are plenty of other ways people save money. Leave a comment telling us of all the best ways you save your money. Is it better having a prepaid debit card or a checkings account?