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The Dangers of Facebook..

I am prepared for the backlash from people who are going to take this article personally because it relates to the feeds I scroll through every day and to be honest I will be relived if I get savaged or the usual threatening emails/DM's. I am confident that every person aged 22-35 will be able to relate to this article and I would be disappointed if it did not elicit a response from you, positive or not.

Sockies 17

Sockies, which is short for the Social Media Awards are an annual celebration of the people who are killing it on social media in Ireland and guess who bagged a few nominations? Add this to the fact that the sun has been shining in Kerry, albeit in brief periods but we don't care, we just focus on good news at Avalanche! We are nominated for four awards at the 2017 Social Media Awards.

Best Young Business Person Award

Happy Sunday evening! I just had a great weekend at the MBA’s in Waterford as I was lucky enough to be named Best Young Business Person. It was a fantastic honour to receive such a wonderful award and I truly hope that I can live up to the title in the coming months/years. It was a great ceremony in Dungarvan and I want to say thank you to all the organisers, judges, nominees and to absolutely everybody who was involved in a great event. I have no doubt that next year will be even more of a success!

5 myths about Computer People

Stereotypes exist for a reason, they can be used to describe a niche group of people/profession but by their very definition they are an oversimplification and while I see the merit in them it's hard not to take offence when you are grouped into a category you don't necessarily agree with.

Ego & Humility

The ego is an aspect of the human personality that has always intrigued me, it is something that I believe every person on this earth possesses to varying degrees. It is a particularly fickle thing and it can be the difference between failure and success.

Broke but not broken..

As with a lot of my more personal blogs, I am beginning this article somewhat apprehensively because I have been sitting on the subject matter for quite some time, a lot of things you are about to read have only been revealed to a handful of close friends. Irish people have an unhealthy relationship with money at the best of times so it is not easy to admit when you are broke.

Let’s Talk About GamerCon!

Let me be crystal clear with you, I absolutely adore video games. Crash, Sora, Spyro, Blue, Zelda, Yohimitsu, Cloud, Squall, Ryu, Ellie & Joel. The list of heroes who have engaged me for hours on end is nigh on endless. I can lose myself in a modern adventure like “The Last Of Us” because it is truly a work of art, I am an impatient mess waiting for the Crash Bandicoot remake and this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to gaming.

Eir Spiders 2016

We are thrilled to be nominated for two awards at the Eir Spiders 2016. We are nominated in Best in Blogging and Best Small Agency. It is always an honor to be nominated and I would like to take a moment to congratulate all of my fellow nominees.

Tony Stark, Iron Man or Jesus?

As with the majority of people born in 90’s Ireland I was raised a Catholic, not by choice but by convenience and mostly because it was the societal norm. God forbid you would be the family with “notions”, they were reserved for that mad uncle/cousin you had in ‘Merica or somewhere like that, the relative that only shows up at Christmas that your mother drags you down the stairs to speak to when you obviously have an epic Crash Bandicoot run going.

Does 5 years make an overnight success?

Success is a strange word, you could organise the most diverse group you could get your hands on right now and you may very well receive 10 different answers. For some people it means getting a degree and a job so they can provide for themselves, for others it simply means providing for their families, as a single man in my twenties with few responsibilities I can honestly tell you that I have no idea what the word means specifically to me.

Be Good In Bed

We all strive to do our best, make the most of ourselves. Or at least, we should. It's not a competition, but fulfilment is an emotion that tops most others. The sense of achievement, getting that college course, winning that game, passing that test. Regardless of the diversity of background, people who make the effort will find their level.

Be Good In Bed

First of all, I would like to apologise to those who clicked into this article looking for some Jamie Dornan/50 Shades type of advice, read that terrible writing on your own time people. It’s the internet in 2016, nobody will judge you for it, at least not to your face anyway.

Sockies 2016

We are ecstatic to be nominated for 5 Sockies (Social Media Awards). Being nominated beside some huge names including Supervalu, Paddy Power, Lidl, Guinness, Trinity & The Irish Examiner to name just a few is a huge compliment to our business.

Irish Blog Association Awards 2016

We never get tired of being nominated for awards & are over the moon to be nominated 3 times at the Irish Blogger Association awards! We are nominated in the Fashion & Lifestyle, Originality & Best Technology Blog categories!

Are Emojis really a language?

Every man reading this article has been here at some stage so it won't take a huge amount of imagination to go through it again, for the ladies (& our site stats show it is mostly you reading this) you will just have to draw upon your own experiences!

2016 SME Award Nominations

Another year of the SME Awards and we are happy to say we have been nominated in 3 categories for the SME awards. We have been nominated in the Under 30, B2B SME Growth and I am most proud to say we have been nominated in the Community Minded category for our work with various clubs/charities. 4 clients have also been nominated bringing our tally to 7! Thanks to all the judges! Congratulations to all my fellow SME's, you people are awesome and finding similar people online is a daily pick me up!

Is Twitter going towards the grave?

There are many things in this wonderful world I will never understand such as men who feel the need to wear a suit that is obviously a cut too large for them, girls on Instagram who use that mirroring app and how Marouane Fellaini is a professional soccer player when he does not seem to know the basic rules of the game.

The Fight Against Robot Sex

Although they haven't even been invented yet, there is movement to prevent the future creation of robots for sexual purposes You didn't realise it was a problem but nevertheless the powers that be have rallied in order to make sure that such heinous abominations as sex robots never become a reality.

Web Design in 2016

You are going to see lots of articles in the coming days/weeks about the "Top 10 things in technology" this year (FYI, ad blockers, Snapchat and chat messaging services (WhatsApp, Viber) are going to be the big movers in 2016 so if you are investing, that's my two cents). Some of these can be pretty interesting with some useful tips, the fact of the manner is that the majority are basically clickbait.

Why FFVII is the greatest game of all time.

I am not going to lie to you, I am incredibly biased when I comes to this amazing piece of art and I am going to get that out of the way up front. It is been with me from a very young age and has transcended from being an amazing magical journey that stimulated my tender little mind into my way of being a grown-up (ish) every day.

Last Minute Gift Guide!

With just a few shopping days left til christmas eve, I know people are starting to panic with plenty of last minute shopping to be done. So I have some gift ideas to help those of you who still need some inspiration.

25, 'maturing' & still a cry-baby.

It is with great trepidation I sit down to write an article that is intensely personal & some things within this article have only ever been told to a handful of people. As someone who has seen articles rehashed & transfigured based on reader impressions then spat back as something else entirely I am acutely wary of the threat lazy journalism provides.

What's in a Colour? Santa Knows.

The short answer is, a lot. Colour is incredibly important when it comes to the design of a website. It is one of the most powerful ways of subconsciously letting a visitor know what you and your product are about. It is an extension of you, your untold hours of hard work and as such it warrants a lot more thought then you may initially think.

Why recruit an Athlete?

With Rio 2016 just around the corner with some athletes making their dreams come true and some deciding to culminate their careers, I decided to give us, athletes, a little boost to remind everyone that being good on the pitch (or on the water for that matter) also produces results off the pitch.

Learn to F.L.Y.

I remember sitting in school being painfully bored when a teacher would go on and on about positive mental health, having a positive view of your body and mind etc and thinking would they ever just leave and go appear on Oprah or something.

Want To Be a Designer? Embrace Loneliness

A close friend recently asked me to give their younger sibling some advice, said sibling is to sit the leaving certificate next year and is unsure on what they want to do with themselves like every other 17 year old in the world. I am sure I was at the bottom of a well-worn list but I was happy to pass on whatever knowledge I could and offered what I thought a teenager would like to know, what trends I think are going to come into place in the next 3-5 years and my recommendations for college choices.

Don't stop playing because you grow old!

"We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw. I signed off my last blog with a quote from G.B. Shaw, I thought it only right to open this one with another. It's a cornerstone of my philosophy for life.

Your Individuality | Why So Serious?

I have a running argument with my older (eternally wiser) brother that is nearly ten years old at this point. Since as long as I can remember I have never been someone to fret over much, looking over the biggest parts of my life, exams, awards, meetings, big games etc. I have never really been prone to nerves, I've always approached things in a light-hearted manner.

Waylon Smithers vs Monty Burns

It is a well rehearsed line within developer circles that whatever a client tells you to do, ignore it and do what you know will make the project look it's best. I mean, we are the experts here after all, aren't we? It can be extremely hard to remove your ego from the situation and turn the solution into something that you want to show off as your work rather then what the client wants their website to eventually look like.

Dislike button? What the f**k Facebook?

Good old Facebook, for most people it is a key component to their everyday life. If you get a new job, having some good/sad news to tell the world about or if you just update your profile picture it's a big part of all of our lives. It keeps evolving which is why it has been around for as long as it has but it's latest reported feature could be a massive mistake.

5 tips for Startups

Starting a business, on paper it is supposed to be a fun an exciting time for anyone. There are plenty of important items to address upon startup such as research, competitor analysis and cash flow. I have found that the most important thing when it comes to starting a business is marketing.

Dressing in your 20's

No matter what line of business you are in, you have to wear the hat of the marketer to market yourself. The saying "people do business with people they like", is true and so not only is it important to market your business but also to market yourself.

Comfort Zones Are Good

It is said that nothing great ever came from a comfort zone, that a person must be stretching at all times to get to that next level regardless of their field. Only by moving outside of your "comfort zone" can you expand your learning and move on to greater things in life, etc. In my limited experience I have not found this to be true and find it a load of crap to be honest.

How We Fell In Love With Numbers

We are forever searching for the most effective way of doing things. This mind-set has trickled its way into all corners of society including the fitness industry. In an older time old school bodybuilding dinosaurs would preach clean eating and training to failure every day in the gym with very little reasoning as to why it worked only that it worked for them.

The Leaving Cert | Why Didn't I Care?

With news of many young people eagerly awaiting the results which they have worked hard for breaking midweek, One cannot but help think about the time when you were in the same shoes. I think everyone, especially people in their 20's has this moment every year and sure enough I felt the same familiar feeling of not caring about it.

Your future kids will laugh at you

You ever have to show your parent how to use their phone? Or take them step by step through saving a word document? Or assure them that there is no danger to sending an email on the internet all the while gritting your teeth in hope that your patience holds long enough to tell your friends what you've had to go through and have a hearty laugh about it together?

It's All Baby Steps People!

I'm turning 25 next week. As of next Friday, I'll be well and truly in my mid-twenties. Am I freaking out you ask? No. You see, it's not the growing older bit that I'm having trouble with, it's the growing up bit.

How To Market Yourself: The Brand Of You

No matter what line of business you are in, you have to wear the hat of the marketer to market yourself. The saying "people do business with people they like", is true and so not only is it important to market your business but also to market yourself.

The Extraordinary Life Of Elon Musk

We are very fortunate he isn't a man out of time. Unlike Leonardo Da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and Nikolas Tesla before him, he is living in the right moment, in the right generation and in the right socio-economic climate.

Get The Look For Less!

I am always on the look-out for getting the look for less. So I am going to show you guys how and where to get some stylish looks for less to suit twenty-something year old men out there.

Start A Business In Your 20's!

We may well go down in history as the most self-absorbed generation ever seen. We are the generation of smartphones, 10 second attention spans and selfie sticks so why would a 20-something year old start a business and how would they ever pull it off?

The Benefits Of Distractions

You will spend the majority of your life working and even those who are lucky enough to love what they do can become disillusioned from time to time. This is where "distractions" may help you shake it up & become more productive than ever!