I’M STILL AROUND: the absent artist


I miss you, WordPress. I am coming back for you.... *weep* *weep*

I miss you, WordPress and Tumblr, too. I am coming back for you….
*weep* *weep*

Hello, my precious blog readers!

I am still alive.

Lol.

I have been gone from WordPress for quite a while due to a variety of circumstances. I haven’t even been blogging on Tumblr, either. Some of the reasons are good, some bad. Some solvable, some difficult. In the meantime, I hope you have been still reading the variety of posts and pages I have here. Like any reading material, blogs can be visited over and over even if the author is not currently active or adding new material. Apparently, people have still been visiting my page because I now have 66 Followers and I am grateful for that! Thank you to all my Followers and to all my visitors!!

Right now, I am having laptop issues, again. I believe the motherboard might have fritzed on me, again. The death of a computer or, at least, a comatose computer, can turn upside-down the world of someone who spends a great deal of time on a computer! Seriously! Yes, life still goes on, but the computer part of my life has been stunted. I have been using my cell phone for a variety of things, but I cannot much use it for blogging (the platform my phone uses will allow me to blog, but I can’t include images with posts and if I dare use my cell to edit existing posts that have images, the images weirdly disappear). I hope to get my laptop fixed, soon (for one thing, a really good friend of mine gifted me with a drawing tablet, thank God!!…so that baby needs to be put to use; right now it is lingering in my room in its box fresh and unspoiled) and I also need to save up for a new one laptop (I love HP; I might try a Mac-the brand that apparently every artist in the world should have). If my laptop was a living object, though, it would be saying to itself, “I like her, but she uses me to within an inch of my tech life! I am glad I do not work right now! I hope she takes a VERY LOOOONG time to fix me because I am on DV Time, right now!!”

DV Time is ‘Device Vacation Time’.

But while I have been on blogging hiatus, I have been working on art here and there, though I shame myself for slowing down on it so much. Aaargh! I need to get back to creating art. I am MAD at myself. While away from blogging, I have also been going to church (I sing on the choir as well), working, spending time with people I am close to, spending time outside enjoying nature (which I might have to withdraw from some, since Fall is already putting a chilly smack-down on us), playing video games (yes, I am a gamer girl and yes……I do rage quit, but without breaking stuff) & various other things. There is also a holiday-themed alumni art exhibit coming up at my alma mater, Claflin University. So, I am now putting myself on a mandatory mission to create 2-3 new works. I have to turn in my works for the show by Nov. 20th, which is not very far off, so I better get to drawing at psycho levels.

Well, I do hope everyone has been well and I do hope that I will be back to blogging regularly, soon! Until then, I am going to re-blog some previous posts and also please feel free to read my blog through and through! THANKS!!

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BLOGGERS UNITED: i’ve co-authored a blog for first time!


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Hi, precious blog readers!

Just wanted to report something interesting, quickly! I am happy to say I finally co-authored a blog (I opinion that every blogger should do this at least a few times to bring attention to their blog and to even attract more co-authoring opportunities)!

Here is an excerpt from a Hongkiat.com article about co-authoring: “Inviting other bloggers and writers to become co-authors is  one great way to expand one’s blog. Assuming the recruiting of writers part is being taken care of, the next big problem you could be facing is management. Managing multiple authors for a blog is never an easy task. It’s often a challenge to keep co-authors in control, getting them to write quality content on schedule, making sure they did not miss anything before hitting the publish button, etc. Also sometimes you might also want to give different authors different level of accessibility and controls, depending on their performances.”

The author of that blog had a call out to write and I made an offer. It was accepted. I was given a subject to write (based on selling photographs online). My post is featured on a very interesting site focusing on ideas for those needing creative advice and inspiration: CreativeSomething.net. And you can read my post here:  HERE. After reading my post, stick around and check out more of Tanner Christensen’s blog.

I hope that you like the post and I hope I get more opportunities to co-author!

Read more at Hongkiat.com about tips to managing co-authoring/multi-authoring HERE.

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A LITTLE MORE BUZZ FOR MY BLOG: i’m in the technorati blog directory


One quick post, today! Both of my art blogs (WordPress and my Tumblr blog) are now listed in Technorati, one of the best and most useful blog directories. See where this takes me…  : )

Blogs are like books…in fact they are like any product or service: creating them also involves building up attention and a following. NObody wants their creation to go the way of being only seen by them and a tiny circle of loyals (though still appreciated), collecting dust or being seen only by empty space! And, if you have built a following (as I have gratefuly done, so far), it doesn’t hurt to build more.

Blog directories are a great way to build a reader- and viewership traffic for your blog! Word of mouth is useful and sharing your blog and posts with various online sources (like Twitter, Facebook, Stumble Upon, etc.) is even better, but blog directories can help to push all that up another notch: now, you are LISTED online! In a directory! Once you connect with a blog directory (it takes some simple steps, 1st) and are recognized and listed, each time you publish a post (tagging and categorizing each post before hitting the publish button will help immensely because people can find you better; try not to publish a post without FIRST tagging and categorizing), you will be updated in the directory and you will help your blog be searched and found by others. The more you post, you will gradually (for some, it happens quickly) increase traffic! Awesome, huh?

There are many blog directories. Some are free, some require a fee. Some just need you to list your blog, some require that you list your blog and your blog’s RSS (Rich Site Summary-“is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it”-definition from whatisrss.com; RSS is great to set up within your blog and many blogsites provide this feature, it basically alerts RSS subscribers of new postings from blogs and other sites).

Here are some sites that list top blog directories (I’m going to try a few more; the more listings the better):

So put your best foot forward with your blog and try using blog directories to help people make more footsteps to it!!

P.S. Here is my Tumblr blog: http://caloniedoesarttwo.tumblr.com

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FOREVER & A DAY: new post coming, it’s just taking for-e-vaaaaar


Hi! I’m back posting and I thank all my loyal and new readers/subscribers!

I see that I have reached over 10,000 hits and that makes me want to do a jig like this:

……..except I believe there would be more breaking than dancing in my case. I HIGHLY believe.

Right now, I am working on a post of a visit to another gallery. This one in Columbia, SC. It’s a neat article a long time coming, but it is taking a LOOONG time to finish (as in not just 1 or 2 hrs). I enjoy blogging to the moon and back, but this one is testing me. So many images to place and the uploading of images isn’t going as smoothly as I would like. So, I’m working on the blog half enjoying and half rolling my eyes with alot of that impatient breathing people do when they are annoyed…

But it will get finished hopefuly later today. But before I go back to trying to post this new article, I  have a drawing I need to get started on. I’m still trying to add new works for that Fall exhibit of mine. So the post is now  a draft I am taking a break from. Besides, I’m hungry and there are a coupla donuts waiting for me. Also, stupid people on TRUtv is a good reason to break the zombie affect that staring at a computer screen can cause…

Actual Update (6 hrs later, 8:39pm): I’m drawing at the moment. And have a slight headache. So, scratch that…IIIIII’lllll be finishing that post about City Art Gallery tomo-roooooooow…………….. don’t have enough operational brain energy for finishing it tonight.

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WHERE’S WALDO (I MEAN, ME)?: i am away, but i’ll return!


Hello, my precious blogreaders (I sound so creepy…like Gollum or the guy from Silence of the Lambs)!
I hope all are well…I, on the other hand, am sad. Sad that I haven’t been blogging in a while. I have not posted for some time, now. It is like I have fallen off the face of the Earth…abandoning WordPress and all who take the time to read my writings…
I haven’t disappeared like Waldo, though. I even still share my blog on FB and Twitter (I am my PR!) so that people will kindly make a bee-line to my site. I have just STILL got to get my laptop screen fixed (you can read about it in my rage-filled post: “AWWW, HELL: my heart broke when my laptop did”). Serious! Go search my posts. It is an ACTUAL article I wrote…
I had been borrowing a laptop, but that came to an end. So, I have been down-sized to using my cell. That is how I am posting this! Thing is…as talented and high tech as my cell is, it cannot upload pics in WordPress like it can w/ some other sites. DRAT. If I could, there’d be a big fat tear or a Where’s Waldo pic to illustrate this post. I like pics w/ my posts; adds to the post.
So, I am waiting to get my HP fixed so that I can blog like a fiend, again! Bags under my eyes and all (bags under eyes are a requisite for visual artists and writers/bloggers…it’s serenely voluntary).
I just came into the wad of cash I need, so I should be blogging like a pro again, soon.
Meanwhile, please read any posts you haven’t, re-read your faves and invite other readers by SHARING or word of mouth! THANK YOU!

Also: Please have a safe and wonderful Merry Christmas! This is a time for us to reflect on what is most important. God is wonderful!
If I do not make a post on New Year’s, do have a safe and happy one! I will make sure to. I gotta try to get all post-post-modern (how many posts can we have??) and paint the town NEON red, somewhere, like a true ARTIST!!