Tuesday, February 03, 2015

On leaving Facebook

It was for me.

I deactivated my Facebook account nearly two weeks ago.

It came rather unexpectedly and I did it very quietly -- no big announcement, no long or sad goodbyes.

I didn't disappear due to any online or offline 'problems', other than of course, the 'problem' of FB itself. :-)

I wrote a little bit about it here, The Surprise I Got When I Left Facebook  and I will follow up soon with some things I'm taking away from the experience. Things I learned or am learning and some observations now that I'm looking at it all.

I didn't delete my account and I'm not suggesting FB is evil or that anyone else leave - although I will say that I think people should consider how they spend their time --- you get one life, a finite number of days - it's a gift - be sure you're thankful for it and that you're living it to the fullest.

I plan to pop in and out of FB, maybe a few times a month, if that. When you think about it - a  month is short!  I have found I am MORE than satisfied not checking in for nearly two weeks. So maybe I'll pop in once or twice a month - and maybe it will be less. I'm not really sure. And it's not something I feel obligated to figure out.

It will happen how it happens, and that's ok.

I'm not leaving the interwebs -- I'm on IG and I will blog - you can contact me through either or drop me a line: janice  at   doxallo  dot   com   and if you know my number, text me. :)  

I hope to blog a little more now that I have more 'free time'. I hope some of you are still reading! :)

Monday, February 02, 2015

Rest, Regroup, Recharge

Like most artists, I go through periods of high production and periods of lower production. There are times when I am bursting with ideas and times when I feel like I'm walking a dry and barren desert.When I do wander into that desert where ideas aren't coming I do what many other artists do. I either clean my workspace, or I sketch, or I create in a different medium (painting for example), or I go for a walk, etc

 
Garnet and Willow Creek Jasper in Sterling
available on Etsy


But have you ever had times when you HAVE ideas, sketches waiting to be brought to life, the time set aside to create, and you enter your studio and you feel?

Those are the WORST!

On occasion I will have a complete day to myself (rare, but it happens!) and I get so excited about the opportunity for undivided bench time - and tehn, when I sit down to my bench. NOTHING.

Sometimes I can push through, but sometimes, every once in a while - there is seriously NOTHING that seems to bring me out of whatever funk has settled on me. I can go for a walk, the whole time thinking about what I'm going to make, then go back and sit down and - pfft.

Nothing.


Sometimes I'll attempt to clean the bench, do something else, etc (and usually it works) but sometimes - nadda. nothing. it's not gonna happen.

While no less frustrating, I have come to appreciate these times.

I recognize that this is not a waste of a day, it's exactly what I needed.

 Apart from creating jewelry, I work full time, I am a single parent, I have a house and yard to take care of and other various commitments and friends and family and, and, and...... Sound familiar?

Does anyone else lead a busy life? Wear more than one hat? Feel like you are chasing your own tail sometimes?

 Seriously, sometimes 'life' just catches up to us. And that void when you go to create just may be a signal. It's letting you know that it's time to shut it ALL down.

No sketching, no planning, no creating in another medium. Rest. Read, watch a movie - take a nap!!  Disconnect.

And breathe. JUST breathe.

We tend to push ourselves. Whether at work, at home, or in the studio. Always trying to make something happen. Finish a project, write a post, fix this or that, the list goes on and on and on and on and can be endless.

I believe we need, at times, to resist the urge to push ourselves, especially in areas of creativeness. Embrace the idea of being a fallow artist, no stimulus at all - just rest, breathe, renew. Embrace the down times when they come. You just may find the soil of your creative energies richer for it.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Anyone know what Tsu.co is??


Have you heard of the new social media (SM) site Tsu.co ?
It opened up with little fanfare but there has been a steadily increasing buzz about it.  
Maybe you got an 'invite' to tsu from someone and thought - what they heck is that? 
Or maybe you heard that you can make money on Tsu.co -- and thought What the what-what? 
Has my friend been hacked? Can they monetize SM? 
Is this for real??? 
Great questions. 
And I don't know that I have answers, but I'm trying to figure it out. 
I saw an article mentioning it and thought I'd check it out, so I signed up. 
Here is a screenshot of what my view looks like:



Looks kind of like Facebook (FB) - right? 
Well, it is kind of like Facebook - but a cleaner, less cluttered screen. 
Here is what I can tell you
Yes,  it's sort of like Facebook --. but with an angle: Users are supposed to be able to earn money simply by posting the stuff they normally post to social media. 
Sounds fishy but there may be something to it. The general idea is that by using Tsu.co and posting content, you are adding value. Tsu has algorithms they use to track 'value -  shares and probably sidebar ad clicks, etc. You (supposedly) will earn money when your content is shared or when users take certain actions. 
Similar to Facebook (FB) there are various settings you can  use to determine what is public and what is private, what you receive notifications for, etc. And you post photos, video, updates, etc. 
Unlike FB, to join Tsu you must be 'invited' or follow someone's link. (mine is https://www.tsu.co/Doxallo ) if you want to join and check it out. 
Tsu says that they are about quality content not spam....they urge organic and meaningful communications and connections. And they indicate that they will be on the look out for spam, monitor it, and take action when needed. 
Which they will have to do or the site would become spam central - share my post to earn $$ !  - Right? Presently it's not like that.  
Plus, Tsu has some parameters around how many posts and invites and other things you can do/use in a 24 hour period. The limits are fairly high, it's not likely I'd cross them, and they should help kill any big time spammers from running rampant in a short period of time. 
You can use and search hashtags on Tsu to find content relevant to your interests and choose to 'friend' or 'follow' people. Tsu makes a special point to drive home the idea that the content is YOURS.  You own your content . 
There are some infographics floating around Tsu that you will see which tell you that you don't just sign up and magically make money. And that you probably aren't going to get rich off your tsu.co network. 
But I figure any little bit of extra cash is worth checking out so if I cross post from FB and I try to develop some authentic relationships it could be a great SM outlet for me as it may help broaden  my 'reach' and help my other business endeavors (www.doxallo.com and www.jewelryartistsnetwork.com  as a nice perk. 
Can you link up to other social media on Tsu.co? YES!  You can add your website, FB page, IG, etc. 
Only time will tell whether tsu has the ability to be an authentic force in the world of social media. As for me, I'm willing to follow along and see. If I don't like it, I can always leave, the only committment is a little time to see if it has any returns for me.  
I figured I didn't have anything to lose and just might gain so why not? 
How about you? Want to just check it out? See what it's about?
You can use my link if you're interested -  https://www.tsu.co/Doxallo