Friday, December 12, 2014

Anyone know what is??

Have you heard of the new social media (SM) site ?
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 -- 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 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 ) 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 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 ( and  as a nice perk. 
Can you link up to other social media on 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 -      

Friday, October 31, 2014

What goes around comes around

Quite some time ago I posted this photo on Facebook.

It was meant to be fun- a playful take on what may REALLY be going on inside when things look semi-normal from the outside.

Let's face it - we all have an internal dialogue going on - and often times it is NOT what others might think it is.....

Friday, October 24, 2014

The more things change......

the more they stay the same.   Or it becomes MORE of the same, as in 'deeper'. . . . ya know?

 That is my take away message from this year's retreat.   This, our TENTH !

 And WOW, have there been a lot of changes over the years !

From locations - MD, to NC, to PA. To number of attendees, types of projects, and 'format'. But, the more things change - the more some of it stays the same. . . .

Our "tagline" is Share, Learn, Grow.

THOSE things have not only remained the same, but have deepened over the years.

The sharing has grown exponentially - from jewelry techniques to business to cooking to issues of relationships, family, and life.

We learn more, in many ways, each year - about our craft, about each other, and also about ourselves.


There is no "I" in retreat! Retreat is a group endeavor. We all bring tools and materials, we all bring knowledge and creativity.........we bring our different perspectives; we bring a little piece of ourselves -- and we toss it all in there. And we GROW as artists and, I think, as people.

In thinking about retreat and what it's meant to me over the years and the people that it has exposed me to, I tried to make RETREAT an acronym of sorts, this is just one of a few I thought of:


People come and go over the years, fade in and out as life gets busy with family, business, teaching, etc. Situations, interests and people, change, (what is that saying? "the only constant in life is change" So true!) but the heart of the network retreat - Share, Learn, Grow - remains the same.

This year's retreat was our second smallest on the books.

There were 7 of us who explored (risked?) together a new retreat location in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania. It's a little scary changing locations but I have to say, for me, this was one of THE best decisions. Don't get me wrong - I loved the house in NC....even the crazy ride there....the anticipation would build the entire time and the old location became an old friend that I looked forward to seeing, despite it's flaws. and it DID have it's flaws for a group of our size getting together for our purpose.

The new location is not without challenges as well - but overall - I'm sold !  The house is brighter and cleaner.....and for me, the surroundings were much more uplifting. Again - brighter, cleaner.

We lucked out and had GREAT weather. It wasn't too cold, or too hot; not too wet, certainly not too dry...LOL

You can see the house below. Stills on a little rise, in a clearing. Wrap around porch on three sides, deck on the back, 3 outside table/chair areas and a bunch of rocking chairs.

Jewelry Artists Retreat 2014The house doesn't (didn't) have wi-fi so we often found ourselves outside, on the porch, trying to get a connection on our phones.
relaxation on the beautiful front porch!

But the real business took place in the basement. (this year out of any cold breeze, no rain blowing in, no bugs in our drinks - YAY!)

With our tables set up in a square with a community table in the middle full of pickle pots and other tools, we spent the week creating.

Jewelry Artists Retreat 2014

Below is my little slice of that square. :)

Make-shift Metalsmithing Bench

And I think this is Eva's space.

Jewelry Artists Retreat 2014

Rina found herself working on a piece of wall art for a good portion of the week. This very symbolic piece will be set into a frame for installation on a wall. 

Jewelry Artists Retreat 2014

Below you can see the overall set up. It really really worked out very well. :)

We had SUCH a great time!!!! 

Planning for Retreat 2015 is well underway. 

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