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Video Interview with Elastic Lab – Working the 9 to 5 job was killing me

Last Fall, I was contacted by videographer Frank Sheppard of Elastic Lab to do an interview for their Culture of Content Creation Series. The interview is live now! Go watch it! or watch it below.

Working the 9 to 5 job was killing me from Elastic Lab on Vimeo.

From the site:

In today’s world of social media, digital voices rant and rave, ruminate on their experiences, give life to the world’s causes, bring fame to the worthy, bring shame to the unworthy, denounce dishonesty and evil, and preach a million variations on truth. But while the voices are loud, the social media movement is, for the most part, a faceless movement. Conversations, discussions, relationships, business partnerships, and friendships exist where face-to-face encounters do not. Such is the nature of the Internet, and why this project, The Culture of Content Creation, was launched.

My segment is entitled Working the 9 to 5 job was killing me. I talk about how I how and why I began blogging and how it lead me to what I do today.

I’m honored to be a part of this project. Hope you all enjoy the interview.

And thank you Frank for contacting me to do this!

UPDATE – Thank you to Julie Morey who pointed out in the comments that I could embed this video into my blog from Vimeo! 😀 And to see pictures of my studio please visit this blog post.

I don’t need convincing that your product is good because I already love it

Don’t you, as an online content creator, wish you were paid just a little when you mention a product that you use everyday. I think I’ve mentioned Pilot G-tec pens a gazillion times on this blog, with Apple, Faber Castell and Arches following close behind. I’d be a little better off if these companies paid me just a little.

I think in part, I don’t mention these companies more, because I’m not being paid, regardless of how much I use their product. I find myself leaving their name out of posts and simply writing created with india ink, watercolor and paper rather than created with Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens, Windsor & Newton Watercolor and Arches Watercolor paper. I wonder how many of you when out shopping for supplies and/or products, thought of that blog post, Etsy listing or Tweet which mentioned that product you were out shopping for directly or indirectly, and purchased said product.

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These hands made it into 9rules

These hands made it into the 9th round of blogs accepted into the prestigious 9rules Network. I got so excited that I shared my happiness in the Etsy forums. The following is what I wrote in that forum post as it succinctly sums up how I feel:

Never Never Never Give Up!

Three and half years ago I applied to http://9rules.com a prestigious blog network that showcases the best content from the independent web and I was rejected.

Two and half years ago I applied again and was rejected for a second time. Both times with no reasons listed as to why.

I always wanted to be part of that network. They inspired me. And I never gave up hope, kept faith and continued to improve my blog all the while finding my own little niche on the web.

On October 1st they opened for round 9 submissions for 24 hours only as is their practice. I submitted my blog, http://jessicadoyle.com for the third time and was ACCEPTED yesterday! I couldn’t concentrate at all yesterday as I was so happy!

This means so much to me to be recognized for the hard work I’ve been doing on my blog and business.

Never give hope when faced with rejection. There was a reason you were rejected and perhaps that reason is you weren’t the right fit or your content and focus wasn’t refined enough.

The latter I believe was true with me. I was all over the place with blogging topics when I began blogging in early 2006. It’s taken over 3 years to find solace and happiness in what I publish online. Continue to believe in yourself and others will to. Peace…

About 9rules

1. Love what you do.
2. Never stop learning.
3. Form works with function.
4. Simple is beautiful.
5. Work hard, play hard.
6. You get what you pay for.
7. When you talk, we listen.
8. Must constantly improve.
9. Respect your inspiration.

Thank you 9rules!

The You Guys are Great List!

Just a small note of thanks to all of you! I read each and every one of your comments on this blog. If there is one thing I’ve learned during life it is this; to not to hide your sadness, anger or frustrations. And that those feelings are as valid as happiness, love and acceptance.

So, here’s to you today!

Kimberly from A Kimberly Design
Mark Dykeman from Broadcasting Brain
LynnDel from Mrs. Noodles
Julia from One Woman Studio
Karen Faulkner from Karen Faulkner Art
Nina from The Canvas Dog
BevE from Merry Weather Book Blog
Heather from Heather Jerdee
Karin Grow from Karin Grow
Son of Incogneato from Son of Incog
Goog from the comments
Donna from Tiny gold Crowns
Matt Craven from Bryght Path
Lorrie from Illusio Creative
range from The Memoirs
Alex from Lexi Art
Ruth from Ruth J. Jamieson
Beth from Indie North
Kara from Kara Phillips Design
Allison Whittington from Paint and Ink
Andrew from Drawing Strangers
France from Wagonized
Hélène from Une Page Sanistre
Joanna from Joanna Photography
Harold from Harold Fedderson
Tia from Sugar Lotus
Maria Cerezo from Neuva Primavera
Muriel Areno
Esther and Estella from Star of the East
Alicia from the Sunday Blog
Ruthie from 5 Precious Things
Crystal from Queen of Torts
Melinda from Melinda Mulcahy
Mario from Medusa de Lumbre
Melanie from Melanie’s Crafts
Dinah from DraginFly Enchantment

I traveled back in time one month to find you all here on this blog!
Thank you for the wonderful conversation!
xo

ThinkBakery Blog Talking Shop Interview

I was asked recently by the ThinkBakery blog to do an interview. It’s live now!

And to quote the opening of the interview:

I have had the pleasure of lots of email correspondence with successful self-employed artist Jessica Doyle. I posted about her on Design Milk, and she went above and beyond my “Do” list. She is so sweet and articulate, and her honesty is refreshing. Check out her story:

Hope you’ll check it out!

A friend said these flowers look like breasts

He did.
I laughed, and the name kind of stuck.

Size – 4×6 inches / 10,2cm by 15,3cm
Medium – India ink, Prismacolor colored pencil and Windsor & Newton watercolor on Arches watercolor paper.

The original A friend said these flowers look like breasts is for sale in the shop 😉

And just a note on March 6th, 2009 I celebrated three years of Blogging!
Happy Blogiversary to me!

Welcome to my new home

The last step of pointing the dns of http://jessicadoyle.CA to JessicaDoyle.COM is almost complete…

I am in the process of unpacking and setting up. I found a wonderful premium WordPress theme named Thesis created by wizard Chris Pearson that will allow me to grow, learn and progress all the while continuing to provide you with stimuli via art creation and the written word. This theme is extensively supported with documentation, user forums and by Chris himself, and it is highly customizable.

As the weeks progress this blog will adapt and change into what I want it to be. There is a learning curve with Thesis, yet the time away from self-hosting did indeed give me a substantial break from all the things that made my head spin in the past. In fact, this year long break allowed precious time to reacquaint myself with creativity via pen, ink and watercolour.

I chose Media Temple as a host. Their support and knowledge base is fantastic. They wrote back to me using words I could understand after writing saying, I could not import my blog due to it’s size. Keep in mind, that I am not a programmer. I am a novice at best and can follow instructions after reading them nine times, trying to do the task twice, having to re-install WordPress thrice… I did learn however, how to edit that damn php.ini file. Media Temple told me which three lines needed to be edited but not the values (the numbers) needed to complete the import. I searched the WordPress codex until I found what was needed. If you don’t know what I’m talking about… don’t worry about, it until you have to transfer 571 posts, 2484 comments, 144 categories and 1407 tags from one blog to another blog.

Mentally, I feel great and up for the challenge of learning again. What a wonderful feeling!

I’m so glad you are here!

I am moving

The researching and later, packing began in early November, hrmmm June 2008. You know how it gets when things become crowded and you can’t do what you need to do anymore in order to expand and grow.

You might notice things become a little wonky over the next few days as I migrate to self-hosting WordPress Blogging software again.

I currently blog on WordPress.com, a free blogging platform and forward my domain(s) here. It’s been great! I loved my time here. They were here when my finances ran dry and I could no longer afford to self-host anymore. Well, it’s come full circle and to advance I must move beyond. So thank you WordPress.com for the last year of awesomeness!

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