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…
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!
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!
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!
Comment are now closed on this post. I will be drawing three names tonight and contacting the winners shortly thereafter. Thank you to everyone who entered and left such wonderful comments.
I made it to 500 posts! It all began here on March 5, 2006 as a way to recover from addiction and anxiety. I’ve come a long way.
To celebrate, this week I am giving away 3 prizes. Each print name links to another part of my blog where the original artwork first appeared. Have fun traveling back in time. Last time I gave away a Mother Goose is Loose Creating Fairytales Everywhere!
1st Prize – 3 Prints
Birds on Wires (8×8), The Indigo Sisters (7×5) and Pollinate with a Bug (ACEO mini)
2nd Prize – 2 Prints
Lopsided Pearls (8×10) and Family from the Mushrooms Series (5×7)
3rd Prize – 1 Print
The rules are simple
Go to my Etsy shop and pick out your favorite piece of artwork and comment on it here. Leave your name, blog address (if you have one), and email (which I will not share) with your comment. Pleas enter only once.
About the Prints
Each print will be signed, dated and titled by me on the back in pencil. Each will arrive with a dated certificate of authenticity accept for the mini print in Prize one.
What if I WIN?
On that note, if you win I will contact you by the secret email you left here. Next Monday; July 28, 2008 at midnight AST I will randomly draw three names from the comments and mail you your print pack to wherever you live in this beautiful world. I will need you to email me back with your accurate physical mailing address that will never be shared within 48 hours of receiving the winning email notification or I will draw another name. I’ll announce the winners publicly as soon as I have all three confirmed. Comments will close Monday, June 30, 2008 at 12:00AM AST.
… and What if I Don’t Win?
And if you don’t win, each print is available for purchase in my Art shop.
Thank you and Good Luck!!
WE CAN LINK to our ETSY SHOPS from within POSTS!!!! YAY!!!
Thank you Toni
Yes, with the change of seasons comes a change in health. It seems I get struck first by the 24 hour vomit flu and now the going on 96 hour sinus, sore throat, congestion cough cold headache kill me super bug illness. To top it off I have a beautiful blasted cold sore growing on my lower left lip again.
In other news, I’ve purchased an archival printer. Let the bells ring out and the angels sing!
Glicée Prints are available in my Art Shop as of today! More will come as the healthier days commence.
You can get to my art shop in one of ONLY two ways from this blog as WordPress.com has rules about linking to paying sites such as an art shop. You can click on over to my about page or you can click the link found in the upper left navigation menu.
And for the record I don’t only blog because I have an Art Shop. I blog because I love it. It’s another medium for me to bend at whim. To quote what I wrote in 2006 over at the Blog Herald:
Blogging is like opening up a new pack of crayons at age six. It is an artist’s medium; as Letraset is to Mac, hand journaling is to blogging. This new form of journaling; recording information in real time, has struck a chord with me. The sound of tapping keys makes me happy. I have been creating for nearly 30 years but have not shared much of what I have created, learned, understood and for that matter not understood with anyone save for friends and family. This medium grants me a way to create anew and recreate my past artistic endeavors.
And it still does today!
I do wish I could link to my art shop from within posts every now and then here on WordPress… please?…
…and without fear of being banished!
I am sick.
I will get better.
I shoulda taken echinacea.
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Update – I’ve decided to move both of these awards to my about page from the sidebar.
Seems this Blog of mine has been making the rounds on the Troy Worman Outstanding Blog’s List Meme. Thank you Troy for including Jessica Doyle – emotion creator on that list. Your award is now in the sidebar.
This makes me remember another Blogging award I had won earlier this year that got lost in my move from self-hosting this blog to hosting it on WordPress.com. As they do in real life during a move things can and do get lost during an online move.
Liz, the SOB award is respectively placed in the sidebar again. Thank you.
Many links and images are still missing, broken or lost after this move. Please know friends and readers that I am doing my best digging into the archives to fix them. And if you see or notice something that is awry or missing that should be here by all means don’t hesitate to tell me. My email can be found in the upper left sidebar or just leave a comment.
Have so many things ever been going on in your life that you have not a chance to breath it in and simply exhale it out. It is tantamount to life to breath in and out. It is also necessary to experience, to do, to act upon and create when one is an artist.
That last one gets me in the gut.
I don’t know why some things bring tears to my eyes easily. A word, an act of kindness and even a thank you can bring ’em on unbidden. Maybe it was this past week or two. Or maybe this past year or two. All I know is this; is that the tears are flowing not of sadness but of happiness. And it’s not about money and it’s not about being popular and it’s not about being something I not.
It could be that I feel connected. That I feel worthy? or needed? or loved? It’s an old feeling, one I felt long ago when I was a kid that seemed to ebb away for a while. I am part of something much larger than myself right now. Knowing that out there – in that vastness, that there are other entities not unlike myself who call me friend, or lover or family, sister or daughter and simply artist or emotion creator and writer brings the tears on.
All the wrongs melt away. All the hurt heals. All the abuse disappears. And it’s just me and you. For whatever reason we know each other is ok. I am so lucky to have met you and even more lucky to know you think of me when I am not there as I think of you when you are not here.
If you don’t understand, it is ok. I just want to say thank you and that I love you.
So yes, you just made my day.