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If you are new to Google Buzz may I suggest…

…reading back in my Buzz stream and reading back in the Buzz streams of the people listed below and commenting on the Buzz post that you learn from or liking it as that action will bump the Buzz post to the top again allowing new Buzz users to see it and learn from it to.

I’ve been on Google Buzz for close to a month now and find it both invigorating and challenging at the same time. It’s taken me out of the safety zone of both Facebook and Twitter and thrust me into a new world where everyone with whom adopted the technology around the same time that I did, have become my Buzz friends. We communicate and share ideas. We argue, we learn and grow together. We made the rules.

These folks will teach you a lot about Google Buzz

Clicking their name will take you to their Buzz Stream while the second link will take you to their blog if they have one

  • Thomas Hawkphotographer extraoridinaire and a man who understands how things work from a user perspective
  • Andy Beardvoice of reason for all things internet… points out fallacy and backs it up with fact.
  • Louis Gray – Reads likely as much about technology if not more than Robert Scoble and offers educated opinions on what he reads and shares on Buzz
  • Mashableenough said!
  • Dirk Talamasca – for the lively and happy conversation within my own Buzz stream and on others. He is the first person I’ve met who really lives in Second Life.
  • Kurt Starneshighly recommend for great conversation and to learn the little nuances of posting to Buzz
  • Robert Scoble – Reads likely as much about technology if not more than Louis Gray and offers educated opinions on what he reads and shares on Buzz
  • Stephanie Wanamaker – Buzzes the best questions of the day
  • Jody Swaney – not afraid to speak up for what he believes in. This Grandfather also won the first giveaway I hosted on Buzz
  • Chaotic Neurons – most excellent sense of humour
  • M. Farber – His Buzz stream is a treasure trove of visually stimulating Google Reader items. He also authors a blog
  • Linda Lawrey – Most helpful in solving problems and for being most neutral in discussions. Sees both sides of the picture!
  • Chris Messina – Google employee and open web standards advocate
  • Angel Leon – He burst onto Google Buzz creating the Mooooooooar Follower rage. If you weren’t there when it happened… well… that content has since been removed. His stream is colourful with opinions on technology and this father to be shares his every day life to.
  • Chris Loft – very first person to ReBuzz my content. He is an artist and musician and finds and shares some of the best and lesser known visually stimulating content on the web.
  • Masha Du Toit – one of the first artists I met on Buzz (YAY!) who is actively using it to. Her Buzz stream is most pleasing to the eye.
  • And definitely follow the Google Buzz Team to keep up with it all!

I tend not to follow people who import their Twitter streams, BipFM streams, MyBlogLog posts or FriendFeed streams or who are simply echo chambers of content already published on the web who do not offer an additional insight on what they are regurgitating.

I follow people who have something original to say.

From what I gather I am one of the few visual artists actively using Buzz today.

I began an are you an artist actively using Buzz thread… if you are one to please add your name to the list.

I would never have met any of these people if it weren’t for Buzz. Keep that in mind when you begin using Buzz and your time their will be most enjoyable. Buzz is about conversation. It is about learning. It is about sharing and discussing hot topics. It is about breaking away from the norm and not being afraid to do it. It is about open web standards. It is about blogging. It is about business. It is about being yourself.

It is about the future of the web and it’s happening right now in real-time.

You can follow me on Buzz here and follow the discussion happening about this blog post in real-time on Buzz.

Thank you Shayla Video

This video is in response to Shayla Maddox’s Video!

In late December 2009 when I began painting Christmas ornaments, Shayla began painting pretty ornaments to. We talked on twitter and decided to exchange ornaments with each other.

Hope we can make this an annual Christmas tradition Shayla!

Go see Shayla’s light reactive paintings in her Etsy Shop or say hi to her on Twitter. Her husband, C. Jacob is also on twitter and has an Etsy shop to!

An update with Media Temple

Just a quick little note to say that I spoke on the phone with Andrew Won, VP of Customer Service from Media Temple on Thursday afternoon shortly after posting the Open Letter. And we worked everything out. They are a great host who seem to be very forward thinking. Do read their comments in the Open Letter to them below.

As a result of this conversation, I do plan to continue hosting my blog with them. And while they can make no promises that this sort of thing could not happen again they did assure me that they are doing everything possible to keep it from happening again.

I must say, that the fact that they took the time to DM me on Twitter, email me and in the end ask for my phone number to personally call me holds value in my books.

When I first migrated this blog to Media Temple they were instrumental in helping get it up and running. Their excellent fully searchable knowledge base combined with their unprecedented support system via ticket and phone gave me the tools I needed to get the migration done. I learned about .htaccess files and PHP 5 and how to install a WordPress blog. I’ve hosted with other companies in the past and these guys and gals even though bigger (at last count hosting 250,000 sites) are not forgetting about us smaller one’s.

I look forward to and hope to be a part of their Community Pages that Jason McVearry, Community Director at Media Temple spoke of in his comment. And secretly hope that maybe, someday, my logo will appear somewhere on the site.

Anyhow, thank you MT! :)

The 2010 Art Calendar is in limited supply

There are six 2010 Art Calendars remaining in my studio as of today. I will not be making more until I create the 2011 art calendar! And earlier this year, I made a video talking about the art calendar.

This fourteen page twelve month calendar features a different illustration for each month, including the Sassy Sea Urchin and the Four Seasons which mark the change of each season. It was designed and illustrated by me, Jessica Doyle.

I printed each calendar page using archival Epson Ultrachrome ink on premium matte paper, meaning it will last a lifetime. The pages including a front and back cover are bound together with a sheer nylon ribbon here in my studio located in Saint John, NB, Canada. The pages are 4.25 by 11 inches (10,8cm by 28cm)

Best of all… because of the way I designed this calendar, the reproductions can easily be trimmed for matting and framing afterwords.

It’s available on Artfire and on Etsy. If you would like more than one please let me know and I’ll adjust the quantity in the listing for you.

The 2009 End of Year Art Giveaway

Comments are now closed… I’ll be announcing the winner tomorrow!

Well, thank you so much for reading this blog and commenting, listening, tweeting, facebooking and for buying my art. I’m honoured to have you in my life. Simply leave a comment on this post about what you are thankful for this year and you’ll be entered into my End of Year Art Giveaway.

The prize package is $165 worth of handmade by me goods

$26 – 2010 Art Calendar (12 month handmade print sampler)
$24 – Limited Edition ABC print in 8.5×11 inches (not yet available in the shop)
$20 – Do you love me print (8×8 inches)
$5 – Milton the Fish Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays greeting cards
$8 – Framed Sunflowering Times ACEO mini print
$24 – Children’s Scrap Paper Pack
$7 – Package of Mushrooms (Pastel Edition) Miniature Greeting Cards
$12 – Day Dreams (5×5 print)
$24 – Spotted Eddie (matted to 8×10 inches)
$15 – Set of four Beachy Beachy Beach greeting cards

For bonus entries you can do one or all of the following:

  • Tweet about this giveaway to your followers
  • Share it on Facebook with your friends
  • Post it to your blog
  • Email it to your friends
  • Subscribe to this blog via email or RSS (if you are already subscribed simply leave a separate comment stating so)

Each time you do one of the above make sure to come back to this post and leave a comment stating what you did and link to it if possible and you’ll get that additional entry. Please write each additional entry in a separate comment as I’ll be using a random number generator to draw the winner!

This giveaway closes on January 2, 2010. The winning comment will be randomly drawn on January 3, 2010. This giveaway is open to all residents of earth. The winner has 48 hours to claim the prize package once notified by email before another winner is drawn. The winner will be announced publicly on the blog.

Merry Christmas Everyone! xo

Happy Cyber Monday – Buy 2 Prints Get 1 Free Milestone Sale!

I recently surpassed 1000 sales on Etsy and to celebrate I’m offering for the next 24 hours a buy 2 get 1 free sale on all open edition and limited edition prints listed in my Etsy shop. Thank you everyone who helped me reach that goal!

The top 5 sections in my shop that are marked with B2G0 are included in the sale.

All you need do is write your third choice of print of equal or lesser value to the lowest price item in your cart within the message to seller at check-out.

Happy Holidays!

xo

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!