Friday, April 22, 2011


If you want your work to show up in blogs and e-zines, you can increase your chances by creating your own videos and slideshows.

No doubt, many of you are "old hands" with such technology. But for those who aren't, may I suggest using Animoto for short videos with music and Flickr for slideshows.

Bloggers are always looking for interesting and entertaining material that they can show in their blogs. Once you have a professional video or slideshow, you can query them to see if they'd like to run yours. As an incentive, perhaps you could offer a discount in your shop or studio.

Animoto videos are free and have background music. You may want to make more than one video, so that you'll have a variety of background music. Bloggers will have their own taste in music, and you don't want them to reject your video just because of the music that accompanies it.

For Flickr slideshows, you'll need to become a Pro member, which costs under $30 a year. You can create a slideshow of all the photos you've uploaded to your studio, aka photostream. Or you can create sets and show slideshows of the sets.

There are other ways to create videos and slideshows, but Animoto and Flickr are two easy ones. If you have experience creating videos and slideshows, you're invited to leave comments.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


For the convenience of visitors, today I divided the links for Handmade Shops into separate categories, e.g., Handmade Jewelry, Handmade Candles, Handmade Decor.

Those whose shops are listed in the Handmade links can check to see that they are in the proper category or categories. Please let me know if any adjustments need to be made. I'll be glad to make them!


Bulldog by Marian Cates

Bulldog by Marian Cates
Click for prints, canvases & various products

Burrowing Owl by Marian Cates

Burrowing Owl by Marian Cates
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Jack Sprat Mother Goose Rhyme by Marian Cates, from a vintage illustration

Jack Sprat Mother Goose Rhyme by Marian Cates, from a vintage illustration
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Robin Hood by Marian Cates, from a vintage illustration