A Few of My Favorite Websites . . . This Week!

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Websites That Inspire Me

One of the cool things about the internet is that you can find sites online that explore the topics that interest you RIGHT NOW. The people who create those sites, blog posts or articles may have posted what interests you just yesterday . . . or they might have posted it years ago but left it there for you to discover today. So for example, if you are currently interested in learning how to color images with alcohol ink markers or work with Gelli Plates or whatever, you can find it online somewhere. It’s all just a quick Google away. And the information continues to build. So if you search out sites on a particular topic now and then you search that same topic in six months, you are likely to find new and interesting info.

Here are a few spots online that I’ve been enjoying lately. None of them are specifically about stamping although two of them are craft sites and one of those does often cover stamping topics. Others are related to other interests of mine (like cooking and baking bread) and others are places where I find inspiring photography or learn how to use the software that lets me do things like edit photos and create a blog. I’m thinking that you and I are creative people and may have overlapping interests and so you might enjoy some of these sites. After all, Google and the NSA and the whole online advertising world apparently knows where I like to hang out on the internet already, so why not share this info with you, my friends, too? So here are some spots I like and that you might like as well.

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Getting Your Own Gravatar

Mystery Man GravatarOk, this is a little bit geeky, I’ll admit, but might just be something that interests you as it did me and it is easy to do, so I’ll share:   Have you ever wondered how people get the little thumbnail pictures of themselves next to comments found around the internet? I always did. I didn’t have one and so I’ve usually been shown as the “mystery man” default image whenever I comment on something. Which is fine. A little mystery in life is ok right? But if you are interested in getting a picture of yourself (or of whatever) instead of the mystery man, here is how to do it:

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Wandering into Blog Land . . .

Stamped Wizard Walking
Stamped images colored with colored pencils and markers.

I’ve been considering doing a creative blog for a while now. I’ve talked myself into it and out of it several times. I’ll think, “It would be a place where I could write what I want, both quick thoughts and longer explorations, without intruding on people the way that a post on Facebook or a direct email can sometimes do. People could come if they want and not come if they aren’t interested. It would be a place where people could comment and we could have a real conversation about creative topics.” Perfect right?

But then I’ll wonder, “But will it be just one more place that I have to try and lead people to visit? (Come read my magazine! Come read my eArticles! Come like my Facebook Page! Come join my Yahoo email list!)” And I’ll also think, “Will I really find something to write about regularly? And if I do, will it distract me from other writing projects?” But I’ve decided that while I’d love to have people come and read this blog, I’m not going to stress about it, so no pressure there and a little push to write regularly is actually good for the way I write. So I’ve decided to let the first voice get the upper hand and have started this blog.

A year ago, right around the time that I was shutting down VSN’s print magazine, was one time when I was considering a blog. I originally thought that I’d do a kind of “226 days of VSN” thing, where each day (or at least each day that I blogged), Continue reading Wandering into Blog Land . . .