Jun 8, 2011


Hear that? That's the sound of how fast things are moving around here . . . . ffffffffffT. That's my best impression of it anyway.

Why you won't know why it sounds like ffffffffffT . . . .
I read HERE in another very informative post by the talented Seth Apter of The Altered Page, that 70% of blog readers he surveyed recently want mostly art on the blogs they visit and not so much personal stuff. I don't know if you've noticed but I have gotten much better about not posting personal stuff for awhile now. I had already been "advised" a couple of times by well meaning folks, that I shouldn't. So, I'm glad I'm accidentally kinda sorta on the right track. That doesn't usually happen for me . . . I'm usually embarrassingly on the wrong side of things, a day late and dollar short. (Go read the rest of Seth's great article on blog publishing!)

All of that to say, I wish I could share why things are moving so fast it sounds like ffffffffffT but that would apparently not interest 70% of you. I can't promise I won't try and swoon the other 30% of you from time to time with my personal blah blah blahs but tonight I'm staying in the good favor of the majority. I may sound cynical about all of this but, truly it is just a newly found confidence in being couth for once and trying to be funny at the same time.

(Edit - 6/9 . . . . I really don't mean to sound cynical. I am a huge fan of Seth's and have learned a lot from him, faithfully observing his own blog and his well written articles. Please know that I am not arguing the survey. I really am just trying to be funny and a little mysterious as I read somewhere else, artists should be! hee hee)

The Muse
I really don't have any fresh new pieces of art to share for reasons you now realize I am not going to share. So, below I wanted to share the cover of DeviantScrap's latest edition of The Muse, a free digital zine that you can download here. The cover was done by the very talented Amber aka Persnickety Chick (who I am so proud to mention is on my Tumble Fish Studio Creative Team). Amber has the most wonderful style in using images of herself or family/friends in her work as she did here in this cover.

I have nothing to show for myself except . . . .
the previews for a couple of new sale kits I have at DeviantScrap.com, released today. More new-old sale kits coming Monday!

And consider yourself invited back for some other mostly art posts coming soon!

P.S. If you're an Etsy seller, HERE is a great Etsy blog post on how to boost your business. Boy, do I need that!


The Painting Queen said...

Well I like all of it really. Art and personal insights. Go with the fffffffffffffffffflow.fffffffffffff

slommler said...

I too like the personal and the art! The combination a familiarity with the artist and I like that!
So keep on doing what you are doing. I will check out those articles you shared as well.

bicocacolors said...

those are gorgeous, really gorgeous!!!

roc said...

life does move at warp speed sometimes. the older i get the more i realize how precious every moment is.

Sherry Smyth said...

Well I'm glad now to know what 70% of us won't like!!! I love how you presented this...ffffffffffffffftttt.

Off to check out your links...and hey, remember to breathe while you are zooming through the days!!! xoxox

Anonymous said...

I think your blog is great, I don't think its been too personal at all. A good balance! I love your art! Jennifer K.

Kim Mailhot said...

I am part of the 30 %, I guess. I like a good balance of personal and art. That way I feel like I have a personal connection to those I blog with. That is why I blog. Not just for inspiration artistically, or to see what everyone else is creating, but having a community of artistic souls that I am connected with by heart.
I think I have always lived my life in that 30% anyway so this is nothing new !
Just be you, Wonderful Marsha ! The world needs that !

Liz (Chubby Frog) said...

Hi Marsha

Just my thoughts - butit's your blog so you should be able to put on it what you like. I too like a mix of the art and the personal, you get more of an impression of the whole person that way. Blog readers shouldn't dictate what is published - that's up to the author.
Best wishes

Marit said...

Aaahhh... so you too follow Seth's survey and answers and outcomes... LOVE your 'cynical' look at it!!! I know exactly how fffffft sounds, by the way... same sound whirls around in my house!

yoborobo said...

I don't know Seth but I completely and utterly disagree with him. If all I want is art, I'll skip blogs all together and go look at Flickr (which I do), or get a book out of the library. What is lovely about blogs is the blending of the PERSON with the art, which causes me to love the person more and their art more which I have to say I think is a good thing.
But I am sure Seth has his 70% that don't agree - LOL!! Okay, I'm done causing trouble here. xo Pam

Amber Tabangay said...

Thank you dear sweet Marsha for the nod to my blog and of course, for your fabulous compliments! It is my extreme pleasure to be working alongside you after all these years of being such a fan/admirer of your artwork!

artistaprilcole@gmail.com said...

All is good...!
Be who & what you are :]
Your art is fantastic and your site is always a pleasure to visit.

Terri Kahrs said...

Can't believe that we're 1/2 way through the year AND almost 1/2 way through June!!! Yup!!! You've nailed that ffffffffttttt sound! Hope that things are well in your world. Thanks a bunch for your visit - it's always a treat to hear from you! Hope you have an awesome weekend! Hugs, Terri xoxo

PS Don't you just LOVE irony!?!?!? The word verification for this post is "fastme"!!! fffffft!!!!

Outstanding Stranger said...

Well I for one think you are pretty funny. Love to know how they come up with these #...%..Guess some of us feel very connected and share it all..our grief and our joy. It brings us closer and creates lasting friendships. Something my Mother told me...To thy own self be true!
Hugs, Diane

junkgarden said...

Marsha, I love your blog and it's through some of your personal posts that I realized just how much I have in common with you. Of course, I LOVE your art and it inspires me daily. I always worry that I'm not personal enough on my blog. I'm pretty private and I don't share a lot of "myself" and it's always my goal to share more personal things so people can get to know me better.

I love your new kits and I will be buying all of them. LOL!


lilylovekin said...

I love your art and seeing what you do, but I also read blogs for the personal stuff and feel I get to "know" the artist and I like that-I would miss the personal stuff it it was all art.

Trishia said...

Marsha, I'll go check Seth's survey, but ... I have to second what the majority posted here. What about all those other 'surveys' that talk about building a 'personal' relationship with your readers and customers? Personally, I think surveys suck:)ha! I think this whole business model of one person being able to blog, tweet, facebook, design, sell on multiple shops, cook dinner, scrub the toilet ..... is one big myth:) Another version of the Superwoman myth 'they' tried to feed us in the '70s....eeerrrgghhhh!!!