Arestelle, you’ve disappeared again! Are you there? where did you go? …helllooo? (crickets)
I hear you asking this, don’t try to hide it. The echoes are still ringing over here. 😉 I’ve been playing with websites and my camera; I’ll post a few photos soon enough–had a little fun with light trails and want to go try a few more shots soon. But first, a little update.
I’ve continued to work on my Zazzle gallery. Now, in addition to the newish Facebook page and Twitter account, I have a really brand-new photography blog (mainly for images and updates from my galleries–playtime/everyday photos will come here first, still, mostly). I think it looks pretty snazzy! (…though I will, being me, play with the design & header image some before I decide whether to keep it as is.) And I’m pretty excited about all the likes my Lightscape II got already!
On the gallery itself, I’ve published a line of those notebooks I was talking about. (Please post a link if you see a review of these from a pen geek – I’m really curious about them!) I have also created (drumroll) image-by-image navigation within the categories. So now, when you find yourself in a category, say, Animals, that has several photographs in it on many different products, you can easily look through previews of all the photos therein and click the one you like. You’ll be whisked off to see just the products that contain that photo! Go ahead, try it! Before, you found yourself facing a jumbled heap of everything on all the photos. yikes. much better now.
Whew, that’s all I can remember. The navigation thing took a lot of the time I’ve been MIA. I’m still on Twitter all the time, though (thanks, boring office job), so if you wanna see what I’m up to when I haven’t put a new post up here, look for me there. Faisez attention, cependant — the snark likes to run amok in the Twitterverse. 😉
It’s been a long time since I seriously worked on updating my Zazzle galleries, but I am now. I posted a few notepads and notebooks to Les Étoiles (see), though I’ve still got shirts to make and many new Hubble images to add.
Mainly, I’m focusing on my photography gallery; I’ve tended to neglect it because there’s always been interest just automatically in the space gallery* that doesn’t exist yet for my original work. But ultimately, it’s my own photography that I want to put out there, that I want people to recognize and love and come looking for. Because photography is something I can’t not do–not without losing myself in some way–and I want to make it good and make it reach people.
For now, one thing I know I can do is to build up my Zazzle gallery; I’ve added a line of jigsaw puzzles already. (How cool is it that you can get custom-made jigsaw puzzles online now? 🙂 )
I can offer notebooks now, too; they use 90 gsm paper (same weight as Clairefontaine — I’d love to see a review from a fountain pen afficionado) and are 6.5 x 8.75″ – great size for a journal, just about 1 cm wider than A5 format. I have those ready to publish and will get them up this week.
Last but not least, I created a Facebook page for my photography. It combines updates from my Zazzle and RedBubble galleries, and I’m adding my photographs and designs to photo albums there – one per day – so that you can easily preview all of my images in one place. Which also means you get a pretty picture in your Facebook news feed each day if you “Like” the page (hint, hint!). I’m also adding the images I’ve made for screensavers on Nook and Kindle to their own album, in case you need another reason to check it out and “Like.” So what are you still doing here? 😉
* Actually, the interest isn’t automatic for HST/SST: NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute put a lot of effort into preparing those images in the first place, writing the stories that explain them, and promoting them across the web. People know those images, or at least that there are beautiful space images, before they ever click onto Zazzle, thanks to the work NASA has already put into them.