Artists Arise

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Comment by Kenneth R. Massey on May 26, 2011 at 1:46pm


I like the initial look of your website.  I will look more later, but thought I would suggest that you check out www.grandmagazine.com.  It is an excellent on-line magazine geared at grandparents.  The nonprofit I used to work for did some advertising there and the creator and editor of the magazine was a supporter of our cause.  They might be a great source for advertising your product, perhaps submitting some writings for inclusion, etc.  I have no personal interest in the company...just thought it might be up your alley and worth checking.  Good luck.

Comment by Jason Garey on May 25, 2011 at 10:05pm
Laura, very cool idea for a book series. Certainly fitting for these times. Thanks for sharing.
Comment by Mary Moore on May 25, 2011 at 7:58pm


Wow, thank you! That's actually exactly what I've envisioned for the past 5yrs or so. 

"I can see your center for abuse victims decorated with your art, and therapeutic art classes going on for the clients."


Comment by Laura Clifford on May 25, 2011 at 6:18pm
Jason,  I am writing a series of 7 children's books about baby boomer grandparents and their grandchildren.  They are meant to entertain both small children and the adult reader.There are flip books on the website if you want to see them - also that is where my blog is.   www.grammybookseries.com  I also plan on doing some writing for grandparents at some point.
Comment by Jason Garey on May 25, 2011 at 6:12pm

Welcome back, Matthew! There's a lot going on here, so stick around! Sounds like a great podcast you have going on. I'm likely to check it out in the near future. :)

Laura, welcome to the family. There's so much encouragement and wisdom to be found here. Please share some of your art with us. 

Comment by Jason Garey on May 25, 2011 at 6:08pm

Thanks a million, Anita. I know exactly what you mean. In fact, I share many of the same sentiments about not wanting to build a business (though I do want to design my own lifestyle). I've shared this video with the group in the past. It is how Buzz was birthed. I was trying to become a contestant on the "Next Internet Millionaire" show. They wanted a creative, 2 minute video sharing why I should be selected. I didn't get enough unique votes, but it was sure fun...and it birthed this idea:



Comment by Matthew Casteel on May 25, 2011 at 5:52pm
Anita, those are some great insights marketing. I Love your "twist" on your approach to business. Sometimes that slight change in perspective can be so freeing.
Comment by Laura Clifford on May 25, 2011 at 5:09pm

I have just joined this group and am so touched by your depth and transparency.  Kenneth, I took the liberty of copying your comments about awakening after the tornado and sending it to a friend in South Carolina.  I hope I did not violate  your confidentiality.  It did not have your name attached to it.  I thought it was eloquent and needed to be shared.

Mary, I understand your desire to embrace both art and the legal profession.  I come from a family of lawyers, and know that it is still a noble profession, lawyer jokes and jibes not withstanding.  I can see your center for abuse victims decorated with your art, and therapeutic art classes going on for the clients.  The two worlds can mesh.

Deby, thanks for the music!  I will definitely download it.  I have been amazed at the cupcake craze - there is nothing new under the sun, and here someone has reinvented the cupcake and making a living at it.  Amazing!

Deby, I'm working on my email  address list.  Trying to import it to a different email address that is tied to my website. Having difficulty as is generally the case, but I will plow through and get it done.

Billie, thank you for visiting my website and for your kind comments.  I intend to expand beyond chilrdren's books and write for grandparents (and other interested adults).  I'm having a blast! 

Blessings to all of you.  Thanks for letting me join your group.



Comment by anita foss on May 25, 2011 at 5:01pm

whoa! Things sure move fast around here. Sometimes it's hard to keep up. :) I wish some of these questions were posted as a discussion because it seems like some really great discussions might be getting lost in the thread.


Jason, One of my favorite quotes is "Brand happens." - Marty Neumeier

The best brands tap into the core of who you are, ...and then, they become.

Truth be told, you and I could probably put our marketing minds together and spin at least 15 different ways that you could take your Buzz brand. There are endless possibilities and we could find ways to work all of them. Marketing is a science. You try stuff, ..and test. ..see what sticks and how you can make it better. Pick the thing that you are most excited about ..and start. The rest will fall in place from there as it evolves. :)

I don't know if this helps, but I had an epiphany of sorts a couple of weeks ago. I realized that I don't have a lot of interest in "building a business." I am, however, very interested in working on "projects" or a series of projects. That might seem like a slight difference, but to me it was very freeing to think about and understand. 

I'll volunteer for the team. pick me. :)


Comment by Jason Garey on May 25, 2011 at 2:47pm

Great piece about the cupcakes. There's a local company based in Portland, OR called "Voodoo Donuts". They've taken a similar approach and now have 3 locations.


The Los Angeles Times calls Voodoo Donuts an international tourist attraction.



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