Google Reader is Dead – One Last Reminder

Ok folks, the end is near, and on July 1st, 2013, it's likely many RSS feeds are going to die a slow painful death when Google shuts down Reader, but that doesn't mean you have to suffer and lose out on all your precious subscriptions. There are a couple ways to combat this loss, and I'm going to break it down for you right now. Switch RSS Readers Google isn't the only game in town, and a couple other RSS players have stepped up to take the reins. Personally, I'm using Feedly as my new RSS reader. Other people are using Bloglovin. There are others, but these are the two prominent RSS readers I've seen people switching to because they offer a seamless transition from Google Reader. Subscribe Via Email I have two ways you can go about this. You can subscribe via email and each post will miraculously be sent directly to your inbox. You can do that Right Here. Another way to go about this is to subscribe to the Fresh Rag Newsletter and I will send you updates every few weeks about all the … [Read more...]

I am a Content Creationist, Are You?

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It's 4am on a Sunday morning. I'm sitting on my sofa, laptop at the ready, and as I look up, I see the many canvases I've painted and now display on my own wall. It's been awhile since I put paint to canvas, got away from it to focus on other things, and although I'm not compelled to jump into that form of art at the moment, it does make me think about the work I'm doing right now. Like many of you, I am an artist. Graphic communication has been my bread and butter for nearly two decades, but I dabble in many forms of artistic expression (macrame withholding). However, aside from a little Photoshop work here and there, I haven't really expressed myself visually on Fresh Rag, at least not to the extent I am capable. This needs to change. I love to write, whether its blog posts, or ebooks, or random bits of prose and poetry (not really) that will likely never see the light of day; putting fingers to the keyboard in a creative way makes me happy. I'm talking about writing, people, get … [Read more...]

Construction Zone! Wear Your Hard Hat

Folks, I'll be testing out a new theme here this weekend, so if you happen to be on the site and things look a bit wonky, you'll know why. I'll talk more about the details later, but basically Thesis Theme sucks now, it's impossible for a neophyte like me to use correctly, and the Genesis framework is much to simple to avoid anymore. Please ignore the dust, it's only temporary. Soon the site will be even more awesome. … [Read more...]

I’m Getting All Up in Your Grill

Remember this day, for it will be yours for all time! I've talked about my intention to offer my media and marketing know-how to artists, designers and other creative entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level, but I hadn't officially launched that service. That changes today. Actually, it changed yesterday, but you get the point. So now I am 100% available for you and your business. What exactly does that mean? How about we call it coaching and consulting for anyone that feels stuck in their business and have no idea how to get past the stuckiness. Yeah, I just made up a word, so what? I'm a business owner now, I can do that shit! See how that works? You have a business, and you make your rules, but forces around you are telling you that you can't change the way things have been done. You can't be successful because others are already in that success space and there's not enough room. That's a load of crap, and I'm here to offer you a shovel and pail. What … [Read more...]

Google Reader Dies – RSS Subscribers Lose

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Maybe you've heard, or maybe you haven't caught wind yet, but Google has decided to discontinue Google Reader by July 1st. This is a big problem for all bloggers everywhere because the majority of our RSS subscribers are reading out content through Google Reader. At least half of  Fresh Rag's readers use the Google Reader, so I stand to lose quite a bit unless I take some evasive action. If you're a blogger, you should be considering a quick solution too. What You Need to Do This Week 1. Tell your readers about the update right away By mid-May, every blogger on the planet is going to be updating their readership about the coming changes. The readers are going to be flooded with updates and it might just wear them out enough so they stop subscribing all together. Take the lead and share this info with your readership now (like I am here). 2. Ask your readers to choose another RSS feed reader There are plenty of different feed options, including Feedly (the heir apparent), Netvibes and … [Read more...]

Cleaning the Coffers

In an effort to walk my talk, I've started buying more original art pieces lately, and to make room for them, I need to let go of some other prints and posters that I've held onto for awhile but never framed. It just doesn't make sense to keep them because they may never find a place on my walls. This is good news for you. I'm going to start giving these these prints to a lucky few of you very soon. The catch (of course there had to be a catch), you have to be a subscriber to the Fresh Rag Newsletter, which you can do by entering your information in the box just below this post. You also get the extra added bonus of a free digital copy of my book, Selling Art Online. Either enter your information in the box below that says "Join the Newsletter Today", or head on over to the ebook page and do it there. Thanks, and good luck. I hope you win! … [Read more...]