Art groups that you should follow

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As an artist I have learned in time the importance of being a member of art groups. As though most of the artists tend to like more solitude, they still need the community. A feeling that you are a part of something bigger in this world. A place where you can meet people who have same interests and share the same passions as you.
 
It was 2013 December. I remember it very clearly,I was drawing and painting. I was happy. Yet I felt like there was something missing. By that time I  had found some art groups on Facebook where people could share their artwork and give feedback about other artist’s artwork but mostly people just posted their artwork and that was about it. They didn’t much care about giving feedback about other artist’s artwork or just a simple “Like” which sometimes could brighten up somebody’s day. There was something missing in those groups.
 
That was the time when I was browsing artwork on one of these art groups. There was a lot of nudity in this group and I was doing my best to still see the good sides of the group which were beautiful artworks of artists. And then it happened. I came across a post by Inaa Häggström Foose who invited all the girls to join her new art group Women’s International Creative Group.
 
Women’s International Group was created for girls and women only which means that nobody else can post to this group. It’s a group where people can post all kinds of creative work and share it with other artists. Which include photography, craftings, artworks, music, writing and share tips and ideas.
 
In the beginning I decided to keep a low profile and observe to see what this group is all about and to understand the spirit of the group. It didn’t took me a lot of time to realize that this group is full of beautiful, talented and friendly people. They appreciate each and every single member of the group. I felt the joy of recognition. Why? Because I felt like I had found a right group. A group that I had always wanted to be a part of.
 
And what I also love about this group. People actually give feedback about each other’s artwork and they encourage and support each other on hard times. For sometimes some artists might get artist blocks or they might have some problems in life and feel like they want to give up. To quit art, for ever. But in this group everybody are always so positive and they encourage each other to not give up and try harder.
 
I’m so happy that I found this group. Thanks to this group I have been able to meet so many beautiful and talented people.
Here is a picture where you can see the admins of this group.
 
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Another group that I recently found on Facebook is Lachri – Youtube art group. I found it because I had been following Lachri fine art page on Facebook for a while and then Lisa ( an artist behind Lachri fine art) decided to make a group for artists. And of course I wanted to be a part of this group because I love Lisa’s artwork and her Youtube videos.
 
This group was created so that people from Lisa’s Youtube channel could have a place to share their artwork and ask advice from other artists. I can always learn something new by reading all these posts that discuss about a technique, medium and social media . People are really friendly and nice. There are also challenges for group members in every month.
 
Plus every week Lisa posts new videos on her Youtube channel and also shares them in the group with members. Those videos include painting critiques, speed paintings, speed drawings, tutorials, artist vlogs, tips, tricks and art advice.
 
I’m so happy that I found that artist and that group. I have learned so many new things and I have seen so many beautiful artwork.
 
You can see Lisa’s Youtube channel here:
 
https://www.youtube.com/user/Lachri
 
So these are my favorite art groups on Facebook. What do you think about art groups? Do you follow any?
 

How Linky parties can help you grow your blog

 
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I’m sure there are many people who haven’t heard anything about the Linky Parties. If you are one of them, you have missed so much! So in this article I will tell you what it is and what its used for.
 
What are Linky parties?

Link parties are the opportunity for you to grow your blog and get some new followers. Basically what it does for you, it allows you to share your content on other websites. When you visit a site on the day of their weekly link party then there is a link to ” link up” and you can share the URL of your blog/site and write a title and crop a photo from the post. It will create a hyperlink thumbnail that other bloggers can see and visit.
It is recommended to read the rules before you put your own link. Because every day there is a different theme and some Link Parties don’t allow to post selling stuff and giveaways. So its better to read before you act.
 
How can I host my own link party?
 
Before you start there are few things you should keep in mind.
First of all. Like always with parties, you should think about the reason why you are hosting a link party. Are you celebrating something? Are you looking for a new recipes to try? Or you want to find some new DIY ideas to try out?
 
  • Choose a date and time. Link parties are held weekly, monthly, seasonal.
  • Plan your budget. Unfortunately Link Parties like any other parties require some cash. In order to  host a party you can use a service like Inlinkz or LinkyTools. They both have a subscription fee.
  • Invite quests. Market it on your social platforms.
  • Design a button for your Link Party, There are many tutorials about it on internet.
  • Be a good host. Try to comment on every linked post. Make your guests feel special!
  • Keep an eye on posts. If somebody posts anything inappropriate, then you have to make sure that it will be deleted.
  • Make a new connections. Just like you would on a real life party. You can also introduce some of your friends to some new guests.
  • And at last, don’t forget to send out Thank you’s.
What do you think? Will you give it any try? Are you willing to take the time and money to make a Link Party and make some new connections?
 
Happy linking!

7 reason why you should use Bloglovin

 
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If you are a blog owner and you are looking for a new ways to promote your blog and get some extra traffic to your blog then Bloglovin is a good place to do that. Maybe you haven’t heard about it before, believe me few months ago I also didn’t know anything about it but I’m glad that I found it. In this article I will tell you about 7 reasons why you should use Bloglovin to promote your blog.
 
It’s one of the newest social platforms which was created for bloggers and also readers. It allows readers to read, organize and discover their favorite blogs. It’s really easy and comfortable to use. I personally haven’t used it very long time but I have realized some of the benefits that it offers.
 
  • First of all, it allows you to link your blog to Bloglovin. This way your followers will easily see your new posts on their feed. I personally like to follow people more on Bloglovin than on blogger. It’s more organised.
  • It has some really attractive ” Follow this blog on bloglovin” buttons that you can use to post on your blog and this way your readers will see that you are using Bloglovin and can follow you there.
  • And of course you can build connections in the blog world. Commenting and following other blogs can have some really good impact to your blog. It will get you more traffic and you will even find some new friends.
  • Bloglovin has different blog categories. This way you can follow the similar blogs to your own or you can just search for the topic that interests you the most.
  • You can link not only your blogs, but your social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and it will help you to get more traffic from their users.
  • It’s easy to use with your blog. You just have to “claim” your blog.
  • Bloglovin is free, It also has a mobile app which is available for Iphone, Android and Ipad.
So these are the benefits that Bloglovin offers. I hope that this article was useful for you and that you can go and claim your blog and rock the traffic world with Bloglovin!
 
And here is a link to my Bloglovin profile:
http://www.bloglovin.com/people/liisi6-11139073
 

How I manage my time and structure my day

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These days, time management seems to be very important part in people’s lives and also it seems to be a problem for many of us. So today I tell you how I manage my time and structure my day.

  • First of all, every night/evening I make a list for my next day. Why? Because this way its easier for me. Every morning when I wake up and I already have a list of all the things that needs to be done during the day. And I can start doing them.
  • Another things that I like very much is Editorial calendar. I found it recently on Pinterest when I was going through many time management pins. So since I have my blog, then it’s a really good way to keep my blog organized.
  • I also love to make a schedule and plan for my Social Network sites because they are a huge part of my life. I promote my artwork there. So I better do it the right way, you know? Every night I think about next day posting- what and when. For there are certain period of times when it’s most effective.
  • I focus on the most productive time of the day. Because when it comes to painting then I’m best at it in the morning. There are things that I’m good at doing in the evenings and some of the things I’m best at doing in the mornings. This way I can be sure that I’m using my abilities in a maximum way.
  • I keep track of my progress. This will help me see what is still needed to be done and it will motivate me as well.
So these are some of the ways I use to manage my time. How do you manage your time and structure your day?

This is the book that changed my life

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I believe many of us have read a book that have changed the way we see things. Well, I have read too. In this post I will talk about the book that changed my life.
 
I think it was in 2009 when one of my friend visited me and told me about ” The secret”. At first I was thinking that this is some kind of boring book but many months later, when I was in the library, I saw this book. I instantly remembered that my friend had recommended it and I decided to read it eventually. I thought to myself: “I won’t lose anything, so I might as well read it”.
 
The book was written by Rhonda Byrne. She did a huge research and that’s how this book was born.
 
According to this book you can have, be or do whatever you want. You just have to think the right way. You have to choose your thoughts carefully.
 
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought”- Buddha
 
There are many people who have decided to concentrate on the problems and negative things and they get everything according to the frequency that they offer. So instead of focusing to the bad things, people should start focusing on things that they want to achieve. I remember when in 2010 I got my anxiety and depression. Most of the time I was focusing on the bad things. And the fact that I couldn’t even go to school, made me even more depressed. Back then I didn’t concentrate on good things. Actually there were many good things in my life, but I just couldn’t see them. So eventually I started reading a lot of books and I watched many movies and I started seeing things differently.
 
If something you want is slow to come to you, it can be for only one reason. You are spending more time focused upon its absence than you are about its presence”- Esther Hicks
 
You can get to where you want to be from wherever you are- but you must stop spending so much time noticing and talking about what you do not like about where you are”- Esther Hicks
 
I learned that the key is to feel good. So every day I  have to make sure that I’m in a good mood. This way good things can come to me.
 
Also I learned that when it comes to the dreams, then its important to do a little bit every day so that you will achieve your dreams. So every day when I wake up, I have a list of things that I need to do during the day. Sometimes there are just tiny things but eventually big things grow from little things.
 
You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step”- Martin Luther King
 
So now, on 2015, I can honestly tell you that I won’t be in the place I am today if I hadn’t read that book. Yes, there are days when its hard but most of the time I am in a good mood and I’m focused on good things and on my goals.
 
Is there a book that changed your life somehow? What is the name of the book? I would love to add some new books to my read list.
 
 
 
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