Five Best Social Networks for Artists

Top Five Social Networks for Artists

Another installment of creative gems in blogging via

As an artist who wants to make a career out of your talent and passion, you know how important it is to connect with other like-minded individuals. Being an artist isn’t just about creating art; it’s also about being part of a creative community. And while art is a true form of self-expression, it serves a greater purpose when it’s shared with others rather than kept to the artist alone. The Internet is one of the greatest resources you have as an artist to build your contacts and get exposure. There are lots of vibrant artistic communities online waiting for you to discover. Here are some of the best social networks for artists.

DeviantART is one of the largest and most diverse communities of artists online. It has more than 12 million members to date, and they’re showcasing more than 100 million original works. On deviantART, you can create your own personal gallery and portfolio with an unlimited number of works. You can get feedback from other artists, and there are many groups you can join in order to connect with more specific communities. You can even sell prints of your work and buy work from others.

For the more professionally-minded artist, Artrise is a great community for connecting with people who are active in the art industry. You can build and showcase your portfolio, network with other artists, and brose the awesome and diverse gallery. There are also event listing to help you connect with artists out in the real world, and art job listings that can help you find a position in the industry. There are also active groups like Opera and Classical Music where you can find others with similar interests.

Artslant is an artistic community focusing on contemporary and modern art. Here you’ll find information on all the latest developments, exhibits, news, and events in the contemporary art world. There are different Artslant sites for major cities worldwide, including Los Angeles, New York, and Paris. With an Artslant professional profile, you can exhibit up to 60 of your works and connect with many major players in the art world. Browse listings for shows, jobs, and get noticed.

ArtBistro is powered by Monster, so it’s an ideal place for artists looking to break into the world of paid and professional artistry. All types of artists can benefit from this community. Create your personal profile and portfolio, and get valuable career information and advice on becoming a professional artist. There are job listings, as well as information on art schools.

On Artists2Artists you can connect with artists of all different types, and along with your portfolio, you can keep a personal blog. There are groups and forums in which to discuss all sorts of artistic concerns and visions. You can view the events calendar to find happenings in the art world near you, and there is a hefty database of great articles and information that any artist will enjoy. You can also share your portfolio here with your Facebook friends and on your website.

   Jeffrey Bruma is an aspiring artist and entrepreneur who loves to blog when he has the time. He enjoys giving advice to other artists on how best to advance their reputation.   ♦

♦  Photo Credit: Oruhito


Celebrating the Evo and Hero Inheritance!


The Smiths

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

Released in 1992

Written by singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr

“And if a double-decker bus
crashes in to us
to die by your side
is such a heavenly way to die
and if a ten ton truck
kills the both of us
to die by your side
well the pleasure, the privilege is mine

Take me out tonight
take me anywhere, I don’t care
I don’t care, I don’t care
and in the darkened underpass
I thought Oh God, my chance has come at last
but then a strange fear gripped me
and I just couldn’t ask”



Finally, I’m starting to learn a little bit of HTC navigation.


Such Awesome Things That This Phone Does Bring!


I Love You, Boone !

.Ride or Die.

fist pumping it through the night !







(an update)

I have missed you so, My Operating System Hero, My Microsoft Windows!

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My Operating System Hero!

Now that you are home to me, never again will I let you go.

I’ve missed you so, My Microsoft Windows!

For those of you who were in the know about the ultimate conversion project that has been underway, The Gulkin Gazette Conversion and Windows System Addition…

(explained here, in a determined renovation explanation entry

to the new and improved Dusk Till’ Dawn Diary)


I must happily report that not only has my computer has been saved once more, but the Ultimate Conversion and Renovation Event…

Final Result:

A complete and utter SUCCESS ! ! !

The Being of Plugged In

Alex Press Begins

The Being of Plugged In: Action Sequence, Begin.

    A Quick Message To The Masses

A message more precisely intended for the evolving entity of Big Brother, as I am well aware that you will be reading this, have you not already done so. mainly intended for you. I will admit, You have succeeded, to a certain acute degree, in the intimidation department. This was undeniable, as I found myself in an eventual state of complete fear, consumed with hesitation by the impending possibilities of danger within this rapidly evolving and intruding technology of yours.

I can put my computer on my phone and my phone on my computer. I have an application for applications and a plethora of technological options to avoid any human interaction whatsoever. Every individual who utilizes this virtual vortex is instantly inviting the monitoring of all in which they read, write, type, see, do, show interest in, seek information on, schedule, purchase or sell is… public.

I am well aware of the Orwellian presence in all of that each of us is to write, see, do, consider, or show interest in, is being recorded. That it is accessible, and ultimately, controlled.

While remaining certain that, in no way, does there exist in me a pure sentiment that this technological tyranny, that what appears to be convenience, is comparative in any way to privacy, safety, finances, or relationships…To Identity. I tend to think not.

I can say with absolute certainty, that I will always prefer to grab my post it with the grocery list, as opposed to the grocery list application which you’ve made available on my phone.

Yet, the hesitation and precaution of action as a result of the risk in allowing your life to be accessed and monitored, to be live on the virtual press… from here forth is left behind.

Once in the water, you cannot choose to not turn with the tide. Just as I cannot deny your presence, I will also not be intimidated by it. It makes the most sense, at this particular juncture, to simply embrace and explore this universal element which I cannot control. I refuse to be limited or hindered by it. And so it is…  

@gulkingazette … Twitter

Alex Press …  Facebook

GulkinGazette Twylah Fan Page

Quite the Conundrum!

Oh, (Go)Daddy!

A Catch 22 Has Presented Itself, An Algorithm Of Sorts, That Lies Within This Phrase:

“Godaddy Offers WordPress Hosting.”

Apparently, there are a variety of common issues, such as having to recreate your Host Settings, Mail Exchange, Name Servers and create a Cron Command in order to even enter your own Domain.  They’re successful at their sneaky little scam approach of providing of services, though.

It’s all actually quite impressive, and if it hadn’t been at two days of my expense in time invested to find the root of the problem, I’d find the whole debacle quite humorous.  It’s getting there….”actually quite impressive, and if it hadn’t been at two days of my expense in time invested to find the root of the problem, I’d find the whole debacle quite humorous.  I’m getting there…

The Hosting Awesomely Awful Algorithm:

Individual “X” purchases a domain through GoDaddy.  In regard to hosting this domain, “X” has been consistently and successfully utilizing the GoDaddy Shared Linux System Hosting Service to upload and publish to their domain. However far below mediocrity as they may proudly hover in technical support and quality,, Inc. is now, by all logical definition, responsible for:

“How is it that GoDaddy can renew hosting service, charge a fee, and not 22 hours later claim that they are in no way responsible for maintaining the relationship between the data in my computer, a secure network and internet connection?   If you guys are in no way a Host, what service exactly am I paying you for?”-Individual “X”          Can You Simplify The Question, M’am?”-GoDaddy Rep

The Fun Part:

For the same price, and for the same exact hosting option, GoDaddy advertises the WordPress Application in your Hosting Management.  Seemingly, they’re throwing you a bone for having to delete the three daily email advertisements of purchasing more domains from them (even after taking yourself off the mailing list AND reporting the emails as SPAM) and simply giving you a direct link to (a quote from their site): “A GoDaddy Supported Application: WordPress”

If I am mistaken, please do correct me.  In this instance, the average person assume that their domain should function once the Application has been installed?  Well, of course.  Yet, there’s always troubleshooting, etc. and all options should be explored and attempts at successful connection and communication of your Domain IP Address, the GoDaddy Network, and the WordPress Application.  Conclusively, this is the ultimate knee slapper:     Conclusively, If you experience any of the plethora of issues associated with GoDaddy’s Hosting in WordPress, as in being disabled permanently as an administrator, or having your account hacked (as documented here), there is absolutely nothing that they will do to assist you.  As a matter of fact, they even refuse to discuss these issues with customers who have uploaded the WordPress Application advertised so brilliantly in their Hosting Options.  The Reason:  “We cannot provide technical help for a Third Party Provider.”  THE END.

Conclusively, yes, GoDaddy is paid to provide Hosting. However, should their network or security settings fail, both of which are outside the customers control, they accept no responsibility.  While, theoretically, one would expect for them to at least pretend that an attempt will be made to resolve the problem at hand, that possibility will not even be entertained by the GoDaddy team.

I have to add this, while I know it’s not kind, and this lady has done nothing to harm me in any way, but…I am so sick of seeing Jillian Michaels‘ “I look way so much like a horse that it’s perplexing” face plastered everywhere on the GoDaddy site.  This is the broad that screams at people on losing weight show, with the wildly inappropriate and degrading remarks and insults. Meanwhile, the chick had her stomach stapled something like seven years ago and only then did she developed her whole fitness guru persona.  So, check yourself Miss Michaels…

It seems as though, Inc. has actually managed to launder fraudulant services, like an internet wanna-be mofia!  They’ve conned their way through channels to ultimately ensure that GoDaddy, as the “provider,” has no responsibility to the customer whatsoever.  Furthermore, they leave the customer with no obtainable option for technical support.  Most importantly, all while still earning themselves a nice little profit.

Odd, in the mirror like similarities between GoDaddy’s approach to Service and Quality and MAC !  I’m not sure who wins as the better scam… The Macbook that is a failure in product design, 100% was much more expensive of a mistake.  However, thousands of people lost eternities of time and creativity into WordPress Sites on GoDaddy that were completely deleted without any feesable option for recovery.  For now, I call tie.

This was an extreme learning experience, a crash course even, in the core elements of internet publishing.  Upon a skimmed review, this appears quite similar to a simple rant…and yes, it partially is.  I just view the practices of this Company as absolutely unethical and completely fraudulent.  I obviously do acknowledge, for all of you GoDaddy advocates out there, that YES, of course WordPress as an Application is an entirely separate entity than the GoDaddy responsibility to provide the communication between your content, their network and an eventual corresponding internet connection where your content will be published on your purchased domain.  However, there is no possible way that it can be defended that they do not connect you to WordPress for Hosting Management Options, and by accepting their hosting option to use WordPress as your php platform, they successfully remove themselves from any Hosting Management as well.  This leaves the customer with no viable option for assistance.  Nowhere is there any fine print or disclaimers that they relinquish any responsibility.  Quite the opposite, they advertise and sell this option as though nothing will change about technical support or connection issues that are outside the customers control.  The End. 🙂

Genius Genes At Work


Taking lessons from the master on internal structures

AND setting up my desk this weekend!

I love my new green chair. It’s glorious.