How are you?
The last time I posted was early March, and a lot has happened since then!
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First of all, I'd like to address the "elephant in the room" - facebook is on a Big Blog Deletion Rampage! At first, when I discovered my 9 (nine) notes of Kawaii365 throwbacks had been removed, I was distraught. They mistook my work for "spam" and so I went into facebook's Help Center and contacted them directly (after about half an hour of trying to figure out how to). I explained my situation as an artist, sharing posts from this very blog, for my friends, fans and family. I was ignored for some time. After awhile, I went onto blogging groups and asked others if they have had similar issues (having their links removed right out from under them, and accused of sharing spam). As it turns out, the answer was a resounding YES!
From my research and chatting with fellow bloggers, it seems that since a recent issue with making vaccinations mandatory (which I support by the way), facebook has created a system to detect the anti-vaxxer mommy blogs and immediately remove them, with community health's interest at top of mind. This is good to remove harmful posts, but..... they've decided that ALL blog-related posts are spam. And that's not right. Nine notes I made... for my beloved fans, and facebook removed them all.... and it's not just about me. They've done similar things to a lot of other bloggers.
So, out of support, some of my friends have suggested I share artwork and blog related posts on sites such as MeWe and even GetAssist. I'd like to apologize for my being away since then - I've been battling depression since discovering those notes removed, and feeling victimized for sharing art.
Anyway, in lighter news...
whenever I feel "persecuted" for being an artist, it makes me stronger and I learn new ways of promoting my work. In this case, I put together a video of my best works, to share with you. Thank you, and enjoy:
If you truly are a fan, please feel free to pledge support for us (me and the Zoo'd Animal Hybrid Friends) at Patreon. You'll get monthly coloring pages, access to top-secret content, and a coupon code for Etsy!
Open the video on YouTube and share it on your social media - it's free, it's quick and you're helping my work get known within a wider circle. Thank you 😍
And before I go, I'd like to share my space-themed kawaii art with you. If you follow my Instagram, then you know that I recently took some paint to my denim jacket and made a little space scene of it:
And then, when I had to retire this cute bunny "wallet" (actually an Instax photo album, good for holding all kinds of cards, but eventually wore out)…
I decided to continue with the space theme, and when Rob gave me one of his wallets (brand new, just not used yet), I saw the blank/black surface as a new canvas....
Who knew decorating random surfaces could be so fun?
Bonus: I am part Irish, and to celebrate that, I enjoy making Irish-themed tee decals for my RedBubble shop. To celebrate this Saint Patrick's Day, I ordered my own "Lucky Duck" design. Here it is on my body:
Have a great day!
xoxo, Daryl J.