Category: social media

Please help send BZTAT to the Shorty Awards!

Shorty AwardsThanks to my wonderful friends and fans on Twitter, I am a finalist in the Shorty Awards!

I would very much like to go to the Shorty Awards Ceremony in New York City on March 3, 2010, however, I need help in covering the costs of the trip. Can you help?

I have posted a fund raising widget for the trip on the left sidebar of this blog. Any size contribution will help. I will be willing to do some marketing at the Shorty Awards for larger sponsors ($100 or more).

“Hollywood has the Oscars. Broadway has the Tonys. Now Twitter has the…Shorty Awards.” ~The New York Times

The Shorty Awards honor the best people and organizations on Twitter. These unique awards are for the Twitter community, by the Twitter community. Online voting is public and democratic, culminating in an awards ceremony that recognizes the winners in 26 official categories as well as those in brand new crowd-sourced ones.

I am a finalist in the ART category. This is quite an honor, considering the millions of people using Twitter around the globe and the many artists who use the micro-blogging site to promote their artwork. I am very thankful to those who nominated me and voted me into the finals!

Be sure to follow my tweets as I journey to the Shorties on March 3, 2010!!!

Life is an Adventure!


Thought for the Day-The Power of Love

Peace Dove
Artwork by BZTAT

We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power.  Then will our world know the blessings of peace.

~William Ewart Gladstone

Last week, I felt the power of love. Twitter followers from all over the world came out in a big way to nominate me for the Shorty Awards. Today, I am in the finals in third place!

Voting for the winners in each category begins today at noon EST and lasts until Friday, February 5 at noon. I would sure appreciate your vote in the #art  category if you are on Twitter!

I also ask that you vote for my good friend @FrugalDougal, who is nominated in the #nonprofit category. @FrugalDougal is the mastermind behind the monthly Pawpawty that raises money for animal charities around the world.

Thanks to all for showing your love. I love YOU so much!!!

Life is an Adventure!


Paradoxes., Purposes & Ponderances: Shorty Awards and other schtuff

Paradoxes, Purposes and Ponderances

I have been writing about my journey to become a successful arts  entrepreneur, and boy have some interesting adventures come my way in the process!

I was encouraged by one social media contact to ask my Twitter followers to support me  in the Shorty Awards, which are the Oscars of Twitter. And support me they did!  Although there will be an official vote audit some time today, it does appear that I will be in the finals.

Could my supporters vote me to number one? WOW. The idea never crossed my mind to actually WIN. I thought being in the finals would be special enough. And it is! But a WIN would be so grand!

I am so thankful for the support, but also deeply touched by the comments that people put with their votes. It is very gratifying to see that your work has truly had a special impact on people. I am very grateful to all who voted, and I look forward to the next phase of voting, assuming I make the final cut.

I have had some other adventures as well. As I wrote before, I am in need of some very concrete business supports to help me become more equipped to deal with being in business. I am finding some of those supports.

I met with a local volunteer consultant last week who is going to help me with some of the resources that I need to position myself for success in business. I continue to get moral support and good suggestions from a number of online contacts. And I am continuing to pursue some possible business ventures that could help build my customer base.

Three things come to mind as I ponder what I have learned over the past week:

1) Despite my weaknesses in some areas, there are many people who are enthusiastic about my prospects as an entrepreneur. These are experienced business people, so their enthusiasm is very encouraging to me. Seems that I have a better mind for business than I gave myself credit for!

2) To a person, everyone that I have talked to about business has told me my prices are too low for me to succeed. They aren’t telling me anything I didn’t already know. I barely break even at current prices, and I often take a loss.  It takes me a long time to paint each painting, and my supplies are not cheap.  I want to keep my prices low so that they are affordable to my fans, but I will have to be increasing my prices soon. I will try to keep them as reasonable as I can. If you are deliberating about purchasing a pet portrait, now might be the time to order, as they will be more expensive in the near future.

3) Being nice, genuine, and supportive of others pays off in the long run. My followers on Twitter came through for me in the Shorty Awards nominations because they know that I care about them and the mutual interests that we share. Through social media, they have not only become familiar with my artwork, but also with the the things that I value. They know that I love animals, support animal charities, promote the arts and the Canton Arts District, and support them individually when they are experiencing trials and tribulations. It is a very new kind of business model that social media is forcing on the business world, and I LIKE IT.

Stay tuned to see where this adventure takes me next…

Life is an Adventure!