27.06.13 by Jeff

Inbox

anthony gerace inbox
I posted some of Anthony Gerace’s photos a little while ago (see here) and he emailed me the other night to say he got some work with The Guardian because of it.

I’ve posted this with his permission because I feel like all of us trying to live off our passions are in this together. We’re all struggling together so we should celebrate our successes together too.

Way to go Anthony!

20.06.13 by Jeff

Ask Me Almost Anything

I don’t use Reddit much but the subreddit I enjoy the most is r/IAmA. If you aren’t familiar it is essentially a series of interviews where a person (sometimes famous, sometimes not) answers everyone’s questions, and it’s really a great way to learn a lot about them.

So the reason I want to do one here is that I am often emailed the same questions over and over, and I’d love to answer them all in one place. Hopefully if enough people ask questions here this post will become a great resource for anyone starting a blog, pursuing a career in the arts, or maybe just looking for a good movie to watch.

There’s some rules/etiquette that Reddit uses and I’d like to use a variation of the here, consider the following:

  • The value of the question: Questions should be original and on topic. They aren’t required to be, but AMAs are a unique opportunity and it is sad to squander them by asking 100 iterations of “if you could fight 1 horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses.” The point here is to encourage thought-provoking, discussion-inspiring questions that I would not likely be asked anywhere else.
  • Civility and Politeness: users are free to (and encouraged to) ask tough questions. But this should be done in a respectful and polite way. There’s no need to use harsh language, and a comment that treats me like a person is much more likely to be answered.
  • You should upvote interesting/helpful questions. I’m not sure how many people will get involved with this, but if there are lots of questions it will be easier for me to see which ones lots of people want answered and I’ll get to those first.
  • You should downvote joke questions that aren’t intended to get a real answer.
  • You should downvote duplicate questions.

 

The reason this is an ‘Ask Me Almost Anything’ rather than an ‘Ask Me Anything’ is that I’d like it to be filled with content worth looking at. I don’t know everything there is to know about everything but I do know a bit about building a large online community and turning a hobby into a job.

This is an experiment for today. If there is interest I will keep coming back here to answer your questions. Anything that disregards the rules/etiquette might be ignored.

So here we go!

I AM A 30 year old Japanese Canadian who started a blog in my parents’ basement five years ago, that blog became Booooooom, and it is now my full time job. Ask me almost anything.

14.06.13 by Jeff

Monster Children / Subscription Giveaway (4 winners)

Monster Children / Subscription Giveaway
This week’s giveaway comes from one of the first supporters of Booooooom, Monster Children. My Australian friends have been expanding, they recently moved part of their operation to LA, and now they’re shipping from within Canada too!

So we’re gonna hook up 4 of you with subscriptions! The first issue you’ll get is this one, which features original artwork by Mark Gonzales.

If you’d like this mag to start magically appearing at your door, leave a comment below with a link to your favourite post on Booooooom from 2013 so far!

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12.06.13 by Jeff

Boooooookshelf

its nice that bookshelf feature jeff hamada
My friend Liv over at It’s Nice That invited me to be part of their on-going Bookshelf feature. I picked five books and shared a little bit about each here.

24.05.13 by Jeff

DSPTCH Camera Accessories Giveaway

DSPTCH Camera Accessories Giveaway
My friends at DSPTCH sent me over a couple of their amazing camera straps. Pictured here are the braided Camo Wrist Strap and the Coyote Sling Strap. They have kindly given me 3 sets to giveaway.

If you’d like to snag both straps leave a comment and tell me the first place you’d take it and what you’d shoot when you got there. (3 winners)

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17.05.13 by Jeff

Inbox

thank-you email in my inbox
Got a nice email from Willie Witte the other night. It always gives me such a big boost to hear success stories like this! I asked him if it was okay if I shared this email here because really it’s all you guys who made his day – you’re the ones who watched his video!

Watch Willie’s video “Screengrab” over here.

16.05.13 by Jeff

Nature Sounds

Nature Sounds
I’ve been using this Nature Sounds Mixer everyday since I discovered it over on TWBE. So relaxing. If you make a good mix, leave a comment below with the link to it!

04.05.13 by Jeff

Incase Clare Rojas / Giveaway

Incase Clare Rojas / Giveaway
Snagged a couple pieces from Clare Rojas’ beautiful collection for Incase. I have a 13″ laptop sleeve and a bag to give away! Tell me a random useless fact in the comments section below! I’ll pick two winners in two weeks.

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