25.02.14 by Jeff

The End of Facebook

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It’s taken five years to get the Booooooom Facebook page to the size it is now and after all that it appears, due to Facebook’s greed, it’s a complete waste of time to continue using it. The other day I made a post, and of the 155,000 people following our page, only 400 people saw it. That’s not even 1% of our followers! That’s kinda insane if you think about it. There was a time when 60,000 people would see a post, and we had less followers then!

If you run your own Facebook page you’ve already experienced this problem of reaching your own fans. These people who opted in and want to receive your updates won’t ever see them now unless you pay money.

 

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I was going to make this a post for those of you who still want to be updated on Facebook whenever I publish new content. If you go to the Booooooom Page and click on “Liked” there’s a drop down menu to select “Get Notifications”, in theory this should notify you of all future posts from the Booooooom page. I say in theory because who knows if it even does anything. So that was my original intent, but having thought about it some more, I think I’m about ready to throw in the towel.

I was disgusted when I watched these two videos that went viral recently, revealing the shadiness of what’s happening on Facebook right now. The videos explain why none of us see each other’s posts, why all of our pages are filled with fake users, and how Facebook makes more money because of it.

It’s enough to make me want to give up, and it’s sad because if Facebook still worked the way it did a couple years ago, it would be a tremendous tool for connecting with all of you.

 

 

 

I’m interested to hear from other people out there struggling with the same issues as me, what are you doing about it? Have you given up already? Is there an alternative?

 

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05.02.14 by Jeff

Dude Chilling Park (Forever)

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Photo credit: @DustinTimms

The saga of Dude Chilling Park has a happy ending! I can’t remember the last time a petition actually worked but this time it has!

Over a year ago The Province Newspaper reported that Guelph Park’s official sign had been secretly replaced by someone “who put a lot of effort into crafting the counterfeit, which even features the official Vancouver Parks and Recreation crest”.

The sign was a reference to a super chill statue of a dude, reclining on the grass. It was completely harmless and funny but was eventually removed by the parks board.

 

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My photo of the dude chilling statue.

 

This week the Vancouver Parks Board approved the re-installation of the sign! (source) The park right by my house will have the best name in the history of park names, forever.

Thank you Viktor Briestensky for creating my favourite piece of public art in Vancouver, before you left town.

04.02.14 by Jeff

Etsy x Virb x Booooooom

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My friends at Etsy and Virb have joined forces to hook you up with a pretty sweet creative business package. Virb now allows you to integrate your Etsy shop into your own website instantly, so you can create your own website and take full advantage of Etsy’s marketplace really easily.

From now until February 28th if you open an Etsy shop using the promo code: BOOOOOOOM you’ll receive 20 free listings and 50% off  your first 6 months of Virb. Head over here.

One lucky winner will also get a $100 Etsy gift card and a free Virb site for life – by redeeming the promo code, you are automatically entered to win!

I’ve attached a couple example shops below.

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28.01.14 by Jeff

Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2014 / Full Artist Roster

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A week from now I’ll be headed to out to Oahu for Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2014 and doing my best to cover all that goes on out there. Feb 8th-15th artists from all over the world will be painting murals in the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu. There will also be music workshops for youth and lectures by artists (I’ll be giving one too).

Some of my closest friendships have come out of this event, and I’m looking forward meeting to all the new artists that will be there this year. Below is a list of confirmed artists.

 

Confirmed International Artists:

 

123Klan
Aaron De La Cruz
Apex
Andrew Schoultz
Bask
Brendan Monroe
Cope2
Cyrcle
Dabs Myla
Dave Kinsey
Defer
Gage Hamilton
Gaia
Glenn Barr
Hanasaurusrex
Hannah Stouffer
Indie 184
INSA
Inti
Jeff Hamada
Jessie Unterhalter
Katey Truhn
Know Hope
Kofie
Lady Aiko
Madsteez
Meggs
Mimi Pond
Norm
Nychos
Persue
Reach
Reka
Roids
Ron English
Seth Globepainter
Skinner
Spencer Keeton Cunningham
Tatiana Suarez
Tristan Eaton
Vhils
Wayne White

 

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09.01.14 by Jeff

The New School Competition

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One of our current Quality Sponsors, The New School, in New York, is hosting a competition open to anyone graduating high school this year (or older). Up for grabs is one full and one partial scholarship for a bachelor’s program to any of the five divisions at The New School.

If you’re interested, head over here.

08.01.14 by Jeff

I made some T-shirts for Aritzia!

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Not too long ago I was approached by Aritzia to make some t-shirts for their new line, La Notte. I don’t know anything about women’s fashion but I thought it would be fun to work with one of Vancouver’s largest brands.

I designed a little collection of five t-shirts for them, and I called it “Dreaming About Living The Dream”. I’m not sure how many t-shirts were made in total, but if you want one they are now for sale over HERE.

This week I’ll be launching a project on our Instagram and giving away two complete sets of t-shirts, so stay tuned for that!

24.12.13 by Jeff

Top 15 Posts on Booooooom in 2013

23.12.13 by Jeff

Most Active Readers on Booooooom

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This is a special message for the Booooooom readers out there who really make running this site a lot of fun. These people regularly post encouraging comments to artists and make an extra effort to engage with each other.  Each month there are literally hundreds of thousands of people lurking around on this site anonymously, which is great, but I created this site to get to know people.

I reached out to Chronicle Books with the idea to reward our most active commenters, and they happily allowed me pick out a book from their catalog to send as a gift.

 

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The 18 readers listed above have left the most comments since we switched to our new commenting system. Thank you so much for helping me create a real community here. Each one of you will receive a copy of Danielle Krysa’s new book “Creative Block” when it ships in February.

Danielle runs a site called The Jealous Curator and I chose her book because I’m also working on a project about pushing through creative blocks.

I appreciate it when people get actively involved, and do it and for no other reason than to connect with others. If you have any suggestions for growing the community aspects of Booooooom this next year, please leave a comment or tweet your ideas to me.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

-Jeff