I have been busy. Busy busy busy. The past few weeks have been particularly hectic, especially considering that I finally had my knee surgery. I would love to go into detail about what I really think about the whole knee-operation thing, but I think I’d bore everyone to death! In short, if something I was meant to do for you has been slightly delayed, my sincere apologies – I’ve been a little laid up. I’ll be getting to work on some of those things this week.
Now for the important thing… after a bit of a hiatus from Second Life, I’m back and rearing to go! I love the Halloween season in Second Life – it is full of incredibly fun events, cute products and colourful costumes. It really is my favourite Second Life holiday. So, to get into the swing of things, I’ve got the storefront all decorated up for the season.
Although I’ve just put one little picture of the set-up with this post, you can see a more comprehensive set of photos here on Flickr, or you can visit Sanu to check it out in person.
Oh. My. God. I sent a tweet into the Old Spice Guy (real name Isaiah Mustafa) in the hopes of possibly getting a personalized response in what has to be the most successful commercial viral marketing campaign I have ever seen. Annnnd I got a response!
As much as I wish I could say that this has turned me onto Old Spice, I do have to admit that I was already an Old Spice girl far before the new Old Spice adverts (and these incredibly awesome personalized responses) came out. My husband wore Old Spice back when I met him, and I won’t actually let him change his scent. I love it to bits. He now claims that the Old Spice Guy is based on him! I’m not sure I’m fully convinced. Are you, Old Spice Guy?
Back on subject though, I’ll state again that this has to be one of the best examples ever (that I have seen) of commercial viral marketing gone right. The short video responses are not only packed with humor making you want to watch each and every one of them, but they really promote sharing. Just like Professor Farnsworth, you can just hear his voice in your head when you see the line of text he is likely going to read in the response. With such a brilliant and iconic character, it is no surprise that Old Spice is onto a winner. You can see more of these great response videos (and the original commercials) at Old Spice’s Youtube Channel.
Ahhhh, more of the same… can you tell that I am enjoying this? They’re beautiful, delicate, distinguished and ever so intriguing, don’t you think?
So anyhow… I’ve finally gotten around to sorting out my things on Flickr so that all of my blog drawings (if not all of the blog photos, for certain reasons) are up. I’ve sorted them out, and there’s even a special category for the creative commons licensed photos so that you can just click on that to get them all at once, rather than having to find them one at a time scattered across the different sets.
All thrown in together, it all seems rather random: sketches here, cooking there, some pictures of dandelions and other such things. Hopefully the collections and sets will help it seem a touch more structured!
So yes… check out my Flickr page and explore the sets to see what you can see!
Then you may well be the employer I just sent an application to, regarding a social media content writer position. If you’re not, then hello again, my lovely readers!
I’ve been absent from updating this site, and for that matter, many of the areas of my online presence for some weeks. Lets just say that amid moving lounge-rooms, having a scanner that isn’t currently hooked into my computer, and just finishing up work at the most exciting and engaging literature festival in Queensland has been taking quite a toll on my time. This is going to be a text only post, since my scanner is, alas, still out of commission.
As it has been a while since I mused specifically about this site, I think it may be time to take stock of its purpose and reason… to sit back for a moment and think about what it has achieved since I took the step from ‘once in a while’ updates on a default WordPress blog to full on social media saturation; which has since tapered back into a more reserved (and I must admit, less time consuming) past-time.
I started this blog with one purpose in mind: to encourage the ongoing production of artistic creation, whether it be the tiniest sketch or the most detailed artwork. I was in a slump – a bit of a prod really couldn’t hurt. What was created on a whim blossomed into so much more. I took control of my online presence, propelling it forward and connecting across a variety of social media – interacting on other blogs, on Facebook and Twitter, Flickr and other sites. Although the focus of this blog has always been, and will always have the primary purpose of helping me continue producing a little bit of creativity every day, it also gives insight into the quirky, sometimes wordy, quite whimsical personality that is Kat Johnston. My blog, my status updates, even my Second Life presence… it all tells a story, and it is one I am happy to tell. As to what this blog and my presence across other social media platforms has achieved: I have been approached for commissioned artwork, connected with professionals in my fields of interest, and even delved into post-graduate study of social media as the basis of marketing and branding strategies. It’s been quite a leap on what was originally intended, on that little blog so long ago… and I wouldn’t change a thing.
To the potential employers: I encourage you to read through this blog, and have a look through my other social media profiles. Although the content produced is primarily for a personal, reflective purpose, I understand full well the importance it has on my professional presence also. I do hope that you find the perfect person for the position, but I have to admit – I also hope it’s me!
So, there isn’t a picture with this post. Uhhh, sorry about that! You see, I’m down in Sydney at the moment, because a gorgeous friend of mine just happened to have booked her ticket here for the wrong day. Thus, I stole it (not literally, she did offer), and flew on down to attend another friend’s birthday party that I would have otherwise missed. Fortune smiles on me.
Just in case you were wondering, there is a reason why I haven’t posted in the past couple of days. I just started doing a little work as a Development Coordinator, so I was doing that on Tuesday and Wednesday. When I got home after those days, I just collapsed into bed and fell asleep, after grabbing whatever I could out of the fridge for a quick and probably unhealthy meal. It is a great office to work in, but still tiring!
So I did intend to throw up a picture yesterday. However that is when I got the call from my friend, to say, “Hey Kat! Uhhh… did you want to go to Sydney in four hours?” How can I say no to that? So for now, I am in Sydney, and there is a scanner close-by, though I’m not sure that it is plugged in… in either case, I’m not sure that I will be posting something of actual significance until Monday, which is when I get back to my wonderful hometown… where the drive from the airport to my final destination will thankfully not be over 2 hours long as it has been here in Sydney.
Anyhow… that’s all for now. Much fun, debauchery and awesomeness shall be had this weekend, and I will update you all when I can!
I'm based in Brisbane, Australia, I like to draw stuff, I have an overactive imagination and a fondness for cheese. I use this space to throw up sketches and random wondering about whatever springs to mind when I sit down to type.
Currently looking for work in the Brisbane arts industry, or in an arts-related field - if you have something I might be interested in, please use the 'contact' page to get in touch.