Saturday, March 05, 2011

Forty Days of Water Campaign - Blood:Water Mission

This is a current campaign being run by Blood:Water Mission. Blood:Water Mission is a grassroots organization that empowers communities to work together against the HIV/AIDS and water crisis in Africa. Their core purpose is to build community through creative social action. Blood:Water Mission's core values are Community, Responsibility, Integrity, Dignity and Teachability.

This is a great group that has a great story and great successes. Consider being a part of this life-saving charity and social action group. Click here for more information.

Friday, March 04, 2011

New Designs! Good Morning AND Happy Face Omelettes and Toast

I like breakfast; sometimes I have it for dinner! When I have a spinach omelette and toast, I see a happy face. It's saying. "Good morning! Let me start you off right today."

Well, I took a picture of one of my meals and made a design out of it. You can get this "Good Morning" design on many products at the Doug E. Shirts Zazzle store.

See more personalized gifts from Zazzle.

And if that wasn't enough, if you're not a "morning person", you can use the template I created called Happy Face Omelettes and Toast with the same basic design that allows you to add your own text (or have no text at all!). I look at this and I feel happy. What do you think? Let me know!

Make a personalized gift at Zazzle.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

My Top 5 Favorite Movies!

A good movie can stay with you for a long time. Sometimes, a movie hits you where you live at a particular time in your life but, with time, doesn't hold up well or doesn't reflect your mindset in your later years. I've seen over 1,000 films (I've rated all of them in Netflix). These are my top 5 and, especially for the top 3, I don't think it will change anytime soon. But I welcome the movie that does break through!

1. Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Who can deny Ferris' swagger? The spirit of this film is contagious. This is a madcap comedy covered with a coat of hip.

2. Ghostbusters

This film is a close second. It has it all: comedy, horror, heroics and a certain "cool". Everything comes together and the cast works really well together. I remember that after seeing the film for the first time I wanted to be a Ghostbuster!

3. Unforgiven

My favorite Clint Eastwood western. It was the western realized by the man who had epitomized the genre; a master thesis. The scenic backdrops alone made it worth going to the theater. Great storytelling in this one.

4. Groundhog Day

To me this was and is a very spiritual film. What if we had a day to live over and over until we got it right? How long would it take before we got it right? I can't see this film working without the comic timing of Bill Murray.

5. Iron Man

I'm a comic fan and, in my honest opinion, this is the best realized representation of a comic on screen. The character and story is both accessible to the casual movie-goer and true to the comic fan. God put Robert Downey Jr. on this Earth to play Tony Stark/Iron Man.

What do you think? Like my Top 5?

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Music: Pomplamoose Music!

Man, I love me some Pomplamoose!

Pomplamoose is the duo of Nataly Dawn and Jack Conte. They are a force of good in indie music. Not only do they perform some bodacious covers, but their original music is ace-on. They come from (and still maintain) their individual careers and seem to bring out the positive best from each other. They are really fun to watch in their YouTube videos. They create what they call "VideoSongs" which have two rules:

1. What you see is what you hear (no lip-syncing for instruments or voice).
2. If you hear it, at some point you see it (no hidden sounds).

Here are four examples of their collaboration on YouTube (have fun!):

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Books I'm Reading: Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0: 1,001 Unconventional Tips, Tricks and Tactics for Landing Your Dream Job

I'm Doug and I'm currently unemployed. Sure, I have the great Doug E. Shirts at Zazzle site, but I don't get the medical benefits with that. So, like a lot of people nowadays, I'm looking for a job. And I'm finding that job hunting has changed in the last ten years, so I figured I would get some "new thinking" from Jay Conrad Levinson and David E. Perry in their book Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0: 1,001 Unconventional Tips, Tricks and Tactics for Landing Your Dream Job (longest. title. ever.). My copy is a Kindle version and revised. I'm looking for ideas to jump-start my job search and ideas to possibly strengthen the marketing of my Zazzle store.

Chapter 2 is all about personal branding, guerrilla style. The following is a summarization that applies the themes to my job hunt as well as the marketing for my Zazzle store.

- Shape Up Your Brand with Attitude

The chapter starts off with the reassuring fact that it's rarely the best qualified person who gets the job but the one who "packages" themselves best to meet the employer's needs (I knew it!).

Job Hunt: It's all about the presentation.
Zazzle Store: I have to find the people who want what I create and/or I have to meet my potential customer's needs.

- "You Inc."-Your Personal Brand

Being able to articulate your value is key to successful job hunting. Being able to show what makes you unique is what gives you your brand. People don't buy generic big ticket items; they buy a particular brand because of the peace of mind they get with a reliable brand. You can leverage your previous employers brands, projects and results.

Job Hunt: I can see that a major revision to my resume is in order. I need to make it more dynamic by showing my value by not only my previous employment, but also my results/successes in providing value for those employers.
Zazzle Store: I have to clearly define my Doug E. Shirts brand in a sea of other Zazzle brands. It probably would be a good thing to mention recent sales and numbers of page views to give people a sense that they're not on a vanity site. Perhaps a productive thing to do is go look at what the big sites (like Amazon) do on their sites to look more professional.

To be continued...

Monday, February 28, 2011

Other Cool Zazzle Stores: Hoop It Up

Hoop It Up is a Zazzle store dedicated to basketball. Some interesting designs there. It interests me to see how he gets around not using trademarks and team logos. Take a look-see!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

My Amazon Marketplace Store: Dzymurgy

I have other stores going on in addition to my Doug E. Shirts Zazzle store. One of those stores is on Did you know you can sell used or new items on Amazon?

My storefront is called "dzymurgy" and I sell mostly used CD's, books and DVD's.

The products are less than the new price on Amazon and arrive within the week. Take a look and see if there's anything you want cheap by clicking here!