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Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation

Daily Prompt: If you could have a guarantee that one, specific person was reading your blog, who would you want that person to be? Why? What do you want to say to them?

I can’t think of anyone super awesome that I would definitely want to read my blog.

It would be nice to be “found” though.  If a graphic design headhunter was out searching for that one perfect creative person to fill their digital artwork void, I would love them to find me.  It might be hard though, I have only shared a small portion of my digital artwork on here.  I was hoping to pursue my digital artwork more this year, share it with everyone, as well as open up a shop for it.

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iGoogle left, so I got Symbaloo

When iGoogle retired, I really wasn’t sure what to do.  I had had iGoogle as my browser homepage for years, I loved opening it up to see the latest RSS blog feeds.  Since I’ve known it was retiring for quite some time, I decided to be prepared.  I moved all my RSS feeds to Bloglovin, which at first I was happy with.  But then it got to the point I was getting 2 emails a day with blog post summaries.  Who has time for that?  And I started to detest scrolling through each email because it was so hard to see what I might really want to, all at one time.

I searched for a replacement to iGoogle and came upon this comparison article at Gizmo’s Freeware.  Check it out if you still haven’t found a solution you like.  It pointed towards a few that are similar to the capabilities of iGoogle, and a few that were different.  I decided to try something new.

I’ve been using Symbaloo for a month or so now and I love the layout.  This is how it looks before you add any content.  Its completely customizable, you can change the background color from black to other solids or various photos.  You can increase the size to add more links or RSS feeds.  If you’re adding links (I’ll show a photo of that layout), you can change the block color and image, and choose whether or not it shows the blog name.

symbaloo start

How it looks before you place any links or RSS in it.

Webmix Collection

The Webmix Collection: searchable by subject

I haven’t really used the Webmix Collection yet, but I clicked on it once and it searched within the subject.  So if you were looking for something new to read about, that could be fun!

Home Webmix

The default home page with links to “frequently used” sites.

News page

The news page, mouse over to see the headlines, click to read the stories.

Blogs tab

My blogs page, a list of the ones I follow to just open up their website.

My blog links page, its just a square per link, you click and it opens into a new window.  For awhile I had them color coded, then I decided to switch more to all RSS feeds so I could actually see whats going on every day on the blogs.  However, there are a few websites that will NOT incorporate themselves into the RSS feed style.  Not sure why.  So those I have to keep like this, it really just means I don’t visit quite as frequently.  I’m not done moving the blogs over to RSS yet.

RSS tab

RSS feeds tab

This is what the RSS feeds look like.  Each feed takes up 9 blocks, plus you can increase how many blogs you see per tab.  The max viewable all at once is 10, after that you need to start scrolling.  Sometimes feeds are not available, usually that only lasts for a short time.  I do not know why or at which end the problem is.  But it never lasts very long, so it doesn’t bother me.

adding an rss

How to add an RSS feed or website link

The adding an address form looks the same whether it is an RSS feed or just a website.  See how customizable it is for the website options?  If its RSS feeds, nothing but the website address matters.

Overall, I am very happy with the service and wanted to share my experience with you all incase you never found a replacement or wanted to try something new!

Nope, I am not being compensated in ANY way for posting about Symbaloo. I actually really like the service and wanted to give my real opinions about it!

Surprise Pay It Forward!


I just received this from simplycreativeboutique which is a blog I follow (and love). I thought this sounded fun and intriguing and decided to participate in the pay it forward game.

Want to receive free gifts in the mail?  Who doesn’t, right?!

This is how it works:

I will send a surprise gift to the first 3 people to comment on this post.  This gift will be made by me and I will send it sometime within the next year.  Exactly when you will receive it will be a surprise.

And here are the rules:

1.  You must have a blog.

2. To sign up to receive a gift from me you must play along too.  Share the giving love on your blog by promising to send a handmade goody to the first three people who comment on your blog post.

3.  After commenting on my post, you have to post this (or similar) on your blog to spread the love.  If you haven’t posted in 48 hours then the next commenter will be chosen.

If you want to join in just comment below leaving your email address and if you’re one of the first three I will be contacting you for your info and I’ll be sending you something before the end of August next year!

Have fun and pay it forward!

Penny Mosaic Installation

Penny Mosaics

I saw this project on Facebook, WOW, you must see all that Mandolin Mosaics can do!  Just look at the depth these pennies add to the space!  And the textures and details really are amazing.  I want this!

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Penny Mosaic Installation

Penny Mosaic Installation

5,000 pennies

5,000 pennies right here!

31,000 pennies

31,000 pennies total! WOW!