I had a cool idea and it’s called ArtTap

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What is?

ArtTap has 2 functions: 

1. To expose the world to amazing video, art, and design.

2. To give great artists the exposure they deserve.

We’re a small team of artists seeking to make the world a better place through beauty and creativity. We scour the internet for the best possible artistic content we can find and deliver it to your eyeballs via TheArtTap.com. We’re different from most curated content sites because we always credit the original artist and we commit to fighting manipulative “click-bait” headlines.

As artists, we’re somewhat lacking in the money department. That’s why we need your help to bring as much beauty to the world as possible through the interwebs.

What We Need & What You Get

First, we need to pay our people, in this case, there are just two of us: Zach and Jordan. Zach is a published author and the former (first) content curator for the fastest growing website in the history of the internet. He makes electronic music in his spare time and is a lover of poetry. Jordan is a graphic designer and illustrator who’s worked for some pretty big-deal peoples including the US ARMY (imagine that). He also enjoys trivia and Saturday morning cartoons. In order to devote enough time to bringing you the best stuff that’s out there, we need a little moolah.

We also need to create the bones of the site in a way that allows us to put new stuff up all the time so you get the best, newest, creative content we can find! There’s a lot that goes into creating a website that can bear the load of what we’re talking about, so we need to pay some really smart people to make that for us.

And, last but not least, we want to take this to the corners of the earth (even though the earth is round). In short, we’re going to launch a massive marketing campaign so people everywhere know about what you helped us start.

Speaking of giving us money, we have tons of exciting perks for people who donate. These include custom art, expert marketing help, and a free download of the ever-growing ArtTap Soundtrack, which features a bunch of songs from indie artists (we’ll update you every so often on new artists who jump on board).

The Impact

First of all, ArtTap can make your life more beautiful (if you believe in the power of art) and keep you in the know about new movements in the art world. Plus, we don’t believe in Click Bait.

You’ve probably seen headlines like this: “This Video Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity” or “You Won’t Believe Your Eyes When…” (Whatever).
We don’t do that. If we genuinely think something is “The Best ________ Ever” we’ll tell you, but we want to be honest with you. Our headlines will be succinct, descriptive, and tell you exactly what you’re looking at. Who knows, maybe we’ll start a movement?

Second, we believe in giving credit where credit is due: to the original artist. Every. Time.

Risks & Challenges

Our main competition: there are a lot of sites that try to do what we’re talking about, but what we haven’t seen are 2 very important components to making any art site a success. 

1: Start by believing in and mobilizing awesome people (that’s you!). We like you and we want to keep you. You’re the kind of person that checks ArtTap every evening after school or work (or during) and you’re what it’s all about

2. Sharing the love with artists. We want to provide exposure to artists who don’t have much by hosting a “Tap of the Week” in our banner from artists who submit their work to us. We’ll include an exclusive written or video interview with a new artist each week and link back to their website.

Just because we have great ideas doesn’t mean we won’t have challenges. That’s why we’ve surrounded ourselves with smart businesspeople and experienced creatives who can help us navigate the shark-infested waters of curated and viral content sites.

Let’s be honest, there are tons of sites that are trying to do what we’re starting, but the key word is trying. We aim to succeed at doing something that’s never really been done.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you are short on cash right now, don’t worry! We are, too! But if you care about the arts or just think we seem pretty cool, here are a couple of things you can do to help out:

·  Share about our campaign on Facebook and Twitter at least once a week! Tell your friends what you think is cool about this idea and how they can be involved for just $5!

·  Use Indiegogo sharing tools to get the word out!

Thanks so much for reading. Let’s make the world more beautiful together.

Found out how here: ArtTap!

Yours,
Zach Hunter

 

I Don’t LIKE Being A Parent…

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love it.

I became a parent about 70 days, 12 hours, 5 minutes, and 42 seconds ago. But, who’s counting?

Lillian James Hunter is a little over 2 months old and has already learned how to get what she wants with one look. Sometimes it’s a super-sad, super-cute pout, but sometimes it’s a look like this:

That Look!

You can’t resist this face. You just can’t.

I’ll be writing more about how parenting a baby is changing me for the better and bringing my wife and I closer, but I want to talk about something pretty intense for a second:

The kid is watching you.

All. The. Time.

Here’s the deal: Lily learned how to smile from watching our faces. She has her own emotions, but kids learn how to deal with their emotions by watching how we deal with situations. This is true even to the point of kids sensing our emotions, hopes and dreams.

Sound weird? It kind of is, but I was confronted by this truth from the following (totally awesome) video…

Kids know when you worry, they know what you hope and dream for and you’re their hero. That doesn’t mean you have to be perfect. It’s just something you have to keep in mind.

I can’t wait until Lily is old enough to have conversations with us about her feelings (I’m sure there’ll be lots of those); to ask us hard-to-answer questions. We already love her so much even though she can’t do a thing for us (other than making us better people, scientifically).

I have much more to say, but I think I’ll just leave you with this:

"Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate." -Anonymous

“Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.” -Anonymous

 

How to Blow Up On Pinterest

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How to Maximize Your Pinterest Potential

 

Many (if not most) businesses use Pinterest as a means of connecting with customers and building their brands and for good reason! Pinterest accounts for 25 percent of retail referral traffic. (Rich Relevance)

“This sounds great,” you might say, “But why am I not experiencing this boost from my Pinterest use?” I’m about to tell you why and what you can do about it.

Don’t just post pictures of your store, your product, and your staff. I’ve seen this too many times where an organization presents a very bland image on Pinterest and expects to generate buzz.

Think of it this way- if someone on Pinterest only pinned pictures of themselves, they would not have very many followers. That is not what Pinterest is for. But, if someone takes time to cultivate content that resonates with them, they have a higher chance of getting more exposure.

Pin things that are consistent with your brand, but not literally connected. For example, if you are a restaurant, go ahead and pin high-quality photos of your space and the food you serve, but also take the time to find content that you really love on Pinterest. If you’re an Italian restaurant, pin pictures of Italy, Italian traditions, etc. Give people a sense of what you are about, not just a literal description.

Most importantly, the key is passion and being willing to take the time to share things you’re passionate about.

{If you don’t have the time to manage your own Pinterest, or you need help getting started, email me: zach.hunter@gmail.com I’d love to help you bring new life to your brand}

Beauty Of Ashes

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We talk about beauty out of ashes, but sometimes at the expense of the beauty in the ashes. How stunning ashes are, themselves. I don’t mean this simply in a bleak sort of minimalistic sense; that the white/gray/black stuff is starkly attractive like a white-washed room in a photo from an abandoned house on a Norwegian fjord. I mean the nature of destruction and reduction of an object by fire into almost-nothing. That’s beautiful.

Now, before you think that this is a psychopathic ramble about just wanting to watch the world burn, hear me out.I know two things:

1) We can only live in the present as it drifts into the future, and

2) Some things have to burn for others to be built.

You may find yourself in the midst of ashes, perhaps the ashes of things you believed to be true, a relationship, or a job… existential ashes. Don’t just move on. There’s beauty in them, just as beauty may come from them. Dig through the ashes, then rise.Image

Why You Should Listen To The Wrong Voices

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If you want to be an innovator, you can benefit from listening to people who are wrong. Or at least, people who you think are wrong.

If you exclusively consume news media or blogs that affirm your specific political or religious views, you are limiting your potential to innovate and think abstractly You may have the creative drive of Picasso, but if you only choose to listen to the loudest voices in your personal school of thought, you’ll be as effective as the master painter sitting in a corner, patting himself on the back reciting: “Good painter… good painter.”

Pardon the cheesy example, but I’m sure you get the point. We, as humans, are creatures of comfort. We tend to take the path of least resistance. If you’re a staunch, right-wing Christian (who likes to party with tea, perhaps), you might listen to Bill O’Reilly and cheer aloud when he mocks the President. If you are a progressive, left-wing liberal (who scoffs at the idea of a higher power) you might get excited when Bill Maher bashes religion.

Here’s the point: both Maher and O’Reilly are experienced, intelligent (if verbose) media personalities that are extremely opinionated. If you listen exclusively to one extreme point of view, particularly one that you agree with, you rob yourself of the benefit of seeing how others view the world. By thinking differently, forcing your mind to understand someone else’s point of view (even if you can never agree with it) you train your mind to look for other solutions.  

Alternative points of view, and even contrary points of view, to our own, can be the exact catalyst we need to pioneer new, creative territory.

We all come with experience and expertise in different areas. You could learn about how to invest from a farmer, or how to be a better artist by talking to a trigonometry professor. You can discover the joy a carpenter finds in the grain of a beautiful piece of wood. Or, the nuggets a researcher unearths in a new survey. Open the circle of your network to include people who think differently, with different strengths and even different ideology and see what you might uncover.

BE A MAN! (it’s not what you’d think)

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To all the guys out there: someone needs to tell you to man up.

Seriously.

But, I want to tell you that being a man has nothing to do with how you look or whether you cook or play football. It doesn’t matter whether you wear pink all the time or camouflage; if your favourite movie stars Bruce Willis or shows on Hallmark; if you do yoga or MMA or ballet.

I can’t believe that adults have to be told this: but the standard for who you are as a man and a human has little or nothing to do with your appearance or interests contrasted with the traditions of the culture in which you were raised. Don’t listen to the voices tugging on your identity in different directions if they limit your effectiveness in loving God and your neighbor. Brothers, true manliness is power under control. Exhibit self-control. Be a man.ChapterMemes_iii

To read more on this kind of self-control, check this out: http://www.amazon.com/Chivalry-Quest-Personal-Honor-Unjust/dp/1414376359/ref=tmm_pap_title_0