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Hi, I'm Sam. I'm a writer, designer, artist, and teacher. I live in Japan. I have a blog at blackandgoldlines.wordpress.com. I hope to find like-minded people on this Instance, so feel free to ping me if you'd like a follow back. Thanks!

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I gotta remember to advertise my service more. It's hard to balance a fulltime job and establish a fulltime freelance career...

I think it's time to move my account to another instance. Does anyone have an invite to weirder.earth?

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It is my sincerest wish that some day Fox News gets sued into the ground and Roy Wood Jr takes the network over.

Confidence is a radical state of self-love. It is seeing the light in yourself even when others cast shade upon you with their eyes. It is the knowing yourself that goes beyond what other people merely think they know about you.

One of the most difficult aspects of self development is learning to see how your own actions have a part in your own problems. The ego does not easily allow this level of introspection, and will raise a lot of mental tricks to keep you from even considering it.

is a strong part of the low-consciousness effort to make sense of life. Some people desperately need an out-group with which to define their in-group. Some poor souls know not who they are, just that they aren't something else. The hate distracts them from the emptiness.

Designing some really exciting stuff. Working in 2d and 3d, logos, web... I'm looking forward to the next few months.

America! Where the guns are nuts, and the children don't matter.

Imagine how ridiculously beautiful a world where people were going to and from studios and theatres and libraries for 8 hours a day instead of going to factories making cogs and sprockets. Imagine a world where you were so excited about your day's work that you didn't even want to go to sleep.

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I made a passing comment about the other day, but as I was washing my dishes tonight, I really thought about it:
Imagine a world where all the people that wanted to pursue art, or music, or drama—could?

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When you're posting hashtags that contain multiple words, it's a good idea to capitalise the first letter of each word. This helps blind people who use screen reader software to know what the hashtag actually says.

For example #DogsOfMastodon is much easier for screen reader users than #dogsofmastodon, even though they're technically the same tag.

This kind of capitalisation is usually known as "CamelCase". CamelCase doesn't just help blind people, it also makes hashtags clearer for sighted people too!

Using CamelCase won't affect your post's visibility (because searches ignore capitalisation) but it will improve the post's accessibility, so you'll get more people reading it.

Thank you to @martyn for raising this topic 👍

#FediTips #Fediverse #MastoTips #Accessibility #A11y

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person in the universe that listens to , but every time I try to get a recommendations thread started, I get crickets...

I work a thankless job.

But I work so hard at it anyway, because it's something I believe in. Even though it's not what I want to do with my life forever, I believe in it.

The funny thing is that trying to do work that I'm proud of keeps me from working on transitioning into another career.

I am Sisyphus. I push the rock. The rock rolls back. I push the rock. The rock rolls back...

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(I really wanted to get this idea out of my system. It's still in a very raw form, but I'll probably edit it down the line and make a more streamlined essay out of it.)

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There are billions of people on Earth, and it can feel maddening when so many of them do not embrace you or your work.

But among those billions are a number of people with whom your work will vibe. There are people for whom your work is 'good' work.

The true struggle, in addition to continuing to work, is finding your audience. Even if you don't have hype machines or marketing campaigns promoting your work, you have an audience out there. It's up to you to reach them.

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The work that you make will thrill some and bore others. Even if you put your heart and soul into it, even if you are at the top of your craft, it won't 'hit' with some people, while others will lionize you.

After a certain level of skill and craft is accounted for, the problem isn't whether your work is good or not, but whether or not you're putting your work in front of the people for whom your work will be satisfying.

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