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A Quick Thank You

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“Thanks!” | “Meow!”

I just wanted to take a quick moment to say thanks to everyone who has been following the blog via email, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or any of the 90 million other ways we stay in touch these days.  I really appreciate that you take time out of your day to visit the site, ‘Like’ a post, rate a post via the stars, share it on your social network, drop a comment…  or any of the 90 million other things you can do at the bottom of each post.

If you have any suggestions, questions, comments or complaints, feel free to drop a comment or send me an email.  Maybe there’s a particular type of post you’d like to see more or less of… whatever, just let me know.  I can’t promise I’ll be able to make everyone happy, but I’ll do my best to accommodate.  For example, A Fly On The Wall:  Michael Jordan And His Hitler Mustache is one of the most popular posts on the site of all time, and AFOTW is something I’ve been meaning to get back to, but I haven’t been able to find the right topic, so any suggestions would be welcomed.

Ways to connect:
There are a zillion ways for us to stay connected.  Here are the ones I do my best to support:

We’re on Instagram!
You can find CreativeJamie.com on Instagram… however you do that.  Seriously, I have no idea how to point you to our account.

Follow Via Email
This one is infallible; if you subscribe to the site via email, you’ll never miss a thing.  If you’re like me and you’re always connected to email, than this is the best way to follow the blog. To Follow Via Email, find this widget and enter your email address.  It looks like this:

follow-creativejamie-com

It’s NOT form of stalking. It’s a form of AWESOME!

twitter
Twitter is another great way to follow the blog as each time a post goes live, a note with a link is sent to Twitter automatically, so this way is also rock solid.  I consider myself fairly internet savvy, and I can post messages to Twitter without a problem, but following other people has proven to be a bit difficult for me.  (I mean, I can click the ‘follow’ button without a problem, but I find the feed difficult to read.)  I know there are these things called hash tags and I should be using them for… something…  but I don’t, and I’m flat out awful at having a conversation.  I’ll try to figure that Twitter thing out at some point so I can use it more effectively.  Practice makes perfect, I suppose.

facebook
I really hate the ‘Timeline’ thing.  I never used Facebook much before that update, but I’m even less inclined to use anything but the news feed now.  Anyway, Facebook is another great way to follow the blog as each time a post goes live, a note with a link is sent to Facebook automatically, so this way is also rock solid.  I’m also trying to do a ‘link of the day’ here, which just something I found on the net that I thought was worth a look.

you tube
YouTube is another place to see the few tiny videos I’ve been able to crank out rather than using the Video category link above.  If you have a YouTube/Google account and follow the blog there, new videos will come up in your Subscriptions… you probably know all this already.

google plus
As of right now, I’m not using this much, but if the interface between my site’s host and Google+ improves, that could change.

ebay
Hopefully, I’ll start posting more stuff to eBay soon.  As fair warning, it’s going to be a lot of old comic books, so I don’t blame you if that doesn’t peak your interest.  Oh, and Star Wars stuff… there was this two or three year period where I was buying Star Wars stuff and people were buying me Star Wars stuff… and it got totally out of hand.  Anyway, every little bit helps as there are tons of things I’d like to do on the blog (particularly video stuff) that I just can’t afford right now.  The website has a few costs associated with it, but until I actually start uploading video, they’re fairly minimum on an annual basis.  Still, they’re there, and they are not fun.

rss
Does anyone still use RSS?  Am I fool for not using it ever?  Anyway, it’s available here.

Contact via email
You can send an email to creativejamiecom [at] gmail [dot] com or use this form.

4 Ways To Bitch Slap Your Christmas Shopping

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Look at those smug bastards, just sitting there...

A few years ago, I made a pact with myself to get out in front of the disaster called my Christmas Shopping.  I hate shopping as a matter of principle, but buying presents for people is kind of fun…  except when I have to do it for everyone I care about at the same time.  For me, the conception aspect is the hardest part of gift giving – what do I buy for who?  Once I’ve got that down, I just have to deal with the execution:  actually buying the gift, which can be challenging, but doesn’t require nearly as much thought.

After some truly awful Christmas Shopping experiences (I pulled a quad), I decided that I needed to do a few key things that would save me time and make my life a lot easier.

1.  I’m making a list, I’m checking it twice…
That’s bullshit – actually, I’m checking and updating it a zillion times over the course of the entire year.  See, the first thing you have to do to be a successful Christmas shopper is get organized.  I’ve started what I refer to as my Forever Gift List and it’s made all the difference in the world because I use it for Christmas, birthdays and any other gift giving occasion.  All you need to do is make a list of everyone you need to give a gift to and anytime you get an idea, jot it down.

I use Google Docs for my list because I can access it from my phone and my PC, so it’s super handy.  At first, I used a spread sheet, which is easier to read and organize on a PC but a pain in the ass on my phone – even on my Samsung Infuse and it’s ridiculous four inch screen.   Now I use a regular Word Doc, which works great on both my phone and my PC.  The list is also handy because you can go back and see what you got someone previously, and this can make getting the next gift easier if they liked it – or hated it.

Do yourself a favor – don’t ever start shopping until you know what you’re going to buy.  Wandering around stores or the internet is like being one of the zombies on that The Walking Dead show.

2.  Spread out the pain!

If you do all of your Christmas shopping during the month of December, you’re tougher than I am – or blessed with a bigger bank account than I, at the very least.  When you have a list at your disposal, you can start doing your shopping any time you want and you can pay for it gradually instead of one big, painful credit card bill.  See, I know my credit card monthly billing cycle ends around the 20th of the month, so I make sure to get my first round of shopping done between October 20th and November 20th.  Then I do my next round during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday period.  I do the last minute stuff after December 20th, and I’m good to go – horrible, painful gift expenses spread over three months.

3.  Shop online

Supporting local stores and the big box chains is all well and good – they create jobs, contribute to the local economy and so on – but seriously, who has the time or patience for that?  I do not.  If you hate going to the mall as much as I do (you’d rather let the neighborhood children take turns using your car for a trampoline), then just get your Amazon and eBay on.  Depending on what you need, there’s lot of other places to shop online, but it terms of one stop shopping, they’re about as good as it gets.  Plus, Amazon’s credit card has a cash back feature that you can use for future purchases or just have them send you a check, straight up.  It’s also pretty easy to hit Amazon’s Free Shipping threshold when you’re doing a big order.  It’s also nice to be able to ship something directly to the recipient and not have to deal with the post office.

Wrapping Presents:  Don’t wait till the last minute like these turtles did.


4.  Don’t wait to wrap presents!

As gifts arrive in the mail (or if you actually brave the outside world), don’t sleep on that shiz – wrap em up!  The longer you wait, the worst it gets, and if you do two or three shipments, it’s not so bad.  I mean, it still sucks golf balls through a garden hose, but it’s way better than when I would do a ‘wrap night’ way to close to Christmas (December 23rd at best) and have to wrap every single gift.  That sucks HARD.

Christmas shopping is no joke, and if you think like I do, then it’s already crunch time.  Good luck!

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