I Love You a (Facebook) ´Bot!

Ok, while Ím triggering the Facebook sensors, I might as well go for it. I’ve been on a roll the last two posts, might as well keep going.

Apparently, therés just Something about me and my posts that trips the Facebook ´bots and makes them nuts.

When I began designing adult coloring pages in 2016, I got into a heck of a lot of trouble and put into the Facebook pokey. “Pokey” – my grandmother´s old-fashioned term for “jail.”

(Btw, for all yáll stampers and colorists sitting there at your keyboards howling with laughter, you go right ahead and laugh. I KNOW YOÚVE been in FB jail, TOO.)

In order to get onés artwork recognized and purchased, adult coloring book artists have to distribute their work into the coloring groups on Facebook. That’s very important. The more the better.

An artist creates the post on their page, then shares it into multiple groups. We just don’t have the time to hold down jobs, take care of our families, create art, then individually post into each and every group by creating a new post just for that group, so we share into multiple groups all at once. It´s a wonderful feature of Facebook sharing.

Unfortunately, spammers like it, too. And abuse it.

Then the rest of us get into trouble.

And, for those of you smart alecs who want to point out that I could be considered a spammer, too, Íd like to point out one very distinct difference….free coloring pages are a staple in the adult coloring community. We give away free pages, and the colorists color them and share them. It´s a legit and expected part of the landscape. It´s pretty much considered an “essential service.” Cańt say the same for the spammers.

I cańt tell you how many times Íve been put in the pokey for sharing my coloring pages (free, btw) into the adult coloring groups. Too fast, too many, wrong way, this way, that way, the other way.

I guess I tripped the spam sensors and the bots snagged my butt and threw me where I couldn’t cause any more trouble for awhile. I got to sit there and cool my jets til the next time they nabbed me for going too fast.

Apparently, an awful lot of other artists and colorists have been nabbed, too. And, not being stupid people, they’ve come up with some rather ingenious ways around the ´bots. But I couldn’t tell you what those are, though, so dońt ask (Ím clueless). Dońt bother to ask them cuz I don’t think they´re gonna spill.

I gave up. And I moved onto being a stamp designer with a design team. THEY can post into multiple groups and get nabbed by the bots while I safely sit back waaaayyyy over here, eat popcorn, offer my sincerest sympathies (and very helpfully giggle).

(For the above image, go to StampAddicts.com. Available as a grey rubber stamp. Title: “Robot Love.”)

https://www.stampaddicts.com/7431-robot-love-stampaddicts

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Head on over to the Sherry West Art Coloring and Crafting group for your FREE set of digitally downloadable papers!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SherryWestColoring

Coloring & Crafting Contests, Freebies & Giveaways!

Woohoo! Sherry West, SherryWestArt@2020

Freebies!

Contests!

Giveaways!

Who doesn’t like getting something for free?

(I’m not going to raise my hand.)

Here’s a lovely list of some great ones for this August and early Fall I found that you’re going to LOVE!

Now, mind you, these are focused on adult coloring, crafting, cardmaking, papercrafting, stamping, scrapbooking, art, etc, but there are a very few for kids.

COLORING CONTESTS

KIDS

http://kidscontests.in/2020/07/online-national-art-challenge-july-august-2020/

https://www.500festival.com/2020-kickoff-to-may-coloring-contest/

https://www.breyerhorses.com/pages/2019-2020-magalog-coloring-contest

https://caresouth.org/national-health-center-week-coloring-contest-2020/

ADULTS

https://colorhappy.com/contest/

https://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/handmade/enter-hgtv-magazine-s-coloring-contest

https://www.doverpublications.com/contests-and-sweepstakes/

https://www.roamnaround.com/adultcoloringcontest.html

https://www.crayola.com/faq/promotions/do-you-have-any-contests-for-adults/

https://www.stressreliefcoloringapp.com/join-contest/

https://www.adultcoloringzen.com/coloring-books-giveaway-july-2020/

https://coloredpencilmag.com/category/giveaways/

Facebook Coloring Challenge Groups

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1677771025778397/

COLORING GIVEAWAY

https://www.colorit.com/blogs/news/tagged/giveaway

CRAFTING GIVEAWAYS

https://www.favecrafts.com/Reviews/Craft-Giveaways

https://emilymidgett.com/2020/08/august-2020-hero-arts-my-monthly-hero-blog-hopgiveaway/

https://jennifermaker.com/cricutgiveaway/

https://www.anniescatalog.com/studio/giveaways.html

https://www.interweave.com/national-craft-month-giveaway-2020/#//

https://www.thegiveawaygazette.com/crafty-giveaways/

https://heyletsmakestuff.com/giveaway/

https://www.gathered.how/competitions/

https://scrapbookexpo.com/tag/giveaway/

CALLS

Call for Submissions: 2020 Fall call

ARTIST

https://www.artistsnetwork.com/art-competitions/

https://www.facebook.com/Creative-Dreams-Art-supply-giveaways-and-sweeps-784216335092633/

KIDS, General

https://www.kiddycharts.com/giveaway/

https://juliesfreebies.com/sweepstakes-list/

Adults, General

https://juliesfreebies.com/sweepstakes-list/

https://freebiemom.com/sweepstakes-list/

There ya go! Have fun!

I Did It!

Have a Rosey Day! Sherry West, SherryWestArt, 2019

I did it!

I can color!

I’m NOT naturally gifted in the coloring department. Not. At. All.

If someone is “artistic” in one area, that doesn’t automatically guarantee they will be artistic in another area….like, say…oh…coloring in my own line work.

As a professional illustrator, I HAVE to be able to color in what I draw. Unfortunately, coloring is NOT my gift. I can draw, but I can’t color. That’s NOT good for a professional artist.

I have to ask others who are good colorists for help in that dept., and lucky for me, there are lots of good ones out there in the area I’ve chosen to specialize in – adult coloring and stamping – who love to color, are good at it, and kindly and graciously volunteer to help me.

After I Publically beg for help.

I have met so many nice people through this method, that I actually look forward to having to ask for assistance because I know I’m going to get some new wonderful friends, as well as some great coloring, out of the whole deal.

There’s a good reason why kids and pets beg….

It works!

Have a Rosey Day! Sherry West, SherryWestArt, 2019

This cute little gal is available in my Etsy shop

Looking for Me?

Looking for me?

Here’s where to find me online.

For the safety and security of my family, I don’t share our physical location, as I’m sure you understand.

FACEBOOK

Sherry West Art Adult Coloring – https://www.facebook.com/groups/SherryWestColoring/

Sherry West, personal Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/sharongwen.west.1

My very own adult coloring group. Come join us!

Sherry West, Artist, Author, Illustrator – https://www.facebook.com/SherryWestArt/

ETSY

SherryWestArt for digital stamps, clip art & adult coloring pages

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SherryWestArt

INSTAGRAM

https://www.instagram.com/sherrywestart/

TWITTER

https://mobile.twitter.com/SherryWestArt


FLICKR

https://www.flickr.com/people/154622585@N04/

MY WEBSITE

SherryWestArt.com

My photography, poetry, art, sketches