What It’s All About

29 06 2010

Well, I suppose if you’re going to start a blog, you should introduce yourself. Of course, I imagine that when you first start a blog only your friends are reading it, so you already know me. But, just to be polite, I’ll introduce myself.

My name is Sarajoy Pickholtz. You can call me Sj.

Here are some important things to know about about me:

  • I love my family
  • I sing barbershop — I’m a lead, though I sang baritone for 17 years
  • I sing in a 5 time Gold-Medal-winning totally awesome record-breaking Sweet Adelines chorus, the Melodeers
  • I also sing with a wonderful, smaller Sweet Adelines chorus, Riverside Chorus
  • I sing in a quartet called Premium Blend
  • I love my cats
  • I’m a webmaster in my “real” job
  • I used to be a graphic artist
  • I was an English major
  • I have a strong, vested interest in my sister and brother-in-law’s business, Gold Medal Ideas and I look forward to some day in the far future when I’ll be able to work at it full time
  • Lots more but this is all that I’m going to start with right now

I’ve been working in and around and with non-profits for over thirty years, and I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks about marketing, fundraising, membership, and participation that I thought I might share in this blog. Since I’m a webmaster, I have some particular web tricks I’d like to share. I know a lot about graphics, so I’m going to answer a lot of questions that you didn’t even know you had.

I envision a kind of interactive blog where I share, you share and we all get great ideas from each other.

That’s it, I think. How this for my first blog entry?

Sj

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29 07 2010
Rosalind Virisheff

Hi Sarajoy
So interesting to read your blog – You and i were obviously meant to be friends!
You already know i’m a Sweet Adeline (currently chapter at large)
I used to be an Art teacher, and have some limited skills in using the computer to do graphics for chorus publicity. I’ve been wondering what would be the most useful direction to take this(study-wize) and I think you’ve answeered my question – go and learn how to use corel draw/paint? I’ve also got myself into a meaty project here called Art From the Margins – currently an exhibition opportunity (within the brisbane Arts Festival) for marginalised people such as homeless and handicapped. I’m just a volunteer there, currently painting wards in a disused hospital as gallery space, and looking at helping run workshops/classes down the track. It’s a growing project with huge scope (lots of need) and a huge struggle for funds in a society which much prefers to value their sports, fashion and selfish lifestyles. I will watch your blog with interest, because i’m keen to learn anything i can that may be of help, and what you do is just so spot on!To think that the facebook world has brought me to you – so amazing! Regards XX Ros

31 07 2010
Sarajoy

Hi Ros!

I’m so excited that you’re finding this blog useful. You put this stuff out there into cyberspace and you really just wonder if you’re talking to yourself (and your relatives.) :)

Your project sounds wonderful! It sounds like you’ve found a fulfilling and meaningful way to use your experience as an art teacher to make a difference. So cool! I can’t wait to hear how it progresses.

There are a few reputable free software programs that may be a good for you to try. I have not used them personally, but have heard good things about them. There’s a free vector program called Inkscape (http://www.inkscape.org/) and a free photo imaging software called paint.net (http://www.getpaint.net/). Also, many digital cameras come with photo editing software that can do some really neat things.

And the wonderful thing about the Web is that there are free tutorials galore.

Good luck and have fun!

:)Sj

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