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Oops! I got hacked.

Here’s to new beginnings!  I just set up a brand new Instagram account. New name, same art love.  You’ll find it here.

Extra note: even though I got hacked (and yes, that’s something that happens these days and yes it’s scary) It’s not my intention at all to leave you scared that something similar will happen to you. As you will read in the story below I did a very, very stupid thing that caused the hack. Also, to keep your account save, have a look at these Instagram guidelines.

It’s been eleven days since it happened. And after quite a stressful period of sending emails, doing research and stalking Instagram I think it’s time to face the music: ArtisticMoods’ Instagram account got hacked and I don’t think it’s coming back. Oops.

Since then I have been receiving lots of questions about what happened as my account disappeared offline right away. So foremost, this post is to let you know that I’m back! Starting at the very beginning again, I opened a new account.

I don’t want to dwell too much on what happened. I’m also a bit tired of the whole issue and at this point I just want to move on with things. But as this also has some consequences for the blog and I can imagine that people may be wondering what caused this, there are some things I want to share here.

The Blog

For me, the ArtisticMoods Instagram account was more than a place where I share inspiration. It was an important part of my business. A place where I reached out to so many of you and where I collaborated with with artist and art organizations, which I offered exposure. These collaborations allowed me to spend a good amount of time on my blog, which is what I love doing besides working on my ceramics (really, this combination of writing about art and making things myself is GOLD for me). So yeah, this happening has been quite damaging for my business. As the holiday period is also a busy period for my ceramics I will be focusing on that for these last few weeks of this year. But: new blogposts will be shared as soon as January is here. That’s a promise!

So What Happened?

Obviously that’s a question I’ve been getting a lot. And I was quite hesitant to share this because I feel pretty stupid about the whole thing. But I think I should as this may be a lesson that avoids someone getting into a whole lot of  trouble one day: I clicked a link. I clicked on a freakin link I received in my email, which set the whole hacking thing into motion. A link of which I was so sure it came from Instagram as it looked so so authentic, except it wasn’t. Within the hour my account was gone. I received messages from the hacker asking me if I wanted my account back. I never answered them, but I assumed they wanted money in return. Call me stubborn, but I wouldn’t pay a hacker if they asked me 50 cents. So eventually my account ended up being deleted.

Deleted?

Well, I thínk it got deleted. I’m about 95% sure. The help I have been getting from Instagram and Facebook (who owns Instagram) is pretty much non existent and I have read lots of stories of people who experienced the same. Don’t get me wrong, my feelings about Instagram are bitter sweet as their network has allowed me to reach out to so many art lovers and it’s there where I continue to share my ceramics with people (for this I’m very thankful). But when something like this happens, you will end up in a loophole of receiving tons of automated messages that, in my case, didn’t get me any further. I won’t list down all the why’s and how I figured this all out (like I mentioned, I’m a bit tired), but let’s just say that at this point I’m pretty sure it’s gone.

A note to artists

One last thing I do want to share particularly relates to those who share their art online. You may be sharing your work on Instagram or Facebook with lots of success, and that’s great. I do think it is wise to spread your exposure though so that in the event of something happening to that platform, you will have other ways to reach out to your audience. Write a blog or start a newsletter. Pinterest can also be a great platform for sharing visual art. You may not see as much interaction there, but it’s a good spot to lead audience to your website or shop (or any other place on the web that’s important for you). It’s not at all my intention to scare anyone (remember, I pressed a link which caused the hack) but who knows what happens in the future. In general, depending on one channel to reach people just seems a bit risky and not at all necessary.

I think that’s all I have to say about this. Don’t be silly like me, don’t click on links if you have even the slightest suspicion about it! I must say, even though it sucked, I’m pretty calm about things. At this point I’m just super thankful for the love and interest I continue to receive on my ceramics. That’s what is allowing me to move forward with all of this.

And that’s what I’m doing now. Moving forward. Come have a peek at this brand new Instagram I just started!

Ceramics by The Pottery Parade
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The Pottery Parade: October was all about Ceramics!

Note: I sell my ceramics via my Etsy shop, not on my website 🙂 I am currently sold out but will be adding new items soon. All shop updates are announced via Instagram

When I opened my blog this morning I realized that I was still enjoying the late summer sun in the garden at the time of writing my last post. I can’t believe that it’s been more than a month since I shared my last update and I’m so happy to be back! ArtisticMoods had a little blog break. I decided to do this so I could spend more time on my ceramics, which I felt needed more of my devotion after a year in which so much has happened. I was a bit nervous about the break, but I must say: I’m glad that I did it.

Before I start sharing art I love again, here’s an update on what I’ve been doing in my blog break:

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The Crafty Gift Guide on ArtisticMoods
Ceramics, Illustration, Shopping Inspiration, Themes

The Crafty Gift Guide

After sharing lots of Ceramic Gift Guides these last few months, its time to put a spotlight on some other crafty goods that have caught my eye lately. Art prints, wallpapers, hand-woven wall hangings and temporary floral tattoos to celebrate summer in style. Oh, and some ceramics too of course 🙂 All of the items are currently available online and clicking the links will lead you directly to the shopping spots. Enjoy!

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SOCIAL MEDIA FOR CREATIVES – FINAL CALL!

Update: currently 2 spots left for the final coaching sessions! 

Social media for Creatives is an individual coaching session designed for visual artists of all ambitions. It teaches how to showcase your art successfully on channels as Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. The coaching is offered via an individual Skype meeting and the written Social Media Guide.

Final Call

These last two years I have met and helped out many creatives via my online coaching sessions. It has been a fun and incredibly rewarding journey in which I was lucky to meet many talented creatives based worldwide. But as I am moving towards a path where I am starting to focus on my own ceramics more and more, I have reached a point where I would like to dedicate more time to my own creative career. It’s with mixed feelings that I’m announcing that, from upcoming September, I will no longer be offering my coaching sessions. I am very thankful for the many wonderful experiences this activity has brought me!

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Ceramics by The Pottery Parade
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Meanwhile at The Pottery Parade

It has been six months since I launched my ceramics shop, The Pottery Parade. I realized this the other day when I was browsing through my previous posts about my clay adventures. It is so much fun to see all the types of ceramics I created over these last few months; the things I have experienced with and how, even though I’ve been making pots with faces from the beginning, they have somehow changed over time as well.

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Bird on Leaves Brooch - Karen Risby
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The Ceramic Gift Guide #10

A copper plant pot, llama ring holders, cat ornaments and lots of illustrated plates in this week’s Ceramic Gift Guide (I can’t believe we are on guide nr. 10 already!) All of the items are currently available online and clicking the links will lead you directly to the shopping spots. Hope it brings you inspiration!

Pottery Parade shop update

I’ve also been keeping myself busy with my own ceramics a lot lately. A brand new batch came out out the kiln this week and they will be included in my shop tomorrow night (Friday June 22nd), 7pm Central European Summer time!

You can follow The Pottery Parade on Instagram for all shop updates and visit the shop here.

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