EelKat Wendy C Allen - zdark Fantasy Author

2018 April/May/June Update:

As you know, most of the year I publish 2 to 3 articles a day.

However, every year during convention season, I take a break from that to go full swing CosPlay.

From early April 2018 to late June 2018, article posting schedule will be sporadic, while CosPlay Season and Convention events are going full swing.

During this time period, you can expect most, possible all new articles to be focused on costume making, CosPlay, and the characters I'm CosPlaying.

UPDATE: It's now divided into 7 pages. The primary page "Meet Avallach" is now over 20,000 words long. At this rate, it'll cross 60,000 long before the costume is finished, and that's not including the other 5 pages. The primary page has now crossed 60,000 89,000 words and counting, the whole set of Avallac'h pages are now more than 200,000 words long, and more then 500 pictures of Avallac'h and his friends have now been uploaded on these pages, plus there are now 400+ hour-long videos f the costume making process as we record live, every second of this insanely elaborate, over the top CosPlay project.

As of May 19, just 29 days to PortCon we are embroidering his blue coat in a countdown against the clock to finish in time for the event, while we pray that The Dazzling Razzberry will be re-weilded back together and drivable in time for PortCon, after it's recent vandalism by Old Orchard Beach's ever growing Ku Klux Klan problem.

There will still be daily updates, but the BULK of the daily updates will be limited to the pages linked here:

  1. The Avallac'h CosPlay: Who is Avallac'h?
  2. Obsession: Meet Avallac'h
  3. [NSFW] Avallac'h & His Nude Women | Witcher 3 Game Screenshots
  4. Historical Accuracy vs Avallac'h (to go live later this summer)
  5. The Avallac'h CosPlay Costume Making Vlogs (will go live AFTER finishing the costume)
  6. How To Make The Avallac'h CosPlay (will go live AFTER PortCon)
  7. How Much Did It Cost? ($800+ will run to around $3,000) Budgeting The Avallac'h CosPlay (eing written as the costume is being made, will go live after completion of the costume)
  8. Why do children CosPlay rapists & rape victims? & WHY Avallac'h is a M18+ character. 
  9. PortConMaine 2018
  10. On Being a Handicapped CosPlayer: A Look At Events of PortConMaine 2017 That Resulted In 3 Disabled CosPlayers Getting hurt at The Convention and How These Things Could Have Been Avoided

After PortCon Update:

PortCon 2018 is over... but the making of the Avallac'h CosPlay is not. It is not possible to make a costume as detailed as I'm making in fewer then 400 hours, and only 129 hours went into the simplified first run version you saw at PortCon'18. The complete version will not be seen until PortCon'19

If you want to see this costume in person and watch it's progression onward as I continue to expand it... I'll be wearing it at the monthly Maine Association of CosPlay Enthusiasts (M.A.C.E.) events, throughout 2018 and 2019, you are welcome to join us. The list of current events can be found here: This list is updated monthly, so be sure to check back often to find all the dates, locations, and details of events.

Thoughts on Using Pinterest For Zazzle Promos
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MarShelle Jacobs

MarShelle Jacobs

Posted: November-16-17 10:43:56 PM 

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Is there an advantage to going through your pinterest boards and getting rid of old stuff that never generated any traffic?

If you have a LOT of products you'll HAVE to delete pins. Pinterest has a pin limit. It was 10,000 pins but I think they increased it to 50k now? I've got more than 20k products across all of my Zazzle stores combined, if I tried to pin all my products I'd hit Pinterest's limit and never have any pins for my blogs.

I'm an author (Fantasy novels), and a content writer (the website in my sig here) the site has 10k+ pages (been adding pages daily since 1996) and every new page gets pinned. I publish around 4 new novels a year and so pins for that go out.

But then the bulk of my pins are me collecting other people's pins (mostly recipes and crafts that I want to make, so save them on pinterest so I can find them again easily)

In the end, if I used Pinterest just to self promote, I'd hit the pin limit in under a month. I just have way too many products (not just on Zazzle, but including my non-Zazzle career as well).

I find it's far more to my advantage to use Pinterest as intended: a social network; rather then using it for self-promo of my products. Thus rather than blasting everyone with lots of pins of my new products, I instead repin other people's pins, and share those of FaceBook and Twitter. I've got 100 boards and topics range from quotes I like to cute cat photos to gardening tips to my fave music videos. All my recipes collections are separated (tofu board, winter drink board, summer drink board, cupcake board, bread board, mac&cheese board, pizza board, etc) I think I have fewer the 5 boards that are self-promo. I have one called "Art by EelKat" that is for my Zazzle products, and one called "Books by EelKat" that is my novels and book release updates, and one that is "Interviews with EelKat" that is my YouTube videos about how I make my art and write my books, then one that is "Eelkat's vlogs" which is my vlog. So that's 4. Yep. Less then 5. Yeah, I've 100 boards and 4 are self-promo the rest are my collections of other people's pins.

People are far more likely to follow you and repin your pins if you act like a screaming fan girl loving on other people's pins, then if you just spam them to death with self promo pins. At least, that's what I've found.

That's why, every time I send out a self-promo pin, I then re-pin 3 to 5 pins by other people. I try to make sure my repin of other people's stuff is way higher then my pinning of my own stuff.

I'll do that until I get close to the pin limit, then, I'll go back through all my old pins, and anything that has "0" interactions I delete. Then anything that is outdated I delete. Anything I've lost interest in, I delete. Stuff that's no longer relevant I delete.

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