About Me - My Story - How I got into this?
This page is About Me, and my name is Barbara Cederberg.
You will notice that I go by Barb C. - just makes life easier.
I am a fantasy painter.
I have written this page to introduce myself and how I built this site.
I have always been fascinated by nature, fairies, fairy tales and fantasy art.
As a young girl, my world was filled with fairies, dragons, mermaids, unicorns and other mythical creatures.
My earliest memories are filled with idyllic afternoons sitting around rural haystack barns drawing from nature.
I went on to study Art History at the University of Toronto and developed a love of Egyptology and medieval and ancient art forms.
I wanted to be a "work at home" mom.
I have taken several stabs at that over the years with mixed results.
I have worked in consulting, have had a retail store from my home in the country, have taken my products on the road to shows, even dragging my twin daughters with me.
Some of these things I have had some success with, but there was always an idea of what working at home should be like, just out of my reach.
I painted while I was on the phone, and while I was taking care of my girls.
I made furniture and took it on the road, just so I could sell the painting on the furniture.
I kept thinking there must be an easier way.
Find out how I did it at About SBI.
I'll be honest though, the retirement idea was looking a little hard to achieve. Being a single mom and only making the bills has diluted my investments.
I learned how to surf the internet and found it fascinating, but there was so much more.
Then I started thinking that I could learn and I really started to research how some artists got their products out there.
The internet and building a website seemed like an idea that might work for my retirement.
I knew so little about the internet that I was sure it would take me that long to learn everything I needed to know in order to build it.
I looked all over the place, and was tempted by the Get Rich Quick Schemes or GRQ - but I found an organization that teaches how to build a real business on the internet.
I started to come up with ideas from my passion, and next thing I knew I was creating coloring pages and even delving into the paper doll world that I loved as a child.
Wow and I can explain all about how I built this site at my About SBI page.
SBI or Site Build It, is a company that hosts my site.
They are so much more.
I have heard that there used to be 56 Million, and now there are 165 Million sites on the internet.
Once I cross over the line into the top 1 million that is apparently the top 1%.
This means I am in the top 2% or 3% now!
A non-techie artist.
Except that my traffic is still going up!
I have noticed articles about what to do that is inexpensive for entertainment, and it looks like more folks are hitting the internet.
Articles that talk about old projects under the bed. I laugh because who doesn't have a few of those around the house somewhere.
Let's face it drawing, coloring and painting are pretty cheap and very creative hobbies.
I have talked with people on the SBI forums and more and more people there are very positively focused.
The internet seems to be a way to really take your financial future in your own hands. Not relying on any employer.
Sounds good to me.
So thank you Internet.
Thank you SBI
and most of all thank you my visitors.
While my site was growing, I finally realized and through the help of people in the SBI forums that I had missed something fairly important.
My site was too broad.
Plain and simple I was trying to win too many big areas of search.
So... you may have noticed but I have completely overhauled my site.
I have focused on these topics - coloring, drawing, and I have dropped the Scrapbooking side of things.
Since I have narrowed the scope of my site, everything has just taken off.
I am very excited by the results and my traffic is really snow-balling now.
Thanks SBI, I'm on my way (as a tortoise) to really building a business.See... I did not quit.
Wow! I haven't updated in some time - see my new site? I have changed the whole "Look and Feel" of the site. The layout and color scheme, and have in fact learned some more Html and CSS which makes building a site more flexible, easy to fix things and change over all of the pages. I love it, and again SBI taught me all this.
More I have updated my drawing book, and I feel very good about it now as the sort of "bible" of fairies-tales-art.com drawing.