Thursday, February 28, 2013

Add This

The week has been full of information, information, soooo much information.  I actually had to stop and get out of my head this week and so something physical, which did really help.

Preparation for Artisan and Craft Show:
As part of my daughter's art business  we had her design above, along with another design, made into greeting cards through Vistaprint, for her to sell at the craft show in April. They look really good.  (I also received my business cards, but I'm not happy with how I designed them, so I'm going to try again.)

Add This:
I just put the "Add This" button on my site and I think it looks great.  It's that little bar on the bottom that I had always admired and used on other people's sites, but had no idea how to get it on my own. 

Turns out it's pretty easy.  Go to: Add This and sign yourself up.  Like everything I've used to develop my page, it's FREE!  It also will send you fun analytics like how many people pinned something or liked your post.

I also checked out Weebly for developing a free website.  So far I like what I see.  I would want to make sure I can move this blog over, so that will be something to sift around. I've heard some positive feedback you can't beat free design and hosting (unless the quality is poor or the data transfer is slow and in that case you will lose people and that's no good.)
I really like is that it has a market place (that might not be the right term, but a place to sell your art online!) and it seems really easy to use.  They claim you can set it up in 10 minutes or something wild like that.  Free+user friendly+marketplace=why not give it a shot?

If you're using Weebly and have any feedback, please let me know in the comments.  Sweet smelling or bad breath, I'd love to know what you really think of it.

Learning Sponge:
Just wanted to share some updates from my online education this week.  I'm participating in the free webinar "The Right Brainer's 2013 Video Summit."  So far, lot's of helpful tips.  I particularly loved Kelly Rae Roberts and Beth Nicholls talk yesterday.  The videos are available for 48 hours after the broadcast so you may be able to still catch Kelly and Beth.  Here's the lineup for the rest of it:  2013 schedule

I also came across articles posted from two  amazing women in my "Bloom True" group, Candace N'Diaye and Megan Auman.  Their work is very timely and helpful and I'm grateful to have a glimpse of  their greatness:

Candace was a guest blogger on one of my all-time-favorite sites, Kind Over Matter.  Candace shares the shift from being "Corporate" to being a Creative.   If you have a minute and haven't seen it, check it out!  Here's the link: Candace on Kind Over Matter

Megan has a great site that helps Creative's get savvy in business: Designing an MBA
Megan describes the importance of creating a brand that is in line with your product price points.  Megan also has TONS of other helpful information on her site for business minded artists.

It feels like there is much, much more to share, but as I'm suffering from information overload, I will stop there. 

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