Every Thursday, Cox's Corner and Artsy Fartsy host a joint link party where you can post links to some crafty things you've done. Remember this post? It was featured at Cox's Corner today!
If either of you end up reading this, Thank You!
So I'm wondering... do you prefer black and white printables like this one, or would you rather I design them in color like this one?
Now, you've got to think about your readers. To keep them coming back, you need to post 2-3 times weekly. As an incentive to come back, I am beginning to post free printables. I also want people to spread the word if they "like" my blog, so I am on twitter, facebook, linkedin, pinterest & google +. My sister told me about Google+. Google Plus has different communities based on specific topics. Join the communities based on the topics you discuss on your blog and share, voilà, more people will click on the link because they are share that interest. To add pinterest buttons to pictures on my blog, I use the handy tool found half way down the page here. Pinterest will have you put in the url and image and even suggested comment of the pin and then will give you the code for the button, which you can copy & paste in Weebly by clicking Elements>More>Custom HTML.
Another way for you to get yourself out there is by linking back to other posts or pages on your site every 200 words or so in your blog and commenting on other blogs. You can also link back to your blog by participating in link parties. According to the professionals over at HitBridge.com, you also want to have a phrase that people would google to find you at the very top of your blog and every page on your site in the header section - notice "Graphic Design in Sherwood, Oregon" at the top of this page? That's what it's there for.
Be "social". Pin your posts, get a Facebook page, Tweet, and join Google Plus. My sister told me about Google Plus. Google Plus has different communities based on specific topics. Join the communities based on the topics you discuss on your blog and share, voilà, more people will click on the link because they are share that interest. Facebook works well if you create a page for people to follow. Weebly has an option for social sharing every time you update your blog. I linked my twitter page to my Facebook page so that now, whenever I post, both are automatically updated.
After they've found out about you, readers may not want to have to check your site for updates. That is where RSS feeds come into play.
What is RSS anyway? According to Mail Chimp (the best website for sending mass email newsletters) "RSS stands for 'really simple syndication,' and it’s an easy way for people to follow updates to your blog without having to check in routinely to see if you’ve posted anything. It’s a great tool, but many people prefer to receive updates in their inboxes instead." I am one of those many people who prefer to receive updates via email. So I found it frustrating when Feedburner was not cooperating and Aweber was asking for money before I even knew how they worked. Well, Mail Chimp is awesome and free and they've outlined all of the details for turning RSS into email newsletters here. Just to show you how awesome the people at Mail Chimp are, I'm also including this link to a fun printable found randomly on their site.
Let's talk about ads. If you use google adsense, you have very little control over what happens on your sidebar as well as the constant changing ads that distract from the very content you're trying to get people to read.
A great way to earn money through advertisements is to follow the example of Jessica Cox. People pay to put their logo on her sidebar and she also offers to review products and blog about giveaways. Lastly, she likes to do guest posts and blog swaps.
Whatever you decide to do, I hope you found this helpful and wish you the best of luck!
Have you ever heard of the nifty knitter? That's about as crafty as I get when it comes to creating something out of yarn... Until NOW.
Today, we miraculously found a hole in the rain for family photos thanks to Annie Ruden (If you're reading this, I'm sad you're moving). I'm excited to see what she got, she has such a talent for finding great lighting and making you feel comfortable. It's no wonder she chose to have a mass family photo session at this time of year. Fall is pretty. Fall in Oregon is BEAUTIFUL! I had to take some photos myself. I only have an iPhone with Instagram, but I'm happy with how they turned out.
In this day and age, there's always something new to talk about, so you may be surprised to find that I'm still talking about last week's Art Summit. It was awesome! Still impressed by the gathering of all the eccentric people who do what they can to steer clear of being grouped or labeled and what they had to say, I decided to create the following printable.
I'm a huge fan of hand lettering and typography in general, so this made sense.
This was my first assignment for my capstone Advertising Class in 2009. I found it while looking for a PDF of the BYU-I brochure I had created around the same time. The brochure ended up somewhere between ones and zeros on an old computer, never to see the light of day, but I was happy to uncover this ad assignment again. After presenting this, my professor asked me to sing, so I stood at the front of the class and sang summertime a cappella. Never thought I would do that for an Ad class. I'm really glad I had Kerry Marsh coach me on that song a few years before, having him as a vocal teacher was an experience I will always be grateful for, thanks mom.
Many of my friends know I sing jazz, but it's not a subject that usually comes up in light conversation. I was really lucky to marry into a family that plays jazz professionally — I must say, by being around them, I found out just how much I didn't know about jazz...
Alex, my husband, doesn't practice on a regular basis (due to the time constraints of his day job) but has a built-in metronome and plays bass very well. His oldest brother, Justin, is an arranger, professional jazz pianist and co-founder of Eagle, Idaho's Fresco Arts Academy (their dad is now the principal of said academy). Ryan plays trumpet, just got his doctorate and is a professor at BYU-Idaho. Nicole is living in Iowa and performing in 2 bands while raising a family, she sings, plays the unlikely banjo (which blends well with the piano), guitar and writes beautiful lyrics. Eric plays drums and is studying computer-technology and sound engineering in Iceland. They have all swallowed some magical metronome that I can't begin to comprehend. This past summer, we had a family reunion and they recorded an album. I've created a site for the album they've created in the past, but I'm excited to hear Eric's mix of this most recent one. Their band is called Second East because it's the street they grew up on in Rexburg, Idaho.
Someday, when the tracks are all mixed and we're ready to really launch the album, I hope to work with Ryan's wife, Holly, to illustrate and create the most awesome parallax website ever.
Book Exchange Letter
the only chain mail / pyramid scheme that won't leave you feeling like a fool