The podcast that's all about making stuff.

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In this show:

• My Mom, Pam Harris, returns to the show to talk about planning for your holiday season.

• How can you fit more crafting, cooking, and fun into the holiday season? What's the best way to plan activities, and make them happen?

• ...And what do you do when Life messes with your plan?

Links:

• Have you read, Gingerbread Snowflakes, my Mom's blog? There's lots and lots of wonderful holiday-season stuff there.

• If you liked this show, you'll love Mom's Winter Holiday Survival Planning Guide. (Yup, it's free.)

• Psssst: have you seen my Christmas pinboard on Pinterest?

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:11pm UTC

NYC: Street Dancing 2

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In this show:

Kirsty Hall and I talk about what it means to be more authentic online - whether it's in your blog posts, tweets, or Facebook updates.

• How does authenticity lead people to trust you - and when can it turn them away? What impact does it have on a small craft business?

• Is there anything you really shouldn't share online? .

Links:

• Visit Kirsty at her blog, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Kirsty also mentioned these bloggers:

• Catherine Caine's take on Why "Professional Does Not Mean "Corporate"

• Havi Brooks talks about your right people, and people throwing shoes.

Kate Davis blogs about her experiences recovering from an unexpected stroke.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:10pm UTC

 

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In this show:

• I talk with Marisa Lynch about her current project: revamping one (rather hideous) $1.00 thrift-store dress into something cute and fashionable every day. She blogs about it at New Dress a Day.

• We discuss exactly what goes into a project like this – keeping inspired, managing time, and where one stores hundreds of new garments!

• ...And we talk about Marisa's simple-yet-effective approach to garment reconstruction. There are no advanced tailoring skills needed, and the results are gorgeous.

Links:

• Check out New Dress a Day, where you can see the over 300 (!!!) garment revamps Marisa's completed already.

• Marisa's fame with this project is growing – she's been profiled on TIME's Money blog, and ReadyMade, Green LA Girl, (and numerous other blogs), and The Nate Berkus Show.

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:45pm UTC

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In this show:

• I talk about why it's so important to plan at least some of your blog posts ahead. This is an idea not many bloggers seem to use, but it's really powerful.

• I share some approaches to planning and some tools that work.

• ...And I talk about how the specific benefits you can get from all this planning.

Links:

• As I mentioned in the show, my Mom plans her blog a year in advance. Check out her system!

• Charlie Gilkey offers free downloadable Blog Post Planners each month.

• ...And here's ProBlogger Darren Rowse's take on Building an Editorial Calendar for Your Blog.

• If you haven't heard it already, this podcast is a good companion to another one I did: Craft Blogging: What Should You Write About?

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In this show:

• To further our ongoing discussion of Free and how it affects the craft community, I share my own story of Free. In some ways, Free has created my business. In others, it's created big challenges.

• I talk about the most important by-product of Free: community.

• ...And once again, I welcome your comments on this very complex subject.

Links:

Here's the discussions we've been having about Free so far:

• Paul Overton shares his experiences with Free on Make & Meaning, with Free: a Case Study.

• Paul and I also did a podcast about free a while back.

• Here's a piece I did on Make & Meaning, Free is Not a Marketing Tool. Some really interesting discussion in the comments.

• Kim Werker did an excellent post on her blog about how Free can lead to getting paid, but what you have to do to make that happen. • We also did a liveblog event at Make & Meaning about Free. You can read the transcript here.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:32pm UTC

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&bull; An interview with Kristin Roach, who turned a fun blog idea, <a href="http://www.craftleftovers.com" target="new">Craft Leftovers</a>, into a full-time business... one step at a time.

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&bull; Some discussion on the value of just trying stuff - and being willing to accept successes and failures along the way.

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&bull; Helpful ideas on the value of finding those intermediate steps between you and your big business goals.

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&bull; ...And a really important emerging idea: finding ways to create small income opportunities for other crafters.

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&bull; Visit <a href="http://www.craftleftovers.com" target="new">Craft Leftovers</a> online, where you'll find Kristin's <a href="http://www.craftleftovers.com/blog/blog" target="new">blog</a>, <a href="http://craftleftovers.com/shop/" target="new">shop</a>, <a href="http://www.craftleftovers.com/blog/archive" target="new">patterns and projects</a>.

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&bull; Kristin's zine, <a href="http://www.craftleftovers.com/blog/clm" target="new">Craft Leftovers Monthly</a>, is always a delight - and gives her an opportunity to pay her contributors.

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&bull; Kristin also runs a side business, <a href="http://krostudio.com/" target="new">K.r.o Studio</a>, where she pursues her fine art, teaching, and community projects.

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&bull; Here's that ebook we just released: <a href="http://shop.craftypod.com/cardpaperribbon" target="new">Card. Paper. Ribbon.</a>

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:56pm UTC

 

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In this show:

Paul Overton returns to the show to discuss the idea of Free: how the internet's abundance of free information both enhances and challenges our creative lives.

• We talk about lots of aspects of Free: how it builds community, how it challenges corporate interests, and how it launches crafty careers.

• ...And we talk about some nuts and bolts of using Free in your own craft business.

Links:

We mentioned a whole lot of people in this show. Here they are:

• First, read Paul's excellent post on Make & Meaning - Free: A Case Study

• As you might expect from a discussion about Free on the web, we also mentioned Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, and John Jantsch.

• A really interesting book about the emerging economy of Free is (imagine this) Free, by Chris Anderson. You can get the book for free as an audiobook.

• We also talked about some folks in the craft community who use Free well: Ann Wood, Lee Meredith, and Kathy Cano Murillo.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:15pm UTC

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In this show:

• Let's look at Engagement Marketing, a very important tool for your crafty business in the internet age.

• We'll talk about how blogging, Twitter and Facebook can help you reach new customers... if you use them wisely.

• We'll also look at the most common online marketing mistakes I've seen crafty business owners make in 2009.

Links:

If you want to go deeper into these ideas, check out my ebooks:

Making a Great Blog: A Guide for Creative People

Creating a Blog Audience: An Unconventional Marketing Guide

Social Media for your Crafty Business

You might also like these engagement-marketing resources from around the web:

Trust Agents is a book well worth reading.

• Its co-author, Chris Brogan, writes a great blog.

• Another worthwhile book: The Whuffie Factor, by Tara Hunt.

Direct download: craftypod100101.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:34pm UTC