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Ten Ways to Write Better Blog Posts

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I finally came across information about writing better blog posts with some meat to it! This is from a podcast I listen to with some regularity, Artists Helping Artists. The host, Leslie Saeta, is a painter but most of her information is applicable to all varieties of artists. Check out the podcast here.

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Pam B Designs is just one of the Rochester Artisans whose work you will see next Saturday at the Artisan Beautification Craft Fair.

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Meanwhile, back in the studio . . . the subject of podcasts came up at a recent dinner and it was suggested (thanks Michele of Michele Kurpisz Designs!) that we share some of our favorites on our website. In listing a few of my personal favorites on our Biz page, I started Googling and found more.

A couple were ones I haven’t listened to in quite some time so they will be back in my rotation now. I remember both CraftSanity and CraftCast when they were first starting out. It’s exciting to see how their businesses and art careers have blossomed since then.

I can’t personally vouch for all of these but they looked good to me and I’ll be checking them all out. If you have favorites you’d like to recommend to others, email me and I’ll add the link to the list.

After the Jump
Art Fair Radio
Artists Helping Artists
CraftCast
CraftSanity (Looks like Jennifer stopped recording these in 2012 but there are 129 podcasts archived for your listening pleasure!)
CraftyPod
Etsy Conversations
Hello Craft
Smart Creative Women
Metalsmith Bench Talk
While She Naps

A Recovering Disorganized Person

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At the suggestion and genuine encouragement of my long-time partner, Steve, I left my super-stressful day job on June 1, 2012. It was definitely a big adjustment, after having had various daily go-to-the-office jobs for 40 years. I was never a job-hopper; I’ve really only worked for a handful of companies. The company I left, had employed me for 17 years. For many of those years I worked 40 hours per week there plus up to 30 hours per week on my art business.

There were things to work through on so many levels. Guilt was a biggie – for not bringing in as much money as I had previously. I bristled at people telling me I had retired. They kept explaining they meant I retired from my former job. But the word retired still irritated me. I was still very busy day-to-day, but in new good, not-stressful ways.

As I tried different avenues in my new life, I felt like I was floundering – something was missing. I finally went to see a psychic that a good friend had gone to and liked. I’ve always wanted to go to one but was afraid. I think most people feel that way. I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t even know what question I wanted answered – I just felt something was missing. I was hoping she could cut through the noise in my head and figure out what I was trying to figure out.

Cutting to the chase, after listening to me talk for a bit she suggested I make lists. To-Do Lists. A huge wave of relief went over me as I told her I used to be a huge list-maker. I used to be so organized that I sometimes felt the need to “tone it down” in front of others. It’s a running joke in my family that even as a kid I would make lists in triplicate, on my clipboard.

She thought perhaps I’d gotten out of the habit because my former job had been so overwhelming at the end. Bingo! I used to laugh/cry to hear my mind think, “I don’t have time to be organized!” Of course that’s ridiculous but I’m sure many of you can attest to being in that mode sometimes, where you are juggling so many balls that if you even slow down for a minute, all of the balls will fall and you’ll never get them going again.

I don’t remember what I paid the spiritual healer (she prefers that term over psychic, understandably) to tell me something as simple as make lists – but it was worth every penny.

Over the last 6 months, I worked to regain my long-forgotten organizational skills. Now I had “permission” to return to my organizational and list-making ways. It was a process, not a switch that was flipped. But now that the new year is in sight, I’m full-on my old self again.

Steve and I recently took a vacation and our trip to the destination resulted in us not being able to sit together for the 2 flights, for various reasons. Since I had no one to talk to, I became a manic list-maker! My mind was rapid-firing on a variety of subjects.

Steve and I both love technology so you’d think I’d being using the coolest app on my iPhone and iPad to makes these lists. Steve is a project manager so he micro-manages his to-do lists with timelines, reminders, categories, subcategories – the works. I’ve tried the Things app too but always go back to the Reminders app. I just like a simple list of line items.

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I have always loved the turning of the calendar to the new year. It always feels like a fresh start, a clean slate. By the time my last art show was done, on December 7, my mind was well into the new year. That, plus the Florida vacation, has my head very confused that we haven’t even had Christmas yet.

I’ve been listening to lots of podcasts by Leslie Saeta, from her Artists Helping Artists series. I high recommend them (you can subscribe through iTunes too). As I go through my notes that I’ve taken while listening, I want to share my experiences here as I try new things in 2014.

Please let me know what’s on your clean slate for 2014!

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