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There projects everyone is working on sound very cool! This weekend I am mostly writing: material for a 40-day challenge on my blog (which has gotten a more positive response than I expected), and getting the first book in a public domain classic literature series ready for Kindle. I'm also hoping to get started on installing a huge dry-erase board in my home office.
Oh yeah, and working on my taxes! (Blech!)
Hi guys, just returned home from a trip and trying to get caught up! Timmery, I like your question. I am trying to make prints of my artwork, however I'm running into all kinds of problems. Have any of you done this? And Timmery, I'm wondering if you've considered making prints from some of your journal covers? My issues are having to do with the color not coming through vivid enough on my prints. I'm using fine art paper, but not sure that I like it. Anybody else tried this?
Thanks to all for adding your insights about the webinar, Square Space, and story telling. I missed the webinar but I feel like I got a lot of the best parts of it from reading the insights here.
Thanks for the plug about Square Space Nathan. Interesting site, I went to their home page and looked around a bit; I do like the clean, sleek look they have.
Happy Friday everyone!
Just wanted to jump in an give a plug for Squarespace. I noticed Ann Rea's website was on Squarespace during the "broadcast" so I looked around a little - it's a very simple, stock site that has absolutely no customization. Most could reproduce her site in a couple hours.
I used to have a web design business that was built on top of the Squarespace platform and I still love it! In fact, I will soon be helping people build websites with Squarespace once again.
It's very powerful and stable, easy to work with, and (one thing people rarely mention) it's fantastic for SEO. Without any work my Squarespace sites naturally out perform traditional sites because serch engines love Squarespace sites.
From an artists perspective, it's beautiful and easy to edit! I just love Squarespace. :)
From Ann Rea's talk on CreativeLive I was deeply reminded of the need to become comfortable with my own story and to share that with others. I tend to be a really private and shy person, but I realize that as humans we are story tellers and keepers and when we share our story that has great power to touch others lives. Not only have I struggled with being a private person, but I often thought of people sharing personal stories when sales were involved was sort of "manipulative" or "shifty"... but that is so NOT true! Just some old beliefs I am moving through. It's ok to be honest. It's ok to tell ones story in the context of sharing and selling your art.
I also really loved the idea from her workshop about building win-win partnerships with other businesses that make sense with your work. Often times, as artists, we can get really caught up in "going for the art shows" or the art markets or whatever. But doing unique things like partnering with wineries, or interior designers, etc. can really open your scope up.
Also, I have a friend who loves squarespace. He says it's very user friendly and easy to make your artwork look amazing. I use Other People's Pixels and Weebly, both are web building platforms and templates. I find them very easy to use as well. I could see how if I would have found out about square space first, I probably would have chosen that because it is very sleek looking. I think it's a great option.
Thanks for the 'heads up' Court. I wasn't able to catch it; I'm going to echo Timmery - love to hear your thoughts. Bille, thanks for adding yours. Squarespace is a website + eccommerce store builder. It's not one I'm familiar with; the idea is that all the coding is done and it's a template that's ready to use.
I saw part of the Ann Rea workshop - i took away the need for a mastermind group, a USP and a plan, plus an e-commerce site. She recommended squarespace. Anybody know anything about Square space?
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