I've been collecting some really excellent articles and links to share with you. Each one of these pieces is relevant to creative entrepreneurs and those of us who run online businesses. I hope you find something here that interests you!
1.Work Habits: First up are some articles by James Clear. James is a weightlifter and travel photographer, two things totally unrelated to blogging about sewing, but he's also an excellent writer. He's interested in art-making and how we as makers can get in our own way. I find his writing to be clear and insightful, without all the jargon and get-rich-quick promises of so many social media blogs.
James wrote a terrific article for Entrepreneur.com about the importance of just getting started. "An imperfect start can always be improved, but obsessing over a perfect plan will never take you anywhere on its own.
I also recommend this piece from James' blog about why you need to just sit down and work every day. "Professionals set a schedule and stick to it. Amateurs wait until they feel inspired or motivated."
2. Photography: Next are a few really useful articles about how to take photos for your sewing blog. To me what stands out is that you don't need anything fancy (a gorgeous house, expensive props) to get a great photo. It's possible to take beautiful, eye-catching photos wherever you live using simple tools and cropping (lots of cropping).
I enjoyed the two-part photography series from Rochelle over at Lucky Lucille. Rochelle's blog is a visual delight and here she shows you how she achieves the fantastic photos you see. Check out part 1 and part 2.
I learned a tremendous amount from this behind the scenes look at how Brittni of Paper & Stitch styles and shoots beautiful photos for her tutorials.
3. Facebook: If you have a Facebook page for your business and are frustrated with the way that Facebook operates, check out this video about why many of the people who like your Facebook page may never engage with you and may, in fact, be fake.
4. Advice Overload: And finally, Meg Freeman of Elsie Marley reflects on the changing nature of blogging and the deluge of often contradictory blogging advice. Meg, along with Dorie Schwarz, are the women behind the incredibly popular phenomenon that is Kids Clothes Week and will be guests on my podcast on Monday. I hope you'll tune in.
And I have a question for you. You know when you're standing in line at cutting counter at your local fabric store. Then fInally it's your turn and you place six bolts on the cutting table. The lady who's working behind the counter looks at what you've got, then looks at you, and asks, "What are you making?"
I'm curious how this question makes you feel?