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Title: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on January 08, 2012, 07:48:54 PM
We are looking for a few good people! Who can write and be regular monthly contributors to the Handmade Artists Blog (http://handmadeartistsforum.com)We have tried this so many times, we get a couple here  and there who have helped over the years, but then drop off. The thought this time is not ask for 2 people to do it all but get like 30, if possible, to sign up for one post a month.There will be an area on the blog, called contributors, each author will have a bio about them linked to the contributor page. This way you can list all your links to your shops and have a pic of your self ect. This is the concept and we are looking for volunteers that are willing to put up a monthly post on handmade. Just as long as your post has something to do about the handmade industry it is fine. You can write about tutorials, features, business tips, suppliers, the sky is the limit.
So who is in?
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: LisaE on January 08, 2012, 10:37:44 PM
I'm in.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: gemlover on January 10, 2012, 08:07:35 AM
I'll take a swing at it.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: Larissa on January 12, 2012, 09:20:46 AM
I'm in.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on January 12, 2012, 09:48:41 AM
3 is a great start, this will move forward but may take a bit to get started. We need a bio from everyone and a personal photo of you. Kimberly is working on our bio so hopefully we will have an example up so everyone can get an idea of what it will look at. This will be a pretty powerful blog when everything is all merged so I think it good you guys are getting in on the ground floor with this, new idea. I think it will be a hot spot and the place to be eventually.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: CraftedRoots on January 12, 2012, 11:39:31 AM
I would like to help out. :D
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: dahlish on January 12, 2012, 05:10:33 PM
I could handle a post a month :)
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: CrochetHooked on January 14, 2012, 05:25:49 AM
I'll give it a whirl... Count me in. ;o)
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: lisianblue on January 15, 2012, 12:31:20 AM
 :) that's me raising my hand!!!  But, I gotta get home and get settled in a bit before I can get much going - come bonk me over the head if I forget to get back to you in a week or so ok!  I'm heading home Monday - but need some time to get things back in order!!  Great idea guys!!!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on January 20, 2012, 09:51:25 AM
So glad to have some volunteers. Not sure but I think we might wait till the merge to start this although it really doesn't matter either way. Because everything is going to get moved so it's not like something will get lost.
What we need from everyone is a bio, and a pic of the you, any relevant links to you.
The idea is we will have a contributor page with everyone on it, a little blurb about the contributors and a link to the full bio of each contributor. Maybe a few pics would be better. Your best pics, like a product pic, logo if you have one, and pic of you for the full bio page.
Don't post them here, just email us.
We'll start putting together the contributors page, and make sure everyone has proper permissions on the blog. Now permissions may need to be edited again after the merge not sure.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on January 31, 2012, 10:21:58 AM
We also have NancysWildWireArt who contacted me privately.
Looks like everyone here with the exception of craftedroots is a member of the shop. Now we'll work that out as she doesn't have to be a seller just registered as a buyer, but the site changes coming I wouldn't bother registering if you haven't already crafted, we should have an integrated login eventually and this will not be an issue.
Kimberly is working our our bio, I have received one from Larissa as well. I don't think I have anyone else yet. So get me your bios when you get a sec, include pictures of your work and a picture of yourself. We want to make this a personal look into our contributors.

Now saying all that and with the impending merge of the forum blog into the shop blog all will be one soon enough. So we are going to move forward with setting this up on the current shop blog as it is not going to change just move to a new domain and everything with it.
I need to play with privledges on the blog to figure out exactly how it is going to work. It should be as simple as changing individual permissions.
There will be some guidelines for posting as well.
The issue is that right now we have it set up that all new posts go to the front page of the shop. If we don't want it on the front page we go to the last published post and just hit update and it goes to the front page. Honestly we want to have a bit of control over the front page. Some posts do not belong on the front page. All the post I've written on selling tips did not make it to the front page for more than a couple of seconds.

What we'll probably do is just keep new posts from our contributors and put them into moderation. That way we can check before publishing as we move along this may change as everyone becomes comfortable.
Some of you may be familiar with this but wordpress has a featured image function. For our purposes the featured image should be the first one in your post. So please keep this in mind when picking your images. When you upload your image you'll see a place to make this your featured image. The size of the first image needs to be 350pix by 220pix, this is the size of the image on the front page of the shop which shows the latest blog post. So if there is a chance that your post will make it to the front page of the shop, the first image and content of the post will be critical. We've just been posting feature there, but we have no issues posting other content as well, just keep in mind that the shop is just that a shop and we need to keep that in mind with what we put on the front page.

Anyway as we move along I'm sure everyone will get the hang of things and once a month is plenty of time to formulate your post. We will be there to help as well. I'm excited about having set contributors, this will help give the site some diversity as Kimberly and I have been the only one doing the writing so far.

So lets get some bio's going!!
Thanks
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on January 31, 2012, 11:33:28 AM
I set up everyone so far as an Author, you will be able to set up posts and when done you just submit it for moderation. To get to the admin area of the blog you need to be logged into to the shop or you can login here on this screen http://handmadeartistsshop.com/blog/wp-admin Regardless of where you login in you need to go to the above link to reach the dashboard.
So you can login and play or set up posts if you want. We will set up the contributors page soon as we get more bios.
Thanks and let me know if you have any questions.
Andrew
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: CrochetHooked on January 31, 2012, 12:17:50 PM
 :o :o :o  Oopsie!  Forgot about the Bio's   :o :o :o

I'll work on it this week ;o)  Thanks for the reminder!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: lisianblue on January 31, 2012, 05:19:26 PM
Yikes - a bio and a pic? that's going to be the hard part! hehe, oh seriously, I will try to get this done asap - but it may take until next week - unless I can use a pic of me that's about 15 yrs old!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: LisaE on January 31, 2012, 08:25:41 PM
Okay, the bio and pic are much more intimidating than the pieces.  I will get to it asap.  The picture will be either 1 1/2 or 12 years old.  The one on the forum at the moment is 12 years old.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: dahlish on January 31, 2012, 08:40:07 PM
Ack!  I've forgotten about it too; will get to it when my house isn't filled of barfing, coughing sickies.   ;D
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: LisaE on January 31, 2012, 08:43:40 PM
Ack!  I've forgotten about it too; will get to it when my house isn't filled of barfing, coughing sickies.   ;D
Hope you all feel better and I'm happy I am not at your house.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: dahlish on February 01, 2012, 04:31:54 PM
Ack!  I've forgotten about it too; will get to it when my house isn't filled of barfing, coughing sickies.   ;D
Hope you all feel better and I'm happy I am not at your house.

lol thanks!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: startsarts on February 06, 2012, 03:33:48 PM
I'm in!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on February 06, 2012, 03:36:28 PM
I'm in!
Great starts! Send me a bio with some pics and a pic of you.
We will get off our butts soon and get this going, I think it will be great to get some other voices going. :D
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: lisianblue on February 07, 2012, 06:38:28 PM
I'm in!
Great starts! Send me a bio with some pics and a pic of you.
We will get off our butts soon and get this going, I think it will be great to get some other voices going. :D
lo Andrew, you probably need to sit on your butt once in a while & I'm willing to bet even if you are sitting, you're probably doing something!  I've got a couple of pics I can use - but will have to wait till I get home - but the bio part is another story.  will try to get something done as soon as I can when I get home.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on February 12, 2012, 07:51:07 PM
Take your time, we are way behind. We'll get it done though. So you remember that you were one of the original contributors? Thanks for all your help.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: LisaE on February 14, 2012, 02:20:55 AM
I haven't sent my bio yet because I figure the more time that passes, the more my bio will develop, plus, given enough time, I might be able to lose the weight I gained before I take a picture.  ;D 
Please let me know when there is a deadline, I work much better under pressure  :)
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: Larissa on February 14, 2012, 11:21:49 AM
I haven't sent my bio yet because I figure the more time that passes, the more my bio will develop, plus, given enough time, I might be able to lose the weight I gained before I take a picture.  ;D 
Please let me know when there is a deadline, I work much better under pressure  :)

You're funny!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on February 17, 2012, 08:17:01 AM
Sorry about the delay in getting this going, we'll get it moving soon, just haven't had any time to get things set up.
Sorry guys
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: RiverRockArts on February 17, 2012, 08:40:30 AM
I would love to help...and have my own blog too...but I have never blogged before and would not know what to write about.  It's something I want to work on when time permits.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on February 20, 2012, 03:19:35 PM
Ok I've started adding contributors to the blog vhttp://handmadeartists.com/blog/category/contributors
Now once I get a few more I'm going to make a page with a blurb about each person, linking to their full post about them.
So far I only have 3 bios, did I miss anyone that sent me a bio already? If so please resend it to me.
For those who haven't sent a bio yet, send it when you can anyone that has already submitted a bio can start doing your monthly posts whenever you are ready to start.
To login into the blog admin go here handmadeartists.com/blog/wp-login use your shop login to get in.
Let me know if anyone has any questions!!
Thanks everyone, and I hope you enjoy this, I honestly think it will be fun to get some different voices out there posting.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: LisaE on February 21, 2012, 12:14:40 AM
Ok I've started adding contributors to the blog vhttp://handmadeartists.com/blog/category/contributors
Now once I get a few more I'm going to make a page with a blurb about each person, linking to their full post about them.
So far I only have 3 bios, did I miss anyone that sent me a bio already? If so please resend it to me.
For those who haven't sent a bio yet, send it when you can anyone that has already submitted a bio can start doing your monthly posts whenever you are ready to start.
To login into the blog admin go here handmadeartists.com/blog/wp-login use your shop login to get in.
Let me know if anyone has any questions!!
Thanks everyone, and I hope you enjoy this, I honestly think it will be fun to get some different voices out there posting.

Any chance of seeing other bios for inspiration?  I hate writing about me.  I'd be happy to write a bio for someone else. :)
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on February 21, 2012, 07:35:04 AM
http://handmadeartists.com/blog/category/contributors
Look her Lisa there are 3 up so far
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on February 28, 2012, 12:04:26 PM
Ok the Contributors page is up http://handmadeartists.com/blog/contributors take a peak and let me know what you think. This is one page with a quick blurb about each artist, the read more links to the full post, the title links to their shop.
Looks like I'm missing about 5 or 6 bios, whenever you get them done just shoot me an email and we'll put them up,
Crochet Hooked did her first contributor post today, congrats and thanks http://handmadeartists.com/blog/promoting-my-shop-with-handmadeartists-com

Very good start with this , hopefully once everyone gets going with monthly posting, we will be able to keep the blog vibrant and moving. So looking forward to this.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: Momwithahook on February 29, 2012, 02:34:43 PM
I'll do a post. @Crochethooked, that was great. Let me know the day and I'll schedule it.

Not sure if you already have this but a google calendar with contributor signup days might work. That way you can send email reminders to folks who are writing. [it's how I write for my own blog]
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: LisaE on March 01, 2012, 01:21:53 AM
Hi,
Sorry I haven't submitted my info yet.  Tomorrow night, I return home and life will be more normal.  I promise to get it in soon.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: CrochetHooked on March 01, 2012, 02:09:55 AM
Ok the Contributors page is up http://handmadeartists.com/blog/contributors take a peak and let me know what you think. This is one page with a quick blurb about each artist, the read more links to the full post, the title links to their shop.
Looks like I'm missing about 5 or 6 bios, whenever you get them done just shoot me an email and we'll put them up,
Crochet Hooked did her first contributor post today, congrats and thanks http://handmadeartists.com/blog/promoting-my-shop-with-handmadeartists-com

Very good start with this , hopefully once everyone gets going with monthly posting, we will be able to keep the blog vibrant and moving. So looking forward to this.

Andrew -  http://handmadeartists.com/blog/contributors
I like the layout better this way!  2 thumbs up! 

Part 2 of your post - You are very welcome! Big thank you’s to You and Kimberly for all your help!  Couldn’t do it without you!   8)  That’s Right!  :evil:
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 01, 2012, 02:29:09 PM
Glad you like it, the contributor category view was just to put the contributor bio's themselves. The way it is set up is  I made contributor page, each one links to their individual bio.
The category was just for convienece but it is a live page, just has no links to it.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 01, 2012, 08:26:11 PM
Latest contributor post https://handmadeartists.com/blog/count-the-cost on the front page!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: RDHwirework on March 05, 2012, 01:06:59 AM
I'll do a blog post after I'm settled in the shop and have my physical studio done. I've spent the last few days ripping out a wall and putting up shelving so I have a permanent jewelry space! Now to finish organizing...

Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: Larissa on March 05, 2012, 01:09:40 AM
I didn't realize we were even starting this.  I'll do something too.  :D
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: lisianblue on March 05, 2012, 04:04:11 PM
Take your time, we are way behind. We'll get it done though. So you remember that you were one of the original contributors? Thanks for all your help.
lo and what fun it was! and still reaping the rewards of helping out! Thank You!
so, I was trying to leave a comment on the contributors page - but couldn't log in!  tried the password I used to use on there and the one I use for the forum & the shop, but they didn't work either.
One other ? - what size do our pics need to be for the contributor page????
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 05, 2012, 04:13:18 PM

 I was trying to leave a comment on the contributors page - but couldn't log in!  tried the password I used to use on there and the one I use for the forum & the shop, but they didn't work either.
One other ? - what size do our pics need to be for the contributor page????

Only use your shop password user and password from now on. I need to get the cookie length changed on the shop, the forum will keep you logged in until you log out, the shop will log you out after a time not sure how long.
The featured pic needs to be 350x220, the rest can be whatever you need. It is set up so that when you do a post it will go into moderation for us to check and tweak before publishing anyway.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: lisianblue on March 05, 2012, 04:18:32 PM
hehe okay I logged into the shop and was able to leave a reply - cool!  guess I'll go work on a bio! after I do a blog for the blog ring.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: myeuropeantouch on March 06, 2012, 07:39:28 AM
Okeeeeyyyyyyy...you talked me into it..... :D

I will try one post a month..... ;D

Where do I submit my bio and pics?????
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 06, 2012, 07:43:39 AM
You email them to me.
My email admin AT handmadeartistsshop.com
Once I get your bio, I will put it up and change your posting permissions on the blog to editor or author, I forget which one is was right now.
Thanks so much!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: myeuropeantouch on March 06, 2012, 07:54:14 AM
You email them to me.
My email admin AT handmadeartistsshop.com
Once I get your bio, I will put it up and change your posting permissions on the blog to editor or author, I forget which one is was right now.
Thanks so much!

You should have it all now...let me know if the oics came thru.....;o)
thanks for all you do, Monika
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 06, 2012, 08:13:24 AM
Got it Monika, it will be a bit till I get to it so be patient with me.
There are admin login issues on the blog for some reason, it keeps booting you from admin, so anyone trying to contribute just hold on a bit, we are looking at it.
Thanks,
Andrew
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 06, 2012, 09:26:29 AM
The admin login seems to be working better now so maybe it is fixed for those trying to contribute.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: startsarts on March 06, 2012, 09:45:39 AM
What I am experiencing is that when I log in it takes me to the main page but then when I click posts it goes back to the log in page...now if I log in again immediately it takes me to the posts page...and I can walk though like that...logging in every step...but i can't save edits to my post.  Hope this helps:)
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 06, 2012, 09:50:38 AM
Clear your cookies and cache and try again, that was happening to me this morning but not now. Maybe that will help.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: startsarts on March 06, 2012, 09:53:56 AM
Ya, I did that first thing...I'll try it again tho.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: startsarts on March 06, 2012, 09:58:49 AM
Sorry, still not working...I'll check back a little later and try again:)
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: startsarts on March 06, 2012, 03:34:27 PM
Yay it works now!!! Andrew my post is all ready to go. Thanks:)
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 06, 2012, 03:36:25 PM
WOW, I was just ready to tell you that I think I fixed it. I t was plugin interfering with something just had to find the culprit. I'll take a peak in a bit
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 06, 2012, 04:01:45 PM
Yay it works now!!! Andrew my post is all ready to go. Thanks:)

I sent you an email, the pics didn't stick, might of had something to do with the plugin I removed can you try to fix them. Hit the upload button on top left to upload pics. You can do from url if is in your shop, I do not want to do from url from an outside domain though as it depends on that domain working correctly. Then choose or upload a pic for the featured pic that is 350x220 pixels. Email when you are done. Or hit submit again and we'll see if it sends me another email.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: myeuropeantouch on March 06, 2012, 04:24:14 PM
I tried to log in, wont go for me....yet.... :(
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 06, 2012, 04:27:06 PM
I haven't changed your permissions yet, but that shouldn't stop you from logging in.
http://handmadeartists.com/blog/wp-admin
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: startsarts on March 06, 2012, 04:46:22 PM
ARG!...ok now the post is completely empty - all my words and pics are gone! I think I'm giving up for today:)
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 06, 2012, 04:52:41 PM
ARG!...ok now the post is completely empty - all my words and pics are gone! I think I'm giving up for today:)

BOOOOOOM ;D
LOL just kidding, it is there i restored an autosave.
If you blow something up scroll down below the post and your will see autosave posts below, just restore an earlier saved version.
You'll get the hang of it. :D
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: startsarts on March 06, 2012, 05:15:41 PM
Wow i thought the BOOM could only be heard in MY head. I'll try again tomorrow, thanks Andrew:)
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 06, 2012, 05:18:01 PM
:D :o :o :o :o :o :o :o ;D
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: myeuropeantouch on March 07, 2012, 12:41:15 PM
Andrew, Just submitted my contribution....for March....
Please proof read...I am also known as the typo queen..... :P :o ;D
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 07, 2012, 04:35:37 PM
Will do later, your contributor bio post should go off tonight. Just so you know just as long as you hit submit for your post we will receive an email. So just hit save until your ready to submit, hit submit and we will automatically be notified.
Thanks,
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: myeuropeantouch on March 07, 2012, 06:20:20 PM
I will get it....sorry...I am technically challenged....(smile)
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 07, 2012, 06:22:47 PM
I will get it....sorry...I am technically challenged....(smile)
I was just saying I will look at it when I get a sec. I haven't even seen it yet.
So no digs on you. ;D
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 09, 2012, 03:17:50 PM
We'll just a quick update on this. I'm caught up with bios, so those who are missing just hook me up when you get a chance. I've already published the first 2 posts by our new authors.
So you guys can start writing posts as you get time. I know we asked for one a month, but you can do more if you want, not stopping you. Now every post will not make it to the front page, but some will, especially those that are helpful.
Just to remind everyone, the subject is broad "Handmade", but really think about what you're offering. We are looking for encouragement, tutorials, selling tips, promotion tips, designs,concepts. This is broad, so try to think about what you are giving to the handmade community with your posts, you can and should put a link to your shop or bio, but just remember this isn't writing about you or your shop it is about contributing to the handmade community.
So I'm really looking forward to everyone jumping in and starting with contributor posts.
We still have room for more as well, so if you're interested in getting involved in contributing,  it is only once a month minimum. So not a lot of time required. Let us know :D:D
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: Uniqlets on March 10, 2012, 11:32:08 PM
If I send you my bio, would you please tell me if it sounds lame before you publish?  I hate writing about me.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: myeuropeantouch on March 11, 2012, 04:48:24 AM
Hmmmm...looks like I did shoot way away from the concept.....with my first contribution. Will get better, I promise... :o :-[
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 11, 2012, 07:46:22 AM
If I send you my bio, would you please tell me if it sounds lame before you publish?  I hate writing about me.
Yes of course we will Lisa
Hmmmm...looks like I did shoot way away from the concept.....with my first contribution. Will get better, I promise... :o :-[

I don't think you missed the mark, you're story was inspirational.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 17, 2012, 08:34:50 PM
Anyone else interested in becoming a contributor? We have 6 up officailly, and few more that want to help once they get their bios done. I was hoping to have 20 or 30 that way we could actually put up a new blog post everyday. If everyone does one post a month it will be little stress, and the blog can keep building. The blog is honestly a huge part of our site and I'm so glad everything is now merged. Google indexes the blog instantly and it is deemed as more relevant information than the forum. Google is constantly indexing the forum as well, but blog posts carry more weight. So looking for help and volunteers here for those interested. And for those that already volunteered please try to put up at least one post a month. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Thanks
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 19, 2012, 06:54:08 PM
Nancy's latest contribution is on the front page https://handmadeartists.com/blog/are-you-over-committed/ as well. Thanks Nancy, can't wait to see everyone elses! This is really going to be great once we get rolling full steam!
Thanks again to all!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 24, 2012, 08:52:51 PM
Anybody else want to jump in on this? You will be featured here as a contributor http://handmadeartists.com/blog/contributors/
Really want to get this moving. Just so everyone understands, google likes blogs. Google likes blogs a lot. Did I say Google likes blogs?

Anyway the thought is this, if we can put up a new post daily it will help the entire site including everyones shops and then some.

All we are asking for is one post a month. That's it, the post needs a little thought though.
It needs to be about handmade or handmade business, or selling tips, or tutorials or anything along those lines. Anything that would benefit our audience and handmade.

Those that signed up already please be thinking about your contribution and or getting me your bio or both. The only way this is going to work is if we actually do it. Thanks to everyone who has shown interest in this and please let me know if you have any questions.
Andrew
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 30, 2012, 09:57:44 AM
Latest contributor post http://handmadeartists.com/blog/not-your-everyday-animal-sculptures/ Thanks Beverly!

I know people are struggling with ideas now for what to post, so hang in there and keep the thinking caps on. Every post doesn't have to be earth shattering, but is should have some quality content that can assist or inspire us in the handmade walk.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on April 08, 2012, 06:46:30 PM
I would like to welcome iKnitQuiltSew as our latest addition to our contributors, with her first post published. Take a peak http://handmadeartists.com/blog/taking-your-online-store-to-the-street/
Great to see this getting started. For those that wanted to be a contributor and still haven't submitted a bio, just shoot me an email when you get it done so we can get it posted for you.

Lets get our thinking caps on for our monthly posts so we can keep this moving. Thanks so much to all who signed up!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on April 10, 2012, 07:18:38 PM
Latest contributor post https://handmadeartists.com/blog/the-history-of-mosaic-art/ thanks Monika!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: lisianblue on April 29, 2012, 03:23:42 AM
 :-[ :-[ :-[ I really haven't forgotten about this - I just keep just spacing it out! and just not organized since I got home - and now I'm about to leave again! but this time I'm taking my computer with me.  Hopefully that will work out better.
I sort of scanned back through this - not sure if just missed it or what - should we write our bios on the blog or write it up and email it? I'm having a harder time writing my bio than getting ideas, I have some ideas.  Sorry andrew.  :-[

One other?
how do we get our avatar to show up when we post a response to a blog??
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on April 29, 2012, 06:34:31 AM
Bios are sent to me by email. Please do not apologize Lisian
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: lisianblue on April 29, 2012, 08:49:47 AM
Ok! Thank you, you're so sweet Andrew.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: gemlover on April 29, 2012, 02:15:08 PM
How do I submit a blog?  I can't find a way to do it anymore.

John
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on April 29, 2012, 02:29:32 PM
John, just log into the shop and then go here http://handmadeartists.com/blog/wp-admin

Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on May 08, 2012, 09:05:09 AM
Well John Rasmussen as been added to the list of contributors, that is 8 so far. Would love to see more jump in! Thanks so much for all that have taken the plunge so  far and we look forward to seeing your submissions for the month of May! Thanks again.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on May 15, 2012, 10:44:06 AM
Anybody else interested in becoming a contributor? All we are looking for is one post a month, that's it. Unfortunately I do not have time to write, and Kimberly is swamped with the weekly featured artists. So we are looking for some help here. Maybe another 10 or 20 volunteers! The thought is that if we have 20 to 30 monthly contributors then the front page and the blog would have fresh content daily. But we cannot do it by our selves. So looking for more volunteers. Remember all our contributors will be listed here http://handmadeartists.com/blog/contributors/ and all articles written will have a link to your shop as well. Trust me every little bit helps.
Thanks again, we couldn't do it with out you!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on May 24, 2012, 03:08:36 PM
We have had a couple cool contributor posts this week one for custom orders and on a tutorial for polymer. Take a peek http://handmadeartists.com/blog/
Great work guys!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on May 27, 2012, 02:55:28 PM
Latest contributor post by John http://handmadeartists.com/blog/photography-basics-the-camera/
Still looking for more contributors, maybe 20 or so. All we are asking for is one post a month, that's it, and you'll get featured on the contributor page. Each article you write will be linked to your shop and it will definitely help with exposure.

It will also give great support to Handmade Artists' and your fellow members. So jump in and contribute!!
Thanks 8)
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on June 11, 2012, 01:55:57 PM
bump
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: wirequeen on June 16, 2012, 01:22:27 PM
I'm in. Did this go anywhere I don't remember a notice to move forward on this.

Let me know Please,

Michelle
http://wirequeen.blogspot.com
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on June 16, 2012, 04:25:42 PM
Michelle,
Yes we are accepting monthly contributor posts. All you need to do to start is write up a bio with a picture of you to be added to our contributor page here http://handmadeartists.com/blog/contributors/
Once your bio is up we'll give you back end access to the blog so you can start contributing.
We'll be here to help and answer any questions you may have.

Thanks,
Andrew
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: TheAlchemistsVessel on June 23, 2012, 09:21:33 AM
If it isn't too late, I would like to sign up as a contributor, although I post my own blog five days a week, I could give a once a month post a whirl, after all that's twelve posts vs the 300 some odd I have to create for my own.

I'll just copy and paste the bio and probably the photo from here, if that is OK, or I could attempt to come up with something completely new an different.

I tried to sign up via the link above, I don't know if I did it correctly or not, and there doesn't seem to be a place to upload a photo. Hmmm..... IN hope I did it properly.  It also asked me for a password.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on June 23, 2012, 09:43:25 AM
If it isn't too late, I would like to sign up as a contributor, although I post my own blog five days a week, I could give a once a month post a whirl, after all that's twelve posts vs the 300 some odd I have to create for my own.

I'll just copy and paste the bio and probably the photo from here, if that is OK, or I could attempt to come up with something completely new an different.

I tried to sign up via the link above, I don't know if I did it correctly or not, and there doesn't seem to be a place to upload a photo. Hmmm..... IN hope I did it properly.  It also asked me for a password.

No there is no automated sign up and you are not too late.
The first step is to write a bio and email me a pic of you and what ever pics you want to  include. The bio should not be just cut and paste it should be unique. Email the bio and pics to adminAThandmadeartistsshop.com.

Once I get your bio and pics I will post it on the contributors page and your post will be featured on the front page of the shop, that is why it needs to be decent size and unique.

After all that I will give you instructions to log into the backend of wordpress so that you can contribute your monthly blog post. If you have any issues using wordpress you can email me your monthly posts and pics to go with. If you have any questions please email me.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: FidelaTresori on June 23, 2012, 09:53:51 AM
Would love to do this, too.  But my face is entirely unpublishable. :0(
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on June 23, 2012, 11:37:19 AM
Would love to do this, too.  But my face is entirely unpublishable. :0(

The idea about the picture of you is that we are trying to give the reader an idea of the person behind the writing. It is way to easy to hide behind a keyboard and yes we are real people.
We've had many people who have a hard time with this for one reason or another.
I discussed this with Kimberly and if you want to use an artistic sort of obscure shot, maybe even edit it with sepia or something that would work. The articles and content are more important than the picture of the artist, but we want to keep the same theme going through.
Right now we have I think 8, we have 2 more coming in, and our goal is 30 or so. The idea is to be able to put up at least one new post a day.

Many do not realize the emphasis google puts on wordpress blog posts. The forum posts help, you can see search engines indexing the forum all the time. The highlights help as they are indexed well by google as well. The products help, but with google products and stuff like that I really do not think google rates that as high as blog post content.
I personally think from my research that out of all areas of the site that the wordpress blog post carry the most weight of anything else on the site. Now that is not saying that everything else is not important because every piece is critical to growth. I just think that is the way google thinks and I know for a fact that google loves wordpress.

So I hope this helps you with your decision, we'll work with you, if you can work within those constraints with a pic of you.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: FidelaTresori on June 23, 2012, 12:14:38 PM
Thanx, Andrew.  I do understand the importance of the photo and making the personal connection.  I just hate to be photographed, and for good reason.  It's really not like most people saying how much they hate the sight of their own images when there really is no reason to be, in most cases.

I'll think about it and see what my husband can do in the way of a photo I feel I can live with, but it could amount to nothing more than the old putting lipstick on a pig scenario, so I'm not holding my breath.

If nothing else, Kimberly and I have talked about me acting as a proofer for the articles before they're posted. My editing and desktop publishing experience could still be put to good use in that way, if nothing else.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on June 23, 2012, 05:33:34 PM
Whatever works for you. We want the articles as it helps everyone, so it would be nice if we can work around it somehow.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: FidelaTresori on June 23, 2012, 07:57:38 PM
I'll try to figure it out.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: TheAlchemistsVessel on June 23, 2012, 09:20:43 PM
If it isn't too late, I would like to sign up as a contributor, although I post my own blog five days a week, I could give a once a month post a whirl, after all that's twelve posts vs the 300 some odd I have to create for my own.

I'll just copy and paste the bio and probably the photo from here, if that is OK, or I could attempt to come up with something completely new an different.

I tried to sign up via the link above, I don't know if I did it correctly or not, and there doesn't seem to be a place to upload a photo. Hmmm..... IN hope I did it properly.  It also asked me for a password.

No there is no automated sign up and you are not too late.
The first step is to write a bio and email me a pic of you and what ever pics you want to  include. The bio should not be just cut and paste it should be unique. Email the bio and pics to adminAThandmadeartistsshop.com.

Once I get your bio and pics I will post it on the contributors page and your post will be featured on the front page of the shop, that is why it needs to be decent size and unique.

After all that I will give you instructions to log into the backend of wordpress so that you can contribute your monthly blog post. If you have any issues using wordpress you can email me your monthly posts and pics to go with. If you have any questions please email me.

Got it now.  E-mail photo and bio to the address above.  (I thinked I goofed there and already added a cut and paste via the link.  Can that be deleted, replaced?)

Write post and e-mail that along with photos that are to be included.  I can do this.

Thank you, I will get on that as soon as possible.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on June 24, 2012, 06:28:47 PM
Yep that's it.
Not sure what you meant about deleting something though.  ???
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: TheAlchemistsVessel on June 24, 2012, 08:54:55 PM
Yep that's it.
Not sure what you meant about deleting something though.  ???

When I clicked the link I think it may have taken me to my own wordpress blog instead.  Now when I click the link ti takes me to the log in page... Hmmm, my Apple may need an upgrade.  Nevermind.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on July 03, 2012, 07:51:53 PM
Latest contributors jumping in to help everyone out http://handmadeartists.com/blog/marilyn-kelley-art/ and http://handmadeartists.com/blog/contributor-terri-belford/
Lets give them a warm welcome and vote of support!!

Still looking for another 19 or so contributors, we have a couple that have showed interest but are not set up yet with bios, so maybe only 17 more openings! So jump in now while there is still room.
Thanks to all our current contributors!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: YankeeBurrowCreations on July 03, 2012, 09:44:56 PM
I'd love to help....once a month is good for me.  I've been "off"line for the past 4 days due to a foster care crisis...and I hate being missing for that long. lol
 :laugh:
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on July 04, 2012, 08:26:28 AM
I'd love to help....once a month is good for me.  I've been "off"line for the past 4 days due to a foster care crisis...and I hate being missing for that long. lol
 :laugh:
Great just email me a bio and a picture of you and whatever other pictures you want to have in your post and we'll get started. You can send it to adminAThandmadeartistsforum.com 8)
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: TheAlchemistsVessel on July 05, 2012, 09:43:43 AM
Good Morning,

This message will also be posted in the HAF Blog Contributors thread as well.

I am receiving on screen messages when I attempt to log in or e-mail all over the web:

"We're using technology that isn't supported in older web browsers. Starting in a few weeks you won't be able to read or use this page unless you upgrade to a more recent version of Firefox, or use Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari."

OK, I can't use my blog it simply will not allow me to post anything, and my g-mail program won't cooperate either.  With the Holiday I couldn't do anything about fixing it.  I hope to have the computer upgraded and back in working order by tomorrow or Saturday.  I am very limited in what it will and won't do right now.  My apologies.  I will get to posts and e-mails and bios as soon as I get this silly thing fully operational.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on July 05, 2012, 10:10:31 AM
No worries, take your time
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: YankeeBurrowCreations on July 05, 2012, 09:00:34 PM
Amanda's coming by tomorrow, so I guess I'll put on some makeup and fix my hair and let her take a picture of me.   :o
We need to update our "about me" pages everywhere...I just hate having my picture taken.  then I'll email it all to you.
Debbi
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on July 10, 2012, 07:57:41 AM
I would like to welcome our latest victim, um I mean contributor LOL http://handmadeartists.com/blog/cr8tive-lefty/ Anntoinette from Cr8tive Lefty. Please show her a warm welcome and I look forward to receiving her monthly contributions!!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on July 10, 2012, 08:31:41 AM
Just another note I changed the contributor page here http://handmadeartists.com/blog/contributors/ to add a link to all the articles posted by each contributor. So now you'll see a link next to each contributor that has submitted articles which will take you to a list of their posts.
Hope that makes sense, this way readers can look for more of your posts, especially if they like the way you write.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: facingEASTdesigns on July 11, 2012, 07:47:37 PM
I'm in.  I have a blog on my own jewelry creations at http://facingEASTdesigns.blogspot.com   You can observe my writing skills at that location.  I have written articles for the Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan and have assisted in editing 2 books and an article on archeology. 
Anna Garner
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: wolfgirl808p on July 11, 2012, 09:12:06 PM
I would be very happy to do this if you would like been sewing for 43yrs
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: Momwithahook on July 12, 2012, 01:01:36 AM
I'd love to participate more. I do read a lot of your blog and try to retweet when I find you in mystream. I can commit to one article a month. I crochet and am a ghostwriter so I would could do tutorials and article marketing tips. I'm open to ideas.

Thank you,
Sara
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on July 12, 2012, 06:28:25 AM
                        facingEASTdesigns, wolfgirl808p, Momwithahook
sounds great! All you need to do is put together a bio and email it to me at adminAThandmadeartistsforum.com

The bio should include a pic of you and any other pictures you want to include. Once I receive those I will add that to the blog and give you instructions on how to access the blog. The one post a month is a minimum, all posts go into moderation before approved and published.
Looking forward to receiving your bios!
Thanks again and we still have more room for other contributors so jump in if you are interested.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: gloriamartha on July 13, 2012, 11:35:25 PM
I will be glad to help out. Will work on bio and picture and submit ASAP
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on July 15, 2012, 04:04:03 PM
I will be glad to help out. Will work on bio and picture and submit ASAP

Sounds good to me!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: Linda_Crafts on July 17, 2012, 09:08:30 AM
                        facingEASTdesigns, wolfgirl808p, Momwithahook
sounds great! All you need to do is put together a bio and email it to me at adminAThandmadeartistsforum.com

The bio should include a pic of you and any other pictures you want to include. Once I receive those I will add that to the blog and give you instructions on how to access the blog. The one post a month is a minimum, all posts go into moderation before approved and published.
Looking forward to receiving your bios!
Thanks again and we still have more room for other contributors so jump in if you are interested.
If it's not too late, please count me in! I can send you my bio and photos.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on July 17, 2012, 09:47:57 AM
                        facingEASTdesigns, wolfgirl808p, Momwithahook
sounds great! All you need to do is put together a bio and email it to me at adminAThandmadeartistsforum.com

The bio should include a pic of you and any other pictures you want to include. Once I receive those I will add that to the blog and give you instructions on how to access the blog. The one post a month is a minimum, all posts go into moderation before approved and published.
Looking forward to receiving your bios!
Thanks again and we still have more room for other contributors so jump in if you are interested.
If it's not too late, please count me in! I can send you my bio and photos.

No it is not too late, we still need at least a dozen more, looking forward to receiving your bio and pics.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: Momwithahook on July 18, 2012, 03:19:56 AM
Sent in the bio. :)
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on July 18, 2012, 06:29:30 AM
Sent in the bio. :)

Got it  ;D Sent you an email.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: Linda_Crafts on July 18, 2012, 09:09:41 AM
Sent you my bio!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on July 18, 2012, 02:49:06 PM
Sent in the bio. :)

Please lets welcome Sara as our latest contributor to the HAFblog, here is her bio http://handmadeartists.com/blog/momwithahook/
Thanks Sara and looking forward to reading your contributions!  8)

Sent you my bio!
Got it Linda, should get it posted tomorrow or Friday. Thanks!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: Jewelrybyjane29 on July 22, 2012, 06:38:32 AM
Is there room for one more?  I would like to be added to the list if possible.

Jane29
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on July 22, 2012, 07:45:42 AM
Is there room for one more?  I would like to be added to the list if possible.

Jane29

Sure just send me a bio and a pic, also include any other pics you would like in your bio.
Glad to have you aboard!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on July 23, 2012, 10:38:07 AM
Would like to welcome our latest contributor! http://handmadeartists.com/blog/jewelry-by-jane29/
Give her a warm welcome  8)
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on July 27, 2012, 10:16:54 AM
Please say hello to our latest contributor https://handmadeartists.com/blog/oaklies-fashions/ Anne has been around a bit and has agreed to help out with monthly contributions.

We are getting quite a panel now, if you're interested please let me know we have room for more.

If you're already a contributor we look forward to seeing your monthly contribution!

So excited to see the blog finally starting to roll!!!!!!!! :laugh:
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on August 02, 2012, 03:40:51 PM
Latest contributor post http://handmadeartists.com/blog/crochet-business-do-you-have-permission-to-sell-that/ lets show some love!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on August 08, 2012, 10:19:31 AM
We still have room for more contributors, I know we have a few that owe me bios as well. So if you want to jump in let me know, if you've already sign up as a contributor, please try and submit a minimum of one post a month.  Thanks so much!  8)
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on August 14, 2012, 12:45:39 PM
Would like to welcome our latest contributor  Linda Fulghum (http://handmadeartists.com/blog/linda-fulghum/) lets give her a warm welcome!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on August 18, 2012, 12:21:48 PM
Please show some love for our latest contributor http://handmadeartists.com/blog/silvercloud/ Beth who is now going to be jumping in on the monthly contributor posts! Thanks Beth :D
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: beadthing on August 18, 2012, 03:58:29 PM
Andrew, I will give it a shot.  Not sure what I can post about yet, but I have a blog, not big on followers yet, but hey, I can try it out can't it.  Someone might enjoy what I have to say.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on August 18, 2012, 05:35:47 PM
Andrew, I will give it a shot.  Not sure what I can post about yet, but I have a blog, not big on followers yet, but hey, I can try it out can't it.  Someone might enjoy what I have to say.

Sounds good to me. Just email me a bio, pic of you, and a few product pics. Once the bio is up I'll hook you up with backend access to the blog.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: beadthing on August 18, 2012, 08:55:12 PM
Email through your shop or do you have another email addy to be used.  Is the bio on my shop sufficient?
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on August 18, 2012, 09:01:40 PM
Use adminAThandmadeartistsshop.com
Your bio should be original, you can take your bio and edit it, but it should be lengthy and original content.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: beadthing on August 18, 2012, 09:13:42 PM
ok, let me work on that.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on August 22, 2012, 06:44:33 PM
Latest contributor post! http://handmadeartists.com/blog/branding-your-shop/ Thanks Anne, we are picking up momentum so lets keep the posts coming!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: Jewelrybyjane29 on August 24, 2012, 06:17:29 AM
Andrew, just letting you know I still intend on contributing to the blog.  I also am a caregiver to my two elderly aunts.  Well, for the last couple weeks I have had to do round the clock care for the elder aunt, and  Thursday had to call hospice in.  She passed away late Sunday night.  This has hit me hard as well as it has the surviving Aunt.  I am hoping that by next week I should be able to get back on track and get caught up.

Thanks Jane
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on August 24, 2012, 06:29:34 AM
Andrew, just letting you know I still intend on contributing to the blog.  I also am a caregiver to my two elderly aunts.  Well, for the last couple weeks I have had to do round the clock care for the elder aunt, and  Thursday had to call hospice in.  She passed away late Sunday night.  This has hit me hard as well as it has the surviving Aunt.  I am hoping that by next week I should be able to get back on track and get caught up.

Thanks Jane
Jane please do not feel any pressure from here, take your time. We have many contributors now, some do once a month some do more. Sometimes life gets in the way and they can't do a  post for several months, then they'll submit a few posts in a month. Whatever works and prayers for your Aunt and sorry for the loss.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: beadthing on August 24, 2012, 04:00:23 PM
ok, let me work on that.
I'm still working on the bio Andrew.  I am just not good at talking about myself.  Now let me talk about someone else. LOL and I'm there.  Will get it to you as soon as I can think of who I am.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on August 24, 2012, 06:12:33 PM
Take your time Pam, I know how you feel about writing about yourself, that is why I promote everyone else LOL, it is easier :D
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: beadthing on August 24, 2012, 11:15:38 PM
Take your time Pam, I know how you feel about writing about yourself, that is why I promote everyone else LOL, it is easier :D

Got that right, especially when there is such a talent to choose from, nothing hard there.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on August 28, 2012, 08:00:37 AM
Please welcome Debbi as our latest victim, um I mean contributor LOL to Handmade Artists!!! http://handmadeartists.com/blog/yankee-burrow-creations/# Great story, so lets show some love!!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on August 29, 2012, 10:13:21 PM
Say hey to our latest contributor for Handmade Artists! http://handmadeartists.com/blog/lotties-trinkets/ lets give Lottie a warm welcome!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: beadthing on September 02, 2012, 01:45:28 PM
Use adminAThandmadeartistsshop.com
Your bio should be original, you can take your bio and edit it, but it should be lengthy and original content.


I have tried from several different email accounts as well as messages here on the site, but it keeps telling me this is not recognized.  What am I not doing correctly?
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on September 02, 2012, 01:48:32 PM
Sent you a pm

Use adminAThandmadeartistsshop.com
Your bio should be original, you can take your bio and edit it, but it should be lengthy and original content.


I have tried from several different email accounts as well as messages here on the site, but it keeps telling me this is not recognized.  What am I not doing correctly?
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on September 02, 2012, 04:12:39 PM
Meet our latest contributor http://handmadeartists.com/blog/bead-thing/ Pam from the Bead Thing!!! Show her some love, she really has a great story.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on September 09, 2012, 06:35:47 PM
Just a reminder to all, we are still looking for contributors to Handmade Arists', we have about 22. My original goal was 30, but as we all know life happens, so we may go for 40 or 50, who knows. This a great way to support handmade and your fellow artisans. as the blog is a big draw on the site. All of your posts will have a link to your shop as well. So there are some benefits for you as well
Special thanks to all of our contributors, you guys have come through for us and everyone else so far. You're the best!!!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on September 10, 2012, 10:38:55 AM
Please welcome our latest contributors!! http://handmadeartists.com/blog/flourish-and-thrive-academy/ lets give them a warm welcome.
Thanks
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on September 14, 2012, 03:07:23 PM
Latest contributor article from John, great topic and should draw plenty of discussion. So jump right in http://handmadeartists.com/blog/technology-changing-the-face-of-handmade/  8)
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on September 16, 2012, 05:49:38 PM
Latest contributor post http://handmadeartists.com/blog/handmade-inventory-tracking-part-2/ great inventory tips.
I keep trying to remember to post these here. I'll do the best I can, just keep an eye on the blog, trying to post daily.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: buddingcreations on September 19, 2012, 08:48:17 AM
sure I can list a post once or twice a month. Although, I would not know how to do it. Someone would have to send me a message and explain where to go and write the posts! I always find myself looking up tutorials and cool artists that inspire me!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on September 20, 2012, 10:02:21 AM
sure I can list a post once or twice a month. Although, I would not know how to do it. Someone would have to send me a message and explain where to go and write the posts! I always find myself looking up tutorials and cool artists that inspire me!

Great! Just email me a bio and a pic of yourself and some pics of your work. Once the bio is posted I'll give blog details.
adminAThandmadeartistsshop.com
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on September 26, 2012, 05:44:13 PM
In an effort to keep daily posts going up on Handmade Artists Kimberly has started a new feature. Basically everyday of the the year is celebrated in some way, yes almost every day has a recognized holiday. Today is not exception, today is Johnny Appleseed Day, so in celebration I present our celebration handmade style http://handmadeartists.com/blog/handmade-for-johnny-appleseed-day/
Kimberly is going to be doing this weekly as well as featured members weekly, I will try to keep up with archieving the old highlight contests as blog posts weekly as well. So that is 3 days a week that we are going to try and handle.
I've decided that in the beginning of each month I'll try to send out a friendly reminder to our contributors to submit their monthly post.  I know life gets busy so don't take my reminders the wrong way, just take it as friendly nudge to give us one post a month.

As far as additional contributors, we are still open, my original goal was 30, I've changed it to 60. Out of all our members I think we can do it, we are just over 20 now, we just need 40 more. The goal is to get the blog to a point that we are doing posts twice a day.

The reason for this is the blog indexes really well with google. Google puts more weight on blog posts than they do on products. I guess they look at products and go, well here is something else someone is trying to sell. Where they look at blog posts as, here is something that someone is sharing or trying to teach etc. etc.

So pushing out blog posts will help a lot site wide with sales and traffic, I'm sure of it. The highlights have been helpful as well.

Anyway if you're interested in contributing just let us know, it will be good for you as all your posts will have links to your shop.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on October 29, 2012, 09:32:40 AM
Please welcome our latest Contributor Jolene! Check out her bio here http://handmadeartists.com/blog/kitzbitz-art-beads-by-jolene-wolfe/  :laugh:
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on November 12, 2012, 07:21:44 PM
Bump!
Still looking for more contributors! Lets keep this moving! One post a month is not a lot. So come on jump in. You will get additional links to your shop as well. So there is a payback.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: TheAlchemistsVessel on November 16, 2012, 10:53:27 AM
Did I sign up for this at one point?  I thought I did or perhaps I just thought and didn't do anything.  I would like to play, just let me know what I have to do. I think I buggered something up when I tried this once before.  Minf like a steel sieve I tell ya!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on November 16, 2012, 11:55:59 AM
Alix.
To start all you need to do is email me a pick and a bio for the contributor page. Then I'll give you access to the backend of the blog so you can post once a month.
Email your bio to admin AT handmadeartistsshop.com

Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: LadyFaithJewelry on November 18, 2012, 10:32:24 PM
I am in.  I will be happy to do it.
Lady Faith
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: beadthing on November 19, 2012, 02:34:24 AM
Hey, Andrew, you probably sent me something, but I can't find it, what is the 'backend of the blog'.

Sorry,
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on November 19, 2012, 01:02:15 PM
I am in.  I will be happy to do it.
Lady Faith

Great to hear!
Send me a bio, a pic of you, and some product pics. Email it to me at adminAThandmadeartistsshop.com
Once your bio is up we'll hook you up with access to the blog backend.
Hey, Andrew, you probably sent me something, but I can't find it, what is the 'backend of the blog'.

Sorry,
Pam I'll send you a pm.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: beadthing on November 19, 2012, 02:47:11 PM
Thanks Andrew, got it and done.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on November 23, 2012, 02:34:55 PM
Quick Shout out to our Contributors, need help to get through November with our monthly posts. I know many have already submitted  but several have not, please get Novembers post in if at all possible, Dec. is around the corner. I really appreciate the help, Kimberly and I can only do so much.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: TheAlchemistsVessel on November 25, 2012, 09:40:37 AM
I have the bio almost done, just need to tweak a sentence or two, and find the photo I want to go with it.  I even have a post ready!  Go me!  Will have bio and things to you this afternoon.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on November 26, 2012, 04:30:47 PM
Latest contributor http://handmadeartists.com/blog/the-alchemists-vessel/ Alix of alchemists vessel. Let's welcome her to our blog contributors club with some nice comments!!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: YankeeBurrowCreations on November 26, 2012, 06:03:18 PM
Andrew,
I started 3 different blog posts, but I keep screwing them up...I just seem to have the worst time with wordpress.  :-[   but I will try again tomorrow.  ;)
Debbi
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on November 30, 2012, 08:34:37 AM
Well since Debbie didn't post yet, I'm here to say she has successfully figured out wordpress! Her post is up now! LOL

Still looking for more contributors, it's a great way to get exposure for your shop and your voice heard!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: TheAlchemistsVessel on December 01, 2012, 11:02:45 PM
Just looked at my post.  Gracious, I never shut up!  Going to have work on keeping the verbiage down to a minimum.  Geeze, maybe I could have re-typed the dictionary for good measure.  Yikes.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on December 02, 2012, 08:46:31 AM
Post all you want Alix, the once a month is a minimum. Think about it this way, if you post more you'll be able to keep the verbage down LOL
Congrats on the sale yesterday by the way!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: TheAlchemistsVessel on December 02, 2012, 09:42:40 AM
Sale?  What is this you are saying?  I'm going to go look at my shop.  Sale?  You're teasing me!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on December 02, 2012, 01:27:32 PM
No I'm not teasing you should of gotten an email. Check your spam, just in case.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: TheAlchemistsVessel on December 02, 2012, 10:54:32 PM
No I'm not teasing you should of gotten an email. Check your spam, just in case.

It helps when one spells their e-mail address correctly... just sayin'.  Yes, I did make a sale. YAY me!  Apologies for being a smarty-pants. 
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on December 03, 2012, 12:04:07 PM
no worries congrats
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: lisianblue on December 14, 2012, 09:10:04 PM
Finally! I just sent the bio to you, Andrew! 
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: beadthing on December 14, 2012, 10:52:42 PM
Just looked at my post.  Gracious, I never shut up!  Going to have work on keeping the verbiage down to a minimum.  Geeze, maybe I could have re-typed the dictionary for good measure.  Yikes.
I have that same problem Alix, guess I just talk to flipping much, huh.  I try, but never seems to work.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on December 15, 2012, 01:41:33 PM
Talking is good, the more the better!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: TheAlchemistsVessel on December 16, 2012, 09:48:19 AM
It's the reading that is the toughie.  Sometimes I look at my post and think I'm attempting to write a novella.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: lisianblue on December 17, 2012, 07:58:22 AM
Ok, I kind of sort remember how to deal with the inner working of wordpress, but how do I sign in to do a blog post??
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on December 17, 2012, 08:04:42 AM
I'll send you a pm
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: Sunworx on January 03, 2013, 01:42:00 PM
I really do like the idea of participating.  Since I'm a newbie doobie I'm not sure how much I can assist, but if you need another I am willing to give it a go.

Sam
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on January 03, 2013, 01:50:20 PM
Sam, sure we'll take more. I'm looking to double the current contributors we have on site for 2013.
All you need to do is email me a bio and a pic of you to adminAThandmadeartistsforum.com
We'll post the bio as a feature of sorts and then add you to the contributor page http://handmadeartists.com/blog/contributors/
After that I'll give you backend access to the blog so you can upload your monthly submissions.
Thanks and looking forward to your posts.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: Sunworx on January 04, 2013, 01:03:11 AM
Thank you Andrew.  I will do so and look forward to participating. 

Sam
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: TheAlchemistsVessel on January 07, 2013, 11:06:22 AM
As I was typing my post last night and inserting pictures, I have come to realize that there is something seriously wrong with either the photo editor program or my computer.  Th e changes did not save and although I attempted to correct the issue in the post, I don't think it worked.  So until I get this crazy photo issue figured out I will be typing text and not much else.  I can't even get the photos for a listing to load.  Stupid machine!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on January 07, 2013, 07:32:56 PM
As I was typing my post last night and inserting pictures, I have come to realize that there is something seriously wrong with either the photo editor program or my computer.  Th e changes did not save and although I attempted to correct the issue in the post, I don't think it worked.  So until I get this crazy photo issue figured out I will be typing text and not much else.  I can't even get the photos for a listing to load.  Stupid machine!

You can just email me the post and pics until you figure out what is going on. I believe Josey may have reached out to you already. But we have a couple of contributors that email me the post as they are not wordpress savvy. So it is really no problem.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: TheAlchemistsVessel on January 08, 2013, 07:27:46 PM
It is my computer, and doesn't have anything to do with the site.  I have HP Photo Editor, but I did a couple of things to the computer and it has not worked quit right since.

I will e-mail photos to you next time I post.   I have a "iMac Genius Bar" person coming to look at it tomorrow as a favor, we'll see if he can't fix it.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: EssenceofCharm on January 18, 2013, 09:45:13 AM
Many hands make the work light does it not?  I'd be interested in throwing my hook n thread into the ring.  Like everything this would be a learning curve for me, but if you'll have me, then I'd be happy to entertain the notion of writing up something I hope of interest. Just show me what I need to do, or explain what you would like me to do.

https://handmadeartists.com/user-home/
http://crochetbythesea.blogspot.com/
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on January 18, 2013, 03:20:19 PM
Many hands make the work light does it not?  I'd be interested in throwing my hook n thread into the ring.  Like everything this would be a learning curve for me, but if you'll have me, then I'd be happy to entertain the notion of writing up something I hope of interest. Just show me what I need to do, or explain what you would like me to do.

https://handmadeartists.com/user-home/ (https://handmadeartists.com/user-home/)
http://crochetbythesea.blogspot.com/ (http://crochetbythesea.blogspot.com/)
Sounds good to me.
The first order of business is to write a bio about you. Send that to me by email with a pic of you and a few pics of your work. Once that is published we'll hook you up with backend access to wordpress so you can create your monthly articles.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: TheAlchemistsVessel on February 04, 2013, 09:24:28 AM
My Feb post will be towards the end of the month, just too much on my plate at the moment, after the 11th things will calm down a bit.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on February 07, 2013, 07:55:44 PM
Thanks Alix.
Those who we looking to become contributors, still waiting on your bios when you get a chance.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: AdyaInternational on February 10, 2013, 01:36:52 PM
I am in.
Being from India which is a totally different part of the globe compared to most of the others on this site - I believe I can get a rich addition on the blog and the site..

Please let me know what steps should I take to becoming a contributor ?
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on February 10, 2013, 03:20:37 PM
The first step to becoming a contributor is sending me your bio, and a picture of you.
That way we can add you to our contributors list.
adminAThandmadeartistsforum.com
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: AdyaInternational on February 11, 2013, 09:30:17 AM
Hello Andrew,

Thanks for the reply.
Is there a particular email address I can send my bio and picture ?

Thanks
Vishruti
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: Blue Highways on February 11, 2013, 09:43:57 AM
admin @ handmadeartistsforum . com
Without the spaces!
Also, I have replied to your email from yesterday  :)
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: AdyaInternational on February 11, 2013, 10:01:29 AM
Thanks again Andrea
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 05, 2013, 07:52:32 PM
Still looking for more contributors, we have about 24 contributors, I think. I would love to double that number.
Remember that 1 blog post a month can really help everyone as google loves wordpress.
So please do not hesitate to jump in.  8)
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: RapunzelGarden on March 06, 2013, 04:33:17 PM
I would like to become a contributor to your blog.
Sabine
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 06, 2013, 06:36:31 PM
I would like to become a contributor to your blog.
Sabine
Great Sabine.
Please email me a bio for our contributor page and a pic of you. We'll put that together then give you log in info to contribute to the blog.
adminAThandmadeartistsshop.com
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: daydreemz on March 07, 2013, 08:16:27 AM
Count me in - I'm fairly comfortable with writing blog posts now. Sample: http://www.daydreemz.net/day-dreaming.html
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 17, 2013, 02:48:25 PM
Count me in - I'm fairly comfortable with writing blog posts now. Sample: http://www.daydreemz.net/day-dreaming.html (http://www.daydreemz.net/day-dreaming.html)

Would love to have you with us. Just email me your bio and pic of you and we'll add you to the list.
adminAThandmadeartistsforum.com
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: Larissa on March 17, 2013, 04:48:35 PM
Feel free to arrange my latest post better.  I couldn't get the photos & text to look right.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: AlbinaRose on March 23, 2013, 10:02:23 AM
Hello, if you are still looking for contributors, I would be able to do one post a month.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 23, 2013, 10:14:25 AM
Wonderful Sylvie!
All you need to do is write up a bio and email it to me with a pic of you for our contributors page. Once I receive that I will give you log in instructions and permissions to access the blog back end.
adminAThandmadeartistsforum.com
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: AlbinaRose on March 23, 2013, 10:22:35 AM
I'm still learning my way around.  How do I email you?  Through your shop? 
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on March 23, 2013, 11:05:17 AM
I'll send you a pm with my email address
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on July 20, 2013, 02:09:44 PM
Still looking for more contributors! The more posts we can get going the better it is for all of us.
Some of the benefits of being are contributor is that you get to link to your shop in each post. Also you get a feature and a profile on the contributors page. This will always be a help for getting your work seen.
Additionally depending on what your writing you will be helping your fellow artist and helping handmade in general!
The blog is an intregal part of this site and a big key for all of our success.
So please do not hesitate to offer!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: Larissa on July 31, 2013, 02:55:20 PM
I've been a slacker, but was just struck with an idea...
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on August 03, 2013, 09:48:15 AM
Great! Keep them coming! Should go up tomorrow or Monday  :laugh:
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: TheAlchemistsVessel on August 14, 2013, 08:32:04 AM
I have been so busy, I actually "hired" someone to post and write my blog for me.

I do have a post coming, I just have to find photos and the link I want to share.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: myeuropeantouch on August 14, 2013, 06:56:43 PM
My head is totally someplace else and full of other stuff, I will try my best.....
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: jolenemacinjax on August 15, 2013, 03:12:17 PM
I would be willing to give it a go. If you still need blog contributors that is. I have several blogs of my own and could fit one in for you about once a month as well. Here are a couple websites that I have created and write articles. I don't know what you are looking for in the future in the way of content but let me know if I can help.


Jolene (Newbie and Handmade Artist)



http://southern-women-crafts.jolenesbooksandmore.com (http://southern-women-crafts.jolenesbooksandmore.com)
http://our-great-adventure.whatthehellblog.com (http://our-great-adventure.whatthehellblog.com)
http://allaboutquiltingonline.info (http://allaboutquiltingonline.info)



Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on August 17, 2013, 02:54:39 PM
Jolene,
yes we are always looking for new contributors, sorry it took me a while to respond. Just swamped lately.
Anyway to start, first we need a biography for you. We will post it as a feature and also add it to the contributor page http://handmadeartists.com/blog/contributors/
We also need a picture of you, for that page and article as well.
Once that is done, and published, I'll hook you up with backend access to the blog. Hopefully you are familiar with wordpress.
Then monthly you will write up a post, we review all posts, anything about handmade is acceptable. If you spend some time in the blog you'll get the idea of what we publish.

Hope that helps and we look forward to having you on board!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: QuilledDesignsbyCJL on September 20, 2013, 05:36:29 PM
I am in!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on September 20, 2013, 07:31:42 PM
Great LeighAnn!
To start I need a bio about you and a picture of you. The idea is to give the reader a bit of a background on the who is writing articles for us. So your bio will be a feature and then you will be added to our contributors page here http://handmadeartists.com/blog/contributors/
Once that is done, I will give you backend access to the blog and you'll be able to submit monthly articles.
Email your bio to me at adminAThandmadeartistsshop.com, just replace the AT with @

Then we'll go from there. I would spend a little time reading the blog to see the types of articles we publish. Tips, tutorials, features, any thing handmade will do.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: myeuropeantouch on August 11, 2014, 05:26:44 AM
I will be taking a lil break as I have done more then my share and feel
a bit burned out.  :P

Will start writing and featuring Sellers again after my lil vacation.... 8)
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on August 11, 2014, 05:53:29 AM
enjoy, you've been a great help!
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: Bluerosedreamer on August 23, 2014, 10:10:28 AM
I would love to do this...how do I send you my bio and picture?
I think I already sent one in for the Better Handmade Site, but never heard anything back...should I resend? Is there another email to send it to?

I already have an article in the works, so I'm ready to get started  8)

Vincenza
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on August 23, 2014, 12:27:05 PM
Just email your bio and picture to me adminAThandmadeartistsshop.com. Change the AT to @
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: MsMartyD on August 23, 2014, 07:16:49 PM
Is this something we should commit to doing  every day,  week,   month?   I read a lot of blogs but have never  posted on one except  maybe to reply to something.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on August 24, 2014, 09:13:46 AM
We try to ask our contributors to write monthly, many write more than once a month as they are moved.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: Bluerosedreamer on August 26, 2014, 09:38:18 AM
I forgot to ask a silly question...
How do I submit an article for the Blog?
Do I just email it to the Admin?

Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: chainmaille on August 26, 2014, 12:33:10 PM
Once your bio is up, which I gave Kimberly to publish, we'll shoot you an email with instructions. You can post directly, if you are not familiar with wordpress you can email the posts if you like. If you post directly it will be easier for us, but not necessary if you're not comfortable.
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: Bluerosedreamer on August 26, 2014, 02:26:26 PM
Perfect, I already have a Wordpress blog up, so I have half the work done:)
Title: Re: Looking for Contributors
Post by: Bluerosedreamer on September 04, 2014, 10:10:42 AM
I just posted a new article on my Wordpress blog if you or Kimberly wants to check it out. The link is in my profile.