No, It’s not the Pinterest or Instagram quote you’d expect but I’m making the case for quitting. Quitting in the sense of making a purposeful decision to let something go or move in a new direction. I don’t mean simply giving up because something is hard, you’re stuck, or experiencing a challenging time. However, I do think we all need permission to quit spinning our wheels on something that isn’t a good fit.
I have a little experience with this myself. In fact, if I wouldn’t have been a quitter I probably wouldn’t have a career I love and a creative outlet (this blog) that fuels my passions. In 2007 I started a stationery company selling personalized stationery online and in retail locations across the country. I went all in for one solid year. And then, in spite of having built a profitable little business, I quit. I shut down the printers and closed all of my accounts. Took my little “Good Thoughts Paper Co.” offline. (more…)
If you’re using social media, specifically Instagram and Pinterest, to grow your blog or business or as a key factor in building a brand, then you’ve probably spent a lot of time thinking about your visual imagery. And although having compelling, distinctive, and quality imagery is a big key to success on these platforms, I want to go a little deeper.
Your Instagram and Pinterest must be more than just a pretty face.
There I said it. There is more to these platforms than looks–it’s called engagement.
We’ve talked about how to increase Instagram engagement recently in response to Instagram’s new algorithm update (spoiler alert: I’m not worried about it), so I won’t get into tactics here. Engagement is what’s going to set your Instagram and Pinterest presence apart from others. Engagement is what will move the bar for your blog, brand, and business. So let’s take a moment to break down what engagement looks like on each of these platforms. (more…)
I spoke at a conference January 2014 as a tandem keynote speaker. I shared the stage and dual presented with someone really brilliant. And then, I bombed it. Like BOMBED. I was so nervous that it didn’t matter what great insights I had to share. My delivery of the content was all that the audience could focus on (and no, this wasn’t just in my mind because the post-conference survey respondents spoke loud and clear about it).
Okay, maybe DIY isn’t dead but it definitely has grown up a bit. DIYers have been at it for over a decade — crafting and creating new things, making something out of nothing, reinventing old things into new. On the blogs we read this typically shows itself in ways of fabulous party garland, a new way to display your jewelry or a sophisticated typography print just waiting for you to download. In a parallel (yet equally thriving world), a culture of garage tinkers and hackspace inhabitants have been head-down making things too. New products that solve every day problems and innovating products that have existed for centuries, giving them an upgrade. They’ve been making things; just like DIYers have been.
Despite the clear similarities between the DIY and Tinkerer communities we have (until recently) been living in different realms. In fact, I would argue each group wouldn’t have wanted to identify with the other before — as they have historically seen themselves very different from each other; one side “craft” and the other “tech.” How many DIYers attended the Maker Faire in 2009? Likewise, how many garage tinkerers opened up an Etsy shop in 2009? Exactly. Not until the past few years have these world began to merge into what we are now calling the Maker Movement. But why now? (more…)
In October I shared with you that I would be starting to publish more posts on business related topics in my At Work column. Now that we’ve learned what not to do from Martha Stewart when it comes to social media, how about a few how-to tips that you can put to use today? Whether you are just jumping in on social, or are a seasoned user — I hope these simple tips will help you get started or provide a little refocus.
I’m popping the champagne this weekend to celebrate the new look of Thoughtfully Simple. I started this blog back in 2008 and never. once. updated the look. That sort of feels like wearing the same shade of lipstick for 5 years. It was clearly time for a little makeover.
The entire spirit of this blog is to keep things thoughtful and (why yes) simple. So I was determined to find a look and feel that rang true to my mission. You’ll notice a lot more white space which will allow our photos to pop off the page, a more neutral color pallet of black and gray but with some personality with a subtle pop of coral. Do you like it? Oh I hope so.
I’ve made a pinky promise to myself (which was totally awkward looking) to be present a lot more here. That means more posts, better posts, and more of me. Hope that’s a good thing friends.
I have great stuff in the pipeline for you — just is time for the holidays! Thank you for reading, pinning, commenting and being patient with my sometimes periods of silence. I’m back — let the glitter fly.
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