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the business of blogging | sponsored posts

This is part three of our overall series of the business of blogging, but it's part two in the sub-series on monetization (aka - how bloggers make their money).  In this post, I'm letting readers as well as aspiring/new bloggers know how sponsored posts work. If you haven't read the first two posts in this series, specifically the post on how ads work, I would suggest taking the time to do that  (read more …)

The business of blogging | ads

If you missed the first series in this blog post, the business of blogging / money matters, you can find it HERE. I have wanted to write a post about the ins and outs of ads and sponsorships for years, but it seems like such a hornet's nest that I have decided to stay away from it.  Well, I'm going to beat that nest with a stick today, so let's hope I don't end up running away with a swarm after  (read more …)

The business of blogging | money matters

When people ask me what I do, I usually say, "I own my own business."  This suffices for those who aren't curious or inquisitive at all.  For others, though, they press further.  "What kind of business?"  And that always stumps me, because my business it multi-faceted and it isn't easily categorized.  Insurance companies and accountants often scratch their head when they are trying to define what  (read more …)

best of 2016

The first week in January is usually when I hit the ground running, but I've been in a post-holiday, pre-head-cold funk and have just wanted to curl up under a blanket and ignore the world!  I'm starting to come out of that, though, and it actually helped me a lot to put this post together and see everything that happened over 2016.  It's sometimes easy to get lost in a daunting to-do list or pick  (read more …)

hello 2017

Well, here we are in a new year.  Hello, 2017. As I'm standing here on January 2, looking out over the days ahead, I find myself a little hesitant.  I'm usually ready to plow ahead, but this year is already filled with big things and a lot of unknowns.  This hesitation, thankfully, is balanced with excitement and hopefulness.  The stage is set for 2017 to be the biggest year for Mustard Seed  (read more …)

a place for everything

A couple of weeks ago, we started organizing the studio.  As I said before, it was overdue.  I am generally a neat and tidy person, but when I am in the middle of creating, I don't like to take the time to pick up after myself or put things away properly.  I'll just shove a piece of fabric on the fabric shelf or barely open a bin in order to drop something haphazardly in.  Over time, this behavior  (read more …)

how Society6 works

I've been asked how Society6 works by several readers, so I thought I would share for those who are interested in putting their own work out into the world (or for those who are just curious.) Step one is to create something you want to sell.  There are many categories of art available on Society6, so you can create anything from doodles and drawings, to paintings and photographs, digital art,  (read more …)

my new creative workspace

Yesterday, I was a determined woman.  Despite the gloomy weather, I was in the mood to organize, purge, and get my creative space put together. We have organized and cleaned out the studio here and there, but we haven't picked through each bin and each drawer, keeping only the things that are really used.  It was time.  It was long past time. Kriste and I worked together, emptying out the  (read more …)