11 May 2013

Checked In Today! Guild Weekly Update 5-04-13

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of April 27, 2013?

> You will notice several spots in the newsletter that draw attention to Marketing Opportunities available to all. I am trying to find these as I travel about the guilds and web to provide you guys with opportunities to get more exposure. As well as I am trying to link this blog to your items to give you some of those wonderful backlinks. If you have some that I need to know about, please send them to me, so I can include them. Eventually, I will set up a little section on here for them.

-- New Members - We want to welcome the following new members to the Checked In Today! Guild






- The Checked In Today! Guild is 190 strong.- Please remember to check in daily using the Check in button on the My Artfire page. It is on the left hand side and is blue until you click it, then it turns orange. It is good for 24 hours and is part of this guild's membership requirements.
If you wonder why our numbers seem to never move, it is because we will have 10 new members and then seven who never check back in again and disappear. I remove them after they have been gone a week or so. I recently needed to remove a few members who have not checked back in since they joined. I am not sending warnings to folks. It is not that hard to check in.

-- New Collections-
Here are the latest collections from your fellow guild members. Take a few moments to rate, comment and share these great collections. Making collections is time consuming and the more views these artists get, the more exposure your guild and your studio gets.

Tie a Knot by The Beaded Hound

At the Beach by The Beaded Hound

Adjusted Metals by The Beaded Hound

Wire Wrapped by The Beaded Hound

If you have NOT made a collection for the guild lately, it would be very much appreciated if you would create one or two that only have Checked in Today! Guild  members in it. Also, if you ARE making collections, PLEASE post them in the forum thread, so I can share them for you.

-Reminder: Please post your collections on the Guild Forum so we can see them and make sure they get promoted. Here is the thread to post on -

Please NOTE: We are posting under a thread for the month, so we can find the new collections easier. Also, there is now a NON-Guild thread for all your other collections. Please ONLY post the guild collections with only guild members under the monthly thread. Confused? Just yell and we will help.

Need help posting a collection to the guild forum? Here is a How To thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/1661

Please feel free to post your NON-Guild collections to this thread, so we can stop by and help you promote. http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/1877

Post your May guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2832
Stop by and see some really great non-guild collections that are deserving of 5 Stars.

What is a collection and how do I make one?

If you need a comprehensive guide to making a collection, posting a collection and sharing a collection, I have written a tutorial blog post with pictures to help you.http://bmebluprint.blogspot.com/2012/05/so-you-want-to-make-collection.html

- Success Stories – send us yours, both big and small, and we will feature it on the Checked In Today! Blog – we want to hear from you. Success stories always encourage everyone around them.

~ On the Front Page of Artfire

> Old New or Blue from Pebbles at my Feet – non-guild

> Adjusted Metal by The Beaded Hound – guild

> Thinking of Mom by Aya Designs – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

-- New Blog Posts
- Stop by the Checked In Today! Blog and read the latest posts. You will find these new posts on the blog this week.

> The Checked in Today! newsletter for last week is the only updated post for this week.

-- Facebook Hilights

- Facebook Checked In Today! page is filled with activity and you might find these outstanding posts worth reading. If you have not joined the Facebook group, come on over and join us!
- Meet new members, see the latest collections, discuss the advantages of marketing and learn about Chatterbox forum posts by staff.

There were a lot of new posts this week. You can tell spring is in the air – we are all busy!

> Pam Hollis of Pebbles at my Feet posted a blog post on how she was redoing her studio photos and descriptions. This is something everyone should read.

> Elaine of Zoomgraphiks has once again outdone herself. She has just published her latest ezine titled June Brides.  This edition has many of guildmembers in it.

> Jennifer of Desert Creations has opened a new guild on Artfire for those who are interested in blogging and supporting bloggers. Join us here: http://www.artfire.com/guilds/artfirebloggers/main

> Jennifer of Desert Creations shared her latest creation.

> The latest weekly collection challenge so graciously hosted by https://www.facebook.com/ArtFireCollections was a great success with a lot of new entries. Congrats to Barb of SolanaKaiDesigns for your winning collection! Other entries included Blue Morning Expressions, BoHo wirewrapped, Jazz it up designs by Nancy and The Beaded Hound. It was a great field of fantastic collections. Be sure and mark your calendar and add your submission next Wednesday by going to https://www.facebook.com/ArtFireCollections

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs posted her latest blog post that was part of the Mother’s Day Countdown.

> Pam of Pebbles at my Feet posted her latest design creation.

> Pam of Pamela’s Jewelry posted a new creation.


> Jennifer of Desert Creations shared her latest blog post. Summer in Tucson, AZ

Post your May guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2832
Post your non-guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/1877

Please take a few minutes to click on the collections and tweet the sale items for your fellow guild members.
They will return the favor, which will increase sales for everyone.

-Your membership in this guild is greatly appreciated and it will help all of us be successful at something we love.

Disclaimer: This bulletin is compiled from things posted by members around the guild forum, Facebook and blog, so if you do not see something you feel I
missed, just let me know and I will update the post. I try and keep up with everyone, but I do miss things.

Julie and Blu


  1. wonderful new shops and great collections! Thank you for the update!

  2. Thank you for acceptance into the guild, I have indeed checked in and have applied to the FB group as well. I'm still really new to artfire and have not quite figured out how to put together a collection, but will be reading up on the help you guys put together and hopefully in the next day or two will have a collection or two put together. Thank you very much for dedicating this kind of time to helping us all succeed!

  3. Thank you, Julie! As always, an interesting read. Off now to tweet the collections (:

  4. Wonderful! So much work too, I know!


  5. Glad to be one of the new members. Thank you for having me.
    Those collections are so beautiful. I'm honored to be part of this guild.

  6. I'm a new member and new to Artfire, thanks for accepting me. I'll try to work things out a bit more.

  7. Wonderful collections this week. I am playing catch up after family visiting. Sorry I am late to post. I commented on all the great collections. Welcome to the new members. :)


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