Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of August 24, 2013?
-- New Members - We want to welcome the following new members to the Checked In Today! Guild
- The Checked In Today! Guild is 194 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. Those who have not come back into their studios over 1 week without a vacation notice are being removed from the guild. They may rejoin when they are able to commit to checking in.
~ Are You New to Artfire? ~
If so, we have compiled a list of helpful threads, posts and other things to help you be successful on Artfire.
-- 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.
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 in the current month on the Guild Forum so we can see them and make sure they get promoted.
Here is the thread to post on – September Guild Members Collections
If you do not post your guild collections on the guild forum, I do not always see them and cannot give you recognition for your collection.
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
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
> Artisan Pottery – Beaded Necklace Shoppe - non-guild
> Fall Oh Me – Lullabyloo – 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.
-- Heard Around the Forum
Lee of Strega Jewellry invites anyone who would like to participate in a blog hop to join her on September 15th for the Zombie Walk Blog Hop. Further details can be found here: http://networkedblogs.com/NEZjO
Come one, come all – sign up to Walk like a Zombie …
-- 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! If you share your latest creations and blog postings with us, we can get them into the newsletter grabbing you some extra backlinks.
- Meet new members, see the latest collections, discuss the advantages of marketing and learn about Chatterbox forum posts by staff. New members, come join the fun.
Here are the latest Facebook posts that the members have posted. Everyone is welcome to post on our Facebook group, if you do not have Facebook, then post in the guild forum. Again, if I cannot see it, I cannot report it to the group.
> Linda of JNL Designs is showing off her fall fashions already.
> Nancy of Jazz it up with Nancy Designs is showing off her new jewelry.
> Eve of EvezBeadz is having a give away of these beady treasures.
> Nat of Adore by Nat posted her newest kid’s party goodies.
> Connie of Grapevine Glass Art shows off her colorful new creations.
> Lisa of CardsbyLibe shows us what is hot off the press in her studio.
> Pam of PamelasBeads added a new long necklace to her studio.
> Jennifer of Desert Creations has been busy in her studio. Here are a few of her newest additions.
> Ruth of RSS Designs in Fiber shared some of her delicate work.
------ Great Summer Reads -----------
> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared a screenshot of her latest article in The Polymer Arts magazine. The magazine is available as a download or a single issue.
> Pam of Pebbles at My Feet shared a fun blog post on her getaway to Wyoming.
> Linda of Steider Studios is an affiliate for the magazine Crafts Report. This magazine is a great resource for those of us who create.
You can read more about the magazine on Linda’s blog post http://steiderstudios.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/do-you-subscribe-to-crafts-report/
------ Marketing Opportunity ---------
> Generate your own press release! Here is an online press release website that allows you to send out one a day for free. http://www.onlineprnews.com/
> Facebook giveaways and contests. Facebook changed their minds about how you could do a give away. If you need more information, here is their link. https://www.facebook.com/facebookforbusiness/news/page-promotions-terms
> Facebook Group SRAJD (Self-Representing Artists in Jewelry Design) This is a closed group for SRAJD members with limited promotional activity, but a lot of discussions that are pertinent to jewelry designers.https://www.facebook.com/groups/SRAJD/
> Facebook Group Beads, Beads and More Beadshttps://www.facebook.com/groups/237101492987313/
> Facebook Group Support Handmade Home Businesses in the USAhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/486111751428429/
> Facebook Group On Fire for Handmade https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_114453101935100&ap=1 Here is their website:http://onfireforhandmade.com/ (Thanks, Ruth, for the reminder about this excellent group!)
> Facebook Group Handmade Saturdayhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/HandmadeHoliday/
> Facebook Group It’s Better Handmadehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/its.better.handmade.link/
> Artfire Bloggers Guild – Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/196774027147201/
------ Know any Facebook or guild group that we should list here? Let me know and I will add it to the list.
> AFPouncers are a group of dedicated artists who take a day to tweet and share items from the daily pouncee. Here is the forum link to get more information. http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=27528
> August What Have You Sold – this encouraging thread in the main forums was started in order to share some of the items that have been sold this month. There may be another one for September. Look in the Business section. http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=65793
> August Waneloo Saves – this fun thread is for everyone to help one another by sharing one item a day after they have saved and shared the items before them. This is a great way to generate some extra eyeballs on your studio. There will probably be a September thread. Look in the Promotions section. http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=65731
> 2013 Promo Thread for Shops With Zero Sales – this thread is run by Christie of Luvncrafts in order to draw attention to our fellow sellers who have no sales. If you are looking for something to do, go and help them by promoting an item or six. http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=62140
--------------------------------------------------------- Guess What is Around the Corner? ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Post your September guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/3038
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