katelynjane

Workin’ At It

In blog, etsy on June 25, 2008 at 5:07 pm

                                

The organization (the entrepreneur part of my job) that I’m working with now is planning on starting up a magazine. It’s just in the beginning stages, the tiny-itty-bitty-baby stages, but it’s exciting to see it grow slowly and start to develop into something visual. Being the writer that I am, I am super excited to be involved in this project. I honestly never thought of starting a magazine although, I can’t imagine why it didn’t cross my mind. Everything about it is totally me! I love the thought of designing the layout, writing the articles (!!!), interviewing, managing the staff etc. It really reallyexcites me!! If this project doesn’t get off the ground for some reason, I’m seriously taking it over for my own personal endeavours and attacking it myself.

I’ve been researching (ha, they call this “work”!) how to start a magazine and I came across this article. Although it’s written for people wanting to start a magazine, it’s really helpful for us bloggers too! Here’s what I got out of it for my blog.

  1. Come up with a plan. Every venture should have a plan, what is your goal? Your theme? Your direction? Jot down some notes, keep a journal, anything to make this stick in your head. When I first started blogging, I went strong into the Etsy theme. Every entry, just about, was an interview with a successful Etsyian. This I discovered, didn’t work. Although each interview had it’s interesting points, the fact that I did this constantly became mundane. I then moved on to more personal entries…which were pretty dull and pointless and all over the place. Now, I’ve expanded my theme to be about a more general topic: Creativity. This way I can focus on all parts of being creative, not just Etsy (although this is still included). Without a set direction, you flounder. Have a goal, work towards it, change it if needed.
  2. Attack. War is hard work, it consists of constantly changing your tactics to suit the need and demand. You need to stratagize and some of the time, those strategies have to change depending on how the opposing forces respond. Ok, I’m no expert, but “war” just poped into my head (: Realize that it will take hard work to make your blog successful (are you listening to your own words, Kj? :)) and that if that hard work is responded to, keep going in that direction…if not, it’s ok to change plans and start something new or re-think the plan.

There’s a bunch more info in the article that’s interetesting, it’s definately worth the read! These were just the couple points that stuck out at me.

 

  1. Thats an excellent topic to write about! I hope you continue to follow the trials and struggles of a young magazine working to find it’s voice 🙂

    Looking forward to many more blog posts! You a good writer 🙂

  2. Wow, thanks! I take that as a huge compliment (: I’m really glad you liked this entry, thanks for leaving your comment and for stopping by!

  3. Good read..It really is something different..

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