Heute möchte ich Euch Brittni aus Florida vorstellen. Sie hat 2008 den Blog Papernstitch ins Leben gerufen, wo Künstler und Designer ihre handgemachten Produkte präsentieren können. Zudem schreibt sie in dem Blog über Künstler, Designer, Craftistas und Indie-Labels, es gibt DIY-Projekte, Tutorials, Mode und Einrichtung. Ein bisschen von Allem eben. Den Blog aktualisiert Brittni 3-5 Mal pro Tag. Und als wäre das nicht genug, schreibt sie außerdem für den Blog Scoutie Girl ein wöchentliches Feature über Kunst und für Bloesem Kids interviewt sie alle 14 Tage Leute, die coole Sachen für Kinder produzieren.
Hier meine Fragen an Brittni:
How did you get involved in writing for so many different blogs and websites?
Sometimes I wonder that myself actually. It just kind of happened organically. But I think it also has something to do with the fact that I say “yes” to things as much as possible… taking advantage of any opportunity, no matter how big or small, which has eventually led to other things. Four or five months after beginning my own blog, I started writing for Scoutie Girl after answering a call for writers; and I have been writing weekly art features for SG for close to a year now. More recently, I began writing the bi-weekly open house tours for Irene of Bloesem Kids, and I absolutely love it. I can’t remember exactly how that came about, but after a series of emails between the two of us brainstorming ideas, we decided it would be a good fit.
I have done a couple of one-off guest posts on other blogs as well, like Decor8, which was such an honor. And very soon, I will start writing for a wedding blog on a monthly basis as a tutorial contributor.
Do you earn your living by writing for your blog?
Between the papernstitch exhibition site and blog – Yes. But its definitely a combination of the two. I work long hours and most weekends, but I love what I do and feel so very fortunate to be in the position I am in. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
What is your favorite product that you sell at the moment?
Oh gosh, there are so many. But if I had to choose, I would say anything from Janey Clothing. All the pieces in Jane’s collection are sophisticated, with simple silhouettes that anyone can wear.
Foto: Janey Clothing
What is your tip for DIY-Youngsters?
Hmmm… Well, I could go on and on about this. But, I think the main thing that people want to know when they are starting out is how to gain exposure for their work, whatever it may be. So my tip would be to put in the legwork. Creating is only half the battle; you also have to be your own spokesperson. Reach out to people you admire and build relationships with those people. Promote your work to blogs, sites, and magazines. Specifically ones with a style similar to your own. And don’t forget about the power of social networking. I almost hate to say that, but its so true. If you don’t have a twitter, flickr, or facebook account for your crafty business, I would recommend getting one asap, and more importantly – using it!
Und so schauts bei Brittni daheim aus:
Fotos: Brittni, Anna aus Berlin