4 posts tagged books
practicing with paper
I actually really enjoy drawing and making squiggles, but you’d never guess it because I haven’t done much doodling since college. And even then it was just in the margins of my notebooks.
Well, you’re only 29-years-old. Never too late to pick up coloring again.
something special from oh joy! and introducing blog inc.
Four years ago, I started a food blog and joined Twitter because it seemed to me that more and more people were chatting on it, and I didn’t want to miss the conversation. I enjoyed ‘tweeting’ and loved receiving replies. I liked saying “good morning suns!” and “good night moons” to people who were technically strangers, but who I engaged with as friends.
One of the “strangers” was Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy! who, unprompted by me, shared my Stupidly Simple Snacks videos with her growing Twitter following. And when I put forth random questions like, “New gourmet site wants to use my photo of foie gras without pay. Thoughts?” Like a protective big sister, she replied “Never give away your work for free.”
To this day, Joy’s advice helps me navigate the grey areas that come with creating and sharing content online.
In many other ways, Joy has helped me grow as a blogger and professional in the social media field (I even work in it now…) which explains why I was over-the-moon excited when Joy reached out last year regarding a book she was writing on blogging… and wanted to interview me for it.
Perusing the pages, you’ll find the nuts and bolts to starting your own blog, in-depth exploration of how different creators have grown their web presence and following, and thoughtful interviews with the authors behind widely known blogs Rockstar Diaries, From Me To You and Cupcakes and Cashmere.
Blog, Inc. is now available on Amazon and, this fall, Joy will visit 5 cities across the US to share her new book with readers. To celebrate and thank Joy in my own small way, I will randomly pick two Amy Blogs Chow readers who reblog this post to receive a copy of Blog, Inc.
Joy’s following has grown exponentially over the years, but she has stayed the same. Ever gracious, warm, engaging, open, and honest. She is a role model who inspires readers with her fun, approachable style, and, luckily for us, she’s also naturally adept at sharing her experiences and great taste across the web.
Get “Blog, Inc. : Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community” here.
“Dear Mr. Sendak,” read one, from an 8-year-old boy. “How much does it cost to get to where the wild things are? If it is not expensive, my sister and I would like to spend the summer there.”
- From this morning’s New York Times Book section: Maurice Sendak, Author of Splendid Nightmares, Dies at 83
Just finished reading about Mr. Sendak’s half century-long career as an illustrator and writer while nursing a cup of lukewarm coffee. Being reminded that death takes indiscriminately always leaves me feeling bleak. Today’s gloomy grey weather seems appropriate.
P.S. I love this anecdote, too…
“Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.” - Maurice Sendak