Be a Better Blogger

We NewNew folks are an ever-evolving bunch. Always trying new things, trying to better ourselves, our crafts, our businesses.

Enter NewNew Team Workshops!

Did I mention we are also highly talented & helpful?? We are helping each other by pulling from the talents of our members who are willing to share their expertise in areas such as photography or design by distilling the basics down to the rest of us.

Last night: Basic Business Blogging by Sara Stroman of S2 Design & Stationery.

Sara has been blogging since 2005 & had a wealth of information & experience to bring to the proverbial table. She even brought us handouts! Oh, and wine & pizza! We know how to do it up in the NewNew.

We talked about a range of topics. Many questions were asked. We were like sponges, soaking up Sara's knowledge & enthusiasm for blogging.

The number 1 take away 

It was a 2 hour workshop, so there was plenty to think about (did you know Facebook has guidelines for promotions on your page?!). But, what is the one thing you should remember?

"Write about what you know & love,"said Sara. So simple. Yet, for many bloggers, that's tough. I think we forget that. Especially when you're running your own little business. We're all out there trying to promote, promote, promote, craft, craft craft. As Sara also said, do not feel limited by your general topic. We're creative people in a creative business so run with it. I find that advice freeing!

MAJOR kudos to Sara for her work putting this together. Want to see her in action? Check out her blog here. I look forward to diving into the articles she gave us for reference (hello handouts!). And! To putting her good advice into practice.

Kerry of K. Batty Design & Stationery

Let's learn something!

Here at the {NewNew} we're a pretty big group. At nearly 200 members, we also carry a pretty diverse skill set. To better tap into the collective wealth of knowledge, we've started a monthly workshop that will

Lori gives us a dose of Etsy SEO. She's what many would call brilliant!
photo cred: MiniatureRhino

cover a different topic each time. So far we've had a workshop on "Improving Your Etsy Sales," led by Lori from Lennymud, "Social Media and How You Should use it to Grow Your Business" led by yours truly, and just this week Jason from Merrimack and Monitor led a very informative discussion on "Building Your Own Website." Building a website can be an extremely daunting task, but Jason laid it out and made sure we had the step by step instructions on how to do it properly. He even willingly shared some mistakes he's made in building his site so we could learn from them. Thanks again Jason for such a wonderful workshop! You can check out Jason's website here. (I would like to note that I took most of the photos on his site - team collaborations at it's best! ) 

In the future we have workshops lined up covering a bunch of topics including graphic design, wholesale,  photography, and many more. I am curious if our readers would be interested in our workshops and which topics you would like to see covered. Is this something you would find useful? Let me know what kind of workshop you'd like to attend in the comment section below!


Where to Find The {NewNew} on March 14 + 15

There are some awesome markets happening this weekend, so be sure to check them out and say hi to members of the {NewNew} team!

303GRAND Partners with the Artists and Fleas Indoor Market
Shopping, vendors, workshops, food... join the {NewNew} team for 3 days starting today until Sunday!
Location: 303 Grand Street, Brooklyn. (Map)

KnitKnit will be hosting a Needle Felting Workshop today at 4pm, so be sure to preregister and check it out!

Check out these talented {NewNew} Artists who will be vending at this great event (left to right) WrenStore, KimmChi, Caja Jewelry, KnitKnit, and Collective Elements

A Brooklyn Lyceum Market 'Specially for Kids & Artists and Fleas Indoor Market

Karen's Monsters will be at two markets both Saturday and Sunday: a children's market at the Brooklyn Lyceum and the Artists and Fleas Indoor Market.

Brooklyn Lyceum Location: 227 4th Avenue, Brookyn. (Map)

Artists and Fleas Location: 129 North 6th Street, Brooklyn. (Map)

DUMBO Winter Pop-Up Market

As always, members of the {NewNew} Team will be at the Dumbo Winter Pop-Up Market this Saturday and Sunday. Location: 81 Front Street, Brooklyn (Map)

Saturday, March 14th Line-Up (left to right): MilkMade, Wish By Felicity, & Red Bridge Studio

Sunday, March 15th Line-Up (left to right): warpeDesign, Fisk and Fern, and Meekiyua

Mulberry Street Young Designers Market
l'atelier des bijoux will be selling her jewelry at the Mulberry Street Young Designers Market this Saturday from 11am to 7pm.
Location: 268 Mulberrry Street, Manhattan. (Map)

Have a fantastic weekend!