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The mission of the Fresh Rag Show is to promote awesomeness in all creative ventures. Whether you're an artist, designer, photographer, handmade crafter or any other creative entrepreneur, your business has room to grow and the Fresh Rag Show is here to h

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The mission of the Fresh Rag Show is to promote awesomeness in all creative ventures. Whether you're an artist, designer, photographer, handmade crafter or any other creative entrepreneur, your business has room to grow and the Fresh Rag Show is here to h

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Amazing guests

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Dave has the best guests and most real conversations of any creative podcast I listen to.

Filled with personality. Great host.

By Portia Monberg - Dec 17 2015
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I really appreciate Dave’s fresh and honest approach. His conversations are always interesting and generally have some humor coupled with great information. Thanks Dave!

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56 Ratings
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55
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Amazing guests

By L to the k * - Jan 08 2016
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Dave has the best guests and most real conversations of any creative podcast I listen to.

Filled with personality. Great host.

By Portia Monberg - Dec 17 2015
Read more
I really appreciate Dave’s fresh and honest approach. His conversations are always interesting and generally have some humor coupled with great information. Thanks Dave!
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The Fresh Rag Show - Creative Business Insight and Expertise

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The mission of the Fresh Rag Show is to promote awesomeness in all creative ventures. Whether you're an artist, designer, photographer, handmade crafter or any other creative entrepreneur, your business has room to grow and the Fresh Rag Show is here to h

Rank #1: Art Licensing Secrets with Maria Brophy

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One of the most frequently asked questions I get from creatives is how to take their art business into the licensing arena, and it’s not always an easy answer, but today I’ve brought along a new friend to help us cut through muck and mire. Maria Brophy is the business mastermind behind Drew Brophy, the world renowned, surf-inspired artist who’s art you may have seen on fiberglass boards in any beach town around the planet.

Maria’s job is not only to help take her husband’s art business to the next level, but she also offers up her wisdom for other creatives on a regular basis. If you’re not following her on Twitter, you should get on that, because she’s always dropping knowledge, and always approachable. I know individuals who have worked with Maria, and they had nothing but great things to say about her consultations. It was a no-brainer to have her on the show to come share some of that awesome with you.

In this episode we talk about a LOT of things, including the reality of licensing of art in today’s market. The episode goes fairly long, but I promise, it’s worth every moment of listening pleasure. I even made sure to keep my own blabbering to a minimum so you could have more Maria instead.

If you really believe in what you’re doing, just keep doing it. The rest of the world will come around. – Maria Brophy [tweet that]

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Apr 10 2015

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Rank #2: Art Pricing and Selling Strategies with Suze Ford

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Most of the time, these conversations are for you. Sometimes, they’re for me, but yet, still for you. That is the situation today, because I’ve been eager to get my friend Suze Ford on the show to talk about her art selling strategy.

As you may know, I am now selling my own art online these days, and the best way for me to make that as easy a process as possible it to learn from my contemporaries. I regard Suze in the highest esteem when it comes to making and selling art, and because she’s always had my back, I figured it was only fair that I get her on the show to showcase her talents and expertise.

On this episode, we dive into some heavy topics, like whether you need a gallery or not, what to do if you want to reach into new markets, what is the best method for pricing, and what kind of art sells better to which types of buyers. Of course, this is all from her own experience, so your results may vary, but she’s got some learnin’ to teach ya, so come have some fun with Suze and me.

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Nov 05 2015

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Rank #3: Aaron Draplin Loves You—Hates Kid Rock!

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Today is a momentous day because I’m talking with one of my design heroes. It seems weird to consider someone who is a peer a hero, but I appreciate Aaron Draplin for all he does, and that goes beyond the scope of his design skill.

Aaron has a gift for telling it exactly as he sees it, and whether that’s him edifying Kid Rock, or embracing the greater aspects of Americana and punk rock, you know whatever you hear during this interview is 100% genuine Draplin, and we wouldn’t have it any other way… even with all the F-Bombs.

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I’ve opened the doors for pre-order on my program, Life After Christmas. This training is all about helping you build a sustainable, year-round business that become impervious to the sway of seasonal sales fluctuations.

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Oct 22 2014

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Rank #4: Improve your Social Awareness With Caitlin Bacher of Little Farm Media

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With all the different social media choices out there, it can be really difficult to separate wheat from chaff, and decide where to spend our precious time online. Some might have you believe you need to be everywhere, but is that really the case when it’s possible that some of your people may not be in some platforms?

Moreover, what are we to make of all the new media options, including those that are unfamiliar, and may have an inauspicious reputation, like Snapchat?

Today, I invited my friend Caitlin Bacher of Little Farm Media back on the show to talk more about our thoughts on all the new media options. We also talk about some of the bigger standards, and she drops some knowledge on Pinterest about things you probably have not heard before this. I invite you to get in the know with Caitlin.

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Jun 24 2015

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Rank #5: Emily McDowell comes on to talk success, loss, and wholesale business

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Another conversation that is long overdue, but finally made it’s way to you is this chat I had with artist/illustrator/business genius, Emily McDowell. Many of you know that I had my heart broken into a million pieces last year because I had an epic conversation with Emily that failed to record, and got lost to the wind. Not only was I deeply embarrassed to have that happen with her, but I was saddened because it was an amazing conversation that I wish I could have shared.

Fear not though—Emily came to our rescue and sat down with me again to chat. Now this conversation isn’t the same conversation as the previous, but I believe this one is just as epic, if not more so. Emily drops some serious insight into your lap, and will motivate you to take your business to the next level. She’ll also do so with extreme empathy.

If the 33-minute mark doesn’t strike a chord with some people, I’ll be surprised. Enjoy!

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Sep 24 2015

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Rank #6: Joy The Baker, On the Fresh Rag Show

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I’m not sure what it is about Twitter, but it seems to have spurred most of the conversations this month. I met Grace, Rena, and now Joy Wilson all on Twitter recently, and each episode has become a part of my top favorites.

Joy (aka Joy the Baker) is a formally trained baker who turned her passion into words, her words into a community, and her community into a legion. She built a small empire with that legion, branching off into several avenues including books, videos, and a podcast network of her own. There’s no moss gathering on this rock star.

In today’s chat, I talk with Joy about her comeuppance, her growth, and how she keeps from spreading too thin. We talk business success, and also quite a bit of nonsense. There’s a bit about hot dogs that you have to hear—during editing, I laughed so hard, I cried. So, yeah, it was fun, and I thank Joy for being on the show.

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Aug 06 2014

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Rank #7: Getting Mighty Ugly with Kim Werker

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If I told you to strive to make ugly work, would you look at me funny? Would you scoff at the idea that anything you did could ever be ugly? What if I said it was the only way to release you from some of the constraints you have about your work and your life?

Today on the show, my guest, Kim Werker talks about the premise behind her recent life’s focus. Aside from the many other things she has going on in her life, she published a book called Make It Mighty Ugly, and I highly recommend each and everyone one of you check it out.

I would like to say that our conversation stemmed from the idea of that book. In fact, that was the general idea. Then as I was doing my research, I ran across a post she wrote called 100 Stream-of-Consciousness Things About Kim, and that took me down an entirely new rabbit hole. There was more insight to who Kim is in that post than anything else I read. So, being the investigative journalist I am, we decided to talk about how sunshine is her nemesis, and how Delaware is the worst place on earth.

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Jun 03 2015

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Rank #8: Meighan O’Toole and I Talk About Starting Over

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Sometimes conversations are so good, you do them two times. Other times you do things two times, because shit happens, and life gets in the way. That’s what happened in my chat with social media strategist and crafty lass, Meighan O’Toole, where the software I used to record the conversation decided that it didn’t want to work correctly, and I lost an entire first half of the conversation. It was a brutal realization, and I thought I’d lost another great interview, but something amazing happened.

Meighan said she was open to continuing on, even if we rehash some of the bits we already talked about. I applaud her for being open to pushing through, and what came about was an entirely different conversation the was one of the most fun times I’ve had while talking to someone.

In this conversation, we discuss:

  • The future of social media for creatives
  • The most important tool she believes everyone should be using
  • Should you use images in your email updates or not
  • Her venture into podcasting, and talking with powerful people
  • Her and I hanging out drinking seltzer at Craftcation
  • Commiting yourself to making things to improve your life

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Mar 04 2015

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Rank #9: Go From Scared Shitless to Unstoppable Force in a Weekend

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This past weekend I attended the Podcast Movement conference in Dallas, TEXAS (not California as the episode states), and despite your interest level in becoming a podcaster yourself, I can tell you without equivocation, I’ve never learned more about business in general than I did at this event. I gained a lot of knowledge and understanding of my craft and made some good friends, all while simultaneously getting my ass kicked.

In this special Off the Books episode, I talk about my weekend experience, and why it’s brought me to a place of new understanding in my business. You’re not going to want to miss this one, folks.

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Aug 18 2014

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Rank #10: How Academy of Handmade Gained 10k Instagram Followers in a Year

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Some of you may remember my chat from a few years back with Sharon Fain, and her partner KC, of the Academy of Handmade, which is still in our top ten of most downloaded episodes. Sharon and I have become pretty good friends over the past few years, and we’ve watched our businesses grow quite a bit.

One area that Sharon has really grown a lot is with her Instagram account, over 10,000 followers in a little more than a year. This had a huge impact on me recently because I realized I was not putting enough effort into this medium, and it was time to make a change. By implementing Sharon’s strategies, I was able to increase my own account by 30% in a month. I know that I could have probably gotten further if I had spent more time on it, but I do have a podcast to run.

I know a lot of you have been wanting to know more about how to navigate Instagram successfully, and that inspired me to invite Sharon on to talk about the subject. She spares no time getting right into the nitty gritty of how she made it happen for herself, and I’m sure many of you will walk away with renewed vigor to attack this visual medium. I can’t wait to hear your own success stories in the near future.

As a bonus, Sharon is offering a discount on her Instagram review service for all the listeners. If you feel like you need an IG overhaul, and you want Sharon to give you some tips on how to improve your account, head on over to other business, Right Brain PR and use the code FRESH15.

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May 13 2015

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Rank #11: It’s a Process

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Today is all about the rants and raves for different things I’ve run across in the last few weeks that I believe need discussing. There’s no conversation this time around, but I promise, I’ll give you something to talk about.

In the first part, I talk about a new podcast I’m into, and how the latest episode that centers around Robert Frost’s most popular poem, “The Road Not Taken,” is one of the most widely mistaken pieces of art, and how the misinterpretation is affecting our decision making process.

Second, there’s a lot of chatter lately about Amazon Handmade, and how it’s going to effect Etsy, or not effect Etsy, as the case may be. It’s a hot topic, but I settle the score pretty quick on this one.

Third is all about intellectual property, and how we need to be 1. careful when working with friends, and 2. be sure to watch how much inspiration we take from others.

Also, I go into a long bit about my new theories on the Starving Artist mindset, and why I think it’s the people who are not creative that might have this whole topic wrong from the start.

Finally, I talk about how I increased my Instagram follower count by more than 25% in a week by using one simple technique, but that none of that even really matters… or does it.

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Oct 22 2015

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Rank #12: What Promise Are You Making to Your Customers With Your Branding?

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This episode of Off The Books is a replay of my most recent webinar, Brand Mastery. Some of you may not have joined in, for whatever crazy reason, but now you can listen in to the entire webinar and get some tremendous value, if I may say so myself. You didn’t even have to give up your email address.

I want to give a big shout out to my friend, Berni Xiong for being the moderator of the event. She fielded questions for me during the webinar, posted up on social media, and totally engaged the crowd, for which I am eternally grateful. Please give her a big thumbs up, and visit her podcast, The Shut Up Show.

What we discuss in this episode

  • What is branding and why it’s important
  • How to implement a 5-step branding process
  • Sharks with lasers and rockets (no, really!)
  • Q&A live coaching with one of my favorite contemporary artists
  • How community can help build a brand
  • Introduction to Fresh Rag Masters, a mastermind training group for creative entrepreneurs

We have one more episode in this season, and in that episode, I’m going to be talking quite about about the Fresh Rag Masters program which brings together creative peeps just like you in a way that helps foster the creative community, and gives you the power and insight to grow your business at a rapid rate.

I’m really stoked to be offering this mastermind group, and I hope some of you take advantage of the opportunity. Stay tuned to Wednesday’s episode if you want to know more, but you can get a jump on that by hitting up this link: www.freshrag.com/freshragmasters/

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Sep 08 2014

1hr 22mins

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Rank #13: Janine Vangool of Uppercase Magazine Can Do Anything!

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I’m warning you all ahead of time, I will definitely be soaking our guest with compliments this entire episode. Well, maybe not the entire episode, but quite often, to which I’m worried it got a little uncomfortable. I promise, no flirting at all. However, I am stoked to have today’s guest featured on the Fresh Rag Show today because she is someone that I have admired from a distance for awhile because of the work she does, and it was only a matter of time before I got her here.

Janine Vangool is the publisher, editor, designer and founder of Uppercase Magazine, one of my top favorite independent mags, and it’s fair to say that she is responsible for starting a trend in independent lifestyle magazines. It was only after her that I found some of my other favorite magazines, and I’m a happier consumer of paper goods because of Janine.

Uppercase Magazine isn’t something you would normally expect a strapping, burly dude like myself to read, but since I came from the magazine world, and I am a fan of really nice design, the combination of those two culminated in the pages of Uppercase makes me very happy.

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Oct 24 2014

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Rank #14: How to Build, Burn, and Rebuild a Supportive Community

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Nearly two years ago, I embarked on a experimental journey to broadcast my thoughts across the digital airwaves so that I could lend support to the creative community that I had come to love. This podcast started out as a way to reach out to that community, but it soon became the hub of everything I do with my business.

My first two episodes were me doing my solo thing—ranting and kicking ass. However, I knew I wanted to start talking to people, and I had a list of individuals who I wanted to interview. Near the top of that list was Srini Rao, the voice of The Unmistakable Creative (formerly BlogCastFM), and one of the best interviewers I had run across. I liked his style, and his viewpoint on the creative pursuit, so he was the natural choice to have on the show.

That interview was one of my favorites, and I still get the occasional comment on it. So, when Srini reached out and said he wanted to talk about some things that had gone down within his community, I was happy to bring him back on to chat. This conversation is a lot different than the last. This one is filled with a whole bunch of humble pie, and a bright outlook on the future of his brand.

If you want to know about the ups and downs of managing a growing brand, maintaining your purpose, and finding ways to grow without losing touch, then this conversation should shed some light.

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Apr 29 2015

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Rank #15: Artist and Illustrator Quyen Dinh Talks About Quitting in Order to Find Success

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Here at Fresh Rag HQ, I get multiple emails a week from people asking to be part of the site, either as a blog post, or featured on the podcast. It’s a good problem to have because I get to discover new people on a regular basis. A majority of the requests are not a good fit for the show, and it happens so often, I get a little jaded with the requests. However, every once in awhile, a golden nugget lands in my lap, and I can’t help but take advantage of the opportunity, and that is how Quyen Dinh came to be on the show today.

Quyen is an artist and illustrator based in Orange County, California, just a few miles away from me, and she’s tapped into a gold mine with her current work. Her pension for traditional style tattooing has her crafting some truly interesting work that is a mix of that traditional style combined with various pop culture references. It’s a unique idea that has taken off for her to the tune of 10,000+ sales on Etsy in 2 years. I’m glad she decided to come on the show now because if I had discovered her in a year from now, she may be too busy to deal with me.

So, welcome Quyen to the show and pay attention as she lends some awesome insight about how to capitalize on opportunities when they present themselves.

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Aug 27 2014

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Rank #16: June Q&A On the Fresh Rag Show

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Today is questions and answers day. Here’s what we talked about:

Melissa

My sister and I are sister artists and we have separate Instagrams but one business. Should we merge them and what would be the best way?

Julianna

I’m developing a new product that I’m really excited about and plan on introducing to my shop next month. It’s something that I haven’t seen before in my industry and I think my customers will really love it.What’s your take on the amount of time I should leave between teasing it, announcing it and releasing it for sale?

Also, I want to start reaching new customers as well so I’m planning on contacting a few influencers in my industry that blog/podcast to see if they can help me to promote this product on their platforms. Do you have any advice for what I should say when I contact them? (They do many reviews so I think they will be open to the idea.)

Jenn K.

What’s the best way for freelancers to find new clients? I get most of my work through word of mouth and referrals and have tried advertising a few times without success.

Suze

Can you talk about your approach to using Periscope?

Lizzie

Favorite music to listen to when working and favorite music that gets you pumped.

Amanda

What’s your personal #1 way to unwind when you’re elbow-deep in business stuff, and how often do you take a break? How separate is your downtime from your work? Do you have any weird or stupid ways you like to have fun? When work, creativity and play are so intertwined for me I struggle sometimes to know when I need to, should, or shouldn’t step back from everything for a little while. I feel the pressure (and the excitement) to go go go and not lose momentum, but I know that’s a recipe for burnout. When I do “take a break” I feel a bit of anxiety that I should at least pick a “constructive” or “artistic” pass time. How do you feel about dumping some time into a video game or mindless tv show when you know you’ve got a hundred plates in the air, and how long do you give yourself before you dive back in?

Michele

What are you reading these days?

Deanna

I have a handmade business where I sell my hand bound leather journals, currently on Etsy, www.BadonHill.co. I am finally at a place where I want to make this all legit and get my business license, but I will be moving to another state soon. Should I wait to get my business license in California in a few months, or get it now in Arkansas, or does it matter?

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Jun 19 2015

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Rank #17: Rena Tom Dropping Retail Science

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I’m loud and boisterous. Rena Tom is subtle yet subversive, and I think that makes us a good pair for, at the very least, criminal activity. The world can be thankful though because Rena and I have decided to use our powers for good, and you’ll be glad she did in this interview. I’m not saying she gave away all the secrets to the world, but she did drop quite a few knowledge bombs and if you listen carefully to her, you will walk away a smarter and more savvy business person.

In this chat, we talk about starting a business out of a need for creativity, launching a retail shop, launching another retail shop, selling those and launching a third business. Rena also talk about how she helps creative entrepreneurs build their brands in a more traditional marketing way. Really, that’s just a portion of all the good things we discuss, so stop reading and get to listening.

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Lots of housekeeping in the up front, including the announcement of my very first, official-unofficial meet-up in Dallas on August 15th, 2014. Stay tuned!

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Jul 30 2014

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Rank #18: I Killed an Entire Room of Creatives at the Craftcation Conference

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And I would kill again, if they let me!

Guys! Can I tell you how much I’ve missed you? I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I put my mouth to a microphone and said the words, “Welcome to the Fresh Rag Show.” I’m glad to be back, and I cannot wait to share all kinds of awesome this month. You are not going to believe all the cool people I’ve met in the last few weeks, and I am bring all of them to this party right here.

But first, though, I want to talk about the Craftcation Conference. I attended this show in the last weekend of March, and I had a blast. I was a participant, and MC, and a live, roving reporter, which you’ll get to hear in just a minute.

If you’re not familiar with the Craftcation Conference, it’s the brain child of the ladies from Dear Handmade Life, and this was their fourth year putting the event on. It’s a combination of actual DIY making, and business building. Whether you’re a newb maker who just wants to expand their skillset, or a budding business owner looking to take your maker business to the next level, this is the event for you.

I was lucky enough to be part of a couple discussions during the event, talking about podcasting and branding to tons of ladies just itching for new information. The branding chat was fantastic, and I had a blast being the moderator. I can say without any qualms that I kicked ass in that chat, and I am proud how it turned out. Could it have been better? Definitely, but I killed that room, in a good way, and it only made me want to do it again.

The podcast chat was also cool, but with a much more mellow tone. I’m not always big on mellow, as you know, but I gotta respect the process of others out there.

I will say that I was looking to turn up the heat on the joint, but I refrained from setting fire to anything.

Overall, the event was a lot of fun, and as you’ll hear in this show, I met some tremendous talent and personalities. I can’t wait to expand on some of these conversations soon. I won’t give away any secrets, but I promise at least one of these chats may become something truly awesome for Fresh Rag. You’ll have to stay tuned to coming weeks to find out what that’s all about.

For now, just indulge in some of the greatness that is the ladies of the Craftcation Conference.

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Apr 08 2015

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Rank #19: Printmaker, Allison Glancey of Strawberryluna Talks Etsy, Wholesale, and Guard Dogs

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I’m digging a bit into my roots a bit on this episode, because when I first started getting into designing stuff that interested me, I spent a lot of time on one particular website, which was Gigposters.com. As much as I aspired to be the next great illustrator/rock poster designer, I never really felt compelled to go down that route. Perhaps it was the arduous process of making screen printed posters that turned me off. Perhaps it was the polarizing personalities I ran across on that site.

Even though I never made it past my first few attempts at printmaking, I still revere many designers from those days, and that includes today’s guest, Allison Glancey of Strawberryluna. I’ve only officially known Allison for a few years, but she’s been a solid correspondent into the printmaking world.

In this episode, she shares her thoughts on many things, including Etsy, wholesale selling, copyright infringement, and the future of printmaking. It’s fun conversation that I think you will enjoy, so get to it.

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Feb 04 2015

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Rank #20: Sean Howard wants to convert you to his way of thinking

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Warning! We get really deep into a heavy topic this time around, but definitely an essential conversation is happening here.

Let me ask you a question first. Do you know precisely where your business is coming from? Can you say without a shadow of a doubt that certain aspects of your marketing efforts are driving sales, and you know exactly what those efforts are? Do you know which pages on your site are making the best conversions, or which ones completely suck and need revamping?

If you answer is no to any of those questions, then you need this conversation between Sean Howard and myself. Really, it’s Sean talking about how important conversion tracking is, because I am the absolute worst at making note of these things, and Sean does a good job of schooling me.

I’m sure he’ll do the same for you too.

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Oct 29 2015

1hr 3mins

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