By now it's not news to any of you that the Build A Line applications have all been received and those who will participate, accepted.
Yesterday we worked very hard on getting the LIST of participants' blogs and URLS (internet addresses) in order so that it would click through and work.
Still some feel a little tentative, as they have not done a blog hop before....and they know that the post dates of Jan 23, Feb 20, and March 20 are critical.
I'm taking a minute today roll it out to you 1. 2. 3. on what to do for blog hop posts.
FIRST: Chose your TITLE. For this hop, put your name (Marcia, since you are first on the list, I'll use yours) and post your title this way:
Build A Line Challenge from B'sue Boutiques, Marcia Tuzzolino of Aurora Designs, Part One
It's important to put Build A Line Challenge from B'sue Boutiques for the search engines. This links back to me, thanks.
It is equally important to put your name and your blog name in the title for SEO. This links back to you....don't forget to do it!
THEN....Let's put Part One on there so people know, hey! there will be more!
Begin with a photo....okay, I'll go grab something....It's not for the challenge, just a photo to show you format.
Under my first opening photo, which should be an eye grabber (this was a gift muse that grabbed a lot of attention!), something that makes someone want to go on and keep reading, I need to write an important paragraph that uses the keywords in my title, which would be :
Build a Line
So here I go:
I'm Marcia Tuzzolino of Aurora Designs, and so glad to be here with you for the first installation of the Build a Line Challenge from B'sue Boutiques. This is part one of the Build a Line series of blog hops, where I will tell you a bit about myself and my background, and why I decided to be part of this challenge. The challenge is really a master class of sorts, and will span three months and there will be three hops, total. We have 58 participants. All of us will be working hard to create a cohesive line of jewelry and pull our look and thought process together. At the end, we will reveal a complete line of jewelry with a minimum of five pieces all in our chosen style.
HERE you will talk about yourself, background, and even show some of your best pieces. I believe the piece below is one of Marcia's first assemblage pieces...
ANYWAY....go down memory lane a little bit, show 'em some stuff, what you hae done in the past, people LOVE pix.
SHOW THEM YOU! in your workshop, working. Have someone take a photo. It doesn't matter if it or you is a mess, no one cares. They are probably artists too and just want to see:
If your pets help you in your work the way Meepie used to help me, or like Toby helps Pam, show them!
Don't tell your life story, but do let them into your thought process and into your life a bit!
THEN! WHAT EVERYONE CAME FOR:
TELL THEM WHAT YOU CHOSE TO DO for the class!
Give 'em with what they came for! Reveal your theme and why you chose it (again, don't get too long or too technical---there are 58 people in this hop, don't cross their eyes and make them go away!) Show them as many pix as you have of what you have done so far, even if it's just components you are going to use. If you have a partially completed piece that's great. If you have a FULLY completed piece, super, show it.
DO NOT SHOW THEM EVERYTHING until the March 20 hop, even if you went ahead and made up your whole line already. Honestly, if you have.....you may end up rethinking it. This is not just show and tell, guys.....we're gonna be in a class together. I'm going to talk about my process and share my memories, answer questions about how it worked for me, and how I think it will work for you. We're going to be having a BUNCH of mutual discussion. You COULD get re-routed. That's what is so cool about this!
Journal about it, search your hard drive for just the right pictures for your first post, make an outline. That way you can be sure that you cover everything you wanted to say....and then EDIT, so it doesn't get too long. LOT OF PHOTOS.
LASTLY the most critical part! The LIST of participants for the blog.
You should ABSOLUTELY without fail test this list long before the hop. Make sure it will copy/paste into your blog format correctly and that the links will all be clickable.
Also, if you don't put the list at the end of your post, the hop probably will stop for many, with you. Most people will go away and will not continue to hop. It's critical not to forget the list.
ONE LAST TIP: POST VERY EARLY IN THE DAY. It's no good to wait til you come home from work that night and do it. Better if you did it the night before and scheduled it, or got up very early in the morning and did it. People tend to look at hops on their tablets and laptops with morning coffee. You could even post it very late at night the night BEFORE.
NOT THE NIGHT OF. ;-o
Don't break up the hop by failing to post early.
OKAY....here's that list!
Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B'sue Boutiques
Mary Katherine Deis
Jennifer Merrill Williams
Denise Lussier Poirier