Showing posts from June, 2017

Art fairs and trails,..... hard work but worth it!

This week I have been preparing for the Silverdale & Arnside annual Art & Craft Trail. This is one of a handful of fairs, trails, open studios and exhibitions that I enjoy participating in over the Summer months. I often ask myself, is it worth all the hard work ? As those of you who also exhibit in this way will know, it is definitely hard work. Fretting over new work, worrying that everything is priced and presented well, doubting the quality of your work, deciding how much to take and that's before you load the car! Then there is the physical work of packing and unpacking the car, lugging heavy items around on hot or rainy days and putting up staging. When that is finally complete and you are pleased that your stand looks passable, you would think you could then relax. But no, after the early morning start and all the rushing around, as soon as you get the time to think you start worrying all over again. Did I leave something at home? Will any visitors arrive? Will t

Simple composition for beginners

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Growing a YouTube channel.

My first 1000 subscribers & my tips on growing your YouTube channel Back in October I wrote a blog on starting my YouTube channel and how rewarding I was finding it. Now I have reached over 1000 subscribers and thought it a good time to revisit this topic. As I said in my previous post, if you are thinking about starting your own channel then you should jump in and give it a go. For those of you just starting, these are my top 10 tips for growing your channel :- 1. Be patient!....having a YouTube channel is not a "get rich quick" scheme, like any other business it takes time to build. Don't be disheartened by slow growth to begin with, keep working on it and set yourself goals for each year. 2. Create content that you enjoy and interests you....this may seem blatantly obvious, but if you aren't 100% engaged in your content, why should viewers be? 3. Create the best videos you can with the equipment you have available, this could be a