Hey Everyone -
I started Those Who Make a year ago as a blog that I planned to post on every now and then. When the number of followers started to surpass the 1500 mark, I decided that I would put in the effort and get one video/interview up a day. To say it bluntly - I love handmade goods made by makers. I am constantly inspired by individuals who have decided to spend their livelihoods making a product from start to finish. I admire these people and I find it important to share my discovery of them with others. Although I’m also a maker, I find myself really enjoying the hunt and curation that goes into this blog. I’ve devoted a lot of time to hunting for and finding videos + makers to interview for this blog. And I’ve done this not only for my own curiosity, but for the entertainment of you, the audience. I find this blog to be a win/win because you not only get quality entertainment, but it helps to spread a good message which is “support your local makers” - they exist, they’re out there! And typically these makers value quality + they’re passionate, and I find that to be admirable and important. To give you a rough estimate (just based on a quick online search) - over 16,000 videos are uploaded to Vimeo everyday - and you can only imagine how many of those videos are actually pleasant to watch - it takes time to find the videos I post, to rifle through all the poor image quality and noisy mics, to find videos that are cinematic and showcase a passionate maker.
In these situations, you may see someone asking you to donate to a Paypal account if you enjoy the service. I’m a little old school in a sense that I still find it enjoyable to get something tangible for your money. And while I’m at it, I would love to be able to collaborate with + bring business to makers, which allows me to bring you products that are awesome and spread a good message. And that’s my business plan for the site - to not just ask for donations, but to give business to makers which as a result allows me to give you awesome products; in addition to continuing to bring you quality entertainment in terms of videos, interviews and perhaps even a podcast in the near future.
If i can get just 180 of you to pitch $5 to this Kickstarter project - you’ll get stickers that say “support your local makers” that you can stick on your car/notebook/a bathroom stall/sidewalk/pizza place/wedding hall/where ever you deem apropriate + a handwritten note saying “you’re awesome” maybe even a doodle of a heart with the words “you+me” in the middle of it - AND I’ll be able to give a letterpress printer some business and get some awesome letterpress prints made!
a boys name is shut up. his teacher asked him his name and he said “shut up”
Though exquisite in design, it was not born as art to be put on display. It belongs in our pockets. It is a tool. A utility. A gadget of gadgets.
The iPhone is here to work.
Perfectly sums up my feelings about the iPhone and this generation of gadgets.
In a social media milieu where Facebook and Twitter garner the lion’s share of attention, and Google+ clamors loudly for a bit of it, Disqus is quietly and deliberately taking command of the virtual water cooler.
Awesome article on the Submarine Social Network, Disqus.