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March 2007

I started the blog and have an impressive three posts! One of them is a review of the Ultra Lite Beehive Kiln, my most popular post to date. It is read every single day even though I don’t make any effort to promote it! Read it here.

April 2007

In April I began my series on Photography with a discussion of light tents and where to buy them. And I wrote How to Choose a Kiln.

June 2007

In May I didn’t post at all, then made up for it in June with 14 posts. Including two getting started posts. One called Where to Start with Metal Clay? and one called Getting Started with Photopolymer Plates.

And I reviewed two books on photography, one by Steve Meltzer and one on lighting for digital photography.

July 2007

July brought lots of informative posts on photopolymer plate making, a DIY glass display stand, and my helpful series on training for work in the jewelry industry/working in crafts.

But the post that got the most attention was Minimal Metalsmithing: which techniques you should add to your metal clay jewelry making skills and why. It stirred up a huge reaction on Orchid (at ganoksin.com) and well, prompted people to say what they really think about metal clay. It was interesting.

August 2007

In August, I posted my first humor bit, an hilarious take on artist statements by Carolyn Rose.

I opened my Cafe Press Shop, Metals Rule, which features shirts and mugs and such for metal clayers, metalsmiths and more.

September 2007

Profile of a Successful Home Show continues to be a popular post, read nearly every day.

Fall was big for me, as I had pieces in three shows — the faculty show at the Indianapolis Art Center (IAC), the El Dia de lose Muertos show at IAC and the Anti-War Medal Show at Gallery I/O in New Orleans (owned by Thomas Mann).

Also in September, the blog reached 100 posts! Perhaps helped along by 40+ posts in September.

And I published my free eBook, The Jewelry Maker.

October 2007

In October the blog went daily! Holy Moly how do I keep up? A ton of great posts in October, including lots of links to tutorials, online how to videos, and my series on How to Get Out of Having a Website. Plus Top Seven Reasons to Write a Squidoo about Yourself.

Also check out Monica Sageant’s post on how to do the Tear Away Technique.

November 2007

I kept up the daily posting in November, as I joined NaBloPoMo, or National Blog Posting Month. What’s Your Tagline? was a good post on, well, coming up with a good tagline for your jewelry.

Also in November I hightlighted Luann Udell’s blog as Blog of the Week.

To the horror of some readers, I posted a picture of some old PMC work on it’s way to the refiner. At least two people said they saw potential in that scrapheap!

And, on Thanksgiving, my post with links to pumpkin pie recipes, with an amusing picture, got a record breaking number of views!

December 2007

In December I found out just how much activity I could handle by joining Oranment Thursday, something a group of bloggers were doing, and I made handmade ornaments for the last two Thursdays before Christmas.

Lots of great posts this month, including some on photography. One on using Props and one on Good vs. Bad Product Photography.

Thanks for reading! I look forward to another great year of blogging in ’08.

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