a brief story about discovering a business model that allowed us to remain a two-person company with a product we could make once and sell multiple times.
Category Archive: Making Media
how our video “Twitter in Plain English” ended up on the front page of Twitter.com for over a year.
This will be a good time! Two lively Brits, Grant and Paddy, host a live show called The Visual Jam. I will be their guest on July 8th to discuss The Art of Explanation and Common Craft videos. Register for Free. More Info: Have you ever had a great idea for a...
Storytime is a series of videos that are usually brief and focused on a single idea relating to my work and/or personal life. This episode of storytime is about publishing my book BIG ENOUGH during a pandemic. https://youtu.be/fhQYfqq4NYk ➡️ Go to all Storytime...
I soon came to appreciate the glass wall as a feature of the house that exists in multiple states. During the day, it disappears and reveals a view over the Salish Sea, as it was designed to do. But at night, when darkness hides the view, the glass becomes a mirror to the interior. One minute you’re looking at the water, another you’re looking at yourself. I think of this as the time between glass and mirror.
Mike Rhode and I go way back and it was a pleasure to reconnect with him on the Sketchnote Army podcast and discuss communication, creative work, and explainer videos.
There are two considerations in making home finish decisions: what you want and what the house wants. By the time the finishes are being completed, the house will tell you what fits, or not.
In 2016 I made an apolitical video that explains Narcissistic Personality Disorder in an effort to warn people about leaders who put themselves above everything else. It’s now our most viewed YouTube video on a daily basis and I continue to believe that, at the heart of our problems is a leader’s destructive personality that cannot and will not change.
Heneka is such a fun interviewer. She's an accomplished entrepreneur who is also full of energy and positivity. I've included a quote and an audio snippet of the interview below. You can listen on the Entrepreneurial You Podcast.
Ten things I did to help links to my book appear on the first page of Google for the term “Big Enough”.
On the day Big Enough launched I sat down in front of the camera to share a story from the book about making a video for Google.
To create the trailer for my book, Big Enough, I wanted to take advantage of the natural scenery where I live. So I packed up my drone and dogs and went on a hike. If only it were so easy.
Publishing a book is always a challenge and doing it during a pandemic is even more so. This is how how it felt at the time.
In preparation for publishing Big Enough, I created videos and developed a plan for promoting pre-orders of the book. This share the details.
A look at what I was doing 41 days prior to publishing my book, Big Enough.
One the most powerful ways to get the word out about a new book is by appearing on podcasts. This was my strategy.
The post below was sent as an issue of my newsletter, Ready for Rain. Friends, 2020 has become a year of widespread and unpredictable change, much of it frightening and disorienting. Our collective snow globe is being shaken and it makes every day feel like taking a...
One of the side effects of using YouTube is the ease at which it’s possible to download and then re-upload a video to another account. This violates copyright law and YouTube’s terms of service. But it was difficult to stop.
Just before Big Enough went to the printer, I learned there were a handful of blank pages at the end of the book. The book designer asked if I’d like to use them for promotion or a section for “notes”, etc. It seemed strange. Couldn’t we just remove the extra pages? I asked my editor and she followed up with this article about printing books.
Today, I’m planning to send people my own sticker and this is the story of how that sticker was designed and how I’m planning to use it.