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Getting Started

Posted By Charlene Ridlon, Art As You Like It, Waite Park, MN, Thursday, March 30, 2017

Getting started is the hardest part… I find this is true with writing, art, exercise, even sometimes just my morning routine. But trying something new is always filled with a little anxiety, a smidgen of fear and a whole lot of excitement.  Back in September of 2016, sitting in the CCSA magazine meeting, someone said, “CCSA should have a blog”. The idea was born, because we have so much information to share with one another, and even though our Magazine is chock full of great new ideas and articles, it would be nice to share things that have a more “in the moment” kind of feel. Dena and Laura both agreed, to be successful with a blog, we would have to have some volunteers. So, here I am volunteering to get it started.

What do we hope to accomplish with the blog? First order of business is to find a few more people interested in contributing content to the blog. We are looking for around 250 to 300 words and a few photos to support what you are writing about. At first, we hope to blog to our colleagues (other studio owners and those who have access to the membership log-in at CCSA) Blogs to our colleagues will be about things that inspire you, successful marketing ideas, or a business tool that you love.  We would love to hear about a project that you are proud of that helped move a slow selling pottery item, or a new way to use pottery, or studio supplies. Have you invented a cool way to use design tools? Share it!  But then we hope to also expand to blog to consumers. Blogs for our consumers will contain content that will help bring consumers to our studios. Want to learn more? Join our CCSA Blog Facebook group (we have a list of ideas and a schedule started), or send me an e-mail about an idea you would like to share. We are scheduling posts right now.

I often relate our Minnesota season of spring as a new beginning. The season of spring melts away the cold blanket of winter, and gives the trees, the lakes and our fields a new beginning! And since spring is upon us, I am sharing a picture from a recent walk I took. It was a day with a rare February peak at 50 degrees, (and even a rarer occurrence of this studio owner taking a Saturday away from the studio) This hike is the perfect example of blending the old with the new, as signs of winter and spring co-mingled on the paths I walked. The trail surrounds a lake that is filled with legends and stories that fuel the students who attend the two private colleges connected to a glorious nature preserve. 

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