Being authentic…

So in the spirit of being authentic I have decided to change up the blog a bit. I want the Secret Diaries of a Glass Artist to be a warts and all view of our lives in our business and the juggle between kids, work, friends etc.

I’ve been reading this great book called ‘The Indie Roller Handbook’ and one of the things that Leona advocates is authenticity.  That as an Indie Biz what makes us different from big business is the people behind it i.e. me and Sarah. 

So in the spirit of being authentic I have decided to change up the blog a bit. I want the Secret Diaries of a Glass Artist to be a warts and all view of our lives in our business and the juggle between kids, work, friends etc.  We are at the start of our Indie Biz journey so are flattered that you are taking time to read this.  Hopefully you will learn a bit about glass fusing, the behind the scenes of our businesses and share in our successes and failures…and we hope it will bring a smile to your face.  Full disclosure, my goal is to post every week but real life (and school holidays) may mean that I don’t make it every week so bear with us!

I’ve been reading this great book called ‘The Indie Roller Handbook’ and one of the things that Leona advocates is authenticity.  That as an Indie Biz what makes us different from big business is the people behind it i.e. me and Sarah. 

I listened to one of the fab Indie Roller podcasts with CatFoodCakes who uses Instagram stories everyday to show what she is doing – latest bakes, what is in her shop etc.  This feels like a great way to show our behind the scenes.  I find Instagram pretty intimidating as the grid is there forever and as a shop window it feels like there is pressure to make it all look cohesive, also it takes me FOREVER to research hashtags to get the best reach which, to be honest, just bores me! 

I’m a newbie to Instagram Stories but with the knowledge that they only last 24hrs it really takes the pressure off.  I can just post what I’m doing, interesting things I see, wins and failures so I’ve started to embrace it as way for me to be more ‘authentic’ and not be embarrassed that we’re still at the start of our Indie Biz journey.  I totally admire people who just sit and talk to the camera, definitely not there just yet but I’ve had a go at some videos and instead of my voice you get a little snippet of whatever music I had on while I was working – definitely an insight into my eclectic music taste!

Day One: cutting glass and listening to The Kooks!

So, I’m going to try and keep on top of posting and sharing our journey through running a creative business.  If this is of any interest to you and you want to know more about how we fuse the glass, what we are making, how we juggling being mums with working for ourselves or what is making us bang our heads against a wall then jump over to Instagram and give us a follow. 

Right now I’m off to a wet and windy football ground to watch my 9 year old in his first game as part of the school team and to ponder how I’m going to dress them as Rock Stars tomorrow for ‘Number Day’ – don’t ask!!

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