Halloween is around the freaking corner, and at Whimseybox we’re super freaking psyched. In particular, Crafty Ali is a Halloween genius and has been whipping up tons of awesome projects. Here are some of our favorite Halloween must-makes!
Oh hey, yeah, this blog still exists. I’m on a plane (on the Internet! In the sky!) heading back to CO from a short trip out to BlogHer Pro in San Francisco. Here are some of the highlights:
- I spoke on a panel about Productizing (sounds fancy, no?) which basically is about how to turn your blog into a business. Alongside me were Jadah of Simple Green Smoothies and business coach Tara . They are awesome + it was such a pleasure to get to meet them and all of the conference attendees!
- One of the conference sponsors was Motorola and last night they held an even where Guy Kawasaki spoke and at the end they gave us all new MotoX phones. For me, this is amazing timing because I was going to buy a new phone this month, and actually planned to finally switch from Android to iPhone just… I dunno, cuz. But now I’ve got a shiny new white MotoX that works/has memory/isn’t cracked and my Android fandom is renewed.
- Today I learned that when you plug your earbuds into your iDevice you can use the volume button on the earbuds to trigger the shutter on the camera. Did anyone else know that? So cool!
- An unsolicited plug for BlogHer conferences (in particular the content-specific ones since I’ve been to a couple but never the main BlogHer) – props to the BlogHer team for putting together an incredibly professional and well-run event. These ladies are masters of the details that make for a great conference experience and it’s such a joy to go and connect with other like-minded women. Something I was thinking about on the way to the airport is that the last BlogHer I spoke at was BlogHer Handmade in 2011 and I went home and had the idea for Whimseybox the very next week. I don’t think that’s a coincidence – attending conferences opens my mind to new ideas + possibilities and I already think this one may result in an equally large impact on my life/business. (No details yet!) If you’re thinking about attending one, you might be interested to know that they just announced that BlogHer ’14 will be taking place in San Jose in July 2014!
And here are a few other things:
- I can’t stop listening to Royals. ♬Tigers on a gold leash… we don’t care! ♬
- Southwest is my airline. I’ve had a couple of trips go haywire over the last few weeks and every time I remedied the problem myself by buying a new ticket on Southwest. (Peace out Frontier + United.) Also, tonight the SW flight attendant used his cell phone to play the Jeopardy theme song over the loudspeaker while we were boarding to hurry people up
- Radish is like ginormous. Not even a case of kennel cough (huh?) could take the wind out of her sails. Pics soon!
- At SFO there is this ‘French’ cafe/bar right outside of the security checkpoint in Terminal 1 that has this sandwich made from a super skinny green olive baguette and salami that will basically change your life. I had one on my way in yesterday and another on my way out today. (Even though it meant putting an olive and salami sandwich in my luggage ew while passing though security…)
Stay tuned for a bunch of can’t miss Halloween projects! It’s good to be back
Whimseybox has a new look! We’ve updated the homepage so that it now shows a feed of the latest projects, products from the shop and blog posts. I won’t rehash all of the features, but you should totally go read about them here. Team Whimseybox is really excited about the new look because the previous homepage had been bothering us for a while. While there was tons of fresh DIY content going up all over the site constantly in the blog, on the projects page and in the shop, the homepage always stayed pretty much the same snoozefest. Now you can easily see the latest + greatest plus favorite and follow the stuff you love.
Anyway, I thought it would be fun to take a quick look back at how the page has changed since launch in December 2011. Here’s what it looked like this morning before Patrick pushed the update:
And courtesy of the Wayback Machine, here’s what it looked like in September of last year, right after we finished Excelerate Labs:
Ignore the goofy cut-off text, that’s just a bug in my web browser that’s driving me crazy. Here’s the site at the beginning of last summer, the very first version of the Ruby on Rails site that Patrick put up, building off of the work that a great Rails contractor Jesse Wolgamott had started-
Before that it was a WordPress site that I designed that looked like this -
And here’s the very first version, which had the original video for Whimseybox on it.
Lots of changes in the first 20 months, and even more to come. I have to laugh when I look back at the initial site, it’s just so different from where we are today, but I’m really glad I started there because it was the first step on this journey!
It’s been a while, yeah? Not for lack of things to write about, but rather because there are an abundance of things to write about. I am making promises to myself right now to write more about all of things in the future, but for now here are some things I’d like you to know:
- Radish is alive and well. Actually she’s alive and huge and getting good and walking but still trying to bite me 24/7. I think we’ll keep her
- !!! Megan wrote a book. It’s funny and sweet and funnnnnny and I’m not just saying this cuz I like her (which I do) but go read the book.
- We’re building mad awesome stuff at Whimseybox. I mean, I work here so obviously I’m going to say that, but it’s a seriously awesome time to be part of this team. If you’ve ever thought “hrmm, should I join Whimseybox?’ I’d just like to give you the super-insider heads up that in a couple weeks we might be introducing something realllllllly awesome for people with 3mo or longer subscriptions. We haven’t said a word about this publicly yet, but if you you want to be the first to know you can join up right here.