Topics include self-promoting when you hate self-promotion, the man who transformed The New York Times’ treatment of the gay community, best/worst journalism of the year, the most annoying online ad types and moar!
From an English lit degree to starting the Lingerie Lesbian blog to designing her first evening gown collection, NYC-based designer Caroline Elenowitz tells us all about her journey to running her own business.
Changes and layoffs at Gawker and a rebuttal from Wonkette, layoffs at pretty much every print magazine ever, FHM folds ’cause dudes are embarrassed to be seen with it, more digital publishers are asking their readers for money, Uber drivers sound off about their actual work conditions and more!
“In 2013 I was too ill to work, living on disability benefits, and had just dropped out of my masters degree. I was introduced to the world of lifestyle design, which then led me to the world of online business. Here were all these people, working from home/travelling, and running fun businesses from their laptops. About 2 months in I was making more than enough to live off, had doubled my rates and was hovering around fully booked…and now I’m a full-time, accidentally permanent VA!”
Topics include vim & vigor vs. hedge fund money, changes at The Hairpin, the closing of Grantland, Refinery 29’s international expansion, how Kate Beaton does money, and cool new podcasts from people you like including Gaby Dunn and Brittani Nichols.
Holding The Rumpus to the same standards as The Huffington Post is ridiculous.
Musician Sean Desiree — who alone makes up all parts of the indie band bell’s roar — explains how they juggle being a musician by day with running a furniture-making business by night, how they learned to deal with rejection, and what’s it’s like being a queer person of colour in an industry and genre dominated by straight white men.
Time buys xoJane and HelloGiggles, NEWS FLASH women’s media has a better chance of getting funded when a man owns it, more news from the facebook apocalypse, and a 700-word apology for being late.
Over the years, I’ve gotten emails from people who have said things like, “You inspired me to quit my job and pursue my real passion.” I want everyone on the planet to experience that same feeling — that feeling of knowing, “I matter, I am helping, I am making a difference,” whether you’re connecting with an audience of 1 person or 10,000.
Something funny is happening at facebook, excellent tips on how to make your white workplace less white, Conde Nast buys Pitchfork, Playboy quits nudes, native advertising headaches and a lot of interesting stuff in this week’s Business of Art fix!
“A-Camp was sort of a turning point for me. We were talking about building a year-round Autostraddle community and it was decided that I’d be the coffee roaster. I was like, ‘Well, guess I better get good at this coffee roasting thing.’ You can’t have mediocre coffee in a queer commune. I started actually writing a business plan the next weekend.”
Topics include even MORE important thoughts on ad-blocking, how your XoJane confessional sausage gets made, Ann Friedman’s personal branding quest, the most hated beauty brand on the internet, advice for sending overdue e-mails and more!
“The one thing that is ‘typical’ about a day at the forge is that there is a lot of mess and noise, and that I sweat buckets and come home very dirty.”
Happy Ad-Blocker-For-Mobile Debuts Day! Also we’re talking about the rise of the first-person confessional essay, an article about us, Slack, Rookie, Taag Magazine and so much more!
“What your clients come to you for will be a huge signal for what your focus could be. They are attracted to a certain quality within you. If you pay attention, your clients will call it out from within you. My clients were speaking to me all along. It took a while, but I listened in and came to my true focus. It takes time. Let yourself grow. It is a sacred journey.”
Nerve.com begins a new chapter with a look back on all previous chapters, The Butter shutters, September is a big month for black women on magazine covers, The Daily Beast shuts down comments and more interesting stories!
Autostraddle’s webmaster Cee Webster has been a freelance web developer for 15 years. Here, she shares her thoughts on freelance working, ‘winging it’, the challenges of juggling many projects, and the perks of working when you choose.
Topics include Bitch’s redesign, Buzzfeed’s financial papers, Amazon’s cut-throat work environment, a fertility-tracker raising major $$ to collect data on women’s health and more!
So many cool stories including a new chapters for Tiger Beat and Highlights for Children, Comcast investing in Buzzfeed, how we use slack, pitches we’re looking for and the importance of the online commenting conversation.
“The best thing about my work is when I have people from all over the world write me about how excited they are to find my shoes or learn about my company and how it inspires them. Having so many others who shared my pain and experience of not finding shoes that represent my style really motivates me to keep pushing to turn this dream into a reality.”