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The Friday Blog Round-Up 5/20/11

20th May 2011

The Friday Blog Round-Up 5/20/11

First up today is a post I love, love, love.   It deals with two things that annoy me and calls them both for being the crap that they are.  The first is the term “social media expert”,  which is used by a lot of people who neither understand social media nor are experts at using it.   The second is the idea that social media is anything more than a tool in your Marketing toolbox.   Social media is just another way to interact with your customers.  It’s not the be all and end all,  and it only works if your customers are using social media as well.  If they’re not,  then you’re talking to air.   Peter Shankman also gets bonus points for pointing out that bad writing is ruining America.  As a writer, I so agree with that.

Second on the list today is a tutorial I found (via Urban Threads) on how to dye buttons.  When I was a kid my grandma had a box full of buttons we could play with when we went to her house.  I’ve always loved buttons and being able to dye them in cool colors is even more fun.  If you need specially dyed buttons for an item you’re making,  check out this tutorial.

Third on the agenda today is a tip for saving money if you have a vinyl cutter.  Everyone likes to make the most of all their supply purchases,  and Stahls has provided a video that shows how to maximize scraps of heat transfer material.  If you find you often have odds and ends of material left over,  you may find this video very helpful.

Fourth at bat today is a post from Seth Godin about the future of libraries and librarians.   As someone who haunted the local library when I was a kid and who devoured books like they were candy,  I’ve always been a big fan of libraries.  Seth’s post does make a lot of sense though,  the era as libraries as custodians of paper is pretty much over.  Like everything else,  libraries need to evolve with the pace of new technology.   Seth has an interesting take on what libraries, and librarians, should become.

Finally, I wanted to mention one EnMart related thing.   We have a new YouTube channel.   We’ve already added some original videos as well as marked as favorites some helpful videos from other companies.   Our goal is to create an educational channel for both sublimation and embroidery.   If you have a YouTube membership, please take a moment to subscribe to our channel.




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