Calligraphy Masters Web Site is back!
- What is the purpose of the web site?
- What happened and why was the web site gone for such a long time?
- Changes around Calligraphy Masters
- How can you help?
Calligraphy Master Website is back up!
Here is what is happening but more importantly how you can be a part of it.
What is the idea behind the website?
There is so much to tell you about what has been going on but let’s start with the fact that the website is back up and running. I started Calligraphy Masters back in 2014 because I was looking for information I couldn’t find and thought it would be great to have homemaking that material accessible so others could find content without having to go hunting.
It was a long road working out how to build the website to make it helpful, useful, and most importantly interesting. Coming to the realization that I wanted something which would be a portal for News, Tutorials, and Interviews from the Lettering, Calligraphy, and SignWriting world was the idea behind the structure of the website. The basics aim has always been the same but now with a larger platform for handmade letters where you can find not only news from the industry but also explore podcasts, videos, merchandise, challenges, giveaways, new artists, find workshops locally and internationally, hire artists for specific projects & events and find free resources on your calligraphy and lettering journey. This is by no means easy or simple, but I’m not in a hurry and am always open to new ideas and suggestions as to how I can improve and grow the site and the CM brand.
Why was the site down for so long?
I was so busy building the content for the site, putting it up, finding more content and interactions with artists that I completely forgot to back up all the work. I had assumed that as it was online it would always be there. Unfortunately I was wrong and learned a very difficult lesson the hard way. There was a technical glitch with my ISP and I lost everything. As you can imagine this came as a shock to me learning all of it was lost and that I need to rebuild everything from scratch. This affected me personally and I had to take a step back to re-evaluate the situation and how to approach it differently.
It was at this point when I was talking with Paul Antonio, who is not only one of the team members, but also one of the members I am closest to, told me something which surprised me. Paul and I speak nearly weekly via video call, he pointed out to me that I cannot do this all on my own, that he himself realised he could not do it on his own with his Facebook Groups and asked for group members to help. They jumped to keep things running smoothly so he didn’t have to do all the work, just make the content they all use so frequently. It is from this he suggested that I reach out the the membership and ask them for assistance. Paul said ‘you have helped and continue to help so many people on their calligraphic and lettering journeys that people will jump to help you, not to mention, they will get to work with some amazing content creators and in some instances, people who inspire them in their own work!’
So here we are, and here I am, asking if any of you would like to help with some of the support needed to run Calligraphy Masters. I have identified 7 key areas where help would be greatly appreciated
- The running of CM on Facebook and Instagram managing posts, replying to comments, directing questions to the relevant person, pointing out tools and materials, that kind of thing
- Video Editing for the YouTube Channel
- Audio Editing for the Podcasts
- Website – technical web assistance, coding, etc,.
- Content Managing – innovative ideas on pictures, videos and articles
- Content Creation – writing articles, locating events, workshops and news
- Admin assistance – Marketing, Strategy, PR, Logistics
If you, or a friend you know, might be willing to assist and you fit into any of the above-listed categories and you are happy to lend some time please email me at [email protected] and I will send you more detailed information on the process, set up and running of the Helpers Group.
Changes with Calligraphy Masters
I have also been looking at some directional changes to the way I feel Calligraphy Masters should operate. It’s been 6 years now. Calligraphy, Lettering and Sign Writing have all changed in that time, but so too have I. The vision I set out with 6 years ago is something I also needed to reevaluate and with accepting that I need assistance also came the space to think about what I want for CM.
My aim is to leave a lasting legacy, a mark on the world of calligraphy with a portal which will truly make a difference in how people interested in calligraphy, letteringand sign writing connect with each other. To do this, I realised I needed adjust my approach to CM and what it stands for. With the ever changing algorithms in social media, I feel it is time to to build better, long term relationships with you, the audience, but to focus more on those of you who are keen to really learn, those who want a deeper understating of how to improve your skills in the lettering arena.
Calligraphy Masters cannot simply keep reposting content, we have to start generating our own original content by working with artists in different ways. This will start with what will be posted on Instagram and how that content will be divided between the CMTeam and its followers, and how you can get involved in a more connected way. I am currently working on this strategy and will share it with you in the coming weeks.
The Calligraphy Masters Team will also undergo some juggling around and restructuring of the team into different groups. Here are some of the groups I am thinking about
1)Current team members – people I work with on projects, products and events
2)A new core who will assist with generating original content for the various social channels
3)A satellite group who will help with managing the different accounts
4)An editing team for articles, video and audio
I know it is a lot to take in but I have been quiet about this for a little while as I was coming up with a plan of action but also internalizing it myself so that I can move forward with something I am happy to see Calligraphy Masters grow into. If you have any comments, suggestions or are willing to help in any way please contact me on [email protected] I look forward to helping you on your journey and connecting with you.
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