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We're A Webby Award Honoree!

Posted by: leelefever on April 7, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: award, buzz, show, thissite


We have just been notified that The Common Craft Show is an Official Webby Award Honoree in the category of Technology Film and Video. Yaaaay! What does it mean to be an honoree? From the Webby Awards web site: Of the more than 8000 entries submitted to the 12th Annual Webby Awards, fewer than 15% were distinguished as an Official Honoree.  Basically, we made the short list but didn't quite make it to being a nominee, which is eligible for the award. It's still wonderful to be recognized... Continue Reading

Our New Adventure: The Common Craft Store

Posted by: leelefever on April 1, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: business, buzz, future, licensing, store, thissite, videos


As I wrote recently, we've been thinking a lot about Common Craft's future.  In the coming year, Sachi and I want to make even more videos for you - videos that are useful, both on the Web and in the workplace. We've recently created a new resource that will hopefully help us get there.Today we're announcing the roll out of an early version of The Common Craft Store.  It looks like this: The Store is the home for "licensed versions" of our videos.  Licensed versions... Continue Reading

Common Craft - (Nearly) A Year Later

Posted by: leelefever on March 23, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: business, commoncraft, ourwork, thissite, videos


It's been almost a year since we published our first paperworks video - RSS in Plain English in April of 2007.  Since that time, we've been watching every comment, every blog post and every email.  We are lucky to have fans like you that have shared our videos and helped us learn so much.It's through watching these conversations that we've been able to see new ways for Common Craft to have a bigger impact in the next year.  We'll be more specific soon, but for now, I'd like to share some big... Continue Reading

Pardon Me Friend, Can You Spare a Vote?

Posted by: leelefever on March 13, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: award, buzz, thissite


We've just been notified that our video "Zombies in Plain English" has been nominated for a Yahoo Video award for Best Animated Video. YAY! Here's what they say: Congratulations! You have been nominated for a Golden Play Award for Best Animated Video. Each year, Yahoo! Video's editorial staff picks outstanding videos in different categories and puts them up for our users to vote on at Voting will be open until Friday, March 21st. And we were just worried about Zombie... Continue Reading

Human Spam Comments - Where to Draw the Line?

Posted by: leelefever on March 3, 2008- 4:00pm

Categories: spam, thissite


The arms race between spammers and bloggers continues and I often feel like I'm on the front lines.  I'm so thankful for tools like Akismet that automatically prevent bots from spewing bullshit in blog comments.   However, there is an insidious human element that has been rearing it's head with greater frequency. These are commenters that appear to be leaving an on-topic comment, yet use a link and name that reflects their true motive - to make a web site appear higher in search results. Many... Continue Reading

Signing Off for a While

Posted by: leelefever on January 30, 2008- 4:00pm

Categories: personal, thissite, travel


Dear reader, we will return in a couple of weeks time - please don't forget about us.  We'll be thinking of you.  In the mean time, here are some words to live by: While this blog won't be updated, you may find new things on Flickr and Twitter.  See ya soon!

Home for the Holidays (and an off-topic interview)

Posted by: leelefever on December 20, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: home, interview, lifestyle, seattle, thissite, travel, twinf


First, we want to wish you and yours good cheer and positive vibes for the Holidays.  It's been an exciting year for us at Common Craft and it couldn't have happened without you.  Your links, your blog entries, your emails to friends all put a spotlight on our work that wouldn't have happened otherwise.  Maybe there is something to this social media thing after all. J Between now and the New Year, we'll be with families on separate coasts and generally unavailable.  If you're looking for an... Continue Reading

Site Note: Please Prove You Are Human

Posted by: leelefever on December 19, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: drupal, spam, thissite


As Darren would say, this is a boring site note.  I have finally turned on Captcha for comments to blog posts.  This means that, in order to post a comment, you'll have to answer a simple question to prove you are human. I have a feeling you'll pass the test with flying colors. More than anything, I want to know if you have any problems with the system. Thanks. Updated: I'm testing a new system that I can't discuss right now (it's in private beta).  This means that you may not see the... Continue Reading

3 Questions from a Reader

Posted by: leelefever on November 14, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: beingsmall, feedback, thissite, us


In a recent blog post, we asked for questions from readers.  Thanks to Joan from High Contagious Marketing for asking these thought-provoking questions: 1. If your fairy godmother told you she would grant you three wishes for your business, what three wishes would you request. Wish #1:  An easy one.  Stop ALL spam, effective immediately. This includes online spam, junk mail, front door solicitors, political calls, etc.  Wish #2: Tivo for the real world. Sometimes you just want to fast-... Continue Reading

New Directions in Our Blogging

Posted by: leelefever on November 10, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: blogging, thissite


We’ve come to depend on our time off as a time to re-think, to re-consider, to re-formulate.  It happened last year when we looked for ways to make video a part of Common Craft and it happened again last week.  Among other things, our time in Mexico gave us a chance to talk about this blog.For a few months now, I’ve not been happy with my blogging, aside from the videos.  I was at a blogging crossroads – a time when I struggled to define the blog’s focus.  Our business, our product and... Continue Reading