FOLK Magazine and Journaling

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the FOLK blog, I want to highly recommend it. I first became acquainted with FOLK magazine a few months ago when I took a leap of faith and bought my first print ad. My Etsy shop was struggling at the time and I thought maybe this would help.

Help it did. I have no way of knowing how many people actually came to my shop from FOLK, but as soon as the magazine came out my sales improved. I know it could have been any number of other things, but I am confident that teaming up with FOLK made a difference. I redesigned the ad for the next issue…

I’ve been working with FOLK’s Vice President of Sales, Hillary Lewis. Even though there are dozens of ads in FOLK, she made me feel as though I was the most important advertiser they had. She was helpful and made the process really easy.

I worked with her and the FOLK blog during December when they hosted a giveaway for my shop. The day the post went live was a high point for me in 2012.

The FOLK blog and Hillary have introduced a Journaling Agenda for 2013. I love this idea…so I’m jumping on board. I’m not promising I will do it every week, but I hope to participate as often as possible. Hillary is providing prompts for each week so at least I don’t have to come up with my own topic!

I won’t be posting on a certain day of the week either.

I think by keeping my schedule flexible I will have more success with actually getting the posts published.

I’ll be back in a few days with a letter to myself. You can read Hillary’s letter here.

Thoughts from my friends...

  1. says

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I too ran an ad in Folk….they are the kindest people,just regular folk like us (and pun intended) haha! Hillary has been so sweet and helpful to me too. Yes they made my little ad seem so important to them. I told her after Christmas that my shop was so busy I almost couldn’t keep up,I had to shut down earlier than I ever expected. I also had to hire some family to fill the orders in time. I do wish I had participated in the giveaway I’m sure that was incredible….maybe next time. I love your blog and will become a follower here and on facebook. If you have the time I’d love for you to stop by my pages sometime!

  2. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says

    Ann, I have been thinking about the journaling. That’s as far as I’ve gotten, though. I can’t wait to get my first issue of FOLK. Have I ever mentioned that I’m a magazine junkie! I’m happy to have something new to fill my “pretty visual images” need!

  3. says

    Ann, I love the idea of the journalling prompts. I was thinking of starting a journal last year and kind of let it go. I think I’ll try try this! I am so glad your shop has done well. Your products look amazing and your story is inspiring. I hope 2013 is even more successful and rewarding than 2012!

  4. says

    I haven’t read FOLK yet but I will check it out now. I hope they are part of your success so that you know you made a wise decision in advertising with them. I will be looking forward to reading your letter to yourself– xo Diana

  5. says

    This was interesting about the print ad – are they still accepting new advertisers?? I need to do some serious marketing this year!
    I’m so happy for you that your shop has taken off like it has Ann – you have great stuff and I can tell you do a great job. Can’t wait to see the new stuff you come up with this year!

  6. says

    I love the Folk magazine and congrats that your Ad paid off….more exposure can’t hurt. I love the idea of journaling…off to read her letter. Have a great day!

  7. KATHYSUE says

    Ann Ilove this idea, I just pinned it!! What a great way to journal!! Thanks for sharing!! By the way your adds look marvelous!!! Here is to a year of continued success to YOU for jumping out of your normal box and moving forward!! Cheers,
    Kathysue

  8. says

    I LOVE Folk Magazine! I won a subscription from Donna’s blog over at Funky Junk and I’ve been hooked ever since! I had some problems getting my subscription because of the overwhelming (but not anticipated) success they had with their launch, in the end Hillary was the one that fixed all that, and she also made me feel like I was the best customer they had, even though I wasn’t paying a penny.

    I think I will go check out the journaling prompts they are posting and see if I can follow along too. I need lots of help with my blog.

  9. says

    I just read the new article in Folk. I havent seen it on the shelf here, I guess I thought it was just an online magazine. Will have to look again. So glad they are driving you sale:)