Bloggers: You Need a Contract. Here’s How To Make One

Why contracts are essential for bloggers
Me speaking at Altitude Summit 2017. Photo: Justin Hackworth

If you're a blogger doing sponsored content, it's important to remember that what you provide to brands is not a product, but a service. That's what they're paying you for, and unless you go into each project with a very clear understanding of what they expect in return, you could have some problems.

This can be a little scary if you're new to doing it. Most people aren't used to writing, reviewing, and negotiating contracts. Continue Reading

What It’s Like to Earn Your Income Through Blogging

That's us at Curbly, pretending to work

Type 'how to make money blogging' into Google and you'll choke on a pile of spammy-sounding search results telling you how, if you'd only give up your e-mail address or credit card number, you'd learn the secret to living like a billionaire on your pajama-based blogging income.

I've been making a living publishing a blog (my full-time income, supporting a family of four) since 2008, and as a supplemental income since 2006, and blogging as a hobby since 2003, so I guess I'm as qualified to speak on the subject as anyone else. Continue Reading

What’s Happening at the Curbly Studio (Besides Cozy Slippers)

Yup: we have slippers for guests to use if they want to … I bet you want those leopard prints, don’t you?

Woah! I can’t believe it’s already been six months since we moved into the new Curbly studio space! I wanted to check in and give you an update on how things are going so far. Moving into this space was one of the biggest changes that has happened at Curbly in the last five years, it was the first time we’ve had a real, legitimate office space for the business. Continue Reading

8 Awesome Office Ideas from the Curbly Archives

Eight awesome office ideas from the Curbly archives
We’re kicking off 2012 with workspace month – dedicated to helping you improve the spaces where you work and get creative. Whether that space is a home office or a soul-sucking cubicle (or, improbably, an amazingly great cubicle), we’ve got some good ideas for you. Check ’em out:

Capree’s Mod Office Accessories Roundup
Mod office accessories roundup

Need a little inspiration to bring your office space into the modern era? You’re not still using that cardboard desk calendar your realtor sends every year, are you? Continue Reading

Thanks a Million! (and a Free Download)

created at: 05/31/2011

Hi friends, I just wanted to take a minute today to thank you for supporting Curbly and driving our incredible growth this year. This May, we surpassed 1,000,000 pageviews for the first time ever, and that’s a pretty big deal for us. Our Facebook page has more than 4,000 fans, and our Twitter flock is, well, OK, still a little small but we’re working on it (hint: go follow us on Twitter!). 

In fact, we’re so thrilled you choose to visit us every day, we’d like to offer you a thank-you gift: a free copy of our Make It! Continue Reading

Curbly At Home: Capree’s Cluttered Corner

 

created at: 03/14/2011This month, along with great tips for Spring Cleaning and organization, we’re showing you some of Curbly’s own cluttered corners or jam-packed junk drawers.  Excited for some behind-the-scenes dirt?  Read on!     

Our kitchen has this little built-in desk area, something that I’m sure was intended to be useful but now serves only as a dumping ground (as you can see).  It’s littered with packages to be mailed, catalogues, bills, birthday presents (my birthday was over three weeks ago), coupons, random junk, a hammer (?), and on and on.  Continue Reading

Cleanliness is next to … impossible

It’s 8:03pm. I just finished getting my daughter, in all her awesome, hilarious, incomprehensible terrible-two-ness, bathed and to bed. Before that, I whipped up a dinner of questionable-vegetable lo-mein for the two of us (her mom was at yoga), while practically holding the child in one hand. Needless to say, the kitchen is a mess. 

The dining room is no better, especially in the places where Ayla decided she didn’t like cabbage and dribbled partially-chewed gobs of it on to the floor. Continue Reading

Behind the Scenes of Curbly.com: Capree’s Whole-Home Office

created at: 01/25/2011

In the final days of our “Work_____” series, we thought it was only fair to give you a tour of the offices, studios, and desks of the folks that make Curbly happen. So, have a peek at the spaces where our articles are researched and written, photos shot and edited, mistakes made, things learned, and the DIY community built.

created at: 01/30/2011
Name: Capree Kimball
Location: Salt Lake City, UT

What sort of activities or projects do you work on in this space?
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Behind the Scenes of Curbly.com: Bruno’s Home Office

created at: 01/25/2011

In the final days of our “Work_____” series, we thought it was only fair to give you a tour of the offices, studios, and desks of the folks that make Curbly happen. So, have a peek at the spaces where our articles are researched and written, photos shot and edited, mistakes made, things learned, and the DIY community built.

My desk, where not very much of my work gets done.

Name: Bruno Bornsztein

Location: St. Paul, Minnesota

What sort of activities or projects do you work on in this space?
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Clipped: Suitcase Chairs, Felted Ornaments and More

You might not have noticed Curbly’s amazing ‘Clippings’ feature – it allows anyone to log in and clip images from around the web and save them to their Curbly account (see below for instructions).

This month, our users have been clipping up a storm! Here are some of my favorites:

Suitcase Chair Felted ball ornaments

Les Choux des Creteil designed by Gerard Grandval

Amazing bookshelf dining room

awesome workspace

And you can even browse clippings by tag! Check out all the “Red Clippings”:

All the red clippings

Or browse through the “Holiday Clippings” to get some decor inspiration:

Holiday clippings - inspiration

Get Started With Clippings:

To use Clippings, just log in and select ‘My Clippings’ from the user menu:

How to get to your clippings in the user menu.

Then just drag the ‘Curbly It!’ bookmarklet in the righthand sidebar to your bookmarks tool bar, and click it whenever you want to save something.