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Open Studio Blog Next Sunday

The Beads of Clay Bloggers Open Studio Event will be hosted through this Blog on
Sunday, October 24, 2010 from 2pm-5pm EST.

Today's post is a bit of a sneak peek at what is going to be happening next week so the artists and visitors can get themselves ready for a whirlwind of blogging, giveaways, shop specials, and so much more!

If you are an artist participating in next week's Beads of Clay Bloggers Open Studio Event, please post a link to your blog in the "inlinkz" section below (you will have to do this on the actual event day too - this is your "trial run"). It would be a good idea to create a blog post as a sneak peek and link that post so visitors can see what they can expect & also, create a link back to the Beads of Clay blog from your post.

For visitors, here is what the blogging schedule looks like and what you can expect.
2:00pm: Artist Introduction (clickable links will be on the Oct. 24 blog post)
2:45pm: "1st Giveaway" (comment on that specific giveaway to try to win the item)
3:00pm: Bloggers will pick the commenter winner on the 1st giveaway
3:15pm: Welcome into the Artist Studio
4:00pm: "2nd Giveaway" (comment on that specific giveaway to try to win the item)
4:15pm: Bloggers will pick the commenter winner on the 2nd giveaway
4:30pm: Artist will Share a Fall Tradition, Recipe, or something special with you.
5:00pm: Closing of Open Studio Event. Continue to shop the artists Etsy Shops, Websites, etc for specials they may be running for this event.

We decided to keep the individual artist blog giveaway windows to 15 minutes to be able to give visitors to the actual live open studio a better chance at winning some beads.

Artists were asked to donate 2 beads for a larger Beads of Clay Blog giveaway as well.
So remember to leave comments on the Oct. 24th BOC Blog post in addition to the artists posts for a chance at winning that big stash of beads!

If you are an artist and didn't send your BOC donation beads in, please do so ASAP to be included in the giveaway and have a chance to win as well (the 2nd bead will be for a drawing for the BOC blogging artists from that day that send in donation beads).

Thanks for stopping by!
See you next week…
And bring your friends...


  1. Marsha, I missed the part about donating beads...am I supposed to send them to someone?

  2. Marsha, I'm confused about how to do this. On my own blog, am I supposed to add the URL for the BOC blog post when I click on the "add your link" button? It says "add URL for your blog post" is that my own blog post or the BOC post that I am linking to?

  3. Hi Sharleen (and anyone else a little confused about this). It's a lot of wording, but quite simple.

    Basically you are linking up your blog and the BOC blog so visitors can get back and forth easily.

    On your blog, create a "preview" post today and link up that blog url onto the inlinkz on the BOC post. This is your trial run for how the live open studio will work next week.

    In your post, make sure to have a link back to the Beads of clay blog. It does not have to be direct to the blog post, but to the blog in general. Visitors should be able to find the correct post since it will be the one on top for that day.

    I've linked mine up there so you can see what I mean. Email me if you have any questions so we can make sure you are ready for next week Marsha (at) MarshaNealStudio.com.

    The 2 donation beads can be sent to Mary Harding. She will be putting them into two giveaways: 1 for the BOC blog commenters, which will be open until midnight EST. And the other for an artist that are participating and donating beads for BOC giveaway.

    Hope this all helps!

  4. Great post Marsha. I see some have tried it. I hope more will join in. I am posting tomorrow.

  5. Do we have any idea as to how many BOC members are participating in this event?

  6. I'm attending! Can't wait!
    Melinda Orr ~ Designs


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