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

by Bruno Bornsztein
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...

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What It's Like to Earn Your Income Through Blogging

by Bruno Bornsztein

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. Plus, I don't want your credit card number.

The bottom line: there's no secret to making money on a blog. It's the same as making money from anything. It's mostly perseverance, hustle, and the willingness to keep trying.

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

by Bruno Bornsztein
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.

Taking on this added expense was a little anxiety-provoking, to be sure. Not to mention all the little responsibilities that come along with having a 1,500 square foot office to furnish and maintain. Guess who mops the floors, takes out the trash, and waters the plants? 

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8 Awesome Office Ideas from the Curbly Archives

by Bruno Bornsztein

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? Well, Capree's the lass to get your time-travel started.

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Thanks a Million! (and a Free Download)

by Bruno Bornsztein

Thanks a Million! (and a Free Download)

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! Hardware Store Decor PDF (a $9.99) value. Yep. All you have to do is use the link below to download it (hurry, this link will expire at 3pm CST on May 31st):

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Cleanliness is next to ... impossible

by Bruno Bornsztein

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. In the living room, the ceiling has sprung a leak (no kidding), and two bins of unfolded laundry sit awating their fate. Also, I've lost my voice somehow.

Let's get real.

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

by Capree K

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

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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Curbly Giveaway: Win a $300 Giftcard from Crestview Doors

by Chris Gardner

Curbly Giveaway: Win a $300 Giftcard from Crestview Doors

Curbly is very pleased to announce our latest giveaway: a $300 giftcard to CrestviewDoors.com, makers of mid-century doors and kits to match your atomic-age home.

created at: 07/19/2010

We've always been big fans of David and Christine's family-owned business. We wrote about them a few years ago, and are happy their continuing to grow and produce great do-it-yourself Doorlite kits to add geometric windows to an existing door. Learn more about this awesome...

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Curbly Redesign Launched!

by Bruno Bornsztein

Today I'm very proud to announce the launch of our redesigned site. I think the design speaks for itself, so I won't go into much detail explaining all that has changed, but I wanted to describe the process we used to arrive at this new look and feel.

The main graphic elements in the header were designed by a very talented architectural artist named Kirsten Sparenborg (check out her AMAZING blog and Etsy shop, and buy some prints!) I approached Kirsten with the idea of designing our masthead after seeing her unbelievably cool architectural sketches of old Savanah. Like this one:

Curbly Redesign Launched!

  

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ManMadeDIY.com - crafts and DIY for guys!

by Bruno Bornsztein

I'm happy to introduce the latest member of the Curbly family of sites: www.ManMadeDIY.com

 

ManMadeDIY.com - crafts and DIY for guys!

 

ManMade comes from Curbly's own Chris (Chrisjob) Gardner, who was tired of being told "guys can't knit!". It's a blog that focuses on crafty, creative, artsy and authentic projects that guys (and gals) everywhere will love.

Here's some of what he's covered so far:

  1. Super Crispy Homemade Pizza!
  2. How To: Fused Plastic Belt
  3. Food of the Year: Fried Chicken
  4. Magnetic Coffee Sleeve
  5. Top Ten Most Useful Kitchen Tools

You can also hook up with ManMade on Facebook and Twitter:


 

Please help us spread the word about this awesome new site!

 

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How To: Get Intimate With Your Kitchen

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 11/23/08

One way to experience intimacy with your kitchen is to patch holes, prime and paint.  It's the only time your head is literally up in the corner of the walls and ceiling and skimming the floor while you do the painting cut-in work down at the baseboards.  There's no getting around the familiarity after discovering the waves and warps of drywall, hairline cracks at the ceiling line and a little too much gap between the baseboard and wallboard. You discover these endearing qualities of your kitchen after spending long hours together.  Once you know its strengths and weaknesses, you know you'll be able to bring out the best in your kitchen. 

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20 Ways to Boost Your Curb-ly Appeal

by DIY Maven

BHG has a list of 20 great ways to boost your curb appeal. They’ve even catagorized them into projects that can be accomplished in a day, week or even month.

20 Ways to Boost Your Curb-ly Appeal

In a day:

  1. Create a symmetrical entryway by adding sidelights and containers filled with flowers.
  2. Replace old hardware like house numbers and lockset.
  3. Punch up your front door with a fresh coat of colorful paint and polish the door fixtures.
  4. Replace your mailbox or dress up the one you...

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Make a Cupcake Color Wheel!!

by DIY Maven

Make a Cupcake Color Wheel!!

Besides Lego Cakes, I can’t think of a better birthday surprise for the Curbly inclined as these Color Wheel Cupcakes. They’re easy to make and even simpler to decorate!

Ingredients:

1 2-layer-size package of red velvet, chocolate, white or yellow cake mix.

1 16-ounce can of white frosting

Candy-coated red, orange, yellow, green and blue milk chocolate pieces. Decorative sugar in the colors. Paint strips--courtesy of the paint store.

Assembly:

Prepare...

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Celebrating Curbly's 1st Birthday: an interview with creator, Bruno Bornsztein

by DIY Maven

Celebrating Curbly's 1st Birthday: an interview with creator, Bruno Bornsztein

About a year ago, I answered an intriguing ad on Craig's List. The creators of a new website were looking for writers with a flair for DIY to help form a new online community. I shot off an e-mail and about a minute later I had a reply with a request to meet at a downtown coffee shop on Halloween 2006 to discuss the project. Thus, my relationship with Curbly began. Now, a year and more than 4 million page views later, I'd like you to join me in...

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Curbly downtime; apologies.

by Bruno Bornsztein

Oops!
Hey all, I'm sure you noticed the site was down for much of the day yesterday. We had a problem with our hosting provider losing power, and then there were some issues getting our server back up. Unfortunately we couldn't even access the server to put up a placeholder or status message.

I'd like to apologize for this failure on our part, and assure you we're working on a better plan to keep this from happening in the future. Thanks for your...

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