[hackerspaces] Startup publicity and the MAKE: blog

Mitch Altman maltman23 at hotmail.com
Sun Nov 29 19:16:59 CET 2009

Yeah, all you really need to do is email, and if they think it's cool, and of general interest, they'll most likely add it to the blog.


Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2009 10:21:27 -0600
From: simon at gumbolabs.org
To: discuss at lists.hackerspaces.org
Subject: Re: [hackerspaces] Startup publicity and the MAKE: blog

A how-to post from our blog got mentioned on Make: http://www.gumbolabs.org/2009/10/17/parallax-rfid-reader-arduino/

Ben, the author of the how-to, mentioned that he thought Make was more likely to reblog something that mentions a product that they sell in their online store (in this case, a Parallax RFID reader).


P.S.-I got my undergrad film degree from UWM back in '99. I was not the only tinkerer in the program. Experimental filmmakers and animators are into optical printers and other tinkery stuff. I think putting up some flyers in the basement of Mitchell Hall would probably help find some interested folks. Also, try putting up a flyer at Riverwest Film & Video (824 E. Center St.).

On Sun, Nov 29, 2009 at 7:48 AM, Ron Bean <bucketworks at rbean.users.panix.com> wrote:

It was nice to see that Workshop88 got a mention on the MAKE: blog, but

I've submitted our website before and they've never listed us-- even

though we're (slightly) further along in our planning than Workshop88

is. So, what's the secret of getting their attention?

More to the point, there must be other hackerspaces/makerspaces that are

in startup-mode and could use the publicity-- and MAKE readers are

exactly the demographic we're looking for.

So, if anyone has any contacts at the MAKE: blog, I think what we'd

really like them to do is to post a weekly listing of groups that are

starting up and need members, and where and when they're meeting. The

idea is to tell people that if they've checked hackerspaces.org in the

past and didn't find anyone in their area, it's time to check again.

BTW we're calling ourselves a "Makerspace" rather than a "Hackerspace".

The name was picked before I got involved, so I don't know the reasoning

behind it.

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